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Fellowships

Our institute is dedicated to the education and training of fellows. Our goal is to select and train individuals interested in remaining academically productive so that they can contribute to our profession through their own teaching and research.

Adult Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship

The purpose of the fellowship is to provide comprehensive training in all aspects of adult reconstructive orthopaedic surgery. Emphasis is given to the fundamentals of the surgical principles, from primary cases to the most complex revision problems.All major joints are included, with the exception of the hand and wrist.

Fellows actively participate in all aspects of patient care, ranging from preoperative planning to postoperative follow-up. In addition, they are included in formal weekly teaching conferences and participate in the training of our orthopaedic residents.

Research is encouraged and considered an important aspect of the training program. Facilities, personnel, and time are available for meaningful clinical and laboratory research projects. We offer training in computer assisted navigation, pelvic and femoral osteotomies, unicompartmental knee replacement, hip and knee arthroscopy, resurfacing, knee osteotomies and minimally invasive total joint replacement.

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Foot & Ankle Fellowship

The goal of the Foot & Ankle Fellowship is to provide an extensive study of the evaluation and treatment of foot and ankle disorders. The Fellow is an integral part of the Foot & Ankle Service and leaves with an in-depth understanding of the nonoperative and operative approaches to the foot and ankle. The Fellow is encouraged to become involved in research and has both clinical and basic science resources available. The Fellow participates in the foot and ankle teaching conferences. The teaching schedule consists of indications conference, journal club and resident foot and ankle lectures.

This fellowship deals primarily with adult foot and ankle but experience with pediatric foot and ankle is available to the individual fellow, if desired.

This fellowship participates in the Match program.

Duration: 1 year (August 1 to July 31)
Deadline: December 1
Stipend: $53,848/plus benefits
Location: Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic Foot & Ankle Fellowship

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Cleveland Combined Hand Fellowship

The ACGME-accredited Cleveland Combined Hand Fellowship was created over 25 years ago. This one-year fellowship is a joint venture of two longstanding Cleveland institutions: Cleveland Clinic and MetroHealth Medical Center and typically accepts 2-3 fellows per year. Both teaching sites are dynamic academic centers, dedicated to education, research and patient care. Metro Health Medical Center is a Class I trauma center and Cleveland Clinic is an international referral center. Through these two institutions, there is large and varied clinical exposure.

Fellows spend six months at each of the two institutions, working with both orthopaedic and plastic surgeons. They are free to move between institutions during their six month sessions in order to participate in rare or particularly interesting cases or conferences. There is elective time for research, other elbow/hand rotations, or shoulder with world-renowned shoulder surgeons.

Fellow on-call schedule is at a Junior Staff Level with in-house resident support and faculty supervision. The program provides exposure to all aspects of hand and upper extremity surgery, including arthritis, tumor, congenital deformities, microsurgery and trauma reconstruction. Fellows participate in a one-week microvascular laboratory course and have laboratory availability to maintain their skills. There are ample opportunities for anatomical dissection laboratory research. With protected-time, Fellows complete either a clinical or laboratory project by the end of the fellowship year.

Curriculum

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Staff
Dr. Peter Evans

Peter J. Evans, MD, PhD
Specialty interests: Hand, elbow and shoulder surgery, including joint replacement; arthroscopy; tendon and nerve repair; upper extremity sports related injuries

Dr. Blaine Bafus

Blaine Todd Bafus, MD
Specialty interests: Shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand fractures and reconstruction; tendon and nerve repair; upper extremity injuries or degenerative conditions in veterans

Dr. Avrum Froimson

Avrum I. Froimson, MD
Specialty interests: Needle aponeurotomy for Dupuytren's disease and trigger finger

Dr. Thomas Graham

Thomas Graham, MD
Specialty interests: Complex reconstructive challenges of the hand and wrist; sophisticated elbow surgery (instability, stiffness, replacement); surgical care of children with congenital hand differences; care of the athlete's hand and wrist

Dr. Mark Hendrickson

Mark Henderickson, MD
Specialty interests: Hand and wrist surgery; congenital hand surgery; microsurgery; nerve surgery; peripheral vascular surgery; melanoma; aesthetic surgery.

Dr. Harry Hoyen

Harry A. Hoyen, MD
Specialty interests: Upper extremity disorders from shoulder to hand problems, including care of traumatic, arthritic, sport, work-related and pediatric problems; neuromuscular disorders with research in the treatment of spinal cord injuries, peripheral nerve disorders, and nerve regeneration strategies.

