Residency Program Overview
Chartered in 1807, the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) is the fifth oldest and first public medical school in the United States and, in 1823, became the first medical school in the country to construct its own hospital for clinical instruction. This cooperation acknowledges our belief in the close relationship between excellent patient care, comprehensive medical training, and substantive scientific research. Today that same vision guides us as we develop new laboratory facilities, patient care centers, and an extensive research library.
The neurosurgery faculty and residents complete over 1,600 adult and pediatric surgical procedures annually, a case load that has tripled in the past 14 years. The majority of these procedures are performed at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), where dedicated operating rooms provide faculty with new operative microscopes, an image guided stereotactic system, intraoperative angiographic capability, and electronic imaging technology. The Department’s Gamma Knife Center houses further specialized equipment for the treatment of intracranial tumors, arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) and trigeminal neuralgia.
Intensive care is provided in a neurosurgery-directed, state-of-the-art unit in the Gudelsky Building. The Department is jointly responsible for coordinating the Neurotrauma Program at the Shock Trauma Center and the Neuro-Oncology Program at the University of Maryland Hospital. Outpatients are seen at several UMMC clinics on the UMSOM campus. The faculty team has expertise in diverse areas of research and clinical sub-specialties. Seven full-time faculty members specialize in the treatment of various neurosurgical conditions, such as cerebrovascular disorders, brain tumors, skull base surgery, pediatric neurosurgery, degenerative spine disorders, trauma, movement disorders/epilepsy, acoustic neuromas, and peripheral nerve disorders.
The core faculty, supported by a team of joint faculty in neurology, radiology and neuropathology, and by a large roster of clinical part-time faculty, is the center of this highly successful program. The breadth and balance of their expertise provides residents with the opportunity to develop their general neurosurgical skills while gaining valuable experience in subspecialty areas. The combination of the faculty's diverse surgical experience, frequent clinical teaching, and an intensive program of research provide residents with the skills necessary to be outstanding contributors to their field.