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The program director of the Neurological Surgery Residency shares the vision for the program.

Message from the Program Director

Welcome to the Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Neurological Surgery Residency program. The program was established in 1949 and is among the top in the country. Our goal is to train the next generation of world-class neurosurgeons, and we have internationally renowned faculty and technically skilled neurosurgeons represented in all subspecialities.

Residents are exposed to some of the highest case volumes in the country in endovascular and open vascular surgery, cranial and spinal surgical oncology, skull base surgery, complex spinal deformity surgery, functional and epilepsy surgery and pediatric neurosurgery. Residents in our program gain robust neurotrauma exposure with rotations in the three Level One trauma centers. Our four main teaching hospitals, IU Health Methodist, Eskenazi Health, Roudebush VA Medical Center and Riley Children’s, provide a diverse patient population in state-of-the-art environments. A new IU Health Academic Health Center with more than 860 beds and an IU School of Medicine medical education and research building—at 11 stories and 326,000 square feet—are slated to be completed in 2027 and 2024, respectively.

There is a graded level of responsibility with greater independence with each subsequent resident year culminating in the PGY 7 year as an opportunity to select from one of six enfolded CAST fellowships. During the PGY 5 year, elective time allows a resident to choose from options to pursue basic and/or clinical research within IU School of Medicine, which is ranked 14th nationally for NIH funding. Other unique options include taking courses towards a master’s degree in business administration in the nationally recognized Kelly Business School or public health, or opportunities to participate in our Global Neurosurgery Exchange through AMPATH at Moi University in Kenya.

The robust clinical and operative case loads combined with the elective options provides our residents with the skills to become the future leaders in neurosurgery.

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program director
14923-Miller, James

James C. Miller, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurological Surgery

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Program co-associate director
16057-Lane, Brandon

Brandon C. Lane, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery

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Program co-associate director
23036-Qaiser, Rabia

Rabia Qaiser, MD

Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery

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