Education & Academic Affairs

Spinal Surgery Fellowship

Han Jo Kim, MD
Andrew A. Sama, MD
Frank Schwab, MD

Duration: 1 year (August 1 to July 31)
Stipend: $83,892 (2016/17) per annum/benefits (subsidized housing also available)
Location: Hospital for Special Surgery

Goals and Characteristics
Fellows gain clinical care experience through the mentorship structure in working directly with orthopaedic spine surgical attendings and in the weekly spine and scoliosis clinics. Fellow will spend time in out-patient clinics, office hours and in the operating room. Fellows rotate with different attendings on the service. The Fellows will be provided with ongoing, in-depth experience in the management of patients with spinal diseases. Emphasis is placed on the non-operative and operative management of spinal deformity, trauma, infections, and degenerative diseases of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine, as well as tumors of the spine. Fellows will experience novel state-of-the-art techniques such as minimally invasive surgery, disc replacement image guidance and biologic interventions. This experience involves ongoing educational opportunities in outpatient and impatient management, clinical conferences, and participation in clinical research projects.

Although not a prerequisite for acceptance in the program, Fellows are encouraged to pursue a one-year track study in basic research on spinal disorders. The Fellows who pursue this track will develop in-depth experience in the most current research techniques in pathology, bioengineering, and biochemistry of the spine. Fellows will be exposed to all facets of orthopaedic education at Hospital for Special Surgery and will be encouraged to attend all weekly orthopaedic conferences. Applicants committed to an academic track will be favored.

Additional faculty include: Todd J. Albert, MDJohn S. Blanco, MDFrank P. Cammisa, Jr., MD; Matthew E. Cunningham, MD, PhD; James C. Farmer, MD; Federico P. Girardi, MDCharles B. Goodwin, MD; Russel C. Huang, MD; Alexander P. Hughes, MD; Darren R. Lebl, MD, FAAOSPatrick F. O'Leary, MD, FACS, PC; Bernard A. Rawlins, MD; Harvinder S. Sandhu, MD; and Roger F. Widmann, MD.

This fellowship is ACGME accredited.

US Graduates
Application Information

HSS will participate in the San Francisco Matching Program (SFMP). In order to apply to our program, please visit, select the Spine Surgery Fellowship Match and register for the Match.

Application Form

The Spinal Surgery fellowship program at HSS accepts applications via the Central Application Service (CAS). Please register with the SFMP ( and complete the CAS application. SFMP will then send the application to HSS electronically.

Foreign Medical Graduates
Application Information
Application Form