Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology (ESN) Fellowship

The “NeuroIntervention” fellowship at CentraCare and our affiliated hospitals and clinics provides two years of training emphasizing endovascular procedures, including catheter-based thrombolysis, embolization, and stent placement for various cerebrovascular diseases. Fellows train at CentraCare St. Cloud Hospital.

Our program has many strengths, most notably the range and depth of clinical experience provided in our unique setting – we are a high-volume regional medical center that is located outside of the large metropolitan area. In addition, we are not affiliated with a conventional academic institution. Our providers are committed to training our fellow to comprehensively care for patients with cerebrovascular disease from start to finish in an unprecedentedly efficient, in-depth manner by implementation of the latest technology and research.

To maintain the integrity of the program, we have limited fellow moonlighting to one week per month of outside work.

Neurointervention Faculty

Program & Stroke Center Medical Director: M. Fareed Suri, MBBS

Program Details

  • Duration of Fellowship: Two Years
  • Number of Program Openings: One per year.* There are two fellowship start date options, July and January.
    *We will have a Junior Fellow and Senior Fellow.
  • Application Deadline: Applicants with a neurology background are encouraged to apply approximately 18 months prior to tentative fellowship start. Our next opening is January 2027.
  • Timelines:
    January Fellow, next opening January 2027:
    July 2025 - Open applications
    August 2025 - Conduct interviews
    September 2025 - Make offer to top applicant
    January 2027 - New ESN fellow begins

Requirements and Application Process

All applicants must meet the requirements below to be considered for the fellowship:

  • Applicants must be available and qualified to begin the fellowship by July/August of the year for which you are applying
  • Applicants must have completed a neurology residency and a fellowship in vascular neurology or neuro critical care should be in progress or completed prior to applying
  • Applicants must be eligible for a Minnesota Board of Medical Practice license
  • Applicants must meet the following USMLE or COMLEX exam requirements:
    • Have a maximum of two unsuccessful attempts on all USMLE or COMLEX exams across all portions
    • USMLE Step 3 or COMLEX Level 3 to be passed within five years of Step 2 (CK) / Level 2 (CE)

Applicants who meet the above qualifications are asked to submit the following documentation by September 15th of the current year:

  • A current curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation from
    • Two from faculty/mentors on letterhead with signature
    • One from the Program Director of your residency
  • Documentation from your current fellowship that shows you are in good standing with the program
  • 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)

Please send the materials mentioned above in one of three ways:

  • Scanned and emailed to Recruitment, Shana Zahrbock, at Shana.Zahrbock@centracare.com
  • Faxed, ATTN: Shana Zahrbock, ESN Fellowship, to 320-255-5711
  • Phone: Shana Zahrbock, 320-231-6353, please leave message stating you are calling about the ESN Fellowship program.
  • Via US mail to:

Shana Zahrbock, Physician & Provider Recruitment
CentraCare St. Cloud Hospital
1406 Sixth Ave N
St. Cloud, MN 56303

Selected applicants will be interviewed and invited to visit CentraCare for a site visit during the screening process.

Please note, our program does not sponsor visas.