NYU Langone Hospital for Joint Diseases Spine Fellowship

Number of Positions: 4 (one non-accredited)

Thomas J. Errico, MD, Chief, Division of Spine Surgery
Jeffrey A. Goldstein, MD, Fellowship Director
Yong H. Kim, MD, Associate Fellowship Director
John A. Bendo, MD
R. Shay Bess, MD
Aaron Buckland, MD
Alexandre DeMoura, MD
Joseph Dryer, MD
Jeffrey D. Klein, MD
Angel Macagno, MD
Ronald Moskovich, MD
Peter Passias, MD
Anthony Petrizzo, DO
Themistocles Protopsaltis, MD
Afshin Razi, 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

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Research/Publication Obligation:

2 papers


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The NYU Langone Hospital for Joint Diseases spine fellowship is designed for three orthopaedic spine fellows (ACGME accredited) and one foreign or neurosurgical spine fellow (non-accredited). The fellows rotate quarterly between two institutions, Tisch Hospital and Hospital for Joint Diseases, spending a total of nine months at the Hospital for Joint Diseases and three months at Tisch Hospital. There are 17 board certified surgeons who are directly involved with the fellowship program. The fellows are exposed to a wide range of pathology including degenerative diseases, complex pediatric and adult deformity cases 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 long fusions to the sacrum, 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.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 inthe private office or clinic. There is also the opportunity to learn epidural injections with our spine surgeons, as well as our pain medicine specialists. Since the fellows are always on separate services, each is separately involved in approximately 250 to 300 cases per annum. 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 two major meetings per year. The fellow has a major teaching and leadership role in the orthopaedic 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.