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Fellowship Program

Norton Leatherman Spine Center - Restoring Lives

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This program offers the development of advanced skills in all phases of spine surgery. It is a well-balanced program that exposes fellows to evaluation and treatment of deformities, fractures, neoplasms and degenerative conditions of the spine in patients of all ages. The fellowship includes extensive experience in anterior spinal surgery and surgery of the cervical spine. Fellows will gain experience in minimally invasive lumbar fusion techniques, including percutaneous fixation and minimally invasive interbody fusions and receive exposure in all aspects of instrumentation involving the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. Surgical experience includes approximately 400 cases. Training and instruction are provided by seven full-time orthopaedic spine surgeons as well as five full-time neurosurgeons; all are affiliated with the University of Louisville School of Medicine.

Fellows will assist the staff physician performing surgery, managing patient care, and participating in scoliosis and fracture clinics. Norton Leatherman Spine Center offers unique exposure to both pediatric and adult spinal deformities. Fellows will also prepare publications and presentations for teaching conferences and recognized spine meetings. Norton Leatherman Spine Center includes a clinical outcomes research center, with extensive health-related outcomes data on thousands of patients available to facilitate fellow research. This program is affiliated with Norton Healthcare and the University of Louisville School of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics.

The Norton Leatherman Spine Fellowship Program is participating in the San Francisco matching program. For application information, go to

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