Neurosurgery

Thank you for your interest in The University of Chicago Neurosurgical Residency and Graduate Medical Education Program. We welcome you to explore the training opportunities provided here.

Neurological surgery at The University of Chicago began in 1928 when Percival Bailey founded the neurosurgery residency training program. The program is dedicated to excellence in training and research, a mission that has been upheld for over 80 years and continues to provide residents then and now with a superior education.

The program is carried out by our full-time University neurosurgeons and several clinical faculty members and includes rotations at NorthShore University Medical Center in Evanston. We are proud to have some of the most accomplished faculty in the nation, which includes recipients of multiple NIH grants, editors of scientific journals, and leaders in organized neurosurgery. Our program provides a high faculty to trainee ratio and ensures that the individualized needs of each resident are met. 

Our programs in neurovascular surgery, neuro-oncology, epilepsy, spinal surgery, pediatric neurosurgery, and functional and stereotactic neurosurgery are internationally recognized and we have access to the most advanced technologies, as well as to the potential treatments of the future. Our individualized, patient-focused care plans are constructed to provide the most effective treatments available along the entire spectrum of neurosurgical disease. We are fortunate to practice in new and state-of-the-art facilities, with outstanding colleagues and collaborators in virtually ever field of medicine and surgery. The hospital offers an exceptional environment regarding patient safety and overall work conditions.

In addition to basic training in a wide variety of neurosurgical problems, our training program offers elective opportunities to prepare residents for a career in academic neurosurgery. We have chosen to maximize the time available for residents to engage in research or other scholarship. Currently, up to 22 months of scholarship activities may be possible with at least 18 months fully devoted to research activities. We encourage both basic bench research and clinical research and provide ample opportunities for both. Clinical electives to advance skills in specific subspecialty areas are also available. As a group, our residents publish approximately 20 journal articles each year.

Our innovation extends to resident education as we lead the way in the use of virtual reality simulation for training of junior neurosurgery residents.

We invite you to look at the Section of Neurosurgery, the University of Chicago Medicine, and the University of Chicago, and wish you the best as your career path in medicine unfolds.