Neurosurgery Residency

The Department of Neurosurgery at Rush University Medical Center is dedicated to excellence in neurosurgical education. Through our nationally recognized team of sub-specialized neurosurgical faculty, administrative and research staff, we offer a comprehensive educational curriculum, abundant operative experience, research and academic opportunities which together provide a firm foundation for future success. Our clinical rotations cover all fields of the specialty and thus provide each resident with a broad neurosurgical education. Focused elective and research blocks provide our residents with the time and mentorship to develop subspecialty academic interests and pursue innovation through research throughout their career. Our academic and research missions continue to grow each year. The members of the Rush Department of Neurosurgery are participating in over 25 clinical trials and/or basic science projects.

The last six years have marked the busiest years in our program’s history. Our neurosurgery program was ranked at #4 on U.S. News & World Report’s 2020-21 “Best Hospitals” list. We have the largest surgical volume in the eight-county region for the seventh straight year. This has been largely fueled by additional dedicated academic faculty and the growth of programs in vascular neurosurgery, spine surgery and brain tumor surgery. Although we are pleased by the growth in volume, our primary focus will always remain on quality. University Health Consortium (UHC) data on outcomes has routinely placed some of our programs among the top performers in outcome in the nation.


Our training program has continued to thrive and expand. During the most recent review, the Residency Review Committee (RRC) granted us a full accreditation. In recent years, our residents scored among the top ten in the nation on the American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS) written boards. Our residents rotate at other location as well, including a six-month trauma rotation at suburban Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, a four-month pediatric rotation at Lurie Children’s Hospital, and rotations at nearby Stroger Cook County Hospital. These experiences provide a robust training environment for our residents.

In January 2012, Rush opened a state-of-the-art hospital building. This brand new 14-story hospital holds 304 adult acute and critical care beds, as well as a dedicated 28-bed Neuro-ICU. There are 28 operating rooms accommodated with specialized equipment and technology including intraoperative imaging, microsurgery and robotics. In addition to the operating rooms, there are 14 interventional procedure rooms. Our Emergency Department expanded greatly and now holds 60 treatment rooms, which attributes to Rush being one of the busiest ED’s in Chicago. These improvements provide the Rush Department of Neurosurgery with all of the tools necessary to remain at the forefront in patient care and resident education.

As a team, we offer an excellent experience in operative neurosurgery, a firm background in neuroscience, a commitment to innovative research, and a dedication to professionalism. Our goal at Rush is to train tomorrow’s leaders in neurosurgery.

How to apply

We fill two or three positions each year through the National Resident Matching Program. 

Please submit applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service. We screen applications with special attention to the following:

  • Performance during the preclinical and clinical years
  • U.S. Medical Licensing Examination 1 exam scores
  • USLME 2 exam scores (when available)
  • Research and publications
  • Dean’s letter
  • Letters of recommendation

We will email invitations to interview to selected applicants. Interviews are conducted on Wednesdays and Thursdays, with a dinner for residents and applicants the evening before. The interview day runs 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

If you have any questions about the interview process or requirements, please email

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