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Spine Surgery Fellowship

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Andrew A. Sama, MD, Co-Chief, HSS Spine
Sheeraz Qureshi, MD, MBA, Co-Chief, HSS Spine
Han Jo Kim, MD, Fellowship Director, HSS Spine

Duration: 1 year
Stipend: $103,880.85 per annum/benefits (subsidized housing also available)
Positions: 4 ACGME-Accredited
Location: Hospital for Special Surgery
Contact: Jennifer Johnson, 212.606.1594, johnsonj@hss.edu

During the Spinal Surgery Fellowship, fellows gain clinical care experience through the mentorship model structure in working directly with Spine Service attending physicians and in the hospital clinics, attending office hours and in the operating room. On average, a total of 300 to 500 cases are done annually per fellow. Our goal is to support and foster the growth and development of future leaders in the field of spine surgery. A core group of teaching faculty is dedicated to the fellows on the service. Emphasis is placed on the non-operative and operative management of spinal deformity, degenerative diseases of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine, as well as tumors of the spine in a special collaboration with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Fellows will gain experience with novel state-of-the-art techniques such as minimally invasive surgery and learn future concepts of spine surgery with key opinion leaders in the field. There is also a team of more than 30 research staff, who will help in guiding clinical research projects. Basic science project opportunities also exist if desired.

Curriculum and Expectations

The year is split into blocks focusing on deformity, cervical degenerative, lumbar degenerative and minimally invasive surgery. Each fellow will rotate through each block for one month followed by re-run for two months, later in the year, to maximize learning potential. Thus, three months in total are spent on each block.

Fellows are expected to complete two research projects annually with the help of 30 research staff.

Significant autonomy is granted and encouraged in patient decision-making and operative planning with guidance from mentors.

There is ample opportunity to work with and teach the residents at Hospital for Special Surgery.

Attendance at national and international Spine Society meetings is encouraged and sponsored for up to two meetings where original scientific content is presented.

Application Dates

Application Deadline: November 1, 2022

Interview Date: February 24, 2023

Learn about the application process.


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