2017 CSRS Traveling Fellowship Program

Congratulations to the 2017 Traveling Fellows, Drs. Addisu Mesfin, MD, University of Rochester, NY, and Ahmad Nassr, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. In May, they traveled along with four Fellows, Takashi Kaito and Feifei Zhou from the CSRS Asia Pacific Section, and Caroline Scemama and Eduard Tornero Dacasa, from the CSRS European Section, to four sites in Europe. Their itinerary culminated at the CSRS European Section Meeting in Salzburg, Austria. European cities included Nürnberg, Germany, hosted by prof Heiko Koller; Paris, France, hosted by prof Philippe Bancel; Barcelona, Spain, hosted by prof Andres Combalia; and Stockholm/Uppsala, Sweden, hosted by prof Claes Olerud.

CSRS is grateful to DePuy Synthes for their generous support of the 2017 Traveling Fellowship.

2019 CSRS Traveling Fellowship Program

Applications will be accepted beginning in April 2018, with acceptance notifications sent in September 2018, for the 2019 CSRS Traveling Fellowship. The 2019 program will be organized by the CSRS Asia Pacific Section.

Traveling Fellowship Application Requirements and Supporting Documentation:

  • Board certification
  • Attendance at CSRS Americas 2017 annual meeting in Hollywood, Florida
  • Under the age of 45
  • Reside in North or South America
  • Two sponsor letters from CSRS Americas members
  • Letter of support from Department Chief
  • Current CV
  • On-line application
Online Application

Since its inception, the CSRS mission has always been to exchange and develop ideas and philosophy regarding the diagnosis and treatment of cervical spine injury and disease.

Over the years, the organization has stayed true to its mission and has distinguished itself by providing increasing opportunities for meaningful research funding as well as promoting excellence through high quality CME programming.

The goal of the fellowship is to expose young spine surgeons under the age of 45 residing in either North or South America to other institutions and individuals with an expertise in the cervical spine to broaden their experience and foster their academic career.

Past Traveling Fellows

2017 CSRS Traveling Fellows:

Eduard Tornero Dacasa, MD
Parc Sanitaria Saint Joan de Deu
Barcelona, Spain

Takashi Kaito, MD, PhD
Osaka University School of Medicine
Suita, Japan

Addisu Mesfin, MD
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY

Ahmad Nassr, MD
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN

Caroline Scemama, MD
University Pierre et Marie Curie
Paris, France

Feifei Zhou, MD
Peking University Third Hospital
Beijing, China

2015 CSRS Traveling Fellows:

Prof. Cedric Y. Barrey, MD, PhD
Wertheimer University Hospital, GHE, Professor Neurosurgery
Department of Neurosurgery and Spine Surgery, University Claude Bernard
Lyon, France

Byung-Wan Choi, MD
Inje University Dept of Otho Surgery, Assistant Professor
Busan, Korea

Ahmad Ibrahim, MD, FRCS, PhD
North London Deanery, Senior Registrar
Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
London, United Kingdom

Ken Ishii, MD, PhD
Chief of Division of Spinal Surgery,
Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Keio University, School of Medicine
Tokyo, Japan

Themistocles S. Protopsaltis, MD
NYU Hospital For Joint Diseases, Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
New York City, NY

Kern Singh, MD
Rush University Medical Center, Associate Professor
Chicago, IL