The training of future academic neurosurgeons is a core mission of Penn Neurosurgery. Accordingly, at the completion of the program residents are expected to be outstanding clinicians, active investigators, and experienced educators. To achieve these goals, substantial responsibility is accorded to the residents as appropriate for their degree of experience.

The Department of Neurosurgery performs more than 6,000 operations each year in a wide variety of subspecialties throughout the affiliated hospitals of Penn Medicine. The clinical faculty has a significant expertise in all aspects of neurological surgery. Given the enormous volume and intensity of exposure, the department offers a multidisciplinary approach to the realm of neurosurgical problems.

The clinical activities of the departments of neurosurgery and neurology are coordinated through the Comprehensive Neuroscience Center to improve the interaction between these groups so that smooth delivery of patient care is provided. This is particularly important in the areas of:

  • Cerebrovascular
  • Epilepsy
  • Spine
  • Movement disorders
  • Peripheral nerve
  • Skull base surgery
  • Neuro-oncology

Research is integral to the departmental mission with the renowned Center for Brain Injury and Repair as well as substantial basic research efforts in ischemia, oncology and neurophysiology. The department in NIH funding nationally ranks in the top 10, and our research programs are growing rapidly. 

Residents participate in the full process of research including grant preparation, accumulation of data, presentation and publication. An involved, active mentoring process is conducted throughout the research rotation.

Residents are also involved in the educational mission of the department, including direct instruction with medical students, the medical school curriculum, participation in all teaching conferences and, as chief resident, supervising the junior residents.

Please contact the residency coordinator, Susan Small, at with any questions regarding our program.

  • Residents

    Meet the residents of the Department of Neurosurgery.

  • Alumni

    View the alumni from the Penn Neurosurgery residency program.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Get the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the Neurosurgery Residency Program.

  • Program Components

    Penn's Neurosurgery residency program components include internships in general surgery, neurology, neurosurgery and research and international fellowships.

  • Program Outline

    Penn's neurosurgery residency program prepares physicians to become both skilled clinicians and accomplished investigators over the course of a seven year training period.

  • Program Rotations

    Penn's neurosurgery residency rotations offer training that includes three months of clinical neurology service, three months of general surgery service, and six months of clinical neurosurgery service.

  • How to Apply

    Apply to the Penn Neurosurgery residency program. We are currently accepting applicants.

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