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Neurosurgery Research Fellowship

Research Scholar Position and Research Fellowship Opportunity with Lurie Children's Pediatric Neurosurgery

Lurie Children's Pediatric Neurosurgery now offers Health Services Research scholar and Research Fellowship opportunities.

Never before has there been such fertile ground in developing Health Services Research, Global Health, and Quality & Safety in Pediatric Neurosurgery. Currently, we are accepting applications for funded positions for neurosurgery residents in North America to spend 1-2 years with our team to do specialized health services, global health, and/or quality/safety research in pediatric neurosurgery as Research Scholars with mentorship led by Dr. Sandi Lam.

Whether it is working with one of the longest running and most active multidisciplinary spina bifida programs in the country, the Chicago Center for Fetal Medicine, the Healthy Communities initiative, Northwestern's Institute for Public Health and Medicine, Northwestern's Institute for Global Health, Center for Education in Health Studies, the Smith Child Health Research, Outreach, and Advocacy Center, and the highly ranked Northwestern Department of Neurosurgery, collaborative opportunities abound for research scholars and trainees joining our team.

We understand that health is more than healthcare. As Lurie Children's mission is to improve the health and well-being in children, we in Pediatric Neurosurgery believe in expanding our sights beyond perfecting neurosurgical technique and beyond discoveries in the basic science labs. Building bridges across all pillars of pediatric research will translate discoveries from bench to bedside, to the population and into policy to help all children.

For instance, we want to know why patients have difficulties getting to neurosurgical attention, when we know we have surgical solutions to offer for diseases like epilepsy. At Lurie Children's, leaders like Dr. Matt Davis, chairman of pediatrics, leads funded community initiatives to work within and outside the walls of the hospital in partnership with community leaders and organizations, knowing that life expectancy at birth can vary by 17 years depending on the neighborhood in Chicago. We will partner with such initiatives to expand the reach of neurosurgery, so that we can characterize and understand disparities, barriers in access to care, and predictors of outcomes that go beyond surgical technique; taking it a step further, the community and state partnerships will allow a forum for intervention and building models for effective, inclusive care.

That is one example above; other projects as well as global health opportunities are also in the works.

We invite neurosurgery residents in North America to spend 1-2 years with our team to do specialized health services, global health, and/or quality/safety research in pediatric neurosurgery as funded Research Scholars. This pediatric-neurosurgery-specific forum is the first of its kind. We also have visiting research and observership positions for international colleagues to learn about pediatric neurosurgery at Lurie Children's as we work on studying neurosurgical healthcare delivery both locally, nationally, and globally.

Our funded initiatives in epilepsy and spina bifida will be a start, and we will develop within this rich, socially-responsible, active research community to work toward the promise of a cure, the promise of safer space, and the promise of a healthier future.

Learn more and apply by contacting slam@luriechildrens.org