Neurological Surgery Residency Program

Welcome New and Prospective Residents

Hello from the Program Director:

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Neurological Surgery Residency Program at Desert Regional Medical Center, Palm Springs.  Our Program is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and will be applying for ACGME accreditation by 2020.  Our inaugural class starts on 1st July 2015;  we are approved for two residents per year for our seven year Residency Program.  The primary goal of our Residency Program is the training of clinically and technically competent neurosurgeons dedicated to compassionate care, life-long learning, and sound judgment.   We have a diverse neurosurgery faculty, reinforced by neurologists, neurointerventionalists, neurointensivists, and other specialties.  We are proud to offer our trainees a well-rounded education in all aspects of Neurological Surgery. We encourage medical student and resident electives with our team, and look forward to hearing from you.

The DRMC Neurological Surgery Residency Program offers two appointments each year in a 7-year curriculum, including:

  • 8 months of general patient care (during the PGY1 year)
  • 6 months of neurocritical care
  • 4 months of neurology
  • 3 months of neuroradiology
  • 3 months of neuropathology
  • 60 months of clinical neurological surgery

Sincerely,
Javed Siddiqi, M.D. Ph.D.


Portrait Photo of Javed SiddiqiJaved Siddiqi, M.D., Ph.D.

Program Director
Desert Regional Medical Center Neurological Surgery Residency

Current Positions:

  • Founder, Medical Director, Institute of Clinical Orthopedics and Neurosciences, Desert Regional Medical Center, Palm Springs, CA
  • Founder and President, Arrowhead Neurosurgical Medical Group, Colton, CA
  • Founding Medical Director, Center for Surgical & Specialty Care, Redlands Community Hospital, Redlands, CA

Board Certification:  Neurological Surgery

Fellowship:  University of Arkansas Medical Sciences, Department of Neurosurgery, Littlerock, AR

Residency:  University of Western Ontario, Department of Neurosurgery, London, ON

Doctorate: Oxford University, Oxford, England

Medical Degree:  University of Western Ontario School of Medicine


First Year Residents

Second Year Residents

Third Year Residents

Fourth Year Residents

The Department of Neurosurgery participates exclusively with the American Osteopathic Association National Matching Service and can be found on the Electronic Residency Application Service. You may apply through the dean’s office at your medical school, or through the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates.

Interviews

Interviews are scheduled throughout December and are offered to applicants who have submitted an application through ERAS. (Applications sent by fax or email will not be reviewed.)  Applicants who have completed an audition rotation with our program will be interviewed during their rotation.

The interview day starts at 10:00AM and concludes at 4:00PM. The itinerary includes:

  • Welcome and introductions
  • Interviews with faculty and residents
  • Interview with the program leadership
  • Tour of DRMC and ICON
  • Lunch with the residents

Information for International Medical Graduates (IMGs)

  • Passing scores on the first attempt of COMLEX steps 1 and 2 are required.
  • A minimum of two months of U.S. clinical experience is preferred but not required. Observer ships are not considered clinical experience.
  • Applicants should have graduated from medical school within five years or have Neurosurgery resident experience and must meet the accreditation requirements of the American Osteopathic Association for licensure.
  • ECFMG certification is not required at the time your application is submitted but is required to start residency.
  • DRMC training programs are competitive and do not meet the hard to fill criteria required for Visa (Temporary TN work status, temporary H-1B and J-1) sponsorship.

Neurological Surgery Residency Curriculum

The curriculum for Desert Regional Medical Center has been designed to meet AOA accreditation standards and utilize the clinical strengths of the hospital faculty to produce quality trained physicians. Rotations marked with an asterisk (*) indicate a rotation requirement of the AOA. The hospital has elected to use a monthly calendar as the basis for rotations as opposed to a 13, four-week arrangement for rotations.

