Clinical Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery and Navigation

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In collaboration with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medicine is proud to announce our fellowship in minimally invasive spinal surgery and navigation. This fellowship was started in 2015 and complements the residency training to promote further expertise and skills in the growing and important area of minimally invasive spinal surgery, navigation, and complex spinal surgery. Successful incorporation of MIS techniques and navigation requires specialized training and preparation that during the regular neurosurgical or orthopedic residency is rarely offered. The goal of this fellowship is to train the future leaders in spinal surgery that will advance the field and expand our horizon based on the principles of technical excellence, sound clinical judgment and compassion for our patients.

Surgeons who complete this program will be able to apply principles and techniques of minimally invasive surgery and navigation to all types of surgeries; from degenerative to trauma to tumor and deformity surgery in all regions of the spine, adult and pediatric. This will facilitate a career in either academic or private practice.

About the Program
MIS and navigation surgery greatly expand the range of pathologies and patients that can be successfully treated with surgery. We believe that best spine care can only be delivered in a multidisciplinary setting. Our ability to excel in MIS is dependent upon the surgical team being interwoven with the other specialties in our Center for Comprehensive Spine Care. We are committed to training spine surgeons that are not only technically excellent, but who also understand that surgical success is based on precise diagnosis and sound judgement. Once a pathology has been determined as surgical, technical excellence in MIS and navigation will allow us to minimize the extent and side effects of surgery, while maximizing its efficiency.

The fellow in minimal invasive spinal surgery will have exposure to all aspects of spinal care, from diagnosis to treatment to aftercare. The fellow will be trained in complex spinal surgery with a focus on MIS and navigation. Clinical and basic research are part of the educational experience. The fellow is expected to engage actively in ongoing research projects and present and publish research work. The extent of responsibilities assigned to fellows will depend on the fellow’s engagement, skills, and the complexity of the particular patient’s pathology.

Fellow's Responsibilities
The fellow is responsible for covering the cases being performed in the operating room and seeing patients in the outpatient office with the attendings. Clinical and basic science research projects are numerous with the ability to participate in prospective outcomes studies, biomechanics, and basic science projects. The fellow is required to complete at least two projects/papers. The educational process for the fellow includes a core curriculum of lectures, teaching case conferences, and journal clubs. Formal teaching conferences for the residents and fellows are held weekly on a variety of didactic topics, case presentations, and interactive discussions.

Erma Bell, Administrative Coordinator
(212) 746-5543