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Program Description - Neurosurgery at MedStar Georgetown

The MedStar Georgetown Neurosurgery residency is a 7-year program that includes 1 year of internship. Our residents rotate through three affiliated institutions (see below), and are involved in more than 3000 neurosurgical procedures at these hospitals each year. Throughout their training, they are exposed to the full range of neurosurgery, in sub-specialties including:

  • Spinal surgery (including minimally invasive procedures and instrumentation)
  • Pediatric neurosurgery
  • Cerebrovascular surgery (including endovascular procedures)
  • Neuro-Oncology (including radiosurgery with Gamma Knife and CyberKnife®)
  • Skull Base Surgery
  • Functional neurosurgery (including deep-brain stimulation)
  • Neurotrauma
  • Peripheral nerve

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is the central site of the program, and our resident rotate through the hospital at all levels of training. Special features of this hospital relevant to their training include multi-disciplinary teams for neuro-vascular (with neuro-radiology), spine (with orthopaedics) and skull base surgery (with otolaryngology). The movement disorder program is also run jointly with the department of neurology, and is always busy with deep-brain stimulation procedures. MedStar Georgetown University Hospital has two CyberKnives, and our trainees are intimately involved with radiosurgical cases during their rotations.

Our residents rotate to the MedStar Washington Hospital Center as junior and chief residents. They are exposed to wide range of neurosurgical procedures at this hospital, where they also get their main neurotrauma exposure. Other special features of this hospital relevant to their training include a multi-disciplinary team in neuro-vascular cases and the Gamma Knife. Our residents are thus trained in both the Gamma Knife and CyberKnife® for their radiosurgery experience.

The Children's National Medical Center is another important affiliate for our training program and the residents spend 6 months there to gain exposure in craniofacial reconstruction, pediatric neuro-oncology, epilepsy surgery, as well as other aspects of pediatric neurosurgery. The Children's National Medical Center is the only hospital in our region that has an intra-operative MRI machine.

Accreditation: Following review by the ACGME Neurosurgery RRC in April 2012, the Georgetown neurosurgery residency is fully accredited to train two residents per year.