Neurosurgical Oncology Fellowship

Program Description

The Neuro-Oncology Program established a Neurosurgical Oncology Fellowship at the Moffitt Cancer Center at the University of South Florida in 2006.  The Fellowship program exists within the structure of an ACGME accredited residency in neurologic surgery, in an NIH designated comprehensive cancer Center.  The Fellowship training will provide a broad educational experience to complement the training in neurosurgery residency to promote further acquisition of knowledge and skills in the neurosurgical oncology subspecialty.

A minimum of 9 months of Fellowship training will be spent in a clinical setting under the direction of specified clinical faculty. This period of time as provided continue with an organized, comprehensive, supervised, and full-time educational experience in the field of neurosurgical oncology.  This will include comprehensive patient care, diagnostic modalities, performance of surgical procedures, stereotactic radiosurgery, and the integration of non-operative and surgical therapies into clinical patient management.  The fellowship will provide a broad exposure to clinical evaluation, and appropriate patient selection for operative and non-operative management in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.  Fellows should actively participate in the operative management of a wide range of neurosurgical oncology disorders including benign and malignant tumor side effect the brain, skull, skull base, spine, spinal cord and peripheral nerves.  Progressive responsibility in patient management should be provided. A broad exposure to moderate radiation therapy techniques is considered an integral part of the neurosurgical oncology fellowship experience and training.  Clinical, anatomic, biomechanical, and research are an integral component of the educational experience. Provisions will be made for the successful completion of research projects.  Fellows will develop inter-professional relationships and work effectively with physicians and other allied health professionals.  Fellows will develop effective communications with patients and families in a respectful, sympathetic, and compassionate manner.  The will also understand the principles of medical practice and gain the fundamental background for practicing medicine in an ethically responsible manner.


Clinical fellows are encouraged to participate in clinical trials, translational research, case studies and rare case reports under the supervision of an attending surgeon with the expectation of publication in peer reviewed journals and presentation at local or national conferences. Each research fellow is expected to design and conduct one or more research projects (basic, clinical or translational) under the guidance of a designated faculty mentor from the department of Neuro-Oncology or in collaboration with clinical or experimental research experts at Moffitt, with the expectation of publication in high-tier peer reviewed journals and presentation at national or international conferences. 



All applicants must have completed a Neurosurgery residency and be board-certified or board-eligible at the start date of the fellowship (July 1st).  

Number of Positions



Applicants should send his/her completed application forms and all required documents to our program 18 months prior to the fellowship start date.

How to Apply

  • Contact coordinator for Application (PDF)
  • Updated CV
  • Personal statement
  • Copies of USMLE scores
  • Submit three letters of recommendation (including one from your current residency program director or department chair)
  • Certified copy of your currently valid ECFMG certificate(applicable for International Medical Graduates only) 

Sample Contract (PDF)

Salary and Benefits (PDF) 

Program Director
Nam D Tran, MD, PhD, FAANS
Director, Neuro-Oncology Residency and Fellowship
Assistant member, Dept Neuro-Oncology
Assistant Professor, Dept of Oncologic Sciences, Neurosurgery, PM&R, USF Health Morsani College of Medicine

Program Coordinator
Lorie Jennings
Education Coordinator
P: 813-745-2250