Dr. Michael Keith

Michael W. Keith, MD
Specialty interests: Research interests include surgery of the hand and spinal cord injury patients; upper extremity prosthetics and functional neuromuscular stimulation; reconstruction; recovery from forms of paralysis

Dr. Kevin Malone

Kevin J. Malone, MD
Specialty interests: Traumatic and post-traumatic conditions of the shoulder, elbow, forearm, wrist and hand; microsurgery; peripheral nerve surgery

Dr. Steven Maschke

Steven Maschke, MD
Specialty interests: Hand, wrist, elbow, and peripheral nerve surgery, including arthroscopy; tendon-ligament injuries; joint replacement and reconstruction; fractures; congenital deformities

Dr. Michael Matthew

Michael Matthew, MD
Specialty interests: Reconstructive challenges of the hand and wrist; congenital hand surgery; sports related hand and wrist injuries; peripheral nerve surgery to include compression neuropathies and brachial plexus injuries; soft tissue coverage of the hand; Dupuytren's surgery and management; surgical care of osteoarthritis and inflammatory arthritis; toe to thumb transfer; finger reconstruction

Dr. William Seitz

William Seitz, Jr., MD
Specialty interests: Management of all upper extremity problems, including the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand, from congenital, arthritis, traumatic, neurologic and acquired conditions

Dr. David Shapiro

David Shapiro, MD
Specialty interests: Surgical management of hand and wrist disorders, including arthritis, trauma, and reconstruction following bone, tendon, nerve, and joint injuries

Alumni
2012
  • B. Todd Bafus, MD (Cleveland, OH)
  • Noah Raizman, MD (Washington, DC)
2011
  • Khurram Pervaiz, MD (Tampa, FL)
  • Ngozi Mogekwv, MD (Baltimore, MD)
2010
  • Francisco Rubio, MD (Miami, FL)
  • Daniel Penello, MD (Largo, FL)
2009
  • Michael Darowish, MD (Hummelstown, PA)
  • Shafic Sraj, MD
    (Weston, WV)
2008
  • Brent Bickel, MD (Columbus, OH)
  • Joy Sharma, MD (Richmond, VA)
2007
  • Aaron Anderson, MD (Chesterton, IN)
  • Joe Robison, MD (Celebration, FL)

1980 - 2006 Alumni

Application Process

Selection of fellows is via application. Applicants must have an MD or DO degree from an appropriately accredited US or Canadian medical school or must have graduated from an international school and possess valid ECFMG certification.

Applicants must complete the Universal Hand Surgery Fellowship Application. Please submit your application in ONE packet to include four (4) letters of recommendation, your CV listing all scholarly activity (publications/presentations) as well as your medical school transcript. Your application is NOT considered complete without all 4 letters of recommendation to include a letter from a hand surgeon as well as a letter from the director of your residency training program. Do not send isolated pieces outside the applicant packet. Pending review of your application packet, you will be notified regarding a potential interview sometime in January/February. The Cleveland Combined Hand Fellowship participates in the NRMP Match.

Application Deadline: December 1

Mailing Address:

Ms. Sarah Dunn
Fellowship Coordinator
Cleveland Combined Hand Fellowship
9500 Euclid Avenue A40
Cleveland, OH 44195
Phone: 216.445.2638

2-Year Hand and Upper Limb Fellowship (HULF)

The 2-Year Hand and Upper Limb Fellowship is being made possible by a HULF grant awarded in conjunction with a two year pilot program supported by the American Society of Surgery of the Hand/American Foundation of Surgery of the Hand. Applicants for the two year pilot matched with us in 2012 & 2013, and therefore, NO two year positions are currently being sought.

Pediatric Orthopaedics & Scoliosis Fellowship

The Pediatric Orthopaedics and Scoliosis Surgery Fellowship at Cleveland Clinic Children's is a one year program designed to provide a wide experience in children's orthopaedics and the treatment of spine deformity in the child and adolescent. The fellow will rotate with five staff pediatric orthopaedic surgeons at Cleveland Clinic Children's. General pediatric orthopaedics, spine deformity, complex hip pathology, lower extremity deformity correction, pediatric foot disorders, sports medicine, arthroscopy, care of the child with neuromuscular disease and trauma are among the entities to which the fellow will be exposed.

The fellow is expected to be actively involved in resident and medical student education. This includes twice weekly didactic conferences, clinics and the operating room. The fellow will be expected to take pediatric trauma call and be proficient in the care of children's musculoskeletal injuries. He/She will have his/her own outpatient clinic for trauma follow-up care as well. The fellow will function as an integral part of the pediatric orthopaedic health care team.

Dedicated time will be provided each week for scholarly activities. The fellow is expected to engage in original research activity, and ultimately produce at least one manuscript of publication quality during the fellowship year.

Interviews will be conducted on an individualized basis. This fellowship participates in the Match program. Inquiries and additional information can be obtained through the fellowship director's office.

