Fellowships

Neurological Surgery Fellows 2021-22

Ahmed Helal, M.D.
Ahmed Helal, MD
Campagna Pediatric Neurosurgery
Gohar Majeed, D.O.
Gohar Majeed, DO
Skull Base Surgery
Nikolina Sesar, M.D.
Nikolina Sesar, MD
Stereotactic & Functional Neurosurgery

Applicants must be legally able to work in the U.S., or eligible to obtain work authorization.

Fellows must be able to obtain and "unlimited" or "limited license, faculty" medical provider license for the state of Oregon.

To view a list of neurological surgery fellowship alumni, click here.

Primary Contacts: Christina Sayama, M.D. and Jesse Winer, M.D.
Phone: 503-494-6207
Fax: 503-346-6810

Pediatric Fellowship Duration: One year; July l to June 30.

Prerequisite Training: Successful completion of an ACGME-accredited neurosurgical residency training program in the United States or at a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada program. (Fellowship is subject to all rules and regulations of the ACPNF.)

Pediatric Fellowship positions will be obtained through the San Francisco Matching Program (SFMP). All applicants must enroll in the SFMP and must meet the deadlines established by the San Francisco Match. Subject to all rules and regulations of the SFMP.  More information available at www.sfmatch.org

Mission
The mission of the Campagna Fellowship in Pediatric Neurosurgery at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital at OHSU is to train outstanding and compassionate pediatric neurosurgeons in a diverse and inclusive environment promoting wellness, to provide the highest quality pediatric neurosurgical care, and to advance discovery of the developing nervous system.

OHSU-Doernbecher Neurosurgical Service
The pediatric neurosurgical team consists of 5 board-certified/board-eligible pediatric neurosurgeons (6 beginning in January 2022), 4 specialist pediatric neurosurgery advanced practice providers, a senior and a junior resident from the highly-ranked OHSU neurosurgery training program, and the Campagna fellow in pediatric neurosurgery. The service also hosts both OHSU and external 3rd and 4th year rotating medical students.

The OHSU-Doernbecher neurosurgical faculty provide all specialty pediatric neurosurgical care in the State of Oregon, at the following three sites: Doernbecher Children’s Hospital (OHSU), Randall Children’s Hospital (Legacy), and Shriner’s Children’s Hospital. The Campagna Fellow has clinical privileges at both hospitals that host regular elective pediatric neurosurgical procedures: Doernbecher and Randall Children’s Hospitals. Weekly or semi-weekly specialty clinics provide interdisciplinary care for pediatric-neurooncology, craniofacial disorders, spina bifida, and pediatric spinal deformity. Multi-disciplinary clinical case conferences meet regularly for pediatric epilepsy and pediatric nervous system tumors. Both Doernbecher and Randall Children’s Hospitals are ACS-certified level 1 pediatric trauma centers with ACS pediatric surgical site verification (a separate neurosurgical trauma team supports the trauma center at Randall). Each also hosts a level IV neonatal intensive care unit and has a large pediatric intensive care unit with pediatric neurocritical care specialists on staff. In addition, Doernbecher hosts the highest-level accreditation for its epilepsy and craniofacial disorders programs and Randall hosts a specialist pediatric rehabilitation unit.

 The operating rooms at Doernbecher and Randall have ample access to advanced neuro-endoscopy and neuro-navigation equipment. The Doernbecher ORs also contain a leading edge 3 Tesla IMRIS intra-operative MRI suite which is used principally for the pediatric neuro-oncology and epilepsy programs as well as a purpose designed pediatric MR imaging and sedation suite within the peri-operative umbrella. The Doernbecher neuro-vascular program is supported by one of the most advanced diagnostic and interventional neuroradiology teams on the West Coast and by a specialist pediatric stroke neurologist.

  Fellows participate in ongoing clinical research projects within the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery, including use of mature clinical databases maintained by a full-time research staff member with statistical expertise as well as externally funded projects. Editing and publication support are available through the Department of Neurological Surgery. Division faculty and Doernbecher collaborators also carry out basic and translational research in cortical physiology, epilepsy, and pediatric neuro-oncology.

