Louis A. Goldstein Spine Surgery Fellowship History of the Spine Surgery Fellowship Louis A. Goldstein MD, is the name sake of the spine surgery fellowship at the University of Rochester. Dr. Goldstein was one of the founders and leaders of the Scoliosis Research Society. At the Scoliosis Research Society annual meeting the Louis A. Goldstein award is given for the best clinical poster. Dr. Goldstein led the Orthopaedic Surgery division at the University of Rochester from 1969-1974. He was one of the pioneers of Harrington Instrumentation for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and authored a textbook titled “The Surgical Treatment of Scoliosis”. More than 33 fellows have completed the spine surgery fellowship. Our Spinal Surgery Fellowship is a year long departmental program that encompasses a full range of spinal surgery with additional opportunities in clinical and basic science research. Our Fellows are trained by surgeons renowned in surgery of the spine with an emphasis on Cervical and lumbar degenerative conditions Fractures, infections, and tumors of the spine Adult and pediatric spinal deformity, including corrective osteotomy Spinal cord injury Minimally-invasive and microscope-assisted techniques Early-onset scoliosis The fellowship offers a comprehensive experience spanning all aspects of adult and pediatric spinal surgery. The University of Rochester Medical Center is the Level I trauma center, regional cancer center and spinal cord injury center for the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. Emphasis is on the management of complex trauma, tumors, deformity, degenerative cervical and thoracolumbar disorders. Over 650 surgical cases are performed annually with the following percentage: Degenerative (50%), Deformity (20%), trauma (20%), Tumor (10%). The fellow will have progressive responsibilities and will be exposed to a variety of procedures and instrumentation techniques from the occiput to pelvis. There is no in-house call. Complex spinal surgery including anterior/posterior reconstructions, revision procedures, posterior based three column osteotomies are performed. Additional cadaver training is provided throughout the year. Fellows can attend one national meeting per year as well as additional courses. The Fellow is exposed to clinic and non-operative management of spinal disorders at our comprehensive spine center. Weekly fellow teaching conferences and a fellow core educational curriculum are provided. Participation in clinical or basic science research resulting in a paper suitable for peer- reviewed publication is strongly recommended. Spinal Fellowship Faculty Addisu Mesfin, MD, Fellowship Director Robert W. Molinari, MD, Spine Division Chief Paul T. Rubery, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery Chairman James Sanders, MD, Pediatric Orthopaedics Division chief Our Fellows will work closely with faculty to Manage a spinal clinic with faculty support Gain valuable spinal trauma experience at a Level-1 Trauma Unit Participate in a busy surgical spine center Learn injection and interventional physiatry techniques Fellows see patients in our modern, state-of-the-art Clinton Crossings clinic and perform surgery at Strong Memorial Hospital and Highland Hospital. You will also enjoy the opportunity to become involved in basic and clinical research in our Center for Musculoskeletal Research. Our fellowship begins August 1 each year. Application Requirements We participate in the Spine Fellowship Match through SF Match. The SF Match Fellowship Application includes Three Letters of Recommendation Current CV Personal Statement Please apply through the SF Matching Program at www.sfmatch.org Please contact our Spine Fellowship Program Coordinator with any questions at: Jennifer Greer 601 Elmwood Ave., Box 665 Rochester, NY 14642 (voice) 585-275-1733 (fax) 585-756-4726 Related Links URMC Spine Center Rochester is an affordable city and easy to navigate. There are many non-stop flights out of the Rochester airport. To learn more about Rochester and the finger lake region please visit our about rochester web page.