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Neuroanesthesiology Fellowship

The Fellowship in Neuroanesthesia is designed to encourage further development in academic medicine. The Fellow will work with Dr. Maria Bustillo, Dr. Peter Goldstein, Dr. David Kopman, Dr. Daniel Lahm, Dr. Patricia Fogarty Mack, Dr. Kane Pryor, Dr. Paul Riegelhaupt, Dr. Kingsley Storer, and Dr. Jaroslav Usenko to develop not only clinical care protocols but to actively pursue at least one research project and participate in the education of residents rotating through the subspecialty. The Fellow in Neuroanesthesia is expected to provide care for patients of all ages requiring the care of the neuroanesthesia team, whether in the operating rooms on G3 or in the invasive neuroradiology suite. The Fellow may also elect to provide care for patients in the neurosciences care unit, in which Dr. Lahm, in addition to a neurologist and a neurointensivist, attends.

The goals for the Fellow in Neuroanesthesia include the following: to gain extensive exposure to preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative management within the clinical subspecialty, to become an expert in a clinical facet of the practice, to become involved in ongoing research protocols in Neuroanesthesia, to design and initiate at least one research project within the subspecialty, to present data at a national meeting during the fellowship and at a departmental “Research-in-Progress” meeting, to attend at least one meeting oriented toward Neuroanesthesia or monitoring for neurosurgery, to be involved in the Neuroanesthesia bi-monthly teaching series, and to become a highly skilled independent practitioner.

The division will consider all applications for the fellowship with a goal of taking up to one fellow per year. The fellowship will allow for a minimum of one academic day per week in order to read, write, and prepare lectures or manuscripts. During the first two months of fellowship, the fellow will be assigned to the most challenging neurosurgical cases and supervised by a member of the faculty in neuroanesthesia. After that he or she will work with/supervise a resident in the operating rooms or invasive neuroradiology. The types of patients for whom he or she provides care will depend specifically on the interests of the fellow.

Program Director

Maria Bustillo, M.D.
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology

Director, Division of Neuroanesthesiology
Fellowship Director

Contact:
Rachael Reese
Phone: (212) 746-2954
E-mail: rar3005@med.cornell.edu

Weill Cornell Anesthesiology Fellowships

I. Neuroanesthesia: Overview
On a daily basis anesthesiologists are involved in the care of neurosurgical and neurologic patients in any of three areas.

A. The Operating Rooms
There are five operating rooms on the third floor of the Greenberg Pavilion with neurosurgical cases. Typically these are in the central core in rooms 11, 12, 18 and 19 and in G22 – which is equipped with fluoroscopy. On occasion, neurosurgical cases are scheduled in other operating rooms on the third floor and, in these cases, the Neuroanesthesia care team is scheduled to provide care.

B. Neuroradiology
Procedures n neuroradiology involve patients of all ages and occur in up to 2 rooms in the INR suite on a daily basis. In addition to the scheduled cases, patients requiring management for acute stroke are treated at all hours of the day.

C. Neuroscience Care Unit
Dan Lahm, MD, attends in the NCU, an 18 bed unit, one week out of every four. The unit provides care for patients who have had neurosurgical procedures, neurology patients and patients requiring intensive care from other services and for whom there are no available beds in other units.

There are several neuroanesthesiologists, Drs. Goldstein, Kopman, Lahm, Lien, Mack, Pryor, Proekt, Storer and Usenko who provide care for the majority of patients in each of these areas. For pediatric patients requiring neurosurgical procedures, care is provided by a pediatric anesthesiologist if the patient is less than 5 years of age and generally by one of the Neuroanesthesia team if the patient is over the age of 5 years.

The types of surgical cases for which the team provides anesthesia includes, but is not limited to:

  • Back surgery ranging from microdiscectomies to laminectomies and fusion as well as resection of spinal cord tumors
  • Suboccipital craniotomies
  • Awake craniotomies for mapping and resection of seizure foci or tumors 
  • Craniotomies for clipping of intracranial aneurysms
  • Craniotomies for resection of AVMs
  • Craniotomies for tumor resection
  • Gene therapy for Parkinson’s Disease
  • DBS placement for Parkinson’s Disease
  • Endoscopic fenestration of intracranial cysts
  • Carotid endarterectomies


Intraoperative care of any of these patients may include neurophysiologic monitoring (EMG, SSEP, BAER and MEP) by neurophysiologists, complex neuro-psychometric testing for the patients who are awake during their procedures, and monitoring of a processed electroencephalogram.

