About

Clinical Training

The Massachusetts General Hospital neurosurgery residency program aims to train the next generation of neurosurgical leaders. We have a long and proud tradition of training neurosurgeons who have made major clinical and scientific contributions to the field of neurosurgery. Our department is dynamic, growing and strongly positioned in both clinical and scientific areas to continue to lead and innovative in neurosurgery.

Recently, the program has undergone a significant expansion with appointment of several new faculty members and the move into new operative suites and patient units, with a doubling of the department’s laboratory space.

Research Training

In addition to the unparalleled clinical training, our residents have two years to dedicate to research, a clinical fellowship or to pursue an advanced degree. Most residents spend two years in a laboratory of their choice as part of the residency training. The research opportunities in the Boston area are unrivaled and include Mass General (the largest recipient of NIH funding among U.S. hospitals), Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Broad Institute, Dana Farber Cancer Center and Boston Children’s Hospital. In addition to traditional scientific and clinical fellowship efforts, residents have also pursued advanced degrees (MPH and MBA) at Harvard University.

Curriculum

Residents contribute to lectures, group discussions and symposiums with leading national and international researchers and clinicians. In addition, residents present at the Neurosurgery Grand Rounds, the annual Frye-Halloran Symposium and Neuroscience Grand Rounds with the Departments of Neurology, Psychiatry, Otolaryngology and Ophthalmology.

All program phase are located at Mass General’s main campus unless another location is specified.

PGY1

General Surgery (6 months)
Residents spend six months rotating on general surgery, critical care, trauma and other surgical specialty rotations developing operative skills and management of complex medical and surgical patients.

Neurosurgery & ICU (3 months)
Residents focus on all aspects of the management of neurological and neurosurgical patients in the neuroscience ICU concentrated on intracranial pressure, management of IV fluids and basic management of acute neurological, cardiac and pulmonary issues common to these patients.

Neurology Service (3 months)
Residents develop expertise in the neurological exam and diagnostic workup of neurological disease. Rotations on inpatient and outpatient neurological services include advanced neurology, neuro-oncology, neurovascular, stroke, epilepsy, movement disorders and pediatric neurology.

PGY2+3

East Junior (4 months)
Residents focus on the surgical and nonsurgical management of spinal, functional and pediatric diseases. Residents are exposed to the breadth of spinal disorders, including degenerative disease, tumors, deformity and peripheral nerve issues. In addition, residents are exposed to functional neurosurgery, including deep brain stimulation, epilepsy surgery and surgery for pain. Residents care for the surgical and nonsurgical management of pediatric cranial and spinal disease.

West Team Junior/Radiosurgery (4 months)
Residents focus on the surgical and nonsurgical care of brain tumor patients. In addition to developing surgical skills, residents take part in the treatment and planning of single fraction radiosurgery, proton beam radiosurgery and use of the linear accelerator (LINAC).

Boston Children’s Hospital (4 months)
Residents rotate at Boston Children’s Hospital to gain additional experience in the clinical and surgical management of pediatric patients.

North Team Junior (4 months)
Residents focus on the management of vascular (open and endovascular) cases where they are exposed to surgical, nonsurgical and endovascular techniques. Residents also focus on trauma, general neurosurgery and spine to operate on a variety of neurosurgical cases.

PGY4+5

Research/Fellowship
Years 4 and 5 are dedicated to research, clinical fellowships or pursuing advanced degrees, so clinical responsibilities are proportionately decreased. During the first research year, residents take night call one to two times a week. The second year of research is free of any clinical responsibilities. Residents also take the written neurosurgery boards during this time.

PGY6+7

East Team Senior/Chief Resident
(4 months as R6 Senior and 4 months as R7 Chief)
The east senior/chief assumes a large role in the operative and clinical management of complex spine, pediatric and functional cases. There is a special emphasis on complex spinal disease (degenerative, deformity and neoplasm). In addition, residents gain extensive exposure to functional neurosurgery, including deep brain stimulation, epilepsy surgery and surgery for pain. Residents are exposed to the breadth of pediatric neurosurgery as well. There is considerable responsibility for the teaching and supervision of other residents during this rotation.

West Team Senior/Chief Resident
(4 months as R6 Senior and 4 months as R7 Chief)
The west senior/chief resident plays a large role in the operative and clinical management of complex tumor cases, ranging from inter-axial, extra-axial, skull base and pituitary tumors. Residents gain an extensive experience in the surgical management of brain tumors with the use of cutting-edge intraoperative mapping, intraoperative imaging, endoscopic and endonasal techniques and novel minimally invasive techniques. There is considerable responsibility for the teaching and supervision of other residents during this rotation.

