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 Orthpaedic Surgery and Oncology 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 100 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 May
Okafor R, Molinari W, Molinari R, Mesfin A. "Intrawound Vancomycin Powder for Spine Tumor Surgery." Global spine journal. 2016 May; 6(3):207-11. Epub 2015 Jul 16.
2016 Apr 25
Belayneh R, Mesfin A. "Analysis of Internet Information on Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion." Orthopedics. 2016 Apr 25; :1-7. Epub 2016 Apr 25.
2016 Mar 9
Raudenbush BL, McCalla D, Mesfin A, Rubery PT. "Myositis ossificans of the longus coli muscle following cervical spine fracture-dislocation." The journal of spinal cord medicine. 2016 Mar 9; :1-5. Epub 2016 Mar 09.
2016 Mar
Abiola R, Rubery P, Mesfin A. "Ossification of the Posterior Longitudinal Ligament: Etiology, Diagnosis, and Outcomes of Nonoperative and Operative Management." Global spine journal. 2016 Mar; 6(2):195-204. Epub 2015 Jun 30.
2016 Mar
Thirukumaran CP, Raudenbush B, Li Y, Molinari R, Rubery P, Mesfin A. "National Trends in the Surgical Management of Adult Lumbar Isthmic Spondylolisthesis: 1998 to 2011." Spine. 2016 Mar; 41(6):490-501.

Current Appointments

Assistant Professor - Department of Orthopaedics (SMD) - Primary


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