OGME YEAR 1:
General Internal Medicine*  Two (2) Months
ICU/CCU*  One (1) Month
General Surgery*  Four (4) Months
Selective Rotations*  Four (4) Months
Emergency Medicine*  One (1) Month
Research  One (1) Month
OGME YEAR 2: 
Neurology  Three (3) Months
Neurosurgery  Seven (7) Months
Electives  Two (2) Months
OGME YEAR 3:
Neurosurgery  Nine (9) Months
Electives  Three (3) Months
OGME YEAR 4:
Neurosurgery  Nine (9) Months
Electives  Three (3) Months
OGME YEAR 5:
Neurosurgery  Nine (9) Months
Research  One (1) Month
Electives  Two (2) Months
OGME YEAR 6:
Neurosurgery  Twelve (12) Months
OGME YEAR 7:
Neurosurgery  Twelve (12) Months

Blake Berman, DOBlake-Berman-Photo

Current Position: Associate Program Director, Desert Regional Medical Center

Board Certification:  Neurosurgery

Residency: Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Colton, CA

Medical Degree: DO, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CS

Faculty Appointments:  Clinical Assistant Professor, Surgery/Neurosurgery, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA

 

 


Vladamir Cortez, DOCortez

Current Position:  Core Faculty, Desert Regional Medical Center

Board Certification:  Neurosurgery

Residency: Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Colton, CA

Medical Degree:  DO, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Lansing, MI

Faculty Appointments:  Clinical Assistant Professor, Surgery/Neurosurgery, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA

 

 


Deependra Mahato, DO

Current Position:  Core Faculty, Desert Regional Medical Center

Board Certification:  Neurosurgery

Residency:  Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Colton, CA

Medical Degree:  DO, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA

Faculty Appointments:

  • Assistant Professor, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA
  • Assistant Professor of Anatomy- Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut, CA

Jerry Noel, DO

Current Position: Core Faculty, Desert Regional Medical Center

Board Certification:  Neurosurgery

Residency: Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Colton, CA

Medical Degree:  DO, New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, Old Westbury, NY

Faculty Appointments: Assistant Professor, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA


Neurosurgery Residency Program Faculty

Program Director

  • Javed Siddiqi, MD, DPhil (Oxon), FACS, FAANS

Neurosurgery Core Faculty

  • Blake Berman, DO
  • Vladimir Cortez, DO
  • Deependra Mahato, DO
  • Jerry Noel, DO

Adjunct Teaching Faculty

  • Hetal Bhakta, MD (Cardiology)
  • Suneil Agarwal, MD (Emergency Medicine)
  • Jeff Baker, DO (Emergency Medicine)
  • Andrew Givner, MD (Emergency Medicine)
  • Babak Khazaeni, MD (Emergency Medicine)
  • Jacqueline Le, MD (Emergency Medicine)
  • Michelle Mouri, DO (Emergency Medicine)
  • Ryan Roten, DO (Emergency Medicine)
  • Joel Stillings, DO (Emergency Medicine)
  • Micah Wittler, DO (Emergency Medicine)
  • Frank Ercoli, MD (Trauma Surgery)
  • David Johnson, MD (General Surgery)
  • Shubha Kerkar, MD (Infectious Disease)
  • Xolani Mdluli, MD (Infectious Disease)
  • Gerald Martin, MD (Medicine)
  • Katrina Platt, DO (Internal Medicine)
  • Nicholas Batty, MD (Oncology)
  • Scott Brook, MD (Oncology)
  • Nora Bucher, MD (Oncology)
  • Elber Comacho, MD (Oncology)
  • Brahma Konda, MD (Oncology)
  • Learned Gonzales, MD (Pulmonary Critical Care)
  • David Duffner, MD (Orthopedic Spine)
  • Reginald Fayssoux, MD (Orthopedic Spine)
  • Glenn Fischberg, MD (Neuro Critical Care)
  • Aziz Ander, MD (Neurology)
  • Tehmina Salahuddin, MD (Stroke Neurology)
  • Philip Ente, MD (Epilepsy)
  • Bhagwan Moorjani, MD (Pediatric Neurology)
  • Ramin Pooyan, DO (Orthopedics/Peripheral Nerve)