Timothy Wen, a third-year medical student at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, has been named as a Medical Student Fellow by the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS).

The organization is dedicated to advancing neurosurgery by inspiring and facilitating scientific discovery and its translation to clinical practice, according to its website. CNS Fellowship Awards are meant to defer some of the costs recipients incur during their research and to enhance the education of neurological surgeons at all stages of their careers.

As a medical student, Wen has studied factors associated with neurosurgical outcomes and utilization patterns in a variety of neurosurgical subspecialties. With the CSNS/CNS fellowship, Wen plans an epidemiological study analyzing the factors, specifically racial and socioeconomic, associated with delay in treatment of cauda equina syndrome on a national level.

His research mentors include William Mack, MD, associate professor of neurological surgery and director of the neurointerventional program; Arun P. Amar, MD, associate professor of clinical neurological surgery and director, endovascular services; and Steven Yong Cen, PhD, assistant professor of research neurology.