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Residency Program

Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine offers a fully-approved 7-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 program accepts 3 or 2 residents, in alternating years.  In 2015, three residents will enter the program.
  • The program is approved by the Resident Review Committee (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.
  • The minimum USMLE Step 1 Board score accepted is 230.
  • The application deadline is October 15.

Click here to see our current 2014-2015 residents.

Click here to visit the Department of Neurological Surgery's website

The expectations for the Neurological Surgery Residency Program are the same for all residents during all postgraduate years (PGYs).

  • The PGY-1 year is a categorical neurosurgery year that will consist of 2 months of Critical Care, 1 month of Neuroradiology, 1 month of Neuropathology and 6 months of Neurosurgery.
  • The PGY-2 through PGY-5 years are spent as a neurological surgery resident at Methodist Hospital, Wishard Memorial Hospital, and Riley Children’s Hospital. Each resident will have a protected laboratory rotation.
  • The PGY-6 and PGY-7 years are spent as Chief Resident or Senior Assistant Resident at the Methodist Hospital and the Roudebush VA Hospital.
  • Resident education conferences include weekly conferences in Neuroradiology, Neuropathology, Neuro-oncology, Stroke, Combined Neurosciences, Board Preparation, Case Presentations, and Modern Medical Issues.
  • Monthly conferences include Complications, Journal Club, and Spine Club. All core competencies are taught.
  • Each resident is expected to make one presentation per year.
  • Beginning with PGY-2, residents take the board exam every year for assessment and must pass before completion of the program.
  • All work hours are obeyed and the in-house call schedule is 1 night out of every 5-6 nights

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 4620

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



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

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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