Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery offers services and programs through the following Divisions. Use these links to directly access all our Department sites.


Spine Center Fellowship

Duration: 1 year

Dates: August 1st through July 31st

Stipend: $61971.00 plus benefits

Currently accepting applications for the 2015/2016 academic
year. Deadline for applications: November 1, 2013.

UCSF Fellowship in Spine


Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
University of California, San Francisco
500 Parnassus Ave- MU320W
San Francisco, Ca-94143-0728
(415) 502-5183; Fax: (415)476-1304

Location: UCSF Medical Center (Parnassus)

Fellowship Goals:

The UCSF Spine Surgery Fellowship is designed to provide fellows with a comprehensive and rigorous training in the evaluation and operative management of a wide variety of spinal disorders.  Our mission is to train surgeons to be compassionate and capable care providers, with the knowledge and skills to care for patients presenting along a broad spectrum of complexity. Unique aspects of this fellowship include significant exposure to deformity, degenerative and complex
reconstruction spine surgery cases and a strong educational program with teaching and research conferences 3 days per week. In addition to traditional instrumentation procedures, the fellowship also offers exposure to new technologies including minimally invasive approaches and investigational studies involving new devices and clinical trials. The faculty of the UCSF Spine Service performs over 1000 operative procedures per year, encompassing a balance of simple and complex spinal pathologies.

Research components:

Extensive research opportunities exist in the fellowship, and all fellows are required to prepare one manuscript based upon original research for publication.
Opportunities exist for clinical research through the UCSF Orthopaedic
Surgery Health Outcomes Center, a multi-disciplinary research center that
includes orthopaedic surgeons, epidemiologists, and other health services
researchers. Basic science facilities are also available, including bioengineering, biomechanics, and molecular biology laboratories.  Specific research responsibilities include:

  1. To work with the UCSF Orthopaedic Outcomes Institute Research Coordinator to
    improve the quality and consistency of data collection.
  2. To assist residents and medical students in designing and carrying out research
  3. To submit at least one research manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed
    journal, based on research done during the fellowship year.

Didactic components:

Monday: Spine Lecture Series – every other week 5:00 pm
Spine Conference – Inman Resident’s Room 7 am, didactic, interactive, topic directed conferences.

Case conference: 8 am: review of pre and postoperative cases for the week.

Wednesday: UCSF Grand Rounds- Grand Rounds is held weekly September
through June and covers general orthopaedic topics.  Grand Rounds are organized by the UCSF
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Thursday: Research conference. 7 am.  MU605

Other conferences:

Journal Club: Every month

City-wide Grand Rounds: Occurs quarterly, and is attended by bay area
orthopaedic surgeons. The topics are of interest to the general orthopaedic surgeon.

To Apply

Currently accepting applications for the 2016/2017 academic
year. Deadline for applications: November 1, 2014.

We will be interviewing Fellowship candidates on Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Please submit your application materials through SFMatch (

For any additional questions, please contact Nicola Sequeira at

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
University of California, San Francisco
500 Parnassus Ave- MU320W
San Francisco, CA 94143-0728
(415) 502-5183; Fax: (415) 476-1304