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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

Fellowship Faculty

Current Fellows

  • Aghdasi, Bayan, M.D.

    Assistant of Orthopaedic Surgery
    Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Back Pain, Neck Pain, Orthopaedic Surgery, Spine Surgery

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  • Altaleb, Mohammad, M.D.

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Past Fellows

  • Vincent Angelo DePalma, D.O.
  • Charles Frederick Land, 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
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