Neurosurgery Residency Program

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The Yale Neurosurgery Residency Program is committed to training the best and brightest resident physicians to becoming capable, competent, safe neurosurgeons who will be exceptional leaders in our field. 

As resident education is a top priority in our Department, in addition to serving as Department Chair, Dr. Murat Gunel also functions as the Residency Program Director, with Dr. Michael DiLuna as the Associate Program Director. Dr. Gunel and the Department wish to thank Dr. Charles Duncan for his 18 years of service as the Program Director for the residency.

The Yale Neurosurgery Residency Program is a 7-year program and currently accepts 2 residents per year; click here to apply. Residents receive broad and comprehensive training in all neurosurgical domains, achieving confidence in the ability to independently diagnose and treat patients with all types of neurosurgical conditions.

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Under our relatively new leadership, the Yale Department of Neurosurgery has benefited from significant clinical growth and expansion in a short period of time. More specifically, in the last two years: 

  • We have doubled our clinical faculty to 20 full-time neurosurgeons, who now have a presence beyond New Haven, providing coverage at 10 hospitals throughout the state of Connecticut and Rhode Island. Residents primarily rotate at New Haven-based hospitals (see below), but undeniably benefit from the transfer of more complex cases to New Haven. 
  • Our case volume has more than doubled and consists of a wide range of surgical cases. Community neurosurgeons throughout New England often refer cases of particular complexity, such as spinal deformity, complex brain tumors and neurovascular cases, as well as those cases that would benefit from our subspecialty expertise and infrastructure, including our hybrid OR with intra-operative angiographyand MRI capabilities
  • We have substantially increased mid-level provider support in both the inpatient and outpatient settings, allowing residents to focus on learning in the operating room as a top priority.

Our residents receive cutting-edge surgical and clinical experience at our main hospitals: 

  • Yale New Haven Hospital- York Street Campus 
  • Yale New Haven Hospital- St. Raphael’s Campus 
  • Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven 
  • Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital 
  • VA Connecticut Healthcare System- West Haven Campus

Some additional highlights which make our program exceptional include: 

  • Early OR experience, with dedicated and protected operative rotations beginning intern year 
  • Two years of protected academic time embedded in the residency with flexibility and support in choosing an academic endeavor specific to the resident and his/her interests, including basic or clinical sciences, advanced degrees, such as MBAs and MPHs or enfolded fellowships
  • Our Department continues to rank among the top three NIH-funded neurosurgical departments in the country. 
  • Our residents consistently receive national clinical and research awards, including a strong track record with AANS/CNS awards and grants. 
  • Nearly all recent graduates have gone on to take highly competitive fellowships or academic positions. Click to learn more about our alumni.
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We are proud of our Residency Program, our commitment to education and especially our residents! 
For more specific information, please review our Current Residency Handbook or contact: 


Residency Program Coordinators: 
Michelle Chauypong michelle.chauypong@yale.edu 203-785-3275 
Michelle Nocereto michelle.nocereto@yale.edu 203-785-5265 

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Residency Program Directors:
Michael DiLuna, MD michael.diluna@yale.edu 
Murat Gunel, MD murat.gunel@yale.edu

Application for Residency

Application to the Residency Program is strictly through the ERAS. You may apply through www.aamc.org/eras.

Our program offers 2 positions each year. Applications are reviewed by the faculty and invitations offered for interviews. Interviews are scheduled for November, December and January. Every effort is made to accommodate applicant travel schedules. Applicants are encouraged to consider a sub-internship experience prior to application. The deadline for application to the Residency Program each year is September 30.

For specific questions regarding residency in Neurosurgery at Yale-New Haven Medical Center email michelle.chauypong@yale.edu or call the Department of Neurosurgery at 203-785-3275.

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Current Residents

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Eyiyemisi Damisah, MD

PGY-7

College: Biola University

Graduate: Yale University

Medical School: Yale School of Medicine

Clinical interest: Functional 

Research interest: Mechanisms of apoptotic cell death and corpse clearance 

Awards: AANS Academy Award, NREF Fellow 2014, Swebilius award 2015, Resident research award 2016

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Joaquin Camara-Quintana, MD

PGY-6

College: Johns Hopkins University 

Medical School: Stanford University School of Medicine 

Clinical interest: Spine, Spine-Oncology, and Complex Spine & Deformity; enfolded spine fellowship (2015-2016) 

Research interest: spine outcomes research 

Awards: Howard Hughes Research Award

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Branden Cord, MD, PhD

PGY-6

College: Johns Hopkins University 

Graduate: Stanford University (PhD in Neuroscience) 

Medical School: Stanford University 

Clinical interest: Vascular neurosurgery; enfolded endovascular fellowship (2015-2017) 

Research interest: High-resolution Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Ruptured Cerebrovascular Structures 

Awards: William F. Collins, Jr., MD Award for Clinical Research in Neurosurgery 2016, California Institute of Regenerative Medicine Training Fellowship (Stanford University), General and...

