Hospital Pequeno Príncipe—Curitiba, Brazil

Rua Desembargador Motta 1070 


Spine Center Director: Dr. Luis Eduardo Munhoz da Rocha

Team members:
Dr. Carlos Abreu de Aguiar 
Dr. Luiz Müller Ávila 
Dr. Ricardo M. R. Guimarães

Center description:

The Pequeno Príncipe Hospital is a high complexity general pediatric hospital that is specialized in attending children's and adolescents under 18 years old. It has 260 beds and all the surgical and clinic specialties, including heart, kidney and liver transplant. It has structure to outpatient clinic, surgeries and emergencies.

Universal access to conservative and surgical treatment without any distinction between economical status, with the best technological and evidence based treatment available.

All cases are seen by senior surgeons and fellows during clinics and when admitted for surgery. The plan is discussed with evidence based literature support.

All surgery are performed with two senior surgeons and the fellows are allowed to scrub in and according to the experience, to perform in the procedure.

There are one full day of outpatient clinic, daily round to the hospitalized patients. Weekly meeting with the team where the fellow must present a lecture and the cases done in the week before are discussed. We perform 4 surgeries per week.

The fellows are encouraged to participate in the clinical research with the Spine Unit, stimulated to submit the papers in congresses, and they will be part in the papers published that they had participated.

There is regularly one conference meeting in the hospital a week.

Fellows are encouraged to attend to other meetings, conferences and congresses.

Most frequent pathologies:



220 per year
  • Deformity: 192 per year
  • Trauma: 12 per year
  • Infection: 10 per year
  • Tumor: 6 per year
  • Degenerative: 0 per year

Fellowship types

Observership, Short-term, Associate Fellow

Language requirements

Portuguese, English, Spanish

Vacancies per year

Observership: 12 per year
Short Term: 4 per year
Associate fellow: 2 per year

Fellowship Start

Observership: Anytime
Short Term: From February to July
Associate: March

Special requirements:

Monthly cost covered by the fellow, certified spine surgeon by the origin country Society

Program Characteristic:


Profile need to be reliable, responsible, committed to patient care.

Benefits are exposition to a group of complex deformities of diferent ethiologies and to the most modern technics.


1.   Clinical practice

  • Daily round to hospitalized patients with residents and medical students of the spine unit
  • Weekly spine unit meeting, where the group reviews the cases done the week before, discusses complex cases and plans the surgery for coming week
  • Programmed surgery: the fellow will participate as assistant in the surgeries of the spine group. Depending on his or her skills and some legal subjects, he or she could also operate some patients, always assisted by the surgeon-in-charge of the fellowship or one of staff spine surgeons

 2.   Research

The fellow will participate in the clinical research of the Spine Unit. The research field at our department is apine defomities. At the end of the fellowship, at least one paper in which he or she has been participating must be submitted to publication.

3.   Academic

The fellow must prepare at least two revision monographs during his or her fellowship. Those monographs will be programmed to be presented orally in the weekly orthopedic department meeting.

4.   Other activities

He or She can participate in the program of other specilties (neurosurgery and pediatric surgery)

5.   Evaluation

The fellow will be evaluated by spine surgeon-in-charge together with the staff surgeons of the spinal unit, at 2 months and again at the end of the fellowship.


Full-time regime Monday to Saturday from 7:00 AM to 19:00 PM