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Endovascular Neurosurgery Fellowship Program

Rush University’s Endovascular Neurosurgery service is world-renowned for its innovation advances in minimally invasive treatments for neurological disorders. In collaboration with Siemens, the faculty and fellows conduct translational research. The goal is to bring new ideas into clinical practice. In addition, the faculty and fellows participate in the most relevant clinical trials in our field. Thus, they stay abreast of the latest advances in technology.

As a major referral center for Endovascular Neurosurgery, the Center for Neuroendovascular Surgery at Rush attracts patients from throughout the world. The patient base is broad and diversified giving fellows the opportunity to treat a broad array of pathology using endovascular techniques.


The Rush University Endovascular Neurosurgery program is internationally recognized for innovation in minimally invasive treatments for cerebrovascular disorders. Specific areas of training include:

  • Intracranial angioplasty
  • Brachiocephalic angioplasty
  • Carotid stent
  • Intracranial stent
  • Embolization of arteriovenous malformation
  • Aneurysm endovascular occlusion
  • Embolization of tumor, extracranial and intracranial
  • Test occlusion / occlusion of cranial vessel
  • Embolization / carotid cavernous fistula (head, neck, spine)
  • Spinal angiography
  • Spinal embolization
  • Mechanical Thrombolysis for acute stroke
  • Diagnostic angiography
  • Many intravenous procedures such as IPS sampling, sinus angioplasty and thrombolysis

The program is designed to ensure that fellows are comprehensively trained in all areas of endovascular surgical neuroradiology.


The endovascular fellowship is open to applicants who have completed an ACGME-accredited residency training program in either neurosurgery or neuroradiology.

All candidates for fellowship must have completed at least 12 months (preferably consecutive) of neuroradiology training. In addition, all endovascular surgical neuroradiology fellowship candidates must be skilled in catheter-based techniques.

Candidates with a neurosurgery background must have fulfilled the following preparatory requirements, in addition to the common requirements cited above:

  1. Completion of an ACGME-accredited residency program in neurological surgery
  2. Completion of a course in basic radiology skills

The basic radiology skills and neuroradiology training may be acquired as an elective at some point during the neurological surgery residency. Alternatively, the applicant can fulfill these requirements during the first year of fellowship training at UBNS.

Candidates with a radiology background must have fulfilled the following preparatory requirements, in addition to the common requirements cited above:

  1. Completion of an ACGME-accredited residency in diagnostic radiology
  2. Completion of three (3) months of clinical experience in an ACGME-accredited neurological surgery program

The clinical requirement may be acquired as an elective during diagnostic radiology and/or neuroradiology training.


Applications for the endovascular surgical neuroradiology fellowship are accepted on an ongoing basis. Candidates are required to send the following:

  • Updated CV
  • Cover letter describing career goals and anticipated start / end dates for fellowship training
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Any Visa requirements

The above documents should be forwarded to:

ATTN: Endovascular Neurosurgery Fellowship Application
Rush University Neurosurgery
Professional Building
1725 W. Harrison St.
Suite 855
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 942-6644

Please e-mail inquiries regarding the endovascular fellowship to: Magdalena_Chavez-Sedlacek@rush.edu

Candidate packets will be reviewed no less than monthly by the endovascular faculty members: Demetrius Lopes, MD; Michael Chen, MD; and Roham Moftakhar, MD. Once the faculty has made their decision, candidates will be notified of possible interview dates. Upon acceptance into the program, the candidate will receive an offer letter confirming dates of fellowship. Candidates are requested to sign and return a confirmation of receipt and an acceptance of the offer.

Subsequent correspondence to the candidate will entail all documents regarding hospital credentialing, licensure, university appointment, and human resource matters.