Spine Fellowship

The Fellowship involves a one-year experience of intensive post-residency training in disorders and injuries of the spine in adult and pediatric patients. The fellowship combines a diverse and active operative and clinical schedule with the opportunity for clinical research.

With a reasonable call schedule and an active operating room experience, the Fellow(s) will be expected to participate in resident education, didactic conferences and research. Our interest is in training surgeons who will undertake a career in either academics or private practice.

The goal of this Fellowship is to produce well-rounded and competent spinal surgeons with a broad knowledge of patient evaluation, clinical decision making, pre-operative planning, operative technique and post-operative care. The Fellow is also expected to become adept at analysis of the literature and will have the ability to contribute to orthopaedic research.

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Approximately 2000 operative cases are undertaken in the Division of Adult Spine Surgery each year with an additional 50 operative pediatric spine cases. The Fellow(s) play an extremely active role in the majority of these cases. The Fellow(s) will be expected to teach and direct the resident staff in both the hospital care of in-patients and the operative and non-operative care of out-patients. In addition, each Fellows will be responsible for managing his/her own limited private practice of spine patients and will be responsible for evaluating and managing the care of spine trauma patients admitted through the Level I Trauma Center at Rhode Island Hospital.

Lastly, the Fellowship Directors will provide instruction in the business side of organizing and managing a spine practice. Instruction will be provided in all aspects of practice management.

The salary is competitive with typical post-graduate year six level for orthopaedic trainees and post-graduate year eight level for neurosurgical trainees including benefits. The fellowship year will run from August 1 to July 31. Three weeks of vacation are provided (not including meetings) and flexibility is available for the purpose of job interviews.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Program Details


Percent of Fellowship devoted to Operative Care:           
65%

Non-Operative Care:                                                           
35%

Research/Publication Obligation:                                       
Encouraged

Approximate percentage of exposure to the Spine by region:
Cervical:  35%
Thoracic:  10%
Lumbar:  55%

Approximate percentage of Fellowship exposure to the Spine by diagnostic category:  
Degenerative:   60%
Trauma:             15%
Deformity:        15%
Tumor:               10%
Adult cases:      90%
Pediatric cases: 10%

Number of Fellowship Positions:
2

Goal:

The Brown University Spine Surgery Fellowship involves a one  year experience of intensive post residency training in disorders and injuries of the spine in adult and pediatric patients.  The fellowship combines a diverse and active operative anc clinical schedule wth the opportunity for clinical research.

With a reasonable call schedule and an active operativng room experience, the fellows will be expected to participate in resident education, didactic conferences, and research.  Our interest is in training surgeons who will undertake a career in either academics or private practice.  

Faculty

 

Alan H. Daniels, MD
Associate Professor of Orthopaedics
Chief, Division of Spine Surgery                                                                                                                                                      Chief, Division of Spine Fellowship

 


Dominic Kleinhenz, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics                                                                                                                                    Director of Cervical Spine Surgery


 

 

 

Philip Lucas, MD                                                                                                                                      Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedics

 

 

 

 

Alexander P. Robertson, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics                                                                                                         Director of Spine Patient Access

 

 

 

 

Eren Kuris, MD
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics
Director of Spinal Tumor, Trauma, Infection                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

 

 

 

Craig P. Eberson, MD
 Associate Professor of Orthopaedics

 

 

 

 

John K. Czerwein, Jr., MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics                                                                                                                                       Director of Outpatient Spine Surgery


 

 

 

Bryce Basque, MD
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics                                                                                         

 

 

                                                                               

 

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Current Fellow

YEAR

FELLOW

RESIDENCY

2021-2022

M. Ben Burch, MD

University of Missouri

2021 - 2022

George Ibrahim, MD George Washington University

Former Fellows

YEAR

FELLOW

CURRENT POSITION

2020-2021

Vamsy Bobba, MD Twin City Orthopedics, Blain, MN

2020-2021

Andrew Zhang, MD Louisiana State University, Shreveoprt

2019-2020

J. Andrew Younghein, MD Agility Orthopedics, Malden, MA

2018-2019

Edward Smith, MD

Rush Health Systems, Meridian, Mississippi

2018-2019

Dominic Kleinhenz, MD Brown University/University Orthopedics, Providence, RI

2018-2019

Peter Wagner, MDs Orthopedic Partners, Niantic, CT

2017-2018

Scott Mallozzi, MD UConn Health/Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, Farmington, CT

2016-2017

Christopher McCarthy, MD SouthPalm Ortho-Spine Institute, Delray Beach, FL

2015-2016

Keng-Heng "Stephen" Huo, MD South County Orthopedic Specialists, Irvine, CA

2014-2015

Alan Daniels, MD Brown University/University Orthopedics, Providence, RI

2014-2015

Maahir Haque, MD Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Institute, Celebration, FL

2013-2014

Felipe Ramirez-Terrassa, MD Touro LCMC Health, New Orleans, LA

2012-2013

Steven Schiebert, DO New Jersey Spine and Orthopedics, Bridgewater, NJ

2011-2012

Aaron Bianco, MD Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists Syracuse, NY

2010-2011

Robert Campbell, MD Baystate Health, Palmer, MA

2009-2010

Jessica Aidlen, MD Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Newton, MA

2008-2009

John Czerwein, MD Brown University/University Orthopedics, Providence, RI

2005-2006

Richard Tallarico, MD OrthoNow of Syracuse, Syracuse, NY

2004-2005

Andrew J. Appel, MD Advanced Ambulatory Surgery Center, Altamonte Springs, FL

2003-2004

Mauricio Valdes, MD Hedley Orthopaedic Institute, Phoeniz, AZ

2001-2002

James H. Stanley, MD North Texas Orthopedic and Spine, Dallas, TX

1999-2000

Wojciech Bulczynski, MD Orthopedic Care Physician Network, North Easton, MA
1998-1999 Michael Barnum, MD Advent Health Medical Group, Tavares, FL

Interviews for the 2023-2024 year will be held on Friday, December 10, 2021 and Friday, February 11, 2022.  Applications are accepted through the SF Match.  

Contact

University Orthopedics, Inc.
2 Dudley Street, Suite 200
Providence, RI 02905
Phone: (401) 330-1420; Fax: (401) 330-1495            
Email: [email protected]