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Barrow Neurosurgery Residency Program


Since 1962, neuroscience patients and the professionals who serve them have chosen Barrow Neurological Institute of St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center for highly skilled care.


The unique capabilities, eminent physicians, technological excellence and pioneering research of Barrow are recognized internationally. Each year, patients come from across the country and around the world for the specialized care offered at the Barrow.

Barrow Neurological Institute, encompasses six divisions: Neurological Surgery, Neurology, Neuro-anesthesiology, Neurobiology, Neuropathology, and Neuroradiology. The objective of the Barrow is to foster excellence in patient care, education and research. These goals are pursued vigorously by the staff of the Division of Neurological Surgery with twenty-three full-time Neurosurgeons, twenty-seven residents, three clinical fellows and several research fellows.

The Barrow Neurosurgery Residency Program is rigorous and fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Four applicants will be selected each year through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Successful applicants are prepared to assume both academic and clinical leadership roles in Neurosurgery.

The Neurosurgery Residency Program Requires A Seven-Year Commitment

The program consists of 84 months of training in fundamental skills, clinical neurosurgery and research. The intern year is under the auspices of the Neurosurgery Residency Program Director of Barrow Neurological Institute. PGY1 year is dedicated to training in skills fundamental to becoming a neurosurgeon. Two months of the PGY1 year is spent on neurology services at Barrow, fulfilling the first neurosurgery board requirement. Five years are dedicated to clinical neurosurgery training, including rotations in endovascular and vascular neurosurgery, or electives in addition to the core neurosurgical training. Eighteen months of training is devoted to further laboratory research or other electives.

Residents develop their clinical skills by caring for patients in need of the entire spectrum of neurological surgery: trauma, cerebrovascular, spine, neoplastic, functional, and pediatric. The breadth of clinical experience available to residents is reflected by the volume of patients at the Barrow.

Academic activities are an integral part of the Barrow Neurosugery Residency program. Residents are encouraged to participate in ongoing research in either the microsurgical, cerebrovascular, pediatric, pain, or spinal Injury neurosurgical laboratories and to design their own research projects. Residents can also participate in a wide range of basic neuroscience laboratories in the Division of Neurobiology. Residents are expected to prepare papers for publication and presentations at both national and international meetings. A full-service neuropublications office is available to assist with publications.

Regularly scheduled clinical and research conferences feature experts whom provide a constructively critical forum for residents to present their work.

The clinical and research environment of the Division of Neurological Surgery is further enriched by three fellowships in skull base/cerebrovascular, endovascular surgical neuroradiology and complex spinal neurosurgery. All of the clinical neurosurgery fellowships are accredited through either The Society of Neurological Surgeons or the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education and accepts up to 2 fellows per year for training. Each program includes a six month research rotation, active participation in resident teaching and are available to applicants with an interest in sub-specializing who have finished their neurosurgery residency.

Medical students are invited to apply for four-week neurosurgery electives during their early senior year.