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Spine Fellowship

1 year (August start)

December 15

Based upon experience plus benefits

Memorial Medical Center; St. Johns Hospital in Springfield, IL

Mission of SIU School of Medicine
Our mission at the SIU School of Medicine, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery is to be a leader in education, research, and comprehensive patient care. We participate in the overall educational mission of the SIU School of Medicine by contributing orthopaedic medicine expertise to all levels of medical education. We inspire and train the experts of tomorrow, through residency and fellowship programs that draw the highest quality of students and physicians.


  • Graduation from an LCME-accredited medical school or an AOA-accredited osteopathic school
  • Completion of an ACGME-accredited orthopaedic residency
  • Board-eligible or Board-certified in orthopaedic surgery
  • Obtain a permanent Illinois license
  • Accepted on staff at affiliated hospitals

Application Process

The fellowship is participating in the San Francisco Match administered by SF Match. Simply complete the online registration using the central application service (mandatory for applicants and programs) and provide the required documents as posted. For additional information, click here for our Fellowship brochure.


  • To assess and treat patients with spinal injuries, spinal deformity, and degenerative conditions
  • To develop competence in patient management of spinal problems and gain experience in surgical reconstructive procedures for injuries, deformities, and degenerative and painful disease conditions of the spine
  • To gain expertise in surgical procedures, including endoscopic and minimally invasive approaches of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine
  • To learn rehabilitation of patients with spinal chord injuries
  • To gain experience in the private practice of spine surgery by working with fellowship trained community spine surgeons


  • Evaluation, admission, surgical procedures, and day-to-day management of spine patients under direction of participating surgeons
  • Education and supervision of orthopaedic residents
  • Participation in the educational activities of the residency program
  • Participation in at least two research projects (please make link back to research page)

Spine Fellowship Faculty

Venkat Ganapathy, MD, FRCS(C), MHPE(Cand)

Jose A. Espinosa, MD, FRCS(C), FAANS Division of Neurosurgery

Devin Amin, MD, Division of Neurosurgery


For more information, please contact Anita Weinhoeft, the Fellowship Coordinator for the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, at 217-545-6155 or