Department of Neurological Surgery

Program Leadership

The Department of Neurological Surgery has a long tradition among the surgical specialties represented at Vanderbilt Medical Center. We provide excellent comprehensive care for pediatric and adult patients with disease or injury involving the brain, the neurovascular system, the spine, and the peripheral nervous system, while also educating tomorrow's Neurological leaders and advancing research in the Neurosciences.

The Mission of the Vanderbilt University Neurological Surgery Residency Training Program is to train competent, compassionate, proficient, and expert neurosurgeons capable of independently pursuing the neurosurgical career of their choice. It is intended that each graduating resident become expert in at least one subspecialty discipline of Neurosurgery, and to strongly consider applying his/her expertise to a teaching, research, academic, and/or subspecialty career upon completion of the program. It is also of paramount importance to this program that residents have sufficient time to maintain and enjoy a personal life.

Nashville consistently ranks among the lowest for cost-of-living in comparable cities across the nation, ranking more cost-efficient than Atlanta, Austin, Tampa and Indianapolis. The overall cost of living is 10.2% less than the national average, and 0.5% greater than the Tennessee average. All components (groceries, housing, utilities, etc.) of cost-of-living are typically below the national average.  The city has been named among the best places to visit in 2013 by Condé Nast Traveler, Fodor's, Yahoo! Travel, Business Insider, and Budget Travel!

Residents who have children have many educational opportunities from public to private.  Metro Nashville Public Schools embraces its diversity – in ethnicity, interests, socioeconomics and learning styles – allowing YOU to choose when, where, and how your child learns.

Nashville typically enjoys a mild and pleasant climate with only a few days of the year having either very hot or very cold conditions. Most of the city’s rain is confined to the spring months, but a shower throughout the year is not unusual.  From Symphony Hall to Capitol Hill, Nashville offers a host of one-of-a-kind experiences you'll find genuinely rewarding.

•50% of US population is within 600 miles.
•380 daily arrivals and departures at airport
•Uniquely positioned at the convergence of 3 major interstates
•Served by all major airlines
Free music 24/7/365
•Free major, citywide events all year long
•Ranked one of the Top 3 most affordable getaways by Travel + Leisure
•Ranked #3 on Kiplinger's Top 10 best value cities

We hope you will consider training at Vanderbilt and enjoy all that Nashville has to offer.


John C. Wellons, III, MD
Residency Program Director
Professor of Neurological Surgery


Program Leadership Team

     John C. Wellons, III, MD, Program Director
Lola Chambless, MD, Associate Program Director
     Jamie Dow, EdM, Education & Training Manager
     Pamela Lane, Program Coordinator


For further information about the Neurological Surgery Residency Program, please contact:

     Pamela Lane
     Residency Program Coordinator
     Phone: (615) 343-2452
     Email: pamela.lane@vanderbilt.edu

     Vanderbilt University Medical Center
     Department of Neurological Surgery
     1161 21st Avenue South
     T-4224 Medical Center North
     Nashville, TN 37232-2380






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