Neurosurgery Residency
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Training the Brightest Minds in Neurosurgery

From learning to perform complex brain surgery to managing neurosurgical oncology, set yourself up for clinical and academic success as a Neurosurgery resident

Leaders in Neurosurgery for More Than a Century

Training at the U-M Medical School Department of Neurosurgery Residency Program means being backed by a team of experts who prepare you for a successful clinical practice and academic exploration. The department’s faculty is notable for its depth and breadth. All of the clinical faculty maintain research interests within their fields and are supported by a large group of dedicated research faculty.

Our neurosurgery residents are bolstered by the program’s depth and breadth of clinical and research opportunities. It’s here that residents immerse themselves in different aspects of neurosurgery through our clinical programs, including Spine Surgery, Peripheral Nerve Surgery, Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Neurosurgery, Functional Neurosurgery, Epilepsy Surgery, Neurosurgical Oncology and Pediatric Neurosurgery. 

We continue to emphasize a two-year period of academic development during the fourth and fifth years of training that is largely free from call or any clinical responsibilities. Many residents have chosen to pursue research in any of the basic science laboratories within the department or around campus. Others have pursued Master’s degrees while working on clinical research.

We encourage residents to pursue their research passions at the highest level. U-M Medical School has an annual research budget of 1.4 billion dollars, placing it first among public institutions according to the National Science Foundation. Our goal is to foster a healthy educational environment where our residents’ wellness and goals are prioritized, empowering them to become the next generation of leaders.  

2024-25 Application Cycle Interview Dates
  • Friday, November 8, 2024
  • Tuesday, November 19, 2024
  • Monday, December 2, 2024
  • Monday, December 16, 2024

Learn more about the application and interview process for neurosurgery residency.


Over the course of this seven-year training program, residents receive advanced education encompassing the entire spectrum of neurosurgery.

Resident Research

Discover opportunities to participate in research during the neurosurgery residency program.

Salary & Benefits

The University of Michigan offers highly competitive salaries and generous benefits to our fellows and advanced trainees. Trainee salary will be commensurate with that of a House Officer at an equivalent level of training based on the HOA contract.

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Why Train With Us?
Residency at-a-Glance

A comprehensive overview of Neurosurgery residency program.

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Our department chair, faculty, and mentors model integrity and dedication for us every day, creating a culture of wellness for everyone.

Dr. Yamaan Saadeh
Resident Wellness Matters

We’re committed to supporting the physical and mental health of our residents. Our Resident Wellness Initiative supports programming that helps to boost the physical, mental and emotional well-being of our residents by promoting nutrition, exercise, resilience and co-curricular learning.

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Current Residents

Meet the current U-M Medical School Department of Neurosurgery residents.

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Recent Graduates

Learn where our recent Department of Neurosurgery residency graduates have gone next in their careers.

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Residency Program Leadership
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William F Chandler Collegiate Professor of Neurosurgery
Associate Chair, Department of Neurosurgery
Professor of Neurosurgery
Professor of Anesthesiology
Section Head, Technology and Clinical Innovations, Functional Neurosurgery
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Residency & Fellowship Program Administrator
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We continually work to ensure that our program offers the best possible environment for developing the careers of future leaders of neurosurgical practice and science.

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