More than 1,200 interns, residents and fellows train in every medical specialty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and at regional campuses in Montgomery, Huntsville, Tuscaloosa, and Selma. Each year, a class of trainees graduate and a new class joins UAB, setting off on their trainee experience, whether it be a one-year fellowship program or a seven-year residency.

The Department of Neurosurgery’s Residency Program is a seven-year residency dedicated to clinical, surgical, and professional development. Neurosurgery trainees participate in a contemporary neurosciences educational paradigm and enjoy a graduate-level of experience and responsibility in the care and management of neurosurgical patients.

In addition to providing superior technical training, the program is uniquely structured to the professional development of our residents, with the goal of creating leaders in the field of neurosurgery. Graduates of the residency program pursue fellowships, academic neurosurgical junior faculty positions and private practice opportunities throughout the country. Learn about the department’s incoming residents and outgoing PGY7 residents.


  • Phabinly Gabriel
    Phabinly Gabriel

    Medical School: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
    Hobbies: travel, Latin dancing, running, non-competitive gymnastics, photography, photo editing
    Fun fact: speaks three languages

  • Alina Mohanty
    Alina Mohanty

    Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine
    Hobbies: watercolor painting, baking, badminton & squash, and reading
    Fun fact: speaks four languages

  • Yuanfan Yang
    Yuanfan Yang

    Medical School: Peking Union Medical University
    Ph.D.: Duke University
    Hobbies: photography, competitive badminton, and writing
    Fun fact: speaks two languages


  • John Amburgy, MD
    John Amburgy, MD

    Next Steps: Will serve as clinical instructor in the Department of Neurological Surgery at UPMC, an 18-month job where he will obtain two fellowships (Spine Fellowship and Neuro-trauma Fellowship) and CAST certification for Critical Care and Neurocritical Care. During this time, he will serve as assistant to the team neurosurgeon for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Pittsburgh Penguins. In addition, he will hold a leadership role in the Neurotrauma research group that holds many grants, including the only current randomized assessment of the incidence and prevalence of CTE in Former NFL football players. 

    Medical School: Medical College of Georgia

    Undergrad: Princeton University

    Hometown: Clearwater, FL

  • Gustavo Chagoya, MD
    Gustavo Chagoya, MD

    Next Steps:  Joining Edward-Elmhurst Health System, Hospital-based General Neurosurgery in Naperville, IL.

    Medical School: Duke University

    Undergrad: Rice University

    Hometown: Monclova, Mexico

  • Galal A. Elsayed, MD
    Galal A. Elsayed, MD

    Medical School: University of Central Florida College of Medicine

    Undergrad: University of Central Florida

    Hometown: Orlando, FL

  • Nidal Omar, MD
    Nidal Omar, MD

    Next Steps: General Neurosurgery Practice at Mobile Infirmary Hospital, Mobile, AL

    Medical School: University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Undergrad: University of South Alabama

    Hometown: Mobile, AL