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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.


Pediatrics webpage

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 – Thursdays, from Albright

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

Monthly pediatric M&Ms

Monthly individual meetings with faculty, for feedback

Quarterly case log review (incorporated into above)

Monthly journal clubs

Meeting Schedule

Pediatric webpage meeting schedule

Specialty Clinic Schedule

Pediatric wepage specialty clinic schedule


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


  • Multidisciplinary programs/clinics (required to go to at least one of each through the year, optional if wants to go more)
  • OKC fun stuff to do
  • Research, have a coordinator for help with study preparation, IRB etc; medical students to assist with manuscript preparation/data collection; RedCap database

Eligibility / Apply / Contact Us


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


How to apply: 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. 


Contact Us:

Emily Tally, Fellowship Coordinator,

Virendra Desai, MD, Assistant Fellowship Director,

Andrew Jea, MD, Fellowship Director,