Neurological Surgery

Welcome from the Program Director

The creation of the first neurosurgery residency training program in West Michigan is a proud accomplishment for the Department of Clinical Neurosciences and the Spectrum Health System, a large health care delivery system centered in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Our purpose will be to provide a great diversity of educational experience that constitutes the breadth of neurosurgery practice in the context of a large, integrated clinical neuroscience department in which a neurology residency training program also exists.  Affiliation with Michigan State University and collaborative relations with Grand Valley State University, the Van Andel Research Institute and other educational entities supplement the scholarly opportunities for our residents.

The Program is centered at Butterworth Hospital, a Level One facility, Blodgett Hospital and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital with a current faculty of 10 neurosurgeons and two orthopedic spine surgeons, a strong constituency of APPs and interdisciplinary programs for Brain & Spinal Tumors, Epilepsy, Spine & Pain Management, Vascular Neurosurgery & Neuroendovascular Management, Movement Disorders and Pediatric Neurosurgery.  The Neurocritical Care Unit has five senior staff supported by five APPs.  Two biplane neuroendovascular suites with an additional backup biplane facility are staffed by four fellowship-trained staff for coverage of all neurovascular conditions in an institution that ranks 14th in the nation for stroke admissions.

A number of technical assets support the efforts of the Division of Neurosurgery at Spectrum to ensure as up-to-date operative exposure as possible in preparing the resident for their practice.  These are itemized in accompanying sections.  It is critical that residents avail themselves of scholarly opportunities within the Program in order to enhance their opportunities upon graduation.  Numerous clinical trials are underway in addition to individual projects that are itemized by their IRBs, also listed in accompanying sections.

Altogether, our desire is to provide our residents the basic knowledge that is fundamental to the practice of neurosurgery and to the understanding of the pathophysiology of neurosurgical conditions in the form of didactics and a rich and diverse clinical exposure that will provide the practical confidence necessary for a successful and noteworthy career.


Kost Elisevich, M.D., Ph.D.

Our Mission

The mission of the Spectrum Health/Michigan State University (MSU) Neurosurgery Residency Program is to train knowledgeable and confident neurosurgeons in all aspects of neurosurgical practice and provide them a scholarly foundation to continue innovation into the future.

Program Overview

An academically-centered Department of Clinical Neurosciences at Spectrum Health was established with its constituent Divisions of Neurology and Neurosurgery and is seeking approval through ACGME to establish a residency training program to begin in the summer of 2018.  A single resident per year will be selected for training to engage in a seven year program to be accredited as board eligible in neurosurgery and to sit for the examinations required by the American College of Surgeons.

Residents undertake their adult neurosurgical training at Butterworth and Blodgett Hospitals and their pediatric neurosurgical training at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and are exposed to the several interdisciplinary clinical programs that constitute the Department of Clinical Neurosciences in which the neurosurgical and orthopedic spine faculty are integrated. A large array of technical assets in both diagnostic and therapeutic domains coupled with the clinical expertise of specialty-focused staff serve to supplement the training experience in order to prepare the trainee for future practice.

Collaborations with several research entities at MSU, Grand Valley State University, Van Andel Institute locally as well as elsewhere in the nation provide an opportunity to elaborate scholarly work in a great variety of directions. This is aided by both GRMEP and the Office of Research Administration at Spectrum Health.

We are fully engaged in the future of this Program to afford the trainee as optimal an opportunity as possible to succeed in their profession.

Diversity and Resident Wellness

Spectrum Health is committed to creating a healthy work environment which promotes wellness and a culture that is respectful, inclusive and positive .  Please visit the Spectrum Health Resident Wellness page and the Spectrum Health Diversity page to learn more.

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