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Message from the Directors

We are delighted to introduce you to the Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center Neurological Surgery Residency Program at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center.

Our mission is to train the neurosurgical leaders of the future, and we have an intense commitment to resident education. The Department of Neurological Surgery combines the power of a large bustling academic medical center with affiliated tertiary care hospitals, the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and our children's hospital to provide comprehensive training suitable to prepare residents for any practice type. We provide in-depth, one-on-one, apprenticeship neurosurgeon training supervised by our extraordinary faculty with national leadership in virtually every neurosurgical subspecialty.

Residents enjoy a uniquely collegial relationship with the faculty. Resident education occurs in weekly didactic conferences, and daily - at the bedside and in the OR. Our program is fortunate to have an extraordinary volume of cases in all specialties and with varying degrees of complexity. Residency training is enhanced by strong collaborations with many surgical subspecialties as well as colleagues in adult and pediatric allied specialties, including:

  • Neurology
  • Neuropathology
  • Neuroradiology
  • Oncology
  • Critical care
  • Basic neurosciences

Neurosurgery conferences are varied, including case-based conferences, didactic lectures, and multidisciplinary conferences. Residents also have excellent exposure to microsurgery in a newly designed Surgical Skills Laboratory. Residents also have two years where we encourage them to explore career interests with the opportunity to design their own elective and research rotations.

The Department of Neurological Surgery at University Hospitals has a rich academic history. The Neurological Surgery Residency Program is demanding but exceptionally rewarding. Many graduates have gone on to become department chairs or leaders in their field. We are deeply committed to continuing this long tradition of neurosurgical excellence and supporting our residents in their career development.


Krystal L. Tomei, MD, MPH, FAANS, FAAP, FACS
Reinberger Endowed Director in Pediatric Neurological Surgery
Program Director, Neurological Surgery Residency Program
Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery

Tiffany R. Hodges, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
Associate Residency Program Director