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Gregory Kuzmik, MD

PGY-5

College: Cornell University

Medical School: Yale School of Medicine

Clinical interest: Spine neurosurgery; infolded spine fellowship (2016-2017) 

Research interest: Treatment of spinal metastases

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Jacky Yeung, MD

PGY-5

College: University of British Columbia

Graduate: Certificate in Clinical Research, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Clinical interest: brain/spine tumors, pediatric neurosurgery

Research interest: tumor immunology

Awards: 2017-2018 AANS/CNS Section on Tumors Research Fellowship Grant, Dennis D. Spencer Academic Achievement Award 2017, Highest board examination score 2016, Departmental Clinical Research Award 2015, Trump...

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Elena Fomchenko, MD, PhD

PGY-4

College: University of Bridgeport, Bachelor of Science, Major in Biology and Mathematics

Graduate School: Weill Cornell Medical College Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, PhD under the guidance of Dr Eric Holland, “Understanding Cellular Complexity of Gliomas"

Medical School: University of California, Los Angeles

Clinical Interests: General Neurosurgery, Neuro-Oncology (cranial/spine), Pediatric Neurosurgery; enfolded Tumor Fellowship 2017-2018

Research...

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Ramana Gorrepati, MD

PGY-4

College: Washington University in St. Louis 

Medical School: Weill Cornell Medical College 

Clinical Interest: minimally invasive surgery of the spine, socioeconomic policy, enfolded spine fellowship 2017-2018

Research Interest: device innovation, healthcare policy, ​clinical research

Awards: College Honors, Washington University in St. Louis; Gephardt Institute for Public Service Stipend; Hoopes Undergraduate Research Award, AANS Medical Student Research Fellow, Weill Cornell Medical College...

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Stephanie Cheok, MD

PGY-3

College: University of California Berkeley 

Medical School: University of California - Los Angeles 

Clinical interest: Neuro-oncology 

Research Interest: Metastatic tumors 

Awards: UC Berkeley Molecular and Cell Biology Honors, Lazareff Scholarship at UCLA

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Abhijeet Gummadavelli, MD

PGY-3

College: Johns Hopkins

Medical School: Yale School of Medicine

Clinical Interest: Functional and Epilepsy Neurosurgery

Research Interest: Epilepsy, DBS, Neuromodulation

Awards: American Epilepsy Society Young Investigator Award, Lidz Prize in Psychiatry and Neuroscience, HHMI-CURE Medical Research Fellowship, Goldwater Scholarship, Phi Beta Kappa

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Christopher Hong, MD

PGY-2

College: Harvard University

Medical School: Ohio State University

Clinical interest: Tumor, Pediatrics

Research interest: Tumor Genomics

Awards: NIH Intramural Research Training Award, Salvino Family-Accenture Award for Neurosurgical Oncology Research, Landacre Research Honor Society, Dean's Research Achievement Award, Advanced Competency in Research Honors

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Adam Kundishora, MD

PGY-2

College: Harvard University

Medical School: Yale School of Medicine

Clinical Interest: Pediatric Neurosurgery

Awards: The Parker Prize: awarded to the graduating MD student who has shown the best qualifications for a successful physician (2016), The Ferris Prize: awarded for an outstanding MD thesis (2016), Graduated Yale School of Medicine Cum Laude (2016), Howard Hughes Medical Institute/Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE) Medical Student Research Fellow (2014-15) - Yale School of...

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Stephanie Robert, MD

PGY-1

College: Louisiana State University

Graduate School: University of Alabama School of Medicine , PhD in Neuroscience

Medical School: University of Alabama School of Medicine

Clinical Interest: Neuro-oncology, Epilepsy

Research Interest: Tumor-associated epilepsy

Awards: NIH/NINDS Brain Tumor Training Grant, Carmichael Scholar Award, NIH Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) TL1 Training Grant, NCI Cancer Research Experience for Students (CaRES) TL1 Training Award, American Brain Tumor...

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Nanthiya Sujijantarat, MD

PGY-1

College: University of Tulsa

Medical School: Saint Luis University School of Medicine

Clinical Interest: Vascular neurosurgery

Research Interest: Outcome research, ICH, traumatic brain injury

Awards: Alpha Omega Alpha 2016-2017, American Medical Women's Association: Glasgow-Rubin Achievement Citation 2017, Doctor of Medicine with Distinction in Research 2017, Student Research Forum Award 2017, Summer Research Fellowship 2014, Delta Gamma Foundation: Carol Herd Greenisen Women in Science Memorial...

The Yale Department of Neurosurgery is proud of our residents and what they’ve been able to accomplish!

