Pediatric Fellowships

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The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Pediatric Neurosurgery fellowship is located at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, TN, and draws from the pediatric patient populations of Le Bonheur, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and the Semmes-Murphey Clinic.

All pediatric neuro-oncology operations for St. Jude patients are performed at Le Bonheur. Referrals to St Jude are regional, coming from across the mid-South and national and international. The strength of the program is the pediatric neuro-oncology program, although the program has a nationally ranked epilepsy and spine program. Additionally, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital is the only Level I pediatric trauma center in the region, drawing emergency referrals from a 5-state area. The program has a dedicated 6-bed neuro-intensive care unit co-directed by Dr. Frederick Boop and one of the critical care intensivists, which serves as the clinical base for the pediatric neurosurgical fellow.

The fellowship’s parent program is the UTHSC Neurosurgery Residency Program. The program performs approximately 800 cases per year with 4 full-time faculty members.

The pediatric neurosurgery fellowship is a 12-month post-residency program during which fellows gain experience in pediatric neurosurgery clinical activities. Based on his/her level of experience, the fellow will either lead the neurosurgical team or work as team members with faculty and senior-level residents from the neurosurgery residency program. The service is run by the fellow and one PGY-3 or PGY-4 resident from the UTHSC neurosurgery residency program. The fellow oversees the service; typically the fellow cares for the patients of 2 of the 4 faculty members while the resident cares for the patients of the other 2 faculty members. The resident and fellow will then switch attending physician’s services every month, ensuring that each trainee obtains a balanced learning experience from all faculty members. In many instances the fellow and the resident perform surgery together while the faculty observes and teaches.

The fellowship director is Dr. Frederick Boop. In order to apply to the program, applicants should contact Mary Guynn at Selected candidates will be invited to Memphis for interviews.

Fellowship Director

Frederick Boop, M.D., F.A.A.N.S.
Professor and Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery


Michael S. Muhlbauer, M.D., F.A.A.N.S.
Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery

Paul Klimo, M.D., F.A.A.N.S.
Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery 

Stephanie Einhaus, M.D., F.A.A.N.S.
Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery 

Julius Fernandez, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.N.S.
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery