Pediatric Neurosurgery

Program Overview:

The Department of Neurological Surgery offers a one-year fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery designed to foster careers in academic neurological surgery. One Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellow is appointed each year in this program.

The Fellow actively participates in a seamless pediatric service involving patient care, research, and teaching. Fellows work extensively with attending neurosurgeons at Seattle Children's Hospital, all of whom are faculty members in the University of Washington School of Medicine.

The Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellow is appointed as an Acting Instructor in Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington. Progressive independence in patient evaluation and management is encouraged during the course of the fellowship.

Each fellow will actively participate in the management of all facets of pediatric neurosurgery. This includes extensive mentoring in tumors, epilepsy, craniofacial disorders, hydrocephalus, minimally invasive endoscopic neurosurgery, management of spasticity including selective dorsal rhizotomies and placement of baclofen pumps, spine, infection, complex trauma cases, and neural tube defects including myelomeningocele, lipomyelomeningocele, and tethered spinal cord. Strong emphasis is placed on clinical and/or basic science research productivity with several ongoing faculty research projects in place.


How to Apply:

The University of Washington/Seattle Children’s Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowship is matched through the San Francisco Matching Program. Please refer to the SF Match website ( for application timelines and matching dates, as they vary year to year.

In addition to registering for the match through SFMatch, applicants must submit the following documents directly to the Fellowship Director:

  • curriculum vitae

  • brief personal statement

  • 3 letters of recommendation

Jeff Ojemann, Fellowship Director
c/o Program Coordinator
Department of Neurological Surgery
Seattle Children’s Hospital
4800 Sand Point Way NE, M/S W-7729
Seattle, WA 98105

Phone: (206) 987-4240
Fax: (206) 987-3925

Eligibility Requirements:

Requirements for beginning this fellowship include successful completion of a residency in neurological surgery, a Washington State license and a commitment to a career in academic pediatric neurosurgery.

An H-1B visa is required for all graduates of foreign medical schools. In order to be eligible for University sponsorship of an H-1B visa, graduates of foreign (non U.S.) medical schools must show successful completion of all three steps of the U.S. Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE), or equivalent as determined by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Selection Process:

The University of Washington/Seattle Children’s Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowship is matched through the San Francisco Matching Program. After an applicant has registered for the match through SFMatch, and after the Fellowship Director has received all of the required documents (including: a curriculum vitae, a brief personal statement, and three letters of recommendation), the program coordinator will contact the applicant to schedule an interview.

Stipends & Benefits

Vacation, pay, and benefit specifics will be discussed at the interview. However, the University of Washington offers a highly competitive compensation package.

Contact Information

For more information about our Pediatric Fellowship Program please contact:

Jeff Ojemann, MD
Division of Neurological Surgery
Children's Hospital & Regional Medical Center
4800 Sand Point Way NE
M/S W-7729
Seattle, WA 98105


Telephone: (206) 987-4240
Fax: (206) 987-3925