Department Welcomes New Residents

Pittsburgh, July 1, 2020 -- The University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurological Surgery would like to extend a warm welcome to four new PGY-1residents, Prateek Agarwal, MDJeffery Head, MDRachel Jacobs, MD; and David McCarthy, MD.

Dr. Agarwal arrives in the department after receiving a dual MD/MBA degree from the Perelman School of Medicine and Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. At the Perelman School of Medicine, he was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and received the Spencer Morris Prize, the School of Medicine’s highest academic honor. Prior to medical and business school, he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University in 2015 with an A.B. in molecular and cellular biology and secondary field in economics. Prateek is also the brother of Nitin Agarwal, MD, chief resident with the department.

Dr Head joins the department after graduating from Colgate University in 2012 with honors in cellular neuroscience. He earned his medical degree from Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in 2020, where he graduated cum laude and was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.

Dr. Jacobs comes to the department after receiving her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She obtained her undergraduate degree in neuroscience and behavioral biology from Emory University as a Liberal Arts Scholarship recipient.

Dr. McCarthy joins the department after graduating from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Prior to matriculation, Dr. McCarthy received additional education in clinical and biomedical research to earn a master’s of clinical and translational research with a focus in statistics. Dr. McCarthy studied biochemistry at the University of Florida.