- Dr. Richard Hu, MD, FRCSC
- Dr. Paul Salo, MD, FRCSC
- Dr. Stephan du Plessis, MD
- Dr. Jacques Bouchard, MD, FRCSC
- Dr. Roger Cho, MD, FRCSC
- Dr. Ken Thomas, MD, MHSc, FRCSC
- Dr. Ganesh Swamy, MD, PhD (cand), FRCSC
- Dr. Steve Casha, MD, Ph.D, FRCSC
- Dr. W. Bradley Jacobs, MD, FRCSC
- Dr. Peter Lewkonia, MD, MSc, FRCSC
- Dr. Alex Soroceanu, MD, CM, MPH, FRCSC
- Dr. David Cadotte, MD, Ph.D, FRCSC
Spine Fellowship at the University of Calgary is a combined orthopaedic and neurosurgical clinical experience. The goals of the fellowship are to train neurosurgeons and orthopaedic in the diagnosis and management of diseases of the spine.
The University of Calgary Spine Program is a multidisciplinary group dedicated to the management of individuals with spinal pathology. The program is based at Foothills Medical Centre and the Alberta Children’s Hospital, Level I trauma/tertiary care centres serving the population of the city of Calgary (1.4 million) and the surrounding regions of southern Alberta, southeastern British Columbia and southern Saskatchewan (total 2.0 million). There are an estimated 2100 spinal procedures performed per year at Foothills Medical Centre. In addition, all adult spinal cord injuries are seen and managed in the acute and rehabilitation stages at Foothills Medical Centre.
The emphasis of this Spine Fellowship is upon the decision-making and the surgical techniques relevant to the breadth of spine surgery. At the end of the fellowship, the trainee will have the experience and ability to independently perform surgical approaches, decompressions, deformity correction and instrumentation in areas of the spine from the occiput to pelvis. Technical competencies include:
- Decompression techniques (anterior and posterior)
- Anterior and posterior instrumentation systems of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine
- Cervical and Lumbar disc arthroplasty
- Open and less invasive techniques for exposure
- Image guidance/computer assisted navigation
The Spine Fellowship year runs from July 1 to June 30 of the following year. Educational conferences include a weekly Fellows Conference, during which in depth didactic presentations on a wide range of spinal conditions are presented, as well as a weekly case conference with discussion and presentation of recent cases and complex management cases.
Weekly outpatient clinics are performed with the attending staff and informal teaching occurs with junior house staff and residents.
Spine Service call occurs for each attending for one week at a time. During this period, the house staff and Fellows assigned to the attending surgeon form the spine team on call. Initial assessment and management decisions are made by the resident and fellow with close supervision by the attending staff. All Fellow call is at home call.
During the course of the year, a minimum of one clinical research project is required and must be completed to the point of submission for publication prior to the conclusion of the training year. This research project is mutually agreed upon by the Fellow and the supervisor of the Fellow’s choice.
Please address all correspondence to:
Dr. Fred Nicholls, MD, Ph.D, FRCSC
Combined Spine Surgery Fellowship Director c/o Patti Sullivan
Foothills Medical Centre, 12th floor
1403 – 29th Street NW
Email: [email protected]
We are now accepting applications for 2021. Two spots are reserved for North American Applicants through SF Match. Deadline for applications is December 1, 2019. Fellowship applications are accepted online.
Did you complete your residency training from a North American Institution?
Apply with [email protected]