Hand & Upper Extremity Fellowship

The goal of the University of Virginia Orthopaedic Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship is to optimally prepare surgeons-in-training to render contemporary, compassionate and fiscally-responsible care for all pathologies afflicting the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder, while inspiring the fellow to give back to the specialty through engagement in scientific inquiry and practice as a life-long learner and teacher. Training emphasizes traumatic and acquired conditions of the hand, wrist, forearm, elbow, arm, and shoulder including peripheral nerve disorders, microsurgical training in collaboration with Plastic Surgery, brachial plexus surgery in collaboration with Neurosurgery, sports related injuries of the upper extremity, with college team coverage, arthroscopy of the hand, wrist, and elbow, joint replacement of the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder, and congenital hand surgery.

Sreeni Alla, Aaron Freilich, and Anjan Kaushik at the Hand Society in 2014

Sreeni Alla, Aaron Freilich, and Anjan Kaushik at the Hand Society in 2014

Upon completion, participants will be competent to treat congenital and acquired disorders from the brachial plexus to the fingertips in any practice setting. Fellowship goals include: 1) development of clinical expertise in the diagnosis and management of disorders involving the upper extremity, 2) refinement of clinical skills in such a way that new problems can be addressed based upon pathophysiologic and patient-oriented information allowing an appropriate course of action to be initiated, 3) attainment of surgical expertise in traumatic, congenital and acquired disorders of the upper extremity, 4) a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology of the upper extremity and 5) experience in research investigations including clinical review and clinical outcomes.

The fellow will work primarily with all four Orthopaedic Hand & Upper Extremity faculty (Drs. Chhabra, Dacus, Freilich, and Deal) on a rotating basis. The fellow will also work with our 2 Plastic Surgery faculty (Drs. DeGeorge and Morgan) for relevant experience in wound care, free tissue transfer, and microsurgery. The fellow will also gain experience in complex brachial plexus surgery with Dr. Chhabra and Dr. Elias (Neurosurgery). The Orthopaedic Hand and Upper Extremity fellow will work with the Plastic Surgery accredited hand fellow and share Hand Call and didactic and teaching responsibilities. The 2 fellows will work with all 6 Orthopaedic and Plastic Surgery faculty during the course of their training. The collaboration between the Orthopaedic and Plastic Surgery Hand Divisions creates a unique opportunity for multi-specialty education and training of the Orthopaedic Hand and Upper Extremity Fellow and The Plastic Surgery Hand Fellow.

 

Hand & Upper Extremity Fellowship Graduation 2017

new life boy hand surgery

 

 

 

 

 

ATTENDING PHYSICIANS

A. Bobby Chhabra, MD

A. Bobby Chhabra, MD
Department Chair, Division Head

D. Nicole Deal, MD Co Director, UVa Hand Center Fellowship Director

D. Nicole Deal, MD
Co Director, UVa Hand Center
Fellowship Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A. Rashard Dacus, MD

A. Rashard Dacus, MD

Aaron M. Freilich, MD

Aaron M. Freilich, MD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FELLOWSHIP INFORMATION

Duration: 1 year (August 1 to July 31)

Location: University of Virginia Health System

GOALS AND CHARACTERISTICS

The fellowship combines clinical, teaching, and research opportunities for orthopaedic surgeons interested in furthering their knowledge of the upper extremity. Training emphasizes traumatic, congenital, and acquired conditions of the hand, wrist, forearm, and elbow with exposure to traumatic and arthritic conditions of the shoulder. The Fellow will have operative experience including peripheral nerve disorders, congenital hand surgery, sports-related injuries of the upper extremity, microsurgery, arthroscopy, upper extremity joint replacement, and brachial plexus surgery.

Goals include:

1) Development of clinical expertise in diagnosis and management of disorders involving the upper extremity.

2) Refinement of clinical skills so new problems can be addressed based on pathophysiologic and patient-oriented information, allowing an appropriate course of action to be initiated.

3) Attainment of surgical expertise in traumatic, congenital, and acquired disorders of the upper extremity.

4) Exposure to research investigations including clinical review and outcomes, and basic science research.

These goals are attained through competency-based educational methods including instruction and formal research experience. The Fellow works with faculty on a rotating basis and also works with plastic surgery faculty for relevant experience in wound care and free-tissue transfer. Applicants from the United States must have completed an orthopaedic or plastic surgery residency and be Board-eligible or -certified. Applicants from outside the United States must have a current ECFMG certificate. This fellowship is one of two identical upper extremity fellowships offered at the University of Virginia, one is offered through the orthopaedic surgery department and one is through the plastic surgery department. Both positions are ACGME accredited. Applicants may apply to either fellowship (orthopaedic surgery or plastic surgery) and will be considered for both. Interviews for both positions are conducted together and 2 fellows total are selected per year. Rotations completed are identical and both fellows will work with members of the orthopaedic surgery faculty and plastic surgery faculty regardless of which fellowship they complete.

This fellowship participates in the NRMP match program.

Click here for more information on the Orthopaedic Surgery Hand and Upper Extremity Division

Cadaveric endoscopic carpal tunnel training with fellows.

Cadaveric endoscopic carpal tunnel training with fellows.

ACCREDITATION

ACGMELogoThis fellowship is ACGME accredited.

 

 

FACULTY ARE MEMBERS OF THE ASSH AND HOLD A SUBSPECIALTY CERTIFICATE IN SURGERY OF THE HAND

APPLICANT REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must have completed an accredited residency program in orthopaedic surgery or plastic surgery.

Please see the ASSH Fellowship Directory for instructions on applying.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Thursday, November 15, 2018

INTERVIEW DATES

Friday, February 1, 2019
Friday, February 8, 2019

CONTACT INFORMATION

Mindy Franke
PO Box 800159
Charlottesville, VA 22908
(434) 924-8711 phone
(434) 243-0242 FAX
email: mindy@virginia.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

CURRENT FELLOW

2018 – 2019

Ben Sandberg, MD Residency: Minnesota

PAST FELLOWS

2017-2018

Jeff Boatwright, MD

Jeff Boatright, MD

2016-2017

Black Hildahl, MD

Blake Hildahl, MD

2015-2016

Scott Evans, MD

Scott Evans, MD

2014-2015

Taylor Jobe, MD

Taylor Jobe, MD

2013-2014

Elliott Robinson, MD

Elliott Robinson, MD

 

 

 

 

 

2012-2013

Sreenivasa Alla, MBBS

Sreenivasa Alla, MBBS

 

 

 

 

 

2011-2012

Ioannis Pappou, MD

Ioannis Pappou, MD