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    Name of the WFNS Training Centre:

    Universidade Federal de São Paulo - Vascular Neurosurgery Fellowship

    About the Training Center:

    The Discipline of Neurosurgery at Federal University of São Paulo is located in the city of São Paulo, in the homonymous state. Its main activities are developed at Hospital São Paulo, a teaching and general hospital with 750 beds, whose coverage area serves directly a population of about 21.5 million inhabitants (São Paulo Metropolitan Area) and receives referred patients from all states of the country.

    At our main hospital, our discipline counts with a dedicated Neurological Ward with 18 standard beds and a Neurological ICU that encompasses 9 intensive care beds. Both neurological units have broad interdisciplinary staff, including speech therapy, physiotherapy, clinical neurology and nursing graduation and postgraduation students.

    Our institutional Emergency Department directly serves an area with a population of 5 million people and it receives both traumatic and non-traumatic patients. Our polytrauma patients are treated separately at 26 intensive care beds General ICU. 

    The hospital complex can perform all neurological examinations. Radiological/Diagnostic Center owns 02 3 Tesla MRI machines, 02 multichannel CT machines, in addition to inpatient and outpatient ENMG, EEG and transcranial doppler.

    We perform about 700 procedures yearly at our main general hospital, among which 60% are elective and 40% urgent cases. As a university hospital, both medical and neurosurgical residency students rotate at our department. We have a total of 15 medical residents rotating between our main hospital and other three partner general hospitals where they perform minor surgeries in spine, functional neurosurgery, oncology, vascular and trauma areas. 

    Pediatric patients, except oncologic patients, are treated at our main hospital. Children with oncologic diseases are treated at our Pediatric Oncology Institute, a general pediatric oncology hospital.

    Neurosurgical procedures in our main hospital include

    • Vascular Neurosurgery / Endovascular procedures
    • Brain tumors
    • Pediatric Neurosurgery
    • Functional Neurosurgery (DBS, pain and Epilepsy surgery)
    • Degenerative Spine Surgery and Spine Instrumentation
    • Spine and Spinal Cord Trauma
    • Skull and Brain Trauma
    • Peripheral nerve surgeries

    Technical Structure

    • 1 Dedicated Neurosurgical Operating Room
    • 1 Independent Angiography-Endovascular Operating Room
    • Intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring for selected cases
    • Intraoperative vascular fluorescence and surgical Doppler system
    • Ventricular and transnasal transsphenoidal endoscopes
    • Operating microscopes with 3D screen
    • Ultrasonic aspirator
    • Microneurosurgical Laboratory with 21 microscopes for anatomy dissection

    Program Details:

    Our hospital is classified as a high complexity centre for public health system and we treat all neurovascular diseases, including ruptured and unruptured intracranial aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), dural arteriovenous fistulas, vascular bypass surgeries and cavernomas. About 200 vascular open surgeries, among the main and all partner hospitalar, are performed yearly.

    The main activities are characterized by theoretical classes, dissection in a microsurgical laboratory, surgical and endovascular procedures.


    A General Grand Round occurs every Monday where two lectures are presented, followed by discussion of the week's surgical cases. Every Wednesday, a multidisciplinary neurovascular Grand Round meeting (neurosurgeons, neurologists, neuroradiologists, psychologists, radiotherapists, and Interventional radiologists) occurs with in-depth discussion of neurovascular institutional cases. Outpatient activity happens every Monday (AMV patients) and Friday (general neurovascular patients). Elective surgeries at the main hospital are done on Thursdays. There are daily elective and urgent neurovascular surgeries headed by Prof. Feres Chaddad at partner hospitals. Surgical and clinical activities are observer status only.

    A neuroanatomy and approaches' course is taught by Prof. Feres Chaddad every Tuesday.

    Specific courses of white matter dissection, vascular bypass techniques, sulci, gyri and ventricles anatomy and head surgical approaches are scheduled annually.

    The students can study at our Central Library and perform anatomical study and dissections in Microneurosurgical Laboratory between activities. Research activity is performed with anatomical specimens and clinical data retrieved from our university patients. 

    Fellowship Informations

    • Fellowship program begins every March and it has 12-month length
    • We provide 2 fellowship positions each year
    • Portuguese is the program's teaching language
    • Theorical lectures in English
    • Fellows are responsible for travel expenses
    • Fellows are responsible for bureaucratic workup with Brazilian Immigration Department (Federal Police)
    • We provide accommodation and daily 3 meals  
    • All candidates will need to be involved in publication of scientific data while doing their Fellowship and they are encouraged to write at least 01 paper during their stay at our institution
    • After satisfactory completion of the program, Fellowship candidates receive WFNS and Unifesp Certificates.

    Required documentation:

    • A copy of the Passport or the ID card
    • A copy of the Diploma in Medicine or a certificate issued by the Faculty of Medicine
    • A copy of neurosurgery residency certificate or equivalent document
    • Curriculum Vitae (CV) (in English, Portuguese or Spanish)
    • Letter of recommendation (in English, Portuguese or Spanish)
    • A motivation letter (in English, Portuguese or Spanish)

    How to Apply:

    The applicant please fill out the Online Application Form. Only the online application will be accepted.

    June 2023