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Division of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery Fellowship

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery Fellowship

The pediatric orthopedic surgery fellowship at NYU Grossman School of Medicine provides the orthopedic surgeon who has already completed a residency program with subspecialty training in all aspects of children’s orthopedic surgery, neuromuscular disorders, scoliosis, and pediatric hand conditions.

The one-year program combines clinical training and research. Clinical training encompasses all areas of pediatric orthopedics, including trauma; acute infections; scoliosis; neuromuscular disorders; hip, foot, and ankle conditions; sports medicine; congenital hand deformities; and management of brachial plexus injuries.

As a fellow, you have opportunities to both care for patients and conduct research. Research is a key part of the program, and you must complete a clinical or basic science research project of publishable quality during the fellowship.

Our fellowship program ranks among the top programs in the world and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Each year, the most talented orthopedic residents in the country compete for a position. Alumni of our program hold leadership positions at major research and academic medical centers and organizations.

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery Fellowship Objectives

As a fellow, you gain broad practical experience in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of pediatric orthopedic conditions. The program prepares you to work in high-volume surgical practices, and you learn the business aspects of building a practice. Upon completion of your fellowship, you are prepared for a career in children’s orthopedics and scoliosis treatment and management in an academic center, a private practice, or both.

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery Fellowship Schedule

Your daily schedule includes clinical training and research, as well as formal sessions, classes, and seminars. A typical schedule follows:

  • Monday: core curriculum conference and review
  • Tuesday: indications and postoperative conference
  • Wednesday: grand rounds and basic science conferences
  • Thursday: pediatric orthopedic journal club
  • Friday: monthly specialty research conferences focusing on the hip, hand, and spine

Daily activities may include conducting morning surgical floor rounds, performing surgical procedures at the discretion of the attending physician, working on research activities, and evaluating and treating patients at pediatric orthopedic clinics, specialty and multidisciplinary clinics, and a fellow trauma clinic. In the fellow trauma clinic, you see your own patients under the guidance of an attending staff who assists with patient care questions. You are also expected to attend quarterly symposia.

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery Fellowship Clinical Training

Fellows participate directly in the care of our young patients at NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital, Kimmel Pavilion, NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital, and Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital—34th Street, as well as NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue. This rotation provides exposure to pediatric musculoskeletal trauma and infections cases, in addition to traditional pediatric orthopedics, such as scoliosis, neuromuscular disease, hip and foot disorders, and sports and adolescent medicine.

Our program allows you to work alongside an internationally recognized staff of full-time pediatric orthopedic surgeons who are active members of major organizations, including the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the International Pediatric Orthopaedic Symposium, the Scoliosis Research Society, the International Hip Dysplasia Institute, and the International Perthes Study Group.

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery Fellowship Research Activities

You can pursue a wide variety of clinical and basic science research projects using the resources of our laboratory facilities. In addition to conducting your own clinical research project, you may collaborate with other members of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery in the following areas:

  • hip research: ultrasound analysis of the infant hip, three-dimensional analysis of hip disorders in children, treatment of hip dysplasia using three-dimensional CT data, new concepts of hip containment in Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease, hip impingement disorders, and hip preservation surgery
  • foot and ankle research: evaluation of the Ponseti method for treating clubfoot, corrective surgery for treating flat foot and cavus foot deformity, management of tarsal coalitions, complex correction of ankle and foot deformities, and using motion analysis to analyze and treat cerebral palsy
  • neuromuscular research: gait abnormalities and extremity function disorders, hip disorders in cerebral palsy, scoliosis and spinal deformity in cerebral palsy, and complex neuromuscular conditions involving both cerebral palsy and related conditions
  • spine research: correlation of pulmonary function with scoliosis in paralytic disorders, growth and development in patients with idiopathic scoliosis, three-dimensional analysis of spine geometry, thoracoscopic approach to scoliosis surgery, and nonfusion surgical correction techniques for scoliosis treatment
  • trauma research: outcomes of supracondylar humerus fracture and perigeniculate fracture treatment, radiographic assessment of pediatric fractures, management of skeletally immature elbow fractures, and casting techniques
  • sports medicine research: osteochondritis dissecans and cartilage preservation, shoulder instability and overhead athlete disorders, athletic avulsion fractures and associated pathology, meniscus pathology in children and adolescents, ankle arthroscopy, and patella instability

How to Apply

Our fellowship participates in the SF Match. All applications should be completed online through SF Match. We accept one fellow each year.

Learn more about graduate medical education at NYU Grossman School of Medicine and access information for incoming house staff.

Contact Us

If you have questions about our ACGME-accredited pediatric orthopedic surgery fellowship, please contact Pablo Castañeda, MD, chief of the Division of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery and fellowship program director, at pablo.castaneda@nyulangone.org.

You can also contact Jewel Winters, fellowship coordinator for the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, at jewel.winters@nyulangone.org.