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UC Davis School of Medicine
AANS Medical Student Chapter

The American Association of Neurological Surgery (AANS) Medical Student Chapter at UC Davis provides support for medical students who wish to pursue neurosurgery as a career or want to gain more exposure to the field. This student-led group works closely with the Department of Neurological Surgery to offer its members opportunities for mentorship, skill development, research, and networking. 

Learn more about AANS Medical Student Chapters


  • President: Gregory Disse
  • Vice President: Austin Clark
  • Secretary and Treasurer: Harjot Virk
  • Faculty Advisor: Kiarash Shahlaie, MD, PhD
  • Resident Advisor: Amir Goodarzi, MD


 Upcoming Events

  • August 28, 2020 – “Why Neurosurgery” with Dr. Shahlaie
  • September 22, 2020 – “Applying into Neurosurgery” with Current Residents
  • October 14, 2020 – Student Case Discussion moderated by Dr. Shahlaie

 Past Events

  • August 8, 2019 – “Q&A with Neurosurgery Interns” with Dr. Matthew Kercher & Dr. Jared Clouse
  • June 20, 2019 – “Trigeminal Neuralgia” with Dr. Goodarzi
  • May 16, 2019 – “Acute Intracranial Hematoma” with Dr. Goodarzi
  • August 21, 2018 – “What is Neurosurgery” with Dr. Fady Girgis


The AANS Medical Student Chapter encourages its members to take advantage of the diverse research projects being conducted by numerous faculty and residents in the Department of Neurological Surgery. Below are some examples of opportunities in which medical students can get involved.

Medical Student Research at the UC Davis School of Medicine

NREF Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship


The following are a list of useful resources for medical students:

NeurosurgeryMatch.org is your resource for getting advice and insights from neurosurgeons, residents and students to help you lock in your residency.

The Neurosurgical Atlas contains the most comprehensive collection of advanced microneurosurgical techniques.

Essential Neurosurgery for Medical Students Supplement