Overview

Overview

The Cleveland Clinic Florida Brain Tumor Center and Minimally Invasive Cranial and Pituitary Surgery Program offer one clinical fellowship in skull base surgery each year from July to June.

The primary goal of this fellowship is to train future academic leaders and clinical scientists in the subspecialties of open and endoscopic skull base surgery by providing advanced training in the overall management of patients with complex skull base and brain pathology. During the fellowship year, the clinical fellow also actively participates in ongoing clinical and lab research projects in collaboration with 2 research fellows. The department has a cranial base surgery state of the art Lab equipped with Microscope and Endoscope available 24/7 at Weston Campus.

Badih Adada, MD

Badih Adada, MD
Program Director

Hamid Borghei-Razavi, MD

Hamid Borghei-Razavi, MD
Associate Program Director


Application

Application

Interested applicants must have successfully passed USMLE Steps 1, 2CK, and 2CS. Applicants requesting an H-1B visa must also have successfully passed USMLE Step 3. International medical graduates must have received a currently valid ECFMG certificate in order to apply to our program.

Interested candidates can apply for a fellowship position by submitting the following documentation:

  • Fellowship Application
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Personal Statement
  • Letter from Residency Program Director in lieu of Dean’s Letter
  • At least two letters of recommendation from physicians whom have supervised you in a clinical setting
  • USMLE/COMLEX Score Reports
  • Medical School Diploma
  • Certificate(s) of previous training
  • Certified copy of your currently valid ECFMG certificate (applicable for International Medical Graduates only)

For more information, please visit the or Fellowship Directory.

Program Contact:

Badih Adada, MD
ADADAB@CCF.ORG

Hamid Borghei-Razavi, MD
BORGHEH2@ccf.org

Susan Worthington
Administrative Program Coordinator
WORTHIS@ccf.org

Benefits

Benefits

Salary

Please refer to the table below for new salary rates, effective July 1, 2020:

Grad Level Current Pay Rate
1 $54,335
2 $56,411
3 $58,098
4 $60,734
5 $62,983
6 $65,817
7 $69,696
8 $73,694

Paid Time Away: Vacation, Maternity, & Paternity

  • Vacation– 3 weeks (15 working days) provided at the beginning of each academic year.
  • Maternity– 6 weeks paid leave for natural childbirth or adoption; 8 weeks for cesarean section. Additional time off unpaid up to a maximum of 12 weeks under the Family Medical Leave Act.
  • Paternity– 2 week paid leave. Additional time off unpaid up to a maximum of 12 weeks under the Family Medical Leave Act. 

Insurance

  • Healthcare– Cleveland Clinic Florida covers 50% of annual Healthcare Plans for Clinical Trainees and their families. Effective on the first day of training with no waiting period.
  • Dental and Vision Care– Cleveland Clinic Florida covers 100% of annual Dental and Vision Care Plans for Clinical Trainees.
  • Maternity Care– 100% coverage is provided through the health care plan that you select within the plans guidelines.
  • Pharmaceuticals– As outlined by the Cleveland Clinic Florida Health Plan.
  • Malpractice– Paid by the Cleveland Clinic Educational Foundation/Cleveland Clinic Florida. Limited to activities within the training program.
  • Life Insurance– $25,000 term group policy.

Travel Privileges and Other Education Activities

Senior residents, chief residents and fellows in ACGME and NON-ACGME programs that meet eligibly criteria as outlined in the Graduate Physicians Manual may be approved to attend academic meetings for the purpose of presenting or engaging in leadership roles within national societies will be eligible up to 5 days per academic year with a maximum reimbursement of $1,200 per academic year.

Research Fellowship Program

Research Fellowship Program

Cranial Base Neuroanatomy

The Cleveland Clinic Florida Brain Tumor Center and Minimally Invasive Cranial and Pituitary Surgery Program offer two research fellowships in cranial base neuroanatomy each year. 

