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.

Faculty, Division of Spine Surgery: From left, Drs. Palumbo, Eberson, Daniels, and Lucas.Faculty, Division of Spine Surgery: From left, Drs. Palumbo, Eberson, Daniels, and Lucas.

Drs. Daniels and Palumbo performing a complex adult spinal deformity operationDrs. Daniels and Palumbo performing a complex adult spinal deformity operationApproximately 750 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:           

Non-Operative Care:                                                           

Research/Publication Obligation:                                       

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:        20%
Tumor:               5%
Adult cases:      85%
Pediatric cases: 15%

Number of Fellowship Positions:



Alan H. Daniels, MD
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics
Chief, Division of Spine Surgery                                                                                                     Director 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 Spine Patient Access                                                                                                                       




Craig P. Eberson, MD
Associate Professor of Orthopaedics




David Bica, DO
Clinical Assistant Professor




George Pasquarello, DO
Clinical Assistant Professor




Matthew Smith, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor




Shiqiang "Chris" Tian, MD, PHD
Clinical Assistant Professor




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



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Spine Fellowship: 2022-2023


          Why Brown?          The Ocean State

Current Fellow





Vamsy Bobba, MD

Detroit Medical Center


Andrew Zhang, MD Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore

Former Fellows





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


Edward Smith, MD

Rush Health Systems, Meridian, Mississippi


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


Peter Wagner, MDs Orthopedic Partners, Niantic, CT


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Aaron Bianco, MD Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists Syracuse, NY


Robert Campbell, MD Baystate Health, Palmer, MA


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


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


Richard Tallarico, MD OrthoNow of Syracuse, Syracuse, NY


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


Mauricio Valdes, MD Hedley Orthopaedic Institute, Phoeniz, AZ


James H. Stanley, MD Lakewood Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, Dallas, TX


Wojciech Bulczynski, MD Orthopedic Care Physician Network, North Easton, MA
1998-1999 Michael Barnum, MD Northwestern Orthopaedics, St. Albans, VT



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