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Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship

Program director:  Peter Tang, MD
Accreditation:  none
Program length:  1 year (August 1 through July 31)
Fellows per year:  3
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Sponsor:  Allegheny General Hospital
Stipend:
Application deadline:  January 1

 


About the Program

The Allegheny General Hospital Hand, Upper Extremity & Microvascular Fellowship is one-year in length, from August 1 through July 31, and is ACGME accredited for two positions. 

The Allegheny Hand & Upper Extremity Center treats a wide spectrum of hand and upper extremity disorders.  The program is based at a busy level-I trauma center.  A variety of hand and wrist trauma, including replantation and revascularization procedures, are performed routinely.  Additionally, the fellowship covers the treatment of acute and reconstructive upper extremity trauma including forearm, elbow, humeral, clavicular, and scapular injuries. 

The fellowship provides experience in common and complex acquired and degenerative disorders. Our multidisciplinary team of surgeons and therapists has extensive experience treating an array of problems including nerve compression and injury, arthritic disease (degenerative and rheumatoid), sports injuries, and other routine upper extremity conditions.  There is extensive experience in wrist, elbow, and shoulder arthroscopy and arthroplasty. The Department provides medical coverage for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the team’s hand care is managed by the division.

Fellows learn in a collegial environment with a focus on resident and fellow education.  Each rotation for the fellows is two months in duration and fellows will be on each service twice during the year.  Each of the surgeons covers the entire upper extremity from shoulder to finger tip.  Fellows will work with the following attending surgeons: Edward Birdsong, MD, Brad Palmer, MD, and Peter Tang, MD.

The core principles of hand surgery will be taught including diagnosis, disease history, science, and classification, non-operative treatment, peri-operative care, surgical technique including soft tissue handling, and post-operative care including therapeutic protocols.  There is a weekly Hand & Upper Extremity conference dedicated to all aspects of reconstructive, trauma, congenital, microsurgery, and rehabilitation. Other conferences include a weekly Grand Rounds conference, indications conference, monthly Hand Journal Club and the Department’s monthly Morbidity and Mortality conference.

There is an opportunity for teaching, research, and scholarly activity.  Two publishable research projects are to be completed by the end of the fellowship year. There is an active biomechanics lab with a state-of-the-art elbow simulator and there is opportunity to participate in multiple clinical studies. Fellows work with residents and medical students in the office, hospital, emergency room, and operating room and are expected to contribute to their education in a meaningful manner throughout the year.


 

Application Process

The fellowship application includes the following:

  • Completed application 
  • Personal statement 
  • Curriculum vitae 
  • Transcript from your medical school (copies are fine) 
  • Dean's letter  (copies are fine)
  • Four letters of recommendation 
  • USMLE Board score (copies are fine)

If you are a graduate of a foreign medical school, your application must also meet the following requirements:

  • J-1 visa 
  • ECFMG certified prior to any interview

All applications should be mailed to:

Hand, Upper Extremity and Microvascular Fellowship Program
1307 Federal Street, 2nd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

The deadline to receive applications is January 1. Once the application is received, our staff reviews the application and applies specific criteria to determine which applicants are offered interviews.


 

Past Fellows
 

Year
Fellow
Residency
2012-2013
James Rubright, MD
University Vermont- Burlington, VT
2012-2013
Rafal Stachowicz, M.D.
University Hospital of Cincinnati, OH
2012-2013
Ben Williams, MD
Allegheny General Hospital, PA
2011-2012
Rishi Bhatnagar, M.D
George Washington University, DC
2011-2012
Martin deGravelle, Jr. M.D.
Louisiana University, LA
2011-2012
Prasad Sawardeker, M.D.
University of  Miami, FL
2010-2011
Claudius Jarrett, M.D.
Emory University, GA
2010-2011
Todd Rimington, M.D.
Georgetown University, DC
2010-2011
Scott Schnell, M.D.
University Rochester, NY
2009-2010
Veronica Diaz, M.D.
University of Miami, FL
2009-2010
Damien Davis, M.D.
Roosevelt Hospital , NY
2009-2010
Ryan Naujoks
University Connecticut, CT
2008-2009
Michael Howard, M.D.
Mount Carmel, OH
2008-2009
Jeffrey Marchessault, M.D.
Texas Tech University (Lubbock),TX
2008-2009
Eric Stuffman, M.D.
Stanford University, CA
2008-2009
Andrew Wong, M.D.
University of Michigan, MI
2007-2008
Peter Kelleher, M.D.
University of Vermont, VT
2007-2008
Walter Song, M.D.
University of Connecticut, CT
2007-2008
George Zanaros, M.D.
SUNY-Albany, NY
2006-2007
Andrew Cross, M.D.
Greenville Hospital System, SC
2006-2007
Alex Meyers, M.D.
Indiana University, IN
2006-2007
Heidi Ambrose Shores, M.D.
University of Washington, WA
2005-2006
John Bauman, M.D.
Greenville Hospital System, SC
2005-2006
Vincent Novak, M.D.
Wake Forest University, NC
2005-2006
Scott Wisotsky, M.D.
University of Vermont, VT
2005-2006
Todd Horton, M.D.
Naval Medical Center San Diego, CA
2004-2005
Eric Mullins, M.D.
University of Vermont, VT
2004-2005
Toby Johnson, M.D.
University of Miami, FL
2004-2005
Samir Patel, M.D.
West Virginia University, WV
2003-2004
Robert Dawson, M.D.
Allegheny General Hospital, PA
2003-2004
Ajay Seth, M.D.
Ohio State University, OH
2003-2004
Todd Wurth, M.D.
Indiana University, IN
2002-2003
Patrick Devanney, M.D.
University of Vermont, VT
2002-2003
Erin Forest, M.D.
University of Iowa, IA
2001-2002
John Uroskie, M.D.
University of Vermont, VT
2000-2001
Michael Dunn, M.D.
Monmouth Medical Center, NJ

 


Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship Program

Leslie Hays, Program Coordinator

Mailing address:
     1307 Federal Street, 2nd Floor
     Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Telephone:  412.359.6501

 

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