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Spine Fellowship

The Thomas Jefferson University Spine Fellowship Program is based at Rothman Institute located at 925 Chestnut Street in Center City. Our Spine Fellowship Program is designed and optimized to facilitate orthopaedic surgeons to become productive members of the academic spine surgical community through education, service, and mentorship. The aim of our Attending Staff is to foster an environment to allow the maturation of our fellows into excellent spine surgeons—clinically, technically, and academically. Our graduates are capable of becoming future leaders within the spine surgical community.

Through a well-rounded and structured schedule, our program offers a balanced exposure to clinic, operating room, and research. Unique to our institution is the synergistic relationship between the orthopedic and neurosurgical departments, which allows exposure to the complete spectrum of spinal disorders including trauma, degenerative conditions, deformity, and tumors. Another strength of our fellowship program is the exposure to complex reconstruction and scoliosis. Our fellows have ample opportunities to perform complex cases including: thoracolumbar and cervicothoracic fusions, spinal osteotomies, and tumor resections through an anterior and/or posterior approach. Upon completion of the Fellowship, graduates should be comfortable diagnosing and treating the complete spectrum of spinal problems from occiput to sacrum."



The Fellow will gain clinical experience with these conditions:

Each fellow will have 4 days dedicated to clinical activities and one protected research day per week. The typical day begins with 6:45 morning conference, which involves review of the spinal trauma and elective cases for the upcoming day. Both orthopedic and neurosurgical attendings are present at this conference, off­ering a lively discussion about the cases for the day. At the completion of conference at 7:30, the fellows proceed to their daily assignments, which may include operating room, clinic, or research. Fellows have significant graduated autonomy throughout the year. Depending on the complexity of the cases, fellows typically perform 2-3 cases per day on operating days. Thomas Jeff­erson University Hospital is the Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center and has excellent facilities including state-of-the-art operating microscopes, intraoperative CT (O-Arm), and Stealth Navigation.  Professional mentoring and education continue long after the fellowship at Thomas Jefferson. The former fellows attend an annual Thomas Jeff­erson Fellows conference to discuss and review the field of spinal surgeryfrom a scientific, political, and social perspective. Furthermore, there is a Jefferson Fellows event at the annual spine scientific meetings.


Contact for Program

Please e-mail your application, letters of recommendation, Dean’s letters, transcripts, CV (one page), and USMLE scores to:

Susan Randolph
Department of Orthopedic Surgery
1015 Walnut Street, Room 801 Curtis
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215-955-5479