Endovascular Neuroradiology

The Endovascular Surgical Neuroendovascular (ESN) program at the University of Minnesota is dedicated to the advancement of minimally invasive methods to treat patients with neurovascular disease. The central focus of the program is training the next generation of physician leaders in this expanding field. Established over a decade ago, our fellowship program has earned a reputation of providing the best ESN education to our trainees. The program is multidisciplinary and inclusive in every sense - the faculty and fellows bring the strengths and perspectives of neurology, neuroradiology, and neurosurgery. On behalf of our faculty, current fellows, and alumni, we welcome your interest in our program and encourage you to learn more about us.

Program Highlights

  • Our ESN fellowship is a rigorous two-year program open to all highly qualified candidates from Neurology, Neuroradiology, and Neurosurgery.
  • We typically accept 1-2 candidates into the program every year.
  • In certain years, we offer a combined three-year track (one year of Vascular Neurology and two years of ESN) to qualified candidates from Neurology.
  • Candidates from Neurosurgery can complete the first year of ESN training as part of their electives during residency and return for the second year after graduation from residency.
  • We are one of the few ESN fellowships accredited by the American Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
  • Our graduates have been highly successful in a wide range of clinical practice settings.
  • Our fellows receive a broad education including ample experience in aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations and fistulas, intracranial and extracranial atherosclerosis, ischemic stroke, vascular trauma, tumor embolization, spinal disease, and pediatric disease.
  • Our fellows have numerous opportunities for scholarly activity including clinical research and basic research. They publish and present their work in numerous forums each year.

Kamran Masood, PGY-8

FellowHometown: Karachi, Pakistan

Medical School: Dow Medical College

Residency School: Dow University of Health Sciences

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Vascular Neurology Program: This program offers a great hands-on learning experience which is invaluable in regards to procedure based training.

What do you enjoy most about the program: The people we work with including Staff, co-fellows, nurses and techs.

What are your plans after fellowship: I want to go work in Pakistan after completing my training here in the US.

What is your favorite Minnesota activity: Biking in the summer and sledding with my kids in the winter.

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: I re-read all the original Sherlock Holmes stories.

If you weren't a physician, you would be: Test driving cars.

Coridon Quinn, PGY-8

FellowHometown: Mercersburg, PA

Medical School: University of Minnesota

Residency School: University of Minnesota

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Vascular Neurology Program: I did my 1st year of endoascular fellowship enfolded during neurosurgery residency.

What do you enjoy most about the program: The mentorship and the interdisciplinary team of neuroradiologists, neurologists, and neurosurgeons. It gives various outlooks and solutions to the problem at hand.

What are your plans after fellowship: Take my wife on a vacation, then get a job.

What is your favorite Minnesota activity: During the summer; swimming. During the winter; snowboarding. All with family, of course.

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: I used to be a bio-defense scientist and have a massive collection of legos (for my kids, but not really:)

If you weren't a physician, you would be: I would still be a bio-defense scientist....

Laura Qi, PGY-6


Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

Medical School: Boston University

Residency School: University of Missouri

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Vascular Neurology Program: There are many reasons - the most important of which is the strong vascular neurology and neuroendovascular training programs. Living in the twin cities is also a plus!

What do you enjoy most about the program: The interdisciplinary nature of this training program is definitely one of its best attributes. Success in this subspecialty requires a solid knowledge base from neurosurgical, neurology and radiology fields. This program makes a concerted effort to recruit fellows from all three disciplines which maximizes our learning, with each bringing something different to the table.

What are your plans after fellowship: Hopefully to find a job! Ideally one that will utilize both my vascular neurology training and my neuroendovascular training.

What is your favorite Minnesota activity: Definitely all the hiking trails!

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: I spent the first half of my childhood living in Montreal, Canada speaking Québécois!

If you weren't a physician, you would be: Travel Blogger (Is this an actual job? If so, I’m very jealous)

Requirements & Application Process

  • Applicants with a neurology background must have completed an ACGME-accredited neurology residency and an ACGME vascular neurology fellowship;
  • Alternatively, applicants with a neurosurgery background must have completed an ACGME-accredited neurosurgery residency;
  • Alternatively, applicants with a radiology background must have completed an ACGME-accredited radiology residency and subsequently completed a U.S. neuroradiology fellowship.

Applicants who meet the above qualifications are asked to submit the following by January 1st (18 months before the fellowship start date):

  • A curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty/mentors on letterhead with signature
  • A personal statement of interest in this subspecialty career path
  • Copy of your UMSLE or COMLEX official score reports
  • A copy of your current ECFMG certificate (for International Medical Graduates)
  • Email mention of current visa status (only J-1 visas sponsored by ECFMG are accepted)

Applicants with a neurology background are encouraged to apply for our vascular neurology fellowship through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) in early December. All other applicants should follow the instructions below.

Please send the materials mentioned by email to: Becca Busse, at buss0194@umn.edu

Competitive applicants will be invited to visit the University of Minnesota for an interview during February/March (16-17 months ahead of start date).