CAST Approved Spine Fellowship

The University of Louisville Department of Neurological Surgery is proud to offer our CAST Approved Spine Fellowship, a twelve-month combined research and clinical fellowship that is designed for individuals in their final years of a U.S. residency program, or have completed a U.S. neurosurgical residency and are contemplating a career or subspeciality in spinal neurosurgery. The fellow receives extensive exposure to spinal trauma, fracture management, degenerative disorders, spinal oncology, spinal deformity, spinal navigation, minimally invasive spine surgery including neuroendoscopic discectomy, cyberknife radiosurgery, and spinal cord injury management. Research opportunities include: spine outcomes research with access to Medicare, Marketscan, and many administrative databases; spinal cord injury and spinal surgery clinical databases; spinal biomechanics research; 3D printing applications in spinal surgery; Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center with many animal models of spinal cord injury; epidural stimulation research program; and porcine spinal cord injury research programs. The fellow also has access to neuromuscular, neuroimaging, neurophysiology, cardiovascular, metabolic cores in our translational spinal cord injury program. Extensive opportunities exist for clinical research supported by an infrastructure of research coordinators, statisticians, IRB and grants management, and editorial support.

Program Requirements

 2021 - 2022 Spine Fellow

Shawn W. Adams, MD, MS

Shawn Adams, MD, MS joined the University of Louisville Neurological Surgery Residency Program in July of 2015. He graduated from the Florida State University College of Medicine program in 2015 after completing a Master of Science in Biomedical Science from the Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine in Boca Raton, Florida and a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. Dr. Adams has completed research in clinical neuro-ophthalmology at Florida State University College of Medicine's Balance Disorders Clinic in Tallahassee studying the visual performance and retinal correlations in Parkinson's disease and vestibular dysfunction related to benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. His current research interests focus on spinal cord and peripheral nerve injuries. Additionally, he is working on improving outcomes of patients undergoing spine surgery through an Early Recovery after Surgery (ERAS) program.

Interested candidates should submit their CV to:

Maxwell Boakye, MD MPH, MBA FACS, FAANS
Chief of Spinal Neurosurgery
Department of Neurological Surgery
University of Louisville
220 Abraham Flexner Way, 15th Floor
Louisville, KY, 40207

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