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Shoulder Fellowship

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Lawrence V. Gulotta, MD, Chief, Shoulder and Elbow Division, Sports Medicine Institute

Duration: 1 year (August 1–July 31)
Stipend: $103,880.85 per annum/benefits (subsidized housing also available)
Positions: 1 ACGME-Accredited
Location: Hospital for Special Surgery
Contact: Jeff Jean-Pierre, 212.606.1556, Jeanpierrej@hss.edu

HSS is offering 1 fellowship position in Shoulder Surgery. The fellow will be introduced to a broad range of shoulder pathologies and procedures, from arthroscopy to arthroplasty. The faculty includes several leaders in the world of shoulder surgery, including two former presidents of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES). Clinical responsibilities will include office and operating room coverage. A typical weekly schedule includes two days in the OR, two days in the office, and one day dedicated for research. The fellow will have ample research opportunities and will be expected to be productive in this area. They will have access to the HSS Shoulder Arthroplasty Registry, as well as a shoulder biomechanical laboratory that is staffed with a collaborating PhD and a research engineer.


Each week, the fellow will be in the OR 2-3 days, in office hours 1-2 days, and have one day dedicated for research.

The fellow does 4, 3 month rotations. Each rotation involves working with 2-3 faculty. Three of the rotations are scheduled, the fourth is purely elective. An example schedule would be:

  • Rotation 1: Gulotta/D Dines
  • Rotation 2: Cordasco/Warren/Taylor
  • Rotation 3: Rodeo/O’Brien
  • Rotation 4: Sports Elbow Elective: J Dines/Altchek


Wednesday: Shoulder Conference—rotating schedule of case presentations, didactic lectures, research. While a schedule is made by the faculty, the shoulder fellow is responsible for the administrative tasks involved with organizing this conference week to week.

Thursday: Sports Core Conference and MRI—joint conference with Sports Fellows. The shoulder fellow is expected to attend and present at conferences on upper extremity topics. They are also welcome to attend all conferences if they wish.

Friday: Hospital-Wide Grand Rounds.


The fellow is expected to complete one basic science and one clinical manuscript prior to graduation.

Basic Science: The shoulder basic science initiative is overseen by Andreas Kontaxis, PhD. He will serve as your research advisor and mentor for the year. His research focuses on shoulder biomechanics using a virtual computer model, and a physical cadaver simulator. There are also opportunities to do biologic research under the direction of Scott Rodeo and Suzanne Maher, PhD. However, given the clinical responsibilities of the fellowship, participation in this lab has been mostly geared towards two year, or research fellows. However, opportunities do exist for motivated fellows.

Clinical Research: The HSS Shoulder Arthroplasty Registry was started in 2004 and now has over 3500 patients in it. This is overseen by Lawrence Gulotta, with the help of Alex Wong, a sports medicine research assistant. Several fellows have been particularly productive mining this registry.


The fellow will take weekend call for all attendings on the Sports/Shoulder Service. They will rotate weekends with the Sports Fellows and the Hip Fellow. This comes out to about 1 weekend every 8 weeks. The fellow is not expected to take ER call, but may need to evaluate patients in the ER should one of the attending’s patients presents there over their on-call weekend.

Application Process

The next available position is for the 2023–2024 academic year. The Shoulder & Elbow fellowship program at HSS accepts applications via the Central Application Service (CAS). Register with SF Match and complete the CAS application. SFMP will then send the application to HSS electronically.

Application Deadline: November 1, 2023
Interview Invite: December 1, 2023
Interview Date: TBD

Learn about the application process.

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