The Justin Parker Neurological Institute (JPNI) offers a spine surgery fellowship in conjunction with Boulder Neurosurgical & Spine Associates. This fellowship is open to both neurosurgical and orthopedic trainees that are graduates of the U.S. accredited orthopedic or neurosurgery residency programs and eligible for an unrestricted Colorado medical license, malpractice insurance, and hospital privileges. We are unable to accept applications from physicians who are graduates of medical schools outside the U.S. and have not completed an accredited neurosurgical or orthopedic residency program in the United States. The fellowship program is of 12 months duration commencing in August of one year and ending in July of the following year.

The fellow will gain clinical knowledge and practical experience required to treat patients with spinal disorders including degenerative disc disease, fractures, spinal deformities, infections, and tumors. The fellow will be instructed by a faculty of five surgeons while he/she rotates through neurosurgical and orthopedic spine services. A fellow will be able to get extensive exposure to various minimally invasive techniques, interspinous process devices, artificial disc technology, and kyphoplasty. There is also broad exposure to the state-of-the-art spinal instrumentation, intraoperative image guidance and imaging, and treatment modalities including stereotactic radiosurgery (CyberKnife).

Although the subspecialty training in spine surgery is mainly focused on surgical skills, it involves all aspects of conservative management, postoperative patient care, as well as clinical research. There will be ample opportunity to participate in a clinical research project(s) that will lead to publication and presentations at the national meetings during that year.

Learning Objectives 

The fellow will be able to:

  • Display competence in non-operative management of spinal disorders
  • Display knowledge in interpretation of advanced investigative techniques
  • Display clinical competence in evaluation of spinal disorders, differential diagnosis and management
  • Appreciate indications for surgery for spinal disorders
  • Understand principles of multiple surgical techniques and approaches with their implications regarding complications
  • Display surgical competence in complex spinal instrumentation with regards to indications
  • Recognize and manage postoperative complications
  • Develop communications with patient and family skills showing respect, empathy and compassion
  • Understand the principles of medical ethics and gain the fundamental background for practicing medicine in an ethically responsible manner
  • Develop inter-professional relationships and work effectively with physicians and other allied health professionals
  • Critically apprise medical literature and research methodology, develop knowledge of current scientific literature and apply it to daily patient management
  • Successfully complete a research project(s) including presentations at national meetings and publications.

To inquire or apply for the fellowship, please contact us at info@bnasurg.com


Benjamin Serxner, MD

Benjamin Serxner, MD received his MD from the University of California, Irvine, and recently completed his Neurosurgery residency at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. He completed a fellowship in minimally invasive and complex spine surgery with the Justin Parker Neurological Institute (JPNI) and Boulder Neurosurgical & Spine Associates (BNA) in Boulder, Colorado, in July of 2012.

Dr. Serxner was able to complete a top-notch fellowship and gained clinical knowledge, practical skills and research experience necessary to the management of a spine surgery practice. During his fellowship, Dr. Serxner has prepared papers for publication and several presentations for meetings.

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