Duration: 1 year (August 1 to July 31)
Deadline: December 31
Stipend: $58,188 plus benefits
Location: Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic Children's

Ryan C. Goodwin, MD
Program Director
Cleveland Clinic
9500 Euclid Ave./Desk A41
Cleveland, OH 44195
Phone: 216.444.4024
Fax: 216.445.3585

Shoulder & Elbow Fellowship

This fellowship offers unique opportunities to the aspiring shoulder and elbow surgeon. Emphasis is divided between clinical patient care and research investigation. The preferred applicant will spend twelve months in a clinically-oriented program working on the services of Drs. Iannotti, Ricchetti and Evans, whose practice involves pathology and surgery of the shoulder and elbow. Time will also be spent with Dr. Mark Schickendantz, one of our sports medicine shoulder specialists.

We offer the additional opportunity for the Shoulder and Elbow Fellow to spend a second year in the laboratories involved in basic science or clinical investigation, though a second year is not required. During this time, the Fellow will also have responsibilities as an associate staff member and have opportunities to manage his/her own clinical patients with teaching oversight provided by the fellowship faculty.

Although several funded projects related to the shoulder and elbow will be available to the Fellow, the applicant is encouraged to initiate a project of his/her own design. Lastly, we view teaching as a foundational requirement of our Fellow. The transfer of orthopaedic knowledge and skills to our resident staff is one of our most important missions. The Shoulder and Elbow Fellow will be actively involved in our resident education programs both didactically and clinically.

This program is part of the ASES Fellowship selection process. Interviews will be conducted in November and the selection will be made through the National Shoulder match process.

This fellowship participates in the Match program.

Duration: 1 year (August 1 to July 31)
Deadline: October 1
Stipend: $53,848/plus benefits
Location: Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic Shoulder & Elbow Fellowship

Eric Ricchetti, MD
Program Director
Cleveland Clinic
9500 Euclid Ave./A40
Cleveland, Ohio 44119
Phone: 216.445.6915
Fax: 216.445.3694

Spine Surgery Fellowship

Cleveland Clinic Center for Spine Health offers one-year fellowships to qualified students. Each fellow participates in basic science and/or clinical research, and is expected to complete two research projects in the course of the year. The fellows participate in resident education through both didactic and clinical teaching.

Trainees will be expected to develop and complete a clinical research project, working with a faculty advisor. They also will be encouraged to author or co-author at least one paper during their fellowships to be published in an indexed medical journal.

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Orthopaedics Sports Medicine Fellowship

Lutul Farrow, MD

Lutul D. Farrow, MD
Assistant Professor and Fellowship Director
Cleveland Clinic Sports Health
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at
Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland Clinic Sports Health Center
5555 Transportation Blvd.
Phone: 216.518.3436
Fax: 216.518.3441
sportsfellowship@ccf.org

The goal of Cleveland Clinic's Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship is to develop in the full-trained orthopaedic surgeon special diagnostic management and research skills, both surgical and non-surgical, that are peculiar to athletic medicine and trauma.

Our Sports Medicine Clinic is involved in the care of high school, college, recreational, and professional athletes. We provide team physician coverage for area high school teams as well as for Cleveland State University (Division I), John Carroll University (Division III), Baldwin Wallace, Oberlin, and Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA), and the Cleveland Indians (MLB).

In addition to developing clinical and surgical skills, the Fellow is expected to assume a teaching role with our orthopaedic residents.The Fellow is expected to develop an understanding of physiology as it relates to athletes and is expected to complete a research project of his/her choice, in either basic or clinical science, to be prepared for publication upon completion of the fellowship.

Upon completion of the fellowship, the Fellow becomes a member of the alumni group, The Warthog Society.

Cleveland Clinic's Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship is ACGME accredited.
Duration: 1 year (August 1 to July 31)
Deadline: November 1
Stipend: $58,188/year plus benefits
Location: Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program

Richard Figler, MD

Richard Figler, MD
Program Director, Primary Care
Sports Medicine Fellowship

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
99 Northline Circle, Suite 100
Euclid, Ohio 44119
Ph: 216.692.7833
Fax: 216.692.7802
figlerr@ccf.org

Duration: Three one-year positions (July to June 30)
Deadline: Application must be received between September 1 and September 30
Location: Cleveland Clinic Foundation

This fellowship is ACGME-accredited.
Graduates are eligible for the Certificate of Added Qualification Exam.

Cleveland Clinic's Sports Health Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship is one of the oldest and most established sports medicine fellowship training programs in the United States. The one year program is affiliated with the Department of Family Medicine at Fairview Hospital, a Cleveland Clinic hospital.

Established in 1985, the Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowship has over 50 graduates. Though most have trained in Family Medicine, graduates of Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residencies have been accepted to the program. The Fellowship has ACGME accreditation allowing the graduates to take the CAQ for Sports Medicine examination.

