Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

The Hand Surgery Fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania is an ACGME accredited program and accepts two fellows per academic year: August 1st – July 31st. Fellows are under the direction and supervision of the program director David R. Steinberg, MD.

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

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
  • Benjamin L. Gray, MD
    Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Apurva Shah, MD, MBA
    Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Robert Carrigan, MD
    Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Requirements

Applicants must have completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery, plastic surgery or general surgery accredited by the ACGME, AOA or Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Qualification is also dependent upon successful completion of USMLE Steps one, two and three as well as the ability to obtain licensure in the state of Pennsylvania. IMG's interested in our program must be ECFMG certified and have a USMLE Step three score included in their ASSH application to be considered.

How to Apply

Applications for the Hand Surgery Fellowship program at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania are accepted through the ASSH website. Emailed or mailed applications are no longer accepted. The deadline to submit an application is December 15th. Incomplete applications or applications received after the deadline will not be reviewed.

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