The residency is an ACGME-accredited seven-year program that matches two residents per year via the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). The residency training process takes place entirely at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

At the completion of their training, residents will have attained a depth and breadth of knowledge and experience that will allow them to pursue academic, research or private practice opportunities.

The Neurosurgery Residency program at Wake Forest School of Medicine offers trainees a substantive and varied experience in all subspecialties within neurosurgery

Clinical Training Overview

In academic year 2017-2018, we saw 4,581 cases, of which 50 percent were cranial and 50 percent spinal. 

  • OR 2,688
  • IR 899
  • Gamma Knife 991

Chief residents log an average of 1,900 cases by the completion of their residency.

Why Train at Wake Forest?

Our goal is to provide residents with a well-rounded education in neurosurgery and the neurosciences in an environment that offers the opportunity for graduated independence in neurosurgical technique and neurosurgical decision-making. We also foster the advancement of our field through scientific inquiry and application.

Residents work with a supportive faculty that is committed to resident education, advancement, and achievement in neurosurgical practice. The high-volume regional referral center creates a richly rewarding experience for neurosurgical residents.

Neurosurgery Residency

Hear from our residents about their experience. 

Where Are They Now?

  • Amritraj Loganathan, MD (2013) – Private Practice, Michigan
  • Jonathan Wilson, MD (2013) – Assistant Professor, Wake Forest School of Medicine
  • Dennis Campbell, MD (2014) – Private Practice, Winston Salem, NC
  • Matt Neal, MD (2014) – Complex Spinal Surgery Fellowship at Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, AZ; Mayo Clinic, Phoenix
  • Mark Witcher, MD, PhD (2015) – Functional Fellowship at Emory, Atlanta, Ga; Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
  • Kunal Shah, MD (2015) – Private Practice in Washington
  • Hirad Hedayat, MD (2016) – Cerebrovascular/Endovascular Neurosurgical Fellowship at Drexel Neurosciences Institute, Philadelphia, PA; Assistant Professor, Drexel Neurosciences Institute and Director of Cerebrovascular and Skull Base Neurosurgery, Vassar Brothers Medical Center
  • Analiz Rodriguez, MD, PhD (2016) – Neuro-Oncology Fellowship at City of Hope in Los Angeles; Assistant Professor University of Arkansas
  • Adam Mathes, MD (2018) – Private Practice, Greenville, SC
  • Robert Wicks, MD (2018) – Endoscopic Skull Base Fellowship, Barrow Institute, Phoenix, AZ

Neurosurgery Resident Benefits

In addition to the standard resident benefits offered by the medical center, Neurosurgery residents will receive:

  • Loupes are provided and maintained by the department
  • Monogrammed lab coats, and dry cleaning is provided by the department
  • PGY 3 residents attend the RUNN (Research Update in Neuroscience for Neurosurgeons) and funded by the department
  • USMLE Step 3 reimbursement
  • Funded attendance at national meetings
  • On-call resources (rooms, meals, etc.)
  • Annual book fund of $600 which can be applied to texts, journals, neurosurgical courses and neurosurgical supplies. Other requests will be reviewed by the program director.