Orthopaedic Center | Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship
The deadline for applications is November 1 of each year.
Number of fellows accepted each year
Three fellows are selected to train in our program each year.
Clinical experience and training
Approximately 60 percent of fellows’ experience in the clinic and OR settings is related to the care of children and adolescents involved in sports and the pathology unique to this sub-population. The fellows will also provide care to a large population of young adults.
Many of the patients seen in clinic represent surgical consultations referred from other Boston Children’s Hospital faculty members or other adult orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine physicians in the region. Fellows receive broad exposure to, and develop a deep understanding of surgical indications in this younger patient population.
- Mininder Kocher, MD, MPH, Program Director
- Lyle Micheli, MD, Program Director Emeritus
- Benton Heyworth, MD, Associate Program Director
- Donald Bae, MD
- Andrea Bauer, MD
- Melissa Christino, MD
- Dennis Kramer, MD
- Matthew Milewski, MD
- Martha Murray, MD
- Yi-Meng Yen, MD, PhD
Fellows will have extensive exposure to both open and arthroscopic procedures of the knee, shoulder, hip, ankle, and elbow. Fellows assist in creating a management plan for both operative and non-operative problems, including follow-up and what is expected at follow-up.
Fellows rotate through each team in two-month blocks. The rotation is repeated during the second half of the year.
On a weekly basis, fellows will spend roughly three to four days in the operating room, one to two days in clinic, and a half to a full day on research and/or elective.
Adolescent patients make up approximately 65 percent of our patient population. Another 15 percent are pediatric, and 20 percent are adult.
Areas of focus
Fellows will have ample training in the areas of knee, hip, foot and ankle, shoulder*, elbow, and hand.
*For additional shoulder exposure, with an emphasis on advanced arthroscopic rotator cuff repair techniques, fellows will spend one month each rotating at the New England Baptist Hospital.
Common disorders and procedures
- ACL reconstruction, primary and revision techniques (#1 procedure performed by fellows)
- PCL reconstruction
- Multiligamentous knee reconstruction techniques
- Meniscus repair and transplantation techniques
- Patellar stabilization techniques: MPFLR, TTO, physeal-sparing techniques
- Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD)
- Advanced cartilage resurfacing techniques: MACI, OATS, OCA
- Glenohumeral instability (primary and revision techniques: Bankart, Latarjet, posterior Bankart, and MDI)
- SC joint, AC joint: dislocations, fracture dislocations, reconstruction techniques
- Clavicle fracture management and ORIF techniques
- Rotator cuff repair
- Advanced hip arthroscopy in the skeletally mature and immature
- Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) and related techniques: subspine impingement, SCFE-related FAI, posterior FAI
- Hip instability in young athletes
- Apophyseal avulsion fractures: operative and non-operative management
- Talar OCD: arthroscopic and advanced cartilage resurfacing techniques
- Ankle instability and peroneal instability in the skeletally immature and mature
- Anterior and posterior impingement (e.g. os trigonum, arthroscopic and open techniques)
- Capitellar OCD: arthroscopic and mini-open techniques
- Ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) reconstruction in the skeletally immature and mature
- Management of overuse in the young thrower: internal impingement, Little League elbow, Little League shoulder
Lectures and conferences
- Combined sports and radiology conference
- Journal club
- Lecture series
- Sports research meetings
- Sports-specific didactics
- Surgical hip conference
- Surgical indications conference
- Ultrasound workshops
Fellows will be responsible for being on call approximately once every seven weeks. Each call period lasts for seven days and is taken from home. This responsibility is shared with the primary care sports medicine fellows.
Benefits and salary
Fellows will receive standard PGY-VI salary and benefits.
Past fellows and current appointments
2020-21 (graduate July 31)
- Tara Baxter
- Aditi Majumdar
- Mahad Hassan
- R. Gunnar Tysklind
- Benjamin Wilson
- Kathleen Maguire, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
- Stephen Mathew, Baylor Scott & White Health
- Jessica Traver, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
- Judd Allen, Advanced Sports & Orthopedics
- Nikolaos Paschos, Massachusetts General Hospital
- Edward Schleyer, Coastal Orthopedic Associates
- Pamela Lang, American Family Children’s Hospital, University of Wisconsin
- Michael McClincy, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
- Natasha Trentacosta, Santa Monica Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Group
- Peter Fabricant, Hospital for Special Surgery
- Emily Niu, Children’s National Medical Center
- Lauren Redler, Columbia University Medical Center
- Melissa Christino, Boston Children’s Hospital
- Jennifer Beck, Orthopaedic Institute for Children, Los Angeles
- Patrick Vavken, Alpha Clinic Zurich
This fellowship is open to those who have successfully completed an ACGME/ACGME-I accredited residency program (or Canadian equivalent) in Orthopedic Surgery, and be eligible for Massachusetts licensure.
The interview season has concluded for the 2023-24 academic year. This program participates in the San Francisco Match; the next cycle will begin in August 2022, for the 2024-25 academic year.
For additional questions please contact our fellowship coordinator:
Alaina McLaughlin, C-TAGME