2019 Traveling Fellowship Program

Congratulations to the CSRS North America 2019 Traveling Fellows, Ilyas Aleem, MD, Ann Arbor, MI, and Lee Tan, MD, San Francisco, CA. Drs. Aleem and Tan who joined Aju Bosco, MS(Ortho) and Dennis Hey, MD, from CSRS Asia-Pacific, and Rui Reinas, MD, Porto, Portugal, and Valerie ter Wengel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, from CSRS Europe, for travel to sites in India, China, Korea, and Japan for four weeks beginning in February. Thank you to CSRS AP for coordinating the 2019 Traveling Fellowship.


CSRS Traveling Fellowship Program

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.

The next traveling fellowship will be held in 2021 in North America. Application submission will open spring of 2020.

Traveling Fellowship Application Requirements and Supporting Documentation:

  • Attendance at CSRS Americas annual meeting in the year of traveling fellowship
  • 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

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