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Geisinger adds neurosurgery residency

One of five added nationally in last five years

CONTACT:  Mike Ferlazzo: 570-214-7410, 515-450-2908 (c),
Oct. 28, 2013


DANVILLE, Pa. – Geisinger Health System is now accepting applicants for a new neurosurgery residency program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The program is one of only five accredited neurosurgery programs added nationally in the last five years.

The seven-year program welcomed its first trainee on July 1, and will initially accept one trainee per year. There are approximately 3,800 neurosurgeons certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons practicing in the United States. 

“This is significant for both Geisinger and the region because neurosurgery represents a small but highly skilled workforce,” said Shelly Timmons, M.D. (at right), neurosurgical associate and neurosurgery residency program director, Geisinger Health System. “Given that trainees often stay close to the location of their residencies, this program will help supply the area with a talented, homegrown crop of future neurosurgeons.

“This is the last piece of the puzzle in terms of surgical residencies at Geisinger,” she continued.  “We now have a training program in every surgical field.”

Training will take place at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville and Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre. The program will provide clinical training in neurosurgery, as well as a year tailored to the individual educational needs and career goals of each resident.  This could range in focus from subspecialty training, clinical or basic science research, to health care delivery education or research.

“Having residents participate in research opportunities that come with this will be valuable to our department’s growth and ultimately the care we provide our patients,” Dr. Timmons said. “Additionally, the educational component will positively impact the character of our department.”

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