Neurological Surgery Residency Program

Alan S. Boulos, M.D.
Program Director

Currently, Albany Medical Center is a 734- bed hospital with a busy clinical neurosurgical service headed by Dr. Alan Boulos.  Albany Medical Center created the Neurosciences Institute in December 2000. The NSI was established to address the myriad of health care needs resulting from disorders affecting the brain, spinal cord and supporting structures by bringing together physicians in various specialties, neurosciences researchers, highly trained nursing staff and cutting edge technology to provide greater continuity of care in a way that provides quality care and convenience for the patient. Patients of all ages, from newborn to the elderly, are seen and treated. In addition to providing quality patient care, the Neurosciences Institute is committed to education and biomedical research. For a list of resident publications/presentations click here.

The dramatic growth in the clinical volume and number of neurosurgical practitioners resulted in the promotion of the Neurosurgery Division to a stand-alone Department in January 2014. The neurosurgical resident training program at Albany Medical Center is approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and is one of the oldest in the country.

We recently underwent review without any significant citations and received approval for an increase in resident complement to 2 residents a year. This program is a 7-year program. The first year (PGY 1) comprises 3 months of neurology, 3 months of neurosurgery and 6 months of structured rotations in general patient care to include rotations in critical care, trauma and other related rotations as determined by the program director. The PGY 2 and 3 years are structured around clinical neurosurgery. The PGY 4 year is an elective year dedicated to exploring a subspecialty of neurosurgery or the neurosciences to perform either translational or clinical research. There are options of collaborating with multiple regional partners in neurosurgical research, including the Neurosciences Institute (Brain-Computer Interface initiative), the New York Neural Stem Cell Institute, the Nanotechnology Consortium, the biomechanical lab at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the epidemiology department at SUNY-Albany.

The PGY 5 and 6 years are dedicated to operative microneurosurgery. The PGY 7 year is dedicated to subspecializing in a branch of neurosurgery or greater responsibility in managing the general neurosurgical service. Tentatively, we plan to have subspecialization options in endovascular surgery, spine surgery, functional neurosurgery, critical care management, and neuro-oncology/skull base surgery. All aspects of neurosurgical practice, including prehospital evaluation, in-hospital assessment and treatment, and post-discharge follow-up, are included in the training program. In the past year, over 2000 operative procedures were performed, exposing the resident to the entire spectrum of neurosurgical disorders, including a rotation on endovascular neurosurgery. All residents take the written examination of the American Board of Neurological Surgery yearly for self-assessment and are required to pass the exam for credit prior to their chief residency year. We have had a 100% pass rate on first time examinations for credit for at least the past ten years. In addition, the resident will be exposed to state-of-the-art equipment including an intraoperative CT scan in the BrainLab Suites, the latest biplane angiographic equipment, sophisticated neuro-endoscopic equipment, and the most advanced and developed epilepsy and functional neurosurgical equipment. In 2013, we opened a 16-bed neurological intensive care unit in the new patient tower.

The neurosurgery faculty has established robust clinical programs that bring highly specialized care to all aspects of neurosurgery.  Noteworthy program enhancements have been facilitated by the interdisciplinary approach to diseases fostered by the Neurosciences Institute at AMC and include the following: 

  • Cerebrovascular/Endovascular  Surgery
    Functional or Restorative Neurosurgery
    Pediatric Neurosurgery
    Skull-Base Surgery
    Stereotactic Radiosurgery
    Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
    Complex Spine Surgery
    Epilepsy Monitoring Unit and Epilepsy Surgery
    Neural Trauma

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