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The Johns Hopkins Spine Instructorship Program

The Johns Hopkins Department of Neurosurgery offers a one-year Spine Instructorship Program to qualified neurosurgeons. The program focuses on a range of surgical techniques, including minimally invasive and complex reconstruction and fusion for degenerative spinal conditions, spinal deformities, tumors, and infection and trauma.

Program Overview

  • Number of positions: 3
  • Length of the instructorship: 12 months, July to June each year, with an optional additional year in research
  • Clinical sites: The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

This instructorship is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Subspecialty Training (CAST–Senior Society) and sponsored by AOSpine North America of the AOSpine Foundation.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for a formal interview, please complete the following:

  • Provide an updated curriculum vitae.
  • Be eligible in the United States for the American Board of Neurological Surgery.
  • Successfully complete the ACGME Accredited Neurological Training Neurosurgical Training Program in the U.S.
  • Qualify for independent Maryland state licensure.
  • Provide three letters of recommendation (one letter from the chair of your department and two from within your respective residency program).

You must be eligible for appointment as an instructor in neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins and qualify for privileges at both clinical sites. Upon acceptance, the appointed neurosurgeons are classified as junior faculty at the Johns Hopkins Department of Neurosurgery, with operating room privileges, clinical duties and responsibility for managing their own surgical cases.

How to Apply

Please send your information with a cover letter to Julie Zeuch, administrative manager, at

Graduation Requirements

  • One year’s experience in spinal surgery, including management of at least 75 complex spine cases as first surgeon.
  • A completed clinical or basic science project to be presented at Banff North America Spine Fellows Forum.
  • At least one peer-reviewed publication.
  • Competency in all aspects of complex spinal surgical resection, reconstruction and fusion procedures.
  • Attendance at the AO North America Advanced Concepts Course.

Program Supervisors


  • headshot of Matthew Goodwin

    Matthew L. Goodwin, M.D., Ph.D.
    Orthopaedic Surgeon

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    Corinna C. Zygourakis, M.D.
    Stanford University Medical Center
    Stanford, CA

  • headshot of Paul KaloostianPaul Kaloostian, M.D.
    Kaiser Los Angeles Medical Center
    Los Angeles, CA

    headshot of Kristophe KaramiKristophe Karami, D.O.
    Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center
    Clackamas, OR

  • headshot of Ryan KretzerRyan Kretzer, M.D.
    Carondelet St. Mary's Hospital
    Tucson, AZ

    headshot of Ali BaajAli Baaj, M.D.
    Director of Spinal Neurosurgery
    University of Arizona
    Tucson, AZ

  • headshot of Ilya LauferIlya Laufer, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
    Memorial Sloan Kettering, Department of Neurosurgery-Spine
    New York, NY

    headshot of Marcella MaderaMarcella Madera, M.D.
    Practicing Spine Neurosurgeon in Austin, Texas
    (Practice Affiliated with University of Texas-Southwestern)
    Houston, TX

  • headshot of Reza YassariReza Yassari, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
    Albert Einstein Medical Center, Department of Neurosurgery-Spine
    New York, NY

    headshot of Michelle ClarkeMichelle Clarke, M.D.
    Associate Professor
    Mayo Clinic Department of Neurosurgery-Spine
    Rochester, MN

  • headshot of Oren GottfriedOren Gottfried, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
    Duke University, Department of Neurosurgery-Spine
    Durham, NC

    headshot of Ibrahim OmeisIbrahim Omeis, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
    Baylor, Department of Neurosurgery-Spine
    Houston, TX

  • headshot of John ChiJohn Chi, M.D, M.P.H.
    Practicing Neurosurgeon
    Brigham and Women's Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery-Neuro-Oncology
    Boston, MA

    headshot of Patrick HsiehPatrick C. Hsieh, M.D.
    Associate Professor
    University of Southern California, Clinical Neurological Surgery Spine
    Los Angeles, CA

  • headshot of Ali BydonAli Bydon, M.D.
    Vice Chair of Strategic Planning
    Director of Spinal Outcomes and Biomechanics Laboratory
    Professor of Neurosurgery

  • headshot of Gene KhavkinGene Khavkin, M.D.
    Practicing Neurosurgeon Specializing in Spine Surgery
    Las Vegas, NV

    headshot of Timothy WithamTimothy Francis Witham, M.D.
    Director, the Johns Hopkins Neurosurgery Spinal Fusion Laboratory
    Director, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center's Spine Program
    Co-Program Director, Johns Hopkins Neurosurgery Residency Program
    Professor of Neurosurgery
    Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

  • headshot of Jean-Paul WolinskyJean-Paul Wolinsky, M.D.
    Associate Professor
    Johns Hopkins University, Department of Neurosurgery-Spine Center
    Baltimore, MD

    headshot of Ira GaronzikIra Garonzik, M.D.
    Baltimore Neurosurgery and Spine Center
    Baltimore, MD

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