This one year ACGME accredited program follows the program requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Orthopaedic Surgery of the Spine. One fellow will be trained for all spinal
diseases and conditions of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine: both degenerative and deformity; trauma and tumor; pediatric and adult. Individuals completing the fellowship will be
well-suited for either a career in academics or in private practice.

ACGME Accredited Spine Fellowship
Date: August 1, 2018 - July 31, 2019
Location: MedStar Union Memorial Hospital
3333, N. Calvert Street, Suite 400
Baltimore, MD 21218
Program Director: Dr. P. Justin Tortolani
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Salary: $64,500

This one year ACGME accredited program follows the program requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Orthopaedic Surgery of the Spine. One fellow will be trained for all spinal diseases and conditions of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine: both degenerative and deformity; trauma and tumor; pediatric and adult. Fellows will learn minimally invasive techniques, including MIS TLIF, XLIF, and DLIF and will be exposed to open deformity surgery including anterior and posterior approaches. All spinal afflictions including neoplastic, infectious, metabolic, deformity and degenerative will be covered in the outpatient setting. A formal didactic program includes weekly indications and case-based spine conference as well as monthly journal clubs.

This is a combined ortho spine and Neurosurgery fellowship with three orthopaedic spine attendings and one neurosurgeon. The Spine Fellowship Director , P. Justin Tortolani, M. D. trained at the Emory Spine Center, whereas Dr. Asdourian, Director of MedStar Spine Program, trained at the DeWald Fellowship, Mesfin Lemma, M.D., Director Division of Spine Surgery MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, trained at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Zeena Dorai, M.D., Chief of Neurosurgery MedStar Union Memorial Hospital trained at M.D. Anderson. The fellow will be exposed to more than 600 operative cases per year and there are no “on-call” responsibilities.

The fellow is encouraged to participate and complete at least two clinical and basic research projects. A state of the art Surgical Training and Techniques (STAT) Laboratory is available 24 hours per day for additional cadaveric dissections and biomechanical research projects in order to further enhance the fellows’ acquisition of surgical and research skills. Individuals completing the fellowship will be well-suited for either a career in academics or in private practice.

There is no in-house call or moonlighting. It is anticipated that the fellow will attend one or two meetings a year, typically the Scoliosis Research Society, the Cervical Spine Research Society or the North American Spine Society annual meeting.

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