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Spine Surgery Fellowship

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

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 2016, the Department of Neurosurgery fellows assisted in over 200 spine surgery cases.

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.

Additional Information for International Medical Graduates (IMGS)

The fellowship is open to graduates of ACGME-International accredited neurosurgery residency programs. Fluent conversational and written English is required. Prior US experience in the form of clinical training or an advanced degree from a US institution is desirable but not required, and is considered in the context of the rest of the application. Observerships and externships are not relevant. A clinical skills assessment may also be required.

The Medical College of Wisconsin may sponsor H-1B visas for fellows. Additional Visa information.

Terms, Conditions & Benefits of Employment

The Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals offers its housestaff a comprehensive benefits package.

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Application for Spine Surgery Fellowship

PLEASE NOTE: One of the mandatory requirements for consideration for this position is the acquisition of an unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States, State of Wisconsin. Wisconsin Medical Examining Board requirements (PDF).

If you meet all of the requirements and are interested in applying, please submit the following documents:

  • Spine Fellowship Application (PDF)
  • CV
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (must be within one year and at least one must be from your current employer)

Please e-mail the completed application, current CV, and three letters of recommendation to If you have any questions, please call (414) 955-0965.

Academic Achievements
View the academic achievements of our prior fellows. 

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Spine Fellows Alumni

07/2020 – 6/2021 | Mohammed AlGhamdi, MD, FRCSC

07/2019 – 6/2020 | Huy Troung, MD

07/2017 – 06/2018 | Joey Grochmal, MD

07/2016 – 06/2017 | Hoon Choi, MD

07/2015 – 06/2016 | Hesham Soliman, MD

07/2013 – 06/2014 | Michael Mumert, MD

01/2013 – 12/2013 | Jason Przybylo, MD

07/2011 – 06/2012 | Chad Cole, MD

07/2010 – 06/2011 | Alice Cherqui, MD

07/2008 – 06/2009 | Harlan Bruner, MD
07/2008 – 06/2009 | Michael Martin, MD

07/2007 – 06/2008 | Jeff Golan, MD
07/2007 – 06/2008 | Olawale Sulaiman, MD, PhD

07/2005 – 06/2006 | Simon Salerno, MD
07/2005 – 06/2006 | Marjorie Wang, MD, MPH

07/2004 – 06/2005 | Brian Snell, MD
07/2004 – 06/2005 | Scott Soleau, MD

07/2003 – 06/2004 | Sumon Bhattacharjee, MD

01/2003 – 06/2004 | Jason Lifshutz, MD

07/2002 – 06/2004 | Zvi Lidar, MD

07/2002 – 06/2003 | Victor DaSilva, MD

07/2001 – 06/2002 | Joseph Cheng, MD
07/2001 – 06/2002 | Jason Garber, MD
07/2001 – 06/2002 | Paul Yanez, MD

01/2001 – 06/2001 | Shekar N. Kurpad, MD, PhD

07/2000 – 06/2001 | Muwaffak M. Abdulak, MD
07/2000 – 06/2001 | Avery M. Jackson III, MD 

07/1999 – 06/2000 | Marilyn Gates, MD
07/1999 – 06/2000 | Michael Groff, MD

07/1998 – 06/1999 | Frank Coufal, MD
07/1998 – 06/1999 | Bryan Periera, MD

07/1997 – 06/1998 | Christopher Wolfla, MD

09/1996 – 07/1997 | Sivasupiramaniam Sriharan, MD

07/1996 – 06/1998 | Richard J. Fox, MD

07/1996 – 06/1997 | Thomas Chen, MD

07/1995 – 06/1996 | Gregory J. Przybylski, MD

07/1994 – 06/1996 | Jamie L. Baisden, MD

07/1994 – 06/1995 | Michael Gallagher, MD
07/1994 – 06/1995 | Leslie Sebring, MD 

01/1994 – 06/1994 | William E. Krauss, MD

07/1993 – 06/1994 | Brian G. Cuddy, MD

01/1993 – 06/1993 | Robert Bernardi, MD

07/1992 – 06/1993 | Paul Arnold, MD

07/1992 – 12/1992 | Mark W. Fox, MD 

01/1992 – 06/1992 | Vincent Morgese, MD

07/1991 – 06/1992 | James P. Hollowell, MD

07/1991 – 12/1991 Eric Woodard, MD

07/1990 – 06/1991 Richard Toselli, MD

07/1989 – 06/1990 Paul McCormick, MD

07/1988 – 06/1989 Charlie Stillerman, MD

07/1987 – 06/1988 Greg Bennett, MD


Why become a fellow at MCW

As a major academic medical center, and the largest research institution in the Milwaukee metro area, the Medical College of Wisconsin is a distinguished leader in the advanced training of physicians, researchers, pharmacists and health professionals. Together with its top-tier partner institutions, the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals (MCWAH) puts you at the forefront of advancement that’s improving the vitality of society.

Reasons to live in Milwaukee

Milwaukee is a one-of-a-kind city with a vibrant and diverse culture, this charming, yet metropolitan must-see is just 90 minutes north of Chicago and nestled on the coast of Lake Michigan. Whether you’re catching a show at Summerfest, the world’s largest music festival, immersing yourself in the old world charm of the Historic Third Ward or taking in the sights and sounds of one of the many cafés, beer gardens or restaurants that line the city’s riverbank and shoreline, Milwaukee never disappoints. Find out why MCW residents and fellows take pride in calling Milwaukee home.

Outpatient & Inpatient Facilities

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Froedtert Hospital

9200 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53226

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Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center

5000 W. National Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53295

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Children's Wisconsin

8915 W. Connell Ct.
Milwaukee, WI 53226

Contact Us

The Medical College of Wisconsin is located on the western edge of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Care for neurosurgery patients is provided at Froedtert Hospital, Children’s Wisconsin, and the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center.

Medical College of Wisconsin
Hub for Collaborative Medicine
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226

(414) 955-7188


(414) 955-0950

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