Spine Fellowship

Brief overview of the Spine Fellowship program

Spine Fellowships in the UVA Department of Neurosurgery are accredited by the Society of Neurological Surgeons Committee on Advanced Subspecialty Training (CAST).  The fellowship is 12 months in duration and is structured into rotation blocks that collectively provide a broad exposure to outpatient and inpatient care of patients with spinal disorders, from focal disc herniations to complex deformity reconstructions.  Fellows are involved in the evaluation of patients in the outpatient clinical setting and all aspects of surgical and post-operative care.  Opportunities for research with UVA spine faculty are abundant, and fellows are encouraged to submit at least one first-author spine-related abstract to a major meeting and to submit for publication in a peer-reviewed journal at least one first-author manuscript.  Fellows are also encouraged to be actively involved in a variety of research studies and to take an active role in selecting and presenting cases for discussion at weekly conferences.

Contact Information

Fellowship Directors:  Drs. Chris Shaffrey and Justin Smith
Coordinator:  Karen Saulle, kes4a@virginia.edu, 434-982-3244

Fellows by Year

2009- Charles Sansur, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore
2010- Kojo Hamilton, Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
2011- Kaiming Fu, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Cornell University, New York
2011- Josh Heller, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Philadelphia
2012- Manish Kasliwal, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, University Hospitals of Cleveland
2012- Clint Burkett, Neurosurgeon, Neurological Surgery Associates, Fort Lauderdale, FL
2013- David Ibrahimi, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore
2013- Manish Singh, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Tulane Medical Center, New Orleans, LA
2014- Abbas Bahari, Neurosurgeon, Southern California Center for Neuroscience and Spine, Los Angeles, CA
2014- John Kelleher, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA
2015- Tamir Ailon, Neurosurgeon, Spine Surgery Institute at Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver, BC
2016- Durga Sure, Neurosurgeon, Essentia Health, Duluth, MN
2016- Michael LaBagnara, Neurosurgeon, Semmes-Murphey Neurological and Spine Institute, Memphis, TN
2017- John Quinn
2017- Avery Buchholz