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Spinal Surgery (Clinical) Fellowship

The University of Colorado Orthopedic Spine Surgery fellowship is a non-Accredited program focused on providing a well-rounded academic spine surgery experience. The Fellow will gain expertise focused primarily on adult spine care and will be exposed to a wide breadth of surgical pathologies including degenerative and deformity spinal conditions, trauma, infection, tumor, revision spine surgery and minimally-invasive spine surgery. The fellow will stay abreast of the latest technology available in spine surgery such as minimally invasive exposures, disc replacement, and surgical navigation techniques.

The one-year fellowship utilizes the University of Colorado Hospital as its primary site of practice; however, the Fellow will also rotate at The Children's Hospital of Colorado (one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals) as well as smaller community-style hospitals within the UCHealth system where they will gain experience treating pediatric spinal deformity and degenerative spinal pathologies. The Fellow will interact closely with residents from the orthopedic surgery program at the university.  They will be responsible for coordinating the weekly didactic program where emphasis is placed on understanding surgical indications and evidence-based spine care.

Additionally, it is expected that one research project worthy of publication or presentation to a national meeting be completed during the course of the academic year. Extensive resources and world-class facilities are available on the University of Colorado Denver campus, one of the foremost research and surgical facilities in the country, located in the beautiful Denver Metro area. 

Duration: The fellowship experience is 1 year. August 1st - July 31.

Application Deadline: December 1st each year prior to the applicable Spring match.

For more information or to apply:

Applicants must apply by December 1st each year prior to the applicable Spring match.

Applications must be made through the San Francisco match, using the Central Application Service (CAS).

For additional information, contact Jaclyn.Widhalm@cuanschutz.edu.

University of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer.

 

The Fellow will gain expertise in adult and adolescent degenerative and deformity issues, and will be exposed to numerous trauma cases, spinal tumors and neoplastic diseases, pediatric spinal disorders, and spinal rehabilitation. He/she will stay abreast of the newest techniques such as minimally invasive exposures, kyphoplasty, disk replacement, and surgical navigation techniques. The fellow will also be involved in multiple ongoing clinical trials involving the newest spine surgery technologies.
The Fellow will be expected to be involved with a research project worthy of publication or presentation to a national spinal meeting. Extensive resources and world-class facilities are available on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, one of the foremost research and surgical facilities in the country, located in the beautiful Denver Metro area.
The one-year fellowship will be spent at University of Colorado Hospital, the VA, and six weeks at Children's Hospital Colorado, working with Mark Erickson, MD and Sumeet Garg, MD on pediatric deformity patients. The Fellow will interact with residents from the orthopedic and neurosurgical programs at the University.

Please visit the Graduate Medical Education (GME) website for the full listing of resident/fellow benefits.

 

Applicants must have completed an ACGME-accredited residency program in Orthopedic Surgery or Neurosurgery.

Applications must be submitted through the San Francisco Match  using the Central Application Service (CAS).

Residents in our program must be a U.S. Citizen, lawful permanent resident, refugee, asylee, or possess the appropriate documentation to allow Resident to legally train at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine.

For questions regarding International Medical Graduates, please visit the Graduate Medical Education (GME) website.

University of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer.

Attending Staff

Christopher J. Kleck, MD

Christopher Kleck, MD
Associate Professor
Chief of Orthopedic Surgery
Program Director

David Ou-Yang, MD
David Ou-Yang, MD
Assistant Professor
Associate Program Director
 
CU Orthopedics
Evalina Burger, MD
Evalina Burger-Van der Walt, MD
Chair & Professor Orthopedics
Christopher Cain, MD
Christopher Cain, MD
Associate Professor
CU Orthopedics
Vikas Patel, MD
Vikas Patel, MD
Professor & Executive Vice Chair
CU Orthopedics
Christopher Gallus, MD
Christopher Gallus, MD
Assistant Professor
Cu Orthopedics
Christina Goldstein, MD
Christina Goldstein, MD
Associate Professor
Cu Orthopedics
Emily Lindley, PhD
Emily Lindley, PhD
Assistant Professor
CU Orthopedics
Shahbaaz Sabri,  MD
Shahbaaz A. Sabri, MD
Assistant Professor
CU Orthopedics
Samuel Smith, MD
Samuel Smith, MD
Assistant Professor
CU Orthopedics
Sumeet Garg, MD
Sumeet Garg, MD
Associate Professor
CU Orthopedics
Nolan Wessell, MD

Nolan Wessell, MD
Assistant Professor
CU Orthopedics

Jaclyn Widhalm

Jaclyn Widhalm
Program Coordinator
CU Orthopedics

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