Spinal Cord Injury Medicine

Now Accepting Applications!

The Spinal Cord Injury Medicine Fellowship is a recently approved ACGME fellowship in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. 


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. 

Contact Us


Beth Tanguay
Program Coordinator

Send mail to:

Spinal Cord Injury Medicine Fellowship Program
c/o Beth Tanguay
420 Delaware Street SE
MMC 297
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Program and 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.

View the 2018-2019 Spinal Cord Injury Medicine Fellowship Manual