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Inspiring Leaders

We believe the University of Chicago Medicine's inspiring atmosphere provides our trainees with a modern environment to learn neurosurgery and conduct world-class research at the forefront of medicine. Our residents have access to state-of-the art simulation training at both the University of Chicago Center for Simulation and Safety and the Northshore Center for Simulation and Innovation. Our goal is to train the best and brightest residents and provide them with the opportunity to seek top-flight fellowships and to eventually become leaders in academic neurosurgery.

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Residency

The neurological surgery residency program at The University of Chicago is geared towards training men and women who wish to enter a career in academic neurosurgery. Our goal is to educate a group of physician-scientists who will advance the future of academic neurosurgery and make a lasting contribution to the care of neurosurgical patients. Accordingly, the program offers the opportunity to obtain both outstanding clinical and basic science research experience in an academic medical center located in one of the great American cities.

Our residency program at the University of Chicago is structured into a seven-year curriculum. The training provides a progressive increase in skills and responsibility until the resident is ready to become an independent fully trained neurosurgeon.

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Neurosurgical Trauma Fellowship

The Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Chicago is offering a one-year Neurotrauma Fellowship. Designed to provide an intensive and transformative experience, our one-year program is committed to shaping skilled neurosurgeons capable of addressing the multifaceted challenges of complex cranial and spinal trauma. Our fundamental aim is to cultivate decision-makers who thrive on evidence-based practices, ensuring that every aspect of trauma management aligns with the highest standards of care.

With a profound focus on both trauma clinical care and cutting-edge research, our program molds aspiring neurosurgeons for diverse career pathways. Whether you're drawn to an academic journey or a clinical pursuit, our rigorous training equips you with the necessary skills and insights to excel. Embark on this transformative opportunity, where you will not only acquire specialized expertise in neurotrauma management but also become part of a dynamic community committed to advancing the field. Join us as we shape the next generation of neurosurgeons prepared to make a significant impact in the world of complex cranial and spinal trauma.

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Kranzler Course

The Kranzler Chicago Review Course in Neurosurgery has been recognized as the most thorough review of neurological surgery for residents and practicing physicians for more than forty years. Founded in 1973, this course was launched to provide a comprehensive and intensive review for residents preparing for their written boards, newly-established neurosurgeons preparing for their oral boards, and practicing neurosurgeons who want to ensure their diagnostic and surgical skills are current. The program was renamed to memorialize Dr. Leonard Kranzler's forty-year commitment to the course and is now hosted by Dr. Martin Herman and the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Chicago.  The 2024 Kranzler Review Course in Neurosurgery will be from Saturday, January 13th through Friday, January 19th in Chicago, IL (USA). There will also be a virtual option for those who cannot attend in person. 

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Visiting Students

We welcome students from all around the world to visit our medical school campus. The Department of Neurological Surgery participates in the Underrepresented in Medicine Visiting Clerkship Program (UIMVCP). This competitive program provides mentoring, networking, and stipend support for fourth-year students participating in the Visiting Clerkship Program. Successful candidates will advance our diversity and inclusion mission at the Medical School and become prospects for academic training programs for internship and residency at the University of Chicago Medicine.

Joseph A. Piccirilli, PhD

Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology