Program description

The goal of the Spine Surgery Fellowship is to provide board-eligible graduates of orthopedic surgery training programs with a well-rounded experience involving all aspects of spinal surgery.

The fellow gains expertise in treating a wide range of spine pathology and performing a comprehensive array of surgical techniques, including anterior and posterior decompression, instrumentation, microsurgery, and minimally invasive surgery at all levels of the spine.

Clinical responsibilities are divided among five orthopedic and four neurosurgery staff spinal surgeons. The fellow participates in the preoperative assessment, surgical care, postoperative management and follow-up evaluation of patients.

Clinical and basic science research opportunities are available. Fellows are required to produce at least one peer-reviewed publication and participate in the design of a second project during their tenure. They also are expected to carry out a quality improvement project and actively participate in the education of residents.


The Spine Surgery Fellowship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Applicants must have completed an ACGME-accredited orthopedic surgery residency or an equivalent Canadian residency program.

Sept. 18, 2014