Neuro-Oncology Program Description
Barrow offers a two-year fellowship in one of the busiest brain tumor centers in the United States. Barrow currently sees an average 150 new gliomas per year, is a major participant in RTOG studies and pharmaceutical studies, has full Neurosurgery, Neuropathology, Radiation Oncology support, and has a cyberknife and gamma knife and a Neuroradiology unit with seven MRI units including a 2 3-Tesla MRI. You will see a fully functional NIH-supported Neuro-Oncology laboratory with studies in molecular biology, drugresistance, tumor invasion and the current combined clinical laboratory investigations in anaplastic and lowgrade oligodendrogliomas, oligoastrocytomas and glioblastoma multiforme.
Fellows will attend many conferences including the weekly Tumor Board (average 20-30 cases), gamma knife (average 15-20 cases) and monthly skull-base. Regular conferences include Neurology/Neurosurgery Grand Rounds, brain cutting, neurology and neuro-surgery case reviews. There is also research conferences held weekly.
The focus of the first year is primarily clinical, with inpatient and outpatient consultations, Ommaya reservoir injections, oral and intravenous chemotherapy administration and participation in clinical trails.
Fellows will begin research program planning and guaranteed attendance at national meetings including Society of Neuro-Oncology, American Academy of Neurology and/or American Neurological Association, American Society of Clinical Oncology and/or American Association for Cancer Research. The focus of the second year is primarily research, clinical and/or laboratory, continued limited outpatient practice and participation in trials.
William Shapiro, MD
Chairman of Neuro-Oncology Fellowship Program
Barrow Neurological Institute
St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center
Read more about the Brain Tumor Clinic at Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's.