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Neurosurgery Residency Program at Loma Linda

The Neurosurgery Residency Program at Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC)  exposes resident physicians to basic and clinical research. The residency program is designed to prepare residents to be at the forefront of the field as skillful surgeons, researchers and compassionate caregivers.

Residency Goals and Objectives

The neurosurgery residency program’s goals and objectives are designed to serve as general guidelines for technical capabilities and responsibilities for neurosurgery residents. There is significant variability in technical proficiency between residents and in the amount of time necessary for each resident to learn the technical skills listed. It is the program director's decision – based on daily observation and evaluations from the other faculty – as to whether each trainee has attained the necessary skills to proceed to the next level of training or complete the training program.

Academic Day

Our department dedicates every Wednesday to didactic learning. Here is a sample schedule for an academic day:

•    Resident Didactic Presentations: A resident presents a 30 minute talk on history, anatomy, clinical scenario or surgical approach.
•    Morbidity and Mortality Conference (monthly): QI cases are discussed.
•    Neurosurgery Grand Rounds: The faculty and residents discuss interesting cases while reviewing films and clinical data.
•    Medical Student and Intern Teaching Conference: A senior resident gives the intern and medical students a conference on relevant topics.
•    Faculty Topic Review: A faculty sponsored conference where one topic/chapter of a book is discussed.
•    Rotating Conference: Rotating conferences will be announced prior to each week (e.g., Competency Workshop, ABNS Exam Review Quiz, Cadaver Lab, Neuropathology, Neuroradiology)
•    Journal Club (monthly): Attendings and residents participate in a joint discussion of peer-reviewed article relevant to the current and future practice of Neurosurgery.

Residency Application

To apply to LLUMC’s Neurosurgery Program, complete and submit your application through Electronic Residency Application Services (ERAS). Refer to the ERAS Timelines and Deadlines for further details.

For more information contact: 


Erika Matthews
Residency Program Coordinator
Department of Neurosurgery
Loma Linda University Medical Center
11234 Anderson St., Room 2562B
Loma Linda, CA 92354
Phone:  (909) 558-4417
Fax:  (909) 558-4825


Our expert team of neurosurgeons offers consultation to thoroughly review patients’ medical histories and diagnostic data in order to carefully select patients for potential surgery.

Spine Procedures
We perform a wide range of minimally invasive and open spine procedures, including:

  • Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACD&F)
  • Cervical laminectomy with or without fusion
  • Cervical and lumbar artificial disc replacement
  • Lumbar laminectomy and discectomy
  • Lumbar fusion, including anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF), and transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF)

Cranial Procedures
The most common procedures we perform related to the scalp, skull, and brain include:

Endovascular Procedures

  • Carotid artery stenting for carotid stenosis
  • Coiling of cerebral aneurysms
  • Embolization of arteriovenous malformations

Peripheral Nerve Procedures

  • Carpal tunnel release
  • Peroneal nerve decompression
  • Ulnar nerve decompression

San Bernardino County
Loma Linda Outpatient Clinic
Loma Linda Professional Plaza

25455 Barton Road, Suite 108-A
Loma Linda, CA 92354
Toll Free: (877) 558-0800
Fax: (909) 558-6309
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Hesperia Outpatient Clinic
12021 Jacaranda Ave
Hesperia, CA 92395
Toll Free: (877) 558-0800
Fax: (909) 558-6309
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Riverside County
Corona Outpatient Clinic
2071 Compton Ave, Suite 105
Corona, CA 92881
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Fax: (909) 558-6309
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LLUMC’s Department of Neurosurgery physicians are committed to offering the best surgical treatment of brain and spine conditions. Our physicians have many years of experience and hold specialty certifications.
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Physicians and Allied Health Professionals

Adult Neurosurgery
•    Farbod Asgarzadie, MD
•    Austin R. T. Colohan, MD
•    Kenneth De Los Reyes, MD
•    Valerie Gumangam, NP
•    Jonnell Myren, NP
•    John Zhang, MD

Pediatric Neurosurgery
•    Yuthana Kong, PA-C
•    Asma Taha, PhD, PNP
•    Alexander Zouros, MD
•    Venkatraman Sadanand, MD, PhD

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