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Otoneurology And Balance Disorders Fellowship

A one-year Otoneurology and Balance Disorders Fellowship position is available at Barrow Neurological Institute for neurologists that have completed neurology training that are interested in a clinical or academic career in Otoneurology and Balance Disorders.

The fellowship training experience will focus on the clinical diagnosis, vestibular assessment and treatment of patients with a broad variety of balance disorders that cause vertigo, dizziness, nystagmus, imbalance or ataxia. The fellow will see patients in the Neuro-otology Clinic and also in the Hydrocephalus Screening Clinic and the Ataxia Clinic. The experience can be tailored to include training in neurodegenerative movement disorders as well a other disorders of balance. The Neuro-otology clinic is a busy clinic that provides care to patients with vertigo and imbalance. There are periodic meetings as part of the Phoenix Neurotology Society and monthly Balance Board meetings attended by those in the community with an interest in vestibular and balance disorders including vestibular physical therapists, audiologists and otolaryngologists. Conferences include neuroscience and neurosurgical grand rounds, skull base conferences, neuroscience research conferences and a weekly patient care conferences. In addition, the fellow is encouraged to engage in a clinical research project in an area of interest with the goal of presenting at a national meeting.

Resources available include videonystagmography (VNG) and tilt table testing within the Clinic and access to electrocochleography, audiometry, vestibular myogenic evoked potentials (VEMPs), rotational chair testing, off-center eccentric rotational testing of the utricle and computerized posturography. Barrow has a cyberknife and gamma knife and a comprehensive neuroradiology unit with seven MRI units including two 3-Tesla MRI units. Barrow has neurosurgical expertise in all areas of neurosurgery and as well as surgical neurotology. In addition, Barrow has representation in all areas of clinical neuroscience including neuropathology, neuroradiology, nuclear medicine and most subspecialities of neurology.

Fellows will be provided free subscriptions to both Neurology® Journal and Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology® as included with membership dues to AAN. AAN webinars about practice management, billing, coding, and reimbursement are offered throughout the year. The fellow will also have access to the AAN Neurology Career Center and the Residents and Fellows page on the AAN website.

Specific skills the fellow will learn include:

  • Evaluation of patients with dizziness, vertigo and imbalance
  • Management of various vestibular disorders and interaction with surgical otologists
  • Recognition and management of gait and balance disorders including but not limited to cerebellar degeneration, hydrocephalus, and neurodegenerative disorders.
  • Understanding the basic anatomy and function of the vestibular system, understanding of vestibular function testing techniques and how to use them.

Learn More About The Otoneurology And Balance Disorders Fellowship Program

To learn more about training in neuro-otology and balance disorders, e-mail [email protected].

Terry Fife, MD 
Director, Neuro-Otology and Balance Disorders Fellowship Program
Interim Chairman of Neurology 
Barrow Neurological Institute 
St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center 
Phoenix, Arizona 
[email protected]