Our 7-year, ACGME-accredited training program was developed by some of the best minds in neurosurgery. It offers a rare balance and strengths in both research and surgical training. 

PGY1 Gabbie Johnson, MD, talks about what drew her to neurosurgery.
Learn why the Washington University Neurosurgery Residency Program is one of the best in the country.

Our residents are exposed to high clinical volume and thorough immersion in every subspecialty including pediatrics. They learn directly from faculty members who are all experts in their respective fields, providing outstanding preparation for careers in academic and private practice.

  • Weekly didactic curriculum
  • Up to 24 months protected research time
  • 6-month Ireland rotation


The curriculum provides comprehensive exposure to neurosurgery subspecialties. Supportive mentorship with early autonomy builds decision-making skills.

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Protected research time

Neurosurgery residents have up to two years of protected research time to focus on projects in the neurosciences. 

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Train here, thrive anywhere

Sixty percent of our graduates go into academics at other leading medical centers. Among our graduates from the past 20 years are eight division chiefs and chairs and six professors.

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Learning environment

Camaraderie and collaboration are hallmarks of the WashU Med experience.

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Life outside the hospital

Our trainees are often surprised by how easy it is to build a life outside the hospital —  socializing with supportive colleagues and exploring our fun, affordable city.

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Meet our residents 

Find out why our award-winning PGY1 residents love our program.

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Apply and visit

Find all the details about completing the application process, interviewing and visiting campus.

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Benefits and leave support

All policies and procedures pertaining to residents, including stipends and benefits, are maintained by the Graduate Medical Education (GME) Consortium of Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Vested interest in your success

Learn how the program is designed to create world-class surgeons and committed to world-class research.

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Program leadership

Joshua W. Osbun, MD

Joshua W. Osbun, MD

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Radiology and Neurology

Vice-Chair of Education, Department of Neurosurgery

Program Director, Neurosurgery Residency

Director, Cerebrovascular Surgery and Interventional Neuroradiology

Castle Connolly Top Doctor

Daniel M.  Hafez, MD, PhD

Daniel M. Hafez, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

Associate Program Director, Neurosurgery Residency


If you have any questions, please contact the Senior Residency/Fellowship Program Coordinator, Michele Bridges.

Michele Bridges

Michele Bridges

Senior Residency/Fellowship Program Coordinator