Surgical Neurology

Program Duration: 1–2 years

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Infrared imaging; Convection enhanced delivery; Subdural monitoring
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Infrared imaging; Convection enhanced delivery; Subdural monitoring

The Surgical Neurology Branch offers a basic, translational and clinical research training program for surgeons committed to a career in academic neurosurgery. The program is designed to foster the application of basic science research to the development of clinical neurosurgical treatments. Areas of ongoing research in the Branch include studies relating to primary brain tumors, pituitary tumors, syringomyelia, drug delivery to the central nervous system, development of surgical technology/techniques, cell death in neurologic disorders and functional neurosurgery (including epilepsy surgery, Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, and psychiatric disorders).

The Surgical Neurology Branch offers a one- or two-year research fellowship. The principal goal of the fellowship is to develop expertise for identifying basic scientific questions that underlie clinical problems and for formulating and testing hypotheses that address these questions. The Branch’s resources are uniquely suited to advancing research from the laboratory to the clinic. Fellows are active participants in both the laboratory, translational, and clinical phases of research projects. The Surgical Neurology Branch laboratories and clinical facilities are located in the basic science facilities and Clinical Center on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland.

Fellowships are available for ABNS Board certified/eligible neurosurgeons and for residents currently training in ABNS accredited programs. Several junior staff and resident (PGY 2-7) level positions are available each year. The fellowship program accepts applications and interviews qualified applicants throughout the year.

For more information about the Surgical Neurology Fellowship, please contact our Program Coordinator, Ms. Ana Garcia at

Area of Current Research

  • Chiari malformation
  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Deep brain stimulation
  • Drug delivery
  • Epilepsy
  • Gene therapy for neurologic disorders
  • Glioblastoma immunotherapy
  • Neurofibromatosis type 2
  • Neuroimaging
  • Surgical neuro-oncology
  • Neurophysiology
  • Pituitary adenomas
  • Syringomyelia
  • von Hippel-Lindau disease

For information visit the Surgical Neurology Webpage


Kareem Zaghloul, M.D., Ph.D., Acting Branch Chief and Chief, Functional Neurosurgery Section, Surgical Neurology Branch, NINDS, PubMed.

John D. Heiss, M.D., Head, Clinical Unit, and Program Director, Neurological Surgery Residency, Surgical Neurology Branch, NINDS, PubMed.  

Prashant Chittiboina, M.D., Tenure Track Investigator, Head, Neurosurgery Unit for Pituitary and Inheritable Diseases, Surgical Neurology Branch, NINDS, PubMed.

Desmond Brown, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Clinical Investigator, Chief, Neurosurgical Oncology Unit, Surgical Neurology Branch, NINDS, PubMed.