About Our Spine Surgery Fellowship
The primary focus of this combined orthopedic and neurosurgical ACGME-accredited fellowship is on education and training. The goal is to ensure that trainees will be well-prepared to begin an academic or private practice spine surgery career with confidence.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) is a Level One Trauma center, a regional referral facility for complex cases, and a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. In this environment, our spine surgery fellow is trained to treat the gamut of adult spinal disorders with confidence. A high volume of complex disorders is seen, including traumatic, congenital, degenerative, neoplastic, iatrogenic, and deformity conditions. This offers the fellow a broad clinical experience.
The training background of our multi-departmental teaching staff is diverse, exposing the fellow to a wide variety of surgical and other interventional techniques. The fellow also has directed experience in the multi-disciplinary Spine Center, inpatient wards, and emergency department.
How To Apply
All candidates must have successfully completed an orthopedic residency and be board-eligible or board-certified.
To apply, please include:
- USMLE or equivalent
- Personal Statement
- Four letters of recommendation (including one from Program Director)
Please note, applications that are incomplete will not be reviewed.
Meet Our Faculty
- Paul A. Glazer, MD, Orthopedic Surgery
- Umesh Metkar, MD, Orthopedic Surgery
- Stefan C. Muzin, MD, Physiatry
- Efstathios Papavassiliou, MD, Neurosurgery
- Andrew P. White, MD, Orthopedic Surgery
More About Our Fellowship
In addition to clinical training, the Combined Spine Fellowship offers exciting research opportunities. A monthly meeting brings together spine researchers from all Harvard Combined institutions to provide the fellow with high impact, well directed, collaborative research projects. The fellow must complete one project suitable for publication during the year.
A reading program, indications conference, and M&M conference augment our combined Harvard spine journal club and spine fellows lecture series, which are shared between Harvard affiliated teaching hospitals.
- Percent of fellowship devoted to operative care: 70%
- Percent of fellowship devoted to non-operative care: 30%
- Research/Publication obligation: Yes
- Approximate percentage of exposure to the spine by region:
- Cervical: 40%
- Thoracic: 10%
- Lumbar: 50%
- Approximate percentage of fellowship exposure to the spine by diagnostic category:
- Degenerative: 40%
- Trauma: 20%
- Deformity: 20%
- Pediatric: 0%
- Other: 20%