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Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowship

12-Month Program
Located at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital

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 either leads the neurosurgical team or works 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 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 University of Tennessee Health Science Center Pediatric Neurosurgery fellowship draws from the pediatric patient populations of Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, 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.


In order to apply to the program, applicants should contact Mary Guynn at Selected candidates will be invited to Memphis for interviews.


Frederick Boop, MD, FAANS
Professor and Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery

Michael S. Muhlbauer, MD, FAANS
Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery

Paul Klimo, MD, FAANS
Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery 

Stephanie Einhaus, MD, FAANS
Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery 

Why Memphis?

riverboat on the Mississippi RiverMemphis is a city like no other. Nestled on the banks of the Mississippi River, Memphis is where starving actor Danny Thomas built a children’s hospital (St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has helped increase the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80%); Fred Smith started a small delivery service (FedEx now generates $60 billion dollars a year); the King of Rock ‘n Roll chose to live (Elvis’ Graceland sees 600,000+ visitors each year); and where you’ll find USA Today’s most iconic street (Beale Street has attracted fans from all over the world since the 1860s).  And, we were recently named one of the Best Places to Go in 2019 by Frommer's.

More city points of pride:

Memphis has been the inspiration for over 1,000 songs. We’re pretty proud of our town and think once you experience Memphis, you will be, too.

Last Published: Nov 28, 2018