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Department of Orthopedics

Department of Orthopedics


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; a six week rotation at Children's Hospital Colorado,working with Mark Erickson, MD and Sumeet Garg, MD on pediatric deformity patients, and a six week rotation at our Level I trauma center and the care of trauma patients at Denver Health Medical Center. The Fellow will interact with residents from the orthopaedic 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.

This fellowship participates in the San Francisco match program.


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.

Attending Staff

Vikas Patel, MD; Evalina Burger, MD; Christopher Cain, MD; Philip Stahel, MD; Todd VanderHeiden, MD; Sumeet Garg, MD; Mark Erickson, MD; Nancy Hadley-Miller, MD

For more information or to apply for start date of August 1st: Applicants must apply by Dec 1 each year prior to the applicable spring match. Applications must be made through the San Francisco Match ( using the Central Application Service (CAS). We will release interview notifications the first week of December. 

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: Audrey Westphalen