SCHAUMBURG, Ill., May 19, 2017 — The Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) is pleased to announce Tej Azad as the recipient of the 2017 CSNS/CNS Medical Student Summer Fellowship in Socioeconomic Research. Awarded annually, this fellowship helps medical students engage in clinical research that could shape not only their careers, but society as a whole.
This $2,500, three-month summer medical student fellowship in socioeconomic research partners a medical student with the Council of State Neurosurgical Societies (CSNS). Azad is currently a MD/MS student focusing on biomedical informatics at Stanford University School of Medicine, and hopes to pursue residency training in neurological surgery. He is interested in applying computational and statistical methods to clinical outcomes research, centering on variation and value in spine care, and translational science, focusing on next-generation sequencing-based circulating tumor DNA detection.
His MS degree is supported by a TL1 training grant from the National Institutes of Health and a Doris Duke Charitable Foundation fellowship. His research has been supported by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Stanford Society of Physician Scholars, and the American Brain Tumor Association. Azad graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in neuroscience and originally hails from Floyds Knobs, Indiana.
The CNS Fellowship awards represent an ongoing investment by the CNS on behalf of the field of neurosurgery. The awards are meant to defer some of the costs fellows incur during their research and to enhance the education of neurological surgeons at all stages of their careers. To learn more about CNS fellowship grants and awards, visit www.cns.org/grants-awards.