When trainees join our community of multidisciplinary neurosurgeon-scientists, they find their place alongside dedicated faculty mentors and collegial classmates as their careers begin to take shape. 

Our culture

  • Accessible faculty provide long-term mentorships that allow continuity with research projects
  • Inclusive culture values equity and respect
  • Trainees form a supportive, cohesive social cohort

Clinical training

With supportive oversight from leaders in every subspecialty, our residents and fellows experience the full spectrum of neurosurgical care in a dynamic clinical training environment.

  • Neurosurgical pioneers in every subspecialty provide supportive oversight 
  • Continuity of training with same attendings in each subspecialty  instills understanding of disease processes
  • Trainees apply the latest diagnostic and treatment options
  • Hands-on, high-volume experience hones medical decision-making
  • Trainees participate in team-based multidisciplinary care of complex cases
  • State-of-the-art facilities include cutting-edge surgical technology (Link to Research > Technology Innovation)

Clinical sites

Nationally recognized institutions Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center, and St. Louis Children’s Hospital are located on the Washington University Medical Campus. A new state-of-the-art neurosurgery and neurology intensive care unit including an in-unit CT scanner recently increased neurocritical bed capacity at Barnes-Jewish Hospital from 20 to 44.

Trainees also practice at additional sites including the new Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, outfitted with the latest technology, and Center for Advanced Medicine South County.

Our patient population

Residents and fellows train at one of the largest academic medical centers in the nation, which serves a diverse region of more than 3 million people. Our patients come from

• All 50 states

• 80 countries

The diversity and size of the patient population ensures that trainees participate in the care of complex and even very rare cases. The department performed more than 4,600 procedures last year.