Neuro-Oncology Fellowship

The University of Washington Neuro-Oncology Program evaluates and treats patients with a broad spectrum of neuro-oncologic diseases. Our Neurosurgery Department serves a large geographic area with a high volume of cases. The Alvord Brain Tumor Center is a dedicated "brain tumor home" for our patients with primary glioma, medulloblastoma, primary CNS lymphoma, brain metastases and leptomeningeal carcinomatosis. Medical oncologists from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance also collaborate with us on their patients with pre-transplant systemic lymphoma or central nervous system metastases. We have an active clinical trial portfolio with investigator initiated and cooperative group studies. Our radiation oncologists offer Gamma knife stereotactic radiosurgery, standard photon radiation therapy as well as proton beam therapy. Trainees would be exposed to the cutting edge of scientific questions in CNS radiation oncology. We now have three NRG trials open: BN001, BN003 (G2 meningioma status post GTR: obs versus RT), and BN005 (IDH-mutated gliomas:photons versus protons). The fellow will also work with Neuroradiology and Neuropathology for multidisciplinary training. Dr. Lynne Taylor and Dr. Jerome Graber are board certified in Palliative Care. Therefore, our program emphasizes communication skills and expert symptom management in our patients.

The first year is focused on clinical training and covers all areas of curriculum required for UCNS certification. The second year is optional and offers an opportunity to focus on either clinical or laboratory research. Fellows are exposed to a variety of inpatient and outpatient neuro-oncology settings at internationally recognized institutions: University of Washington, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, and Seattle Children’s Hospital. Fellows will also participate in formal multidisciplinary discussions at a weekly tumor board meeting.

We are a UCNS (United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties) accredited program in Neuro-Oncology and it is our expectation that graduates of the program will take the certification examination at the completion of the program.

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Neuro-Oncology Fellowship Director



Lynne P. Taylor, MD, FAAN, FANA is co-director of the Alvord Brain Tumor Center at UW Medical Center, the UW Alexander M. Spence Endowed Chair in Neuro-oncology, and a UW professor of Neurology and Oncology.

Dr. Taylor is an expert in the care of patients with primary brain tumors, metastatic brain tumors and spinal tumors, as well as neurologic complications of cancer. She strives to create active partnerships with her patients to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Dr. Taylor earned her M.D. from Washington University in St Louis. She is triple board-certified in Neurology, Neuro-oncology and Palliative Care. Her clinical interests include clinical neuro-oncology, paraneoplastic disorders and palliative care in neurology. Her research interests include clinical trials for newly diagnosed glioblastoma, recurrent glioblastoma and primary central nervous system lymphoma.

How to Apply

Applications for trainees beginning July 1, 2020 now accepted through the Neuro-Oncology Fellowship Match. Applicants should register with SF Match Central Application Service ( and send their application materials directly to SF Match. For more information regarding the match process, please visit and select the “Neuro-Oncology” tab.

SF Match timeline for Adult Neuro Oncology Fellowship Program applicants:

  • Thursday, November 1, 2018 - applications open in SF Match
  • Thursday, February 28, 2019 - applications close in SF Match
  • Thursday, March 1, 2019 - interview period begins
  • Friday, May 31, 2019 – interview period ends
  • Friday, June 7, 2019 - rankings due at 12:00 noon PST from candidates & programs
  • Thursday, June 20, 2019 - results posted
  • Friday, June 21, 2019 - vacancies posted

Applicants must have completed a neurology, hemotology/oncology or neurosurgery residency and have attained the qualifications necessary to sit for the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties Certification Examiniation. We will consider applicants who completed a training program in hematology/oncology, neurosurgery, pediatric oncology, or radiation oncology on a case-by-case basis.

To apply for the Neuro-Oncology Fellowship, the following documents are required:

  • CV
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement regarding: Why neuro-oncology and why the University of Washington?
  • SF Match Application

For questions about our program and/or the application process, please contact our program coordinator Jessica Valoy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Neuro-Oncology Fellowship Team

Alvord Brain Tumor  Center

Neurological Surgery
Radiation Oncology
Lia Moriguchi Halasz M.D.
Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Team