NYU Langone Hospital for Joint Diseases Spine Fellowship

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

Jeffrey A. Goldstein, MD, Fellowship Director

John A. Bendo, MD
Aaron Buckland, MD
Joseph Dryer, MD
Charla Fischer, MD, Associate Fellowship Director
Anthony Frempong, MD
Kolawale Jegede, MD
Jason Gallina, MD
Kolawole Jegede, MD
Yong Kim, MD
Ronald Moskovich, MD
Peter Passias, MD
Noel Perin, MD
Anthony Petrizzo, DO
Themistocles Protopsaltis, MD, Division Chief
Michael Smith, MD
Jeffrey M. Spivak, MD

301 East 17th Street
New York, NY10003
Phone: (212) 598-6704
Contact Jewel Winters
Email: Jewel.Winters@nyulangone.org

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 (Hospital for Joint Diseases) spine fellowship is designed for five spine fellows (3 ACGME orthopedic accredited and two additional orthopedic, neurosurgical and/or foreign fellows).  Each fellow has the identical experience.  The fellowship is at NYU Langone Health in the newly opened state of the art 830,000 square foot Kimmel Pavilion and Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital and adjoining Tisch Hospital. Both board certified orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons are directly involved with the fellowship program. Because of the breadth of the fellowship and large number of spine cases each fellow operates 1:1 with the spine attendings.  Since the fellows are always on separate services, each is involved in approximately 250 to 300 cases per annum.

The fellows are exposed to a wide range of pathology including degenerative diseases, complex pediatric and adult deformity, primary and revision cases, infections and 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. Complex deformity surgery is routinely performed including revisions, long fusions to the pelvis, pedicle subtraction osteotomies, and posterior vertebral column resections. Complex deformity indications conference is held up to twice a week.  Additionally, they will be trained on many new and cutting edge techniques such as cervical and lumbar disc arthroplasty and minimally invasive surgery including MIS Decompressions and MIS fusions, robotic surgery and navigation.  Additional academic conferences include weekly multidisciplinary indications conference and weekly spine grand rounds.  Grand rounds include a number of visiting professors.

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. Fellows participate in the preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative management of the patients. 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 fellows are given one research day per week and are expected to participate in 2 research projects during the academic year. They are sponsored to major meetings. 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). The stipend is commensurate with your postgraduate year of training for plus benefits.  Candidates from outside North America who are eligible for a J-1 visa are encouraged to apply.