NYU Langone Hospital for Joint Diseases Spine Fellowship

NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital  (Hospital for Joint Diseases) Spine Fellowship
Number of Positions: 5 (3 accredited)

Themistocles Protopsaltis, MD, Chief, Division of Spine Surgery
Jeffrey A. Goldstein, MD, Fellowship Director

Charla Fischer, MD, Associate Fellowship Director

Erich Anderer, MD
John A. Bendo, MD
Aaron Buckland, MD
Alexandre DeMoura, MD
Joseph Dryer, MD
Anthony Frempong, MD
Jason Gallina, MD
Kolawole Jegede, MD
Jeffrey D. Klein, MD
Angel Macagno, MD
Ronald Moskovich, MD
Peter Passias, MD
Noel Perin, MD
Anthony Petrizzo, DO
Tina Raman, MD
Michael Smith, MD
Jeffrey M. Spivak, MD
Jonathan Stieber, MD

301 East 17th Street
New York, NY10003
Phone: (212) 598-6509; Fax: (212) 598-6581
Email: Randie.godette@nyumc.edu

Percent of Fellowship devoted to Operative Care:

Percent of Fellowship devoted to Operative Care: 80%
Non-Operative Care: 20%
Research/Publication Obligation: 2 papers


Approximate percentage of exposure to the spine by region:

Cervical:          30%
Thoracic:         20%
Lumbar:           50%

Approximate percentage of Fellowship exposure to the Spine by diagnostic category:

Degenerative:               40%
Trauma:                       5%
Adult Deformity:          35%
Tumor:                         5%
Pediatric Deformity      15%


The NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital (formerly known as The Hospital for Joint Diseases) spine fellowship is designed for three orthopedic spine fellows (ACGME accredited) and two neurosurgical spine and/or foreign fellows (non-accredited). The fellows rotate between three NYU Langone Health institutions (NYU Tisch Hospital Center, NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital, and NYU Brooklyn Medical Center).  There are 20 board certified orthopaedic surgeons and neurosurgeons who are directly involved with the fellowship program.

The fellows are exposed to a wide range of pathology including degenerative diseases, complex adult and pediatric deformity, and spinal tumors. At the end of their fellowship, they will have been trained in spine surgery from the occiput to the sacrum, both anterior and posterior, with and without instrumentation. They will gain particular expertise in the pre-op evaluations of spinal deformity patients including surgical indications and pre-operative medical optimization. Complex deformity surgery is routinely performed including revisions, long fusions to the pelvis, pedicle subtraction osteotomies, and posterior vertebral column resections. Additionally, they will be exposed to many new and cutting edge techniques such as cervical disc arthroplasty and minimally invasive surgery including MIS decompressions and MIS fusions. Navigation and robotics is growing in clinical application and has an increasing presence in the fellow training.  Since the fellows are always on separate services, each fellow is separately involved in approximately 250 to 300 cases per annum. Clinical judgment is vital in training a spine surgeon; therefore, the fellow spends one day a week in the private office or clinic. There is also the opportunity to learn epidural injections with our spine surgeons, as well as our pain medicine specialists.

Opportunities exist for clinical and biomedical research. The Spine Division participates in several ongoing FDA clinical trials. Past/present trials include the NIH SPORT Trial, NIH ASLS Trial, ProDisc trials, and Coflex trial. The fellows are given one research day per week and are expected to complete and submit for publication in peer reviewed journals two research projects during the academic year. They are sponsored to attend a major meeting during the year.

In addition to research involvement, the fellow has a major teaching and leadership role in the orthopedic residency program as they will prepare residents for weekly spine conferences, as well as teach them both diagnostic and surgical skills.

The duration of the fellowship is one year (August 1 to July 31). Approximate stipend for PGY-6 is $75,72.75 plus benefits.