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This is an academic fellowship with a three-fold mission to provide advanced training for neurosurgeons in clinical care, innovative research, and preparation for a career in academic teaching. Fellows will treat patients of diverse population of primarily adult patients in the Tampa Bay area and surrounding counties of West Florida, suffering from conditions or diseases affecting the spine.
Overview of the Program: This is a 12-month fellowship, accredited by the Society of Neurological Surgeons Committee for Advanced Subspecialty Training (CAST). This program offers fellows advanced training and education in the neurosurgical management of diseases and deformities of the spine, including prevention, evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment (both medical and surgical) of the spine, spinal cord, surrounding soft tissues, nerves, and vascular structures. Fellows will be offered a broad range of education and training in both complex and minimally invasive spine cases.
Training Site: This fellowship is based at Tampa General Hospital. This 1,000+ bed teaching hospital is the primary teaching hospital for USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. As the only Level I Trauma Center in the Tampa Bay area, TGH serves as the main tertiary care facility for West Central Florida. TGH receives neurosurgical patients from all parts of Florida and the greater southeast region. There are 32-dedicated, state of the art neurological-ICU beds, and 18-dedicated trauma-ICU beds . TGH is also home to the only Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program designated by the Florida Department of Health, offering patients sustaining spinal cord injuries comprehensive care beyond surgical services.
Program Structure: Throughout the duration of the fellowship, time spent between clinical education and research duties will be roughly 80% and 20%, respectively.
Clinical: The fellow will fully integrate into the neurosurgery service at Tampa General Hospital, gaining experience in ambulatory clinics, inpatient, critical care, and operative procedures. Specific clinical duties include:
Didactics: The fellow will attend and participate in all academic conferences for the Department of Neurosurgery including:
Research & Scholarly Activity: Time throughout the fellowship (on average, 1 day/week, or 20%) will be allocated for clinical and/or basic scientific research related to spinal neurosurgery. Fellows should collaborate with spinal faculty and residents on publications, with at least one manuscript accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. The department has support staff and resources in place to facilitate new research initiatives, including NIH grant applications. Fellows are encouraged to submit their work for presentation at regional and national conferences (e.g. AANS, NASS, SMISS). Trainees are provided with financial support to attend professional conferences when they have been accepted as presenters.
Program Director, CAST Spine Fellowship
Director, Division of Spine Surgery