Fellowship Overview

The Winnipeg Spine Program is proud to offer a one year combined spine fellowship with mentors from both orthopaedic and neurosurgical backgrounds.  The fellowship offers a comprehensive experience in the management of degenerative conditions, trauma, tumors, deformity and pediatric spine surgery.  We perform approximately 1200 spine cases per year.

The spine fellowship is structured to allow fellows to rotate for 2-3 blocks with each spine surgeon at the University of Manitoba.  It is expected that the spine fellow should be able to participate in 200-300 spine cases per year.  In addition to operative cases, the fellow will be responsible for the assessment of patients in clinic and management of inpatients.  The fellows will also be expected to participate in on-call duties.

The Winnipeg Spine Program has created a robust educational curriculum to fulfill the needs of modern spine training.  The curriculum integrates didactic lectures presented by faculty, case presentations, clinical controversy rounds, journal club and M&M rounds.  In addition, fellows are welcome to participate in spine oncology rounds in conjunction with radiation oncology.  A wide breadth of topics will be covered in order to maximize learning about key concepts in the modern treatment of spinal conditions.  

Research is also an integral component of our fellowship program.  Each fellow will be expected to complete at least one research project through their year of training.  The project must be ready for presentation or publication by the end of the fellowship year.  



The Winnipeg Spine Program welcomes both North American and International graduates of orthopedic or neurosurgery programs to apply for the fellowship position.  One or two candidates will be selected each year.  Application deadline is May 31st, for fellows starting in August.

If you are interested in the fellowship please contact our fellowship administrator at Afadun@hsc.mb.ca and she can guide you through the application process.

For greater details pertaining to University and Provincial regulations regarding the application process and licensure, please visit the links below.  

Department of Surgery Fellowship Page:

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba:

We look forward to meeting you!


Past Fellows

  • Shandy Fox: Dr. Shandy Fox initially trained and worked as a Physical Therapist (BscPT) in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She then went on to graduate from the University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine in 2011 and completed her residency in Orthopaedic Surgery in Saskatchewan in 2016. She then went on to complete a one-year Adult Combined Spine Fellowship in Calgary, AB prior to coming to Winnipeg for a second year of Spine training. During her time with the Winnipeg Spine Program she also enrolled in the Masters of Health Professions Education through Maastricht University, Netherlands. Her research interests are currently focused on education with a special focus on the education of preoperative planning for her thesis completion. 
  • Ali Mansour: Dr. Mansour completed medical school in Beirut at American University of Beirut and continued orthopedics surgery training at its medical center for 6 years. He has  been interested in Spine since the beginning of his training.  Winnipeg Spine program provides a phenomenal training experience; A truly integrated program, exceptionally skilled and knowledgeable surgeons and a large volume of cases with a wide variety of pathologies-Ali Mansour.
  • Abdalnasser Zayed
  • Andrew Bogle: Dr. Bogle is an orthopaedic surgeon , undergraduate (MBBS) training at the University of the West Indies Mona, Jamaica. He completed his post graduate training in orthopaedics (DM ORTHO) also done  at the University of the West Indies Mona, graduating in 2014. Presently clinical fellow with the Winnipeg Spine Program. His main interests include spine deformity correction, spinal cord injury and tumor surgery. 
  • Uchenna Ajoku: Dr Ajoku  is a Neurosurgeon with his undergraduate medical education at the College of Medical Sciences, University of Calabar, in Southern Nigeria. His Postgraduate surgical training was at the University College Hospital, Ibadan where he obtained the Fellowship of the West African College of Surgeons(Neurosurgery) in 2016. He has had advanced Neurosurgical training as a World Federation of Neurological Societies Cerebrovascular/Skull Base Fellow Hinduja National Hospital and Medical Research Centre, Mumbai India.In 2018. Dr Ajoku was a recipient of the Aesculap-Braun Paediatric Neurosurgery Fellowship at the University Hospital Tuebingen, Germany. He is presently a Clinical Fellow in Spine Surgery with the Winnipeg Spine Program. His interests are Spine, Paediatrics and Skull base.