The Stanford Neuro-Oncology Program Fellowship

Fellowship Overview

Neuro-Oncology is a growing subspecialty that is in constant evolution as novel diagnostic strategies, therapeutics, and prognostic factors are being discovered. Basic science and clinical trials play a pivotal role in this subspecialty to improve outcomes for neuro-oncological disorders. There continues to be a great need for physicians who have an interest in research as well as clinical practice. Our fellowship program offers one- to two-year training periods for candidates who have completed an adult or pediatric neurology residency and have attained the qualifications necessary to sit for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology examination. We will also consider applicants who have completed training in medical oncology, pediatric oncology, neurosurgery, or radiation oncology on a case by case basis. The first year of our fellowship focuses primarily on the clinical training. Fellows are also encouraged to pursue their research interests concurrent with their clinical training or to complete a second year of training to focus specifically on research. Our goal is to train future leaders in the field of academic neuro-oncology.

We are a UCNS (United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties) accredited program in Neuro-Oncology and it is our expectation that graduates of the program will take the certification examination at the completion of the program.


The Adult Neuro-Oncology Fellow position to begin on July 1, 2021 has been filled.  Deadlines for the application cycle to begin on July 1, 2022 may be found on the SF match webpage and are included below. Applicants will also need to submit a cover letter outlining their career goals and interests, three letters of recommendation, CV, and a completed application form.  These may be submitted electronically via email to the adult fellowship program director and program coordinator (

  • November 2, 2020 - applications open in SF Match
  • February 28, 2021 - applications close in SF Match
  • March 1, 2021 - interviews period begins
  • May 31, 2021 – interview period ends
  • June 11, 2021 - rankings due at 12:00noon PST from candidates & programs
  • June 18, 2021 - results posted
  • June 21, 2021 - vacancies posted


The Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Fellowship program will continue to review applications for the July 2022 entering class on a rolling basis outside of the SF match process.  Applicants may submit a cover letter outlining their career goals and interests, three letters of recommendation, CV, and a completed application form.  These may be submitted electronically via email to the pediatric fellowship program director and program coordinator, Jackie Loesch,

Adult Neuro-Oncology

Chirag B. Patel, MD, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Director, Adult Neuro-Oncology Fellowship
Phone (650) 725-8630

Pediatric Neuro-Oncology

Sonia Partap, MD
Clinical Professor, Child Neurology
Director, Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Fellowship 
Phone (650) 736-0885