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Neurosurgery Residency

About the program

Program director: Jody Leonardo, MD
Accreditation: ACGME
Program length:
Preliminary: 7 years (PGY1-PGY7)
Residents per year: 2

The Neurosurgery Residency Program focuses on excellence in patient care, excellence in education, and excellence in research. These goals have been integrated into the neurosurgical training program through a combination of the following:

  • Intensive faculty/resident interaction
  • Graded/supervised patient care and operative responsibilities
  • Emphasis on the delivery of outpatient care and development of respect for the economic impact of neurosurgical practice
  • Comprehensive neurosciences didactic curriculum
  • Encouragement of intellectual development grounded in the scientific method
  • Basic and clinical neurosciences research


The 7-year program starts following medical school and involves training in clinical neurosurgery, the allied neurosciences, and neuroscience research. The primary objective is an ever-increasing level of knowledge, responsibility, and technical expertise so as to allow independent neurosurgical practice in an academic or private setting.

Our full-time faculty includes numerous active neurosurgeons with subspecialty clinical and research interests in spine/spinal instrumentation, neurotrauma, neuro-oncology, vascular surgery, skull-base surgery, disorders of the cranial nerve, epilepsy and interventional neuroradiology. In addition, there are adjunct faculty in neurology, neuropathology, neuroradiology, neuro-otology, neurophysiology and neuroscience research.

Resident rotations include:

  • Plastic Surgery, Trauma ICU, General Surgery (3 months)
  • Neurosurgery (48 months total, 12 months as Chief Resident)
  • Pediatric Neurosurgery (4 months)
  • Neurology (3 months)
  • Neuroradiology / Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) (5 months)
  • Neuropathology (3 months)
  • Advanced clinical training or Research (12 months)

Because a significant component of neurosurgical care is provided on an outpatient basis, neurosurgery residents also assume an integral role in the clinical and outpatient office setting. In the clinic, residents see patients, diagnose conditions, plan diagnostic testing, discuss treatment options and follow-up, arrange preoperative consultations, and follow the patients postoperatively with direct oversight from neurosurgical faculty. In most cases, follow-up includes rehabilitation settings as well. Residents are required to participate in neurosurgical outpatient visits (about 10,000 occur each year).

Residents are also expected to participate in regular conferences of the department and in the department's external conferences sponsored the Continuing Medical Education Department, such as the annual Spine Summit and Skull Base Surgery conferences.

Contact us

Neurosurgery Residency Program

Deborah Musico, Program Coordinator

Phone:(412) 359-3575

Mailing address:
Allegheny General Hospital
420 E North Avenue, Suite 302
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

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