John P. Kostuik, M.D., Spine Research Fellowship

The John P. Kostuik, M.D., Spine Research Fellowship is designed for motivated 3rd or 4th-year medical students interested in gaining orthopaedic surgery research experience through an immersive program at one of the top academic medical centers.

Prior to establishing the John P. Kostuik, M.D. Spine Research Fellowship, the Department had a history of mentoring medical student research fellows for more than a decade under Dr. Kebaish’s leadership. Former fellows include those who continued to orthopaedic residency at Johns Hopkins Medicine and are now in private or academic practice in spine surgery.

Fellowship at a Glance

  • Program duration: one year
  • Eligibility: applicants should be completing their third or fourth year of medical school (in rare circumstances, uniquely qualified students finishing their second year may be considered).
  • How to Apply
    • Application Materials
      • Cover Letter
      • CV (Include Step 1 and/or Step 2 scores)
      • Letter of Recommendation
    • Application materials should be emailed to [email protected] with the subject line “Research Fellowship Application”
  • Application period: January 1 - March 31 (11:59 PM EST).

Program Components

During the program, spine research fellows can expect to be involved in:

  • Designing research hypotheses and performing systematic reviews
  • Drafting, submitting and maintaining IRB proposals
  • Collecting clinical data and performing statistical analyses
  • Assisting with clinic duties (2 days/week), such as enrolling patients into prospective trials and following-up with active enrollees
  • Work closely with Spine Surgery Division faculty
  • Managing departmental database
  • Preparation and submission of research manuscripts

Meet Our John P. Kostuik, M.D., Research Fellows

Program Director

Khaled M. Kebaish, MD

  • Division Chief, Orthopaedic Spine Surgery
  • Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Fellowship Faculty

  • David B. Cohen, MD

    • Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Amit Jain, MD MBA

    • Chief, Minimally-Invasive Spine Surgery, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
    • Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Sang Hun Lee, MD PhD

    • Director, Complex Cervical Spine and Spine Tumor Surgery, Johns Hopkins Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
    • Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Lee H. Riley, MD

    • Chief Medical Officer, Musculoskeletal Service Line
    • Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Other Research Fellows in the Spine Division


Please contact [email protected] with any questions.