Thomas Jefferson University


The Department of Anesthesia at TJUH offers a one year Neuroanesthesia fellowship with an option for a second research year, if desired. The institution provides anesthesia for an adult neurosurgical caseload of over 1500, including 400 craniotomies. TJUH is the only spinal cord trauma center in Philadelphia. We offer comprehensive training in all aspects of anesthesia for neurosurgery. The fellow will be involved in the formulation of anesthetic plans for patients undergoing neurosurgical procedures, supervision and teaching of residents, and presentation of a neuroanesthetic topic at the departmental Grand Rounds. Research is strongly encouraged and office time is provided for such endeavors. Electives are also offered during which the fellow may pursue related interests he or she may have. Upon completion, the fellow will be proficient in fiberoptic intubations and in anesthetic techniques for special situations such as awake craniotomies for epilepsy, spinal cord procedures requiring intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring, and intracranial vascular surgery.

The field of Neuroanesthesia is rapidly growing. It is this department's desire to prepare interested individuals for the unique opportunities that are developing in divisions of neuroanesthesia of tertiary healthcare facilities.

Coleen Vernick, DO
Fellowship Director
Neurosurgical Anesthesia

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