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On behalf of the Neurosurgery Department and the spine team, I would like to welcome you to Chicago and the Rush Department of Neurosurgery spine fellowship program.

The Rush University Medical Center Department of Neurosurgery spine fellowship is a CAST-accredited program that offers an exceptional opportunity to develop expertise in complex spinal surgery.

The fellowship focuses on the development of comprehensive patient management clinical skills to diagnose and treat broad ranges of spinal disorders that include; degenerative spinal disorders, spinal deformity, fractures, infections and spinal and spinal cord tumors. Rush has undergone a major transformation with the opening of a new state-of-the-art hospital in January 2012. This facility includes a 28-bed neuroscience ICU and six neurosurgical OR suites, including one with an intra-operative MR scanner.

The fellow is mentored by four surgeons fully devoted to spinal surgery. Along with the exposure to a variety of spine surgeries, the fellow actively participates in the dedicated teaching conferences, journal club, cadaveric spinal dissections and other monthly department meetings. There is a monthly Joint Neuro/Ortho Spine Conference and quarterly there is a joint journal club. There is ample opportunity to participate in clinical, anatomic, biomechanical and/or neuroscience research. The fellow will be presented with opportunities to publish and present at scientific meetings.

The Rush neurosurgery clinical spine fellowship program offers a unique opportunity to expand on the knowledge base and skill set referable to spine surgery due to the extensive educating and training our program provides. We are committed to making this a superb educational experience.

Vincent C. Traynelis, MD
Spine Fellowship Program Director


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