spine

Fellowship in Spine Surgery

Neurosurgery:

Meic H. Schmidt, M.D.
Joel D. MacDonald, M.D.
Andrew T. Dailey, M.D.
Erica Bisson, M.D.
Robert S. Hood, M.D.

Orthopaedics:

Darrel S. Brodke, M.D.
Brandon Lawrence, M.D.
Ryan Spiker, M.D.

The University of Utah Comprehensive Spine Program offers a combined one-year Neurosurgery and Orthopaedic Spine Fellowship. The fellowship provides comprehensive training in the management of complex spine and spinal cord disorders. Subspecialty programs include exposure to complex cervical spine disorders; spinal deformity surgery, including scoliosis; spinal oncology; and degenerative spine disease. The University of Utah Level 1 Trauma Center and the affiliated Huntsman Cancer Institute provide a large volume of spinal fractures and tumors. Image-guided spinal surgery, complex instrumentation, minimally invasive and endoscopic spinal surgery at all levels of the spinal column are performed.

The fellowship is designed for two spine fellows that will alternately rotate on the Neurosurgery Spine Service and on the Orthopedic Spine Services starting in July or August. Laboratory and clinical research opportunities are available and the completion of a research project is required during the fellowship. Successful applicants must have completed a Neurosurgery or Orthopaedic residency program. All eligible incoming fellows must obtain a Utah medical license, a Utah controlled substance license, and a Federal DEA certificate prior to beginning his/her fellowship at the University of Utah.

International applicants must be qualified for the fellowship program according to the same criteria used for all applicants to the program. The Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL) requires applicants to have completed 2 years of training in an ACGME accredited program to issue a Utah Medical License. For detailed information, please see our University of Utah Graduate Medical Education policy on Eligibility and Credentialing of Housestaff.  In addition, international graduates must have a valid ECFMG certificate before they can be considered. A J-1 Visa (or citizenship or permanent residency or approval of application for permanent residency) is required for all non-US citizens in a training program who provide patient care. For more information, please see our University of Utah Graduate Medical Education policy on Eligibility and Examinations for International Medical Graduates.

Download the Spine Fellowship Application Worksheet

Future Spine Fellows

2014-2015  Ricky Raj S. Kalra, M.D.
2015-2016  Christopher M. Holland, M.D., Ph.D.


Primary contact:

Meic H. Schmidt, M.D.
Department of Neurosurgery
University of Utah Health Care
175 N. Medical Drive East, 5th Floor
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
E-mail: meic.schmidt@hsc.utah.edu

Secondary contact:

Julie Service
Department of Neurosurgery
University of Utah Health Care
175 N. Medical Drive East, 5th Floor
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
E-mail: Julie.Service@hsc.utah.edu