North Chief Resident
(4 months as R6 Senior and as R7 Chief)
The north chief residentis the administrative chief resident. The north chief has his or her own office, administrative assistant and performs a wide spectrum of cases including trauma, cerebral hemorrhage and a variety of spinal cases. The North Chief resident is also in charge of the call schedule, the operating room assignments and has considerable responsibility for the teaching and supervision of other residents. The vascular chief resident plays a large role in the surgical (open vascular) and nonsurgical management of open and endovascular neurosurgical cases. The resident performs diagnostic angiograms and participates in coiling and embolization endovascular neurosurgical procedures.

 

Faculty

Residents

  • Pranav Nanda, MD

    Medical School: Columbia University
    Undergraduate: Stanford University

  • Gabriel Friedman, MD

    Medical School: Harvard Medical School
    Undergraduate: Pomona College

  • Vijay Yanamadala, MD, MBA

    Medical School: Harvard Medical School
    Undergraduate: Harvard University

  • Marcus Zachariah, MD, PhD

    Medical School: University of California San Francisco School of Medicine
    Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley

  • Christopher Alvarez-Breckenridge, MD, PhD

    Medical School: Ohio State University College of Medicine
    Undergraduate: Ohio State University

  • Sarah Bick, MD

    Medical School: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
    Undergraduate: Harvard University

  • Matthew Koch, MD

    Medical School: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
    Undergraduate: Princeton University

  • Robert Koffie, MD, PhD

    Medical School: Harvard Medical School
    Undergraduate: Indiana University

  • Bryan Choi, MD, PhD

    Medical School: Duke University
    Undergraduate: Harvard University

  • Benjamin Grannan, MD

    Medical School: Harvard Medical School
    Undergraduate: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Jimmy Yang, MD

    Medical School: Harvard Medical School
    Undergraduate: Harvard University

  • Christine Lee, MD, PhD

    Medical School: Stanford University
    Undergraduate: Harvard University

  • Athar N. Malik, MD, PhD

    Medical School: Harvard Medical School
    Undergraduate: Johns Hopkins University

  • Cameron Sadegh, MD, PhD

    Medical School: Harvard Medical School
    Undergraduate: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Amy Baohan, M.D.

    Medical School: UCLA
    Undergraduate: Columbia University

  • Victoria Clark, M.D.

    Medical School: Yale University
    Undergraduate: Harvard University

  • Arjun Khanna, M.D.

    Medical School: Harvard Medical School
    Undergraduate: Duke University

  • Muhamed Hadzipasic, M.D., Ph.D.

    Medical School: Yale Medical School
    Undergraduate: Johns Hopkins University

  • Myron Rolle, M.D., MSc

    Medical School: Florida State University
    Undergraduate: Florida State University

  • Pratik Talati, M.D., Ph.D.

    Medical School: Vanderbilt University
    Undergraduate: University of Alabama at Birmingham

Alumni

   
2017    
Pankaj Agarwalla University of Southern Florida Fellow, Skull Base Surgery
Katie Fehnel Boston Children's Hospital Fellow, Pediatric Surgery

 

2016

   
Anoop Patel University of Washington Assistant Professor, Skull Base and Endoscopic Surgery
Pamela Jones Mass General Instructor, Neurosurgical Oncology
Josh Aronson Dartmouth Assistant Professor, Director of Functional Neurosurgery

 

