Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

The Ken and Ruth Davee Department of Neurology


The 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, Lurie Children's Hospital 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; understanding treatment related complications of radiation and chemotherapy.

The program is a joint effort involving:


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 7th in the nation.

Fellows are offered dedicated space to see neuro-oncology patients in the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center.  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.

Requirements & Eligibility

Must have completed an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) 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.

Application Process

The application deadline is January 31, and interviews with take place between February and April.
Application packets should include the following:

Jeffrey J Raizer, MD
Priya Kumthekar, MD
Assistant Professor in Ken and Ruth Davee Department of Neurology

Current Fellow

Nawal Shaikh, MBBS
Medical School: Surat Municipal Institute of Medical Education and Research
Residency: Drexel University School of Medicine

Contact Us

Erin van Bladel
Neurology Fellowship Coordinator
Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine, Abbott Hall
710 N. Lake Shore Drive, Room 1105
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312-503-2849
Fax: 312-908-5073

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