Penn Orthopaedics

Hand Surgery Fellowship

The Hand Surgery Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania accepts one full-time fellow for a one-year period beginning August 1. The fellow is under the direction and supervision of David R. Steinberg, MD, and David J. Bozentka, MD. Doctors Steinberg and Bozentka devote a full-time practice to disorders of the hand and elbow. The fellowship is fully accredited.

Research Opportunities

Research opportunities include participation in several ongoing clinical research projects as well as basic science research. Active basic science research includes the study of:

  • Tendon healing.
  • The biomechanics of implants used in hand surgery.
  • Tissue engineering.

The basic science research projects are conducted in close collaboration among the clinicians in the McKay Orthopaedic Research Laboratory under the direction of Louis Soslowsky, PhD. Clinical research projects include:

  • Management and outcome of fractures of the distal radius.
  • Uses of arthroscopy in the treatment of upper extremity disorders.
  • Use of computer technology and the Internet in the care of patients with upper extremity disorders.

The Hand Surgery Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania is interested in training the next generation of leaders in hand surgery. Those candidates that have a specific interest in an academic career have unique opportunities to pursue this ultimate career goal at the University of Pennsylvania.

Clinical Responsibilities

The fellowship has significant clinical responsibilities. Each fellow rotates with surgeons on the Hand Surgery Service, with an opportunity to work with attendings in the shoulder and elbow service if desired. Penn Orthopaedics' current surgical volume is approximately 1,400 cases per year and approximately 15,000 outpatient visits per year. A didactic lecture and case conference schedule is incorporated into the residency program. The fellows participate in these teaching conferences.

Hand Surgery Faculty

  • L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS
    Paul B. Magnuson Professor of Bone and Joint Surgery;
    Professor of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery
  • David J. Bozentka, MD
    Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery,
    Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania,
    Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • David R. Steinberg, MD
    Director of Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship,
    Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery,
    Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania,
    Department of Orthopaedic Surgery