One opening available for the 2018-2019 Louis A. Goldstein Spine Surgery fellowship. Operatively busy , well rounded complex spine fellowship with the opportunity to work with 5 board certified orthopaedic spine surgeons(4 adult spine, 1 pediatric spine).

About the Spine Surgery Fellowship

Louis A. Goldstein MD, is the name sake of the spine surgery fellowship at the University of Rochester. Dr. Goldstein was one of the founders and leaders of the Scoliosis Research Society. At the Scoliosis Research Society annual meeting the Louis A. Goldstein award is given for the best clinical poster. Dr. Goldstein led the Orthopaedic Surgery division at the University of Rochester from 1969-1974. He was one of the pioneers of Harrington Instrumentation for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and authored a textbook titled "The Surgical Treatment of Scoliosis". More than 34 fellows have completed the spine surgery fellowship.

Our Spinal Surgery Fellowship is a year long departmental program that encompasses a full range of spinal surgery with additional opportunities in clinical and basic science research. Our Fellows are trained by surgeons renowned in surgery of the spine with an emphasis on

Cervical and lumbar degenerative conditions
Fractures, infections, and tumors of the spine
Adult and pediatric spinal deformity, including corrective osteotomy
Spinal cord injury
Minimally-invasive and microscope-assisted techniques
Early-onset scoliosis

The fellowship offers a comprehensive experience spanning all aspects of adult and pediatric spinal surgery. The University of Rochester Medical Center is the Level I trauma center, regional cancer center and spinal cord injury center for the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. Emphasis is on the management of complex trauma, tumors, deformity, degenerative cervical and thoracolumbar disorders.

Over 750 surgical cases are performed annually with the following percentage: Degenerative (50%), Deformity (20%), trauma (20%), Tumor (10%). The fellow will have progressive responsibilities and will be exposed to a variety of procedures and instrumentation techniques from the occiput to pelvis. There is no in-house call.

Complex spinal surgery including anterior/posterior reconstructions, revision procedures, posterior based three column osteotomies are performed. Additional cadaver training is provided throughout the year. Fellows can attend one national meeting per year as well as additional courses.

The Fellow is exposed to clinic and non-operative management of spinal disorders at our comprehensive spine center. Weekly fellow teaching conferences and a fellow core educational curriculum are provided. Participation in clinical or basic science research resulting in a paper suitable for peer- reviewed publication is strongly recommended.

Spinal Fellowship Faculty

Addisu Mesfin, MD, Fellowship Director
Emmanuel Menga, MD, Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Robert W. Molinari, MD, Spine Division Chief
Paul T. Rubery, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery Chairman
James Sanders, MD, Pediatric Orthopaedics Division chief
Our Fellows will work closely with faculty to

Manage a spinal clinic with faculty support
Gain valuable spinal trauma experience at a Level-1 Trauma Unit
Participate in a busy surgical spine center
Learn injection and interventional physiatry techniques
Surgical venues include the Clinton Crossings procedure room, Strong Memorial Hospital, Highland Hospital, and Sawgrass Surgery Center. Our Fellows will also enjoy the opportunity to become involved in basic and clinical research in our Center for Musculoskeletal Research. Our fellowship begins August 1 each year.

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Interested applicants can email their CV and 3 Letters of Recommendations to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Addisu Mesfin MD
Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery & Neurosurgery
Louis A. Goldstein Spine Fellowship Director 
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry 


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