Traveling Fellowship

2019 Traveling Fellowship Program - Applications Now Accepted

CSRS is now accepting applications for the 2019 Traveling Fellowship. Coordinated by the CSRS Asia-Pacific section, the preliminary dates are four weeks, mid-Feb. to mid-March 2019. Travel will be to sites in India, China, Korea, and Japan. Two Fellows will be chosen by CSRS North America, two by CSRS AP, and two by CSRS Europe. The deadline is Sept. 1, 2018. Acceptances notices will be sent in late September.

Traveling Fellowship Application Requirements and Supporting Documentation:

  • Board certification
  • Attendance at CSRS Americas 2019 annual meeting in New York City
  • 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

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.

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