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NIH Neurological Surgery Residency Program
Meghan L. Lloyd
Neurosurgery Program Coordinator
Surgical Neurology Branch, NINDS, NIH
10 Center Drive, Room 3D20 MSC 1414
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD 20892-1414
Email: Meghan.lloyd@nih.gov
Phone: (301) 496-5728
Fax: (301) 402-0380

Graduate Medical Education (GME): Neurological Surgery


NIH Clinical Center GME Neurological Surgery Slideshow

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John D. Heiss, M.D., Program Director

Program Overview    
The Surgical Neurology Branch of the National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) offers an innovative 7-year, ACGME-accredited Neurological Surgery Residency Training Program in collaboration with the University of Virginia.

Clinical Training
Clinical training is provided at the NIH Clinical Center and the University of Virginia [disclaimer]. At the NIH, clinical training takes place under the mentorship of 3 full-time neurosurgical faculty. Because of the intense research-focus of the clinical service, nearly every case is complex, and residents are exposed to the latest technologies, including intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging and convection-enhanced delivery. At the University of Virginia [disclaimer], trainees will perform their junior residency and chief residency, under the direction of 11 full-time faculty. There, they will gain early and extensive experience in the treatment of diverse neurosurgical pathologies.

Research Training
Research training will take place at the NIH. Residents can work either within the Surgical Neurology Branch, or can call upon the significant resources of the NIH intramural research program, to identify a research project. Specific emphasis will be placed on preclinical research as well as the design of a prospective clinical research protocol, to be completed during the training period. The curriculum is designed for trainees to become future clinician-scientists and leaders in this dynamic field.

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Program Highlights   

  • Clinical Training
    • NIH Clinical Center
      • 240-bed hospital
      • Training and mentoring by 3 full-time clinical faculty
      • Resident covers neurosurgical cases in the Clinical Center at the NIH
    • University of Virginia
      • 600-bed hospital
      • Training and mentoring by 11 full-time faculty
      • Resident covers neurosurgical cases at the University of Virginia
  • Research Training at the NIH

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Curriculum   

Year

July to December

January to June

PGY-1

General Neurosurgery and
Neurotrauma
- University of Virginia (6 months)

General Surgery- University of Virginia (1 month)
Neuro-ophthalmology- University of Virginia (1 month)
Neuroradiology- University of Virginia (1 month)
Neurology- University of Virginia (3 months)

PGY-2

Spine Rotation- University of Virginia (4 months)
Vascular Rotation- University of Virginia (2 months)

Stereotactic/Functional Neurosurgery- University of Virginia (2 months)
Pediatric Neurosurgery and Pituitary- University of Virginia
Neuro-Oncology Rotation- University of Virginia (2 months)

PGY-3

Pediatric Neurosurgery Rotation- University of Virginia (2 months)
Spine Rotation- University of Virginia (2 months)
Vascular Rotation- University of Virginia

Research Rotation- National Institutes of Health (80% Research Time; 20% Clinical Time)

PGY-4

Research Rotation- National Institutes of Health (80% Research Time; 20% Clinical Time)

Research Rotation- National Institutes of Health (80% Research Time; 20% Clinical Time)

PGY-5

Research Rotation- National Institutes of Health (80% Research Time; 20% Clinical Time)

Clinical Rotation- National Institutes of Health (10% Research Time; 90% Clinical Time)

PGY-6

Senior Clinical Rotation- National Institutes of Health (10% Research Time; 90% Clinical Time)

Senior Clinical Rotation- National Institutes of Health (10% Research Time; 90%Clinical Time)

PGY-7

Chief Resident- University of Virginia

Chief Resident- University of Virginia

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Faculty   

National Institutes of Health
Clinical Faculty

Portrait of John D. Heiss, M.D.

John D. Heiss, M.D. (Publications only)
Chair and Residency Training Program Director
M.D., University of Michigan
Residency, Neurological Surgery, University of Cincinnati
Clinical interests: intraoperative MRI, epilepsy, syringomyelia, Chiari I malformation, brain tumors
Research interests: Chiari I malformation, pathophysiology of syringomyelia, epilepsy, drug delivery to CNS

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Portrait of Kareem A. Zaghloul, M.D., Ph.D.

Kareem A. Zaghloul, M.D., Ph.D. (Publications only)
Tenure-Track Investigator
M.D., University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Residency, Neurological Surgery, University of Pennsylvania
Clinical interests: functional neurosurgery, brain tumors, epilepsy, deep brain stimulation, spinal tumors
Research interests: cortical functional networks, neural mechanisms of cognitive function, brain machine interfaces, human neurophysiology

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Portrait of Prashant Chittiboina, M.D.

