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NREF Announces Winners of the 2020 Cerebrovascular Traveling Fellowship

The NREF is pleased to announce that Andrew W. Grande, MD, FAANS, and Grahame C. Gould, MD, FAANS, have been selected as recipients of the 2020 Joint Cerebrovascular Section Traveling Fellowship. The presentation will be made during the 2020 AANS/CNS Cerebrovascular Section Annual Meeting, August 4-7, in San Diego.

Drs. Grande and Gould will be conducting their week-long traveling fellowships at the Barrow Neurological Institute under the supervision and mentorship of Michael T. Lawton, MD, FAANS.

The Joint Cerebrovascular Section Traveling Fellowship allows a practicing neurointerventionalist of any specialty to visit a high-volume cerebrovascular center for a one-week observership. NREF Education Committee Chair Adam S. Arthur, MD, MPH, FAANS, of Semmes-Murphey Clinic in Memphis, Tenn., and Clemens M. Schirmer, MD, PhD, FAANS, of Geisinger Health System in Wilkes-Barre, Penn., oversee this fellowship program. According to Dr. Arthur, “The rapid evolution of our field and the increase in the number of cerebrovascular centers has created a need for this program. Our goal with this fellowship is to facilitate collaboration and the spread of information from experienced centers and operators to those with less experience.”

The program has received enthusiastic support from Medtronic and MicroVention, who have provided long-term support that annually funds two fellowships. “The NREF is grateful to its industry partners. Their commitment to the NREF mission will ensure that tomorrow’s neurosurgical leaders continue to receive cutting-edge experiences that expand knowledge and improve patient care,” stated NREF Vice Chair Michael W. Groff, MD, FAANS.

Members can read more about past recipients’ experiences in the Success Stories section on the NREF website.

The application for the 2021 Joint Cerebrovascular Section Traveling Fellowship will be available beginning September 1, 2020, through the NREF Online Grant Portal. Applicants must be fellowship-trained cerebrovascular/endovascular specialists, board-certified in a specialty and hold a CAST certificate in neuroendovascular surgery, or be able to demonstrate significant open cerebrovascular experience and practice.

To apply, one must also have practiced independently for at least five years and be a dues-paying member in good standing with the AANS/CNS Cerebrovascular Section or the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery (SNIS).


Grahame C. Gould, MD, FAANS


Andrew W. Grande, MD, FAANS

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