Monument Valley in Arizona

Neurosurgery Residency Program

From the Program Director

Dear Future Neurosurgeons,

Building one of the top neurosurgical training programs in the world was a vision, defined over 30 years ago, that launched Barrow Neurological Institute from being a regional center of excellence to the world-renowned institution it is today.

Patient care and resident education remain two core principles that drive us. The goal of this residency program is to structure an environment that will prepare you to be leaders in our field while sowing a lifelong zest for the practice of this extraordinary discipline.

The program is home to a team of 28 outstanding residents, and there is an esprit de corps among this team that is unique. This camaraderie fuels the thrill of training to become the best neurosurgeon you can be.

With eleven dedicated neurosurgical operating rooms and two neuro-endovascular suites, over 7,000 neurosurgical procedures are performed annually at Barrow. This provides a foundation for resident education, ensuring ample exposure to the whole range of neurosurgical cases, from brain to spine, from simple to complex.

Graduated autonomy is a principle of resident education that is a prerequisite to graduating the best operative neurosurgeons. Through direct observation and feedback from faculty and peers, Barrow residents will build upon the surgical fundamentals to master some of the most technically demanding surgical skills.

Residency is a form of apprenticeship, and the Barrow is where the craft of neurosurgery is at its finest. Barrow is a masters’ program: the camaraderie, surgical volume, and structured autonomy are enjoyed in the setting of mentorship by leading surgeons in each of the neurosurgical subspecialties.

The global visibility of any program derives in large part from peer-reviewed publications, and the impact of the innovations in the operating room is made through writing. A published paper lasts forever, and the Barrow will equip you with the resources to further an academic footprint as a resident and to cultivate a subspecialty interest.

The Barrow is an amazing place to train, and resident selection is instrumental to our mission. We look forward to meeting you!


Francisco Ponce, MD
Director, Barrow Neurosurgery Residency Program

nd Best Neurosurgery Residency
Ranked #2 in Doximity’s list of top neurosurgery residency programs
th Best Teaching Hospital in the U.S.
Ranked #13 in Fortune Magazine’s list of top major teaching hospitals
Francisco Ponce, MD
Francisco Ponce, MD
Neurosurgery Residency Program Director

Important Application Dates

  • September 2023: 
    Applicants may begin submitting applications to residency programs Sept. 6 at 9:00 AM EST
    MSPEs are released to residency programs Sept. 27 at 9:00 AM EST
  • October 2023: 
    Residency program begins reviewing applications and MSPEs

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Call (602) 406-3196 to speak with our residency program coordinator