Spine Surgery Fellowship

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, 2017

Interview dates TBD.

Program Director

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

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

University of California, San Diego

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


UCSD - University of California, San Diego

Program Coordinator

Yesenia Rodriguez

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

UCSD Medical Center

200 West Arbor Drive, 8894

San Diego CA 92103-8894

Phone:  619-543-7412 / Fax:  619-543-2540

email: spine@ucsd.edu


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