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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.

Current Fellow

Matthew Goodwin

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

Orthopaedic Surgeon

View program graduates.

Program Supervisors