Cleveland Clinic's Center for Spine Health offers a unique opportunity to receive spine medicine graduate training through our fellowship program. At Cleveland Clinic, you will have the chance to work with some of the country's best Spine Medicine Physicians, Physiatrists, Rheumatologists, Neurologists, Neurosurgeons, and Orthopaedists.
Our Orthopaedic Surgery, Rheumatology and Neuroscience programs are consistently ranked among the top 10 in the nation and No. 1 in Ohio by U.S. News & World Report's Annual "America's Best Hospitals" survey. Cleveland Clinic itself is ranked one of America's top hospitals.
Our fellows are trained comprehensively - we focus not only on procedural techniques, but also on spine wellness, surgical evaluations, image interpretation, pharmacologic therapies and more. Fellows have opportunities to sports medicine, radiology, metabolic bone disease, chronic pain rehabilitation program, and integrative medicine.
Objectives of the Fellowship
The goal of the Cleveland Clinic Spine Medicine Fellowship is to train broadly competent, non-operative specialists in the evaluation and management of the full spectrum of spine disorders. The unique integration of non-operative and surgical specialists within the Center for Spine Health, provides fellows the opportunity to develop outstanding clinical skills grounded in an evidence based framework.
Scholarly activity is encouraged and expected. Fellows are active participants in clinical research and writing.
Fellows participate in weekly grand rounds and joint surgical/medical conferences as well as tumor board, Cleveland Spine Review, spine research meetings, and cadaver workshops. Fellows are also involved with resident and medical student education. The Cleveland Clinic does have a PM&R Residency.
Fluoroscopically-Guided Procedures Include:
Facet Joint Injections (Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbar (C-T-L))
Medial Branch Blocks (C-T-L)
Radiofrequency Ablation of the Medical Branch Nerves
Epidural Steroid Injections (Caudal, C-T-L Interlaminar, and C-T-L Transforaminal)
Sacroiliac Joint Injections
Intra-Articular Hip Joint Injections
There is exposure to Vertebral Augmentation and Spinal Cord Simulation as well.
Director: Russell DeMicco, MD
Co-Directors: Santhosh Thomas, DO, MBA; Adrian Zachary, DO, MPH
About Cleveland Clinic, Center for Spine Health
Cleveland Clinic has been delivering innovative healthcare since 1921. In over 90 years we have done some remarkable things. From performing the world’s first coronary artery bypass in the 1950s to assisting in America’s first facial transplant a few short years ago, we are proud that our remarkable care has always been reflected by monumental firsts.
For your career, this means more opportunities to grow at the frontlines of medicine and working with colleagues that consistently push beyond boundaries to achieve better outcomes for all patients around the globe. As we begin our next 90 years of outstanding care, we invite you to consider the impact you can have on our groundbreaking work when you choose to make your first day at Cleveland Clinic the next in an astounding line of firsts.