2015

   
Navid Redjal Capital Institute Attending; Director of Neurosurgical Oncology
Brian Walcott USC Fellow, Cerebrovascular Surgery
Patrick Codd Duke Assistant Professor, Neurosurgical Oncology
2014    
Kris Kahle Yale Assistant Professor, Pediatric Neurosurgery
Peter Fecci Duke Assistant Professor, Neurosurgical Oncology
Anna Terry Duke Assistant Professor, Neurosurgical Spine
2013    
Gavin Dunn Washington University (St. Louis) Assistant Professor, Neurosurgical Oncology
John Barr Duke Assistant Professor, Neurosurgical Spine
2012    
David Jho Allegheny General Hospital Assistant Professor, Neurosurgical Spine
Sameer Sheth Baylor Assistant Professor, Functional Neurosurgery
Eric Chang Southern New Hampshire Attending, Neurosurgery
2011    
Brian Nahed Mass General Associate Professor, Neurosurgical Oncology; Associate Residency Program Director
Rollin Hu Kaiser Permanente Attending, Neurosurgical Spine
2010    
Jason Gerrard Yale Assistant Professor, Director of Functional Neurosurgery
Wael Asaad Brown Associate Professor; Director of Functional Neurosurgery & Epilepsy
Travis Tierney Miami Children's Hospital Associate Professor, Pediatric Functional Neurosurgery
2009    
Christopher Farrell Thomas Jefferson Assistant Professor, Skull Base and Endoscopic Surgery
Manuel Ferreira University of Washington Assistant Professor, Skull Base and Neurosurgical Oncology
2008    
Daniel Cahill Mass General Associate Professor, Neurosurgical Oncology
Clark Chen University of Minnesota Professor and Department Chair, Neurosurgical Oncology
2007    
Manish Aghi UCSF Professor, Neurosurgical Oncology; Co-director, Center for Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery
Ramin Amirnovin Inland Neurosurgery Attending, Neurosurgery
2006    
Ziv Williams Mass General Associate Professor, Functional Neurosurgery; Director of Peripheral Nerve Surgery
Khalid Abbed Yale Associate Professor, Chief of Neurosurgery Spine
2005    
Brian Hoh University of Florida Professor, Vice Chair of Neurosurgery
Ekkehard Kasper Beth Israel Deaconess Director, Neurosurgical Oncology and Stereotactic Radiosurgery
2004    
Joseph Neimat University of Louisville Professor and Department Chair, Functional Neurosurgery
William Curry Mass General Director, Neurosurgical Oncology; Co-Director, Neurosciences Institute
2003    
Steve Kalkanis Henry Ford Professor and Department Chair, Neurosurgical Oncology
Edward Smith Boston Children's Hospital Professor, Director of Pediatric Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery
2002    
John Brisman NSPC Attending, Neurosurgery
Yogish Kamath Kell West Regional Hospital Chair, Department of Neurosurgery
2001    
Albert Lee Tallahassee Neurological Attending, Neurosurgery
Sepi Amin-Hanjani UIC Professor, Cerebrovascular Surgery
2000    
Richard Chung Neurosurgical Associates of Santa Barbara Attending, Neurosurgery
Emad Eskandar Mass General Professor, Chief of Functional Neurosurgery
1999    
Zoher Ghogawala Lahey Clinic Professor and Department Chair, Neurosurgical Spine
Bob Carter Mass General Professor and Department Chair, Neurosurgical Oncology
1998    
Marius Maxwell Arctic Spine Attending, Neurosurgery
Robert Friedlander University of Pittsburgh Professor and Department Chair, Cerebrovascular Surgery
1997    
John Yu Cedars-Sinai Co-director, Comprehensive Brain Tumor Program
Stephen Tatter Wake Forest Professor, Chief of Neurosurgical Oncology
1996    
Nicole Moyaeri Kaiser Permanente Attending, Neurosurgery
Peyman Pakzaban Pasadena Neurosurgery Attending, Neurosurgery
1995    
E. Antonio Chiocca Brigham & Women's Professor and Department Chair, Neurosurgical Oncology
David Frim University of Chicago Professor and Department Chair, Pediatric Neurosurgery
1994    
William Butler Mass General Assistant Professor, Pediatric Neurosurgery
William Rosenberg Midwest Neurosurgery Attending, Neurosurgery
1993    
Andrea Halliday Spine & Brain Center Attending, Neurosurgery
Richard Westmark Houston Neurosurgery Attending, Neurosurgery
1992    
Jim Schumacher Sarasota Neurosurgery Attending, Neurosurgery
Fred Barker Mass General Professor, Neurosurgical Oncology; Director, Skull Base Center
1991    
John Steichen Charleston Neurosurgery Attending, Neurosurgery
Chris Ogilvy Beth Israel Deaconess Professor, Cerebrovascular Surgery; Director, Endovascular and Operative Surgery
1990    
Kevin McGrail Georgetown Professor and Department Chair, Cerebrovascular Surgery
Allan Hamilton University of Arizona Attending, Neurosurgery
1989    
Debbie Petrucci Yale Neurosurgery Chair Emeritus, White Plains Hospital and Lincoln Hospitals
Joe Madsen Boston Children's Hospital Professor, Pediatric Neurosurgery; Director, Epilepsy Surgery
1988    
Eric Zager Penn Professor, Neurosurgery
Brook Swearingen Mass General Assistant Professor; Co-director, Neurological ICU
1987    
Kevin Kiwak Hartford Attending, Neurosurgery
Joseph M. Phillips UVMG Attending, Neurosurgery

 

How to Apply

The Department of Neurosurgery is committed to recruiting a talented, diverse group of residents. We are interested in recruiting residents who are willing to work as a part of team and are committed to academic neurosurgery. All factors are taken into account with no one factor taking precedence. Grades, board scores and research are important factors, but we are as interested in a candidate’s future potential as we are in their previous accomplishments.

Medical Student Sub-internship Rotation

Medical students interested in rotations in neurosurgery at Mass General should contact Jesse Vega at Harvard Medical School (617-726-5143 or jlvega@mgh.harvard.edu).

Residency Applicants

Candidate should apply through ERAS.

Applications must be completed by November 1.

  • Applicants must be graduates of medical schools accredited by the American Association of Medical Colleges
  • Applications must include three letters of reference (including at least one from a neurosurgeon) and USMLE step 1 scores (include step 2 scores if available)

Residency Interviews

  • Invitations to interview are mailed in early December
  • Interviews are conducted in January

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