The membership of the North American Skull Base Society (NASBS) is a tremendous resource for the training of fellows, who are the future of the development of our specialty. The society has developed a registry of skull base fellowships that are offered by the society membership.
The society recognizes that we are a diverse and multidisciplinary group comprised of several different specialties, all of whom have significant interest and focus in the management of skull base neoplasia. Likewise, the nature and character of the various fellowships will represent and reflect their differences. In addition, we recognize that there will be variation between individual fellowship experiences resulting from the differences in the preceptor’s approaches and practices.
To post a Fellowship, please go to the Fellowship Registry Entry Form. You must be a member of NASBS to add a Fellowship to the Registry.
To edit an entry, please log in under the Member credentials used to add the entry to the registry and make edits to the listing.
To apply for Fellowship training, please contact the program directly.
If you need assistance or have questions, please contact NASBS Executive Director, Paula Kupiec, at [email protected].
|Title of Fellowship||Endoscopic and Keyhole Minimally Invasive Surgery|
|Contact Name for Applications||Dr. Daniel Kelly|
|Location||Santa Monica, CA|
|Date Fellowship Established||07/01/2008|
|Fellowship Director||Daniel F. Kelly|
|Required Prior Training Program|
|Required Prior Training Program Other||Neurosurgery Residency|
|Accept Foreign Medical Graduates (outside US & Canada)||No|
|Residency Training in US/Canada Required||Yes|
|Percentage of Fellow Workload that is Skull Base||75%|
|Number of Fellows Accepted Per Year||1|
|Salaried Position||Yes- contact Program Director for more information|
|Night and Weekend Call||No|
|Average Operative Skull Base Cases Per Year||250|
|Open Cranial Base|
|Lateral (temporal bone)||25|
|Endonasal Cranial Base|
|Sagittal Plane (excluding pituitary)||30|
|Transpterygoid/ Coronal Plane||20|
|Transtemporal/ Transcochlear||Data not available|
|Craniofacial Anomalies/ Reconstructive|
|Craniofacial Anomalies/ Reconstructive||Data not available|
|Regional, Pedicled Flap Repair||All endonasal cases|
|Cyberknife||Varian LINAC - 50/year|
|Cerebral Vascular Surgery|
|Cyberknife||Data not available|
|Transcranial||Data not available|
|Endovascular||Data not available|
|Anatomical Dissection Laboratory|
We have a robust microdissection laboratory with a set curriculum over 12 months with dedicated dissection time for the fellow. Additionally, the fellow is encouraged to participate in analytical skull-base anatomical research studies for analysis and publication.
|Laboratory Research Opportunities|
The association with the John Wayne Cancer Institute (JWCI) allows for the possibility of basic science research to be conducted in collaboration with our research scientists.
|Fellowship Institution Website||pacificneuroscienceinstitute.org|
Michael Avery 2020-2021
Jai Deep Thakur 2019-2020
Shaheryar Ansari 2018-2019
Sheri Palejwala 2017-2018
Andrew Conger 2016-2017
Walavan Sivakumar 2015-2016
Bjorn Lobo 2014-2015
Robert Louis 2013-2014
Aaron Cutler 2012-2013
Huy Duong 2011-2012
Nancy McLoughlin 2009-2011
Kia Shahlaie 2009-2010
Alex Vandergrift 2008-2009
|Additional Features of the Fellowship|
The Pacific Brain Tumor Center and Pacific Pituitary Disorders Center offers a 1-year neurosurgery fellowship in minimally invasive surgery for brain, pituitary and skull base tumors. Our clinical training program is focused on endonasal endoscopic and keyhole surgical approaches, neuro-endoscopy, pituitary tumor management and multimodality neuro-oncology treatments. The fellowship emphasizes operative and peri-operative patient management, outpatient evaluation of new patients and follow-up patients as well as clinical and anatomical laboratory research projects. The fellowship is integrated into the John Wayne Cancer Institute Surgical Oncology Fellowship.
Qualified applicants must have completed training in an ACGME-accredited neurosurgical residency program and be eligible for a California medical license.
|Committee on Advanced Subspecialty Training (CAST) Accredited||No|
|How to apply|
Please contact Amy Eisenberg at [email protected] and Daniel Kelly at [email protected] and provide the following: