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Neurosurgery Medical Student Program

Allegheny Health Network Neuroscience Institute
Department of Neurosurgery

Medical Student Program

Thank you for your interest in becoming a student of the Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Neuroscience Institute, Department of Neurosurgery. Neurosurgery is one of the most invigorating and challenging surgical sub-specialties.

In this exhilarating field, you get to care for patients amidst an explosion of technological advances, research opportunities, and breakthroughs. Through our Department of Neurosurgery, you will have access to a wide variety of educational and research opportunities to help you learn and grow as a professional.

The AHN Department of Neurosurgery celebrates a rich tradition dedicated to the surgical training of Neurosurgical Residents and medical students. Our faculty consists of a diverse group of nationally recognized, board-eligible/board certified attending neurosurgeons. They provide specialized, innovative, and state-of-the-art care to our patients across western Pennsylvania and the surrounding areas.

Prestigious affiliations
Through our affiliations with Drexel University College of Medicine and Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine, we are proud to facilitate opportunities that will provide exposure to our field.  Whether you are a student from one of these schools or from an outside institution, you are welcome to embark on educational experiences with us by rotating on our Neurosurgical service, assisting with various research projects, and observing our esteemed faculty in the operative rooms and during clinical encounters. 

The residents enrolled in our Neurosurgery Residency Program also look forward to mentoring you throughout your training. The Neurosurgery Residency program consists of seven years of neurosurgical training focusing on excellence in patient care, education, and research.   Our residents are outstanding physicians, educators, and scientists . Our program is fully approved and accredited by the Graduate Medical Education Committee under the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

A variety of subspecialties
Through our department, you will be exposed to general neurosurgery, plus various neurosurgical subspecialties including:

  • Cerebrovascular
  • Endovascular
  • Functional
  • Trauma
  • Endoscopic brain and spine
  • Epilepsy
  • Complex spine
  • Deformity correction
  • Minimally invasive spine
  • Skull base neurosurgery

Our expertise in a diverse selection of subspecialties has catapulted our center to a premiere, regional center of excellence in both patient and academic training. We regularly perform surgery in these areas at Allegheny General Hospital and at our AHN affiliate sites.

Center for Surgical Arts
In addition, our Center for Surgical Arts within the Allegheny General Hospital will provide you with ample opportunity to work on your technical skills though hands-on cadaver laboratory sessions and departmental courses. Research opportunities under the mentorship of our neurosurgical faculty and residents abound within the department as well.