The Pediatric Neurosurgery fellowship is designed to build upon the skills and knowledge acquired in general residency in Neurosurgery with strong and consistent emphasis on the very special disorders and management of neurosurgical problems in children. Children’s Hospital Colorado has the most comprehensive pediatric neurosurgical program in the Rocky Mountain region, with particularly strong programs in neuro-oncology, epilepsy surgery, cranio-facial disorders, and movement disorders. The fellowship is a busy clinical experience augmented by a rich educational environment and a suite of educational conferences on all aspects of pediatric neurosurgical care. Children’s Hospital Colorado regularly ranks as a Top Ten Children’s Hospital in the nation
Drs. Michael H. Handler, Corbett Wilkinson, Todd Hankinson, and Allyson Alexander, our fellowship-trained and board certified pediatric neurosurgeons have more than 50 years of combined experience and focus solely on children.
The Pediatric Fellowship training program of University of Colorado is a one year program certified by the Accreditation Council for Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowships (ACPNF). The fellow is based at The Children’s Hospital of Colorado, on the Anschutz Medical Campus. Application for the fellowship match is through the San Francisco match program for Pediatric Neurosurgery
In addition to the ACPNF fellow, we host one international fellow each year chosen apart from the match. The international fellow is a fully trained and practicing neurosurgeon from outside the U.S.A. who wishes to augment his or her training with a focused experience in pediatric neurosurgery at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Inquiries about the international fellowship can be sent to Dr. Handler (Michael.Handler@childrenscolorado.org).
We are also joined by a junior resident from the University of Colorado and a fourth-year neurosurgical resident from the Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal, Illinois.
The fellow will be involved in patient care throughout training. The fellow has a half-day clinic for consultations, pre- and post-operative evaluations, and follow-up patients. The inpatient activities include seeing inpatient consults and very active involvement in the pre-operative, operative, post-operative and non-operative management of pediatric neurosurgical patients. The fellow will scrub into operations being done by the attending pediatric neurosurgeons, and after proper orientation will be able to perform some operations independently. Provision can be made for the fellow to have protected time to support a strong research interest.