AO Spine North America fellows portal

Your one-stop resource for everything related to AO Spine NA fellowships 

Welcome to becoming an AO Spine North America (AO SNA) Fellow!

I am proud to be elected as Chair of the AO SNA Fellowship Committee and serve along with a number of dedicated volunteer spine surgeons working to provide you with a solid foundation for your spine surgical training as you embark on a fulfilling career in spine surgery.

We do this by connecting you with your orthopedic and neurosurgical colleagues to share experiences and knowledge in a surgical spine practice, focusing on areas which will enhance your fellowship and residency training, and create a platform for cogent discussion and debate.

In-person events

Fellows Cadaver Course 2022

September 29 – October 1 2022

Las Vegas, Nevada

Fellows Forum 2023

March 30 – April 2 2023

Banff, Alberta, Canada

Registration is open by invitation only.

AO Spine NA 2022 Course Calendar

View a full list of upcoming AO Spine NA educational events

Other relevant dates

Course/Event Date Location  Links
Fellows Webinar* Jan 10, 2023 Online -
Fellows Forum Abstract submission deadline Jan 31, 2023 Online -
Fellows Webinar*
Feb 07, 2023 Online -
Fellows Webinar*
Apr 11, 2023 Online -
Fellows Webinar* May 02, 2023 Online -


*Each year, the AO SNA fellowship committee organizes a series of online lectures developed just for AO SNA fellows.

Registration is automatic and session information will be provided via email. Webinars run from 8:00 - 9:00 PM Eastern Time.

Funding awards and opportunities

Young Investigator Research Grant Award

Funding for surgeons early in their career interested in performing high-quality, clinically-relevant spinal or spinal cord research.

AO Spine research (international)

Explore research opportunities available to global AO Spine community

AO Spine Global Spine Diploma Exam

Take the formal assessment of competencies required to manage patients with spinal disorders

AO Spine NA fellowship committee

Joseph Cheng, MD, MS

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Brett A. Freedman, MD

Mayo Clinic

W. Bradley Jacobs, MD, FRCSC

University of Calgary

Eric Klineberg, MD, MS, FAAOS

University of California-Davis

Samuel K. Cho, MD

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Jeffrey Paul Mullin, MD, MBA

University of New York at Buffalo

Your AO NA contacts

Scarlet Oxenford

Coordinator, Trauma & Spine Fellowships

Allison Babb

Coordinator, Trauma & Spine Research

Dorene Winters

Trauma & Spine Education Manager