Neurosurgery Residents

Residency Recruitment

  • Rishi Lall, MD, MBAWelcome to UTMB Neurosurgery! Our mission is to train clinically and academically proficient neurosurgeons in a supportive and collegial training environment.

    The UTMB Neurosurgery residency program is one of the oldest in the state of Texas and was established in 1955 by Dr. Samuel Snodgrass. Residents are exposed to a broad spectrum of neurosurgical pathology in a variety of different campuses and environments. Our graduates have gone on to excel in academic and community-focused neurosurgery positions around the country.

    Training begins at the Jennie Sealy Hospital in Galveston, Texas (approximately one hour south of Houston) which is a Level 1 trauma center and tertiary care hospital. Here, residents are exposed to a broad variety of complex and high-acuity cases. In addition, residents complete rotations at the UTMB Clear Lake Campus, which is a “priva-demic” hospital with a robust elective spine and cerebrovascular practice, as well as the Texas Department of Corrections Hospital (TDCJ), where residents gain exceptional clinical experience and autonomy. Residents also rotate at the Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, where they receive world-class training in pediatric neurosurgery. UTMB also offers a wide range of research opportunities ranging from basic science opportunities with our Neuroscience faculty to clinical and epidemiological studies in a variety of neurosurgical subspecialties.   

    We are proud to train the next generation of world-class neurosurgeons and welcome you to learn more about our program.  Please feel free to contact us at any time!


    Dr. Rishi Lall

    Program Director

  • Residency Program

    All applications are submitted through ERAS, which will include:

    • Transcript
    • Photograph
    • 3 letters of recommendation
    • Personal statement
    • USMLE transcript
    • Curriculum vitae
    • If you are a foreign medical graduate interested in our program, we additionally require ECFMG certificate with permanent validation and adequate candidacy for a 7-year minimum visa (J1) or valid Green Card. We recommend at least 1 month participation in rotations with us and letters of recommendation from ABNS certified neurosurgeons.

    The first year of residency is now a categorical year of training under the direction of the Neurosurgery Department. Students do not need to match or interview with General Surgery for the NS-1 intern year.

    When invited to interview, applicants will be expected to submit a complete CV and a picture if not already provided.


  • UTMB Resident/Fellow Staff salaries effective July 1, 2024:

    UTMB Resident/Fellow Staff LevelAnnual Salary

    Medical Plan:

    UTMB has competitive plans and currently offers coverage through BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD. The cost of this PPO plan is covered by UTMB for both residents and their families.

    Dental Plan:

    Two plans are currently offered. UTMB covers cost of resident premiums and family members can be added on with a small monthly fee.

    Vision Plan:

    Superior Vision Plan offered for a small monthly fee for residents and family members. Life Insurance: Basic Life Insurance is offered at no cost to the residents who participate in one of the UT medical plans. Increased coverage is available for a small monthly fee.


    Long and short term disability insurance is offered at a small monthly fee.

    Retirement Plans:

    Competitive plans offered from a variety of companies to help jump start your savings for the future. Employee contribution is 6.65% of salary, with a state matching of 8.5% of salary after having met a 1 year and 1 day vesting period. Additional retirement plans are also offered with near 100% matching, but 5 year vesting period.


    On average residents get about 3 weeks of vacation per year (vacation/ holiday days are accrued over time). Our residency offers a uniquely flexible vacation schedule. Residents are not restricted to taking one week block vacations and can spread them out as desired to create anything from long weekends to extended international trips back home. We also pride ourselves in being a family-friendly program that offers ample time off for maternity or paternity leave


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