Spinal Cord Injury Medicine

Now Accepting Applications

The Spinal Cord Injury Medicine Fellowship has one opening to start Summer 2019. Contact Beth Tanguay for more information.

The Spinal Cord Injury Medicine Fellowship is an ACGME-accredited, 12 month, fellowship program designed to train academic, specialty-trained spinal cord injury physicians to provide the highest level of medical and rehabilitation care and advance the frontiers of spinal cord injury medicine through research and education. The fellowship is sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and training will be based at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The fellowship will work collaboratively with the other specialty hospitals in the metropolitan area to provide a comprehensive educational experience.

Patient Demographics

Our program will provide opportunities to care for patients of all ages. The concept of lifelong care, to include end of life, will be emphasized. The Minneapolis VAMC serves as the “hub” caring for veterans from all over the Midwest region.

Conditions Treated

A broad range of conditions in spinal cord injury medicine will be encountered in inpatient and outpatient settings. Common diagnoses include: traumatic spinal cord injury, spinal cord disorders such as MS, ALS, infections, infarcts, tumors and myelopathy, and pediatric conditions such as spina bifida. Care of the multitude of complications secondary to spinal cord injury, such as autonomic dysregulation, neurogenic bowel and bladder, sexual dysfunction, overuse injuries, etc. will be mastered.

Procedural Components

Fellows will have exposure to comprehensive spasticity management including intrathecal baclofen therapy, botulinum toxin and phenol injections and joint injections. Opportunities will be available to advance EMG skills. Fellows will also be exposed to cystoscopy and urodynamic testing for neurogenic bladder, flap surgeries, ITB test dose trials and implants based on interest. 

Sites & Rotations


Minneapolis VA Medical Center

  • Outpatient Spinal Cord Injury Clinic
  • Inpatient Ward
  • Consult Service

University of Minnesota

  • Outpatient Clinic Opportunities

Gillette Specialty Children's Healthcare

  • Outpatient Clinic Opportunities

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute

  • Outpatient Clinic Opportunities


Rotations allow the fellow to have ample experience at each site. Additionally, the fellow will have a weekly continuity clinic that they will maintain throughout the year.

Program & Policy Manuals

For information that applies to all fellows in a training program at the University of Minnesota, consult the Institution Policy Manual. Information in the Institution Policy Manual takes precedence over the Program Manual in cases where there is conflict.

2018-2019 Spinal Cord Injury Medicine Fellowship Manual