Neurological Surgery Residency Program



The Residency Program in Neurological Surgery at the University of Massachusetts Medical School is designed to provide each resident with comprehensive training in neurological surgery while also equipping him/her with the skills needed to become a successful scientific investigator or educator in neurological surgery. We are committed to training the next generation of neurosurgeon-scientists, educators and leaders in the field of neurological surgery.  Our residency program is directed by Mark D. Johnson, MD, PhD, FAANS.

Clinical training in the Residency Program in Neurological Surgery at the University of Massachusetts Medical School occurs at UMass Memorial Medical Center, the flagship hospital of UMass Memorial Health Care. Clinical training occurs on two campuses  of the medical center (the University campus and the Memorial campus). The clinical training program covers all of the major areas of neurological surgery, including:

  • Neurosurgical-Oncology (Pituitary and skull base tumors, primary brain and spinal tumors, metastatic disease)
  • Epilepsy Surgery
  • Cerebrovascular (Extracranial and intracranial microsurgery, endovascular surgery)
  • Spine and Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Neurotrauma
  • Pediatric Neurosurgical Disorders
  • Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (Deep Brain Stimulation, Spasticity, Pain)
  • Radiosurgery

In addition to clinical training, two years of the neurological surgery residency program are devoted to research, more in depth training in specific clinical areas, or the attainment of an additional postgraduate degree (e.g. MBA, MPH, MHA, etc.).


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Application Process

The University of Massachusetts Neurological Surgery residency is a 7-year ACGME-approved neurological surgery training program. The program accepts 1 categorical resident per year. This includes 2 years of research and academic time during the PGY-4 and PGY-5 years.

Required documents include:

  • Completed ERAS Application
  • USMLE Transcript (first-time pass is required)
  • Medical School transcript
  • Personal statement
  • ECFMG certificate (if applicable)
  • Citizenship/Visa Status
  • 3 letters of recommendation

All required documents must be submitted through ERAS and will not be accepted outside of ERAS. All applications will be accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service only (ERAS) beginning September 15.

The institution accepts a standardized personal statement but suggests that applicants consider discussing attributes that will help foster the applicant's competence and resilience.

For more detailed information regarding application process please click the link below: 
University of Massachusetts Medical School - Office of Graduate Medical Education.


For more information, please contact our residency program coordinator at
Email: Themia.Pappas-Fillmore@umassmed.edu
Phone: 508-856-4050
FAX: 508-856-4053