Neurosurgery Residency

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai’s Neurosurgery Residency Program combines patient care, research, and training to prepare trainees for an outstanding career as a surgeon and investigator. Residents train at The Mount Sinai Hospital, Elmhurst Hospital, Mount Sinai West, and Mount Sinai Beth Israel.

Our Director, J Mocco, MD, MS, shares the history and benefits of our residency program in his own words.  

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As a resident, you’ll gain experience in all aspects of neurosurgery including spine, skull base, oncology, trauma, cerebvascular, endovascular, functional, epilepsy, neurosurgical oncology, and peripheral nerve.

Professor talking to his students

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Residents are expected to attend departmental conferences and actively participate in individual and faculty research endeavors.

Neurosurgeon residents

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The Department of Neurosurgery accepts applicants through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Applications are accepted between September 1 and October 15. Only applications that contain the following will be reviewed: curriculum vitae, personal statement, three letters of recommendation, medical school transcript, and USMLE scores. Dean’s letters are received on November 1, and are attached to each application. The Department will consider residents who have been issued a J-1 Visa and who hold a current ECFMG Certificate.

After a review of the applications, the Department will select which candidates it would like to interview. Invitations for these interviews will be sent out via email in November. Interviews are scheduled to take place between November and February 1.

Applicants and programs submit their rankings to the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) in mid-February. Applicants and programs are notified of the match results on Match Day in mid-March.

Our 2018-19 residents are as follows:

Jonathan J. Rasouli, MD (Chief Resident)
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, MD

Margaret E. Pain, MD (Chief Resident)
University of Minnesota Medical School, MD

Ian T. McNeill, MD (PGY-6)
University of Virginia School of Medicine, MD

Eric K. Oermann, MD (PGY-6)
Georgetown University School of Medicine, MD

Ernest J. Barthélemy, MD (PGY-5)
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, MD

Robert J. Rothrock, MD (PGY-5)
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, MD

Jeffrey T. Gilligan, MD (PGY-4)
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, MD

Kurt A. Yaeger, MD (PGY-4)
Georgetown University School of Medicine, MD

Travis R. Ladner, MD (PGY-3)
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, MD

Frank J. Yuk, MD (PGY-3)
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, MD

Jeffrey H. Zimering, MD (PGY-2)
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, MD

Alejandro Carrasquilla, MD (PGY-2)
Perelman School of Medicine at The University of Pennsylvania, MD

Rui Feng, MD (PGY-1)
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, MD

Trevor H. Hardigan, MD (PGY-1)
Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, MD

Our alumni are active contributors to the field, and hold teaching and leadership positions at hospitals and medical centers throughout the United States. 

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As a resident, you can expect to receive:

  • Competitive stipends
  • Excellent health benefits
  • Affordable apartments in hospital-owned housing
  • Education supplements to cover costs such as medical licensure
  • Travel funds to present research at scholarly meetings
  • Shuttle service between the Mount Sinai Health System campuses
  • Taxi reimbursement for late-night clinical assignments
  • High-quality meals for on call or night float assignments
  • Access to activity and event discounts

Neuro resident

The Department of Neurosurgery at Mount Sinai offers a Medical Student Sub-Internship in Neurosurgery. Open to medical students at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and visiting students in their major clinical year, the one-month elective rotation is designed to enhance your exposure to neurosurgical diseases and central nervous system pathology.

This elective rotation allows medical students to become familiar with a wide rage of neurosurgical diseases treated at The Mount Sinai Hospital and other Mount Sinai Health System affiliates. Medical students participate in major and minor neurosurgical procedures in the operating room, see patients in outpatient resident clinical in the Mount Sinai Health System, and present at neurosurgery Grand Rounds.

To apply to the Medical Student Sub-Internship, please submit your CV to

Neurosurgy Internship-