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New Residents to start July 1st

A History of Excellence 

Programs in Graduate Medical Education (GME) have been conducted at the Health Sciences Center since its opening in 1960. The charter of West Virginia University Hospitals, Inc., formulated at the time of its incorporation in 1984, commits the Hospital to continue its high degree of support for GME.

Recent graduates have gone on to specialized fellowships for further training. Upon completion of their education, 40% go on to academic appointments, 60% go to private practices.


WVU Medicine Neurosurgery Residency Program
Learn about WVU Medicine's neurosurgery residency program from Dr. Ali Rezai, executive chair of the West Virginia University Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, Dr. Mark Lee, chair of WVU Medicine neurosurgery, other WVU Medicine leaders, and current residents.

Neurosurgery at West Virginia University

Dr. Sedney instructs Ryan Turner and the other residents.The Department of Neurosurgery Residency Program at WVU is a seven-year program under the direction of the Program Director, Cara L. Sedney, MD, and Assistant Program Director, Joseph L. Voelker, MD. 

Our program is structured to produce neurosurgeons who are broadly experienced, clinically mature, and academically well prepared for clinical practice. Institutional resources of well-trained faculty, modern equipment, and a mixed tertiary and primary care patient population, ensure the neurosurgery resident the benefits of extensive hands-on experience in a wide variety of routine and invasive neurosurgical procedures.

Residents in this program are required to master the skills needed to function in an environment of progressively graduated responsibility so that by the completion of training, they are capable of independent performance of the full range of neurosurgical interpretation and procedures. Together, the GME Department, West Virginia University Hospitals, Inc., and the Department of Neurosurgery strive to provide our residents with the highest quality educational experience available.

Important links 

  • Salary Schedule for 2020 – 2021
  • Board Examinations 
    • Residents are strongly encouraged to take the written Board examination, through the American Board of Neurological Surgery. Passing the examination is mandatory before a resident graduates the program.
  • Learn more about CITI training and other associated research groups and facilities. 

Visiting Professor Dinner

February 6-7, 2020

Dinner with Dr. Hong & Residents

David Hong, MD, of Stanford University, was our residents' special guest at dinner Thursday night. On Friday morning, he gave a presentation on "Developing a Pediatric Neurosurgery Program in the DPRK." 

We greatly appreciate Dr. Hong taking the time out of his busy schedule to share his knowledge with our residents. 

Explore Morgantown 

Just a few miles from downtown Morgantown, the campus is a bustling environment to learn and work in. The surrounding community affords students and professionals the opportunity to experience arts, culture, food, music, nightlife, and sports. Learn more about making Morgantown your home.

Poster presentation from a resident.

Educational Support

Each resident will receive $1500 yearly for surgical loupes, books, and some travel expenses. Additionally, expenses will be paid to attend approved courses; such as AANS Resident courses, Board Review, Fukushima Skull Base Course, or any meeting where the resident is giving a presentation. Each resident will also attend a Neurosurgery Boot camp in July of their first year. 

Educational Opportunities

Neurosurgery residents participate in weekly resident-run conferences including Grand Rounds, Neuropathology, Neuroradiology, Neurovascular, Board Review, and visiting speakers. Other educational conferences include weekly multidisciplinary Brain Tumor board, Pediatric Brain Tumor board, monthly Spine Conferences (with the Dept of Orthopaedics' residents & faculty), Epilepsy conference. There is a monthly journal club meeting where current articles are discussed.


Learn more about CITI training and other associated research groups and facilities. 


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