One Month Spine Fellowships for Individuals

To stop the spread of the coronavirus, medical centers in the US have halted their external observer activities for the foreseeable future. Therefore, the IASA Fellowship and Visiting Surgeon Programs will be paused until further notice.



Fellows will be mentored by select spine surgeons at accredited, academic institutions, in the US and Europe. Each institution will bring unique aspects to the fellowship experience depending upon the clinical focus and the expertise of the hosting surgeon. Special interests of the fellows will be taken into consideration by the host institution as well, resulting in a complete and well balanced spinal experience. To that end, IASA will strive to ensure that each incoming fellow has a consistent experience. Therefore, we have required adherence to a basic curriculum from all available institutions consisting of the following:

  • – Attend weekly departmental conferences (grand rounds, research, morbidity and mortality, education, etc.) at hosting institution
  • – Observe and participate in clinical patient evaluation
  • – Observe various spine surgeries as scheduled at least 2 days per week
  • – Participate in rounds and post surgery follow-up
  • – Exposure to multiple senior surgeons in the hosting institution



IASA will cover the following expenses:

  • – Roundtrip airfare
  • – Lodging
  • – Stipend for meals and local transportation
  • – Temporary health care coverage

IASA will secure all travel related arrangements, and will liaison with the hospital to secure placement.

Application procedure

  • • Applicant must be a member of IASA – There are no fees for membership and one can join online through the ‘Join us’ tab.
  • • Fellowships must be taken in the period they are offered


The year has been divided into four cycles. Applications received during each cycle are designated for a specific time period. Timetable:

  • • Winter Fellowship (January, February, March) – application deadline of July 15
  • • Spring Fellowship (April, May, June) – application deadline of October 15
  • • Summer Fellowship (July, August, September) – application deadline of January 15
  • • Fall Fellowship (October, November, December) – application deadline of April 15


For example: If you apply between July 16 and October 15, the application is for the following April, May, or June. You cannot defer your Fellowship to any other months. Interested surgeons should apply for the time period they are able to leave, should they be selected.

  • • Resubmissions are at the discretion of IASA


Starting in 2019, only those applications that miss selection by 5 points or less can be submitted again. Resubmission is discussed with the applicant to make sure of their availability.

Application does not guarantee placement. All applications will be reviewed and voted by IASA Fellowship Committee, and results will be communicated 6-8 weeks following the end of each cycle. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please follow the rules carefully.
Each document should be scanned (not photographed) and saved as one pdf, for a total of six documents:

  1. Signed Letter of Intent – one pdf. Please name LOI
  2. Complete application. Make sure it is legible – one pdf. Please name APP
  3. Most recent CV – one pdf. Please name CV
  4. Log book (see #2, Qualifications) – one pdf. Please name LOG
  5. Certificates (see #3, Qualifications) – one pdf. Please name CERT
  6. Two Letters of Recommendation, printed on letterhead, dated, signed, and stamped by the author. The recommendations should be from surgeons who mentored you during your Ortho or Neuro residency or Spine fellowship – one pdf. Please name LOR


The above scanned pdfs should be submitted to

Questions? Feel free to contact me at the above email address.

Download the application here.


A Fellowship Experience at University Hospitals, Cleveland, OH

“Learning gives Creativity, Creativity leads to Thinking, Thinking provides Knowledge, Knowledge makes you Great”

– Sir APJ Abdul Kalam

My learning experience at University Hospitals, Cleveland, has been very rich and invaluable. Firstly, I would like to thank the Indo-American Spine Alliance for selecting me and the entire team of University Hospitals for making my fellowship a memorable experience. This 4 week IASA Fellowship at one of the best spine centers in USA, provided a wonderful opportunity for young and upcoming spine surgeons to train/update their knowledge in the field. The hospital has the adequate mixture of all kinds of spinal pathologies which includes degenerative, deformity, trauma, tumours and CVJ anomalies.

My interest was in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and I was fortunate enough to have been placed at University Hospitals under the mentorship of Dr. Manish Kasliwal. Prior to my travel, all the necessary arrangements were taken care by Nazie Dana who was in constant contact throughout the stay and addressed all the concerns within no time. On the first day of my visit at University Hospitals, I was received by Dr. Osmond Wu and accompanied him to the neurosurgical department where I met Dr. Manish Kasliwal. I was briefly introduced to the team and was impressed with the warm welcome of the department members. The daily routine was briefly explained and I followed them to the OR where wide variety of cases were posted which includes LLIF, ALIF, 3D Navigation Guided Posterior MIS fusions. As an IASA fellow, I had the opportunity to get involved in the daily activities of the department which included out-patient clinic, pre-operative clinical and radiological work up, pre-operative surgical planning and attend OR.

Variety of Cases:
Based on my interest in MIS procedures I was allowed to follow other Orthopaedic MIS surgeons namely Dr. Gordon, Dr. Ann and Dr. Furey. The OR case list has all the variety of cases ranging from complex cervical deformity to Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusions. All the surgeons were kind enough to describe the procedures in detail and even discussed about anticipated difficulties or complications which can be encountered in these procedures.

The experience just got better by observing cases like Anterior Lumbar Fusion with Posterior stabilization in lateral position with the usage of Intraoperative 3D Navigation or LLIF (Trans-Psoas and Ante-Psoas) using IONM or Correction of Global Alignment with the help of Nuvasive Pulse platform and so on which were performed effortlessly by the surgeons. Also had the opportunity to participate in the Stryker Mobile Lab – Cadaveric Workshop where I had the luxury of exploring all the anterior approaches to thoracolumbar spine.

Academics and OP:
I attended weekly orthopaedic spine lectures on Tuesday mornings starting at 6AM where cases were presented by the in house fellows/residents. Then I understood how academics have played an important role in the development of an institution. I visited the Out-patient department once a week to observe the follow-up patients who formed a greater study material than the new ones.

Off the Hospital:
I spent some quality time with the mentors and other colleagues during dinners and thanks to Dr. Nav for making me taste the authentic food at some of the famous places around town. It was very kind of Dr. Kasliwal for explaining how to build up a strong career and presented me with signed copy of his publication. These warm gestures from the mentor made the stay very comfortable and pleasant.

Finally, a big thanks to Dr. Manish Kasliwal, all the other surgical instructors, fellow colleagues, residents, nursing staff and Nazie Dana for making this fellowship a wonderful experience. Thank you IASA…Thank you University Hospitals.

Dr. Arun Kumar Viswanadha
Consultant Spine Surgeon
Mallika Spine Centre
Guntur, AP, India