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Residency and Fellowships

The UCLA Neurosurgery Residency Program

CLICK TO ENLARGE PHOTO. Neurosurgery Residency program is a rigorous clinical and academic training curriculum designed to produce the academic neurosurgeon of the future. The UCLA Neurosurgery Residency Program provides comprehensive, state-of-the-art clinical training in all major subspecialties of neurosurgery. A rigorous curriculum strives for educational and professional excellence. Ample research opportunities, combined with a final elective year accommodating enfolded fellowships, allows each resident to excel and contribute in their chosen field. Our goal is to produce the neurosurgical leaders of the future. 
Marvn Bergsneider, MD, UCLA Neurosurgery Residency Program Director Marvin Bergsneider, MD
Residency Program Director
Professor and Vice-Chair of Clinical Affairs

Dr. Bergsneider received his neurosurgical training at UCLA, joining the faculty in 1994. He has won multiple teaching awards. His primary clinical focus is endoscopic endonasal approaches to the skullbase.
Neil Martin, MD, UCLA Department of Neurosurgery Chari Neil Martin, MD
Department Chair

Training Hospitals

UCLA neurosurgery residents receive their core clinical training at four major teaching hospitals, plus have the option of additional elective clinical training at a large community hospital. Together, these hospitals perform over 5000 neurosurgical operations annually.

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

This is the primary teaching hospital, located on the UCLA campus in Westwood. UCLA Medical Center is 540 bed hospital that has been ranked 'best in the West' by U.S. News & Report for over 20 years. The gamut of routine and complex intracranial, pediatric, and peripheral nerve operations are performed at 'Reagan.' It is a Level 1 trauma center. Over 1200 inpatient and 300 outpatient neurosurgical operations are performed annually.


Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

Located 25 miles south of Westwood, 'Harbor' is a 570 bed Los Angeles County system hospital. It is a Level 1 trauma center. The full spectrum of neurosurgical procedures are performed. 'Harbor' is a favorite among residents who enjoy the high level of responsibility in an environment of close, nurturing supervision. Over 400 inpatient neurosurgical operations are performed annually.


West Los Angeles VA Medical Center

The 'VA' is located just one mile west of Westwood. The residents receive an excellent experience in the surgical management of adult neurosurgical conditions similar to that of a community practice. Over 250 inpatient neurosurgical operations are performed annually at this 500 bed hospital.


Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center

'Santa Monica,' is a 266 bed hospital located five miles west of Westwood, is the site of our comprehensive neurosurgery-orthopedic spine center. Residents receive a focused experience in both inpatient and outpatient surgery of the spine. Over 350 inpatient and 150 outpatient neurosurgical operations are performed annually.


Kaiser Los Angeles Medical Center

Kaiser, located 14 miles east of Westwood in Hollywood, is 464 bed hospital and the neurosurgery referral hospital for the southern California Kaiser Permanente health system. There are 14 full time neurosurgeons on staff. Residents can select 3-4 month elective rotations in spine, pediatric neurosurgery, functional, or endovascular. Over 2500 inpatient neurosurgical operations are performed annually


Research Opportunities

Residency program in neurological surgery at UCLA - Applicants are expected to have a strong academic record with a strong interest in commitment to Neurosurgery.One year of dedicated research time occurs during 4th year of training. Our aim is to provide an environment where the resident can tailor the experience to their individual interests and needs, with the end product being a resident fully prepared to excel in an academic career. For residents with modest research experience entering residency, they learn the fundamental basics of scientific research. Other residents with a greater existing experience, including prior PhD's, utilize this opportunity to further enhance their research skills. Eight UCLA neurosurgeons, plus five Department faculty, have active NIH grant support as Principle Investigator in the fields of neuro-oncology, spine, epilepsy, vascular, functional, and neurotrauma. In addition to these laboratories, residents can choose to obtain their research experience with a UCLA faculty member in a different Department within the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, of which several are Nobel laureates.
Many of our residents are recipients of NIH R25 training awards during their training, as well as others including NREF and CNS InSite fellowships.
Research experience is not limited to traditional basic science, bench top research. Residents can choose structured programs in the UCLA School of Public Health, for example. Clinical research training opportunities are available. UCLA offers a STAR Program, where selected residents can obtain a PhD during their residency training. Three UCLA neurosurgery residents have completed the STAR Program over the last 20 years.
Applicants are expected to have a strong academic record with a commitment to advancing the field of Neurosurgery. Residents are required to publish a minimum of one peer-reviewed manuscript per year (3rd to 7th years) and achieve a minimum 50th-percentile on the written Neurosurgical Board Exam.

Fellowship Programs

Post-Residency Fellowships

  • Spinal Neurosurgery Fellowship
    This CAST-accredited fellowship accepts one fellow per year, working primarily at UCLA-Santa Monica Medical Center. There is ample operative case volume at UCLA-Santa Monica Medical Center to provide an excellent learning experience for the fellow and the one neurosurgery resident rotating at the hospital. Fellowship Director: Langston Holly, M.D.
  • Neurocritical Care Fellowship
    This UCNS-accredited fellowship accepts two fellows per year for a two-year fellowship working at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. The fellowship is open to neurologists and neurosurgeons. Fellowship Director: Paul Vespa, M.D.
  • Interventional Neuroradiology Fellowship
    This fellowship accepts two fellows per year for a two-year fellowship, working primarily at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and Long Beach Memorial Hospital. The fellowship is open to neurosurgeons, radiologists, and neurologists.Fellowship Director: Gary Duckwiler, M.D.

Enfolded Residency Fellowships

The above Spinal Neurosurgery Fellowship is available to UCLA neurosurgery residents. With adequate and appropriate prerequisite rotations, the Neurocritical Care Fellowship can be completed in one year as a UCLA neurosurgery resident. The first year of the Interventional Radiology Fellowship can be completed during the final elective year of residency. In addition, the following enfolded will be available to 7th year UCLA neurosurgery residents: functional neurosurgery fellowship and brain tumor fellowship.

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