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.
- 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.
Suhas Bajgur, PGY-6
Hometown: Bangalore, India
Medical School: Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences, Hubli, India
Residency School: UT Health - McGovern Medical School, Houston, Texas
Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: I am a space geek. I've seen every space movie, see every rocket launch, and read all the books about space. I feel everyone should read and re-read Carl Sagan's 1994 Pale Blue Dot speech.
If you weren't a physician, you would be: An astronaut.
Allison Ho, PGY-6
Hometown: Topeka, Kansas
Medical School: University of Kansas
Residency School: University of Minnesota
What is your favorite Minnesota activity: Riding bikes with my husband, daughter, and our dog on one of the many greenways to a local restaurant for patio sitting/eating/drinking.
Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: I spend an embarrassing fraction of my free time enjoying/participating in medical social media content including but not limited to interventional neurology, comedy, breastfeeding advocacy, and women in medicine.
If you weren't a physician, you would be: A high school AP Biology teacher and springboard diving coach.
Karan Topiwala, PGY-7
Hometown: Surat, Gujarat, India
Medical School: Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical College, Pune
Residency School: University Of Connecticut School Of Medicine
Why did you decide to come to the U of M ESN Program: U of M Neurology's Vascular-Endovascular Program is one of the finest, most comprehensive, and competitive training programs that I came across during my interview trail. The program's focus on clinical research and close clinical mentorship is exactly what I was looking for during my fellowship training.
What do you enjoy most about the program: I love the fact that the faculty across-the-board is so easily approachable, from discussing patient-care plans to deliberating over potential research ideas.
What are your plans after fellowship: I plan to work in an academic setting, managing patients with acute neuro-vascular injury.
What is your favorite Minnesota activity: Jogging across the university campus, listening to Coldplay!
Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: I like to paint sketches that infuse neuroscience into otherwise mundane scenes!
If you weren't a physician, you would be: an artist or play professional tennis
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: Kate Hanson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Competitive applicants will be invited to visit the University of Minnesota for an interview during February/March (16-17 months ahead of start date).