Spine Research Fellowship 2019/2020 - San Francisco Spine Surgeons

The SF Spine Surgeons with The Taylor Collaboration Biomechanics Lab invite medical students to apply for a position as a research fellow beginning June/July 1st. The research fellowship offers a unique experience in orthopedic spine research with a focus on spinal deformity and degenerative diseases of the spine.

In 2006, Dr. Dimitriy Kondrashov joined Dr. James Zucherman and Dr. Ken Hsu's orthopaedic spine surgery practice. Dr. Kondrashov is one of the very best spine surgeons to complete the Stanford/St. Mary’s Combined Spine Surgery Fellowship program. Dr. Kondrashov is fluent in both English and Russian. Dr. Kondrashov participated in two iFuse or SI fusion studies, the first SIFI prospective study, and the second Lotus retrospective study on SI fusion.

In 2010, the Taylor Collaboration biomechanics laboratory was established at St. Mary’s Medical Center. This laboratory was previously a part of the UCSF research program. Jeremi Leasure joined as Director of The Taylor Collaboration in 2010. He works to invent, develop, and evaluate spinal and orthopaedic devices used in surgery.

In 2014, Dr. Zucherman, Dr. Hsu, and Dr. Kondrashov officially started the San Francisco Spine Surgeons Group at St. Mary’s Spine Center, completely dedicated to treatment of spinal disorders.

Fellows gain experience in clinical and biomechanical research under the direction of SF Orthopaedic Residency Program spine faculty. He/she will attain familiarity and understanding of the research process from protocol to publication developing a wide range of skills applicable to medical innovation and practice.

Opportunities exist to observe surgical procedures.

Attend educational conferences (resident didactic education, spine grand rounds, journal club).

8 to 10 peer-reviewed publications by the end of the research year.

Abstract acceptances at major spine conferences and opportunities to present research at spine conferences.

Orthopaedic Surgery Residency application support including Letter of Recommendation.


US Medical Student between 3rd and 4th Years. Between 2nd and 3rd available on a case-by-case basis.

Strong Academic Record

Demonstrated Interest in Research

Excellent Organizational Skills

Strong Sense of Self-Direction & Initiative

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