Residency Program

The City of Buffalo may be better known for its sports teams and chicken wings than for the quality of its medical education; but in fact, Buffalo is home to one of the most innovative and exciting neurosurgery residency training programs in the country, through University at Buffalo Neurosurgery.

The distinguished faculty members of University at Buffalo Neurosurgery are passionately committed to advancing the field of neuroscience. They conduct cutting-edge research in neuroendovascular surgery, spine surgery, skull base surgery, endoscopic technologies, neuro-oncology, and pediatric neurosurgery; and actively participate in groundbreaking clinical trials.

Our faculty also collaborates with a multidisciplinary team of scientists at the renowned Toshiba Stroke & Vascular Research Center – a facility that brings together physicists, chemists, aerospace engineers, neurosurgeons, cardiologists, and radiologists to study neurovascular circulation and develop innovative technologies and approaches related to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of neurovascular diseases. As a team, they focus on “translational” research, which involves the rapid application of laboratory discoveries to the clinical arena. Accordingly, University at Buffalo Neurosurgery moves research to patient care at an impressive rate.

As an acclaimed regional referral center for neurosurgical disorders, University at Buffalo Neurosurgery attracts a large and varied patient base. In the past year, we served more than 9,300 patients, and performed more than 2,000 neurosurgery and endovascular procedures .
Resident_08.jpgResidency training in neurosurgery at the University at Buffalo is sponsored by University Medical Resident Services. Educational activities and clinical rotations take place at two affiliated local hospitals:, Buffalo General Medical Center, and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo – all part of the Kaleida Health System.

University at Buffalo Neurosurgery participates in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) and Electronic Residency Application Services (ERAS), and accepts two residents per year into its training program. Our seven-year program is designed to provide progressive learning experiences and to encourage progressive responsibility. Structured rotations, including a three-month endovascular rotation, ensure that residents acquire the requisite knowledge and skills to diagnose and treat neurosurgical disorders, while educational conferences expose residents to the disciplines of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neuropathology, neuropharmacology, and neurochemistry. Although structured, the program is flexible to accommodate each resident’s individual educational needs and interests.

University at Buffalo Neurosurgery also offers its residents a host of supportive services that enhance the educational and research experience they gain in our program, including:

  • A residency program coordinator, who provides administrative and secretarial services in support of the residency training program, and works closely with the program director and the chief resident to plan events, arrange visiting professorships, and schedule valuable educational activities.
  • An editorial office staffed by a special projects manager to assist residents and fellows in the preparation, submission, and publication of scientific manuscripts, syllabus contributions, abstracts, posters and PowerPoint presentation text, and other documents.
  • A full-time medical illustrator/photographer available to provide high-quality illustrations, graphic design, photography, and video editing services to meet residents’ publication and presentation requirements.

The University at Buffalo Neurosurgery residency training program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Residency Review Committee for Neurological Surgery. For more information, contact Jennifer Schram at 716/218-1000 x5115 or Fax number is: 716/859-7484.