Neurosurgical Anesthesiology Fellowship

Our division of neuroanesthesia is dedicated to the anesthetic care of neurosurgical and neurologically at-risk patients. Whereas historically our division specialized in intraoperative neuromonitoring, our mission today extends to perioperative neurosurgical care, patient safety, and trainee education. Our fellowship is structured after the guidelines set by the Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesia and Critical Care*. Fellows engage in a rich variety of experience, rotating in neurocritical care, intraoperative neuromonitoring, pediatric neuroanesthesia, and neuroradiology. The curriculum is tailored to the needs and experience of the fellow.


Thank you for your interest in our program. For further details on our educational mission, program structure, and other offerings, please contact me directly.


Mashour 2013 Neuroanesthesiology Fellowship Training

*Mashour GA, Avitsian R, Lauer KK, Soriano SG, Sharma D, Koht A, Crosby G; Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care. Neuroanesthesiology fellowship training: curricular guidelines from the Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care. J Neurosurg Anesthesiol. 2013 Jan;25(1):1-7. doi: 10.1097/ANA.0b013e3182785d5d. PMID: 23171854.

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Application Guidelines

Interested applicants should submit the following via email or hardcopy:

  • Personal statement/cover letter
  • Letter of recommendation from anesthesiology residency program director
  • Two to three additional letters of recommendation
  • A valid ECFMG certificate (if medical training occurred at a medical school outside of the United States or Canada)

Please submit application materials to:

Brandon Russell, GME Program Manager
University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics
600 Highland Ave, B6/319
Madison, WI 53792-3272

Fellowship Rotations and Conferences

Educational Mission

The division of neuroanesthesia at the University of Wisconsin Department of Anesthesiology aims to provide outstanding clinical and didactic instruction, as well as research opportunities in neuroanesthesia. The division recognizes neuroanesthesia as a broad field that includes anesthesia for neurosurgery, the neuroscience of anesthesia, and anesthesia for neurologically at-risk populations.Program Overview

Program Overview
Number of Positions: 2
Length of Training: 12-24 months (individualized combinations of clinical neuroanesthesia and neuroscience research experience)

Clinical Fellowship (twelve months)
This fellowship curriculum is structured following guidelines provided by the Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesia and Critical Care. The final program is adaptable to each fellow’s needs and qualifications. Offerings include:

  1. Rotation in the adult neurosurgical operating room, providing a mix of supervision and direct care of anesthesia for a variety of complex neurosurgeries. Surgical procedures include open and endovascular vascular neurosurgery; craniotomy for tumor resection; functional and stereotactic surgery, spine surgery, intraoperative MRI, and awake craniotomy. Experience is further enriched by providing supervision as faculty for general operating room cases, taking general call, and dedicated academic time. (8 months)
  2. Rotation in the department of neurology with emphasis on intraoperative neuromonitoring. As a part of this, fellows will also experience clinical neuromonitoring outside of the operating room. (1 month)
  3. Rotation in the Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit. Experience includes the management of perioperative neurosurgical patients as well as critically ill neurologic patients with nonsurgical disease. (1 month)
  4. Rotation in neuroradiology, providing experience in reading magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and cerebral angiography, among other modailities. Rotation time is divided between diagnostic neuroradiology and neurointerventional radiology. (1 month)
  5. Rotation on pediatric neuroanesthesiology. Experience includes anesthesia for craniotomy, spine, Ommaya placement, and cranial vault reconstruction. (1 month)
  6. Fellows are expected to complete a project in the course of the fellowship. Projects may contribute to the operational, educational, or scholarly mission of the division. Guidance is provided by the neuroanesthesia staff and dedicated time may be arranged for work towards the project.


Research Fellowship (12-24 months)
The research fellowship track offers an opportunity to obtain basic research training in preparation for a career in academic neuroanesthesiology. This would be arranged with interested, qualified applicants on an individual basis.


For more information contact:
Adrian Pichurko, MD
Neuroanesthesiology Fellowship Director
University of Wisconsin Department of Anesthesiology
B6/319 University Hospital and Clinics
600 Highland Ave
Madison, WI 53792-3272

Fellowship Benefits

The 2019-2020 stipend is PGY5 $70,445

Fellows will be provided with a $2500 academic fund which can be used for the purchase of education materials, attendance at meetings, and/or to reimburse the cost of board registration. The department will also be providing fellows with the Smith’s textbook of pediatric anesthesia.


Our Graduate Medical Education (GME) office also provides a wellness stipend and generous institutional parental leave policy.


The Department of Anesthesiology also provides financial support to present at national meetings.


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Fellowship Faculty

Adrian Pichurko,  MD

Assistant Professor (CHS)
Program Director, Nerosurgical Anesthesiology Fellowship
 Associate Vice Chair of Quality and Safety
 Fellowship Director: Neurosurgical Anesthesiology

Aimee Becker,  MD, MBA

Associate Professor (CHS)
 UWH Chief Medical Officer

Joel Johnson,  MD, PhD

Professor (CHS)
 Medical Director for Clinical Anesthetists
 Interim Vice Chair: Quality and Safety

Deborah Rusy,  MD, MBA, FASA

Professor (CHS)

Christopher Turner,  MD, PhD, MBA

Professor (CHS)
 UWH Director of Perioperative Services-Anesthesia

Kenneth Van Dyke,  MD

Associate Professor (CHS)
 Medical Director: UH Perioperative Services

Karl Willmann,  MD

Associate Professor (CHS)
 Medical Director: PACU
 Director: ACLS


Adrian Pichurko, MD

Fellowship Director



Brandon Russell

GME Program Manager