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Addisu Mesfin, M.D.

Cancer, Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation

Clinical Interests

Back, Spine Pain & Injury - Surgical; Herniated Discs, Stenosis, Back Pain, Spondylolisthesis, Sciatica; Mestatic Spinal Center; Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery; Neuro-Oncology, Brain & Spine Cancer; Spinal Fractures; Spinal Trauma, Complex Reconstruction; Spinal Tumors; Spine Oncology

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 275-5321

Administrative: (585) 275-5196

Fax: (585) 756-4726

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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

Professional Background

Dr. Mesfin is an Associate 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 165 local, national and international meetings along with more than 90 peer reviewed publications. 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).


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 90 published articles and more than 165 national and international presentations. He is a member of the Cervical Spine Research Society, North American Spine Society, and candidate member of the Scoliosis 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's Emerging Leader Program. 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.



  • Orthopaedic Surgery - American Board of Orthopedic Surgery


BS | Univ of Maryland
Cell and Molecular Biology

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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2017 - 2017
Cervical Spine Research Society International Travelling Fellowship

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

Ge L, Arul K, Ikpeze T, Baldwin A, Nickels JL, Mesfin A. "Traumatic and Nontraumatic Spinal Cord Injuries." World neurosurgery.. 2018 Mar 0; 111:e142-e148. Epub 2017 Dec 15.

Mesfin A, Zhou F, Scemama C, Kaito T, Tornero E, Nassr A. "The 2017 Cervical Spine Research Society International Traveling Fellowship." Spine.. 2018 Feb 15; 43(4):235-238.

Yokogawa N, Ishikawa M, Nishitani K, Beck CA, Tsuchiya H, Mesfin A, Kates SL, Daiss JL, Xie C, Schwarz EM. "Immunotherapy synergizes with debridement and antibiotic therapy in a murine 1-stage exchange model of MRSA implant-associated osteomyelitis." Journal of orthopaedic research : official publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society.. 2018 Feb 5; Epub 2018 Feb 05.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Spinal Deformity in Dysplasias and Syndromes.
Book Title: Scoliosis Research Society E-Text
Author List: Sponseller PD, Mesfin A.
Published By: SRS2012

Chapter Title: Spine Deformity Secondary to Dysplasias and other Diseases
Book Title: Surgery of the Pediatric Spine
Author List: Sponseller PD, Mesfin A.
Published By: Thieme Medical Publisher2008 in New York




Addisu Mesfin, MD