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Foot and Ankle Fellowship

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Matthew M. Roberts, MD, Chief, Foot and Ankle Service
Mark C. Drakos, MD, Fellowship Director

Duration: 1 year
Stipend: $94,151.32 per annum/benefits (subsidized housing also available)
Positions: 3
Accreditation: ACGME-Accredited
Contact: Karen Lynch, 212.606.1878, lynchk@hss.edu

Training that is at the forefront of the care of the foot and ankle is the goal of the Foot and Ankle Fellowship. To fulfill this goal, a broad-based and very active clinical program is available. Training is primarily focused on adult reconstructive surgery, but also includes sports-related injuries, pediatric foot and ankle surgery, and trauma. Surgically, each fellow participates in the services of all the physicians. Fellows gain a wide breadth of experience, graduating with a fellowship diploma from Hospital for Special Surgery.

Comprised of nine full-time orthopedic surgeons, the Foot and Ankle Service at HSS is the largest of its kind in the United States. The Service follows a multidisciplinary approach to expertly treat the broad range of foot and ankle conditions that can occur at any stage of life, from non-operative conditions to the most complex trauma and deformities. The Foot and Ankle Service performs more than 2,000 surgeries each year, and is committed to an active basic and clinical research program that seeks to improve techniques for treating the often challenging disorders of the foot and ankle.

Curriculum and Expectations

The fellowship is divided into six 2-month rotations. During each rotation, fellows are assigned to two to three primary attendings, with whom they spend dedicated time in the operating room and the outpatient clinic. This provides a valuable mentoring experience over the course of the rotation, since fellows have the opportunity to follow patients from their outpatient clinic visits all the way through to surgery.

The Foot and Ankle Service is extremely active, with multiple opportunities for surgical experience. Fellows will participate in operative and non-operative aspects of all adult foot and ankle care at the main hospital and at the HSS ASC of Manhattan. Fellows will be in the operating room full-time at least two days per week. In addition, regularly scheduled sessions in the Bioskills Education Laboratory will give fellows additional opportunities for hands-on training.

The fellowship program sets aside one day per week dedicated to research. Fellows are given the opportunity to enhance existing research skills with extensive exposure to research, critical data review, methodology, and study design, as well as access to the Motion Analysis and Bioskills Education Laboratories. During the course of the year, each fellow is expected to complete a primary research project which may be presented as a podium presentation at the institutional level and/or at national conferences. Fellows are also required to complete a research manuscript suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Application Information

HSS will participate in the San Francisco Match. In order to apply to our program, please visit sfmatch.org, select the Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Match and register for the Match. To access a fellowship application and submission information, please visit aofas.org.
For more information regarding the Foot and Ankle Fellowship program, please contact Karen Lynch by email at lynchk@hss.edu.

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