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The Neurological Surgery Residency Program at Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) is a subspecialty-based program designed to train skilled, compassionate neurological surgeons. Our residents aspire to assume national leadership roles in clinical innovation, medical education and neuroscience research. In addition, approximately 3,500 operative neurosurgical procedures are performed each year at CMC while an additional 1,700 neurosurgical cases are performed at the adjacent Carolina Center for Specialty Surgery.

In the program, residents will have access to cutting-edge clinical and surgical facilities, including:

  • Intraoperative imaging
  • Newly built neurocritical care units
  • An inpatient neurosurgery ward
  • Neurosurgery clinics
  • A pediatric surgery specialty ward

Where You Will Train

Meet the Faculty


“Eight years ago, Atrium Health and Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associates (CNSA) teamed to develop one of the premier neurosurgery residency training programs in the nation. Our residents receive unparalleled clinical training largely at Carolinas Medical Center, Carolina Center for Specialty Surgery, and the offices of CNSA. Atrium and CNSA are among the largest, most highly regarded healthcare institutions and neurosurgery groups, respectively, in the country. We invite you to find out more about our elect group of residents, who represent the top young talent in neurosurgery in the country, and we look forward to continuing to recruit dynamic, diverse medical students who will be world class clinicians and investigators.”

Scott Wait, MD
Program Director

With a nationally and internationally renowned team of neurological surgery physicians who serve as faculty, our residents have access to a breadth of experience and knowledge in the Neurological Surgery program. View their bios here.

Program Curriculum

Residents will receive extensive clinical experience and have access to state-of-the-art neurological technology and resources within the program. At Carolina Center for Specialty Surgery, our outpatient surgery center, residents will train in the following procedures, among others:

  • Spinal injections
  • Anterior cervical discectomy
  • Arthrodesis and arthroplasty
  • Posterior cervical decompression and discectomy
  • Lumbar discectomy
  • Thoracic decompression and discectomy
  • Peripheral nerve decompression
  • Shunt/pump and stimulator insertion
  • Spinal endoscopic surgery
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Vertebroplasty

During the outpatient portion of the program, residents will participate in clinics as assigned with their supervising physician throughout their training. They will complete this aspect of their studies at Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, where they will:

  • Work side by side with fellowship-trained neurosurgeons in the areas of pediatric neurosurgery, complex spine surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery, neurovascular surgery, and pituitary and skull base surgery are part of the neurosurgical team.
  • Immerses themselves in the program’s instrumental practice of developing and implementing minimally invasive and complex brain and spine procedures.
  • Learn more about how ongoing research through participation in innovative clinical trials is a focus of the practice.

Additional information on the clinical experience in this program can be found here.

Resident Rotation Schedule

Residents will have a specific rotation from residency years PGY-1 through PGY-7.

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Application Criteria

To apply for the program, 3 letters of recommendation are required in addition to the dean’s letter. One of these letters should be from your medical school’s chairperson or designee of the Department of Neurological Surgery. If you would like to apply for our residency program, we only accept standard electronic applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Please submit your ERAS application to us. Please contact your school for specific information on the ERAS program.