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Addisu Mesfin, M.D.

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Appointment: (585) 275-5321

Administrative: (585) 275-5196

Fax: (585) 756-4726

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Patient Care Settings

Cancer, Orthopaedics & Physical Performance


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.

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 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

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.


Dr. Mesfin is interested in clinical outcomes research including following spine tumor surgery and basic science degenerative disc disease research. He has received grant funding for his research. He has more than 170 peer reviewed publications and more than 280 regional, national and international presentations.

He is a member of the Scoliosis Research Society. Cervical Spine Research Society, North American Spine Society, and the Lumbar Spine Research Society. He is also a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, J. Robert Gladden Society, National Medical Association and the American Orthopaedic Association. Dr. Mesfin has given numerous national and international presentations, authored many spine related publications in peer-reviewed journals and has won awards for his research. He also has translation research laboratory evaluating cell signaling mechanisms involved in degenerative disc disease.



  • Orthopaedic Surgery - American Board of Orthopedic Surgery


MD | Drexel University College of Medicine

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/27/2011 - 07/31/2012
Fellowship in Adult & Pediatric Spine Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis/Barnes Jewish Hospital

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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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

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

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

New Investigator Grant
Sponsor: Orthopaedic Research Education Foundation

Cervical Spine Research Society Resident/Fellow Paper Award

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

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

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

Jacquelin Perry Award for Best Paper
Sponsor: Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Association

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

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

AAOS/OREF/ORS Clinician Scholar Development Program Awardee

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

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

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

American Pediatric Society & Society for Pediatric Research Fellow

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

University of Maryland Delegate Scholarship Recipient

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Journal Articles

Zavras AG, Schoenfeld AJ, Patt JC, Munim MA, Goodwin CR, Goodwin ML, Lo SL, Redmond KJ, Tobert DG, Shin JH, Ferrone ML, Laufer I, Saifi C, Buchowski JM, Jennings JW, Ozturk AK, Huang-Wright C, Mesfin A, Steyn C, Hsu W, Soliman HM, Krishnaney AA, Sciubba DM, Schwab JH, Colman MW. "Attitudes and trends in the use of radiolucent spinal implants: A survey of the North American Spine Society section of spinal oncology." . 2022 Jun 0; 10:100105. Epub 2022 Feb 23.

. "Recommendations from the ICM-VTE: Spine." The Journal of bone and joint surgery. American volume.. 2022 Mar 16; 104(Suppl 1):309-328.

Jae-Min Park A, Nelson SE, Mesfin A. "Klippel-Feil Syndrome: Clinical Presentation and Management." JBJS reviews.. 2022 Feb 15; 10(2)Epub 2022 Feb 15.

Books & Chapters

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

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




Addisu Mesfin, MD