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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 (August 1–July 31)
Stipend: $103,880.85 per annum/benefits (subsidized housing also available)
Positions: 3 ACGME-Accredited
Location: Hospital for Special Surgery
Contact: Arbesa Liko-Keqi at likokeqia@hss.edu or call 212.774.2335

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 three four-month rotations. During each rotation, the fellow is assigned to two or three primary attendings with whom they spend dedicated time in the operating room and the outpatient clinic. Fellows have the opportunity to follow patients from outpatient clinic visits through to surgery, which provides a valuable mentoring experience over the course of the rotation.

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.

During the course of the year, each fellow is expected to complete two research projects by the end of the academic year. These projects may be presented as a podium presentation at the institutional level and/or at national conferences. Fellows are expected to write two manuscripts of the scientific research projects suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Application Process

HSS will participate in the San Francisco Matching Program (SF Match). Register for the SF Match and select the Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle fellowship program. View the fellowship application and submission information.

Application Deadline: November 2021

Interview Dates: December 9, 2022 and December 10, 2022 (in-person)

For more information regarding the Foot and Ankle Fellowship program, please contact Iwona Kruk by email at kruki@hss.edu.

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