The cranial base neuroanatomy research fellowship is designed for graduated neurosurgeons who want to deepen their knowledge and expertise in complex endoscopic and microscopic skull base approaches. It will last for one year. The training has dual educational and research goals aiming to improve surgical techniques and outcomes by mastering knowledge of relevant surgical skull base neuroanatomy.

Fellows will conduct training and research in the surgical neuroanatomy lab. The philosophy of this lab is to conduct meticulous and exquisite anatomical microdissections to better understand the intricacies of the complex anatomy of the human brain and skull base. We believe this type of dissection can be used as a guide to improve surgical skills and as a trigger for research ideas and innovations. There is a regular 3D presentation meeting every Friday morning between staff, clinical fellows, research fellows, and medical students rotating in the neurosurgery department to show the microscopic and endoscopic dissections and discuss their clinical relevance.

To apply, please email:

Hamid Borghei-Razavi, MD
(BORGHEH2@CCF.ORG)

Badih Adada, MD
(ADADAB@CCF.ORG)

Cleveland Clinic Florida Cranial Base Neuroanatomy Lab

Overview

The Cleveland Clinic Florida Cranial Base Neuroanatomy Lab is a hub for national and international neurosurgeons who are interested in state-of-the-art skull base training and research. Our lab has research, educational, and innovational roles aimed at improving surgical techniques and outcomes through a mastery of knowledge of relevant surgical neuroanatomy.

The lab has an inspirational role as well for medical students to choose neurosurgery and brain surgery for their future training. Our philosophy is to conduct meticulous and exquisite anatomical microdissections to better understand the intricacies of the complex anatomy of the human brain and skull base. We believe this type of dissection can be used as a guide to improve surgical skills and as a trigger for research ideas and innovations. The lab’s missions are research, endoscopic and microscopic skills training, and innovation.

Research and Skills Training

The four main research areas of the lab are microsurgical neuroanatomy, endoscopic skull base anatomy, innovation and device development to improve surgical methods and outcomes, infrastructure development for future advanced labs, and collaboration with other basic neuroscience institutes, including biomechanical engineering.

The lab brings together a multidisciplinary team of national and international research fellows.

Research and clinical fellows have unlimited access to the lab to study anatomy, practice surgical procedures, and plan operations.

Innovations

Innovations of the researcher will be supported through the lab and staff. We will try to connect the ideas of the research fellows with other disciplines such as the biomechanical engineering department and a suitable company for further design and development of new technologies and instruments that can improve surgical methods and outcomes.

Weekly 3D Presentations

There is a 3D presentation meeting every Friday morning in the lab between staff, clinical fellows, research fellows, and medical students rotating in the neurosurgery department to show the microscopic and endoscopic dissections and discuss their clinical relevance.

Annual Advanced Cleveland Clinic Skull Base Surgery Workshop

There is an annual three-day skull base surgery workshop between Cleveland Clinic main campus in Ohio and Cleveland Clinic in Florida. It is located in the Braathen Neurological Institute at the Cleveland Clinic Florida campus in Weston. This course offers unique advanced training in microscopic and endoscopic approaches.

Staff

Staff

Badih Adada, MD
Badih Adada, MD
Department Chair

ENT-Skull Base

Gilberto Alemar, MD
Gilberto Alemar, MD
Department Chair

Interventional Neuroradiology

Current Fellows

Current Fellows

Class of 2021

Neurosurgery- Skull Base Surgery Clinical Fellowship

Edinson Najera, MD | Cleveland Clinic Florida

Edinson Najera, MD
Clinical Fellowship in Skull Base Surgery
Donostia University Hospital
San Sebastian, Spain

Visiting Researcher

Bilal Ibrahim 

Bilal H. Ibrahim, MD
Jordan University of Science & Technology

Alumni

Alumni

Class of 2020

Neurosurgery- Skull Base Surgery Clinical Fellowship

muhsen

Baha’eedin Muhsen, MD
Consultant Neurosurgeon at King Hussein Cancer Center
Amman, Jordan


Research Fellowship Alumni

Edinson Najera, MD | Cleveland Clinic Florida

Edinson Najera 2019-2020