• Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Clinical Fellowship

    Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center's Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Program is an intensive one-year clinical training program designed to prepare physicians for a career in pediatric neuro-oncology.

    Our trainees receive highly specialized, multidisciplinary training at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children's Hospital, two of Harvard Medical School's world-renowned teaching affiliates.

    Clinical highlights

    Dana-Farber/Boston Children's is the regional quaternary center for pediatric neuro-oncology. We oversee New England's most active pediatric oncology clinical research program. We also offer unique clinical trials for patients with newly diagnosed, relapsed or refractory brain tumors.

    We are New England's Phase I Children's Oncology Group referral center and a founding institution of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium. We also belong to the following groups:

    • Pediatric Oncology Experimental Therapeutics Investigator Consortium (POETIC)
    • Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Consortium (PBMTC)
    • On our Clinical Neurosciences floor at Boston Children’s Hospital, we have a specialized pediatric neuro-oncology service for chemotherapy administration and other inpatient hospitalizations.
    • Our outpatient clinic sees over 2,000 visits per year.
    • We care for an average of 125 new patients each year.
    • We follow over 900 pediatric brain tumor survivors in our Outcomes Program.

    We are committed to improving therapy for hard-to-treat pediatric brain tumors, such as atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor (ATRT), low-grade astrocytoma (LGA), high-grade astrocytomas (HGA), diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, and medulloblastoma.

    Graduates from the Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Fellowship program have secured faculty positions at the following hospitals, among others:

    • Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center (Boston, MA)
    • Royal Children's Hospital (Melbourne, Australia)
    • Children's Hospital of Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
    • Hasbro Children's Hospital (Providence, RI)
    • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (New York, NY)

    Responsibilities

    The Pediatric Neuro-Oncology fellow will work under the supervision of the pediatric neuro-oncology staff to diagnose, treat, and provide long-term follow-up for children with diverse CNS tumors on both the inpatient and outpatient services.

    The fellow will receive training in several areas related to neuro-oncology – neurosurgery, neuropathology, neuroradiology, nuclear medicine, radiation oncology, and neuropsychology – and complete a clinical research project during the course of the training program.

    The fellow will also gain experience in phase I and II clinical trials, and be responsible for supervising first-year General Pediatric Hematology/Oncology fellows. During the fellowship year, the fellow will be appointed as Instructor at Harvard Medical School and receive attending physician status and privileges.

    Fellowship schedule and prerequisites

    The fellowship runs from July 1 through June 30 of each academic year. Applicants must meet all of the following requirements:

    • Have completed a ACGME-accredited General Pediatrics residency and Pediatric Hematology/Oncology fellowship
    • Have board certification in General Pediatrics
    • Be board certified/eligible in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

    Applications for the fellowship are accepted on a rolling basis.

    Program leadership

    All members of the teaching staff are faculty at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

    Applications and inquires

    Mailing address

    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Boston Children's Hospital
    Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Fellowship Program
    450 Brookline Avenue, DA3141F
    Boston, MA 02215

    Contact us

    Susan Chi, MD
    Phone: 617-632-4386
    Fax: 617-632-4897
    Email: susan_chi@dfci.harvard.edu 

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