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2017 

  • David Gimbel, M.D. 
    Current Employment: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Spine Instructor, Cincinnati, OH
  • Ryan Grant, M.D. 
    Current Employment: Yale School of Medicine Spine Instructor, New Haven, CT
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2016 

  • Luis Kolb, M.D. 
    Post Graduate Training: Yale School of Medicine Spine Instructor Fellowship, New Haven, CT
  • Sacit Bulent Omay, M.D. 
    Post Graduate Training: Endoscopic and Minimally Invasive Skull Base and Pituitary Surgery, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical College
    Current Employment: Assistant Professor, Yale Department of Neurosurgery

2015 

  • Ryan Hebert, M.D. 
    Post Graduate Training: Neuroendovascular Fellowship; Thomas Jefferson University, Pittsburg, PA
    Current Employment: Assistant Professor, Yale Department of Neurosurgery
  • Brian Kelley, M.D., Ph.D. 
    Post Graduate Training: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowship; Philadelphia, PA

2014 

  • Brian J. McHugh, M.D.
    Post Graduate Training: Hospital of Special Surgery Fellowship; New York, NY 
    Current Employment: Inova Medical Group, Farifax, VA
  • Juan Torres-Reveron, M.D., Ph.D.
    Post Graduate Training: Yale School of Medicine Epilepsy Fellowship; New Haven, CT 
    Current Employment: Premier Health, Clinical Neuroscience Institute, OH

2013 

  • Toral Patel, M.D.
    Post Graduate Training: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Neurosurgical Oncology Fellowship, New York, NY
    Current Employment: Assistant Professor, University of Texas Southwestern; Dallas, TX 
  • Ali Ozturk, M.D.
    Post Graduate Training: Johns Hopkins Complex Spinal Surgery Fellowship, Baltimore, MD
    Current Employment: Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 

2012 

  • Jennifer Moliterno Gunel, M.D.
    Post Graduate Training: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Neurosurgical Oncology Fellowship, New York, NY
    Current Employment: Assistant Professor, Yale Department of Neurosurgery
  • Willard Kasoff, M.D.
    Post Graduate Training: Emory University Functional/Stereotactic Surgery Fellowship; Atlanta, GA
    Current Employment: Assistant Professor, University of Arizona Medical Center; Tuscon, AZ 

2011 

  • Nduka Amankulor, M.D.
    Post Graduate Training: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Neurosurgical Oncology Fellowship, New York, NY
    Current Employment: Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburg, Pittsburg, PA 
  • Grahame Gould, M.D.
    Post Graduate Training: Neuroendovascular Fellowship, Thomas Jefferson University, Pennsylvania, PA 
    Current Employment: Assistant Professor, SUNY- Upstate University Hospital

2010 

  • Maxwell Laurans, M.D., M.B.A.
    Current Employment: Assistant Professor, Yale Department of Neurosurgery
  • Eylem Ocal, M.D.
    Post Graduate Training: British Columbia Children’s Hospital Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowship; Vancouver, BC
    Current Employment: Assistant Professor, Arkansas Children Hospital, Little Rock, AK 

2009 

  • Michael DiLuna, M.D.
    Post Graduate Training: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowship; Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employment: Assistant Professor, Yale Department of Neurosurgery; Associate Director, Yale Neurosurgery Residency Program
  • Andy Redmond, M.D.
    Current Employment: Precision Spine Care, Tyler, TX

2008 

  • Louis Marotti , M.D., Ph.D.
    Post Graduate Training: New England Baptist Hospital Spinal Surgery Fellowship, Boston, MA
    Current Employment: Brain Orthopedic Spine Specialists, Lancaster, PA

2017 Resident Award Winners

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Dr. Paul Kalanithi Award for Professional Excellence in Neurosurgery

The Dr. Paul Kalanithi Award for Professional Excellence in Neurosurgery 2017 winner Dr. Eyiyemisi Damisah, MD

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Dennis D. Spencer Award in Academic Achievement

Dennis D. Spencer Award in Academic Achievement in Neurosurgery 2017 winner Dr. Jacky Yeung

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Michael L.J.Apuzzo Award for Creativity and Innovation in Contribution to the Peer Reviewed Medical Literature

Michael L.J.Apuzzo Award for Creativity and Innovation in Contribution to the Peer Reviewed Medical Literature in Neurosurgery 2017 winner Dr. Eyiyemisi Damisah

William F. Collins, Jr. M.D. Neurosurgery Resident Research Symposium

Best Resident Translational/Clinical Research Award is presented to Branden Cord, MD, PhD for Clinical Application of High-resolution Magnetic Resonance Vessel Wall Imaging to Ruptured...

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William F. Collins, Jr. M.D. Neurosurgery Resident Research Symposium

Best Medical student Research Award is presented to Charuta Furey for Exome sequencing identifies novel molecular determinants of human congenital hydrocephalus

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William F. Collins, Jr. M.D. Neurosurgery Resident Research Symposium

Best Resident Basic Science Research Award is presented to Eyiyemisi Damisah, MD for A FluroNissl dye identifies capillary pericytes as a distinct mural cell type during intravital imaging...

2016 Resident Award Winners

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William F. Collins, Jr. M.D. Neurosurgery Resident Research Symposium

William F. Collins, Jr. M.D. Neurosurgery Resident Research Symposium winner for Clinical Research in Neurosurgery Dr. Branden Cord, MD, PhD

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Dr. Paul Kalanithi Award for Professional Excellence in Neurosurgery

The Dr. Paul Kalanithi Award for Professional Excellence in Neurosurgery 2016 winner Dr. Ryan Grant