Addisu Mesfin, M.D.

Addisu Mesfin, M.D.

Contact Information

Clinton Crossings
4901 Lac De Ville Blvd, Bldg D
Rochester, NY 14618

Platinum Office Complex
2064 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road
Penfield, NY 14526

Appointment: (585) 275-5321

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  • Admits to Strong Memorial Hospital Admits to Strong Memorial Hospital
  • Admits to Highland Hospital Admits to Highland Hospital

Professional Bio

Dr. Mesfin is an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurosurgery at the University of Rochester. He is also the Director of the Louis A. Goldstein Spine Surgery Fellowship. He completed his Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at the world renown John Hopkins Hospital. He completed the prestigious Adult and Pediatric Spine Surgery Fellowship at the Washington University in St. Louis. He also completed traveling fellowships focusing on spine oncology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Kanazawa University and Keio University in Japan and at the Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute in Italy. Dr. Mesfin is active in research and has presented at more than 120 local, national and international meetings along with more than 60 peer reviewed publications.

He has won several awards for his research and has received grant funding for his spine research. He also serves in the United States Army Reserves and has deployed to Afghanistan as the Orthopaedic Surgeon of a Forward Surgical Team (FST).

Patient Care Bio

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

1. Degenerative conditions: disc herniations & stenosis (cervical/thoracic/lumbar), spondylolisthesis

2. Spinal deformity: Scoliosis, kyphosis, isthmic spondylolisthesis

3. Spine tumors: My areas of special interest include minimally 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. Recently, we published our research demonstrating the use of Vancomycin antibiotic powder during spine tumor surgery resulted in a 50% decrease in wound infections. I am active in an international spine tumor group (AO Tumor Knowledge Forum) and work with this group to advance the care of spine tumor patients.

I treat primary and metastatic tumors of the spine form occiput to sacrum

4. Spine trauma: Fractures from occiput to sacrum and spinal cord injury

5. Sports spine: injuries to the spine arising from sporting or training injuries

Awards & Honors (National)

North American Travelling Fellowship (NATF) | American Orthopaedic Association 2015
New Investigator Grant | Orthopaedic Research Education Foundation 2014
Best Paper Outcomes/Cost-utility | North American Spine Society 2012
Russel Hibbs Award Nominee for Best Clinical Presentation | Scoliosis Research Society 2012
Jacquelin Perry Award for Best Paper | Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Association 2012
1st Place Winner Resident/Fellow Research Competition | National Medical Association-Orthopaedic Section 2012
Cervical Spine Research Society Resident/Fellow Paper Award 2012
Whitecloud Award Nominee for Best Basic Science Presentation | IMAST | Istanbul, Turkey 2012
Eastern Orthopaedic Association Resident/Fellow Research Award | Lake George, New York 2012
American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) Emerging Leaders Program | American Orthopaedic Association 2011
AAOS/OREF/ORS Clinician Scholar Development Program Awardee 2011
Russel Hibbs Award Winner for Best Clinical Presentation | Scoliosis Research Society 2011
Emerging Scholar Award, National Medical Association 2004 - 2005
Bristol-Myers Squibb-NMF Fellowship Program in Academic Medicine 2003 - 2004

Awards & Honors (Local)

Goldstein Research Award | University of Rochester Department of Orthopaedic Surgery 2014
2nd Place winner OREF Virginia Region Resident Research Competition | Orthopaedic Research Education Fund 2009
American Pediatric Society & Society for Pediatric Research Fellow 2002
Fogarty/MIRT Research Fellow | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 1999
University of Maryland Delegate Scholarship Recipient 1997

Current Appointments

Assistant Professor - Department of Orthopaedics (SMD) - Primary
Assistant Professor - Department of Neurosurgery (SMD)


Orthopaedic Surgery - American Board of Orthopedic Surgery


MD | Medicine | Drexel University College of Medicine2006
BS | Cell and Molecular Biology | Univ of Maryland2000

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship in Spine Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis/Barnes Jewish Hospital07/27/2011 - 07/31/2012
Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital07/01/2007 - 06/18/2011
Internship in Orthopaedic Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital07/01/2006 - 06/30/2007