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Barrow offers a two-year neuro-oncology fellowship in one of the busiest brain tumor centers in the United States.
The focus of the first year is primarily clinical, with inpatient and outpatient consultations, Ommaya reservoir injections, oral and intravenous chemotherapy administration and participation in clinical trials.
Fellows will begin neuro-oncology research program planning and guaranteed attendance at national meetings including Society of Neuro-Oncology, American Academy of Neurology and/or American Neurological Association, American Society of Clinical Oncology and/or American Association for Cancer Research.
The focus of the second year is primarily research, clinical and/or laboratory, continued limited outpatient practice and participation in trials. Fellows will have access to a fully functional NIH-supported Neuro-Oncology laboratory with studies in molecular biology, drugresistance, tumor invasion and the current combined clinical laboratory investigations in anaplastic and lowgrade oligodendrogliomas, oligoastrocytomas and glioblastoma multiforme.
Fellows will attend many conferences including the weekly Tumor Board (average 20-30 cases), gamma knife (average 15-20 cases) and monthly skull-base. Regular conferences include Neurology/Neurosurgery Grand Rounds, brain cutting, neurology and neuro-surgery case reviews. Research conferences are held on a weekly basis.
The Barrow Brain Tumor Research Center (BBTRC) was founded in 2010 in an effort to synergize Barrow’s neurosurgical and neuroscience expertise to integrate the scientific assets of medical professionals in the State of Arizona. The BBTRC remains dedicated towards its goal to offer an experimental therapy option to every patient diagnosed with a brain tumor. In the years to come, we anticipate further expansion of research efforts and clinical trials.
Barrow currently sees an average 150 new gliomas per year, is a major participant in RTOG studies and pharmaceutical studies, has full Neurosurgery, Neuropathology, Radiation Oncology support, and has a cyberknife and gamma knife and a Neuroradiology unit with seven MRI units including a 2 3-Tesla MRI.
The University of Arizona Cancer Center has partnered with St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center to break ground on a 220,000 square foot facility which has an anticipated opening date in 2015. This treatment center is just one of 41 comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health. It is the only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center headquarted in Arizona and serving the entire state through a network of affiliated healthcare organizations and community physicians.
To learn more about training at one of the busiest brain tumor centers in the country, e-mail BNINeurology@DignityHealth.org.
Lynn Ashby, MD
Director, Neuro-Oncology Fellowship Program
Vice Chairman of Neurology
Barrow Neurological Institute
St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center