Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Spine Fellowship

(Application Deadline – October 31)

Welcome to the Northwestern Spine Fellowship Program

The Spine Fellowship provides a comprehensive experience in adult spine disorders at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.  Our fellows receive exposure to all aspects of cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine pathology: from the occiput to the pelvis.

Surgical conditions include:

We offer a broad experience in primary and revision cases, including minimally invasive, motion sparing, and complex reconstructive techniques. Our fellows are involved with over 300 surgeries a year and will have an opportunity to work side-by-side with all of our spine faculty both in and out of the operating room.

In addition to a large and expansive surgical experience, we have created an academic curriculum focused on the education of our fellows and residents. Our fellows are involved with the spine curriculum and the weekly surgical indications conference. Additionally, the fellows are involved with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery conferences including Fracture Conference, Grand Rounds, and M&M.

Research is critically important for our fellowship. Our fellows are heavily involved in all aspects of clinical research: from developing critical study questions all the way to presentations and publications. This exposure is vital to developing a critical eye on the literature, providing high quality evidence-based care, and launching our fellows’ professional careers. Completion of one research project publishable in a high-quality, peer-reviewed journal is a requirement of the fellowship. We expect our fellows to exceed that requirement.

Our Spine Faculty:
Alpesh A. Patel, MD, FACS – Program Director
Wellington K. Hsu, MD
Michael F. Schafer, MD

Applicants from the United States must have completed an orthopaedic residency and be Board-eligible or -certified.  Applicants from outside the United States must have a current Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certificate.

Thank you for your interest in the Northwestern Spine Fellowship. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Alpesh A. Patel, MD, FACS
Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. Alpesh Patel

Program Director

Alpesh A. Patel, MD

Current Fellow


Jeffrey Kim, MD

Contact Information

Individuals interested in the Spine fellowship should contact Maryte Zavala.

Maryte Zavala