Comprehensive Peripheral Nerve Program
The Fellowship in Peripheral Nerve Surgery (a Committee on Advanced Subspecialty Training – CAST - approved fellowship) is a 6-to 12-month program that specializes in the complete range of peripheral nerve surgery. This includes peripheral nerve tumors, complex entrapment syndromes, peripheral nerve injuries and their repair, pain disorders, CNS disorders that benefit from peripheral nerve surgery (including spinal cord injury and spasticity), surgical diagnosis. Expertise is built in anatomy, MR and ultrasound imaging, electrodiagnostic studies and neurostimulation. Clinical practice is integrated with neurology and plastic hand surgery. Minimally invasive and endoscopic techniques, including endoscopic spine surgery, are emphasized.
Goals of TrainingOur expectations are that a fellow would develop mastery of
- Diagnosis, localization and treatment options
- Appropriate interpretation of MRIs throughout the body
- Skill and comfort with use of ultrasound and performance of ultrasound-
guided injections and/or stimulation procedures
- Meticulous soft tissue and microsurgical dissection and repair
- Endoscopic techniques in nerve and spinal surgery
It is expected that the fellow produce at least 2 publications related to peripheral nerve neurosurgery and will present their research at departmental grand rounds and/or nationally.
A core element of fellowship training is one-to-one mentorship, including nuances of diagnosis, academic research development, career goals and national leadership opportunities. Our goal is to develop thought leaders within neurosurgery and peripheral nerve surgery.
Resident education remains preserved by the high volume of peripheral nerve surgery. Certain procedures, such as the lower complexity cases that are required by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons, will remain the part of core residency training. More complex, lengthy and technically demanding surgeries, which are often performed only by an attending surgeon, will be part of the fellow’s training. It is not uncommon for some of these challenging cases to take 6-10 hours, which provides ample opportunity for skill set development for both residents and fellows. Furthermore, it is expected that the fellow will develop their understanding and skills by performing resident teaching, in addition to the education received from the attending surgeon and independent reading/review.
Future Peripheral Nerve Fellow
- 2022-2023 TBD