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Multi-specialty Spine Care and Surgery International Fellowship

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Andrew A. Sama, MD, Co-Chief, HSS Spine
Sheeraz Qureshi, MD, Co-Chief, HSS Spine
Alexander Hughes, MD, Fellowship Director, HSS Spine
Darren Lebl, MD, Education Director, HSS Spine

Duration: 1 year
Stipend: $103,880.85 per annum/benefits (subsidized housing also available)
Positions: 2 Non-Accredited
Location: Hospital for Special Surgery
Contact: Jennifer Johnson, 212.606.1594, johnsonj@hss.edu

The Multi-specialty Spine Care and Surgery International Fellowship for outstanding fellows who have excelled in their Residency training in Orthopaedic or Neurosurgery who will flourish in a fellowship to master a more specialized and complex curriculum.

The Multi-specialty Spine Care and Surgery International Fellowship Program is designed to provide the orthopedic surgeon with an in-depth experience in the management of complex spinal disorders of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. This includes extensive exposure to spinal deformity, degenerative disease, trauma, tumors, and osteoporosis. Fellows experience novel state-of-the-art techniques such as minimally invasive surgery, disk replacement, image guidance and biologic interventions.

These experiences are intensified, offering the fellow a greater educational understanding of these pathologies and techniques. During the year there will be a graduated level of responsibility in the operating room and in the clinical setting. Fellow will also be expected to complete more detailed and complex research projects. The results are more poignant publications that contribute to the American and worldwide body of scientific literature.

Curriculum and Expectations

The Multi-specialty Spine Care and Surgery International Fellowship at Hospital for Special Surgery is staffed by 8 attending surgeons who demonstrate unique approaches to similar problems providing the fellows with quite a wide range of clinical exposure. The Fellow will rotate through assigned blocks to maximize their educational experience.

The fellow will be expected to take the lead role in surgical management in the design of staged spinal processes, as well as complicated surgeries requiring an intricate course of action. The fellow will be instrumental in learning the administrative responsibilities of coordinating the educational conferences. This allows development of the Fellow’s teaching skills as he/she leads the academic sessions of weekly journal club, monthly cadaver lab dissections and didactic courses for the Orthopaedic Surgery residents and Cornell University Medical Students rotating on the Spine Service at Hospital for Special Surgery.

Fellows are under routine observation/evaluation by the Attendings through focused observation in the operating rooms, clinics and office hours and when teaching residents and giving research presentations. Constant feedback and monthly evaluations are done to assure that the fellow is progressing accordingly.

Attendance at national and international Spine Society meetings is encouraged and sponsored.

Application Information

Application Deadline: The next available positions are for the 2025 – 2026 academic year. Fill out application form to apply and submit it to Jennifer Johnson, johnsonj@hss.edu.

Interview Date: We use a rolling admission approach. Interviews and acceptances occur on a continual basis.


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