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The Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Colorado, continues the tradition of excellence outlined in our Mission Statement.

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Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowship

Pediatric neurosurgery team at the University of Colorado

The Pediatric Neurosurgery fellowship is designed to build upon the skills and knowledge acquired in general residency in Neurosurgery with strong and consistent emphasis on the very special disorders and management of neurosurgical problems in children. The Children’s Hospital has the most comprehensive pediatric neurosurgical program in the Rocky Mountain region, performing over 750 operative cases per year. 

Dr. Michael H. Handler, Dr. Ken Winston, and Dr. Corbett Wilkinson, our fellowship-trained and board certified pediatric neurosurgeons have more than 50 years of combined experience and focus solely on children, and are joined in 2010 by Dr. Todd Hankinson and Dr. Brent O’Neill, also fellowship trained. 

The fellow is based at The Children’s Hospital on the Anschutz Medical Campus of the University of Colorado, a beautiful 314 bed facility built in 2007.  The Children’s Hospital has been serving as the major referral center for the rocky mountain region for more than 100 years.  It has repeatedly been ranked among the top ten hospitals for kids by US News and World report.

The Pediatric Fellowship training program of University of Colorado Denver is a one year program certified by the Accreditation Council for Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowships.  Application for the fellowship is through the San Francisco match program for Pediatric Neurosurgery (

There is only one fellow on the neurosurgical service at Children’s Hospital each year. One resident in Neurological Surgery is assigned full-time to the Children’s Hospital as well, with additional call coverage provided by other residents. 

The fellow will be involved in patient care throughout training. The fellow has a half-day clinic for consultations, pre- and post-operative evaluations, and follow-up patients.  The inpatient activities include seeing inpatient consults and very active involvement in the pre-operative, operative, post-operative and non-operative management of pediatric neurosurgical patients. The fellow will scrub into operations being done by the attending pediatric neurosurgeons.  

The fellow will be expected to attend educational conferences and programs of the pediatric neurosurgical service and the University of Colorado Department of Neurosurgery.  The fellow will be expected to present at many of these.  Research efforts and academic publications are encouraged and guidance toward these is provided.

Enrollment and successful completion of a neurosurgical residency training program is required.