Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology (ESN) Fellowship

This “NeuroIntervention” fellowship at the University of Minnesota and affiliated hospitals provides two years of training emphasizing endovascular procedures, including catheter-based thrombolysis, embolization, and stent placement for various cerebrovascular diseases. The second (senior year) of this fellowship is ACGME-accredited. Fellows train at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) and University of Minnesota Health (MHealth). Night/weekend call is taken from home.

Department & Faculty

This fellowship is offered among the Department of Neurology’s other graduate training programs that have continuously graduated neurology and subspecialty trainees since the 1940s. Among the significant strengths of our program are the range and depth of the clinical experience provided at two teaching hospitals (Hennepin County Medical Center and University of Minnesota Health); the commitment of the full-time faculty at each of these hospitals to teaching, patient care, and scholarship; and the focus on both clinical and basic research in a diverse neuroscience community. Active epidemiologic, clinical, and basic research programs in cerebrovascular diseases provide opportunities for participation.

NeuroIntervention Faculty
Andrew Grande, MD
Bharathi Jagadeesan, MD
Ramachandra Tummala, MD, Program Director

Duration of Fellowship

The program is two-years long – a junior preparatory year followed by a senior ACGME-accredited year.

Number of Fellows per Year: Two (1 junior and 1 senior)

Application deadline: Applicants with a neurology background are encouraged to apply through ERAS in November/December of their PGY3 year of residency for a three-year training track in our department: one year of vascular neurology, one year of ESN prep, and one year of accredited ESN fellowship.


Requirements and Application Process

  • Applicants with a neurology background must have completed an ACGME-accredited neurology residency and a vascular neurology fellowship;
  • Alternatively, applicants with a neurosurgery background must have completed an ACGME-accredited neurosurgery residency;
  • Alternatively, applicants with a radiology background must have completed an ACGME-accredited radiology residency and subsequently completed a U.S. neuroradiology fellowship.

Applicants who meet the above qualifications are asked to submit the following by January 1st (18 months before the fellowship start date):

  • A curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty/mentors on letterhead with signature
  • A personal statement of interest in this subspecialty career path
  • Copy of your UMSLE or COMLEX official score reports
  • A copy of your current ECFMG certificate (for International Medical Graduates)
  • Email mention of current visa status (only J-1 visas sponsored by ECFMG are accepted)

Applicants with a neurology background are encouraged to apply for our vascular neurology fellowship through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) in early December. All other applicants should follow the instructions below.

Please send the materials mentioned above in one of three ways:

  • Scanned and emailed to our coordinator, Cathie Witzel, at witz0007@umn.edu
  • Faxed, Attn: Cathie, ESN Fellowship, to 612-624-0687
  • Via US mail to: Cathie Witzel, Fellowship Coordinator, University of Minnesota, Department of Neurology,
  • 420 Delaware St SE, MMC 295, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Competitive applicants will be invited to visit the University of Minnesota for an interview during February/March (16-17 months ahead of start date).

Contact Information

Cathie Witzel, Fellowship Coordinator
Email: witz0007@umn.edu
Phone: 612-625-1969
Fax: 612-624-0687, attn: Cathie

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