Adult Reconstructive Surgery

Adult Reconstructive Surgery

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.

This fellowship participates in the SFMatch program.

Duration: 1 year (August 1 to July 31)
Stipend: $64,069 plus benefits
Location: Cleveland Clinic

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Foot & Ankle

Foot & Ankle

Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Surgery Fellowship

Duration: One position available for one academic year (August 1 through July 31)
Deadline: Application must be received between August 1 – December 1
Location: Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio
Salary: $75,569


The AOFAS Accredited Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Surgery Fellowship at Cleveland Clinic is a comprehensive program designed to provide an in-depth experience in adult foot and ankle management and surgery.


Sara Lyn Miniaci-Coxhead, MD
Program Director

Mark Berkowitz, MD

Sagar Chawla, MD

Experience & Training

The defining characteristics of the Cleveland Clinic Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Fellowship are its breadth and depth of exposure. The fellow will be exposed to the full spectrum of foot and ankle pathology including:

  • Ankle arthroplasty
  • Trauma
  • Deformity
  • Arthritis, reconstruction
  • Sports and arthroscopy
  • Forefoot
  • Fine-wire external fixation

Within each of these areas, the fellow will become comfortable performing primary cases as well as complex revision procedures. In the process, the fellow will develop a diverse array of surgical techniques and strategies for dealing with virtually any clinical scenario.

Lectures & Conferences

Formal didactic lectures covering wide-ranging aspects of Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Surgery are presented as part of an organized conference schedule. Development of lecture preparation and presentation skills is key to fellows seeking both academic and private practice careers.

Other regular conferences that enhance the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Surgery fellow’s educational experience include the following:

  • Orthopaedic Grand Rounds
  • Orthopaedic Quality Assurance Conference
  • Orthopaedic Surgery Resident Foot & Ankle Surgery Academic Day
  • Regional sponsored opportunities
  • Selected national conferences


The Fellow is required to complete a research project during their one-year fellowship. This is accomplished through a longitudinal research curriculum that includes faculty mentorship, dedicated research time, and Cleveland Clinic’s extensive research tools and resources.

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

In addition to the multitude of resources available at Cleveland Clinic, the Orthopaedic Surgery department has research personnel to assist trainees with outcomes data recording, electronic publication trackers, stats, editorial assistance for journal submissions, and many other needs.

Application Process

One Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Surgery Fellowship position is available each academic year. The Fellowship participates in the SFMatch Residency and Fellowship Matching Service and more information on the process can be found on the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society.

As a result of the Program’s participation in the SFMatch process, applications are accepted from August 3 – December 1 each year through SFMatch. Interviews are typically conducted in January or February of the recruitment season. The Rank List for our program is submitted in April with the Match List available one week later in April.

Graduates of orthopaedic surgery residency programs are eligible to apply to the program.

Applications from foreign medical graduates are accepted. Please visit Cleveland Clinic's Graduate Medical Education page for visa requirements and information.

For additional information, questions, or other correspondence please contact:

Leah Hujarski 
9500 Euclid Ave, A41
Cleveland, OH 44195

Cleveland Combined Hand

Cleveland Combined Hand

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 accepts 4 fellows per year. Both teaching sites are dynamic academic centers, dedicated to education, research and patient care. MetroHealth 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.

The fellowship provides a balanced clinical experience in all aspects of hand and upper extremity surgery in an academic environment focused on broadening the fellow’s analytical skills, surgical judgment, and research creativity. Fellows spend six months at Cleveland Clinic and six months at MetroHealth Medical Center, working with both orthopaedic (Drs. Joseph Styron, Harry Hoyen, Todd Bafus, Michael Keith, and Steven Maschke) and plastic surgeons (Drs. Kyle Chepla and Dennis Kao). They are free to move between institutions during their rotations in order to participate in rare or particularly interesting cases or conferences. There is opportunity to work with world-renowned shoulder surgeons (Drs. Eric Ricchetti, Vahid Entezari, and Jason Ho).

Fellowship Core:

Fellow on-call schedule is at 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.

The academic schedule is composed of daily online readings and subsequent quizzes, weekly indications conferences, a monthly anatomy session, monthly journal club, and a variety of other regional and fellowship-based academic gatherings. Fellows participate in a one-week microvascular laboratory course and have cadaver laboratory availability to maintain their skills.

There are ample opportunities for anatomical dissension/laboratory research. With protected-time, fellows complete either a clinical or laboratory project by the end of their fellowship year.

The fellowship is ACGME accredited and participates in the NRMP Match program.



Joseph Styron, MD, PhD

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

Blaine Todd Bafus, MD

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.


