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Spinal Surgery

The University of Colorado Spine Surgery Fellowship program is an ACGME-accredited fellowship focused on providing a well rounded spine surgery experience.

The Fellow will gain expertise in adult and adolescent degenerative and deformity issues, and will be exposed to numerous trauma cases, spinal tumors and neoplastic diseases, pediatric spinal disorders, and spinal rehabilitation. He/she will stay abreast of the newest techniques such as minimally invasive exposures, kyphoplasty, disk replacement, and surgical navigation techniques. The fellow will also be involved in multiple ongoing clinical trials involving the newest spine surgery technologies.

The one-year fellowship will be spent at University of Colorado Hospital, the VA, and six weeks at Children's Hospital Colorado, working with Mark Erickson, MD and Sumeet Garg, MD on pediatric deformity patients. The Fellow will interact with residents from the orthopedic and neurosurgical programs at the University.

The Fellow will be expected to be involved with a research project worthy of publication or presentation to a national spinal meeting. Extensive resources and world-class facilities are available on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, one of the foremost research and surgical facilities in the country, located in the beautiful Denver Metro area.


Please visit the Graduate Medical Education (GME) website for the full listing of resident/fellow benefits.


Applicants must have completed an ACGME-accredited residency program in Orthopedic Surgery or Neurosurgery.

Applications must be submitted through the San Francisco Match ( using the Central Application Service (CAS).

Residents in our program must be a U.S. Citizen, lawful permanent resident, refugee, asylee, or possess the appropriate documentation to allow Resident to legally train at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine.

For questions regarding International Medical Graduates, please visit the Graduate Medical Education (GME) website.

University of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer.

Program Director: Vikas Patel, MD

Program Coordinator: Jaci Widhalm​