Our Spine Fellowship is open to residents of neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery training programs with clinical and research experience in preparation for an academic or clinical career in spine surgery.
The Departments of Orthopaedic and Neurological Surgery sponsor the fellowship. The fellow will gain expertise in diagnosing and treating all aspects of adult spinal disease, with particular emphasis on degenerative disorders. Each of the staff will participate in the fellow's education providing exposure to a variety of specialized surgical techniques and approaches. Conditions treated will include adult spinal deformity, adult degenerative scoliosis, tumors, trauma, infections and degenerative spinal disease. The fellow will learn both conservative and surgical treatment of spinal disorders and the surgical decision making involved in managing these patients. Microsurgical, endoscopic, minimally invasive and anatomy preserving techniques will be taught in addition to traditional surgical techniques. The fellow will assume progressive responsibility in the preoperative evaluation, surgical care, postoperative management, rehabilitation, and follow-up evaluation of patients. The fellowship will be one year in duration but may potentially be extended to two years depending upon the individual's research interests. Fellows will be interviewed and appointed by a Selection Committee comprised of orthopedic spine and spine neurosurgical faculty.