Preparing Neurological Surgeons Through Graduated Responsibility
The University of Utah Neurological Surgery residency program is designed to create talented surgeons, neurosurgeon-scientists, and leaders. The program prepares individuals to become fully competent and compassionate neurological surgeons. In our training program, each resident is exposed to all aspects of neurosurgery. The rotation schedule is designed to facilitate a stepwise accrual of knowledge and expertise. Residents are given graduated levels of responsibility toward achieving competency and finally mastery of the technical aspects of neurological surgery.
There are also opportunities to engage in clinical and basic science research. The residency program offers residents the opportunity to acquire knowledge and techniques that they will use in their future practices and prepares them for future leadership roles in neurosurgery. Individuals completing this program will be well prepared to practice neurosurgery, possessing a solid foundation of basic and clinical knowledge and technical skills required by this specialty. Neurosurgery residents are highly valued in our program, and we have been fortunate to attract and select individuals who have previously demonstrated their intelligence, thirst for knowledge, commitment to neurosurgery, ethical integrity, and capacity and willingness to work as a cooperative member of a health care team.
The goals of the Neurosurgery Residency Program include:
- excellence and compassion in patient care;
- comprehensive training in all aspects of the diverse field of neurosurgery;
- exploration of and participation in the frontiers of research;
- extensive hands-on surgical experience with the development of clinical decision making.
All of our faculty members have specific subspecialty interests, ensuring resident exposure to the full scope of neurosurgical problems and procedures. The faculty focus their professional efforts and research on neuro-oncology, pituitary tumors, open surgical and endovascular treatment of cerebrovascular disease, complex skull base surgery, stereotactic radiosurgery, pediatric neurosurgery, peripheral nerve surgery, spine surgery and spinal instrumentation, neurotraumatology and neurointensive care, epilepsy and functional neurosurgery, and pain.
Many of our faculty and resident graduates hold leadership positions in the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. Furthermore, many of our faculty are members of prestigious neurosurgery societies including the Academy of Neurological Surgeons and the Society of Neurological Surgeons. The strength of this program is the quality of our faculty, coupled with the breadth and depth of our clinical volume and the quality of facilities in our health care system.
Distinguished Department History
The University of Utah Neurosurgery Department has a strong history of excellence. It began with the first full-time clinical hire, Dr. Petter Lindstrom, in 1955. Dr. Lindstrom researched stereotactic surgery. The second full-time faculty hire, Dr. Theodore Roberts, performed the first cerebral angiography using femoral catheterization. He was also involved in the development of the first stereotactic frame based on CT scanner technology.
The most recent chapters began when Dr. M. Peter Heilbrun assumed the leadership of the Division of Neurosurgery in 1983. Under his steady leadership, the division became a department in November 1992, and Dr. Heilbrun was the first Chair. Departmental growth and Dr. Heilbrun’s retirement led to a national search for a new chair 10 years later. Since Dr. William Couldwell assumed the chairmanship in 2002, he has taken the department to the next level. He has successfully recruited new faculty members in all areas of neurosurgery. All of our faculty have specific subspecialty interests, ensuring resident exposure to the full scope of neurosurgical problems and procedures.