Six Month Combined Traveling Fellowships for Institutions


The Combined Traveling Fellowships are focused on a strong academic and clinical experience in India, plus an opportunity for the chosen fellow to travel to an IASA approved site outside of India (e.g. US, UK), providing an internationally rounded spine fellowship. A maximum of 4 clinics will be approved for the Combined Fellowship each year. NOTE – This Fellowship is offered to academic institutions, not individuals.



Each Fellowship will be supported for 6 months: 5 months in the local clinic, and one month abroad; ideally 4 months in country, 1 month out, 1 month in country. Each approved institution is expected to bring unique aspects to the fellowship experience depending upon their clinical focus and the expertise of the training surgeon(s). With regard to the international component, IASA will work with the approved fellow’s special interests to find an appropriate match.

IASA strives to ensure that each incoming fellow has a positive and valuable experience at the approved institution. Therefore, we require adherence to a basic curriculum from all interested applicant 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 and participate in various spine surgeries as scheduled
  • – Participate in rounds and post surgery follow-up
  • – Exposure to multiple senior surgeons in the hosting institution


International Sites

NOTE: Placement of the Fellows is strictly at IASA’s discretion.

Once a fellowship is approved, the clinic will have the opportunity to provide their fellow with an educational experience outside of the country. Currently the following medical centers are available to host IASA Fellows. Additional sites may be added in the future:

  • · Dr. Sashin Ahuja, University Hospital Llandough, Cardiff, Wales
  • . Dr. Neel Anand, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Beverly Hills, CA
  • . Dr. Sumeet Garg, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Aurora, CO
  • · Dr. Munish Gupta, Washington University, St Louis, MO
  • . Dr. Praveen Mummaneni, UCSF, San Francisco, CA
  • · Dr. Rakesh Patel, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • · Dr. Vikas Patel, University of Colorado, Aurora, CO
  • · Dr. Sheeraz Qureshi, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY
  • · Dr. Amer Samdani, Shriners Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
  • . Dr. Rajiv Sethi, Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center, Seattle, WA
  • . Dr. Suken Shah, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, DE
  • . Dr. Rikin Trivedi, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, UK


Program Support

If approved, IASA will provide a grant to the hosting clinic of up to $5,000 to cover a stipend for the fellow and any additional fees related to the in country portion of the fellowship. A complete budget to support need for the funding will be required of all applying clinics.

IASA will additionally support all expenses related to the international component of the fellowship to include the following expenses:

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


Application procedure

Twice a year applications will be reviewed. Applications should be submitted six months in advance of the Fellowship start date. Deadline for a Fellowship starting in July will be January 1; for one starting in January will be July 1:

    • Cycle 1: Applications received between January 2 and July 1. Review and selection by August 1. Term starts on January 1 of the following year.


    • Cycle 2: Applications received between July 2 and January 1. Review and selection by February 1. Term starts on July 1 of the same year.


Fellowship applications will be reviewed and approved in time to allow the recipient institution time to screen and designate a fellow for the following year. All applications will be reviewed and voted upon by the IASA Board of Directors.

All communication should be emailed to Nazie Dana, IASA Program Director, at

T: 866.835.5306

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