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Neurosurgery Residency Program

Tufts Medical Center’s Neurosurgery Residency Program in Boston teaches bedside and operating room techniques to neurosurgery residents.

Outstanding clinical training and surgical experience

The Neurosurgery Residency Program at Tufts Medical Center (Tufts MC) in downtown Boston provides outstanding clinical training and surgical experience to residents.

Attending physicians focus on teaching bedside and operating room techniques, while encouraging progressive independence in clinical decisions and the performance of surgery. At the end of their training, residents are familiar with a wide range of surgical procedures. In addition, we increasingly emphasize the interaction between clinical and the basic sciences and ask that all residents participate in research activities.

Although the neurosurgical service at Tufts MC is very busy, with over 1,700 annual procedures performed, attending and house staff have a close and collegial relationship. Physician assistants and nurse practitioners are closely collaborating with attendings and residents to make sure we meet our clinical demands.

Contact info
Kiara Matier
Residency Coordinator, Neurosurgery
Maddie Cornell, MEd
Education Manager, Neurosciences

How to apply

Application materials should be submitted no later than October 1stThe following information must be submitted to ERAS by the deadline in order for your application to be considered complete:

  • ERAS Application form
  • Curriculum Vitae, including any honors, publications and presentations
  • Medical School Performance Evaluation (MSPE) or Dean’s Letter
  • Official medical school transcript
  • USMLE scores (Step I required, Step II and III if available). COMLEX scores are accepted.
  • A minimum of three (3) letters of recommendation; two (2) should be from Neurosurgeons. It is recommended that the letters be written by someone who is very familiar with your clinical work and who is accustomed to writing letters of recommendation (Clerkship Director, Program Director, Director of Service or a senior clinician)
  • Personal Statement
  • Photograph
  • ECFMG certificate (for foreign medical grads)

To initiate your application and obtain information regarding dates and other key details, visit:

Interviews this year will take place virtually over Zoom/Thalamus, details to come later. The application is standardized with SNS recommendation letters including letters from surgery rotation chairman or program director letter.

We will work with applicants in selecting an interview date that is most convenient and best coordinated to accommodate multiple Boston or nearby interview sites.

International medical graduates

We accept foreign graduates who are highly qualified and have competitive USMLE scores. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions section for more information regarding requirements for IMGs.

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The Tufts Medical Center Neurosurgery Program is a seven-year program and includes:

  • Fifty-one months of clinical neurosurgery
  • Twelve months of research or enfolded fellowship
  • Six months of elective time (neuropathology, neuroradiology, neuro-opthalmology)
  • Three months of radiosurgery and interventional neurosurgery and outpatient clinics
  • Residents have two off-site rotations: 3months of functional and deep brain simulation at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts and six months of dedicated pediatric neurosurgery at Boston Children's Hospital

Physician extenders (eight physician assistants) help with inpatient discharge paperwork, progress notes, inpatient and ED consults and day-to-day patient management. Four nurse practitioners and one physician assistant work in the outpatient clinic and also help with notes, phone calls and outpatient patient management.


Residents are given progressive clinical responsibility both in and out of the operating room. Mentors are assigned in the research areas to facilitate residents’ research goals. The resident may develop his or her own project or participate in ongoing projects. The medical school core neuroscience group and the basic scientists in the neurosurgery department serve as teachers and consultants for this research.

Annual Intern Boot Camp

The Department of Neurosurgery at Tufts Medical Center has hosted the Annual SNS Intern Boot Camp Fundamental Skills Course since its inaugural year 2010.

This course, sponsored by the Society of Neurological Surgeons (SNS), the oldest neurosurgical society in the world, brings together approximately thirty interns from nineteen neurosurgical residency programs from the northeast region for two days of lectures and hands-on procedural and simulation sessions.

The course curriculum includes lectures given by Tufts faculty and faculty from other institutions including Yale, Rutgers, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Montefiore Medical Center, Boston Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Lahey Hospital and Columbia University.

The lectures and hands-on procedural and simulation sessions introduce important principles of neurosurgical care to entering PGY-1 residents. The Department of Neurosurgery at Tufts Medical Center is honored to be the annual host of this unique educational experience for incoming neurosurgery residents of the Northeast region.

Benefits + resident life

Residents complete their training at Tufts Medical Center, a world-class academic medical center located in Boston and the principal teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine. It also sponsors nineteen specialty ACGME-accredited clinical training programs.

Tufts Medical Center is a 415-bed robust organization, providing everything from routine medical care to treating the most complex diseases affecting adults.

Tufts Medical Center provides heart, kidney and bone marrow transplants, is a level I trauma center, provides comprehensive neurological and neurosurgical care, and offers cutting-edge cancer treatments.

