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Neuro-Oncology Fellowship

The Peter D. Coblentz Family Endowed Neuro-Oncology Fellowship is a one- or two-year program for residents who are interested in subspecialized training in neuro-oncology with goals of going into academic neurology. The program is primarily clinical, but opportunities may exist for translational/laboratory research.



Training will take place at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and the neuro-oncology clinics where we have state-of-the-art equipment for imaging, surgery and radiation.

The goals of training are to mentor and teach fellows neuro-oncology, which includes management and treatment of primary brain and spinal cord tumors, management and treatment of neurologic complications of systemic cancers such as brain metastases or spinal cord compression and understanding treatment related complications of radiation and chemotherapy.

The program is a joint effort involving neurology/neuro-oncology (adult and pediatric), neurosurgery, radiation oncology, neuro-radiology, neuropathology, medical oncology and palliative care.


Fellows are expected to be involved in academic endeavors that lead to publication and/or presentation at a national meeting. They will also learn the basics of writing and implementing clinical trials as part of their training.

 Clinical Experience

Northwestern Memorial Hospital is the highest ranked hospital in the Chicago metropolitan area. The Departments of Neurology and Neurological Surgery are ranked seventh in the nation.

Fellows are offered dedicated space to see neuro-oncology patients in the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. The outpatient clinic offers leading-edge medical, surgical and radiation oncology treatment options, as well as access to specialized research, clinical trials, diagnostic services and on-site pharmacy and lab services.

 Diversity & Inclusion

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine seeks to attract inquisitive, motivated fellows and is committed to providing them with every opportunity for success. We encourage a diverse and inclusive work environment that allows each trainee to achieve their personal goals.

For more information on Northwestern’s commitment to diversity, please see th Northwestern McGaw Underrepresented Residents & Fellows Forum and Feinberg School of Medicine Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

The Neurosciences Health, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (HEDI) Committee was developed to foster a culture of diversity and inclusion in the Neurosciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Learn more about our work.


Candidates must have completed an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education– or Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada–accredited residency training in neurology or child neurology, neurological surgery, internal medicine and medical oncology or pediatrics and pediatric hematology-oncology.

Residents are selected for the Neuro-Oncology fellowship from eligible applicants based upon their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills and personal qualities. No discrimination is made based upon sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability or veteran status. Approximately half of the eligible applicants are invited for personal interviews.

 How to Apply

We participate in the electronic San Francisco Match (SF Match), and all candidates must register with the SF Match in order to submit a rank list. Applications are now being accepted for 2025 positions, and interviews are held between April and May.

Please complete the GME application and collect the following documents:

  • Three letters of recommendation (one should be from your neurology residency program director) and their contact information
  • CV
  • Personal statement
  • A copy of your state-of-residency (temporary or permanent) medical license
  • Copy of official USMLE Step/Scores I, II & III
  • ECFMG certificate

Please submit the completed application and all required documents to our application portal.

 Why Northwestern?

Housestaff training through McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University provides diverse and challenging clinical experiences and world-class education located in the heart of the beautiful city of Chicago. Learn more via the links to the McGaw website below.

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