The Complex Spine Fellowship at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, Department of Neurosurgery is a one-year appointment offered annual to a candidate who has completed an ACGME-accredited neurosurgery residency program (or foreign equivalent). The fellowship focuses on the development of clinical skills needed to diagnose and treat a broad range of spinal disorders. Extensive mentoring in degenerative spinal disorders, complex traumatic fractures, tumors, infection and adult spinal deformity, as well as comprehensive exposure to all forms of spinal instrumentation and minimally invasive surgical techniques, is provided. A strong emphasis is also placed on the academic development of the fellow. Participation in clinical, biomechanical, and/or basic science research is expected. At the completion of the fellowship, each candidate will be prepared for a career in academic neurological spine surgery.
By the time you begin your enfolded fellowship as a PGY-7 most residents will have performed ~300-400 endovascular cases including both diagnostic and interventions. By this time the resident is expected to meet the requirements of a first year endovascular fellow. The fellowship year is specifically designed to have the fellow become independent with endovascular interventions. Some of the more common interventions our fellows are able to perform independently include aneurysm coiling (with or without balloon-stent assistance), pipeline flow diversion, onyx embolization for AVMs/tumors, MMA embolization, Stroke thrombectomy, carotid stents, intra-arterial vasodilator and angioplasty treatment for management of vasospasm, and more. The fellow participates actively in the open cerebrovascular and skull base cases as well getting experience performing the complex microsurgical technique. Fellows participate in ~300-400 cases during this year.