Neurosurgery Fellowship

About the Fellowship

Dr. Durham

The Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery, an affiliate of the University of Southern California Department of Neurosurgery, offers a post-residency fellowship clinical position in pediatric neurosurgery. The fellowship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is recognized by the Accreditation Council for Pediatric Neurosurgical Fellowships, and the curriculum is designed to meet all requirements for successful examination and certification by the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery. 

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is a 495-bed freestanding children’s hospital in Los Angeles with 18 operating rooms, 24 beds in our pediatric ICU and 58 beds in our neonatal ICU. We care for children from our local community, as well as from all over the world, with a wide range of pathologies. Surgical case volume ranges from 700-800 cases per year. 

The pediatric neurosurgical service consists of five full-time attending pediatric neurosurgeons, one USC neurosurgery resident, as well as one to two neurosurgery resident rotators from other programs. A team of three advanced practice providers (APPs) and one clinical nurse manager contributes to both inpatient and outpatient care.

The pediatric neurosurgery fellow leads the resident and APP team and assigns operating-room and clinical duties. The fellow has clinical instructor status and attending surgeon privileges during the fellowship year. This arrangement facilitates the fellow’s transition to independent practice while gaining a wide range of subspecialty training in pediatric neurosurgery. Call is typically every other week with neurosurgery attending backup at all times. The fellow is eligible for faculty benefits, including health and dental insurance, four weeks of vacation and two weeks of continuing medical education.

Exposure to basic science and clinical research is readily available for those interested. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is a participating center in the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network, in addition to the Park-Reeves Syringomyelia Research Consortium study collaborative for Chiari and Syringomyelia. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles also participates in the Children’s Oncology Group and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium

To Apply

Please fill out our application form, include an updated CV and three letters of recommendation, and return to:

  • Email:  eishaq@chla.usc.edu
     
  • Mail: Susan R. Durham, MD MS c/o Emily Ishaq
    Professor and Chief, Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery
    Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
    1300 N. Vermont Ave., Suite 1006
    Los Angeles, CA 90027