Education & Academic Affairs

Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship

David L. Helfet, MD, Director
Joseph M. Lane, MD
Dean G. Lorich, MD
David Asprinio, MD

Duration: 1 year (August 1 – July 31)
Stipend: Stipend: $83,892 (2016/17) per annum/benefits (subsidized housing also available)
Location: Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH), Westchester Medical Center (WMC)

The Orthopaedic Trauma Service (OTS) at Hospital for Special Surgery offers several ACGME ( accredited Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship positions. Eligible candidates must have completed an accredited orthopaedic residency program and meet the necessary requirements for obtaining a New York State medical license.

The Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship is divided into three sections:


Goals and Characteristics
The Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship facilitates development of expertise in management of orthopaedic trauma patients (especially in decision-making and the prioritization of treatment when the patient has multiple injuries). Surgical techniques, including indirect reduction and “biological” internal and external fixation, are also emphasized along with a comprehensive approach to postoperative care and rehabilitation. Special focus is placed on a team-based approach and the surgical management of patients with complex orthopaedic trauma (including polytrauma; periarticular fractures; long-bone fractures; complex articular fractures, including pelvic and acetabular fractures; the shoulder; elbow; hip; knee; ankle and foot).

The posttraumatic reconstruction of malunions, nonunions, and infections is also emphasized in addition to minimally invasive fracture surgery. Super specialized areas of interest such as pelvic osteotomies for dysplasia, the management of chronic posttraumatic pelvic pain, limb inequality, and an approach to posttraumatic deformity will also be included. The Fellow participates in teaching residents and medical students and in researching clinical and basic science projects.

Application Information

HSS will participate in the San Francisco Matching Program (SFMP). In order to apply to our program, please visit, select the Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship Match and register for the Match.

Application Form

The Orthopaedic Trauma fellowship program at HSS accepts applications via the Central Application Service (CAS). Please register with the SFMP ( and complete the CAS application. SFMP will then send the application to HSS electronically.