Kyle Chepla, MD
Specialty interests: Arthritis, hand, wrist, and elbow surgery, upper extremity reconstruction, carpal tunnel syndrome.

Harry A. Hoyen, MD

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.

Dennis Kao, MD

Dennis Kao, MD
Specialty interests: Reconstructive hand surgery, peripheral nerve and brachial plexus injuries and treatment of neuroma pain.

Michael W. Keith, MD

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.


Adrienne Lee, MD
Specialty Interests:  Surgical management of hand and wrist disorders following bone, tendon, nerve, and joint injuries.

Steven Maschke, MD

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

Application Process

Applicants must have a 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.

International Medical Graduate applicants must possess current ECFMG certification and prerequisite education in an orthopaedic surgery program accredited by Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), American Osteopathic Association or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. In addition, IMGs must be eligible for H1-B Temporary Worker visa or J1 Exchange Visitor (ECFMG sponsored). Graduates of Canadian Medical Schools must also pass USMLE Steps 1, 2, and 3 to obtain an H1B visa. Canadian exams are accepted for licensing purposes, not for visa purposes.

Applicants to the Cleveland Combined Hand Fellowship will need to use the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) Fellowship Application platform.

Below are application materials to be uploaded by the applicant:

  • CV listing all scholarly activity (publications/presentations)
  • Medical school transcript (a copy of official transcript is acceptable)
  • Personal Statement
  • USMLE (or alternative scores)

Recommendation letters will need to be uploaded by the recommenders on your behalf:

  • Four letters of recommendation to address your professional, academic, and personal qualifications, as well as their opinion of your potential success in the field.
  • One letter must be from a hand surgeon familiar with your work as well as a letter from the director of your residency training program.

Application deadline is November 15 the year before you begin your fellowship.

Leah Hujarski
Fellowship Coordinator 



  • Shaan Patel, MD (Nashville, TN)
  • Joanne Wang, MD (Chicago, IL)


  • Anil Akoon, MD MBA (Danville, PA)
  • Austin Pitcher, MD PhD (San Ramon, CA)
  • David Veltre, MD (Bennington, VT)


  • John Delaney, MD (Eagan, MN)
  • Timothy Fei, MD (Aiea, HI)
  • Dayton Opel, MD (Madison, WI)


  • Adrienne Lee, MD (Cleveland, OH)
  • Fiesky Nunez JR, MD PhD (Greenville, SC)
  • Steven Regal, MD (Pittsburgh, PA)


  • Alexander Bollinger, MD (Wichita, KS)
  • Chris Grandizio, DO (Danville, PA)
  • Bryan Reyes, MD (Fort Worth, TX)


  • Simon Amsdell, MD (Warren, PA)
  • Sergio Glait, MD (Plantation, FL)
  • Ashraf Youssef, MD (Kingsport, TN)
  • Xavier Simcock, MD (Haverhill, MA) ASSH Grant recipient

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Pediatric Orthopaedics & Scoliosis

Pediatric Orthopaedics & Scoliosis

The Cleveland Clinic/Akron Children's Hospital Combined Pediatric Orthopaedics and Scoliosis Surgery Fellowship

The Cleveland Clinic/Akron Children's Hospital Combined Pediatric Orthopaedics and Scoliosis Surgery Fellowship offers outstanding clinical pediatric orthopaedic surgical training to two candidates each year who are seeking a flexible, individually directed clinical and surgical experience. Rotations through preceptor-based outpatient clinics as well as hospital-based surgical practice will comprise the vast majority of the fellowship. Fellows are appointed as junior faculty and participate in autonomous pediatric orthopaedic trauma call as well as management of their own individual trauma follow-up clinic as an independent provider.

The clinical fellowship is designed to provide a wide experience in children's orthopaedics and spine deformity treatments for the child and adolescent. Fellows will rotate with twelve staff pediatric orthopaedic surgeons and will be exposed to general pediatric orthopaedics, spine deformity, complex hip pathology, lower extremity deformity correction, pediatric foot disorders, sports medicine, arthroscopy, upper extremity/hand surgery, care of the child with neuromuscular disease and trauma.  Case logs demonstrate approximately 500 annually per fellow.

Academic Year Case Count
 2022-2023 464
 2021-2022 622
 2020-2021 330
 2018-2019 422
 2016-2017 465
 2015-2016 614
 2014-2015 351
 2013-2014 415
 2012-2013 718


Each rotation typically includes 2-3 surgical days per week and 1-2 clinic days per week. One day per week is "protected" and consists of a half day of research time and a half day of fellow trauma follow-up clinic. One fellow is at each institution at a time and will rotate every three months, for a total of six months at each institution.

