A topic list and required reading materials will be provided.

Operative Experience:

The spine fellow will be exposed to 500-600 surgical cases referred to our tertiary care center including cervical, thoracic, and lumbar degenerative and adolescent and adult deformities.  Spinal tumors, infections, traumatic, and metabolic conditions are seen in reduced frequency but remain key aspects of the surgical experience.  Anterior, posterior, lateral (open thoracotomy, XLIF, DLIF), and minimally invasive approaches (MIS TLIF, MIS discectomy) are performed for appropriately selected patients.  The fellow will be exposed to instrumentation techniques including but not limited to: C1/2 Magerl and Harms, lateral mass screws, laminoplasty, thoracic and lumbar pedicle screws, cortical bone trajectory screws (pars technique), pelvic fixation techniques, and Halo-vest application.

Teaching Opportunities:

Fellows will be encouraged to assist in the teaching of our orthopaedic surgery residents, rotating medical students, and physician assistants.  Based on experiences with other fellowships at our institution, this experience is particularly rewarding for the fellow. Fellows will also have teaching opportunities at Case Based Spine Didactic Conferences, and Spine Journal Club.  Fellows will present their research project at the Annual Professor Lectureship which is attended by attendings, fellows, and residents.


  • Case-Based Spine Didactic Conference:  Meets twice/month. All Spine faculty & fellows, residents and PAs are in attendance in addition to Interventional radiology.
  • Pre-admission Conference (“Indications”):  Meets every Friday. All spine faculty & fellows are in attendance in addition to Case Management, Nursing, Pharmacy, Equipment vendors, OR personnel.
  • Spine Journal Club: Meets once every 2-3 months. All spine faculty & fellows are in attendance in addition to Physiatrist, Physical Therapy, and Nurses
  • Orthopaedic Research Conference: Meets Quarterly
  • Morbidity and Mortality: Meets Quarterly