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Addisu Mesfin, M.D.

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 275-5321

Administrative: (585) 275-5196

Fax: (585) 756-4726

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Faculty Appointments

Patient Care Settings

Cancer, Orthopaedics & Physical Performance, Surgery

Biography

I manage the following conditions and work with the patient to achieve their goal:

1. Degenerative conditions: disc herniations & stenosis (cervical/thoracic/lumbar), spondylolisthesis, OPLL, ankylosing spondylitis, DISH, cervical/thoracic myelopathy.
2. Spinal deformity: Congenital cervical fusion (Klippel-Feil), Scoliosis, kyphosis, isthmic spondylolisthesis, Syndromic spinal conditions (Neurofibromatosis, Marfan's) and Skeletal dysplasias. My interests in deformity include adult spinal deformity and revision surgeries needing osteotomies.
3. Spine tumors: Metastatic spine disease, chordoma, aneurysmal bone cysts, giant cell tumors, osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, osteoblastoma, aggressive hemangiomas.

I have an interest in mnimally invasive management of metastatic spine tumors, total en bloc resection of primary spine tumors (pediatric/adult), and operative and non-operative management of pathologic spine fractures. I am passionate about the application of research and innovation toward the improvement of care for spine tumor patients.

4. Spine trauma: fractures from occiput to sacrum and spinal cord injury. I have an interest in minimally invasive management of fractures of the sacrum and fractures in patients with ankylosing spondylitis.
5. Sports spine: injuries to the spine arising from sporting or training injuries.

Professional Background

Dr. Mesfin is the Division Chief of Spine Surgery and a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Neurosurgery, Biomedical Engineering and Public Health at the University of Rochester. He has also served as the Director of the Louis A. Goldstein Spine Surgery Fellowship. He completed his Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at the John Hopkins Hospital. He completed the Adult and Pediatric Spine Surgery Fellowship at the Washington University in St. Louis. He also completed traveling fellowships focusing on spine oncology at Kanazawa University and at the Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute in Italy.

Dr. Mesfin is active in research and has presented at more than 280 local, national and international meetings along with more than 170 peer reviewed publications. He is a member of the Cervical Spine Research Society, Scoliosis Research Society, North American Spine Society, Lumbar Spine Research Society. He is also member of orthopaedic organizations: American Orthopaedic Association, AAOS, and the scientific chair of the J. Robert Gladden Society. He has won several awards for his research and has received grant funding for his spine research. He has served in the United States Army Reserves and has deployed to Afghanistan as the Orthopaedic Surgeon of a Forward Surgical Team (FST). He is interested in Global Health and has taught and operated at a trauma center in Ethiopia.

Research

I am active in research and have presented at more than 280 local, national and international meetings along with more than 180peer reviewed publications. I am a member of the Cervical Spine Research Society, Scoliosis Research Society, North American Spine Society, Lumbar Spine Research Society. I am also a member of the American Orthopaedic Association, AAOS, and the scientific chair of the J. Robert Gladden Society. I have won several awards for his research and has received grant funding for his spine research. I have served in the United States Army Reserves and have deployed to Afghanistan as the Orthopaedic Surgeon of a Forward Surgical Team (FST). I am interested in Global Health and have taught and operated at a trauma center in Ethiopia.

I am interested in clinical outcomes research including following spine tumor surgery and basic science degenerative disc disease research. I have received grant funding for my research. I also have translation research laboratory evaluating cell signaling mechanisms involved in degenerative disc disease.

