Residency Program

Practicing neurosurgery is a lifelong commitment

2018 Neurosurgery Residents Group Shot

Photo caption: (front row, from left) U of M Neurosurgery Residents Maxwell Tran, MD; Lauren Albert Sand, MD; Truong "Huy" Do, MD; Samuel Jones, MD; and Sam Cramer, MD, PhD. (Back row, from left): Youssef Hamade, MD, MS; David Darrow, MD, MPH; Bryan Ladd, MD; Adam Khan, MD; Jack Leschke, MD; and Joshua Lim, MD. Not pictured: Molly Hubbard, MD; David Freeman, MD, PhD; and Coridon Quinn, MD.

The Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Minnesota offers outstanding neurosurgical patient care, excellent neurosurgical education and groundbreaking research into some of the most difficult problems facing neurosurgical patients today.

Blending tradition and innovation, we are a premiere, stable neurosurgery academic center focused on:

  • Educational excellence
  • Cutting-edge research
  • Skilled, compassionate patient care. 

We have a well-articulated vision for the next 20 years of our department's evolution. Learn more.

Our most recent graduates shared their thoughts about the program during this interview.

On average, we accept two new residents into the Neurosurgery Residency Program each year. Will one be you?

Ready to apply?

Application materials must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) at Medical school graduates will have received tutoring for how to navigate this service from their schools. A refresher is available when you click “Read More” below. Applicants must also register with the National Residency Matching Program at

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Why the U of M?

Neurosurgeons in OR
Since our inception more than 75 years ago, 15% of our graduates have gone on to lead neurosurgery departments around the world. We have worked hard to provide an intimate, multi-faceted neurosurgical training experience. We care deeply about your training and will give you many opportunities to develop your skills.

We're not resting on our laurels. This is a dynamic environment that encourages you to add your voice to our evolution. We're going somewhere. Come with us.

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What to expect as a resident

Close up of David Darrow and Jack Leschke
Making you the best neurosurgeon you can possibly be demands diversity and depth in clinical exposure. Your education is well balanced and well supervised at four clinical sites.

Resident's clinical program includes Neuro-Oncology, Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, Neurosurgical Trauma and Critical Care, and Pediatric Neurosurgery.

Your case load will cover the entire spectrum of the neurosurgical practice, including common conditions and the most complex subspecialty problems.

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Program Leadership

Our program is led by:

Matthew Hunt, MDMatthew Hunt, MD, FRCS, Associate Professor and Residency Program Director


Kristen Jones, MDKristen Jones, MD, Assistant Professor and Associate Residency Program Director


Michael C. Park, MD, PhDMichael C. Park, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, MnDRIVE Neuromodulation Scholar, and Associate Residency Program Director

 Life in Minnesota

U of M CampusWith a population of more than three million, the seven-county Minneapolis and St. Paul metro area is safe and family-oriented with excellent public schools.

Outstanding orchestral and popular concerts, major league sporting events, nationally known theater venues and an excellent outdoor recreational environment enhances life for Twin City residents.

But why take our word for it?

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For current residents

Surgeon and Resident Database

Department Lectureships

Resources and Quick Links