Cleveland Clinic Sports Health is a group of sports medicine and team physicians working in collaboration with one another and with our allied medical partners in the office, in the training room, on the playing field and in the classroom with a commitment to the pursuit of clinical excellence. Education and research are integral to the commitment.

Application information

Three Primary care Sports Medicine Fellowship positions are available each year. The Program participates in the NRMP Subspecialty Match and utilizes the Universal Application Process outlined on the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine website.

Applications are accepted from September 1 though September 30 each year.

Experience and Training

This comprehensive Primary Care Sports Medicine Program is designed to maximize the exposure of the fellows to a broad range of primary care and orthopedic sports medicine topics.

Primary Care Sports Medicine fellows spend time rotating with Primary Care Sports Medicine physicians, Orthopaedic Sports Medicine physicians, selected specialty trained Orthopaedic surgeons, adult and pediatric cardiologists, and musculoskeletal radiologists. The radiology curriculum includes x-ray, CT, MRI and MSK ultrasound experience. The Primary Care Sports Medicine Curriculum includes training in MSK ultrasound, extracorporeal shockwave therapy and platelet-rich plasma therapy.

Primary Care Sports Medicine fellows incorporates experience and training in the following:

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Exercise Testing and Prescription
  • Sport Specific Conditioning, Physical Therapy, and Rehabilitation
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Sports Psychology
  • Sports Concussion Management

Primary Care Sports Medicine fellows function, with supervision, as team physicians for high school and collegiate athletes. The Fellowship also provides exposure to professional athletes from several different sports teams and world-class elite athletes.

The fellowship includes continuity clinics in Primary Care Sports Medicine providing a longitudinal patient care experience throughout the year. The fellows also serve as preceptors for residents in their specialty to maintain their skills.

Lectures and Conferences

Formal didactic lectures covering wide-ranging aspects of Primary Care and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine are presented on a weekly basis as part of an organized conference schedule by the Primary Care Sports Medicine fellows, Orthopaedic Sports Medicine fellows, and Sports Medicine staff. Development of lecture preparation and presentation skills is key to fellows seeking both academic and private practice careers.

Formal research and case-based sports medicine conferences are held on a weekly basis. The fellows present at the case-based conference as well.

Other regular conferences that enhance the Primary Care Sports Medicine fellows’ educational experience include the following:

  • Orthopaedic Grand Rounds
  • City-wide Family Medicine Sports Medicine Lecture Series
  • Orthopaedic Quality Assurance Conference
  • Orthopaedic Surgery Resident Sports Medicine Academic Day
  • Regional PCSM Journal Club
  • Selected national conferences

The fellows attend the AMSSM Fellows Leadership and Research Conference held at the beginning of the academic year and are required to participate in the AMSSM Annual Meeting by presenting cases and novel research.

Research Project

The Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellows are required to complete a research project during their one year fellowship. This is accomplished through a research curriculum, faculty leadership and dedicated research time.

The fellows present their research project at the annual Cleveland Clinic Orthopaedic Department Research Day and are encouraged to submit their work for subsequent publication.

Application Process

Cleveland Clinic's Sports Health Sports Medicine Fellowship is ACGME accredited, allowing the graduates to take the CAQ exam for Primary Care Sports Medicine. The Program utilizes the Universal Application Process outlined on the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine website.

Cleveland Clinic's Sports Health Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship participates in the National Residency Matching Program’s Specialties Matching Service for fellowships, such as Primary Care Sports Medicine. Please see the National Residency Match Program’s Specialties Matching Service (SMS) at NRMP.org for further details; the program is listed as Fairview Hospital.

Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine residents apply using NRMP program number 318712F0 for the two positions available for these specialties.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residents apply using NRMP program number 318712F1 for the one position available for this specialty.

For additional information or questions please contact:
Dr. Richard Figler
Director, Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship
Phone: 216.692.7771
Email: figlerr@ccf.org

Please send your applications to Rachel Marshall at the following address:

Rachel Marshall
Suite 100
99 Northline Circle
Euclid, Ohio 44119
Phone: 216.692.7771

Applications can be submitted electronically via email to:
marshar@ccf.org

As a result of the Program’s participation in the NRMP process, applications are accepted from September 1 through September 30 each year. Interviews are conducted in October. The Rank List for our program is submitted in December with the Match List available in January.

Graduates of residency programs in the following specialties are eligible to apply to the program:

  • Family Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine residents apply using NRMP program number 318712F0 for the two positions available for these specialties.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residents apply using NRMP program number 318712F1 for the one position available for this specialty.

Applications from foreign medical graduates of these specialties are accepted. Please see the link to Cleveland Clinic's Graduate Medical Education for visa requirements and information.


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