Department of Neurological Surgery


Welcome! We are delighted that you are interested in our residency program in Neurological Surgery at Vanderbilt. We have an exceptional program and are very proud of it. One of the most important attributes of a training program is the culture – of the Department and of the Institution. The culture at Vanderbilt is one of collegiality – coupled with exceptionally high quality academics. This is a unique combination – and one that sets us apart.
Neurosurgery at Vanderbilt has blossomed and we have become one of the top places to train in the country. Our Department has grown tremendously over the past 10 years. We have tripled our faculty and tripled our volume. And yet with this growth and change we have enjoyed remarkable stability.
Recently Dr. John C. Wellons, III ("Jay") has become our Program Director. Dr. Wellons was Assistant Program Director at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, prior to coming to Vanderbilt.  Dr. Wellons is carrying on the tradition of his predecessor, Dr. Oran Aaronson, as a tremendous resident advocate. He brings a great deal of energy and enthusiasm to the position. 
In addition, as a reflection of our growing volume and high quality, we are very excited that we now match three residents a year. The addition of the 3rd resident has expanded educational opportunities for our residents at Vanderbilt.
Our current residents are incredibly diverse - arguably one of the most diverse programs in the country - and this is by design. They graduated from top medical schools including Penn, UCSF, Johns Hopkins, the University of Michigan, the University of Florida and Vanderbilt – to name a few.
Because we value diversity, our residents have tremendous opportunity to develop individual interests. The 2 years of sub-specialization has allowed recent graduates to pursue enfolded endovascular, spine, and functional fellowships, as well as independently designed programs in Neuro-oncology. We have had recent graduates pursue fellowships in Neuro-oncology at MD Anderson, Functional Neurosurgery at UCSF and Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati.
We are interested in training leaders in our field. Our definition of leadership is broadly defined. We believe that it is possible to become a leader in academic neurosurgery as well as leaders in organized Neurosurgery and in the community. We are very proud of our graduating residents. Some are making their mark in academic programs around the country as Assistant Professors of Neurosurgery at Stanford University, Medical College of Wisconsin, University of Cincinnati and UT San Antonio. Others are leaders in their communities in places as diverse as Charlotte North Carolina, Chicago Illinois, and Louisville Kentucky. What they have in common is an incredibly firm foundation in Neurosurgery.
Our graduates are capable and confident. We have a diverse, energetic and dedicated faculty of 13 Neurosurgeons who trained at some of the country's best institutions. Our residents benefit from this diversity as they learn different ways to manage Neurosurgical problems. Our residents become proficient is all aspects of clinical Neurosurgery. We have unparalleled high volume programs in Functional, Cerebrovascular, Neuro-oncology, Spine and Pediatrics. Recently, we added a 6th program in Community Practice Neurosurgery under the direction of Dr. Allen Sills.
We are excited about the future of Neurosurgery at Vanderbilt and are delighted that you are interested in our program.

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