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         The OU Section of Pediatric Neurosurgery is pleased to offer a one-year, ACPNF-certified clinical fellowship program.

         The fellow will be exposed to the entire spectrum of pathologies managed in an academic pediatric neurosurgery practice,

          including craniofacial, epilepsy, functional, brain tumors, and hydrocephalus. Additionally, the fellow will gain significant

               exposure to more niche fields such as complex spine and brachial plexus. The fellowship incorporates a transition from

               residency training to junior faculty, with initial “fellow” duties progressing to independent, self-run clinic, operating room

               cases and on-call decision-making. The fellow would thus effectively serve as faculty, with close supervision from the

     department. At the conclusion of the training, the fellow will be thoroughly prepared for beginning an academic or

private career.




Oklahoma Children’s Hospital is the primary training site. As a nationally ranked and the only free-standing

children’s hospital in the state of Oklahoma, it is designated as an American College of Surgeons (ACS) verified

level 1 pediatric trauma center, also claiming an American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) highest level status in the

neonatal intensive care unit and National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) comprehensive epilepsy care.


               Program Details


The ACPNF-certified pediatric fellowship entails a rigorous, comprehensive one year training, exposing the fellow to

540+ annual case volume with significant exposure to all pediatric neurosurgery subspecialty disciplines. Four pediatric

faculty run 1-2 operating rooms daily on average, with extensive experience in training previous fellows and residents.

The service is run by the clinical fellow and comprised of 1-2 neurosurgery residents and 2 advanced practice providers.

Case Variety 

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Daily pre-rounding, morning report, living Pareto chart updates

Running the service, comprised of 1-2 residents, 2 full-time APPs and four faculty

Weekly indications

Weekly “advanced brain school” lectures  

Weekly departmental lectures: point-counterpoint debates, basic research presentations, grand rounds

Monthly pediatric M&Ms

Monthly individual meetings with faculty 

Quarterly case log review 

Monthly journal clubs

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  • Personal clinic
  • “junior attending” on call
  • “junior attending”/”primary attending” cases


  • Multidisciplinary programs/clinics 
  • Research coordinators to assist with IRB, manuscript preparation, and statistical analysis. 
  • Active management of prospectively collective database
  • Quality improvement projects



We welcome all applicants who are completing an ACGME-certified neurosurgery residency.


Please email the fellowship coordinator, Emily Tally, and the fellowship co-director, Virendra Desai to express interest. We will request a curriculum vitae as well as three reference letters which include your residency chairman or program director, a pediatric neurosurgery faculty member, and one other of your choosing. 


Emily Tally, Fellowship Coordinator, mail to:

Virendra Desai, MD, Assistant Fellowship Director, mailto:

Andrew Jea, MD, Fellowship Director, mail to: