Monument Valley in Arizona

Complex Spine Surgery Fellowships

About Our Fellowship

Qualified applicants for Complex Spinal Neurosurgery Fellowships at the Sonntag Spine Center at Barrow Neurological Institute must have graduated from either an AOA or ACGME-accredited neurosurgery residency program. Foreign-trained applicants must hold a valid ECFMG certificate and must have had at least 36 months of accredited postgraduate training in the U.S.

Spine Fellowships Program Description

The Sonntag Spine Center offers two spine surgery fellowships:

  • Minimally Invasive and Complex Spinal Surgery Fellowship
  • Complex Spinal Surgery Fellowship

These 1-year spine fellowships consist of clinical training in the operating room and during clinic time and patient rounds. Fellows will have additional opportunities to conduct clinical and basic research with access to the Kelly Spinal Biomechanics Laboratory and virtual reality laboratories.

The fellowships are accredited by the Society of Neurological Surgeons and accept two or three fellows per year.

Complex Spinal Neurosurgery Fellowships Program Goals

The goal of the complex spine fellowships is to develop specialized, advanced knowledge and technical skills in the management of patients with complex spine disorders as well as prepare for academic careers and consultative services related to spinal injuries and disease.

Clinical Duties

Spine fellows are an integral part of the Department of Neurosurgery and actively participate in the training and education of residents and medical students. Fellows work on the clinical neurosurgery service, take junior attending call and in the outpatient clinic managing and treat all disorders of the spine including degenerative disease, neoplastic disease, trauma, and infections.


Complex Spine Fellowship Program Directors

Kumar Kakarla, MD
Laura Snyder, MD
Jay Turner, MD, PhD


Minimally Invasive and Complex Spinal Surgery Fellowship Program Director

Juan Uribe, MD
Chief, Spinal Disorders
Sonntag Chair, Spine Research
Vice Chair, Neurosurgery


Program Coordinator

Briana Becker
Medical Secretary
(602) 406-9449
Briana.Becker@BarrowBrainAndSpine.com