Fellows are expected to take trauma call at each institution as junior faculty. Residents are the first line for consults at each institution and the fellow surgeon ultimately directs and delivers care.

Fellows are expected to be actively involved in resident and medical student education. This includes twice weekly pediatric orthopaedics conferences, clinics, and the operating room. Conferences include a topic based didactic conference weekly with a rotating schedule, as well as a weekly indications conference. Fellows will function as an integral part of the pediatric orthopaedic health care team. Each institution has anywhere from 2-5 residents on service at any given time.

Research Activity

Fellows are expected to engage in original research activity and ultimately produce at least one manuscript of publication quality at each institution during the fellowship year. Attendance at one meeting (POSNA, IPOS) is encouraged. Two visiting professorships per year are organized, one at each institution, where the fellow and residents can present scholarly work and network with the visiting professor as well as other regional visiting faculty. Fellows are also invited as faculty at the annual Akron Children’s resident review course each fall and are expected to present didactics and proctor lab sessions.

About the Facilities

Cleveland Clinic is a large multi-specialty tertiary referral hospital with over 1000 beds. Akron Children’s Hospital is a freestanding multispecialty children’s hospital and trauma center for pediatric trauma. The pediatric orthopaedic activity at both academic centers provides an exceptional breadth of exposure to pediatric orthopaedic fellows.

SF Match Program

This fellowship participates in the SF Match program. Interview dates for 2023-2024 will be scheduled for Saturday, January 6, 2024 (virtual) and Saturday, March 9, 2024 (in person). Inquiries and additional information can be obtained through the fellowship director's office.

Fellowship Information:

Duration: 1 year (August 1 to July 31)
Deadline: September 30
Stipend: $75,569 plus benefits
Location: Cleveland Clinic/Akron Children's Hospital

Interview Dates: January 6, 2024 (virtual) and March 9, 2024 (in person)

Contact Information:

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

Todd F. Ritzman, MD
Director of Education
Department of Orthopedic Surgery
215 W. Bowery St., Suite 7200
Akron, Ohio 44308
Phone: 330.543.3500
Fax: 330.543.5001

Pediatric Orthopedic Fellowship Staff

Cleveland Clinic:

Ryan C. Goodwin, MD
David P Gurd, MD
Thomas E. Kuivila, MD
Paul Saluan, MD
Joseph Styron, MD, PhD
Ernest Young, MD

Akron Children's Hospital:

Mark Adamczyk, MD
Ken Bono, MD
Drew Engles, MD
Lorena Floccari, MD
Sheryl Handler, MD
Kerwyn C. Jones, MD
John D Polousky, MD
Pat Riley Sr., MD
Pat Riley Jr., MD
Todd Ritzman, MD
William Schrader, MD

Shoulder & Elbow

Shoulder & Elbow

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. Eric Ricchetti, Vahid Entezari, and Jason Ho, 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 an ASES-recognized Shoulder & Elbow Fellowship Program and part of the SFMatch Fellowship selection process and Match program.

All fellowship submissions require a completed application via the Central Application Service (CAS) with SF Match.  In addition to the application, please submit your most current CV, personal statement (not to exceed one page), three (3) letters of recommendation from surgeons who are familiar with your work, and a photo.  Please refer to the ASES Fellowship website for additional information.

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

Cleveland Clinic Shoulder & Elbow Fellowship Program acknowledges OMeGA Medical Grants Association and the support of DePuy Synthes and Zimmer Biomet for their generous Shoulder & Elbow Fellowship grant.

Cleveland Clinic Shoulder & Elbow Fellowship Program acknowledges ASES Foundation and the support of DePuy Synthes, DJO, Stryker, and Zimmer Biomet for their generous Shoulder & Elbow Fellowship grant.
Spine Surgery

Spine Surgery

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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Sports Medicine Orthopaedic Surgery Skills Laboratory

Orthopaedic Surgery Skills Laboratory

Cleveland Clinic's Orthopaedic Surgery Skills Laboratory provides a centrally located space to train physicians on the latest procedures and hardware. It’s a convenient site for the development and evaluation of surgical products and techniques through arthroscopic practice on human cadaveric body regions, as well as various bone fixation techniques. Dry models are available for practice on basic techniques.

Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion

The Center for Graduate Medical Education and Cleveland Clinic are united in a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in education as well as in the communities we serve. We value all people regardless of the many dimensions of identity and how those identities may intersect.

Discover more about the role diversity and inclusion plays and about our diversity and inclusion efforts.