 The Campagna fellow supervises one senior and one junior resident, rotating medical students and, in collaboration with the pediatric neurosurgical faculty, organizes the care of all neurosurgical patients in the hospital, clinic, and emergency department at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. The fellow may also participate in surgical cases at Randall Children’s Hospital. In addition, the fellow participates in the evaluation of new and follow-up patients one day each week in a multi-faculty clinic during which they also see their own patients with immediately available faculty mentorship. The fellow also participates in Division-wide educational and teaching venues, including a daily pediatric neurosurgery morning report; the weekly Department of Neurological Surgery Grand Rounds, the weekly pediatric neuro-oncology tumor board; and monthly pediatric epilepsy case conferences, pediatric neuroradiology-neurosurgery imaging conferences, and pediatric neurosurgery morbidity and mortality conferences.

 Pediatric neurosurgery in Oregon was founded by renowned neurosurgeon and pediatric neuro-ethicist, Dr. Anthony Gallo, Jr., MD, who led the program at Doernbecher from 1968 to 1989. Dr. Gallo was succeeded by Dr. Joseph H. Piatt, MD (1989-2000), Dr. Nathan Selden, MD, PhD (2000-2015), Dr. Lissa Baird (2016-2019), and the current and 5th Chief of the Division, Dr. Christina Sayama, MD (2020 to present). Dr. Sayama is also the Campagna Professor of Pediatric Neurosurgery and Dr. Selden is the Campagna Chair of Pediatric Neurosurgery as well as Chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery at OHSU. The Campagna Fellowship Director is Dr. Jesse Winer, MD.

 Division faculty members have gone on to the leadership of pediatric divisions, departments, residency programs, and other major units around the U.S., including at the University of Minnesota, University of North Carolina, University of Vermont, Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, and at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles/University of Southern California. Previous fellows practice pediatric neurosurgery at academic and community children’s hospitals across the United States.

 The Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery fosters an inclusive, respectful and team-based approach to clinical care, teaching, and research. We believe strongly in the wellness of our teams as well as our patients. Compassion is at the heart of everything we do.

Accreditation
The OHSU-Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Campagna Fellowship in Pediatric Neurosurgery is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pediatric Neurosurgical Fellowships (ACPNF) and the Committee on Advanced Sub-specialty Training (CAST) of the Society of Neurological Surgeons. Successful completion of the fellowship meets the post-residency training requirement for recognition of focused practice in pediatric neurosurgery by the American Board of Neurological Surgery.

​​​​​​​Application materials must include:

  • Current Curriculum vitae
  • One (1) letter of recommendation from the candidate's Residency Program Director
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from attending faculty
  • A Letter of intent

Application materials must be submitted via email to:

nsgeducation@ohsu.edu

Primary Contact: Aclan Dogan, M.D.
Phone: 503-494-6207
Fax: 503-346-6810

The OHSU Neurological Surgery Skull Base Fellowship is a comprehensive one year fellowship. The fellowship encompasses the full spectrum of skull base and complex cranial surgery from surgical approaches and nuances to interdisciplinary management of patients, as well as anatomical and clinical research.

The neurosurgical oncology and skull base fellow will be involved as an assisting surgeon in all skull base, endoscopic, and complex cranial cases. The fellow will follow patients through their pre-operative and post-operative care. Decisions about each patient will be discussed with the attending physician in a manner which maximizes the fellow’s learning experience, while encouraging increased autonomy and responsibility. The fellow will also have didactic teaching responsibilities, including occasional lectures in departmental education conferences. He/she will be expected to act as a teaching physician to residents during routine procedures and trauma cases. The fellow will also be expected to participate in the neurosurgical oncology and skull base research program and help to publish clinical and research papers. OHSU has a dedicated skull base laboratory with several cadaver courses throughout the year, which the fellow will help set up and participate in, alongside current residents.

