• UC Davis

    CNS Endovascular Surgery Fellowship

About the Fellowship

Fellowship positions have been filled until 2027.

The CNS Endovascular Surgery Fellowship Program at UC Davis is a CAST-approved 1- or 2-year fellowship program depending on the candidate’s qualifications. Fellows will be trained in the full spectrum of neuro-interventional procedures including endovascular aneurysm treatment (coiling, stent-assisted coiling, flow diversion, intrasaccular devices), AVM embolization, AV fistula embolization, mechanical thrombectomy, carotid angioplasty and stenting, TCAR, MMA embolization, head and neck embolization and spinal embolization.

The UC Davis program is a collaboration between the Departments of Neurological Surgery, Neurology and Radiology. The program is based in the Department of Neurological Surgery which allows for training in the management of subarachnoid hemorrhage and potential participation in open surgical cases (aneurysm clipping/AVM resection) for neurosurgeons.

The UC Davis CNS Endovascular Surgery Fellowship Program offers 2 tracks depending on the educational background of the fellow.

2-year Traditional Post Residency Fellowship:
Eligible candidates: Completed an ACGME accredited residency in the following specialties: Neurosurgery, Radiology (including completed diagnostic neuroradiology fellowship) and Neurology (including completed Vascular Neurology or Neurocritical Care Fellowship).

1-year Post Residency Fellowship Track:
Eligible Candidates: Candidates from Neurosurgery, Radiology or Neurology who have completed > 200 diagnostic angiograms as primary operator during residency for neurosurgeons and during fellowship for radiologists and neurologists.

The clinical component of the program will be located at the University of California Davis Medical Center, which is where fellows will spend most of their time. 

The fellow will be in vascular clinic on Monday mornings with Dr. Waldau and Monday afternoons with Dr. Cord. The rest of the week will be devoted to neuro-interventional cases. The fellow will be trained in the following procedures:

Aneurysm treatments (Coiling, stent-assisted coiling, flow diversion, intrasaccular devices)

Intracranial embolizations (AVMs, AVFs, Tumor, MMA for subdural hematoma)

Intracranial or extracranial stent placements or angioplasty (non-aneurysmal) including TCAR

Acute ischemic stroke treatments (mechanical thrombectomy)

Head and neck embolizations (tumor, epistaxis, trauma)

Spinal angiograms and/or embolizations (spinal dural AVF, tumor)

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Please send your applications to Ben Waldau at bwaldau@ucdavis.edu including the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • USMLE transcripts/score report
  • Exam transcripts: Written ABNS exam for neurosurgeons, Neuroradiology subspecialty exam for radiologists, ABPN exam for neurologists.
  • Case log of more than 200 diagnostic angiograms as primary operators for applicants who would like to be considered for the 1-year fellowship.
  • Three letters of recommendation

    To be eligible for the CNS Endovascular Surgery Fellowship, you must have completed residency training in neurosurgery, residency training in radiology with a fellowship in diagnostic neuroradiology or residency training in neurology with a fellowship in vascular neurology or neurocritical care.

    Visa Requirements
    Non-US Citizens must have a J-1 Visa or Work Authorization permit to apply to UC Davis Health fellowship training programs.  UC Davis Health does not accept H1-B Visas.  Please review the complete policy in Requirements for International Medical Graduates at UC Davis Health.

    Graduates of Foreign Medical Colleges
    You must be eligible for a California state license. Please review the California Medical Board approved list of foreign medical schools to confirm you have an approved degree and your school is listed.  If there is concern about your eligibility for a California Medical License, the fellowship program may require a PTAL letter before we consider you for an interview.

    La Donna Haralson
    Education Specialist

Core faculty

CNS Endovascular Surgery Fellowship Director
Department of Neurological Surgery


Assistant Professor
Department of Neurological Surgery

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