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HSS Stavros Niarchos Foundation Academic Visitor Program

The HSS-Stavros Niarchos Foundation Academic Visitor Program is designed for orthopedic surgeons from Greece to observe surgical and clinical care; to be exposed to best practices in orthopedic surgery; and to experience the culture of excellence at HSS. Twice a year participants are selected for a period of two months: April–May and October–November. HSS covers the cost of airfare and lodging for selected participants. Visitors are responsible for procuring their own visa.

Participants will observe patient care and complex surgeries in state-of-the-art operating rooms; they will also participate in Grand Rounds, professional education programs, a visiting professional lecture series, and journal clubs, as available.

View the Greek translation of the program details.
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Program Highlights

  • Observation in the operating room and outpatient clinic with faculty from the Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement Division
  • Daily schedule based on observation preferences
  • Observation of morning rounds with HSS attending surgeons
  • Observation of patient flow and perioperative services
  • Hands-on practice in cadaveric training in the Bioskills Education Laboratory
  • Attendance at weekly educational conferences
  • Access to the HSS medical library system

Available Services for Observation

  • Foot and Ankle
  • Hand and Upper Extremity
  • Pain Management
  • Rehabilitation
  • Spine
  • Sports Medicine
  • Trauma

Eligibility Criteria

  • High level of English proficiency
  • Demonstrated leadership potential
  • Greek orthopedic resident in their fourth or fifth year, or, Greek orthopedic surgeon who is one to two years post-residency
  • Priority will be given to applicants that practice in public hospitals/in rural regions of Greece

Application and Selection Process

Applications for 2020 will open soon.

All candidates must submit an online application with the following supporting documents:

  • Medical school diploma (in English)
  • Resume/curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Two personal statements
  • Two recommendation letters on official letterhead with signatures
  • Digital photo (passport size: 2″x2″)

Two participants are selected for each session in the fall and spring. HSS covers the cost of airfare and lodging for selected HSS Stavros Niarchos Foundation Academic Visitor Program participants. Visitors are responsible for procuring their own visa.

Participant Engagement and Follow-up

Upon acceptance into the program, participants must agree to commit to two years of engagement and follow-up with HSS, with the ultimate goal of improving patient care in Greece.

  • Participate in video calls with HSS staff after completion of the program
  • Complete online surveys
  • Provide two personal statements

Additionally, participants are encouraged to engage in at least two of the following activities:

  • Join the Hellenic Association of Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology (HAOST) and participate in at least one sponsored event
  • Present at a scientific orthopaedic symposium/congress in Greece
  • Volunteer and provide orthopaedic care at a local, free clinic

Spring & Fall Symposium

Participants in the Academic Visitor Program are given the opportunity to interact with current leaders in orthopedics working on cutting edge advancements in arthroplasty. In the Spring, participants attend the Current Concepts in Joint Replacement Symposia, and in the Fall, participants attend the HSS-Stavros Niarchos Foundation Orthopedic Seminar Program. Additional symposia may be added if applicable to the learning objectives of the current participants.

HSS Journal® Subscription

All alumni of the Academic Visitor Program will be given a one year subscription to the HSS Journal and are welcome to submit their research for review and consideration for inclusion.


For additional information, please contact Yu Sun, Senior Coordinator, Global Academic Partnerships at suny@hss.edu.

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