Department of Neurological Surgery


The Oregon Health & Science University Neurosurgery Residency Training Program utilizes the inpatient and outpatient facilities and operative suites of the University Hospital (UHS), Doernbecher Children's Hospital (DCH), and the Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC).

Outpatient clinics are held at the University complex and at the Center for Health & Healing (CHH) located on the banks of the Willamette River.  The Portland Aerial Tram provides express transportation between the University Hospital and CHH (3 minutes). The average daily bed occupancy of the services is 50 to 60. Approximately 3600 surgical procedures are performed annually.


The full-time faculty includes: 10 neurosurgeons, 3 pediatric neurosurgeons, 2 neurointensivists, 13 advanced practice providers, 2 endocrinologists, a neuropsychologist, 7 research faculty, a surgical navigation specialist, and an editor. The faculty are constantly available.

Program goals

The goals of the program are to provide:

  1. Comprehensive clinical neurosurgical training.
  2. Basic science and clinical research training.
  3. Excellent and cutting edge neurosurgical care of patients.

By accomplishing these goals, we hope to produce trainees who can successfully pursue careers in neurological surgery with the skills necessary to provide leadership and creativity in scientific, educational, regulatory and leadership settings. Overall, the program is designed with graduated responsibility and supervision at each level of training.

Program prerequisites

Prerequisite to appointment is expected completion of a medical degree at an accredited U.S. medical school or the equivalent, with evidence of excellent academic and clinical performance, plus successful completion of the USMLE examination series or equivalent. The 'internship' (PGY1) through 'Chief Residency' (PGY7) years are completed at Oregon Health & Science University. Oregon Health & Science University and the Department of Neurological Surgery are committed to representing diversity in the selection of residency trainees.

Resident appointments and mid-level provider support

There are 18 residents in training with 2-3 appointed each year.

Also assigned to the program are; physician assistants, nurse practitioners, clinical specialists, and research nurse and assistants.

Teaching conferences

Formal teaching conferences are held daily. View the schedule


Training in neurological surgery is rigorous and demanding. The residency training program in neurological surgery at OHSU is devoted to high standards in the practice of neurosurgery, patient care, resident education and research.