The Duke Neurosurgery Residency Program is a seven-year program that offers three positions annually. 

Duke participates in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) and accepts applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

Duke Neurosurgery has always been one of the leading clinical training programs, and we have taken big steps to ensure that our education program becomes recognized as the best in the country. In short, we have built  the kind of program that our faculty and leadership themselves would have dreamed of as residents. Our program has an extraordinary and unique focus on versatility, mentorship, and teaching, with the goal of cultivating a diverse set of passions and skills in our residents and producing tomorrow's leaders in neurosurgery.

Duke Neurosurgery’s residency program is designed to maximize academic and surgical potential in a collaborative environment that optimizes individual patient care and more global contributions to the field of neurosurgery. 

We use opportunities such as the novel Surgical Autonomy Program, an elective physician-scientist track, formal coaching and mentorship, the Academic Day, the Feagin Leadership Program, robust Global Health Program, and a Neuro-Innovations Program that all offer one-of-a-kind opportunities for residents to formally foster and advance the types of additional interests that will make them highly desirable in the field.

Duke-trained neurosurgeons are uniquely positioned to become neurosurgical visionaries. 

“Our goal is to train neurosurgeons who will be the best in their field. We want to graduate residents with excellent technical skills in all aspects of neurosurgery, along with knowledge and abilities in areas that complement and advance their careers. This includes focused training in basic or clinical science research, innovations, global health, machine learning, medical education, or leadership. “

Steven Cook, MD, Program Director

Residency Program Director
Steven Cook, MD

Residency Program Associate Director
Rory Goodwin, MD, PhD

Director of Educational Initiatives
Katherine McDaniel, MSW, PhD

Residency Program Coordinator
Sherolyn L. Patterson