Education & Academic Affairs

Pediatric Orthopaedic Fellowship

John S. Blanco, MD
Emily R. Dodwell, MD
Shevaun Mackie Doyle, MD
Daniel W. Green, MD
Cathleen L. Raggio, MD
David M. Scher, MD
Ernest L. Sink, MD
Roger F. Widmann, MD




Goals and Characteristics

The Pediatric Orthopaedic Fellowship at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) was established in 1972 with the goal of providing exceptional training in the identification, management, and treatment of operative and non-operative pediatric orthopaedic disorders.  The Pediatric Orthopaedic Fellowship has been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (AGGME) since 1990.

Located in the heart of New York City, HSS receives a myriad of orthopaedic conditions which range from the most common to the most complex. HSS fellows have access to all patients and are exposed to every aspect of pediatric orthopaedics including: early onset scoliosis, pediatric sports medicine, limb deformity, hip preservation, trauma, developmental dysplasia of the hip, clubfoot, and Cerebral Palsy.  Ranked #1 by US News & World Report for 6 consecutive years, patients travel regionally and globally to our institution for care. The HSS Pediatric Orthopedic Fellow will be trained in the diagnosis and treatment of a full spectrum of conditions and have the opportunity to receive more advanced exposures during an 8 week elective block.

With over 23,000 pediatric outpatient visits and 3,000 pediatric surgical admissions annually our fellows receive broad exposure to all facets of pediatric orthopaedics and an opportunity to pursue special interests.

Comprised of nine attending surgeons who bring together a variety of subspecialty training backgrounds with a strong commitment to teaching, our faculty provides the highest quality of evidence based care.  Our program is structured to allow fellows (HSS accepts one Pediatric Orthopedic Fellow per year) to work closely with each member of the service during an academic year that includes 4 eleven-week rotations and 1 eight-week elective thereby developing competency in the spectrum of care in each of our surgeon's subspecialty areas of interest:

  • Sports Medicine
  • Hip Preservation
  • Spine Deformity
  • Limb Deformity
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Foot Deformity
  • Clubfoot
  • Skeletal Dysplasia
  • Trauma


Clinical Training Components


  • Surgical Experience: 2–3 days per week based on rotation
  • Outpatient practice: 2–3 days per week based on rotation
  • Call: 1 day per week, 1 weekend per month
  • Case Conferences:
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Indications conference: weekly
  • Pediatric Spine Deformity Indications Conference: weekly
  • Gait Analysis Conference: weekly

Core Curriculum

  • Morning lecture series  (Monday – Thursday 7:00–7:30 am)
  • Pediatric Orthopedic  Grand Rounds: Weekly
  • HSS Grand Rounds: Weekly
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Journal Club: Monthly
  • Bioskills Lab sessions: scheduled based on subspecialty interests

Annual Meeting and Course Support

The Pediatric Orthopaedic Service typically supports fellow attendance at 1–2 meetings or conferences per year. Supported conferences include:

  • POSNA: Annual Meeting
  • AAOS: Annual Meeting
  • Baltimore Deformity Course
  • IPOS


Research Components

Fellows are encouraged to participate in 2 research projects during the academic year.
Research resources include:

  • Mentorship
  • Research support staff
  • Access to internal funds for study support (by application)


  • Leon Root, MD Motion Analysis Laboratory: This laboratory incorporates force sensors for gait evaluation, as well as multiple high-speed video cameras, to conduct formal video analysis of human motion. In addition, the laboratory also allows telemetered electromyographic evaluation of muscle function.
  • Bioskills Education Laboratory (BSEL): Established in 2000, the BSEL simulates surgical procedures with equipment that is, in many instances, identical to that in the HSS operating rooms, allowing Fellows to become more familiar with the myriad devices currently used in surgery. The procedures in the lab can be performed on cadaver specimens or sawbones – plastic models of bones and joints.
  • Computer Assisted Surgery (CAS) Center: The CAS Center was created to investigate innovative methods of utilizing computer technology to assist orthopedic surgery. HSS is uniquely positioned to pioneer CAS technologies with the integration of important assets which are exclusive to the hospital.
  • Biomechanics Laboratory: The mission of the Department of Biomechanics at HSS is to apply the principles of engineering and material science to solve orthopedic problems by conducting basic and applied research that translates to the development of orthopedic devices and instrumentation aimed at improved patient care. The Biomechanics Laboratory houses a robotics system that allows sophisticated testing of joint mechanics.
  • Core Research Facilities: The HSS Core Research Facilities include Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Flow Cytometry, Musculoskeletal Repair and Regeneration, Analytical Microscopy, Imaging, and Mechanical and Material assessment.


Compensation and Housing

Fellows are provided a stipend and benefits based on the cost of living in New York City, competitive with those of other institutions. 2016/17 Salary: $83,892 (plus fringe benefits) (payable in biweekly installments)

  • Subsidized housing is available (by application) within walking distance of the hospital.

Application Information

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


Application Form

The Pediatric Orthopaedics 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.