Program Duration: 1–2 years
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 Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, psychiatric disorders and epilepsy surgery).
The Surgical Neurology Branch offers a one- or two-year combined basic science and clinical 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.
Area of Current Research
• Chiari malformation
• Cognitive neuroscience
• Deep brain stimulation
• Drug delivery
• Gene therapy for neurologic disorders
• Mechanisms of cell death in neurologic disorders
• Neurofibromatosis type 2
• Pituitary adenomas
• Stem cells in disease
• von Hippel-Lindau disease
For information about the NIH Neurological Surgery Residency Program, please call Kaitlyn Benson (Contractor), Residency Program Coordinator, at 301-496-9460.
John D. Heiss, M.D., Chair, Surgical Neurology Branch, firstname.lastname@example.org
Prashant Chittiboina, M.D., Assistant Clinical Investigator, Surgical Neurology Branch, email@example.com
Richard Youle, Ph.D., Chief, Biochemistry Section, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kareem Zaghloul, M.D., Ph.D., Chief, Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery Unit, Surgical Neurology Branch, email@example.com
Zhengping Zhuang, M.D., Ph.D., Staff Scientist, Surgical Neurology Branch, firstname.lastname@example.org
Edjah Nduom, M.D., Staff Clinician, Surgical Neurology Branch, email@example.com