Skull Base Surgery Research Fellowship

The Surgical Neuroanatomy, Fiber Tractography, and Virtual Reality Research Center, under the direction of Juan C. Fernandez-Miranda, MD, has a dual educational and research role aiming to improve surgical techniques and outcomes by mastering knowledge of relevant surgical neuroanatomy. Our aim is to further and adhere to the working philosophy of Albert L. Rhoton, Jr., MD: to perform meticulous and exquisite anatomical microdissections to better understand the intricate complex anatomy of the human brain and skull base. 

The main theme of the laboratory is “From the Lab to the OR” as a reflection of a true translational effort to introduce novel anatomical concepts and innovative surgical technique into real surgical practice. The research and education activity of the laboratory pertain to four different areas: endoscopic skull base anatomy; microsurgical neuroanatomy; white matter dissection with advanced white matter imaging and tractography; and virtual reality for surgical simulation and planning. 

Research fellowship positions are offered in the lab throughout the year. Minimum length of the fellowship program is 12 months; shorter periods of time might be considered under special circumstances.

Funding for personal expenses is not available, but the lab will provide the anatomical and technical material needed to complete your training and research projects. Fellows will focus on areas of their interest under the guidance of the lab faculty.

Those interested in applying for the research fellowship position should please contact us at and send an updated curriculum vitae and at least one letter of recommendation.