Spine Fellowship Program

As an extension of the faculty, fellows will be responsible for patient care, resident education, and participation in weekly basic science and clinical conferences. Participation in attending staff clinics will provide exposure to patient clinical care and office management.

Multiple research opportunities exist during this one-year fellowship. University resources include two full-time research assistants who support the spine service, as well as an epidemiologist and outside statistical consultants. Opportunities for both in-house and external grant funding exist for collaboration in valid clinical or basic science research projects.

The goal of the fellowship is to produce a well-rounded spinal surgeon capable of managing complex spinal pathology.

Operative Care

During the clinical year the fellow will be the primary assistant to the attending physician during surgery. Past fellows have typically logged 300-400 cases per year.

Inpatient Care

The spine service is split into two teams, each led by two attending surgeons. Each fellow will function as a junior consultant for a team. Fellows are responsible for supervision of two orthopedic residents assigned to the spine service (PGY-1 and PGY-4).


Spine call at OHSU is divided equally between the Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical services. Call is taken in one-week blocks


Fellows will typically attend clinic 1 day per week.

Research and Education Projects

All fellows are expected to participate in at least one original research project, as well as one review article, book chapter, etc. The fellow is encouraged to start early in order to prepare abstracts for submission by March or early April. The goal is to have a manuscript ready for submission by the end of the fellowship year.


Moonlighting requires a full, unrestricted Oregon Medical License and may not be performed without prior approval of the program director.


Vacation and leave time off are provided in accordance with OHSU GME policies. Ample notice should be given to the fellowship coordinator to ensure adequate coverage of the service.


Fellows function as junior consultants and have the responsibility for supervising and assisting the OHSU orthopaedic residents as necessary.