Tufts Medical Center is also home to The Boston Gamma Knife Center, the first and only Gamma Knife Center in Massachusetts and northern New England.

Life as a resident

What’s it like to live in Boston? It’s an epicenter for health, science and medical research – where visions are born and discoveries are made. With universities on every corner, intellectuals, scientists and artists mingle to create an exceptional culture.

It’s also a fun city that takes its sports teams seriously, but not much else. In the spring and summer, you can enjoy festivals, outdoor concerts and cultural gatherings. Plus, many neighborhoods are booming with art, restaurants and music. Need to get away? Boston is a short trip from beautiful beaches, mountains and lakes.

It’s the perfect mix of urban culture, a small town feel and outdoor beauty.

Learn more about what it’s like to live in Boston

About the Department of Neurosurgery

The Department of Neurosurgery has recently completed a renovation and expansion program supported by the Cam Neely Foundation. The hospital is located in the center of a rapidly changing area of Boston. The center abuts the theater district and Chinatown near the financial district. The medical center campus is adjacent to the Jean Mayer Regional Nutrition Center and the Tufts Dental School. The Tufts Medical School is also in the same campus facilitating research and interdisciplinary conferences.

Salary + Benefits

Graduate Medical Education (GME) stipend levels for Academic Year 2023 – 2024

As of July 1, 2023

PGY1 $75,423.00
PGY2 $78,494.00
PGY3 $81,700.00
PGY4 $85,635.00
PGY5 $90,301.00
PGY6 $94,878.00
PGY7 $98,927.00


Faculty, residents + alumni


Carl B. Heilman, MD
Title(s): Neurosurgeon-in-Chief and Chair, Department of Neurosurgery, Tufts Medical Center; Chair and Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Neurosurgery
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5860
Fax #: 617-636-7587
Meningiomas, acoustic neuromas, skull base surgery, pituitary surgery, Chiari surgery

Jason M. Frerich, MD, MPH
Title(s): Neurosurgeon
Department(s): Neurosurgery, Spine Surgery Center
Appt. Phone: 617.636.8686
Fax #: 617.636.7587
Management of all spinal conditions, from the straightforward to the complex, and with the goal of providing compassionate care and the least aggressive treatment option for a particular condition.

James Kryzanski, MD
Title(s): Chief, Division of Epilepsy Surgery; Co-Chief, Division of Spine Surgery; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Neurosurgery
Appt. Phone: 617.636.8585
Fax #: 617.636.7587
Epilepsy neurosurgery, skull base surgery, pituitary surgery, neurovascular surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery, neurosurgical disorders in patients with achondroplasia, neurosurgical disorders in patients with Down syndrome

Adel M. Malek, MD, PhD
Title(s): Chief, Neurovascular Surgery; Director, Cerebrovascular & Endovascular Division Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Neurosurgery
Appt. Phone: 617.636.8200
Fax #: 617.636.7587
Aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, dural fistulas, subarachnoid hemorrhage, intracranial atherosclerosis, arterial dissection

Ron I. Riesenburger, MD
Title(s): Director, Spine Center; Co-Chief, Division of Spinal Surgery; Neurosurgeon; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Neurosurgery
Appt. Phone: 617.636.8484
Fax #: 617.636.7587
Minimally invasive spine surgery, spinal deformity and scoliosis, complex and reconstructive spine surgery, pinched nerves, sciatica, spinal stenosis, disc herniation, spondylolisthesis, spinal tumors, radiculopathy, and myelopathy

Marie Roguski, MD, MPH
Title(s): Neurosurgeon; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Neurosurgery
Appt. Phone: 617.636.5878
Fax #: 617.636.7587
Neurosurgical oncology, degenerative spinal disorders, brain and spinal tumors, including primary, metastatic, and benign conditions (glioma, metastasis, meningioma, schwannoma), degenerative spinal disorders, including myelopathy, herniated spinal discs, and lumbar stenosis, and their treatment with minimally invasive spinal surgery, spinal fusion, and microdiscectomy,

Mina Safain, MD
Title(s): Neurosurgeon; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Neurosurgery
Appt. Phone: 617.636.5860
Fax #: 617.636.7587
Pituitary tumors, brain tumors, meningiomas, minimally invasive spine surgery, complex and reconstructive spine surgery, spinal microsurgery, spinal trauma

Julian K. Wu, MD
Title(s): Associate Chairman, Neurosurgery; Chief, Neurosurgical Oncology; Neurosurgery Residency Program Director; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Neurosurgery
Appt. Phone: 617.636.4500
Fax #: 617.636.7587
Neuro-oncology, Gamma Knife radiosurgery, meningiomas, pituitary tumors, gliomas, brain metastasis, trigeminal neuralgia

