Fellowship in Neurovascular Surgery &
This fellowship, the first endovascular fellowship in the country to SNS/CAST approved, offers training in a comprehensive approach to the treatment of cerebrovascular disease, including microsurgery, endovascular embolization techniques for aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations, and stereotactic radiosurgery for brain AVMs utilizing the Gamma knife and X-Knife (LINAC based). In addition, clinical experience is available in microsurgery for stroke prevention, as well as carotid endarterectomy and balloon angioplasty and stenting of the carotid artery if patients are not candidates for open surgical procedures.
Within the past year, over 2000 neurovascular and endovascular procedures were performed. This represents a larger volume of vascular neurosurgery than all other programs in the Philadelphia region combined. Fellows are also trained in the treatment of head and neck pathology, glomus tumors, intractable epistaxis, spinal cord tumors and AVMs, and in the use of Gamma Knife and LINAC-based stereotactic radiosurgery.
All candidates applying to the Neurovascular Surgery and Endovascular Neurosurgery Fellowship Program must, as a requirement for application, meet all ABMS Specialty Board-related eligibility prerequisites required to enter training in the related specialty program at Jefferson.
Further, all candidates must satisfy the requirements of the State of Pennsylvania Board of Medical Licensure for appointment at the specific level of training for which the position is offered.
In addition, applicants must meet one of the following qualifications to be eligible to apply for the Fellowship Training Program:
- Graduates of medical schools in the United States and Canada accredited by the LCME;
- Graduates of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the AOA;
- Graduates of medical schools outside the United States who meet one of the following qualifications:
- Have received a currently valid certificate from the ECFMG; or
- Have a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a U.S. licensing jurisdiction.
- Graduates of medical schools outside the United States who have completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school.
Applicants must also have completed a residency in neurological surgery at an ACGME-approved program in the United States. All prerequisite prior training must be successfully completed prior to beginning a fellowship in the Division of Neurovascular Surgery and Endovascular Neurosurgery.
Resident applicants will be evaluated on the basis of their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skill, and personal qualities such as motivation, honesty, and integrity. The program does not discriminate with regard to sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status.
All applications are initially reviewed by the Fellowship Director, Dr. Stavropoula Tjoumakaris. The decision to offer an interview to an applicant is made by the Fellowship Director based upon the following criteria: academic credentials, ability, aptitude, communication skills, three letters of recommendation, and personal qualities such as motivation, honesty and integrity.
All interviews are conducted in person. If unusual circumstances make that impossible, by telephone. Interviews are conducted on weekdays. All applicants are interviewed by the entire division. The Interviewing Committee consists of all faculty in the Division of Neurovascular Surgery and Endovascular Neurosurgery.