Residency and Fellowship Programs

Neurosurgery Residency Program

Hospitals and Clinics

General Neurosurgery: General Neurosurgery is practiced at both primary centers, University Medical Center and West Jefferson Medical Center.

Trauma Neurosurgery: The University Medical Center rotation provides unparalleled experience for obtaining training in the surgical and critical care management of patients with traumatic brain injury and traumatic spine injuries. This is one of the busiest trauma centers in the country, offering a robust experience in the management of complex neurosurgical patients.

Neurovascular Surgery and Endovascular Neurosurgery: Neurovascular Surgery and Skull Base Surgery is performed at West Jefferson Medical Center under the direction of Dr. Frank Culicchia; there is an emphasis on all aspects of neurovascular diseases including cerebral aneurysms, intracerebral hemorrhage, and stroke. A certified Neurovascular Stroke Unit is available at this facility. Endovascular therapy is offered at West Jefferson Medical Center by Dr. Jason Wilson, Dr. Robert Dawson, and Dr. Merritt Brown. 

Neurosurgical Oncology: Under the direction of Dr. Frank Culicchia, our residents gain experience in the surgical management of complex brain tumors including tumors of the skullbase and endoscopic tumor resection. Our Department's neuro-oncologist, Dr. Aaron Mammoser, ensures residents obtain the necessary education in medical management of tumor patients.

Complex Spine Surgery: All aspects of Spine Surgery, from routine neck/back pain, disc surgery to complex spinal fusions, deformity surgery, and spinal
tumors are practiced by the LSUHSC Neurosurgeons at West Jefferson Medical Center. Minimally invasive and
endoscopic surgeries can often minimize the trauma in painful conditions. Advanced pain techniques such as
neuromodulation can often treat painful spine conditions that have not been treatable at other institutions.

Functional Neurosurgery: Functional Neurosurgery is practiced at West Jefferson Medical Center. This program has a broad scope with a strong
emphasis in Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) for movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease. Recently, the Food and
Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first surgery for psychiatric indications with approval of Vagus Nerve Stimulation
or Treatment of Refractory Depression, which has led to strong cooperation with the LSU Psychiatry Department.

Pediatric Neurosurgery:We offer a full spectrum of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Children's Hospital. General pediatric neurosurgery, as well as
the craniofacial, spasticity, and spinal bifida multispecialty clinics are hosted at CHNOLA, as well asa comprehensive oncology and epilepsy practice. 

Cyber Knife/Radiosurgery: Cyber Knife/Radiosurgery is practiced at West Jefferson Medical Center.

Neurocritical Care: Our residents successfully complete training in neurocritical care throughout their residence as to ensure they can effectively care for neurosurgical patients in the ICU setting. Dr. Alan Velander and Dr. Merritt Brown provide structured neurocritical care training for the residency.






West Jefferson Medical Center
1111 Medical Center Boulevard
 Marrero, LA 70072
University Medical Center
2000 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
Children's Hospital
200 Henry Clay Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118