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.


We are currently accepting applications for the fellowship class that will begin on July 1, 2019.  We request a cover letter outlining your career goals and interests, three letters of recommendation, a copy of your CV, and a completed application form.  These may be submitted electronically via email to the relevant fellowship director within adult or pediatric neuro oncology.

The Adult Neuro Oncology Fellowship program has reached capacity for the 2018 entering class however the Pediatric Neuro Oncology Fellowship program will continue to review applications for the July 2018 entering class of fellows on a rolling basis.

For the incoming fellowship class beginning in July 2019, the Society for Neuro-Oncology will serve as the sponsor of the newly-launched formal fellowship match program for applicants.  This program is a natural next-step for neuro-oncology as a growing field and establishes a first-ever public listing of participating fellowship programs, a uniform timeline, and standardized base application documents.  The call for applications for the 2019-2020 fellowship year opens October 2, 2017.  For complete information, including a list of requisite application documents and frequently asked questions (FAQs), visit and select the “Neuro-Oncology” tab.


Monday, October 2, 2017
  • Applicant registration begins.
  • Please note that although registration is open up until the rank list deadline, applicants are encouraged to register as early as possible to allow time for application and interviews.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
  • Applicant registration deadline.
March 1, 2018 – May 31, 2018
  • Interview period.
Thursday, June 7, 2018
12:00 PM PST Match Deadline
  • ALL rank lists must be submitted by 12:00 PM (noon) PST. After the deadline rank list choices will be locked and no changes can be made.
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Match Results
  • Match results are made available to programs, medical schools and applicants. Log in to your SF Match account to view match results.
Friday, June 22, 2018
  • Any vacancies which remain after the match will be announced on the Immediate Vacancies page. The list is subject to change and we do our best to only post and process requests to forward applications to active vacancies. Contact programs directly or use the provided form on this page to have your completed CAS file sent. Programs are responsible for contacting the SF Match to remove a vacancy once filled.
July 2019
  • Neuro-Oncology Fellowship training begins.

Adult Neuro-Oncology

Lawrence Recht, MD
Professor of Neurology
Division Chief of Adult Neuro-Oncology

Reena Thomas, MD, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Director, Adult Neuro-Oncology Fellowship
Phone (650) 725-8630

Pediatric Neuro-Oncology

Paul G. Fisher, MD
Professor of Neurology, Chief in the Division of Child Neurology
Program Director of Neuro-Oncology
Phone (650) 721-5889

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