Endovascular Neurosurgery Fellowship

The endovascular neurosurgery fellowship is a training program offering broad experience in all aspects of endovascular neurosurgery. We offer either a one or two-year program, based on the applicant’s prior experience. The fellowship is accredited by the Society of Neurological Surgeons Committee on Advanced Subspecialty Training, or CAST. Fellowship director, Webster Crowley, MD, has subspecialty CAST certification in Neuroendovascular surgery.

In the first year, you’ll rotate six months each with key faculty, learn basic angiographic and endovascular patient management skills, and participate in endovascular research. You will also provide operative and non-operative patient care in a busy Rush University Medical Center outpatient clinic. Second-year fellows round daily with the team and participate in surgical management and post-operative care for an array of cerebrovascular disorders.

You’ll participate in or lead one to two cadaver and animal endovascular courses. You’ll also participate in or present regularly at meetings and conferences including the following:

  • Monthly multidisciplinary neurosurgery, neurology, cardiology, vascular surgery and interventional radiology endovascular conference
  • Monthly morbidity and mortality meetings
  • Monthly department meeting
  • Monthly grand rounds
  • Visiting professor program

At a monthly neurosurgery cerebrovascular conference, you’ll present cases using radiological studies and literature appraisal and assessment. Critical assessment in relation to specific disease pathology is expected.

Also discussed and applied to cases are: levels of evidence in literature, prospective versus retrospective design, controlled versus uncontrolled, randomization, statistical analysis and pitfalls interpretation.

Research

We offer basic and clinical research opportunities in an array of settings, including collaborative research projects with many other Rush departments. Our own dedicated and spacious pre-clinical catheterization lab is a 1,900-square-foot space with state-of-the-art endovascular equipment. The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology provides additional lab space for endovascular surgery in cadavers under C-arm guidance. You may also participate in clinical cerebrovascular trials.

How to apply

Neurosurgery applicants must have completed an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-accredited neurosurgery residency training program or its foreign equivalent. 

Neurology applicants must have board certification in their primary ABMS Board (Neurology) subspecialty certification from an ACGME-accredited Vascular/Stroke Neurology Fellowship with at least three months in the neurointensive care unit or completion and certification from a UCNS- or CAST-approved neurocritical care fellowship.

Radiology applicants must have board certification in their primary ABMS Board (Radiology) subspecialty certification in neuroradiology, at least six months of clinical service in a neurological surgery, vascular neurology or neurocritical care program, and satisfactory participation of any MOC requirements thereafter as required for the maintenance of good standing within these training organizations.

Candidates must complete and submit the following:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • U.S. Medical Licensing Examination Scores
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement and a photograph

Please email all documents to Webster Crowley, MD and Jenna Feld.

For further information, please contact Jenna Feld, program coordinator, at (312) 942-1854.