Spine Surgery Fellowship
Welcome Message From the Director
Thank you for your interest in the UConn Health Spine Surgery Fellowship. We have developed a comprehensive training program that will expose fellows to all aspects of spinal care, including the operative and non-operative treatment of degenerative, deformity, neoplastic and traumatic conditions. Our graduates will be prepared to pursue careers in both academic and private practice settings and be well equipped to treat patients using both traditional and complex minimally invasive techniques. Trainees will work at both UConn Health, an academic medical center, and Hartford Hospital, a tertiary care Level I trauma center. Fellows will have dedicated research time to pursue clinical, biomechanical and/or basic science projects under the supervision of our core Spine faculty. We look forward to receiving your application.
Isaac L. Moss, MDCM, MASc, FRCSC
Chair and Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
Program Director, Spine Surgery Fellowship
Comprehensive Spine Center
UConn Musculoskeletal Institute
Number of Fellows
August 1 through July 31
Fellows will spend 1-2 days per week seeing patients in the UConn Comprehensive Spine Center evaluating patients with a full range of spinal pathology including degenerative, deformity, neoplastic and traumatic conditions. Our spine center is a collaborative environment, home to orthopaedic spine surgeons, neurosurgeons, physiatrists, mid-level providers, and physical therapists. Fellows will have the opportunity to interact with the entire staff to gain an understanding for the full range of available treatments for our patients.
Fellows will spend 2-3 days per week in the operating room, at both UConn Health and Hartford Hospital. The surgical experience offered is unique in that fellows will be trained to address degenerative, deformity, neoplastic and traumatic conditions using both traditional open and minimally invasive techniques including MIS decompression and fusion, lateral interbody fusion and MIS coronal/sagittal plane deformity correction. Operating rooms at both UConn Health and Hartford Hospital are state-of-the-art, and are equipped with integrated audiovisual systems, 3D imaging, and robotic navigation. Fellows will be given graduated responsibility at a pace commensurate with their background and skill. The fellow will also interact with the orthopaedic surgery residents, as well as play an active role in residency education.
The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery operates an onsite Bioskills Lab with a full complement of orthopaedic and spine instruments, radiolucent table, c-arm, simulators, and access to cadaveric specimens. At least 3 times per year, bioskills labs will be held with cadaveric specimens and implants focusing on specific procedures. In addition, the Lab is available to trainees 24/7 with access to anatomical models and is available to evaluate new technology when the need arises.
Weekly conferences will cover various spine related topics including:
- Indications for and interpretation of advanced spine imaging
- Indications and risk associated with various treatment options
- Surgical planning and technical pearls
Fellows will also attend monthly M&M conferences, journal club and UConn Orthopaedic Forum/Grand Rounds with invited speakers.
Fellows will have 1 half day per week of protected time to perform clinical/laboratory research as per their preference.
Our fellowship program participates in the SF Matching Program. For information on application requirements, deadlines, and interview dates, visit SF Match website.
ACGME Program Number: 2670826037
Application Deadline: December 1
Spine Surgery Gives Patient ‘Her Life Back’
Comprehensive Spine Center’s Dr. Isaac Moss is changing the lives of his patients like Pat Carroll with the latest minimally-invasive spine surgery techniques, including robotic-guided surgery. “Dr. Moss has given me my life back,” says Carroll.
UConn Health is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity (AA/EOE) and our Spine Surgery Fellowship Program is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity training program. We encourage applicants from a wide diversity of backgrounds, ethnicity and we fully support applications from women and under-represented groups.
This program does not discriminate with regard to sex, race, age, religion, color, disability or national origin.