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Department of Neurosurgery
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Didactic Training

The academic program consists of a coordinated schedule of conferences and lectures in the basic and clinical neurosciences, as well as a structured curriculum of independents readings. The teaching conference schedule is structured to involve resident and faculty participation and interaction. Residents gain experience in teaching, organizing and preparing manuscripts, and making presentations on clinical neurosurgical and basic scientific topics.

The department has its own newly renovated anatomical dissection laboratory that residents have full access to, not only for research projects, but also for developing surgical skills and in depth understanding of neurosurgical anatomy. In addition, residents have access to small animal microvascular laboratory for developing skills in microvascular anastomosis techniques.

Departmental Wide Conferences:

Clinical Neurosurgery Case Conference -This conference is an in-depth presentation of operative cases by the neurosurgery residents. The presenting features, surgical highlights, and pathologic findings of each case are discussed, and relevant literature is reviewed. The conference features cases from St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Ben Taub Hospital, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Texas Children’s Hospital, and the VA Medical Center, with hospitals alternating on a rotating basis. Wednesdays at 7 a.m.

Neurosurgery Academic Conference - This weekly conference features a rotating set of presentations which include the monthly neurosurgery Journal Club (in depth discussion of selected articles led by a faculty/resident pairing for each article), the monthly Mortality and Morbidity Conference (review of deaths and complications from the neurosurgical services at all the affiliated hospitals), Resident Seminar (a resident presents a detailed review of the literature on a particular subject), and guest speakers (including presentations from visiting professors and Neurosurgery departmental faculty). Overseen by Dr. Sawaya and the chief residents. Fridays at 7a.m.

Hospital based Conferences:


Professor's Teaching Rounds - Mondays

Baylor College of Medicine Comprehensive Epilepsy Center Surgical Conference - Epilepsy patients evaluated at the Center and their treatment plans are discussed by the multidisciplinary team, with an emphasis on surgery. Overseen by Dr. Yoshor and the epilepsy faculty. Tuesdays

Vascular Conference - Tuesdays

Tumor Board - Alternating Thursdays (the 2nd and 4th of each month)

Spine Teaching Conferences - Alternatiing Thursdays (the 1st and 3rd of each month)


Clinical Neurosurgery Conference -Cases from the Neurosurgical Service at the MEDVAMC are presented by the residents and discussed with the faculty. Overseen by Dr. Ehni. Second Friday of each month.


MD Anderson Cancer Center Neurosurgical Tumor Board Multi-disciplinary Conference - Reviewing clinical presentation, imaging, operative findings, and pathology for brain, spine and peripheral nerve tumor cases. Clinical options are discussed and decisions are made regarding clinical care. Overseen by Dr. DeMonte and other MDACC faculty. Thursdays.


Texas Children’s Hospital Neuro-oncology Tumor Board Multi-disciplinary Conference - Reviewing clinical presentation, imaging, operative findings, and pathology for pediatric brain and spine nerve tumor cases. Clinical options are discussed and decisions are made regarding clinical care. Overseen by Dr. Murali Chintagumpala (pediatric neuro-oncologist). Wednesdays

Annual Visiting Professor

Our residency program is enriched by didactic teaching from the program’s distinguished faculty at Baylor and MD Anderson. In addition, the department frequently hosts visiting neurosurgeon from other prominent programs in the United States and around the world. The department has three distinct endowed visiting professorships that enrich our program each year.

Phillip Gildenberg Lecture - Named to honor Dr. Philip Gildenberg, a pioneering leader in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery, past president of the World Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, and Emeritus Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery at Baylor, this lecture annually hosts a leader in the field of functional and steroetactic neurosurgery. Recent Gildenberg lecturers include Andres Lozano of Toronto, and Alim Benabid of Grenoble France. In 2011, Dr. Kim Burchiel of Portland, Oregon will be the Gildenberg Lecturer.

Millam Leavins Lecture - The Leavins Lecture honors Dr. Millam Leavins, the founding chief of neurosurgery at MD Anderson and a mentor to generations of Baylor neurosurgery residents. This lecture features a distinguished leader in neurosurgical oncology. Recent Leavins lecturers include Ed Oldfields and David Kline.

George Ehni Lecture and Workshop - The Ehni Lecture and Workshop is in many way the highlight of the academic year for the Baylor neurosurgery program. This annual multiday workshop has been taking place for over 20 years, and honors the late Dr. George Ehni, a leading neurosurgical pioneer and scholar who founded the Baylor neurosurgical residency program and led it for over two decades. This visiting professorship combines a series of lectures with a hands-on workshop with microsurgical cadaver dissections in the Baylor anatomy lab. Recent Ehni Workshops have featured Duke Samson, and Harry Van Lovern. In 2011, Dr. Evandro de Oliveira of Brazil, will be the Ehni Visiting Lecturer.

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