Spinal Surgery Fellowship


The Spinal Surgery Fellowship Program at the Cedars-Sinai Spine Center is a one-year program that provides comprehensive training in adult and adolescent spinal problems, including deformity, disc surgery, and degenerative conditions affecting the spine, tumors, trauma and arthritis with such treatments as endoscopic, microscopic and minimally invasive surgery. The fellowship consists of both inpatient and outpatient experience with primary clinical responsibility. In addition, fellows participate in basic scientific and clinical research to fulfill the requirements of the program. Vast ideologies in spine are represented and lived out here at Cedars-Sinai, from motion preservation to minimally invasive and truly conservative non-invasive techniques. On any given day, one could scrub into anything from a motion preservation case or an MIS case to a scoliosis or trauma 1 case. We are at the leading edge of spine every day.

Two positions are available either from neurosurgery or orthopedic surgery. Interested candidates should contact the San Francisco Match or Elissa Rosenberg at rosenberge@cshs.org, phone 310-423-9275, fax 310-248-7390.

Mission of Fellowship

The mission of the Fellowship Program is to instill the combination of surgical expertise, experience and precision with a strong moral, ethical and work background. Our fellowship seeks to attract and train only those candidates who possess an exemplary sense of responsibility, integrity and discipline to be successful in their career choices. Our ultimate goal is to produce a well trained, academically oriented, disciplined, fellowship-trained complex spine surgeon to serve as both a clinical and community leader with uncompromising personal and professional values. 

Goals and Objectives

The Spinal Surgery Fellowship Program at the Cedars-Sinai Spine Center provides training in the care for the entire spectrum of spinal diseases. This spectrum of care can be divided broadly into six categories: 

  • Core knowledge
  • Clinical evaluation
  • Operative management
  • Pre- and postoperative care
  • Nonoperative management
  • Basic and clinical research experience

Candidates will be expected to not only assist with ongoing projects but will be encouraged to develop lab investigations of their own design and interest.

The educational goals of the Spinal Surgery Fellowship Program are to: 

  • Provide an exceptional didactic educational environment to superbly train a spine fellow in the evaluation, diagnosis, nonoperative and operative treatment of spinal disorders in adolescents and adults
  • Educate the fellows thoroughly in the decision-making process to understand both the ramifications and possible complications of treatment, rehabilitation or potential revision required to obtain an optimal result
  • Provide an outpatient environment to teach and guide a fellow how to evaluate, manage and follow patients in an outpatient setting
  • Guide fellows to develop teaching skills by educating residents and medical students
  • Help fellows amplify research skills in both clinical and laboratory settings. An active weekly spine conference and multidisciplinary didactic lectures presented each Wednesday morning by a fellow aids in developing a more analytical approach to problem-solving and critical literature review through the Monthly Journal Club
  • Familiarize the fellows with outcome tools and necessary programs to perform outcome research
  • Provide basic research experience integrated into clinical rotation

Duration: The clinical fellowship is a one-year program (Aug. 1 to July 31).

Application deadline: Sept. 1. Applicants are selected through the San Francisco Matching Program; the website has detailed information. 

Stipend: averages $66,705 (including health and malpractice insurance) 

Location: Cedars-Sinai

Cedars-Sinai's fellowship training has provided an invaluable steppingstone to both excellent private practice and academic positions at the nation's most prestigious medical centers.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Attn: Elissa Rosenberg
444 S. San Vicente Blvd., #901/800
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Phone: 310-423-9275
Fax: 310-248-7390
Email: rosenberge@cshs.org