Fellowship Program

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Adult Reconstruction Fellowship

The Adult Reconstruction Fellowship Program is an ACGME accredited fellowship that has been in existence at the University of Louisville since 1998. Two (2) positions are available for the one (1) year training program. We participate in the SF Match. Prerequisites for acceptance into the program are completion of a residency program in orthopaedic surgery, and successful completion of USMLE steps I and II. If the candidate is a foreign candidate, then he or she must be board certified in his or her country of origin, must possesses current ECFMG certification, and must obtain a Kentucky medical license. We prefer IMG’s with at least 1 year of fellowship training in the United States. The University only sponsors J-1 visas.

During the one year program, the Fellow trains on the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery’s Adult Reconstruction Service under the direction of Dr. Arthur Malkani. The Fellowship provides exposure to all aspects of primary and revision hip and knee arthroplasty. There is also exposure to osteotomies, malunions and nonunions of the lower extremity. The Fellow will be involved in a minimum of 10-15 surgical cases each week, involving total joint arthroplasties, revisions of total joints and osteotomies and will be included in post operative care of patients along with daily rounds at the affiliated hospitals. The Fellow will be involved weekly in the Adult Reconstruction Conferences and will participate in the weekly Total Joint Clinic held in the Ambulatory Care Building where he or she will see 15 – 20 patients 1 day per week. The Fellow will see 40 – 50 follow up patients 2 days per week in a clinical setting under faculty supervision as part of his or her fellowship training. To further enhance the experience, they will participate in ongoing clinical projects, or may choose to begin his or her own clinical research project in the field of adult reconstruction. They will also be expected to complete two papers by the end of the fellowship year which are suitable for publication.

Norton Leatherman Spine Center
Fellowship in Adult and Pediatric Spine Surgery

Annually, four fellows are accepted into the well established program which offers the development of advanced skills in all aspects of spine surgery. It is a well-balanced program that exposes the Fellows to the evaluation and treatment of deformities, fractures, neoplasms, and degenerative conditions of the spine in patients of all ages. Extensive experience in anterior spinal surgery and surgery of the cervical spine is included in the fellowship.

The Fellow will gain experience in minimally invasive lumbar fusion techniques, including percutaneous fixation and minimally invasive interbody fusions. The Fellow will receive exposure in all aspects of instrumentation involving cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbar decompression procedures are abundant. The surgical experience includes approximately 400 cases. Training and instruction are received from seven full-time orthopaedic spine surgeons who are affiliated with the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Weekly didactics include Monday morning case conference and a Thursday morning lectures series presented by the attending staff.

The Fellows will assist the staff physician performing surgery, managing patient care, and participating in scoliosis and fracture clinics. The Norton Leatherman Spine Center offers unique exposure to both pediatric and adult spinal deformity. The Fellows will prepare publications and presentations for teaching conferences and recognized spine meetings. The Norton Leatherman Spine Center includes a clinical outcomes research center, with extensive health-related outcomes data on thousands of patients available to facilitate fellow research. This program is affiliated with Norton Healthcare and the orthopaedic department at the University of Louisville.

The Leatherman Spine Fellowship Program is participating in the San Francisco Match. For application information go to www.sfmatch.org/default.aspx

Trauma Fellowship

The Kuntscher Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship has been in existence at the University of Louisville since 1993. The educational goals of this one year OTA accredited trauma fellowship are to offer the fellow comprehensive exposure to the management of long bone and pelvic ring injuries, involving patient management from the time of injury, planning fracture treatment, fracture stabilization, post-operative care and rehabilitation at University Hospital, a level 1 Trauma Center. The fellow will round daily with their teaching attending and will see 25-30 patients 3 times per week in a clinical setting under the supervision of their teaching attending.

The fellow will serve as an integral part of a multi disciplinary trauma team focused at the University Hospital. Emphasis is placed on surgical management, post operative care and rehabilitation of patients with complex orthopaedic trauma, including polytrauma, long-bone fractures, complex articular fractures and those of the pelvis and acetabulum.

The focus of the training program will be patient care and surgical exposure to further the educational experience of the fellow. Each fellow is expected to complete one research project during his/her fellowship training and will work with the director on these projects and attend one international conference with the director.

Each fellow is expected to attend weekly Grand Rounds and Fracture Indications conferences where intense cases are discussed to further their educational exposure. Each fellow is evaluated at the end of his/her year of training. Finally, candidates applying for the program must demonstrate a distinctive desire to concentrate in the area of Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery.

Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship

Length: One Year (August 1 – July 31)
3 positions are offered each year

Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship
David Seligson, MD
Professor, Chief of Fracture Service
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 852-0923