The Department of Neurological Surgery provides medical education in a wide variety of forums at UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh. The faculty contributes to undergraduate and graduate-level education at many sites and to the continuing education of their professional colleagues.

Undergraduate Level

Selected faculty of the Department of Neurological Surgery participate in several undergraduate courses at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition, undergraduate students are offered shadowing opportunities with various faculty members while they evaluate and operate on patients at UPMC. To qualify, an undergraduate student must obtain faculty permission and complete on line training courses related to patient confidentiality. Medical students often round with the evening-on-call neurosurgery resident at UPMC Presbyterian in order to get real-life observations of the types of clinical problems encountered, as well as insights into the life of a neurosurgery resident.

Residency Program

The department offers a seven-year (PGY 1-7) residency program that is internationally renowned as a training ground for exceptional neurosurgeons. Accredited by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education, the program accepts three to four residents a year. More info.

Medical Students

A number of learning opportunities are available for medical students at various levels of training. Please visit our Info for Medical Students page for more information.


In addition to daily teaching rounds, led by individual members of the department faculty, the department holds a series of weekly resident conferences and review lectures to discuss specific neurosurgical concepts, techniques, problems, and solutions. Both faculty and residents are regular participants in these programs, many of which include formal didactic presentations. The training program includes the following faculty/resident conference:

  • Multidisciplinary Brain Tumor Board (weekly)
  • Chairman’s Conference (twice monthly)
  • Faculty Teaching Conference (weekly)
  • Image-Guided/Radiosurgery Conference (weekly)
  • Written Boards Preparation Conference Patient Care Conference (weekly)
  • Patient Care Conference (weekly)
  • Pediatric Neurosurgical Conference (twice weekly)
  • Pituitary Conference (quarterly)
  • Skull Base Conference (weekly)
  • Residents’ Conference (weekly)
  • Spine Conference (weekly)
  • Epilepsy Management Conference (weekly)
  • Visiting Professor Series (fourto six per year)

Professional Courses

Department faculty offer advanced level training for professionals in several areas. Courses currently offered include:

Online CME

Department faculty currently lecture in a number of online CME courses for physicians and other medical professionals. The following courses are available through UPMC Physician Services or through the University of Pittsburgh:

  • Brain Stimulation: Overview
  • Controversies in Cranial Base Surgery
  • Endoscopic-Assisted Retromastoid Approach
  • Endoscopic Endonasal Approach: Crista Galli to the Dens (Sagittal Plane)
  • Endoscopic Endonasal Approach in the Pediatric Population
  • Endoscopic Endonasal Pituitary Surgery
  • Gamma Knife Radiosurgery for Acoustic Neuromas: Treatment Options
  • Vertebral Body Compression Fractures: Interventional Management Strategies

Continuing Medical Education

Department faculty take an active role in national and regional continuing education programs. Course presentations are given every year at the annual meetings of both the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. In addition, physicians of several department centers provide institutional training to other physicians throughout the world. For more information, please contact us at 412-647-3685.

Other Postgraduate Education

The Department of Neurological Surgery participates in the education of house staff of other departments, including surgery, neurology, medicine (endocrinology) and emergency medicine. Educational endeavors include neuroscience conferences, general lectures on neurosurgical topics, and grand rounds. In addition, faculty takes part in the Department of Surgery’s Vascular Surgery Conference and provides speakers for the Critical Care Medicine Lecture Series.

Neurocirugía en UPMC

The Department of Neurological Surgery, through UPMC, maintains a Spanish-language website to serve, educate and provide important information for Spanish-speaking visitors.