Orthopaedic Spine and Deformity Surgery Fellowship

The HJD spine fellowship is ACGME accredited and designed for three orthopaedic fellows. Additionally, we accept one international fellow. The fellow alternates every 3 months between both NYU Langone Medical Center and the Hospital for Joint Diseases.

There are 16 board-certified surgeons who are directly involved in the fellowship program. The fellows are exposed to a wide range of pathology including degenerative diseases, complex pediatric and adult deformity cases, tumors, trauma, and infections. At the end of the fellowship fellows will be trained in surgery from the occiput to the sacrum, both anterior and posterior, with and without instrumentation. Additionally, they will be exposed to many new and cutting edge techniques such as disc arthroplasty, minimally invasive surgery, and dynamic stabilization.

The Spine Division is active in several ongoing IDE studies. Fellows participate in the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative management of the patients. Clinical judgment is vital in training a spine surgeon and, therefore, the fellow spends one day a week in the private office or clinic. There is also the opportunity to learn epidural injections with our spine surgeons as well as our pain medicine specialists. Since the fellows are always on opposite services, each is separately involved in approximately 250 to 300 cases per year.

Fellows are expected to participate in at least three research projects during the academic year. Fellows are sponsored to two major meetings per year.  The fellow has a major teaching and leadership role in the orthopaedic residency program and they will prepare residents for weekly spine conferences as well as teach the residents both diagnostic and surgical skills. The duration of the fellowship is one year (August 1 to July 31). Annual stipend is $62,336 per year plus benefits.

Fellowship Positions: Four
Director: Thomas Errico, MD
Associate Director: Jeffrey A. Goldstein, MD

Percent of Fellowship devoted to Operative Care 80%
Non-Operative Care  20%
Research/Publication Obligation  3 papers

Approximate percentage of fellowship exposure to the spine by diagnostic category:

Degenerative 40%
Trauma 5%
Deformity 40%
Tumor 5%
Pediatric 20%

Applications: Randie.Godette@nyumc.org
Applications due: Per San Francisco Match

Contact Information :
530 First Avenue, Suite 8U
New York, NY 10016
Phone:  (212) 263-7182; Fax:  (212) 263-7180

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