Message from the Program Director

Please take a few minutes to read about our program and see why we are so proud of it.

The neurosurgical residency program at Albany Medical Center was started in 1946 by Dr. Eldridge Campbell. Dr. Campbell, a Walter Dandy trainee, became the Albany region’s first neurosurgeon in 1936. After leading the Albany Hospital Military Unit in World War II, Campbell returned to Albany where he served as chairman of surgery at Albany Medical College for 10 years. During his tenure, he formalized residencies in surgery and neurosurgery, and established the surgical research program, the first surgical research laboratory and the AOA Chapter at Albany Medical College. Since those early days, the Division of Neurosurgery has flourished and is now a component of the Neurosciences Institute, also comprised of the Departments of Neurology, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Psychiatry. This partnership has facilitated the cross-departmental collaboration based on diseases such as stroke, epilepsy, movement disorders, brain tumors and spinal disorders. The Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics is the research arm of the Institute. We offer first-class clinical facilities, physicians and scientists with expertise in all neuroscience specialties and nationally recognized education and research programs. 


The Residency:
  • A diverse clinical exposure
  • Level 1 trauma Center
  • Close daily contact between residents and faculty 
  • A strong didactic component
  • Strong social network of residents and a supportive family-like atmosphere





Albany, the Capital of New York, combines the amenities of a vibrant, urban metro region with the warmth and family values of quaint historic neighborhoods. There are beautiful rolling hills with a friendly climate and four distinct seasons.  Albany is accessible to Montreal, Boston, and NYC.  

The Adirondack Mountains, Lake Placid, Lake George, and Lake Champlain close by.   
Excellent cost of living. Safe, family-friendly communities with affordable housing
Excellent public and private schools. 
Cultural opportunities abound throughout the year.
World-renowned symphonies and ballets in nearby Saratoga Springs and Tanglewood.
The Palace and Proctor’s, both historic, beautifully restored theaters, present the very best in entertainment for New York's Capital Region.  
Times Union Center offers the very best in concerts and specialty events.
Art, music, food, hot air balloon, and many other festivals throughout the year
Hiking, camping, boating, skiing, and golfing are among the many outdoor activities


If you are seeking a program with a faculty sincerely interested in the welfare and education of its trainees that combines academic excellence with a supportive and collegial environment then Albany Medical Center Division of Neurosurgery may be the program for you! Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. I can be reached at On behalf of the faculty and staff of the Division of Neurosurgery at Albany Medical Center, I would like to thank you for your interest in our residency training program.

Sincerely yours,

Alan S. Boulos, MD
Head, Department of Neurosurgery
Neurosurgery Program Director

Please browse these pages to learn more and please contact our program with any questions you may have.