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Spine Surgery Fellowship

The Johns Hopkins Spine Surgery Fellowship provides comprehensive training in evaluation and management of: degenerative cervical and lumbar pathologies, and complex spinal pathologies, including: adult spinal deformity, tumor and infection.

Duration: 12 months   
Deadline: October 15
Number of fellows accepted: 3   
Stipend: Commensurate with level of training, plus benefits   
Location: Johns Hopkins Medical Centers
How to Apply: applications are accepted through SF Match
Prerequisites: Candidates are expected to have successfully completed an orthopaedic surgery or neurological surgery residency   
Research/Publication obligation: Yes
Percentage of fellowship devoted to:  
Operative care: 80%  
Non-operative care: 20% 

Fellowship Philosophy 

In the operation room, the fellows are exposed to a variety of traditional as well as cutting-edge surgical techniques. The fellows graduate with technical proficiency in spinal decompression, spinal instrumentation (both free-hand and using navigation or robotics), and advanced spinal reconstruction techniques (PSO, VCR and multi-level corpectomies). Fellows are also trained in novel techniques such as minimally-invasive spine surgery (MIS TLIF and robotic surgery), lateral access surgery (lateral interbody fusion and ACR) and laminoplasty. In addition to the robust operative experience, fellows master comprehensive evaluation of the spine patient through mentored clinic experiences. 

Fellow Education

The fellow education is enhanced through twice per week morning spine conferences. The Wednesday morning conference is comprised of (on a rotating basis): faculty didactics, case discussions, journal club and research conference. The Friday morning conference is comprised of a review of postoperative imaging from the prior week's cases, as well as an open discussion of preoperative plan for the cases for the upcoming week. The Friday indications conference is invaluable in cultivating perioperative planning and decision making. 

Clinical Sites

The fellowship clinical experience lasts 12 months and takes place across three hospitals where the fellows cover ~1000 spine cases per year

  • The Johns Hopkins Hospital (downtown Baltimore, ~70% time)
  • Suburban Hospital (Bethesda, ~20% time)
  • Howard County General Hospital (Columbia, ~10% time)

The Spine Team

In addition to the three fellows, the spine team consists of:

  • One floor PA at downtown Johns Hopkins
  • Two residents at downtown Johns Hopkins (one senior resident and one junior resident)
  • One senior resident at Suburban Hospital
  • One senior resident at Howard County General Hospital. 

For applicants with a special interest in pediatric deformity, an opportunity for exposure to adolescent deformity surgery is also available. Our team also collaborates with the neurosurgery spine service through joint conferences and combined cases.   

Research Projects

Fellows are encouraged to complete one research project. The orthopaedic spine division has an active outcomes research team and database that can be used for research. The division publishes more than 50 peer-reviewed publications per year. Opportunities to perform research in biomechanics, cell biology and tumor biology are also available.  

Spine Fellowship Director

Khaled Kebaish, M.D.

Kebaish, Khaled M, M.D.

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Professor of Neurosurgery
Division Chief, Orthopaedic Spine Surgery
Director, Spine Fellowship Program
Expertise, Diseases and Conditions: Spinal Deformity, Revision Surgery, Spondylolisthesis, Scoliosis, Kyphosis, Spinal Tumors, Nonunions, Pelvic Fixation
Research InterestsClinical outcomes in spinal deformity; Spine biomechanics; Cost utility in spine surgery 

Fellowship Faculty

Photo of Dr. David Bradford Cohen, M.D., M.P.H.

Cohen, David Bradford, M.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Back Disorders, Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease, Cervical Degenerative Disc Herniation, Cervical Disc Herniation, Cervical Myelopathy, Cervical Radiculopathy, Cervical Spine Trauma, Cervical Spondylosis, Coccydynia, Coccygectomy, Complex Spinal Reconstructions, Degenerative Disc Disease, Degenerative Spine Disease, Disc Pain, Herniated Disc, Kyphosis, Lumbar Degenerative Disease, Lumbar Disc Herniation, Lumbar Radiculopathy, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedics, Revision Spinal Surgery, Sacroiliac Joint Conditions, Sacroiliitis, Scoliosis, Spinal Decompression, Spinal Deformities, Spinal Fixation, Spinal Fusion, Spinal Reconstruction, Spinal Stenosis, Spinal Trauma, Spine, Spine and Spinal Deformities, Spondylolisthesis, Spondylosis, Thoracic Disc Herniation, Thoracic Spine Surgery
Research Interests: Spinal deformities, Patient safety, Scoliosis, Development of large animal osteoporosis model, Vertebral augmentation, Spinal osteoporosis, Clinical outcomes studies
 
Photo of Dr. Amit Jain, M.D.

