Program Overview | Faculty | Education | Research | Eligibility Requirements

Program Overview

The University of Maryland Department of Orthopaedics Surgery is offering three one-year Spine Fellowships. This ACGME accredited program provides Fellows with comprehensive and rigorous training in the evaluation and operative management of a wide variety of spinal disorders. Fellows will be exposed to, and receive, extensive mentoring in order to develop independent skills in managing, treating and operating on patients with complex traumatic injuries tumors, infections, degenerative disorders and spinal deformity. Fellows will also be exposed to various spinal instrumentation systems, image-guided surgery, and minimally invasive surgery.

Our mission is to train surgeons to be compassionate and capable care providers, and provide them with the knowledge and skills necessary to care for a wide variety of patients.

Fellows currently rotate through a variety of clinical settings including training at the University of Maryland Medical Center, the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, the Baltimore VA Medical Center and Baltimore Washington Medical Center.


Our Fellows have the opportunity to work side-by-side with our fellowship trained orthopaedic spine faculty and neurosurgical faculty in and out of the operating room.

Orthopaedic Spine Fellows

Class of 2021 Spine Fellows

  • Peter Cohn, MD
  • Sohaib Hashmi, MD
  • Nina Lara, MD

Class of 2020 Spine Fellows

  • Matthew Chin, MD
  • David Love, MD
  • Scott McCarty

Class of 2019 Spine Fellows

  • Ryan Gentry, MD
  • Scott McGowan, MD
  • Ashley Strickland, MD

Class of 2018 Spine Fellows

  • Morenikeji Buraimoh, MD
  • Charles Gordon, MD
  • Vishal Khatri, MD

Class of 2017 Spine Fellows

  • Nissim Ackshota, MD
  • Amit Bhandutia, MD
  • Stephen Clark, MD

Class of 2016 Spine Fellows

  • Daniel Cavanaugh, MD
  • Kunwar Khalsa, MD
  • Joseph Pyun, MD

Class of 2015 Spine Fellow

  • Chukwuemeka Nwodim, MD

Class of 2014 Spine Fellow

  • Carmen Petraglia, MD

Class of 2013 Spine Fellow

  • Eric Belin, MD

Class of 2012 Spine Fellow

  • Zahir Usman, MD

Class of 2011 Spine Fellow

  • Moshe Yanko, MD

Class of 2010 Spine Fellows

  • David Jackson, MD


In addition to a large and expansive surgical experience, we have created an academic curriculum focused on the continuing education of our Fellows. Each Fellows is responsible for one research project and one written text (case report, article, chapter) during the course of the fellowship. Weekly attendance at Pre-op/Post-op Conference is expected and attendance at monthly department conferences such as Morbidity and Mortality and Grand Rounds is required. The University Fellow will be responsible for preparing and presenting at monthly M&M Conference. Research Meetings and Spine Didactics are held one Thursday morning a month; attendance and participation are required.


Research is critically important to our fellowship. Our Fellows are encouraged to be involved in clinical research, as well as present and publish at the local and national level. As mentioned above, Research Meetings and Spine Didactics will be held one Thursday morning a month, attendance and participating are required. Each Fellow is responsible for completing one research project and one written text (case report, article, chapter) during the course of the fellowship. In addition, the Fellows work closely and in conjunction with our dedicated Spine Research Fellow.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Number of Positions: 3
  • Duration: 1 year

Applicants must have completed an ACGME accredited orthopaedic residency program and be Board-eligible or-certified. Applicants may apply through SF Match at

For additional information on the University of Maryland Spine Fellowship Program, please contact Christine Cefaratti, at 410-328-3330, or by email at

Thank you for your interest in the University of Maryland Spine Fellowship Program.