Orthopaedic Surgery

PM&R Interventional Spine Fellowship

Fellowship Director: Matthew Smuck, MD

Applications are accepted between February 1 and June 1.

Goals and Characteristics of this Fellowship: The goal of the Stanford University PM&R Interventional Spine Fellowship is to train a dedicated physiatrist in advanced diagnosis and comprehensive management of acute and chronic spine disease. The fellow will encounter a wide spectrum of conditions affecting the spine including those treated by medical, interventional, and surgical measures. The Stanford Spine Center is a word-class multidisciplinary facility with on-site clinics, imaging (ultrasound, x-ray, CT and MRI), electrodiagnostics lab, therapy gym, and surgery center. The fellow will work and learn in this dynamic environment under the guidance of the program director and its many faculty. Faculty include fellowship-trained spine and musculoskeletal specialists from PM&R, Orthopaedic Surgery, Neurosurgery and Radiology. The fellow is exposed to a broad range of procedures including ultrasound and fluoroscopic-guided percutaneous interventions (mix is approximately 30% cervical, 5% thoracic, 50% lumbar and 15% appendicular) and electrodiagnostic studies.

This is a strongly academic program. The fellow will have an integral role in education thru interactions with residents and medical students, and by contributing to and organizing aspects of the regular didactic program, spine indications conference, and cadaver lab sessions. The fellowship fosters clinical research and the fellow is expected to publish in a peer reviewed journal. Basic science research opportunities are available through interdisciplinary efforts for those interested.

This one-year fellowship begins each year on August 1 and is not ACGME-accredited. There is a stipend. Fellows must have a California Medical License and be Board Certified or Board eligible in PM&R before beginning the Fellowship.

Application

For additional questions, please contact:  

Matthew Smuck, MD
Director, Stanford Interventional Spine Center
Director, PM&R Interventional Spine Fellowship

Stanford University, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
450 Broadway Street, Pavilion C
Redwood City, CA 94063-6342

Ashley Johnson
Coordinator, PM&R Interventional Spine Fellowship

Office: (650) 721-7627
Fax: (650) 721-3470

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