Credentials

Specialties

  • Orthopaedic Surgery - American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Education

2006
MD | Drexel University College of Medicine

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/27/2011 - 07/31/2012
Fellowship in Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery of the Spine at Washington Univ/Barnes-Jewish Hospital Consortium

07/01/2007 - 06/18/2011
Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital

07/01/2006 - 06/30/2007
Internship in Orthopaedic Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital

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Awards

2021 - 2021
ABC-AOA Travelling Fellowship
Sponsor: American Orthopedic Association

2020 - 2021
Louis Goldstein Research Grant
Sponsor: University of Rochester Department of Orthopedics

2019 - 2019
Best Paper Award
Sponsor: Global Spine Journal

2019 - 2019
Scoliosis Research Society International Traveling Fellowship

2018 - 2018
Russell Hibbs Award Nominee for Best Clinical Presentation

2017 - 2017
Cervical Spine Research Society International Travelling Fellowship

2016 - 2016
John H. Moe Award Nominee for Best Basic Science Poster, Scoliosis Research Society

2015
North American Travelling Fellowship (NATF)
Sponsor: American Orthopaedic Association

2014
Goldstein Research Award
Sponsor: University of Rochester Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

2014
New Investigator Grant
Sponsor: Orthopaedic Research Education Foundation

2012
Cervical Spine Research Society Resident/Fellow Paper Award

2012
Best Paper Outcomes/Cost-utility
Sponsor: North American Spine Society

2012
Russel Hibbs Award Nominee for Best Clinical Presentation
Sponsor: Scoliosis Research Society

2012
1st Place Winner Resident/Fellow Research Competition
Sponsor: National Medical Association-Orthopaedic Section

2012
Jacquelin Perry Award for Best Paper
Sponsor: Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Association

2012
Whitecloud Award Nominee for Best Basic Science Presentation
Sponsor: IMAST
Location: Istanbul, Turkey

2012
Eastern Orthopaedic Association Resident/Fellow Research Award
Location: Lake George, New York

2011
AAOS/OREF/ORS Clinician Scholar Development Program Awardee

2011
Russel Hibbs Award Winner for Best Clinical Presentation
Sponsor: Scoliosis Research Society

2011
American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) Emerging Leaders Program
Sponsor: American Orthopaedic Association

2009
2nd Place winner OREF Virginia Region Resident Research Competition
Sponsor: Orthopaedic Research Education Fund

2004 - 2005
Emerging Scholar Award, National Medical Association

2003 - 2004
Bristol-Myers Squibb-NMF Fellowship Program in Academic Medicine

2002
American Pediatric Society & Society for Pediatric Research Fellow

1999
Fogarty/MIRT Research Fellow
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1997
University of Maryland Delegate Scholarship Recipient

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Publications

Journal Articles

7/25/2022
Joo P, Maqsoodi N, Sulovari A, Omar A, Section J, Sanders J, Rubery P, Menga E, Mesfin A. "Ultralong Follow-Up of Spinal Fusion for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: Harrington Instrumentation vs Uninstrumented Fusion." International journal of spine surgery.. 2022 Jul 25; Epub 2022 Jul 25.

7/11/2022
Schartz DA, Ismail RF, Rahman AA, Bender MT, Westesson PL, Mesfin A, Kessler A. "Management of postoperative cervical pseudomeningocele with percutaneous aspiration and epidural blood patch." Interventional neuroradiology : journal of peritherapeutic neuroradiology, surgical procedures and related neurosciences.. 2022 Jul 11; :15910199221113714. Epub 2022 Jul 11.

6/1/2022
Lander ST, Thirukumaran C, Saleh A, Noble KL, Menga EN, Mesfin A, Rubery PT, Sanders JO. "Long-Term Health-Related Quality of Life After Harrington Instrumentation and Fusion for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: A Minimum 40-Year Follow-up." The Journal of bone and joint surgery. American volume.. 2022 Jun 1; 104(11):995-1003. Epub 2022 Apr 22.

Books & Chapters

2020
Chapter Title: Minimally Invasive Approaches to Thoracic and Lumbar Spine Metastatic Spine Disease.
Book Title: Surgical Spinal Oncology
Author List: Vess E, Bowen Q, Mesfin A
Published By: Springer 2020

2019
Chapter Title: Correction of cervical scoliosis & hemivertebra resection.
Book Title: Cervical Spine Surgery: Standard and Advanced Techniques
Author List: Mesfin A, Koller H, Riew KD
Published By: Springer 2019

2019
Chapter Title: Thoracic Discectomy
Book Title: The Textbook of Spinal Surgery
Author List: Mesfin A. Sherif S
Published By: Wolters Kluwer Health 2019

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