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StuBS: Students interested in Brain Surgery

UCDHSC's original student-run group devoted to fostering the personal and professional development of medical students interested in neurosurgery.


StuBS provides a link between medical students and the neurosurgery department through:

  • Shadowing and mentorship opportunities with residents and faculty.
  • Participation in neurosurgical department and interdepartmental functions, such as neurosurgery conference (schedule here), neuro-oncology journal club, brain tumor conference and resident skills nights.
  • Opportunities to conduct neurosurgical research.​
  • Invited faculty lectures on neurosurgical topics.

Tsvankin skills

StuBS co-founder Eddie Tsvankin looks on during a resident skills session. 

Upcoming events:

Follow us on Facebook for up-to-date event scheduling!

Noon | Monday, April 16 | ED1 1400 

StuBS presents:

The Research of Glioblastoma Multiforme.

With special lectures by: 

Jonathon Parker - "Great Migrations" in GBM


Trisha Sippel - Immunosuppression in GBM patients.

RSVP here by April 13 if you want free lunch.   




DUE March 31st, 2012: the AANS Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship is open to medical students in the United States or Canada who have completed one or two years of medical school and wish to spend a summer working in a neurosurgical laboratory, mentored by a neurosurgical investigator who is a member of the AANS and will sponsor the student.​

UCDHSC Department of Neurosurgery: Our departmental homepage, where you can get to know our clinical and research faculty, learn more about our residency program and plan for your fourth-year neurosurgery rotation. Make sure not to miss the neurosurgery conference schedule page.

American Association of Neurological Surgeons: The AANS homepage. Make sure not to miss the useful links on the AANS medical student page.

Questions you should be asking if you are considering neurosurgery: Courtesy of the AANS. 

Residency directory: A list of North American neurosurgical training programs, compiled by the AANS, with links to each program's homepage. 

Congress of Neurological Surgeons: The CNS homepage. 

Women in Neurosurgery: So you want to be a neurosurgeon? Courtesy of WINS. 

UCDHSC Research Track: Interested in research? Check out the School of Medicine's Research Track, a four-year program designed to help you find mentorship and funding for your MSA, present your research at the Western Medical Student Research Forum and apply for residency with a first-authored publication. 

UCCC Cancer Research Summer Fellowship: The University of Colorado Cancer Center offers summer research fellowships for medical students pursuing cancer research between their MS1 and MS2 years.

HHMI Medical Research Fellows Program: Interested in a yearlong sabbatical to pursue research? The Howard Hughes Medical Institute supports a year of full-time biomedical research training, either at UCDHSC or as a visiting student at another institution. 

Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship: Spend a year conducting clinical research with a mentor at one of twelve participating medical schools.

StuBS governing board: 


Roxanne Martinez, MS2

Tim Ung, MS1

VP and Research Liaison.

Jonathon Parker, MSTP4

StuBS founding members:

Vadim (Eddie) Tsvankin, MS4

Tracy Marrs Conner, MS4

Shervin Rahimpour, MS3

Alex Harbison, MS3

StuBS faculty adviser:

Allen Waziri, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Neurosurgery

University of Colorado Denver

Health Sciences Center

StuBS and you

Want to know more? Have questions about shadowing or finding a neurosurgical mentor? Need help finding a place to stay during your sub-I? Interested in becoming a StuB? Contact us at, post on our Facebook​ wall, or just e-mail one of our leaders.

Waz and Shervin

StuBS co-founder Shervin Rahimpour and Dr. Allen Waziri with Shervin's poster at the 2010 UCCC Fellowship​ poster session.