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Louis A. Goldstein Spine Surgery Fellowship

About 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 38 fellows have completed the spine surgery fellowship.

Spine article on Louis A. Goldstein.

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 850 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

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

Surgical venues include the Clinton Crossings procedure room, Strong Memorial Hospital, Highland Hospital, and Sawgrass Surgery Center. Our Fellows 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.

Louis A. Goldstein Fellows Since 2009

  • Mark Prasarn MD, 2009-2010, Faculty UT Houston, Texas
  • Oner Khera MD, 2010-2011, Willis-Knighton Physician Network, Shreveport, Louisiana 
  • Vedant Vaksha MD, 2011-2012, Complete Orthopedics, Long Island NY
  • Kenneth Lingenfelter DO, 2013-2014, First State Orthopaedics, Delaware & Pennsylvania
  • Brandon Raudenbush DO, 2014-2015, Ashtabula County Medical Center, Ohio 
  • Ahmed Saleh MD, 2015-2016, Faculty, Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
  • Kenneth Foxx MD, 2016-2017, Mercy Clinic, Fort Smith Arkansas 
  • Eric Emanksi MD, 2017-2018, Spine Surgery Associates, Chattanooga, Tennessee 
  • Sherif Sherif MD, 2018-2019, Spine Surgery Fellow, University of Pennsylvania
  • Jaren Section MD, 2019-2020 Fellow 
  • Shalin Shah DO, 2020-2021 Fellow

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: 

Grace Carter 
601 Elmwood Ave., Box 665 
Rochester, NY 14642 
(voice) 585-276-4577
(fax) 585-756-4726

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Please contact our Spine Fellowship Program Coordinator with any questions at: 

Grace Carter 
601 Elmwood Ave., Box 665 
Rochester, NY 14642 
(voice) 585-276-4577
(fax) 585-756-4726

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