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Neuroendovascular Fellowship

Neuroendovascular Fellowship

The Neuroendovascular Fellowship offered through the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, Wis., is a joint program between the Departments of Radiology and Neurological Surgery under the direction of Program Co-Directors Beverly Aagaard Kienitz, MD, and David Niemann, MD. Faculty/clinical staff include Azam Ahmed, MD, and Jacob McGrath, PA-C.

Fellowship information

Join one of the most established and advanced CAST-accredited cerebrovascular centers in the Midwest, with a rich history in the field as the second institution in the world to coil cerebral aneurysms (1991). Our experienced faculty offer the entire array of treatments for vascular disease of the CNS state-of-the-art clinical and research equipment complement innovative imaging protocols in technologically advanced procedures.

  • Number of fellows: One fellow per year (2025-2026 is currently open)
  • Length of program: One year, July 1–June 30
  • Elective opportunities: Currently all rotations at UW School of Medicine and Public Health (includes University Hospital and American Family Children’s Hospital) and the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital.
  • Number of graduates: 15
  • License/certification: Wisconsin medical license, board-eligible or certified neurosurgeon or radiologist

Qualifications

  • MD or DO with board eligibility/board certification in Diagnostic Radiology or Neurosurgery
  • Eligible to obtain a Wisconsin medical license and be credentialed at the University of Wisconsin and affiliated locations
  • Completion of an ACGME-accredited Neurosurgery residency or completion of an ACGME-accredited Radiology residency, plus one full year of an ACGME-accredited diagnostic neuroradiology fellowship
  • This position has been identified as a position of trust with access to vulnerable populations. The selected candidate must be required to pass an initial caregiver check to be eligible for employment under the Wisconsin Caregiver Law and then every two years.

Clinical information

  • American Family Children’s Hospital — 111-bed comprehensive pediatric medical and surgical center with pediatric and neonatal surgical intensive care units.
  • UW Health East Madison Hospital — 56-bed, community-based health and wellness facility
  • University Hospital — 505-bed regional referral center that is home to a Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center, American College of Surgeons-verified Burn Center, one of the nation’s largest organ transplant programs, one of the nation’s first certified comprehensive stroke centers and the UW Health | Carbone Cancer Center, one of 41 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive centers in the country.
  • UnityPoint – Meriter Hospital — 448-bed community-based hospital provides a complete range of medical and surgical services. Since 2017, UnityPoint Health – Meriter has been operated as a joint-operation with UW Health.
  • William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital (VA) — 87-bed acute care facility.

Imaging equipment

  • Two hybrid neuroendovascular/neurosurgery operating rooms in main OR, fully functional for neuroendovascular, right/left craniotomy or combination open craniotomy and endovascular cases
    • OR 10: Siemens Artis icono biplane (In February 2020, UW Hospitals and Clinics was the first facility in North America to install the Artis icono biplane imaging system)
    • OR 11: Siemens Artis Q biplane
  • Siemens Q.zen biplane imaging system in a hybrid OR at American Family Children’s Hospital
  • Two biplanes outside of OR
    • Siemens Artis zee biplane at University Hospital (currently a dedicated COVID-19 room and acute stroke treatment room)
    • Siemens Artis zee biplane imaging system at William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital
  • Full suite of advanced ultrasound, CT, MRI, PET/MRI and PET/CT devices
    • Pre-clinical scanners, including micro CT, micro PET/CT, angiography units and a 4.7 T small-bore MRI system
    • Clinical scanners, including 64-slice dual energy CT, 1.5 T and 3 T MRI, PET/CT, PET/MRI, and 192-channel and 64-channel ultrasound

Research

Current clinical trials

There are ample opportunities and resources for imaging research, including:

  • Access to the Wisconsin Institute for Medical Research (WIMR), a unique multispecialty collaborative facility with laboratories for developing and producing contrast agents and isotopes (including a cyclotron)
  • Image-guided ablation and radiation facilities
  • A variety of other research laboratories, including an animal surgery center and elastography and radiofrequency laboratories
  • A dedicated Siemens biplane for neuroendovascular research

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Contact information

For more information, please email fellowshipapplications@neurosurgery.wisc.edu