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Neurosurgery & Brain Repair

Department of Neurosurgery and Brain Repair

Neuroendovascular Fellowship

Fellowship Mission:

Provide high-quality education and training along with an environment that encourages research and innovation in the subspecialty field of neuroendovascular surgery. Produce highly competent and technically skilled graduates capable of providing specialized treatment and patient care.

Overview of the Program: This is a 1-2 Year fellowship, accredited by the Committee for Advanced Subspecialty Training (CAST) and under the guidance of the Society for Neurological Surgeons and the NeuroEndovascular Surgery Advisory Council (NESAC). Trainees are offered advance clinical training in neuroendovascular intervention and care as well as advanced research opportunities with specialty-trained, board-certified faculty members.

Training Site: This fellowship is based at Tampa General Hospital. This 1,000+ bed teaching hospital is the primary teaching hospital for USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. As the only Level I Trauma Center in the Tampa Bay area, TGH serves as the main tertiary care facility for West Central Florida, and is a comprehensive stroke center. TGH receives neurosurgical patients from all parts of Florida and the greater southeast region. There are 32-dedicated, state of the art neurological-ICU beds, and 18-dedicated trauma-ICU beds. 

Program Structure: This is a 1-year or 2-year CAST-accredited fellowship in Neuroendovascular Surgery. The duration will depend on the level of diagnostic angiography skills the applying individual possesses, as some residents are able to perform a large number of diagnostic cerebral angiography procedures throughout their training. The structure of the fellowship will also allow a part of it to be an in-folded fellowship (for post-Chief year neurosurgery residents only). The fellow will be fully integrated into the clinical neuroendovascular service and participate in inpatient and outpatient care in addition to performing a variety of neuroendovascular procedures. Throughout the duration of the fellowship, time spent between clinical and research duties will be roughly 80% and 20%, respectively.

Clinical: The focus of the fellowship will be on general adult neurovascular pathologies (acute stroke interventions, carotid disease, cerebral aneurysms, and arteriovenous malformations/fistulas) as well as neurovascular oncology (tumor and extracranial embolization). There will also be an opportunity to learn pediatric neurovascular disease as these cases present at TGH.

Didactics: The fellow is expected to participate and present in the weekly Tuesday multi-disciplinary vascular and endovascular neurosurgery board conference held at TGH, and the weekly Grand Rounds on Friday mornings at TGH. The fellow is also expected to attend the monthly neurosurgery morbidity and mortality conference whenever a neuroendovascular complication is presented, as well as monthly journal club sessions hosted by the neurosurgery department.

Research: Given the nature of neuroedovascular work, this fellowship offers unique opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations. Time throughout the fellowship (roughly 1 day/week, or 20%) will be allocated for participation in, or initiation of, clinical research projects (related to neuroimaging and endovascular surgery). Opportunities for basic/translational laboratory research projects are available through the Center for Excellence in Aging and Brain Repair, and NIH grants under Dr. Mokin, the fellowship’s program director.


Program Faculty

Maxim Mokin, MD, PhD

Associate Professor
CNS-Endovascular Fellowship Program Director

Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology (ESNR) Fellowship, University at Buffalo (SUNY)
Vascular Neurology (Stroke) Fellowship, University at Buffalo (SUNY)

Board Certified by ABPN in Neurology and Vascular Neurology
CAST certified in NeuroEndovascular Surgery

Waldo Guerrero, MD

Assistant Professor

CAST-fellowship in NeuroEndovascular Surgery, University of Iowa 
Clinical Research Fellow, Vascular Neurology, University of Texas (Houston)

Board Certified by ABPN in Neurology and Vascular Neurology

Kunal Vakharia, MD, MBA

Assistant Professor
Skull Base Fellowship, Mayo Clinic
Cerebrovascular Fellowship, University of Buffalo Neurosurgery
For additional information regarding the neuroendovascular fellowship, please email Michelle Campbell, Program Administrator,