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Dr Ron AltermanNeurosurgical Residency Program

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Following the approval by the Residency Review Committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in April 2016, the BIDMC Department of Surgery now offers a general Neurosurgical Residency Program. The seven-year residency is a combined program with Boston Medical Center (BMC).

The combined BIDMC/BMC Neurosurgical Residency Program will provide residents with a unique opportunity to train at three of the busiest medical centers in New England, all of which treat patients with some of the most complex neurologic conditions.

During their seven years of training, residents will spend equal amounts of time at BIDMC and BMC, six months at Boston Children’s Hospital, and one year conducting research.

Ultimately, the program will have a total of seven residents, but will begin with one resident each year, starting in July 2016.

Program Leadership

Program Director:
James Holsapple, MD, Chief of Neurosurgery, Boston Medical Center

Site Directors:
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Ajith Thomas, MD

Boston Children's Hospital
Mark Proctor, MD

Boston Medical Center
Justin Massengale, MD

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House Officer Salary and Benefits

Resident salaries are similar for all members of the Council of Boston Teaching Hospitals; rates are adjusted annually to account for cost of living. Training conditions and work schedules follow the guidelines of the Residency Review Committee for Neurological Surgery of the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education.

The program provides a wide range of benefits, including malpractice insurance coverage, on-call meals, and short- and long-term disability insurance. The program also makes available the opportunity to purchase several types of health, dental and life insurance. Each intern is allotted three weeks’ vacation; all higher level residents are allotted four vacation weeks per year. In addition, the program has a liberal leave of absence policy for residents who are new parents, require medical leave, or need to care for a seriously ill family member.


All residents and clinical fellows appointed to the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Neurological Surgery Residency Program must  hold a current limited license or a current full license to practice medicine in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Applications for the limited license  are obtained from the Surgical Education Office. Limited licenses must be renewed every year, up to a maximum of five years. The cost of a limited license is $100 annually.

Applications for full licensure should be sent directly to the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine, 200 Harvard Mill Square, Suite 330, Wakefield, MA 01880. The website is Please contact with questions.

Application Process and Deadline

The Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Neurological Surgery Residency Program participates in ERAS, the Electronic Residency Application Service. The program selects interns through the National Resident Matching Program in accordance with the policies established by the NRMP.

Deadline for receipt of all application documents is November 1. All applicants are required to pass USMLE Step-2 before starting in a first-year position.


Each application is reviewed in its entirety with an eye toward a combination of overall academic excellence, leadership ability, career development potential and personal character. Qualified individuals will be invited to interview. Interviews are held on selected days from November through the following January. No interviews are scheduled without an invitation, and no individual interviews are scheduled outside of these scheduled sessions. Any candidate who is invited to interview must contact the Surgical Education Office to confirm acceptance of the invitation.

Meet Our Residents

Anirudh PenumakaPGY1

Anirudh Penumaka, MD, MS

Education:  Harvard University, University of Oxford, Duke University School of Medicine




Aristotelis FilippidisAristotelis Filippidis, MD, PhD

Education: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Medical School

Postdoctoral training: Barrow Neurological Institute, Virginia Commonwealth University

Clinical fellowship: Boston University, Boston Medical Center



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For more information about the Neurosurgical Residency Program, please contact Kelly Barnes, BIDMC Manager of Surgical Education, at:


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Department of Surgery
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Lowry Medical Office Building
110 Francis Street, Suite 9B
Boston, MA 02215