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Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowship

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Powered by the faculty of two Ivy League medical schools — Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and Weill Cornell Medicine, NewYork-Presbyterian’s Pediatric neurosurgery fellowship offers an unparalleled training opportunity.

NewYork-Presbyterian is the largest regional pediatric neurosurgery service provider in the tristate area. Ranked amongst the top 10 hospitals in the nation, and boasting New York’s number one children’s hospital, our program offers an incomparable training experience across a full range of conditions including brain and spinal cord tumors, epilepsy, hydrocephalus, craniosynostosis, vascular disorders, Chiari malformation and syringomyelia, spina bifida and spasticity.

Working together across the pediatric neurosurgical clinical service, our Weill Cornell and Columbia surgeons play a central role in accelerating innovative therapeutic strategies. This affords fellows experience in areas such as:

  • fetal surgery for myelomeningocele
  • precision medicine and enhanced drug delivery for brain tumors
  • laser therapy and Stereo EEG for epilepsy
  • minimally invasive and endoscopic surgery for hydrocephalus
  • brain tumors and congenital cysts
  • gene therapy for congenital neurodevelopmental disorders
  • virtual surgical planning (VSP) for complex craniosynostosis

Led by Drs. Neil Feldstein and Caitlin Hoffman, the pediatric neurosurgery fellowship at NewYork-Presbyterian offers a robust clinical experience in the context of a rich educational environment. Our fellow will have the opportunity to participate in a suite of multidisciplinary educational conferences on several aspects of pediatric neurosurgical care. In addition to the NewYork-Presbyterian campuses, our pediatric neurosurgery team also serves patients at top-ranked specialty hospitals, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and the Hospital for Special Surgery, which further enhances the fellowship experience.

The pediatric neurosurgery fellowship training program at NewYork-Presbyterian is certified by the Accreditation Council for Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowships (ACPNF). The fellow is based at the two main hospital campuses, on the Upper East Side and Upper West Side of Manhattan and will be involved in patient care throughout their year of training. This includes participation in the outpatient clinic for consultations, pre- and post-operative evaluations, and follow-up patients. Inpatient activities include seeing inpatient consults and active involvement in the pre-operative, operative, post-operative and non-operative management of pediatric neurosurgical patients. Supported by a team of four pediatric neurosurgeons, five APPs and residents from both Columbia and Weill Cornell Medicine, the fellow will also have time for research opportunities.

For additional information about the Pediatric Neurosurgery fellowship at NewYork-Presbyterian, Weill Cornell Medicine and Columbia University, please contact us at [email protected].


Eligible applicants are residents or graduates of approved neurosurgical residency programs in the United States by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or of neurosurgical residency programs in Canada approved by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Foreign neurosurgical residency program candidates or Osteopathic Physicians may apply for a match number with the understanding that their acceptance into and and completion of, an accredited pediatric neurosurgery program will not confer eligibility for certification by the American Board of Pediatric Neurosurgery.


Please submit a completed application packet including:

  1. CV
  2. Personal Statement
  3. Two letters of recommendation
  4. Proof of U.S. Medical Licensing Exam (USMILE) Step 1 and Step 2; parts 1 and 2 (or ECFMG certification if MD completed overseas)

Submit the completed application packet to [email protected]


Fellows will be selected through the regular process managed by the Fellowship Match for Neurological Surgery (San Francisco Matching Programs).