Under the direction of Aclan Dogan, MD, one of the world’s leading skull base surgeons, OHSU’s neurosurgical oncology and skull base clinical service is extremely busy and productive. Over 400 craniotomies for tumors and vascular disease, and over 120 transphenoidal pituitary surgery procedures are performed each year. Maria Fleseriu, MD, an internationally recognized neuroendocrinologist specializing in pituitary disease and director of the NW Pituitary Center at OHSU, provides an opportunity to further neuroendocrine education. The fellow will work closely a core group of specialists, while also having the opportunity to leverage the advanced interdisciplinary teams and coordinated care of a large academic institution.

The neurosurgical oncology and skull base division at OHSU has been training fellows for 20 years and is an essential part of the department and the residency training program. The fellowship program has developed and strengthened the neurosurgical oncology and skull base division, and in turn has helped improve the residency experience at OHSU. With over 800 procedures completed by the neurosurgical oncology and skull base division annually, having a fellow as part of the team allows for wider faculty coverage and more diverse and enhanced learning for the residents.

Accreditation
The OHSU Skull Base Neurosurgery fellowship is accredited by the Committee on Advanced Sub-specialty Training (CAST).

​​​​​​​Application materials must include:

  • Current Curriculum vitae
  • One (1) letter of recommendation from the candidate's Residency Program Director
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from attending faculty
  • A Letter of intent

Application materials must be submitted via email to:

nsgeducation@ohsu.edu

Primary Contact: Kim J Burchiel, MD, FACS
Phone: 503-494-6207
Fax: 503-346-6810

Functional Neurosurgery is widely viewed to be one of the most important aspects of future of neurosurgical practice. Most US post-graduate fellowship programs in Functional Neurosurgery focus on one aspect of the sub-specialty, i.e., movement disorders, pain, epilepsy, or spasticity. The vision of the OHSU Functional Neurosurgery fellowship program is to comprehensively train neurosurgeons to become proficient full-spectrum practitioners of all aspects of Functional Neurosurgery. This vision is based on our supposition that practitioners that are fully trained, and have a focused practice in Functional Neurosurgery, will develop a sustainable practice that will improve the quality of care in this subspecialty, and advance the field through innovation.

Faculty from Neurology, Neurosurgery Basic and Clinical Research staff, and Neuroradiology are involved in this fellowship training. Fellows are involved in the day-to-day operations of the Functional Neurosurgery service and have ample opportunity for clinical research, manuscript and chapter preparation. Fellows function as members of the Functional Neurosurgery team, participating in both the outpatient clinic and in the operating room. They are expected to attend and participate in regular teaching conferences.

Fellows will become proficient in:

  • Surgical management of movement disorders
  • Surgical management of pain
  • Surgical management of epilepsy
  • Treatment of spasticity
  • Frame-based and frameless stereotactic neurosurgery

Accreditation
The OHSU Functional Neurosurgery fellowship is accredited by the Committee on Advanced Sub-specialty Training (CAST).

​​​​​​​Application materials must include:

  • Current Curriculum vitae
  • One (1) letter of recommendation from the candidate's Residency Program Director
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from attending faculty
  • A Letter of intent

Application materials must be submitted via email to:

nsgeducation@ohsu.edu

The Interventional Neuroradiology/Endovascular Neurosurgery fellowship at the Dotter Department of Interventional Radiology, OHSU, is an intensive 2 year training program which seeks to provide fellows with the technical expertise and decision making skills required to safely perform endovascular neurosurgical procedures of all types.  A multidisciplinary team of faculty physicians directly oversee trainees throughout their fellowship.  Our fellows have contributed substantially to the body of literature relating to interventional neuroradiology/endovascular neurosurgery through work in clinical trials and independent research.  We select fellows who have completed or anticipate completion of residencies in interventional/diagnostic radiology, stroke neurology, and neurosurgery.

Primary Contact:
Ryan Priest, M.D.
priestr@ohsu.edu

General Fellowship Contact Information

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Oregon Health & Science University
Department of Neurological Surgery
Mail Code CR-137
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd
Portland, OR 97239

Phone: 503-494-6207
Fax: 503-346-6810

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