Prashant Chittiboina, M.D. (Publications only)
Staff Clinician
M.D., Goa University
M.P.H., Idaho State University
Residency, Neurological Surgery, LSU Health Sciences Center at Shreveport
Clinical interests: pituitary tumors, brain tumors, skull base surgery, spinal tumors
Research interests: von Hippel-Lindau disease clinical research; pituitary tumor research

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Basic Science Faculty

 
Portrait of Marsha J. Merrill, Ph.D.

Marsha J. Merrill, Ph.D. (Publications only)
Staff Scientist
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
Postdoctoral training: National Cancer Institute, NIH
Research interests: brain tumor biology, von Hippel-Lindau disease-associated hemangioblastomas, VEGF, blood-brain barrier

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Portrait of Richard J. Youle, Ph.D.

Richard J. Youle, Ph.D.
Senior Investigator
Head, Biochemistry Section
Ph.D., University of South Carolina
Postdoctoral training: National Institute of Mental Health, NIH
Research interests: apoptosis, mitochondria, Parkinson's disease, brain tumors

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Portrait of Zhengping Zhuang, M.D., Ph.D.

Zhengping Zhuang, M.D., Ph.D. (Publications only)
Head, Molecular Pathogenesis Unit
M.D., Shanghai Second Medical University
Ph.D., Wayne State University
Postdoctoral training: Harvard University Medical School
Residency, Pathology, National Cancer Institute, NIH
Research interests: small molecule inhibitor treatment for brain tumors, pathogenesis of tumor predisposition syndromes

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University of Virginia Faculty

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Current Residents    

PGY1

 
Dominic Maggio, M.D.

Dominic Maggio, M.D. (Publications only)
B.S., University of Miami in Neurobiology
M.B.A., University of Miami School of Business
M.D., University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine

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PGY2

 
Alexander Ksendzovsky, M.D.

Alexander Ksendzovsky, M.D. (Publications only)
B.S., Emory University in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology; Philosophy
M.D., Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

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PGY3

 
Sze Chun Winson Ho, MD

Sze Chun Winson Ho, M.D. (Publications only)
B.A., Cum Laude with Honors in Biology—Yale College
M.D., Yale School of Medicine

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PGY4

 
Gautam U. Mehta, MD

Gautam U. Mehta, M.D. (Publications only)
B.A., University of California, Berkeley
M.D., Georgetown University

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PGY5

 
David B. Weintraub, M.D.

David B. Weintraub, M.D. (Publications only)
B.A., Magna Cum Laude with Highest Honors in Sociology; Harvard University
M.D., Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

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How to Apply   
One position is open for appointment each year. The department specifically selects residents with demonstrated interest in and aptitude for careers in academic neurosurgery. Applications should be submitted through Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS) [disclaimer] by October 15th for appointments beginning the following July. After review of completed applications, qualified candidates will be invited to meet our staff and residents.

For further information, the applicant should contact:

Portrait of Meghan L. Lloyd
Meghan L. Lloyd Neurosurgery Program Coordinator
Surgical Neurology Branch, NINDS, NIH
10 Center Drive, Room 3D20 MSC 1414
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD 20892-1414
Email: meghan.lloyd@nih.gov
Phone: (301) 496-5728
Fax: (301) 402-0380

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Student Opportunities   
Students are welcome to partake in year-long research experiences in the Surgical Neurology Branch through the NIH Clinical Center's Medical Research Scholars Program. Recent program graduates have gone on to neurosurgical residency at the University of Pennsylvania, Barrow Neurological Institute, University of Iowa, University of Southern California and the National Institutes of Health.

The NIH also offers short-term rotations and research elective opportunities through the NIH Clinical Center's Clinical Elective Program. Students interested in applying to a residency program in neurological surgery are strongly encouraged to apply for an elective rotation in neurosurgery at the NIH or the University of Virginia [disclaimer].

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Text version of the slideshow   

  • Slide One: Neurosurgery Residency at the National Institutes of Health.
  • Slide Two: Clinical training takes place in the 240-bed NIH Clinical Center.
  • Slide Three: State-of-the-art operating rooms for training and clinical research.
  • Slide Four: Over 200 neuroscience labs are located on the 300-acre NIH campus.
  • Slide Five: Junior residency and chief years are performed at the University of Virginia Medical Center.

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