Goals and Objectives

  • The goal of this fellowship is to provide a one year advanced comprehensive program in foot and ankle lower extremity reconstructive surgery, diabetic limb preservation, sports medicine and trauma.
  • The faculty will include world renowned Foot and Ankle Surgeons, Plastic Surgeons and Microsurgeons of Penn Medicine, Ranked annually as #1 in the Region and of the Top 3 in the Nation.
  • The intended scope of training includes all areas pertaining to the diagnosis and training of patients with various basic and advanced pathology of the foot, ankle and lower leg management of acute and chronic complex foot and ankle pathology of adults and adolescents. 
  • An annual calendar is established to include: weekly x-ray and surgical case reviews, monthly journal club, monthly Cadaver lab, quarterly research meetings, monthly case log review and quarterly fellow reviews.
  • The Fellow will attend the ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference, as well as one-two other CME programs throughout the year.
  • Fellow duties will be: primarily OR cases and clinic on non-OR days.
  • Training goals will include: OR cases (approx. 700-800 cases per year); clinical instruction with fellow to be proficient in all aspects of foot, ankle and lower extremity care at the completion of the fellowship.
  • The Fellow will also evaluate patients in an extremely busy hospital based clinic at Penn Medicine to observe their pre- and post-operative care.
  • Upon completion, the fellowship will allow competency in reconstructive surgery of the lower extremity.
  • The fellowship will offer a true multidisciplinary approach to basic and advanced reconstruction of the lower extremities where the fellow will work collaboratively with all service lines throughout Penn Medicine Health System.
  • Learn the basics of managing a practice encompassing lower extremity reconstruction.
  • Current program Fellow must be an ACFAS member in good standing during their time matriculating in the program
  • The Fellow will be expected to follow evidence-based medicine practices and perform research consistent with the aforementioned areas of concentration.
  • This is a high-volume fellowship with high expectations. Fellows are trained in a multidisciplinary hos practice.

Research Requirements

The fellow will participate in clinical research conducted at the three world renowned teaching hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. The fellow is expected to produce at least one publication in a peer reviewed journal and present their research at a regional or national meeting.