Residency Program

The George Washington University Neurological Surgery Residency is a 7-year program designed to foster each resident’s operatives skills, clinical knowledge, and leadership abilities through close mentoring from our dedicated faculty. Our graduates have gone on top-fellowships and become leaders throughout the field of Neurosurgery. 

Located in the heart of the nation’s capital, we care from patients from all communities and backgrounds in the “DMV” area (District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia) but also from across the country and internationally. In caring for this truly unique patient population, GW residents learn to support patients and their families through each phase of neurosurgical care: from the initial clinical encounter, to operative planning and execution, recovery, and long-term follow up. This broad responsibility requires residents to work closely as a tight-knit, supportive team, as well as independently to advance patient care. This “teamwork-autonomy” dynamic runs through each component of our program. This enables each resident to pursue their interests throughout their time at GW but also ensures a collaborative culture for structured learning. Residents design and lead weekly ABNS Boards Review, biweekly Ammerman Microsurgical Laboratory sessions, monthly Journal Club, and are integral to the organization of Department Grand Rounds. They also help mentor the many medical and allied health students who work with our service. 

The clinical neurosurgical services are centered at George Washington University Hospital, Holy Cross Hospital, The National Institutes of Health (NIH), and The Children’s National Health System.  Standing electives exist in Neurology, Neuropathology, Neuroradiology, and in the Ammerman Microsurgical Laboratory. Additional electives are possible in public health, global neurosurgery, and policy opportunities. 

Finally, we offer an enfolded fellowship in Vascular Neurosurgery which bridges open and endovascular training directed by Dr. Dimitri Sigounas and Dr. Wayne Olan. 

We are excited to train the next generation of neurosurgical leaders. Please do not hesitate to reach out with questions about our program!