This one-year, ACGME accredited fellowship is lead by the Program Director for Sports Medicine, Matthew Grady, MD, CAQSM (CHOP); the Associate Program Director and co-founder of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Program at Penn, Gary W. Dorshimer, MD, FACP, CAQSM (Pennsylvania Hospital).

Although the content and rotations have changed very little since the program's inception in 1998 (except to be enhanced), our academic and accrediting affiliation will be through Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), the #1 Children's Hospital in the country. We will continue our training program at CHOP, Pennsylvania Hospital and at the University of Pennsylvania to bring a well rounded experience in caring for recreational, high school, college, and professional athletes. Heavy emphasis on the musculoskeletal system and evaluation and non-operative treatment of sports injuries is complemented by a broad overview of medical aspects of care for athletes. Training room experiences include high school, college and professional teams. At least one research project is required during the fellowship year. Opportunities for teaching students and residents, and opportunities for publication and presentations at national meetings, are afforded at all clinical sites.

We will accept applications from residents completing training in Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, and Emergency Medicine. In addition to the AMSSM universal application, we desire 3 letters of recommendation and the usual documents on prior training. Upon completion of the fellowship, the graduate will be eligible to take the Board Examination in Sports Medicine. The other requirement is a commitment to excellence and the passion to pursue a solid learning experience in primary care sports medicine.

Clinical Responsibilities

Each fellow is assigned to one of two teams and spends two three-month rotations on each team (see below for full clinical schedules). The fellow will operate and see patients at three separate facilities: Pennsylvania Hospital, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and Weightman Hall. In addition to arthroscopic training, fellows receive extensive training in total and reverse shoulder arthroplasty as well as open shoulder and elbow soft tissue reconstructive procedures such as coracoid process transfer and ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction. One of the most unique opportunities of this fellowship is the close relationship with the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Fellows work closely with pioneers in the field of pediatric sports medicine and have opportunities to learn outside in, all-inside, and all-epiphyseal ACL reconstruction techniques, many of which were developed at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Lastly, the fellow regularly assists in cartilage procedures including autologous chondrocyte implantation, osteochondral autograft transfer, as well as osteochondral allograft and meniscus allograft transplantation.

Furthermore, fellows provide team coverage as assistant team physicians for the University of Pennsylvania football team and serve as independent team physicians for numerous other varsity University of Pennsylvania athletics. Additional coverage opportunities such as with the Penn Relays and high school football teams help to provide a well-rounded team coverage experience.

Research Opportunities

Fellows are afforded numerous opportunities to participate in both clinical and basic science research projects working in close collaboration with the McKay Orthopaedic Research Laboratory. The Penn Center for Advanced Cartilage Repair and Osteochondritis Dissecans Treatment is one of only a few clinics across the nation dedicated to cartilage repair. The fellowship is unique in its potential to train future academicians.

For additional information about the Sports Medicine Fellowship program please contact:

  • Matthew Grady, MD, CAQSM
    Fellowship Director, Primary Care Sports Medicine
    Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
    Pediatric and Adolescent Sports Medicine
    Department of Orthopedic Surgery
    Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
    34th & Civic Center Boulevard
    Philadelphia, PA 19104
    Office: 215-590-6919
    E-mail: gradym@email.chop.edu
  • Gary W. Dorshimer, MD
    Associate Program Director, Primary Care Sports Medicine
    Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine
    Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
    727 Delancey Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19106
    Office: 215-829-3016
    E-mail: Gary.Dorshimer@uphs.upenn.edu

Sports Medicine Faculty

  • Brian Sennett, MD
    Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
    Chief, Sports Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Health System
    Co-Director of Sports Medicine Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania
  • John D. Kelly, IV, MD
    Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
    Director, Shoulder Sports Medicine
    Director, Center for Throwing Athlete and Shoulder Preservation
    Co-Director of Sports Medicine Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania
  • James L. Carey, MD, MPH
    Director of the Penn Center for Advanced Cartilage Repair and Osteochondritis Dissecans Treatment
    Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Miltiadis H. Zgonis, MD
    Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
    Co-Director, Human Tissue Laboratory
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