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 Fellowship program has reached capacity and is no longer accepting applications for the fellowship class that will begin on July 1, 2019.  For applicants interested in applying for our adult neuro oncology fellowship program to begin on July 1, 2020, please find the relevant dates and information regarding the SF match process below.  Applicants will 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.

The Pediatric Neuro Oncology Fellowship program will continue to review applications for the July 2019 and July 2020 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.

For more information regarding the match process, please visit and select the “Neuro-Oncology” tab.

SF Match timeline for Adult Neuro Oncology Fellowship Program applicants:

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - applications open in SF Match

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - applications close in SF Match

Thursday, March 1, 2019 - interview period begins

Friday, May 31, 2019 – interview period ends

Friday, June 7, 2019 - rankings due at 12:00 noon PST from candidates & programs

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - results posted

Friday, June 21, 2019 - vacancies posted

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