Mayo Clinic spine surgeon Jeremy Fogelson, M.D., examining a spine model

Faculty member Jeremy L. Fogelson, M.D.

Program description

The goal of the Spine Surgery Fellowship at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, is to provide board-eligible graduates of orthopedic surgery training programs with a well-rounded experience involving all aspects of spinal surgery.

As a fellow, you gain expertise in treating a wide range of spine pathology and performing a comprehensive array of surgical techniques, including anterior and posterior decompression, instrumentation, microsurgery, and minimally invasive surgery at all levels of the spine.

Clinical responsibilities are divided among five orthopedic and four neurosurgery staff spinal surgeons. You participate in the preoperative assessment, surgical care, postoperative management and follow-up evaluation of patients.

Clinical and basic science research opportunities are available. You are required to produce at least one peer-reviewed publication and participate in the design of a second project during their tenure. You also are expected to carry out a quality improvement project and actively participate in the education of residents.


The Spine Surgery Fellowship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Program history

The Spine Surgery Fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, began in 1993. We anticipate that two trainees will complete this program annually.

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