Instituto Columna / Hospital Ortopédico – Lifecenter / Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Spine Center Director:
Dr. Cristiano Menezes
Dr. Roberto Sakamoto
Dr. Christiano Simões
Dr. Marcos Antonio Ferreira Junior
Dr. Leonardo Aguiar
Dr. Marcelo Gonçalves
Dr. Daniel Oliveira
Dr. Manoel Porto
We have a solid and well designed group of independent spine surgeons working together and with a special interest in high quality spine education and qualification of new young spine surgeons, already. Considering the whole team, our department is able to comprise the main different fields of spine surgery - degenerative, trauma, deformities (adult and pediatric), MIS, tumors and infection. Together with surgeries, we have places for consult, acting in private and public hospitals.
We are a total of 8 spine surgeons with one hospital as reference –Lifecenter / Ortopédico Hospital, besides this, we work with residents on more 7 different places, depending on the type of case.
Once a week, we have the general scientific meeting, with classes (whole year program defined previously for residents), clinical pre and postoperative cases for discussion, counting on other spine surgeons as visitors and a radiologist which is dedicated to spine imagem exams.
Once or twice a month, we have a scientific paper discussion meeting (Journal Club), in which we discuss different topics about spine surgery and present important papers published on important spine journals.
Regarding research, we are always encouraging all the group to be part of it; once a week, we have a research meeting, discussing projects which are under development.
Focusing in offering high quality spine surgery and care for patients, we are a group which is well recognized by them and other doctors because of it – with education and research as other important centers of attention.
Finally, we receive officially 2 orthopaedic or neurosurgeons / year for an official Brazilian Spine Society Specialization Program of 2 years – selection by written tests, CV and interview, besides other spine surgeons and external residents / fellow for short-term observational programs in more specific topics, as MIS spine surgery, for example.
Most frequently pathologies:
Degenerative, Deformity, Trauma
approx. 380 per year
Degenerative approx. 200 per year
Trauma approx. 50 per year
Deformity approx. 100 per year
Tumor approx. 20 per year
Infection approx. 10 per yea
Observership, Short-term, Long-term
Vacancies per year
Long Term: 1 per year
Short Term: 5 per year
Observership: 8 per year
For international fellows there is a need of a registration in Regional Medical Council (CRM-MG), informing their period of fellow and hospital, as the details of fellowship Program. Until now, we do not know about costs involved in this process.