Swedish Medical Center and Providence Everett Medical Center Set Up a Neurosurgery Fellowship Traini

Swedish Medical Center and Providence Everett Medical Center Set Up a Neurosurgery Fellowship Training Program in Everett

Feb. 17, 2005

By Sharon Salyer
The (Everett) Herald

EVERETT - A new fellowship program for neurosurgeons has been launched at Providence Everett Medical Center, the result of an agreement with Seattle's Swedish Medical Center.

The postgraduate program is for fully trained neurosurgeons, said Dr. Larry Schecter, Providence Everett's chief medical officer. It's the first such post-graduate fellowship program at the Everett hospital.

"The goal was to have fellows get added training here at Providence Everett," Schecter said.

Dr. Sanford Wright, a longtime Everett neurosurgeon, will supervise the program.

Dr. John Brisman, a graduate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, is the first to hold the new fellowship post. He is formally part of the Everett hospital's medical staff.

"We signed a training agreement so our specialty fellows can go to Everett and achieve part of their training with Dr. Wright and other neurosurgeons," said Dr. Marc Mayberg, executive director of Swedish's Seattle Neuroscience Institute.

The Everett hospital has received requests for other such fellowship programs, Schecter said. "This is kind of the future of large (health care) organizations," he said.

The fellowship is one of several projects Providence Health System, the Everett hospital's parent organization, and Swedish are collaborating on, said Greg Van Pelt, Providence Health System senior vice president. The fellowship program at the Everett hospital follows the opening last fall of Swedish's $30 million neuroscience institute in downtown Seattle.

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