*We are currently accepting applications for AY '21-'22. Please see the bottom of this page for additional information.*

Program Description

The Orthoplastics and Limb Salvage Surgery Fellowship is a non-accredited training program designed to provide advanced training to fellows at the PGY-6 level or higher. The fellow will train in extremity reconstructive surgery, including trauma, and receive additional advanced training in hand transplantation, microsurgical reconstruction of upper and lower extremities in adults and children, and brachial plexus surgery.

The fellowship focuses on both upper and lower limb extremity and allow the fellow and the institution to design a more advanced clinical and research experience in managing extremity reconstruction and salvage. The fellow will have shared clinical responsibilities with rotating orthopaedic and plastic surgery residents and fellows. The fellow will also become an integral member of the Hand Transplantation Service.

The Orthoplastics and Limb Salvage Surgery fellow is expected to participate in research, resulting in at least one publication or formal presentation alongside our faculty members who are heavily involved in clinical and basic research. The University of Pennsylvania Health System provides cadavers in the Penn Human Tissue Lab and an extensive orthopaedic research laboratory for anatomy, microsurgery and biomechanics projects. During the fellowship, two weeks will be set aside to allow the fellow time to attend two major conferences that will enhance their learning in the field.

Program Leadership

L. Scott Levin,  MD,  FACS 

L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS, FAOA
Program Director, Orthoplastics and Limb Salvage Fellowship
Chairman, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Stephen J. Kovach, III, MD 
Associate Program Director, Orthoplastics and Limb Salvage Fellowship


Samir Mehta, MD
Chief, Division of Orthopaedic Trauma and Fracture Care

Program Administration

Lisa Basquill
Executive Assistant to Dr. Scott Levin

Shannon Savelloni, MA, C-TAGME
Medical Education Coordinator

Additional Information/Requirements

  • The fellowship runs September 1 - August 31.
  • All applicants must be eligible for an Unrestricted Medical License in the State of Pennsylvania. 
  • All applicants must have attended a residency program in the United States or Canada. Orthopaedic Surgery and Plastic Surgery residencies are preferred but not mandatory.
  • While currently restricted due to COVID-19, observing with Dr. Scott Levin is strongly encouraged. In lieu of this, please contact Dr. Levin's Executive Assistant Lisa Basquill to set up some time to speak with him.

How to Apply

  • Applications are due by January 1st of the AY you plan to start. Example: for a fellowship that would begin September 1, 2021 - applications are due January 1, 2021.
  • Please email all required materials to Shannon Savelloni:
    • Medical school transcript
    • 3 letters of recommendation
      • 1 from your current residency/fellowship Program Director
      • 2 from other surgeons who know you well
    • Personal statement explaining why you want to pursue the Orthoplastics and Limb Salvage Fellowship
    • Curriculum Vitae 
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