Spine Surgery Fellowship

Contact: John Heller, MD - jhell02@emory.edu

Emory Orthopaedics and Spine Center offers a spine fellowship with a tremendous variety of clinical experience and excellent research opportunities. We have fellowship trained orthopaedic spine faculty and neurosurgical faculty treating spine patients. There is a great mix of degenerative, trauma, and deformity surgeries as well as intermittent tumor and infection cases. Outpatient experience is important for training, and is part of the program, but most of the year will be in the operating room.  Experience with our neurosurgical faculty and pediatric orthopaedic faculty is readily available and encouraged. Our research laboratory is on site and either clinical or translational research projects are expected. Favorable consideration will be given to applicants interested in an academic career.

Current Fellows

Tyler Jenkins, MD Elliott Kim, MD John Kleimeyer, MD Raj Gala, MD
Tyler Jenkins, MD Elliott Kim, MD John Kleimeyer, MD Raj Gala, MD


Description of the Fellowship

The spine surgery fellowship program at Emory University School of Medicine is under the supervision of Dr. John Heller. In addition, the fellow works with eight other surgical spine faculty including three with dual training in orthopaedics and neurosurgery. The spine fellow attends and presents at a variety of orthopaedic conferences.

The fellowship lasts for one year. Preference is given to applicants who are committed to a career in academic orthopaedic spine surgery. The fellow is expected to participate in residency education. In addition, the fellow must be involved in clinical research projects. Applicants must have completed an accredited residency in orthopaedic surgery and must have a valid ACGME Georgia license by the beginning of the fellowship.

Interested applicants please email CV or resume, personal statement, 3 letters of reference, US-MLE Step I, US-MLE Step II, US-MLE Step III, ECFMG certificate and medical school transcripts.This fellowship will participate in the Fellowship Match run by the San Francisco Matching Program. For information regarding the match including a timetable, please go to www.sfmatch.org.


Ka'Lynde Smith, Fellowship Coordinator
E-mail: kalynde.smith@emory.edu