Residency Program

Residency Program

From The Chairman

On behalf of the faculty and staff of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Louisville, I welcome you to the Neurological Surgery Residency Program.

The path from education as a physician to training as a neurosurgeon is challenging -- and ultimately one of the most rewarding opportunities that you can choose to pursue.

At the University of Louisville, we are committed to excellence in diagnosing and treating neurological disorders and discovering new treatments in a caring, patient-centered environment. The Neurological Surgery Residency Program at UofL provides comprehensive neurological surgery training that combines:

  • An outstanding faculty of practicing neurosurgeons and distinguished neuroscience researchers
  • State-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic technologies for brain and spine surgery with an emphasis on minimally invasive approaches
  • Leading edge research facilities
  • A renowned regional Level 1 trauma center with a high volume and variety of patients

I look forward to working with you throughout your neurosurgical training.


Warren. W. Boling, MD, FRCSC, FRACS
Interim Chair, UofL Department of Neurosurgery


The first year of the program consists of a required three-month rotation in neurology training in the Department of Neurology, exposing the residents to management of general neurological medical conditions. In addition, the first year residents rotate on various services, including rotations in Otolaryngology, Neuroanesthesia, Trauma/Critical Care and Orthopedics, in order to develop skills in general inpatient management, gain an understanding of the function and daily operations of those services, and to acquire skills in those specific areas that are pertinent to neurosurgical practice. The remaining months of the year are spent on the neurosurgical service.

PGY-2, PGY-3

Following the PGY-1 year, neurosurgery junior residents are assigned to ULH, JHSMH and BHE neurosurgery services with the approval of the program director. During the PGY-3 year there is a three-month pediatric neurosurgery rotation and a rotation focused on vascular and endovascular neurosurgery.


Six months of the PGY-4 year of the residency is devoted to research. In the spring of the PGY-3 year, the resident must submit a proposal to the program director outlining the objectives and course of study to be pursued. This year includes a stereotactic and functional neurosurgery rotation, which includes training in Gamma Knife Radiosurgery at University of Kentucky Medical Center and in Proton Beam Radiation Therapy at Midwest Proton Radiation Institute in Bloomington, IN . In this year of training, each resident is expected to pass for credit the primary examination of the American Board of Neurological Surgery.


The fifth year of the program is the Senior Resident year. The Senior Resident is assigned by the Chief Resident to work in the operating rooms and clinics based on the needs of the services and 
the particular interests of the Senior Resident.


The sixth year resident is the Chief Resident and assumes not only the highest clinical and operative duties but also assumes significant administrative duties. Administrative duties include the day-to-day operations of the neurosurgical clinical services, supervision of the junior and senior neurosurgery residents and assignment of residents to the operating rooms and other procedures. With the approval of the program director, the Chief Resident assigns the junior residents to clinics, call, and vacation/meeting schedules, and oversees the academic conferences.


The seventh year is a transitional year, during which the trainee is appointed as a Clinical Instructor in Neurosurgery, and is expected to behave as a beginning academic neurosurgeon. The seventh-year trainee assumes responsibility both for his or her own outpatient-based clinic practice, and will operate independently with access to the advice and participation of the faculty. He/she is expected to function independently for routine cases and to begin developing a special area of technical expertise. There is also an expectation that he/she will develop a research agenda, and learn how to manage time between clinical and academic activities. Participation in academic rounds is expected at a faculty level. The regular neurosurgery faculty will endeavor to provide advice and support, as needed, so that the trainee can grow in a nurturing environment.

We are participating in the 2014-2015 Match.

We participate in the ERAS/NRMP process. Please check their websites for timelines and information on the application process.

For more information, please contact:
Kathy Nickel
Neurosurgery Residency Coordinator
Phone: 502-407-3263


Kathy Nickel
Neurosurgery Residency Coordinator
Phone: 502-407-3263