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, and resident teaching goes on daily - at the bedside and in the OR - with an extraordinary volume of cases in all degrees of complexity. Residency training is enhanced by strong collaborations with colleagues in allied specialties, including:

  • Neurology
  • Neuropathology
  • Neuroradiology
  • Neurosciences
  • Pediatric neurology

Neurosurgery conferences are frequent and varied, including a newly designed Surgical Skills Laboratory, and residents have 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.


Nicholas C. Bambakidis, MD
Nicholas C. Bambakidis, MD
Residency Program Director
Krystal L. Tomei, MD
Krystal L. Tomei, MD
Associate Residency Program Director