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 or pediatric oncology training and have attained the qualifications necessary to sit for their respective specialty board examination. We will also consider applicants who have completed training in medical 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.



UCNS deadlines for the Adult Neuro-Oncology Fellow position that will begin on July 1, 2025 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 coordinator, Karin Kao

  • Wednesday, November 1, 2023 - applications open in SF Match
  • February 29, 2024 - applications registration deadline in SF Match
  • March 1, 2024 - interviews period begins
  • May 31, 2024 – interview period ends
  • June 7, 2024 - rankings due from candidates and programs at Noon PST
  • June 14, 2024 - results posted
  • June 17, 2024 - vacancies posted
  • July 1, 2025 - Fellowship training begins



The Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Fellowship program will continue to review applications for the July 2024 entering classes 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

Kate Therkelsen, MD
Program Director, Adult Neuro-oncology Fellowship

Karin Kao
Adult Fellowship Program Coordinator

Pediatric Neuro-Oncology

Sonia Partap, MD
Clinical Professor, Child Neurology
Director, Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Fellowship

Jackie Loesch
Pediatric Fellowship Program Coordinator