Shane Burke

Shane Burke, MD, MBA
Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
Undergrad: University of California, Irvine

Michael Yang

Michael Yang, MD
Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine
Undergrad: University of Colorado

Jacob Kosarchuk

Jacob Kosarchuk, MD 
Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School of the Medical College of Hampton Roads 
Undergrad: University of California Santa Cruz


Alper Dincer

Alper Dincer, MD 
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine 
Undergrad: Bucknell University


John Herendeen

John Herendeen, MD 
Medical School: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School 
Undergrad: Boston College


M. Harrison Snyder

M. Harrison Snyder, MD 
Medical School: University of Virginia School of Medicine 
Undergrad: Brigham Young University


Anthony Yu

Anthony Yu, MD
Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
Undergrad: Case Western Reserve University

Scott Flynn

Scott Flynn
Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
Undergrad: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY



Omar Sorour

Omar Sorour
Medical School: University of Massachusetts Medical School
Undergrad: Harvard University

Tara Jayde Nail, MD2023Neurotrauma, UPMC
Richard Dowd, MD2022Neurosurgical Oncology, Brown University Hospital
Max Shutran, MD2021Cerebrovascular Fellowship Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Rob Heller, MD2020Albany Medical Center
Rich Ogbuji, MD2019Baystate Medical Center
Marie Roguski2017Tufts Medical Center; Assistant Professor at Tufts Medical Center
Mina Safain2016Tufts Medical Center; Assistant Professor at Tufts Medical Center
Jason Rahal2015South Shore Hospital, Weymouth, MA
William Miele2014Kaiser Permanente of Washington
Ami Raval2013Healthcare Associates in Medicine,NY
Abraham Boskovitz2012Kaiser Permanente, Sacramento, CA
Haran Ramachandran2011Lahey Hospital, Burlington, MA
Clemens Schirmer2010System Director of Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Neurosurgery, Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA
Steven Hwang2009Shriners Hospital for Children, PA
Daniel Hoit2009Semmes Murphy Clinic, Memphis, TN
Ron Riesenburger*2008Neurosurgeon, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA, Director of the Spine Center
Vasilios Zerris2007Chairman, Henry Dunant Hospital, Athens, Greece
Justin Paquette2006Paquette Spine Insititute, Beverly Hills, CA
James Kryzanski*2005Chief, Division of Epilepsy Surgery; Neurosurgeon, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA
Samuel Kim2004Weill Cornell Spine & Brain Center, New York
Tina Lin2003Kaiser Permanente, Anahiem, CA
Lyndell Wang2002Kaiser Permanente, Redwood City, CA
Neil Troffkin2001Owensboro Health, Owensboro, KY & St. Mary's Hospital, Evansville, IN
Mark Friedberg2000Neurosurgical Consultants, Inc. Norwood, MA
David Estin1998Columbia Neurosurgeons, West Long Branch, NJ
Frank Vrionis1998Chief of Neurosurgical Oncology, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL
Michael Gieger1997Neurosurgical Consultants, Inc. Norwood, MA
Jonathan Borden1996Riverhills Neuroscience- Montgomery, Cincinnati, OH
Patrick Roth1995Chairman of Neurosurgery; Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, NJ
Carl Heilman*1994Neurosurgeon-in-Chief; Chairman of Neurosurgery;Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA
Robin Koeleveld1993Rex Neurosurgery & Spine Specialists; UNC Health Care, NC
Samuel Neff1992St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, PA; Deceased 2005
John Wilson1991Wake Forest Baptist Health Center, Winston-Salem, NC
Kenneth Renkens1990Indiana Spine Group; Carmel, IN
Stanley Pugsley1989Neurosurgery Geisinger, Scranton, PA
Gerald McGillicuddy1988UMass Memorial Medical Center; Worcester, MA
Julian Wu*1988Associate Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery; Chief, Division of Neurosurgical Oncology at Tufts Medical Center
Jeffrey Yablon1987UCSF; Napa, CA
Ramon Batson1987Chief of Neurosurgery, Neurological Associates of Southwestern CT; Norwalk & Danbury, CT
Joel Abramovitz1984St. John Neurosurgical Center; Tulsa, OK
Thomas Peterson1983Hackensack UMC; Hackensack, NJ
Eduardo Mercado1982 
Brad Selland1981President, Bradford Distillery; Hingham, MA
Rodney Rozario1980Eastern Maine Medical Center; Bangor, ME
Volkar Sonntag1978Barrow Neurological Associates; Phoenix, AZ; Retired 2010
Eddy Garrido1977Lancaster Neuroscience & Spine Associates; Lancaster, PA

*= Tufts Medical Center Faculty

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