Upstate Orthopedics

Spine Fellowship


There are three goals of our Spine Fellowship program:

  1. To develop the physician’s knowledge and surgical techniques for treating diseases of the spine
  2. To provide experience in conducting appropriate research in the laboratory and/or clinical setting
  3. To demonstrate an ability to transmit information to other professionals through education and dissemination of research results

The Spine Fellow will be involved in a variety of education activities. The Spine Fellow can expect to gain experience with the diagnosis and management of degenerative, traumatic, infectious, and neoplastic conditions involving the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar regions of the spine. Extensive exposure to patients with spine deformities is also available.

The Spine Fellow is actively involved in the outpatient clinic. Clinical and basic science research is carried out under the guidance of research and clinical faculty members. Surgical experience is gained under the supervision of faculty members from the orthopaedic and neurosurgical departments. This fellowship participates in the San Francisco spine match program.

This fellowship is ACGME accredited and participates in the match program.

Spine Fellowship Outline 

Spine Fellowship Training Manual 


Our fellowship has a long tradition of success. It was founded by Dr Hansen Yuan and Dr Bruce Fredrickson in 1984.

Fellowship Outline

Clinical Activities

The fellowship is principally a clinical fellowship.  Educational activities include hands-on direct experiences in the outpatient and surgical settings. These experiences are designed to develop the physician's knowledge of surgical techniques for treating diseases of the spine.  It is our firm belief that graduated clinical responsibility is important to the development of a spine surgeon. During a typical week three to four days are spent in the operating room with at least one day is spent in office hours.  We feel that the office based component of the fellowship is important to the development of outpatient care as well as to provide the fellow with an environment to learn surgical indications. 

Routine educational experiences take place in two major  settings:

  1. Upstate Bone and Joint Center 
    Enclosed within this space are:  offices of the attending spine staff, outpatient clinics of the Orthopedic Department, radiography with an up-to-date MRI imaging facility, outpatient surgery facility;  and a pain management center for performing therapeutic and diagnostic block.

  2. SUNY Upstate Medical University Hospital, Crouse Hospital, VA Hospital 
    Surgery experiences occur predominantly at the SUNY Upstate Medical University and associated clinics.  Upstate is a tertiary care level 1 trauma center with a pediatric hospital.  This institution is capable of treating virtually all spinal pathologies in adults and children including traumatic, degenerative and deformity types of spinal pathology. Crouse Hospital is a private hospital that is connected to Upstate by a bridge. Upstate Orthopedics maintains an elective spine practice that runs out of this facility.   Fellows have the option of participating in patient care at Crouse.  The fellow also has the opportunity to work at the VA Hospital.

Spine Surgery Educational Conferences

  1. Monday Morning Spine Core Curriculum Conference:  The spine service hosts a weekly didactic session that is open to the entire Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery residency.  These sessions occur each Monday beginning at 7:00AM.  Sessions are topic based as outlined by the core lecture.  A power point lecture concerning the topic is given. These lectures are topical presentations that have been prepared by the attending staff.  An open discussion forum occurs at the conclusion of the lecture.

  2. Spine Indications Conference\Complex Spine Case Conference: 
    This is a small group session where upcoming difficult cases are reviewed and discussed.  The chief complaint along with a clinical history is presented along with supporting radiographic studies.  All participants are asked to propose a surgical plan.  The indications, possible surgical treatments, potential complications, and current supporting literature are discussed.  

  3. Quarterly Spine Morbidity and Mortality Conference: During the course of the quarter, all of the medical and surgical complications on the spine service are tracked.  These are formally presented in a session that is only open to the residency and spine surgery service. During this quality assurance conference, complications, as well as techniques for their prevention, are reviewed.

  4. Bimonthly Spine Journal Club:  Every other month a journal club session will occur outside of the work place.  A classical spine article along with a series of interesting and current articles will be reviewed.  These sessions are voluntary but provide the fellow and residents who attend a relaxed environment to review spine topics and stay up to date on the current body of spine literature.

Spine Fellowship Training Manual 

Spine Fellowship Faculty

Current Fellow

  • Travis Loidolt, MD
    Travis Loidolt, MD, Kansas City University School of Medicine

Past Fellows and Current Employment

  • 1984 - Alan Froehling M.D.,  Mt. Vernon, IL 62864-5116
  • 1985 - Jay Krompinger M.D., Orthopedic Associates, 85 Seymour St., Hartford, CT 06106
  • 1986 - Ernest Found M.D., Department of Orthopedics, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa 52242
  • 1986 - Victor Frankel M.D.,  Linwood, NJ 08221
  • 1987 - Thomas Helbig M.D., 61  Orange, NJ  07079
  • 1988 - Mark H. Falahee III M.D., Orthopedic Surgery Associates, 5333 McAuley Drive, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
  • 1989 - John Schlegel M.D.,  Salt Lake City, UT  84121
  • 1990 - David M. Kruger M.D.,  Hartford, CT 06105
  • 1991 - Pablo Vazquez-Seoane M.D., 2424 Babcock Road, Suite 100, San Antonio, TX 78228
  • 1991 - Jung Yoo M.D., Oregon Health & Sciences University, 12th floor, 3303 S.W. Bond Ave., Portland, OR 97239, Phone: 503 418-9888
  • 1992 - Rand Schleusener M.D.,Black Hills Orthopedic Clinic,PO Box 6850 7220 S. Hwy 16, Rapid City, SD  57709
  • 1993 - Kenneth Easton, M.D., Kent Orthopaedic Associates, 750 East Beltline NE, Grand Rapid, MI 49525
  • 1994 - Kenneth Kopacz, M.D., 556 Eagle Rock Ave. - Suite 5, Roseland, NJ 07068
  • 1995 - Geoffrey McCullen, M.D.,  Lincoln, NE  68506
  • 1996 - Mark Chang, M.D., 1100 Joliet St., Ste. 104, Dyer, IN 46311
  • 1997 - Arnold Criscitiello, M.D., Ridgewood, NJ 07450
  • 1998 - Eric Seybold, MD,  Binghamton, NY  13903
  • 1999 - Anthony Matan, MD, 275 Hospital Pkwy., Ste. 310, San Jose, CA 95125
  • 2000 – Robert Benz, MD,  Ft. Collins, CO  80525
  • 2000 – Richard Manos, MD, Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Ctr. 2929 Health Center Drive, San Diego, CA 92123
  • 2001 – Claude Sagi MD, Tampa, FL 33629
  • 2002 – Dahari Brooks MD, Greensboro Orthopaedics, 3200 Northline Ave., Ste. 160, Greensboro, NC 27408
  • 2003 – Robert Garrison, MD, Ortho Arkansas PA, 10301 Kanis Rd., Little Rock, AR 72205
  • 2004 -  Nikola Nenadovich, MD, Valparaiso, IN 46385-6277
  • 2005 – Thomas J. Raley, MD, Baltimore, MD 2123
  • 2006 – William Schrantz, MD (Deceased)
  • 2010 – Satyajit Marawar, MBBS, Syracuse, NY 13202
  • 2011 – Umesh Metkar, MD,  Hartsville, SC 29550
  • 2012 – Siddharth Badve, MD, Cleveland Clinic, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44195
  • 2013 – Niranjan Kavadi, MD, Blythewood, SC 29016.
  • 2014 – Tarush Rustagi, MBBS, Pitampura, New Delhi 110034, India 
  • 2015 – Rakesh Ramakrishnan, MD, Michigan Orthopaedic Specialists, 21031 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI, 48124
  • 2016 - Henaku Yirenkyi, MD
  • 2017 - Brittney Lambie, MD
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