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Spine Surgery Fellowship

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The spine fellowship at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center includes primary responsibilities at the UCSD Medical Centers and the Veterans’ Administration Medical Center.  This is a high volume, comprehensive program treating various spinal disorders, including degenerative, traumatic, infectious, adult deformity and oncologic conditions.

Major open reconstructions, as well as computer-assisted minimally invasive surgeries, are key strengths of the program.  Independent clinical responsibilities, both in the OR and on the wards/clinic, are attained in a graduated fashion.  At the VA Medical Center the Spine Service is a multi-departmental program, where neurosurgery and orthopaedic spine surgery function as one team.  The spine fellow manages this service, providing an opportunity for greater independence.

The fellows are expected to participate in research and resident education.  Protected time for research is provided.  Cases are presented and discussed weekly at Friday morning spine conference.  A full-time clinical research coordinator facilitates ongoing clinical trials.  Our advanced spine surgical training center (SSEW) hosts regular labs (cadaveric and large animal) for specialized techniques.

Fellows must be Board-qualified or Board-certified and California licensed prior to commencement of the fellowship.

This Fellowship participates in the SF Match program.  Please apply directly through the match source.

Deadline to submit applications is December 1, 2020

Interview dates:  Friday, Feb. 5, 2021 and Friday, March 5, 2021

Program Director

R. Todd Allen, M.D., Ph.D.

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
UCSD Medical Center
200 West Arbor Drive, 8894
San Diego, CA  92103-8894


1 year (August 1 to July 31)


Commensurate with level of training (PGY-5 or 6) / plus benefits


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Program Coordinator

Sandra Gutierrez

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
UCSD Medical Center
200 West Arbor Drive, 8894
San Diego, CA  92103-8894

Phone:  619-543-2539 |  Fax:  619-543-2540 | email:

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