Fellowship programs directory:

South Africa

Ribeirao Preto  

Tygerberg academic hospital

Francie van Zyl Avenue,
7505 Bellville,
Cape Town, South Africa


+27 21 938 5554


+27 21 931 1451





Program director
Helton Defino

Dr Johannes Hendrik Davis

Orthopaedic spinal surgeon
Department of Orthopaedics
Tygerberg Academic Hospital




This IGASS recognized, training program is presented as a full time fellowship for newly qualified surgeons, with the specific goal of furthering skills in the discipline of spinal surgery.

The fellowship program will span a period of one year.
Trainees will function as an integral part of the spinal-unit, dealing with various spinal pathologies in the adult- and paediatric populations.

Fellows are expected to participate in in-patient care, out-patient clinics as well as theatre duties,
and are involved in all facets of patient care and decision making.

Trainee obligations will approximate 50% clinical duties, with 40% dedicated to research, and a further 10% allocated to teaching responsibilities of undergraduate students and Orthopaedic

The trainee will work in close proximity with the course director – Dr. J. H. Davis at Tygerberg
academic Hospital (Public sector) as well as Stellenbosch Medi-clinic (Private sector).

After-hours duties may be required.

Additionally the trainee will work with other experienced spinal surgeons – from Orthopaedicsurgery and Neuro-surgical backgrounds with hands-on experience and exposure to surgical techniques and interventions.

Specific areas of expertise development within the discipline of spinal surgery will cover:

1. Trauma of the vertebral column (30%)
2. Infective conditions of the spine (20%)
3. Degenerative conditions and deformity of the spine - in the adult population (35%)
4. Spinal deformity (Adult and Paediatric) (10%)
5. Tumor and neoplastic conditions of the spine (5%)

Dictated by our burden of disease and the specific composition of the spinal surgery unit, emphasis is largely placed on more complex re-construction surgery and deformity.

An academic contribution and research, is a requirement for the trainee in the fellowship program.

He/She will be expected to complete a research project, under supervision of the course director –

Dr. J.H. Davis – culminating in a peer reviewed-, and published article as well as podium presentations, at local and or international congresses.

Applicants have to submit a complete and updated CV and letter of motivation (300 words detailing
reasons for the intended involvement in this program) to the course director – DR. J.H. Davis

The best-suited applicants will be required to participate in a personal or telephonic interview, with the fellowship subsequently awarded to the successful applicant.

The allocation of this fellowship program is at the discretion of the program director.
The fellowship will be awarded on an annual basis.


Applicant requirements:

1. All applicants must have completed postgraduate training as an Orthopaedic- or Neurosurgeon.

2. The successful applicant will be registered as a supernumerary employee at Tygerberg
Academic Hospital, and is therefore required to comply with the required provisions for
medical practice within South Africa (as dictated by Health Professions Council South

3. Successful applicants will be required to cover their own Medico-legal insurance for private
assistance, if they wish to be involved in this aspect of the program.

4. Appointed fellows must be in possession of their own transport, in order to commute
between the two Hospitals where they will be expected to work.

5. A monthly honorarium is to be paid into a bank account of the trainee's specification.

6. Fellows are responsible for their own accommodation during their tenure.

Please direct any questions and applications to – Dr Johan Davis (spinewc@gmail.com)