Addisu Mesfin, M.D.

Addisu Mesfin, M.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 665
Rochester, NY 14642

Administrative: (585) 275-5196
Fax: (585) 756-4726

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).

Research Bio

Dr. Mesfin is interested in clinical outcomes research and basic science degenerative disc disease research. He has received grant funding for his research. 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, Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons 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.

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

Recent Journal Articles

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2016 Dec
Bernstein DN, Jain A, Brodell D, Li Y, Rubery PT, Mesfin A. "Impact of the Economic Downturn on Elective Cervical Spine Surgery in the United States: A National Trend Analysis, 2003-2013." World neurosurgery. 2016 Dec; 96:538-544. Epub 2016 Sep 22.
2016 Oct 15
Chang JH, Shin JH, Yamada Y, Mesfin A, Fehlings MG, Rhines LD, Sahgal A. "Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy for Spinal Metastases: What are the Risks and How Do We Minimize Them?" Spine. 2016 Oct 15; 41 Suppl 20:S238-S245.
2016 Oct 15
Laufer I, Zuckerman SL, Bird JE, Bilsky M, Lazáry Á, Quraishi NA, Fehlings MG, Sciubba DM, Shin JH, Mesfin A, Sahgal A, Fisher CG. "Predicting Neurologic Recovery after Surgery in Patients with Deficits Secondary to MESCC: Systematic Review." Spine. 2016 Oct 15; 41 Suppl 20:S224-S230.
2016 Oct 15
Mesfin A, Sciubba D, Dea N, Nater A, Bird J, Quraishi NA, Fisher CG, Shin J, Fehlings MG, Kumar N, Clarke M. "Changing the Adverse Event Profile in Metastatic Spine Surgery: An Evidence-Based Approach to Target Wound Complications and Instrumentation Failure." Spine. 2016 Oct 15; 41 Suppl 20:S262-S270.
2016 Oct 15
Dea N, Charest-Morin R, Sciubba DM, Bird JE, Disch AC, Mesfin A, Lazáry Á, Fisher CG, Ames C. "Optimizing the Adverse Event and HRQOL Profiles in the Management of Primary Spine Tumors." Spine. 2016 Oct 15; 41 Suppl 20:S212-S217.

Current Appointments

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