Department of Neurology

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. 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.


Neuro-Oncology Fellowship Director

Jerome J. Graber, MD, MPH
UW Assistant Professor of Neurology (Adjunct Neurological Surgery).

Dr. Graber is an expert in the care of patients with brain and spinal cord cancers and autoimmune diseases. He believes in an integrated approach to patient care that brings together surgery, radiation, radiology, pathology and molecular testing and medication to try to achieve the patient’s goals and encompasses the entire family.

Dr. Graber earned his M.D. from the University of Maryland at Baltimore School of Medicine and his M.P.H from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is certified in
Neurology, Neuro-oncology, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and Neuro-imaging. His research interests include molecular biology, immunology and advanced imaging techniques to patients with primary and metastatic brain and spine tumors, as well as neurologic complications of cancer treatment.


How to Apply

Applications for trainees beginning July 1, 2021 now accepted through the Neuro-Oncology Fellowship Match. Applicants should register with SF Match Central Application Service (sfmatch.org) and send their application materials directly to SF Match. For more information regarding the match process, please visit https://www.sfmatch.org/Specialty.aspx and select the “Neuro-Oncology” tab.

SF Match timeline for Adult Neuro Oncology Fellowship Program applicants:

  • Monday, November 4, 2019 – applications open in SF Match
  • Friday, February 28, 2020 – applications close in SF Match
  • Monday, March 2, 2020 – interview period begins
  • Friday, May 29, 2020 – interview period ends
  • Friday, June 12, 2020 – rankings due at 12:00 noon PST from candidates & programs
  • Friday, June 19, 2020 – results posted
  • Monday, June 22, 2020 – vacancies posted

Requirements:
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 Miranda Skillin at mskillin@uw.edu.


Neuro-Oncology Fellowship Team

Alvord Brain Tumor  Center

Neuro-Oncology
Jerome J. Graber M.D., M.P.H.
Tresa M. McGranahan M.D., Ph.D.
Lynne P. Taylor M.D., F.A.A.N., F.A.N.A.
Vyshak Venur, M.D.

Neurological Surgery
Richard G. Ellenbogen M.D., F.A.C.S.
Manuel Ferreira, M.D., Ph.D.
Andrew L. Ko M.D.
Marc R. Mayberg M.D.
Anoop Patel M.D.
Daniel L. Silbergeld M.D.

Radiation Oncology
Lia Moriguchi Halasz, M.D.
Simon S. Lo M.D.
Jason K. Rockhill M.D., Ph.D.
Yolanda D. Tseng M.D.

Neuropathology
Neuropathology Website
Gordana Juric-Sekhar, M.D.
PJ Cimino, M.D.

Neuroradiology
Neuroradiology Website
James Fink, M.D.

Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Team
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Russ Geyer, M.D.
Sarah Leary, M.D., M.S.
Jim Olson, M.D., Ph.D.
Nick Vitanza, M.D.

Research
Eric Holland, M.D., Ph.D.
Hans-Peter Kiem, M.D., Ph.D.
Holland Lab
Kiem Lab

Advanced Practice Providers
Brien Barrett A.R.N.P.
Karl Cristie F. Figuracion A.R.N.P.
Olga Lucia Paredes A.R.N.P.
Young Bin Song PA-C
Claire T. Stockhausen M.P.A.S, P.A.-C.