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Administrative Director of Programs, Neurological Surgery Residency Program
Phone: 305-243-6751
Email: nrstraining@med.miami.edu

Application Information

Eligibility:
All of our positions are filled through the National Resident Matching Program. We do not offer out-of-match positions. We accept International Medical Graduates who meet the qualifications listed, including a valid Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates Certificate. Previous clinical and research experience in the U.S. is preferred, but not required for IMG’s to apply for residency.

How to Apply:
Applications are accepted via the Electronic Residency Application System.

Deadline:
Applications are accepted from June to October. Interviews are conducted in November and are by invitation only.

Call Schedule

There is no call schedule required.

Locations

Jackson Memorial Hospital

1611 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center

1201 N.W. 16th Street

Miami, FL 33125

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Holtz Children’s Hospital

1611 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

3100 S.W. 62nd Avenue

Miami, FL 33155

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UHealth Tower

1400 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Program Requirements

Medical Licensing Examination:
All applicants must successfully complete Steps 1, 2 and 3 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination prior to acceptance into the program.

Postgraduate Training:
There is no postgraduate training required.

Visas

The J1-Visa: Alien Physician Program, sponsored by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, is the standard visa for residents/fellows who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

For specific program eligibility/qualifications or additional information, please contact:

Lourdes Boet
Hospital Services Supervisor
Physician Services Department

Jackson Health System
1611 N.W. 12th Ave. Suite ET-1004
Miami, FL 33136-1096
Phone: 305-355-1122
Fax: 305-355-1123
Email: LBoet@jhsmiami.org

Neurological Surgery Residency

Mission & Vision

The goal of our Neurological Surgery Residency Program is to train highly skilled neurosurgeons who are competent to deal with a wide range of neurosurgical cases. We plan to accomplish our objectives by delivering high-quality, compassionate healthcare; educating the next generation of medical leaders; leading life-changing discoveries; nurturing diversity, equity and inclusivity; promoting the health and well-being of our community and transforming patient care through innovative research.

Mission & Vision

The goal of our Neurological Surgery Residency Program is to train highly skilled neurosurgeons who are competent to deal with a wide range of neurosurgical cases. We plan to accomplish our objectives by delivering high-quality, compassionate healthcare; educating the next generation of medical leaders; leading life-changing discoveries; nurturing diversity, equity and inclusivity; promoting the health and well-being of our community and transforming patient care through innovative research.

Program Director’s Welcome

We aim to train neurosurgical leaders who are committed to academic excellence and passionate about neurosurgery. Our program provides the tools necessary for long-term success and we take pride in each resident’s career.

Program Director’s Welcome

We aim to train neurosurgical leaders who are committed to academic excellence and passionate about neurosurgery. Our program provides the tools necessary for long-term success and we take pride in each resident’s career.

Each resident rotates through different services at our sites. The wide range of neurosurgical cases presented at each of our sites provides ample exposure to both common and unusual neurosurgical cases. Our objectives align and are consistent with the overall mission of our program’s institution, which is to not only meet the needs of the community, but, adequately prepare all of our graduates in the areas of public health, leadership and research. Participation in ongoing neurosurgical clinical, laboratory-based research and scholarly activity are requirements for complete fulfillment of training requirements. These objectives are parallel to those of our university and institutions and are in accordance with the set standards made by the ACGME Common Program Requirements and our neurosurgical milestones.

Our faculty consists of more than 20 internationally recognized surgeons spanning the entire spectrum of neurosurgical care and performing more than 5,000 cases annually. Our trainees finish their residency with the confidence, knowledge and skills to meet every neurosurgical challenge. Moreover, we have a robust research infrastructure, as the department ranks in the top five neurosurgery programs in National Institutes of Health funding. The support for research is unparalleled and the opportunity to be academically productive is highly valued.

Most importantly, our residency is a family, with close bonds of friendship and an atmosphere conducive to education. Our program has a proud and distinguished tradition in academic neurosurgery. Our philosophy is focused on academic achievement, leadership development and surgical skills, with our graduates ascending to become prominent members of academic departments and within national neurosurgical societies.

-Ricardo J. Komotar, MD

Description

Our faculty consists of more than 20 internationally recognized surgeons spanning the entire spectrum of neurosurgical care and performing more than 5,000 cases annually. Our trainees finish their residency with the confidence, knowledge and skills to meet every neurosurgical challenge. Moreover, we have a robust research infrastructure, as the department ranks in the top five neurosurgery programs in National Institutes of Health funding. The support for research is unparalleled and the opportunity to be academically productive is highly valued.

Most importantly, our residency is a family, with close bonds of friendship and an atmosphere conducive to education. Our program has a proud and distinguished tradition in academic neurosurgery. Our philosophy is focused on academic achievement, leadership development and surgical skills, with our graduates ascending to become prominent members of academic departments and within national neurosurgical societies.

