Spine Surgery Fellowship

Program Overview  |  Faculty  |  2015-2016 Orthopaedic Spine Fellows  |  Education  |  Research  |  Eligibility Requirements

Program Overview

The University of Maryland Department of Orthopaedics Surgery is offering three one-year Spine Fellowships.  This ACGME accredited program provides Fellows with comprehensive and rigorous training in the evaluation and operative management of a wide variety of spinal disorders.  Fellows will be exposed to, and receive, extensive mentoring in order to develop independent skills in managing, treating and operating on patients with complex traumatic    injuries tumors, infections, degenerative disorders and spinal deformity. Fellows will also be exposed to various spinal instrumentation systems, image-guided surgery, and minimally invasive surgery. 

Our mission is to train surgeons to be compassionate and capable care providers, and provide them with the knowledge and skills necessary to care for a wide variety of patients.

Fellows currently rotate through a variety of clinical settings including training at the University of Maryland Medical Center, the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, the Baltimore VA Medical Center and Baltimore Washington Medical Center.  


Our Fellows have the opportunity to work side-by-side with our fellowship trained orthopaedic spine faculty and neurosurgical faculty in and out of the operating room.

2015-2016 Orthopaedic Spine Fellows

Daniel Cavanaugh, MD
Kunwar Khalsa, MD
Joseph Pyun, MD


In addition to a large and expansive surgical experience, we have created an academic curriculum focused on the continuing education of our Fellows.  Each Fellows is responsible for one research project and one written text (case report, article, chapter) during the course of the fellowship.  Weekly attendance at Pre-op/Post-op Conference is expected and attendance at monthly department conferences such as Morbidity and Mortality and Grand Rounds is required.  The University Fellow will be responsible for preparing and presenting at monthly M&M Conference.  Research Meetings and Spine Didactics are held one Thursday morning a month; attendance and participation are required.


Research is critically important to our fellowship.  Our Fellows are encouraged to be involved in clinical research, as well as present and publish at the local and national level.  As mentioned above, Research Meetings and Spine Didactics will be held one Thursday morning a month, attendance and participating are required.  Each Fellow is responsible for completing one research project and one written text (case report, article, chapter) during the course of the fellowship.  In addition, the Fellows work closely and in conjunction with our dedicated Spine Research Fellow.

Eligibility Requirements

Number of Positions: 3 
Duration: 1 year 

Applicants must have completed an ACGME accredited orthopaedic residency program and be Board-eligible or-certified. Applicants may apply through SF Match at www.sfmatch.org. For additional information on the University of Maryland Spine Fellowship Program, you may contact Kelsey Fitzpatrick, Fellowship Coordinator at 410-328-3330, or by email at kfitzpatrick@umoa.umm.edu. Thank you for your interest in University of Maryland Spine Fellowship Program.

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