Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires—Buenos Aires, Argentina

Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires
Potosí 4247
Buenos Aires

Tel: +541149590200

Spine Center Director: Dr. Marcelo Gruenberg

Team members:
Dr. Carlos Sola
Dr. Gonzalo Kido

Center description:

The spine sector is part of the “Carlos E. Ottolenghi” Orthopedics Institute of the ‘Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires’. Our service is a leading spine center in Argentina and Latin America. The staff members are high-qualified, internationally trained, and recognized spine surgeons with over 30 years of experience. Many highly qualified professionals developed skills and training in our service and are leading surgeons nowadays.

Currently, the Department of Orthopedic and Traumatology is integrated by more than 20 staff members who are leading surgeons in Argentina and world-renowned leaders. Regarding the spine center, there are five members of the Argentine Spine Society.

Our service usually performs more than 800 clinic attendances per month and around 350 to 400 surgeries per year. This extensive surgical training provides fellows the opportunity to learn about a variety of spinal conditions, including degenerative, tumoral, infectious, traumatic, and adult deformity pathologies treated by open traditional and MISS surgery.

It is worth mentioning that our service has a classroom provided with the elements for teaching practice.

Since 1990 this program has trained academic and clinical leaders in the fi eld of spinal surgery. The training focuses on extensive clinical, surgical and academic experience related to the care and treatment of all aspects of spinal pathology. It would be an honor to become an AO spine referral center again.

Most frequent pathologies:



340 per year

  • Degenerative: 100 per year
  • Deformity: 100 per year
  • Trauma: 80 per year
  • Tumor: 30 per year
  • Infection: 30 per year
Fellowship types


Language requirements

English, Spanish

Vacancies per year

Associate: 2 per year

Fellowship Start


Special requirements

Complete residency in ortho or neuro, RCP training, sanitary requirements may vary

Program characteristic


  • Attend the surgical treatment of high, moderate, and low complexity pathologies
  • Diagnosis and treatment of highly complex spine pathologies
  • Adequate understanding of spine imaging studies (X-rays, CT scan, MRI)
  • Surgical treatment of moderate and high complexity pathologies
  • Follow-up of operated patients
  • Development of an active academic role through lectures and presentations
  • Perform active research activities: One research article per year as an author.

Clinical practice

Integrate and apply knowledge, clinical and surgical skills, and professional attitudes in the provision of patient-centered care with adult spinal pathology within an ethical framework. 


The fellow must actively participate in at least one scientifi c clinical research work per year of training, following the methodological and ethical parameters that govern the Institution.


The professional will have access to academic training through a leading role in general and specialty conferences, discussion of scientifi c articles, practical workshops, and attendance at conferences and courses.


Work-based assessment. Direct Observation.
A six-month assessment of the fellow's skills will be carried out, observing their integral performance and evaluating their learning in the diff erent educational areas proposed. At the end of the rotation, an interview will be held with feedback and recommendations. Recovery alternatives will be analyzed if the performance achieved by the professional is not as expected.


Outpatient clinic 3 days a week, operating room 2-3 days a week, and a daily visit to the inpatient ward.