UNC Medical Center
UNC Medical Center

Congratulations on your decision to enter into the neurosurgery match. Neurosurgery is a truly rewarding career and residency training is the exciting first step.

We welcome your interest in our program and would like to share some of its most significant features:

  • We have two five-bed epilepsy monitoring units, both of which earned a Level 4 designation (the highest possible) from the National Association of Epilepsy Centers. The units support our expanding multidisciplinary epilepsy surgery program.
  • The state-of-the-art simulation and skull base surgery lab allows residents to learn technical skills in a beautiful facility that has capabilities for both simulation and cadaver dissection.
  • Our Neurosciences ICU is a 16-bed unit that typically runs at full capacity and is staffed by our neurocritical care team. This team is made up of neurointensivists and nurse practitioners who provide 24/7 coverage of all NeuroICU patients. All of our residents rotate through this service during the PGY-1 and PGY-3 years.
  • UNC Spine Center
    The UNC Spine Center

    The UNC Hospitals Spine Center is two miles from the main hospital and houses a multidisciplinary spine practice with members from Neurosurgery, Orthopaedics, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R), Anesthesiology, Pain Management, and Physical Therapy (PT). The first floor of the building houses MRI, CT, plain X-ray, and procedure rooms.

  • UNC belongs to three national neuro-oncology consortia: the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology, the CERN Foundation (Collaborative Ependymoma Research Network), and the Brain Tumor Trials Collaborative (BTTC). These alliances bring us clinical trials and the opportunity to participate more actively in national clinical research in neuro-oncology.
  • Surgical Skills labThe campus research engine continues in high gear. UNC ranks in the top ten institutions nationwide for NIH funding ($379M). $257M of that goes directly to UNC School of Medicine. Institutional strengths that offer opportunity for neurosurgery include global health, oncology, head injury, neuro-imaging, gene therapy and nanotechnology.
  • The Department of Neurosurgery continues to grow along with our entire UNC Health Care System. We currently have 16 neurosurgeons, one neuro-oncologist, and one physiatrist providing services in Chapel Hill as well as in Pinehurst, High Point and Rocky Mount, NC.
  • Our pediatric program is expanding rapidly. We have a busy fetal surgery program, and new outreach clinics around the state.

We hope that you will strongly consider our program. We believe the residents that we train are having outstanding success in their careers as a result of the solid foundation of neurosurgical training they received in an environment that valued their participation. We look forward to meeting with you, and we wish you good luck in the match.

Best wishes,

Matthew G. Ewend, MD Eldad J. Hadar, MD
Chair, Department of Neurosurgery
President, UNC Physicians
Vice Chair, Department of Neurosurgery
Neurosurgery Residency Program Director
 Matt Ewend, MD