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    Neurosurgery Residency Program

    From the Program Director

    Dear Neurosurgery Residency Applicants,

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    Dr. Peter Nakaji
    Director, Neurosurgery Residency Program

    We have a unique culture and system at Barrow Neurological Institute that we believe prepares our residents to be leaders in the field of neurosurgery.  Our neurosurgery residency program is designed to create the best operative neurosurgeons, neurosurgeon-scientists, and individual trailblazers in the field. At the same time, we promote an environment that is healthy and supportive.  The culture at Barrow has been described as one like a family, in the best sense.

    Our Department of Neurosurgery is home to 22 board-certified and 2 board-eligible superb clinical faculty members. They represent all subspecialties within neurosurgery. Eight are members of the prestigious American Academy of Neurosurgery. Over 7,000 neurosurgical procedures are performed annually at Barrow, including endovascular interventions and stereotactic radiosurgery. These patients are cared for in 64 dedicated neurointensive care unit beds. Outside of the operating theater, the research division supports active laboratories in spinal biomechanics, skull base surgery, molecular biology, and genomics.

    Barrow residents are valued members of our team whose time is spent acquiring medical knowledge, technical skills, caring for patients, and pursuing scholarly activity.  We are proud to offer residents an exceptional level of resources, such as a wide breadth and volume of neurosurgical cases, in which residents are given the appropriate level of autonomy to develop superior technical skills.  The commitment of our residents to the continued success of Barrow has allowed us to reinvest into resident resources. Recent examples of this reinvestment include:

    • newly renovated offices that afford every resident his or her own workspace, and many a private office
    • a dedicated neuroscience publications office that assists with manuscript preparation and submission
    • subscriptions to Thieme MedOne Neurosurgery for every resident
    • funding for course and conference attendance, start-up research, fellowships, or other educational endeavors.

    Neurosurgery residents are a high-value resource. We wish you to contribute to the greatest extent possible and strive to enable this at every step.  Furthermore, we depend on a collaborative environment and value those who can work well in teams.  Nonetheless, our commitment to autonomy favors those who are highly independent, creative, and self motivated.

    The proper choice of new residents is instrumental to ensuring that Barrow continues its legacy of innovation, leadership, and collaboration in the field of neurosurgery.  You are the next generation of neurosurgeons and our future colleagues. We welcome you to the neurosurgery community, which is truly the best of the best. I hope that you will seriously consider Barrow Neurological Institute for your professional training.



    Peter Nakaji, MD
    Director, Barrow Neurosurgery Residency Program

    About Barrow

    Since our doors opened as a regional specialty center in 1962, we have grown into one of the premier destinations in the world for neurology and neurosurgery. Our experienced, highly skilled, and comprehensive team of neurological specialists can provide you with a complete spectrum of care–from diagnosis through outpatient neurorehabilitation–under one roof. Barrow Neurological Institute: Discover. Educate. Heal.