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 San Diego Spine Fellowship


San Diego Center for Spinal Disorders
4130 La Jolla Village Drive, Suite 300, La Jolla, CA 92037
Tel: (858) 554-7988 Fax: (858) 678-0007
Email: Email to Fellowship Program

Fellowship Director Behrooz A. Akbarnia, M.D.
Associate Director  Robert K. Eastlack, M.D.
Faculty James D. Bruffey, M.D. 
Ramin Bagheri, M.D.
Gregory M. Mundis, Jr., M.D.
Duration Yearly from August 1st to July 31st
Application Information The San Diego Spine Fellowship participates in the SF Match program.  Please click here to visit the SF Match website for more information and to complete your application:
Application Deadline  Yearly on November 1st
Stipend $60,000 (includes health and malpractice insurance)
Affiliated Facilities  Sharp Memorial Hospital; Rady Children’s Hospital; Scripps Memorial Hospital; Scripps Clinic; UCSD Medical Center; Orthopaedic and Surgery Center of La Jolla
Program Description

The spine fellowship is designed to provide the orthopaedic surgeon who has completed an orthopaedic residency, with comprehensive exposure to the diagnosis and treatment of all aspects of spinal disorders.  Surgical procedures include anterior, posterior and minimally invasive techniques.  Individuals completing the fellowship will have comprehensive exposure to pediatric and adult patient populations. 

All participating surgeons in the program are nationally recognized specialists in both non-operative and operative spine care. Fellows will participate in outpatient and inpatient care.  The Fellow is given increasing responsibility throughout the year based on individual achievements.  Clinical and basic science research projects are on going. Fellows are expected to complete at least one major research project of publishable quality within the year. 

Applicants must be Board-eligible or -certified and have obtained a California medical license 6 months in advance of commencement of the fellowship (mandatory). The use of the SF Match Central Application Service (CAS) is mandatory.  Applicants fill out only one application form and provide one set of documents and CAS will distribute these documents to the applicant’s designated programs.  Per SF Match guidelines, three letters of recommendation are required, including one from a residency program director. Applicants who are seriously considered for the fellowship will be asked for an interview as outlined in the matching guidelines.

Fellowship Program Profile:
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Percent of fellowship devoted to non-operative care:
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Percent exposure to spine by diagnosis:
Adult Deformity
Pediatric Deformity


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