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2023-2024 neurosurgery group

We begin reviewing applications on September 27, 2023.

Education / Graduate Medical Education / Prospective Residents / Neurosurgery Residency Program

Neurosurgery Residency Program

Howard Silberstein, MSc, MD, MPA photo

Howard Silberstein, M.D.
Program Director

The University of Rochester enjoys a longstanding history of training outstanding clinical neurosurgeons. I've watched the evolution of this Neurosurgery Residency Program and have been impressed with its growth and development. In addition to the University hospital we now have three affiliated community hospital rotations providing additional clinical experience for our residents. Always very strong in clinical neurosurgery, the addition of an outstanding research faculty has added a further dimension to our ability to produce top notch neurosurgical residents prepared to enter the neurosurgical work force in the career path of their choice.

All aspects of neurosurgery are represented in the faculty on staff, from the ability to perform interventional cerebrovascular work to the latest techniques of deep brain stimulation, as well as the advanced techniques of minimally invasive and complex spine surgery. We now have subspeciality programs in neuro-oncology, neuroendocrine, pediatrics and epilepsy. These programs and technically advanced surgical interventions are practiced by a diverse faculty anxious to impart their knowledge and expertise to our neurosurgery residents.

Opportunities to expand our research into other departments within the University of Rochester Medical Center are constantly available and encouraged. And the hallmark of our program is a strongly knitted atmosphere of collegiality between the faculty and the residents.

It is my wish, as well as the wish of the entire faculty, that you thoroughly explore the possibilities of training in our program.

Welcome from the Neurosurgery Chair


Total Residents

100 %

Board Pass Rate


Neurosurgery cases (2018-2023)

What Sets Us Apart


Over the last several years, with the re-invigoration and growth of the Department, there has been a concerted effort on the part of the Chair and the Program Director, Dr. Howard Silberstein, to restructure and expand the didactic curriculum.

International Rotation

During the PGY5 or PGY6 year, the resident may pursue a six-month research experience and goals are to work collaboratively, energetically, and productively as an integral member of Royal Melbourne Hospital’s Brain Tumor lab team.

Research and Mentoring

Because we recognize the educational value provided by focused research training, the Neurological Surgery Residency Program designates and funds a 12 month research experience.

A Day in the Life of a Neurosurgery Resident

What Our Residents Say...


"I chose the University of Rochester after I had the experience in college working as a paramedic in Ithaca, New York. We would transfer the most unstable and most medically complicated patients to Strong Memorial Hospital and this was my first introduction to URMC. Since that time,  my perception of the strength of UR Medicine only grew."

"I have been lucky to call several of the faculty my mentors. Dr. Vates has been the most instrumental to my development. He has taught me the importance of staying curious and pursing science as a surgeon. He teaches the appropriateness of surgical intervention and enforces my moral/ethical development as young surgeon. He is deeply and genuinely committed to my success and I owe a great deal of my success so far to him."

Redi Rahmani (PGY-7)

Medical School: Dartmouth College

Surgical Simulation at URMC - Featuring Jonathan Stone, M.D.

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