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The National University Hospital Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark

Spine Unit
Dept of Orthopaedics
Blegdamsvej 9
2100 Copenhagen Ø


+ 45 3545 2944


+ 45 3545 2165




Program director

Dr. Martin Gehrchen, M.D., Ph.D. (Orth)
Chief of Spine Unit


Brief description of Spine Unit

Rigshospitalet is one of Denmark's largest workplaces with about 8,000 employees broken down into more than 50 professional groups.

The hospital is one of Denmark's largest educational institutions within medical science programmes. A large number of staff in the rest of the Danish national healthcare system has been fully or partly trained or further educated at Rigshospitalet. The institution is divided into six treatment centres and two interdisciplinary centres. Each centre has a number of clinics and/or departments.

The Spine Unit is the first in Denmark where Spine Surgeons from both the Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical specialities are working together in one tertiary center for spine surgery.

The Spine Unit is a highly specialized tertiary unit that serves eastern Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands for the comprehensive management of all paediatric and adult spinal disorders that includes spinal deformities, oncologic conditions (primary and secondary), fractures, infections, and major revisions in the whole spine. We have a total of 11 spine surgeons (9 orthopaedic surgeons and 2 neurosurgeons) performing more than 800 procedures a year. One of the surgeons is also clinical professor of spine surgery at the University of Copenhagen.

More than 240 of the procedures are deformity surgeries 136 of them being paediatric 105 being adult deformities.

Currently there is one spine fellow, three Ph.D. students and three medical students doing their master dissertations.

Spine Fellows visiting the Spine Unit will join our daily conferences and scrub in for the surgeries. A typical week includes at least 3 paediatric deformities, 2-3 adult deformities, 2-3 metastasis, 2-3 fractures and 1 intraspinal tumor, including joining the 24/7 on call spine surgeon for any acute surgeries. Language spoken are English and Danish.  

What can a fellow expect?

Fellows will be fully involved in the treatment of the above mentioned spinal disorders including attending the daily neuroradiological conference, out-patient clinic, operating theaters and multidiciplinary meetings. Fellows attending surgery will be able to scrub in. For longer term visiting fellows, there will also be a posibillity to engage in clinical research.

The hospital have accomodation. Please book early to secure these very sought after rooms. Alternately, there are abundant and reasonably priced hotels in the surrounding areas.

For more information: Martin Gehrchen