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Residency Program


Indiana University School of Medicine medical student resources

 For medical students interested in gaining experience in neurological surgery, IU School of Medicine offer several opportunities. These include:

Medical Student third- and fourth-year rotation electives

In addition, Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine offers the Goodman Scholarship to deserving fourth year medical students who are interested in pursuing neurological surgery as a specialty.

For more information about applying for the Goodman Scholarship, please contact


Neurosurgical Residency
Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine offers a fully-approved 6-year Neurological Surgery Residency. The faculty neurosurgeons of the IU School of Medicine Department of Neurological Surgery and the private practice neurosurgeons of Indianapolis Neurosurgical Group merged in 2010 to form Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine, one of the nation's largest private neurosurgery practices. The combination of these two groups provides an outstanding learning experience for our residents and fellows.

The residency program takes two residents every year.  The program is approved by the RRC for Neurological Surgery and graduates are eligible for board certification from the American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS). Applications for Residency are accepted through ERAS, the Electronic Residency Application Service. Application deadline is October 15 and the minimum USMLE Step 1 Board score accepted is 230.

Click here to see our current 2013-2014 residents.

Starting in 2009, the program will be 6 years in length for all new Residents. The PGY 1 year is a categorical neurosurgery year that will consist of 3 months of Neurology, 3 months of critical care, 1 month of neuropathology and 6 months of Neurosurgery. The PGY2-5 years are spent as a neurological surgery resident at Wishard Memorial Hospital, Methodist Hospital and Riley Hospital for Children. Each resident will have a protected laboratory rotation. The PGY6 year is spent as Chief resident at Wishard Memorial Hospital, Methodist Hospital and the Roudebush VA Hospital. Resident education conferences include weekly conferences in: Neuroradiology, Neuropathology, Neurooncology, Stroke, Combined Neurology/Neurosurgery, Board Preparation, Case Presentations and Modern Medical Issues. Monthly conferences include Complications, Journal Club and Skull Base Surgery. All core competencies are taught. The residents are also expected to make one presentation per year. The residents take the board exam every year - starting at PGY 2 - for assessment and must pass before completion of the program.  All work hours are obeyed and the in-house call schedule is one night out of 5-6  nights.  Each resident is sponsored to attend one national meeting a year.

Residents in the neurological surgery program at Indiana University Medical Center are responsible for the complete care of adults and children with neurological surgery problems including Intracranial and Carotid Vascular Surgery, Skull Base Surgery, Neurooncology, Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, Frame and Frameless Stereotactic Surgery, Epilepsy Surgery , Pallidotomy/Functional Neurosurgery, Neuroendoscopy, Level 1 Cranial and Spinal Neurotrauma, Spinal Instrumentation and Peripheral Nerve Surgery. The Neurological Surgery Section also employs seven PhD Neuroscientists that are dedicated to neurological surgery research.

For additional information about the Neurological Surgery Residency Program or information concerning the application process, please contact Mary Gallagher at or write:

Scott A. Shapiro, M.D. - Professor of Neurosurgery and Residency Director
355 W. 16th St, Suite 5100
Indianapolis, IN 46202


Nicholas Barbaro, M.D. - Professor and Chairman of Neurosurgery
355 W. 16th St, Suite 5100
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Click here to see details on the IU School of Medicine Neurosurgery Residency Program 



Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine is one of the largest private neurosurgery groups in the U.S. Fellows will have exposure to a very high clinical volume, research opportunities, educational conferences, a cadaveric and microanastomosis laboratory and state-of-the-art neurosurgical equipment.

Vascular/Endovascular - Three of our vascular neurosurgeons and two endovascular neuroradiologists treat over 250 patients per year who suffer from aneurysms, AVMs and other cerebrovascular disease. Training may be customized to include surgical, endovascular or a combined experience.
Length: 1 to 2 years

Spine - Five of our neurosurgeons devote their practice to treating the spine, including complex and minimally invasive procedures, tumors, artificial disc replacement, degenerative disease, trauma, kyphoplasty and pain management. There is also exposure to spine and brain disorders in amateur and professional athletes.
Length: 1 year

Mary Gallagher
Residency Program Coordinator
Indiana University Department of Neurosurgery
Goodman Campbell Brain & Spine
355 W. 16th Street, Suite 5100
Indianapolis, In 46202
(317) 396-1234

Eric M. Horn, MD, PhD
Associate Professor
Director of Spinal Neurosurgery
Department of Neurological Surgery
Indiana University School of Medicine
Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine
355 West 16th Street, Suite 5100
Indianapolis, IN 46202
office 317-396-1300 ext. 1915

Skull Base Surgery - We treat a large volume of both adult and pediatric benign and malignant skull base tumors. Skull-base approaches to vascular lesions are also included. There is exposure to radiosurgery with Novalis, Cyberknife, Gamma Knife and proton beam therapy. Endoscopic neurosurgery may be incorporated into this fellowship. A skull base dissection lab is available.
Length: 1 year

Trauma - We cover a Level 1 trauma center in a hospital with over 95,000 emergency room visits per year. The neurosurgery ICU has 25 beds. Surgical and non-surgical management of brain and spine injuries is included.
Length: 1 year

CVs from neurosurgeons who will/have completed an accredited residency training program should be forwarded to:

Troy D. Payner, MD
8333 Naab Road, Suite 250
Indianapolis, IN 46260


Complex Transcranial and Expanded Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery

Aaron Cohen-Gadol, MD
355 West 16th St., Suite 5100
Indianapolis, IN 46202

For further information, please see the North American Skull Base Society website.

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