Orthopedic Surgery Research Fellowship

  • 1-year program for orthopedic surgeons

    The Research Fellowship Program in the Division of Orthopedics is a one-year funded opportunity available to U.S. and international orthopedic surgeons who have experience in orthopedic basic science research, genetics or developmental biology.

    CHOP's orthopedic fellowship program, which began in 1988, is nationally recognized by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Since its inception, the Division of Orthopedics at CHOP has funded more than 50 fellows, with both clinical and research orientations.

    The Research Fellowship Program helps fellows gain expertise in the research setting by providing 12 months of concentrated research experience, with a focus on both independent and team projects. Fellows may work independently on projects of special interest to them. They also work as part of the orthopedic team, playing a major role in the division's research efforts.

    Interaction and collaboration with our diversified faculty (each with his/her own area of special interest and expertise) and collaborative work with other specialties in the Hospital create ample opportunities for professional growth. 

    Current areas of research emphasis

    • Spinal deformity and spine biomechanics
    • Congenital vertebral malformations
    • Musculoskeletal tumor research
  • Educational goals

    Defining expectations

    At the beginning of your fellowship, basic requirements for research goals, internal conference attendance, publication and attendance at national conferences will be outlined. Division Chief John P. Dormans, MD, FACS, will discuss your personal interests and goals and will help you develop a plan for the coming year.


    In addition to engaging in research, you will be expected to participate in meetings and seminars throughout the year as part of the educational process:

    • Semi-annual visiting professor conferences
    • Monthly basic science research journal clubs
    • Monthly research meetings
    • Quarterly tumor board meetings
    • Weekly grand rounds at the Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania
    • Daily divisional lectures and presentations

    Clinical experience

    The patient population within the Division of Orthopedics is large and the problems of the children are diverse. Fellows will have the opportunity to observe many patients, to learn from CHOP attending physicians, and to access a large volume of data for research in this area. Observation for at least one day per week during our office hours is strongly encouraged.

  • Resources

    To better orient residents and fellows during their time at CHOP, each fellow or resident will receive an updated copy of the Resident/Fellow Handbook (PDF).

    This handbook includes everything a resident or fellow needs to know about the program and the Hospital, including general information, orthopedic guidelines, service guidelines, polices and procedures, medications, and our pain management program.

    To optimize productivity, orthopedic surgery fellows also have access to the following resources:

    • A mentor surgeon/investigator
    • Two research coordinators
    • Fellows/scholars 
    • Three libraries
    • Personal computer
    • Slide generation equipment for presentations
    • Two research facilities 
    • Additional opportunities for research under the guidance of the director of the orthopedic laboratory

    The research coordinators help with IRB and HIPAA issues, search facilities, radiographic scanning, editorial skills, Power Point productions and a variety of other services to enhance the fellow's research productivity.

  • Evaluation

    Fellows will receive feedback on progress on an ongoing basis. Feedback mechanisms include:

    • Weekly consultative progress meetings with the chief of the division
    • Continuous informal interaction and feedback throughout the program 
    • Reciprocal formal evaluation of the program and the fellow's accomplishments by the fellow and the attendings at the end of the 12 months

    Upon completion of the fellowship, each fellow is awarded a Hospital certificate verifying participation in and completion of the program.

  • Research fellows
    • 2013-14 — Emmanouil Grigoriou, MD, Muayad Kadhim, MD
    • 2012-13 — Bibek Banskota, MD, Dino Colo, MD
    • 2011-12 — Camila DeMattos, MD, Chanika Angsanuntsukh, MD, Denis Sakai, MD
    • 2010-11 — Ali Al-Omari, MD, Juan Pretell, MD
    • 2009-10 — Sachin Kulkarni, MD, Patrick O’Toole, MD, Prakash Sitoula, MD, Shikshya Shrestha, MD
    • 2008-09 — Gela Bajelidze, MD, Khujanazarov Ilkhom, MD, Raed Salman, MD
    • 2007-08 — Gilbert Chan, MD, Jorge Gomez, MD, Hua Ming Siow, MD, Ismail Sofa Satoglu, MD
    • 2006-07 — Gilbert Chan, MD, Mik Gocke, MD, Om Shrestha, MD
    • 2005-06 — Sevrino Bautista, MD, Purushottam Gholve, MD, Yakup Yildirim, MD
    • 2004-05 — Alex Arkader, MD, Luba Celerin, MD
    • 2003-04 — Harish Hosalkar, MD, Alyssa Schaeffer, MD
    • 2001-02 — Bulent Erol, MD
    • 2000-01 — Hanna Bassam, MD
    • 1997-98 — Naohiro Asada, MD 
    • 1996-97 — David Spiegel, MD
  • How to apply

    To apply, submit the following:

    • All required documentation listed above.
    • A downloaded and completed CHOP's Orthopedic Surgery Fellow/Scholar Application.
    • A typed summary, answering the following questions specific to the CHOP/SICOT Orthopedic Fellowship:
      1. Why do you want to come to CHOP for a research fellowship?
      2. What do you hope to accomplish during a fellowship year at CHOP?
      3. Do you have an interest in a particular subspecialty of orthopedics? Please explain.
      4. Is there specific knowledge that you hope to gain during your fellowship year?
      5. How will you use that knowledge when the program is complete?
      6. What projects/or types of projects would you want to work on as a research fellow? Please give specific examples.
      7. What are your plans after you complete your fellowship program?
      8. If you are successful, what are your plans in 5 years? 10 years?

    Acceptance to our program is conditional on completion of the application, the summary questionnaire and fulfilling all requirements.

    Please specify which program you are applying for in your application.

    Tobacco-free hiring policy

    To help preserve and improve the health of our patients, their families and our employees, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has a tobacco-free hiring policy. This policy applies to all candidates for employment (other than those with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey) for all positions, including those covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

    Job applicants who apply after July 1, 2014 will be expected to sign an attestation stating they’ve been free of nicotine or tobacco products in any form for the prior thirty (30) days. They will also undergo a cotinine test as a part of the Occupational Health pre-placement drug screen administered after the offer of employment has been accepted but before the first day of hire.

    Exemptions: Attending physicians (excluding CHOP physicians in the Care Network), psychologists, principal investigators and/or Penn-based faculty are exempt from this process to better align with our colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

  • More information

    For more information about the Orthopedic Surgery Research Fellowship, please contact Catherine O'Shea.

Reviewed on March 19, 2014