The Department of Orthopaedics at The Ohio State University has designed a teaching program that includes comprehensive didactics, in which all areas of Surgery of the Spine are represented. The curriculum allows the fellow to be involved with all spine surgery faculty. The variety of styles in the management of spinal problems, surgical indication, patient/physician relationships, charting/documentation and billing methods that exist in this broad spectrum of practices offers an experience that is truly comprehensive.  

The fellow will be exposed to the full spectrum of spinal disorders, both operative and non-operative. During the program, the fellow have access to a high volume of spine surgical procedures by rotating with the three orthopaedic spine surgeons on staff and will be exposed to cervical, thoracic and lumbar pathology, including degenerative diseases, trauma, deformity, infections and tumors. Anterior, posterior and direct lateral exposures will be taught as well as minimally invasive and open techniques for spinal fusion and decompression. The fellow will be involved in all phases of care for the patient, including pre-op, surgical care, post-op follow-up and long-term surveillance care. The fellow will also participate in an on-call schedule, where they will see and evaluate patients with residents in the emergency department. He or she will see patients in the clinic and will direct appropriate diagnostic studies as needed and participate in the surgical and postoperative care of patients and also supervise outpatient therapy until the patient is recovered. 
Research is also an important component of the Spine Surgery Fellowship program. The fellow will be responsible for at least one research project during his or her training. This will include study design, IRB application, statistical analysis and writing. Resources are available in all of these areas within our division and department. Research projects are presented at the research day. Ample time is provided to the fellow throughout the program to complete their project.  


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The fellow participates in the educational activities of the Department of Orthopaedics,
  • Department of Orthopaedics Morbidity and Mortality Conference (monthly)
  • Department of Orthopaedics Journal Club (monthly)
  • Department of Orthopaedics Quality Conferences (quarterly)
  • Department of Orthopaedics Visiting Professor programs (quarterly)
  • Department of Orthopaedics Mallory-Coleman Research Day (yearly)
  • Department of Orthopaedics Michael J. Patzakis Endowed Lectureship (yearly)
Educational activities specific to the division of spine surgery:
  • Spine indications conference (weekly)
  • Spine surgery Journal club (monthly)
  • Joint Neuro/Ortho Spine Conference (bi-monthly)

Research Requirement

Research is an important component of the Surgery of the Spine Fellowship. Each fellow is required to complete, present and submit a book chapter or case report for publication in a peer-reviewed journal prior to completion of the fellowship. In addition, the fellow will collaborate on ongoing research projects underway in the division. Research projects are presented at the annual Mallory-Coleman Research Day. Ample time is provided to the fellow throughout the program to complete the project.

Application Process

The fellowship program participates in the San Francisco Match. One fellowship position is offered through the Match each year. Applications are reviewed by the selection committee and are selected on the basis of their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills and personal qualities. All applications are reviewed by the Fellowship Selection Committee, which is comprised of faculty members of the spine division. Fellowship positions are offered by the program director based on the outcome of the Match. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply to the fellowship program and are given equal consideration.

Application must include:

  • SF Match Fellowship Application with personal statement
  • CV
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • USMLE score report (all steps)
  • Status Report Form

Application deadline: November 1, 2019

Program dates:

  • Start date: August 1, 2021
  • End date: July 31, 2022
Applicants selected for interview will be notified by November 30, 2019. Interviews will be held in Columbus, Ohio, on January 23, 2020 and January 30, 2020.

Match results for 2021 positions will be released by the SF Match on April 21, 2020.

For more information, please contact:

Julia Panzo
Education Program Manager
Phone: 614-293-6194
Fax: 614-293-3596

Department of Orthopaedics
725 Prior Hall
376 W. 10th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

Applications for the Orthopaedic Residency Program are accepted through ERAS only. The Program participates in the National Resident Matching Program. Applications are reviewed by the selection committee and are selected on the basis of their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills and personal qualities

Surgery of the Spine Fellowship Faculty


Elizabeth Yu, MD

Program Director


Jeffery Kim, MD

Safdar Khan MD

Safdar Khan, MD

Surgery of the Spine Fellows

Surgery of the Spine Fellows

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