-Ricardo J. Komotar, MD

Fast Facts

Accreditation

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

Number of Residents per Year?

3

Duration of Residency?

7 years

Program Highlights

100% board pass rate (ABNS)

Top 5 NIH-funded neurosurgery program

5,000+ cases performed annually

Program Curriculum

Year 1 (Internship)

The first year, or PGY-1, is considered an internship year and is dedicated to learning the foundations and principles of neurological surgery.

Rotations:
Cranial/Spine – 4 months (UHealth Tower)
Neurology/ICU – 4 months (Jackson Memorial Hospital)
Cranial – 4 months (Jackson Memorial Hospital)

Year 2

The second year, or PGY-2, is the cornerstone of the neurosurgery services at Jackson Memorial Hospitalas the junior resident covering the cranial, neurotrauma and spine services.

Rotations:
Cranial – 4 months (Jackson Memorial Hospital)
Spine – 4 months (Jackson Memorial Hospital)
Trauma – 4 months (Jackson Memorial Hospital)

Year 3

The third year, or PGY-3, offers residents heavy operative experiences as VA Medical Center chief, UHealth Tower junior and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital junior resident.

Rotations:
Cranial/Spine – 4 months (UHealth Tower)
Pediatrics – 4 months (NCH/Jackson Memorial Hospital)
VA – 4 months (VA Medical Center)

Years 4-5

The fourth and fifth years, or PGY-4 and PGY-5, are elective years. Residents choose an enfolded fellowship in endovascular; functional neurosurgery; neuro-oncology; neurotrauma or spine, or initiate a mentored laboratory-based research project. Four months of this time will be spent learning the basics of neurointerventional procedures.

Rotations:
Neuroendovascular – 4 months (UHealth Tower/Jackson Memorial Hospital)
Research/Elective – 8 months

Year 6

The sixth year, or PGY-6, is when the resident becomes the lead resident surgeon with heavy operative experience on cranial services.

Rotations:
Chief Resident Cranial – 4 months (Jackson Memorial Hospital)
Chief Resident Spine – 4 months (Jackson Memorial Hospital)
Chief Resident Cranial/Spine – 4 months (UHealth Tower)

Year 7

The seventh and final year, or PGY-7, is a Committee on Advanced Subspecialty Training-accredited fellowship year. Each resident can formally sub-specialize
in a fellowship of their choice (endovascular; functional; neuro-oncology; neurotrauma; pediatrics; peripheral nerve; spine or skull-base surgery). Select residents can continue a laboratory-based research project.

Rotations:
CAST-accredited fellowship/research – 12 months

Your Faculty

Carolina G. Benjamin, MD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Neurological Surgery

Ronald J. Benveniste, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Clinical Neurological Surgery
Director, Neuro-Oncology

Ian Côté, MD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Neurological Surgery
Chief, Spine Service

Barth A. Green, MD
Chairman, Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
Professor, Neurological Surgery

Roberto C. Heros, MD
Professor, Neurological Surgery

Gillian A. Hotz, PhD
Associate Professor, Research
Co-Director, Pediatric Neurotrauma Program
Director, Neurotrauma Outcome Research

Michael Ivan, MD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Neurological Surgery
Chief, Cranial and Neuro-Oncology Service

Jonathan R. Jagid, MD
Associate Professor, Clinical Neurological Surgery
Medical Director, DBS

Ricardo J. Komotar, MD
Associate Professor, Clinical Neurological Surgery
Co-Director, Neuro-Oncology
Director, Neurological Surgery Residency Program
Medical Director, Neuro-Oncology

Howard J. Landy, MD
Clerkship Director
Co-Medical Director, Cyberknife
Professor, Neurological Surgery

Howard B. Levene, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Neurological Surgery

Allan D. Levi, MD, PhD
Chief of Service, Jackson Memorial Hospital
Professor and Chairman, Neurological Surgery

Glen R. Manzano, MD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Neurological Surgery
Medical Director, Neurosurgery Spine Tumors

Heather J. McCrea, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Neurological Surgery
Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery, Holtz Children’s Hospital

Jacques J. Morcos, MD
Division Chief, Cranial Medical Director, Neurosurgery Cranial
Professor and Co-Chairman, Neurological Surgery

Eric C. Peterson, MD, MS
Associate Professor, Clinical Neurological Surgery
Director, Endovascular Neurosurgery

Robert M. Starke, MD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Neurosurgery
Co-Director, Endovascular Surgery

Timur Urakov, MD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Neurosurgery

Steven Vanni, DO, DC
Associate Professor, Clinical Neurological Surgery
Division Chief, Spine Medical Director

Michael Y. Wang, MD, FACS
Chief of Service, Medical Director, Minimally Invasive Spine
Professor, Neurological Surgery

Dileep R. Yavagal, MD
Chief Interventional Neurology, Co-Director Endovascular Neurological Surgery
Clinical Professor, Neurology and Neurosurgery