Jain, Amit, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Chief, Minimally-Invasive and Outpatient Spine Surgery, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Director, Spine Research, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Back Pain, Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease, Cervical Degenerative Disc Herniation, Cervical Disc Herniation, Cervical Myelopathy, Cervical Radiculopathy, Cervical Spine Deformity, Cervical Spine Disease, Cervical Spine Revision Surgery, Cervical Spine Trauma, Cervical Spondylosis, Complex Cervical Spine Reconstruction Surgery, Complex Spinal Reconstructions, Degenerative Disc Disease, Herniated Disc, Kyphosis, Lumbar Disc Herniation, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Pediatric Spinal Deformity, Revision Spinal Surgery, Robotic and Laparoscopic Surgery, Scoliosis, Spinal Deformities, Spinal Disorders, Spinal Fixation, Spinal Fusion, Spinal Instability, Spinal Reconstruction, Spinal Stenosis, Spinal Trauma, Spine, Spine and Spinal Deformities, Spine Surgery, Spondylolisthesis, Spondylosis
Research Interests: Value-based spine care, Health economics, Cervical myelopathy / stenosis, Spinal degeneration with aging, Minimally invasive spine surgery, Pediatric spinal deformities, Fusionless spine surgery, Outpatient spine surgery
 
Photo of Dr. Akhil Jay Khanna, M.D.

Khanna, Akhil Jay, M.D.

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Professor of Neurosurgery
Vice Chair, Orthopaedic Surgery
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Back Disorders, Back Pain, Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease, Cervical Degenerative Disc Herniation, Cervical Disc Herniation, Cervical Myelopathy, Cervical Radiculopathy, Cervical Spine Trauma, Degenerative Disc Disease, Degenerative Spine Disease, Herniated Disc, Lumbar Degenerative Disease, Lumbar Disc Herniation, Lumbar Radiculopathy, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedics, Scoliosis, Spinal Decompression, Spinal Deformities, Spinal Disorders, Spinal Fixation, Spinal Fusion, Spinal Instability, Spinal Pain, Spinal Reconstruction, Spinal Stenosis, Spinal Trauma, Spine, Spine Surgery, Spondylolisthesis
Research Interests: Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Spine Biomechanics, Outcomes after Spine Surgery, Advanced Musculoskeletal and Spine Imaging, Osteoporosis, Advanced Image Guidance Techniques for Spine Surgery
 
Photo of Dr. Sang Hun Lee, M.D., Ph.D.

Lee, Sang Hun, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Director, Complex Cervical Spine and Spine Tumor Surgery, Johns Hopkins Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Aneurysmal Bone Cyst, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Bone Sarcoma, Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease, Cervical Disc Herniation, Cervical Myelopathy, Cervical Radiculopathy, Cervical Spine Deformity, Cervical Spine Disease, Cervical Spine Revision Surgery, Cervical Spine Trauma, Chordomas, Complex Cervical Spine Reconstruction Surgery, Deformity spine surgery, Degenerative Spine Disease, Giant Cell Tumor, Hemangiomas, Lumbar Degenerative Disease, Lumbar Disc Herniation, Lumbar Radiculopathy, Lumbar Spine Diseases, Metastatic Bone Disease, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Neck Pain, Orthopedic Surgery, Osteoblastoma, Osteosarcoma, Sarcoma, Sarcoma and Musculoskeletal Tumors, Spinal Tumors, Spine, Spine and Spinal Deformities, Spine Surgery, Spine Tumors
 
Photo of Dr. Brian James Neuman, M.D.

Neuman, Brian James, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Cervical Myelopathy, Cervical Radiculopathy, Cervical Spine Revision Surgery, Degenerative Spine Disease, Kyphosis, Lumbar Degenerative Disease, Lumbar Disc Herniation, Lumbar Radiculopathy, Lumbar Spine Diseases, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Radiculopathy, Revision Spinal Surgery, Scoliosis, Spinal Decompression, Spinal Deformities, Spinal Fusion, Spinal Stenosis, Spinal Trauma, Spine Surgery
Research Interests: Clinical outcomes after reconstructive spinal deformity surgery, Adjacent segment disease, Sagittal imbalance
 
Photo of Dr. Lee Hunter Riley, III, M.D.

Riley, Lee Hunter, M.D. III

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Professor of Neurosurgery
Chief Medical Officer, Musculoskeletal Service Line
Vice Director, Clinical Operations
Zadek Family Professorship in Orthopaedic Surgery
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease, Cervical Degenerative Disc Herniation, Cervical Spondylosis, Degenerative Spine Disease, Lumbar Degenerative Disease, Lumbar Disc Herniation, Lumbar Spine Diseases, Orthopaedic Surgery, Spine, Spine and Spinal Deformities, Spine Surgery, Spine Tumors, Spondylolisthesis
Research Interests: Cervical spine disorder, Vertebroplasty, Metastatic disease, Disc degeneration
 

Current Fellows

Photo of Dr. Mina Botros Tanios, M.D.

Tanios, Mina Botros, M.D.

Assistant of Orthopaedic Surgery
 
Photo of Dr. Matthew Walter Wilkening, M.D.

Wilkening, Matthew Walter, M.D.

Assistant of Orthopaedic Surgery
 
photo coming soon

Mohammad Altaleb, M.D.

Goals and Characteristics

Approximate percentage of exposure to the spine by region:  

  • Cervical: 35%   
  • Thoracolumbar: 65%  

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

  • Degenerative: 50% 
  • Trauma: 5%  
  • Deformity: 35%  
  • Tumor/Infection: 10%  

Contact

Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center
601 N. Caroline St.
Room 5223
Baltimore, MD 21287
Phone 410-955-3376
Fax 410-614-1451
Email: kkebais@jhmi.edu