In the INR suite, the Neuroanesthesia team provides care for patients requiring:

  • Embolization of aneurysms
  • Embolization of arteriovenous malformations
  • Angiogram and therapy for patients with an acute stroke
  • Angioplasty of stenotic intracranial vessels
  • Treatment of carotid stenosis
  • Embolization for epistaxis
  • Embolization of facial hemangiomas

Faculty from neuroanesthesia, in addition to neurologists and neurointensivists attend in the neurosciences care unit, on 2SW – which is adjacent to the INR Suite. Residents from neurosurgery, neurology and anesthesiology rotate through the unit.

II. Neuroanesthesia Fellowship: Expectations

A. The fellow in neuroanesthesia will initially function as a CA-4 resident and not as a “junior” attending. The fellow will be assigned to take S3 call during the week and overnight call on Fridays or Saturdays as an attending. If he or she desires, participation in extra Saturday or in vitro call will be allowed. Call will not be scheduled and will never require that the fellow is too fatigued to function during the week.

B. The scheduling of the fellow will be inviolate. Should the fellow’s assistance be required to cover the operating rooms on any individual day, that time will be made up at a future date.

C. The goal of the fellowship is to equip the fellow with the skills and tools necessary for an academic career in anesthesiology

III. Neuroanesthesia Fellowship: Description

A. Fellowship: The division will consider all applications for the fellowship with a goal of taking up to one fellow per year. The structure of the fellowship is flexible to accommodate the goals of the fellow. The fellowship will allow for a minimum of one academic day per week in order to read, write, and prepare lectures or manuscripts. If the Fellow is involved in enough research to warrant more academic time, it will be available to pursue research interests. During the first two months of fellowship, the fellow will be assigned to the most challenging neurosurgical cases and supervised by a member of the faculty in Neuroanesthesia. After that, he or she will work with/supervise, with a member of the neuroanesthesia faculty, a resident in the operating rooms or INR. The types of patients for whom he or she provides care will depend specifically on the interests of the fellow.

B. Goals: The goals of the Fellowship in Neuroanesthesia are multiple and include the following:

  • The fellow should gain extensive exposure to preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative management within the clinical subspecialty.
  • The fellow will become an expert in a clinical facet of the practice.
  • The fellow will become involved in any ongoing research protocols in neuroanesthesia
  • The fellow will design and initiate at least one research project within the subspecialty
  • The fellow will present data at a national meeting during the fellowship and a t a departmental “Research-in-Progress” meeting.
  • The fellow will attend at least one meeting oriented toward neuroanesthesia or monitoring for neurosurgery
  • The fellow will contribute to a Neuroanesthesia weekly meeting that serves as a venue to discuss clinical practices, interesting patients, recent articles and ongoing research
  • The fellow will become a highly skilled independent practitioner

C. Structure

  • For the first two months of fellowship, the fellow will be assigned to one of the Neuroanesthesia sites three days a week to provide care, with supervision from the faculty in neuroanesthesia, for patients undergoing complex neurosurgical procedures. Thereafter he or she will assume a supervisory role on these three days. The resident assigned to the fellow’s room will call him or her to discuss an anesthetic plan. In the morning the fellow will discuss this plan with the responsible faculty. 
  • During two to three months of the fellowship, the fellow may elect to rotate through the neurosciences care unit. His presence there will be in addition to, rather than as a replacement for, one of the residents assigned to the unit. Responsibilities in the unit will include:
       Making morning and evening rounds 
       Facilitating procedure such as invasive lines and bronchoscopies 
       Presenting topics to the residents in the unit one or two times per week
       Supervising residents 
       Participating in any ongoing studies
  • The fellow will attend all departmental conferences pertaining to neuroanesthesia
  • The fellow will work with the neurophysiologists to learn the basics of intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring. The fellow will also participate in and facilitate any ongoing research with the neurophysiologists
  • The fellow will meet with Dr. Lien or Pryor at least once a week to review the progress being made during his or her fellowship

On academic days the fellow will be actively involved in

  • Further design and implementation of research protocols
  • Attend relevant neurosurgical conferences
  • Prepare lectures for CA-1, 2 and 3 residents
  • Coordinate the weekly Neuroanesthesia Conference.

Please email Lisa Cabrera at lcabrera@med.cornell.edu with any questions regarding the application.

Click below to download the application. 

Neuroanesthesiology Fellowship Application.2014.docx

The completed application should be mailed to:

Neuroanesthesiology Fellowship Office
Lisa Cabrera
Department of Anesthesiology
WCMC, Box 124, Room M-312
525 East 68 Street
New York, NY 10065

Contact Us

Dept. of Anesthesiology
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medicine
525 East 68th Street, Box 124
New York, NY 10065
Fax: (212) 746-8563

Office of the Chair
Phone: (212) 746-2962
E-mail:  Marissa Matarazzo, mam7036@med.cornell.edu

Residency and Fellowship Education
Direct all inquiries to:
Phone: (212) 746-2941
E-mail: anes-programs@med.cornell.edu

Patient Billing Inquiries
Phone: (855) 880-0343