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Spine Surgery Fellowship Program

The Spine Surgery Fellowship Program in the Department of Neurosurgery at Froedtert & The Medical College is a one-year integrated clinical and research program for individuals who have completed residency and are contemplating careers in academic medicine. A second year emphasizing research is available. 

Clinical Opportunities

A large and varied surgical experience includes spine trauma, tumors, and degenerative diseases, including all types of surgical fixation. The Neurosurgery Department is staffed by one of the most experienced surgical teams in the Midwest, offering surgical specialization in spine surgery. During the program, fellows assume increasing responsibility for operative performance, including teaching of residents in neurological surgery. In 2003, the Department of Neurosurgery fellows assisted in over 434 spine surgery cases.

For a description of the clinical facilities, see Clinical Program and Residency sections of this Web site.

Research Opportunities

Fellows participate in both basic and clinical research, and have the opportunity to design limited studies or participate in ongoing efforts. The latter currently include investigation regarding the effects of spinal fixation, models of spondylolisthesis, spine material properties, finite element analysis of the spine, pathophysiology of spinal and spinal cord injury and its modification.

Our facility includes one of the largest crash test facilities in the world. Retrospective clinical reviews of various problems can be performed, as well as limited prospective studies. Presenting research at a national forum as well as producing at least two articles for publication are necessary to enhance this educational opportunity. Salary and benefits are competitive.

For additional information, contact Shekar Kurpad, MD, PhD, spine fellowship director, at

Neurosurgery Spine Fellows

Completion Date Spine Surgery Fellow
07/1987 - 06/1988Greg Bennett, MD
07/1988 - 06/1989Charlie Stillerman, MD
07/1989 - 06/1990Paul McCormick, MD
07/1990 - 06/1991Richard Toselli, MD
07/1991 - 06/1992James P. Hollowell, MD
07/1991 - 12/1991Eric Woodard, MD
01/1992 - 06/1992Vincent Morgese, MD
07/1992 - 06/1993Paul Arnold, MD
07/1992 - 12/1992Mark W. Fox, MD
01/1993 - 06/1993Robert Bernardi, MD
07/1993 - 06/1994Brian G. Cuddy, MD
01/1994 - 06/1994William E. Krauss, MD
07/1994 - 06/1996Jamie L. Baisden, MD
07/1994 - 06/1995Michael Gallagher, MD
07/1994 - 06/1995Leslie Sebring, MD
07/1995 - 06/1996Gregory J. Przybylski, MD
07/1996 - 06/1997Thomas Chen, MD
09/1996 - 07/1997Sivasupiramaniam Sriharan, MD
07/1996 - 06/1998Richard J. Fox, MD
07/1997 - 06/1998Christopher Wolfla, MD
07/1998 - 06/1999Frank Coufal, MD
07/1998 - 06/1999Bryan Periera, MD
07/1999 - 06/2000Marilyn Gates, MD
07/1999 - 06/2000Michael Groff, MD
07/2000 - 06/2001Muwaffak M. Abdulak, MD
01/2001 - 06/2001Shekar N. Kurpad, MD, PhD
07/2000 - 06/2001Avery M. Jackson III, MD
07/2001 - 06/2002Joseph Cheng, MD
07/2001 - 06/2002Jason Garber, MD
07/2001 - 06/2002Paul Yanez, MD
07/2002 - 06/2003Victor DaSilva, MD
07/2002 - 06/2004Zvi Lidar, MD
07/2002 - 06/2004Jason Lifshutz, MD
07/2003 - 06/2004Sumon Bhattacharjee, MD
07/2004 - 06/2005Brian Snell, MD
07/2004 - 06/2005Scott Soleau, MD
07/2005 - 06/2006Simon Salerno, MD
07/2005 - 06/2006Marjorie Wang, MD
07/2007 - 06/2008Jeff Golan, MD
07/2007 - 06/2008Olawale Sulaiman, MD, PhD
07/2008 - 06/2009Harlan Bruner, MD
07/2008 - 06/2009Michael Martin, MD
07/2010 - 06/2011Alice Cherqui, MD
07/2011 - 06/2012Chad Cole, MD
07/2012 - 06/2013Jason Przybylo, MD
07/2013 – 06/2014Michael Mumert, MD
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