• Center City Campus
  • Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Degree Earned

  • Fellowship

Program Length

1 year

Program Type

  • On Campus

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The Department of Anesthesiology offers a non-ACGME accredited Neuroanesthesia position starting in July of each year. One annual fellowship position is available and is open to national competition. The primary goal of this fellowship program is to train anesthesiologists in the advanced perioperative care of neurosurgical patients; integrating current best-practices, evidence-based care and teaching of technical skills with each case.

Applicant Information

Applications can be submitted online or via mail. Please visit the Application Information page for further instructions. 

Candidate Requirements
  • Completion of an ACGME accredited Anesthesiology Residency
  • A valid Pennsylvania medical license.

Interested applicants may contact the Program Coordinator. Contact information is available on this page.

Clinical Program Description

As one of the few freestanding Neurosurgical Hospitals dedicated to the advancement Neurosurgery, Neurocritical Care, Neurology, Neuroradiology, Neuroanesthesia, Neuromonitoring and the Neurosciences, the Farber Institute for Neurosciences at Jefferson and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital offers an extensive and varied training opportunity. Extensive experiences in acute ischemic strokes, neuroendovascular, cerebrovascular, tumor, spine, complex skull base procedures, awake craniotomies, functional Neurosurgery, neuroradiology, Neurocritical care and research makes it an excellent opportunity to excel in neurosurgical anesthesia. Thomas Jefferson Hospital and the Farber Institute for Neurosciences provides neurosurgical care to approximately 5000 patients each year. Jefferson is a tertiary neurosurgical and comprehensive stroke center. Jefferson is a level 1 trauma center and regional model spinal cord injury center in Delaware valley.

Educational Program Description

Program Goals

  • Our fellows will have extensive exposure to preoperative, intraoperative and post-operative management of very complex neurosurgical, neurovascular and spine patients. 
  • This involves multidisciplinary training and stronger understanding of neurosurgical operating room, neuroradiology, neuro monitoring, neuro intensive care and neuro sonography. 
  • Thereafter, fellows assume a primarily supervisory role, instructing and guiding residents on the neuro Anesthesia service.
  • During fellowship training the fellow will develop confidence in the anesthetic management of the healthy and complicated neurosurgical, neurovascular and spine patients.

Clinical Rotations

Fellows will receive exposure to the variety of anesthetizing locations for neurosurgical patients, including the operating room, as well as offsite locations (MRI, interventional radiology, etc). No true rotations exist, as the exposure and variety is fluid in the program.

Didactic Curriculum/Conferences

Didactic program includes Anesthesiology Grand Rounds.

Scholarly Activity/Research

Our Neuro Anesthesia group is actively involved in many clinical research projects. Current areas of active interest include: Safety efficacy of antispasmodic cocktails in Trans radial approach, ipsilateral EEG changes with sedation in acute stroke thrombectomies, COVID in neuro surgical patients, the Fellow is expected to develop research projects and get published. Our fellow will be able to get help from dedicated researchers and statisticians.

Clinical Faculty

Victor Romo, MD Clinical Assistant Professor 215-955-6161

Chitra Sivasankar, MD Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

David Wyler, MD Associate Professor, Anesthesiology & Neurological Surgery
Associate Division Chief, Critical Care Medicine Anesthesiology
Director, Neuro-Critical Care Services - Jefferson Health