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Surgical Neurology

Program Duration: 1–2 years

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Infrared imaging; Convection enhanced delivery; Subdural monitoring

The Surgical Neurology Branch offers a basic, translational and clinical research training program for surgeons committed to a career in academic neurosurgery. The program is designed to foster the application of basic science research to the development of clinical neurosurgical treatments. Areas of ongoing research in the Branch include studies relating to primary brain tumors, pituitary tumors, syringomyelia, drug delivery to the central nervous system, development of surgical technology/techniques, cell death in neurologic disorders and functional neurosurgery (including Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, psychiatric disorders and epilepsy surgery).

The Surgical Neurology Branch offers a one- or two-year combined basic science and clinical fellowship. The principal goal of the fellowship is to develop expertise for identifying basic scientific questions that underlie clinical problems and for formulating and testing hypotheses that address these questions. The Branch’s resources are uniquely suited to advancing research from the laboratory to the clinic. Fellows are active participants in both the laboratory, translational, and clinical phases of research projects. The Surgical Neurology Branch laboratories and clinical facilities are located in the basic science facilities and Clinical Center on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland.

Area of Current Research

Chiari malformation
Cognitive neuroscience
Deep brain stimulation
Drug delivery
Gene therapy for neurologic disorders
Glioblastoma immunotherapy
Neurofibromatosis type 2
 Surgical neuro-oncology
Pituitary adenomas
von Hippel-Lindau disease

For information about the NIH Neurological Surgery Residency Program, please call Kaitlyn Benson (Contractor), Residency Program Coordinator, at 301-496-9460.


John D. Heiss, M.D., Chair, Surgical Neurology Branch,

Prashant Chittiboina, M.D., Tenure Track Investigator, Surgical Neurology Branch,

Richard Youle
, Ph.D., Chief, Biochemistry Section,

Kareem Zaghloul
, M.D., Ph.D., Chief, Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery Unit, Surgical Neurology Branch,

Edjah Nduom, M.D., Assistant Clinical Investigator, Surgical Neurology Branch,