Neurosurgery Residency at The Mount Sinai Hospital

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 2020-21 residents are as follows:

Ernest J. Barthélemy, MD, MA, MPH (Chief Resident - PGY-7)
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, MD
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, MPH
Harvard Medical School, Paul Farmer Global Surgery Fellowship

Robert J. Rothrock, MD (Chief Resident - PGY-7)
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, MD
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Spinal Oncology Fellowship

Jeffrey T. Gilligan, MD (PGY-6)
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, MD

Kurt A. Yaeger, MD (PGY-6)
Georgetown University School of Medicine, MD
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Endovascular Neurosurgery Fellowship
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, BioDesign Fellowship
Council of State Neurosurgical Societies, Socioeconomic Fellowship

Travis R. Ladner, MD (PGY-5)
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, MD

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

Jeffrey H. Zimering, MD (PGY-4)
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, MD

Alejandro Carrasquilla, MD (PGY-4)
Perelman School of Medicine at The University of Pennsylvania, MD

Rui Feng, MS, MS (PGY-3)
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, MD
University College London, MS

Trevor H. Hardigan, MD, PhD (PGY-3)
Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, MD
Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, PhD

Alexander J. Schupper, MD (PGY-2)
University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, MD

Abhiraj D. Bhimani, MD (PGY-2)
University of Illinois College of Medicine

Halima Tabani, MD (Intern - PGY-1)

Matthew Carr, MD (Intern - PGY-1)

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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There are many opportunities available for residents at Mount Sinai. We make it our priority to provide residents with the activities, benefits, and resources needed to succeed

What Residents Can Expect to Receive

  • Competitive stipends
  • Excellent health benefits
  • Affordable apartments in hospital-owned housing (subject to availability)
  • Education supplements to cover costs, such as medical licensure
  • Travel funds for presenting research at scholarly meetings
  • Shuttle service between the Mount Sinai Health System campuses
  • High-quality meals for on call or night float assignments
  • Access to activity and event discounts, available through the Recreation Office
  • A pair of surgical magnifying loupes
  • Yearly resident book funds
  • Yearly renewable department supported grant funding
  • Monthly within-city travel funds to assist with getting around New York City

Recently Added

  • No weekday in-house calls during Junior year
  • Operate every day during Junior year
  • Dedicated Advanced Practice Provider service line to support residents
  • Service didactics
  • Uber services during off hours
  • Transportation stipends

Salary for 2019 - 2020

PGY-1 $69,829
PGY-2 $72,622
PGY-3 $75,527
PGY-4 $78,548
PGY-5 $81,690
PGY-6 $84,958
PGY-7 $88,356

Resident Housing
Mount Sinai provides housing options for incoming families, incoming couples, and incoming singles. There are several housing options available throughout New York City.

Neuro resident

The Medical Student Sub-Internship is currently closed to visiting students.
As an alternative, we are offering the Virtual Neurosurgery Educational Lecture Series If you are interested in receiving a notification when enrollment opens, please fill out this form

The Department of Neurosurgery at Mount Sinai offers a one-month Sub-Internship in Neurosurgery, open to visiting students in their major clinical year. This elective rotation is designed to enhance clinical knowledge and basic neurosurgical skills, and give exposure to neurosurgical diseases and central nervous system pathology.

Medical students participate in neurosurgical procedures in the operating room, directly caring for patients in the intensive care units and wards, and make presentations to the Department Neurosurgery's grand rounds. Clinical sites include The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai West.

As the Medical Student Sub-Internship is currently closed to visiting students, we are offering the Virtual Neurosurgery Educational Lecture Series. If you are interested in receiving a notification when enrollment opens, please fill out this form. 
The Department of Neurosurgery at Mount Sinai is offering a twice-a-week educational seminar series, open to all students interested in neurosurgery. Virtual academic sessions are conducted by leading neurosurgery faculty members in each neurosurgical sub-specialty. Students will have the opportunity to learn from and interact with our faculty. The curriculum is available here. After each session, students will take a brief survey to evaluate the seminars and provide feedback.