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    Name of the WFNS Training Centre:

    Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children's Hospital, Phoenix, Arizona


    About Training Centre:

    Our program here at Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) is uniquely qualified to provide premier education in the area of pediatric neurosurgery as it is one of the largest free-standing Children’s hospitals in the United States with access to large volumes of patients, the latest technologies for advanced neurosurgical care, multiple research programs in both clinical as well as translational laboratory, and numerous residency and fellowship training programs.  Additionally, through our alliance with St. Joseph’s Hospital, we have access to the numerous opportunities for educational experience at the adult Barrow facility. PCH has consistently met and exceeded the national ranking in standard of care for its patients. PCH is a multi-disciplinary hospital with over 25 medical specialties housed within the hospital enabling efficient in-house consultation services, dedicated floor with over 20 beds for neurosurgical patients, cutting edge radiology equipment and neuroradiology team, and a pediatric critical care unit with trained neuro-critical care physicians.  We have two dedicated neurosurgical operating rooms, which are fully equipped with the latest in neuro-surgical specialty equipment. We have a dedicated neurosurgical nursing team in each operating room as well as specialty trained nursing staff both inpatient and outpatient settings. Neurophysiologic diagnostic equipment, including EEG, EMG, ICP is available. 

    Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital values the importance of education especially to increasing the availability of education to developing countries. We have previously had clinical and research observors and fellows from around the world including: Latin America, Asia, Europe, and Africa. During the fellow’s visit they will be able to observe the most complex neurosurgical procedures that are performed in our dedicated neurosurgery operating suites on a daily basis, participate in daily film review teaching rounds, as well as attend weekly Neurosurgery Clinical Conferences and Neurosurgery/Neurology Grand Rounds. In addition, we host a variety of Neuroscience Lectures and Conferences throughout the year that they would be able to attend, based on what is offered during the time of visit. In addition, the fellow will have access to the adult program at the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital for surgical/clinical opportunities as well as didactic conferences. If of interest, the fellow will have full library access both in house and by computer to the University of Arizona online system for accessing neuroscience and other medical journals as part of their learning about clinical or research topics.  Computer access is available for research and writing with compatible document and spreadsheet analytic software.


    Our faculty:

    Dr. P. David Adelson is the Director of Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Diane and Bruce Halle Endowed Chair in Pediatric Neurosciences and Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery. Dr. Adelson is board certified in neurological surgery, pediatric neurosurgery and adolescent medicine. He practices all aspects of pediatric neurosurgery, with a special interest in pediatric cerebrovascular, epilepsy, brachial plexus and peripheral nerve, congenital anomalies including Chiari malformations and syringomyelia, and tumors.

    Dr. Ruth Bristol is the Director of Craniofacial Neurosurgery and the Co-Director of the Hypothalamic Hamartoma Program. Dr. Bristol is board certified in neurological surgery and pediatric neurosurgery. She practices all aspects of pediatric neurosurgery, with a special interest in craniofacial, hypothalamic hamartomas, and craniosynostosis.

    Dr. David Shafron has had over 10 years of residency training experience with the University of Arizona School of Medicine – Tucson with rotating residents through the pediatric neurosurgery service here at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Dr. Shafron is a board certified neurosurgeon. He practices all aspects of pediatric neurosurgery, with a special interest in spasticity, craniosynostosis, hydrocephalus, and cerebral palsy.

    Dr. Taryn Bragg is board certified in neurological surgery and pediatric surgery. She practices all aspects of pediatric neurosurgery, with special interest in spasticity, movement disorders, chiari, congenital defects, and neuromodulation.

    Dr. Jamal McClendon is board eligible in neurological surgery and pediatric surgery. He practices in a focused aspect of pediatric neurosurgery specifically in the area of complex spinal diseases/disorders including deformity, trauma, and tumors.


    Programme details:

    • a three month clinical observership/ fellowship to neurosurgeons that meet the World Federation Neurological Surgeon (WFNS) criteria for the international fellowship program.
    • As part of the observership/ fellowship period, our program has allocated funds to cover the cost of housing during the visit for the fellow, a meal card, a prepaid charge/ credit card for basic necessities, and a metro bus pass to cover ground transportation in the city.
    •  All travel related expenses (i.e.) transportation to and from Phoenix Arizona USA, Visa costs, passport expense, etc. though are the responsibility of the visiting fellows.


    Required documentation:

    • A copy of the passport or ID card
    • A copy of your diploma in Medicine or a certificate issued by the Faculty of Medicine.
    • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    • Letter(s) of recommendation from Chief of Service from Residency or present department of Neurosurgery
    • A motivation letter
    • Ability to pass requirements for valid travel Visa


    How to Apply:

    Qualified applicants are invited to fill out the Online Application Form. Only the online application will be accepted.

    September 2022