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Residency and Fellowships


Many Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine neurosurgeons are faculty members in the IU School of Medicine. These neurosurgeons also conduct research on new techniques and treatments. They publish their work in peer-reviewed journals. They infuse the next generation of students with their expertise and their passion for discovery through classroom instruction, hands-on clinical experiences, and opportunities to publish original research. As the premier specialists for neurosurgical disorders in Indiana, The Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine physicians embody the only academic and clinical training program for neurosurgery in the entire state.

Indiana University School of Medicine Medical Student Resources

For medical students interested in gaining experience in neurological surgery, the IU School of Medicine offers the following opportunities:

Medical Student Third- And Fourth-Year Rotation

In addition to advanced electives, the IU School of Medicine offers the Julius M. Goodman Scholarship to deserving fourth-year medical students who are interested in pursuing neurological surgery as a specialty. For more information about the Julius M. Goodman Scholarship, please contact the Residency Program Coordinator:

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


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. This merger produced one of the nation's largest private neurosurgery practices that provides an outstanding learning experience for our residents and fellows.

  • The program accepts 2 or 3 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 2016-2017 residents and fellows.

Click here to visit the Department of Neurological Surgery website.

Expectations for the Residency Program

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 IU Health Methodist Hospital, Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital, and the James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children. 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 IU Health Methodist Hospital and the Richard L. 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 Surgery Complications, Journal Club, and Spine Club. All core competencies are taught.
  • Each resident is expected to make 1 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, Neuro-oncology, 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 7 PhD neuroscientists who 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 to the following residency administrators:

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

Nicholas Barbaro, MD, Professor and Chairman of Neurological Surgery
355 W. 16th St, Suite 5100
Indianapolis, IN 46202


Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine is one of the largest private neurosurgery groups in the United States. 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. At this time, we cannot accept applicants with an ECFMG Visa for our fellowships.



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


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 traumatic spine and brain disorders in amateur and professional athletes. For more information, click here.
Length: 1 year

Please contact the following individuals if you are interested in Vascular/Endovascular or Spine Fellowships:

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. For further information, please see the North American Skull Base Society website.
Length: 1 year

Neurosurgeons who have completed or who will complete an accredited residency training program and who are interested in skull base surgery should forward their CVs to the following fellowship administrators:

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

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