The residency is an ACGME-accredited seven-year program that matches two residents per year via the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). We endeavor to proide a diverse and inclusive training environment, which take 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 University School of Medicine offers trainees a substantive and varied experience in all subspecialties within neurosurgery.

Clinical Training Overview

In fiscal year 2023, we saw 4,866 cases, which broke down in the following ways: 


A pie chart and bar graph depicting statistics relating to Neurosurgery case volume for the fiscal year 2023.

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?

  • Aqib Zehri, MD (2023) – Complex Spinal Surgery Fellowship at Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, AZ; Mayo Clinic, Phoenix
  • Robert Townsend, MD (2023) – Private Practice, Athens, GA
  • Carl Nechtman III, MD (2023) – Private Practice, Birmingham, AL
  • Teddy Kim, MD (2023) – Private Practice, Pinehurst, NC
  • Jaclyn Renfrow, MD (2020) – Assistant Professor, Wake Forest School of Medicine
  • Atilio E. Palma, MD (2021) – Private Practice, Naples, FL
  • Mark Frenkel, MD (2020) – Private Practice, Naples, FL
  • Hector Soriano-Baron, MD (2019) – Complex Spinal Surgery Fellowship, Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, MD 
  • Robert Wicks, MD (2018) – Endoscopic Skull Base Fellowship, Barrow Institute, Phoenix, AZ
  • Adam Mathes, MD (2018) – Private Practice, Greenville, SC
  • Analiz Rodriguez, MD, PhD (2016) – Neuro-Oncology Fellowship at City of Hope in Los Angeles; Assistant Professor University of Arkansas
  • 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
  • Kunal Shah, MD (2015) – Private Practice in Washington
  • Mark Witcher, MD, PhD (2015) – Functional Fellowship at Emory, Atlanta, Ga; Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
  • Matt Neal, MD (2014) – Complex Spinal Surgery Fellowship at Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, AZ; Mayo Clinic, Phoenix
  • Dennis Campbell, MD (2014) – Private Practice, Winston Salem, NC
  • Jonathan Wilson, MD (2013) – Assistant Professor, Wake Forest School of Medicine
  • Amritraj Loganathan, MD (2013) – Private Practice, Michigan