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Residency Positions: 12

This program is an AOA-approved residency in Neurological Surgery which is designed to provide residents with comprehensive training in clinical Neurosurgery.The program will provide the resident with a background of fundamental knowledge about the neurosciences and the clinical environment in which that knowledge base expands.

 The Neurosurgery program has as its primary goal the exposure of the residents to didactic and clinical experiences to train competent specialists in Neurological Surgery.The program is designed to correlate basic science information with the clinical manifestations of diseases of the nervous system with particular emphasis on those disorders treated with surgical therapies.

 The Resident will also be trained with a basic fund of knowledge that will allow him/her to recognize, diagnose, and treat the Neurosurgical patient while exposing the resident to all phases of Neurosurgical practice.  The clinical material is derived primarily from two complementary core services with residents participating on each service in junior, mid-level and chief resident capacities. 

The private practice service is under the direction of the program director, Richard Kanoff, D.O. and involves clinical material at the Mercy Health System.  The second portion of the core service is the University service under the direction of Warren Goldman, MD,PhD, at the Cooper University Hospital Medical Center which is a Level I trauma facility.The formal residency program teaching conferences are conducted at these two sites.

Richard Kanoff, DO
Program Director, Neurological Surgery
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Specialty Neurological Surgery
Richard Kanoff, DO
Program Director, Neurological Surgery
  • BA, Microbiology, University of Pennsylvania, 1967-1970
  • DO, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, 1971-1975
  • Internship: Metropolitan Hospital, Chief Intern, 1975-1976
  • Residency:  Metropolitan Hospital, General Surgery, 1976-1977
  • Residency:  Hospital of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Neurological Surgery, Chief Resident, 1979-1980
  • Residency:  Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center, Bronx, NY, Neuroradiology, December 1977-January 1978
  • Residency:  Institute of Neurology, the National Hospital, Queen Square, London England, Neurology and Neuropathology, April - June 1979
  • Residency:  University of California Medical Center at San Diego, Neurological Surgery, November 1980 - June 1981
  • Master of Science:  Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.  Neurosurgery Thesis: A Protocol for the Study of Head Injury Patients and a Reveiw of its Application in Clinical Practice
  • Board Certified in Neurosurgery by the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery, 1985
  • Membership:  AOA, AMA, American College of Osteopathic Surgeons, American College of Osteopathic Surgeons-Neurological Surgeons Discipline, POMA, Philadelphia County Medical Society, PCOM Alumni Association, Sigma Sigma Phi National Osteopathic Honor Society, Lambda Omicron Gamma National Medical Fraternity, New York Academy of Sciences
Neurological Surgery
  • Abington Memorial Hospital
  • Cooper Hosptial
  • Geisinger Medical Center
  • Mercy Catholic Medical Center
  • Mercy Hospital of Phialdelphia
  • Pennsylvania Hospital
Salary (2009-2010 Academic Year)
  • PGY 2 residents: $47,000
  • PGY 3 residents: $48,000
  • PGY 4 residents: $49,000
  • PGY 5 residents: $50,000
  • PGY 6 residents: $50,000
  • Point of Service or HMO health insurance, including major medical, prescription and dental health coverage for residents and their families during the contract year.
  • Professional liability and disability insurance.
  • $800 per year continuing medical education stipend for conferences or books included in salary.
Note: PCOM does not provide living quarters for residents.
At each hospital, chief residents are in charge of all didactic lectures, i.e., core curriculum, case presentations and journal club. Residents also participate in the education of interns and medical students. There are daily morning reports and lectures, medical grand rounds and mandatory meetings of groups such as the Harrison's Club, Tumor Board, Mortality Review Committee and clinical pathology conferences.
Educational Resources
Residents have access to PCOM's 60,000-volume medical library, on-line access to the Medline database and on-line access to every medical library in Pennsylvania, and computer and computer-assisted learning capabilities.