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, 5 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 aims

The purpose of the Neurosurgery Residency Program at OHSU is to provide comprehensive clinical, surgical, basic science and clinical research training, and to develop neurosurgeons who can provide excellent neurosurgical care to patients. Graduates will have the skills to be leaders in scientific, academic and clinical settings.

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 currently 20 residents in training with 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.

If you are interested in applying to our residency program, please check out the links on our welcome page for the 2021 Match. 

Meet OHSU's Dr. Justin Cetas, Residency Program Director, OHSU Neurosurgery