Program in Roanoke trains doctors to become neurosurgeons

Some doctors in Roanoke are training to become neurosurgeons

This is the seventh year of the neurosurgery residency program at Carilion Clinic.

The program has a total of seven residents, taking one new person each year.

These physicians start out as interns and train in neurosurgery.

It's a seven-year program that gives them experience in many different areas.

Assistant Program Director Dr. Nicholas Qandah says the students are exposed to everything from trauma cases to brain and spinal tumors to spinal fusions. 

Each resident comes in as an intern and spends time on different services at Carilion.

They also rotate at the Salem VA Medical Center and do work with INOVA hospital in Fairfax.