Hand & Upper Extremity

This fellowship has been especially designed to provide hand and upper extremity fellows a high-volume and comprehensive experience with a wide range of challenging pathologies, complemented by an emphasis on education and limitless research opportunities. Furthermore, it has been customized to create an experience that emphasizes education and work-life balance. Although there are many unique aspects to this fellowship, some of the elements that stand out include:

  1. Comprehensive experience in every aspect of hand and upper extremity surgery with leaders in most of the subspecialties of hand and upper extremity surgery: shoulder and elbow, congenital and spasticity, brachial plexus and peripheral nerve, microsurgical reconstructions, hand and upper extremity trauma, and replants
  2. Exposure to four different practice settings: academic institution, private practice referral center, children’s hospital, and a very busy Level 1 trauma center
  3. International elective enabling the fellow to spend a month in any of a number of places around the world, including Annecy, London, Ontario, Lyon, Melbourne, Nice, Paris, Queensland, Toronto, Wrightington and Zurich
  4. Protected half or full day for research every week with limitless resources and personnel to carry out various types of investigations and weekly research meetings
  5. A healthy work-life balance in one of the most exciting up-and-coming big cities in the U.S., with plenty of opportunities to take advantage of Emory’s connections with professional teams in Atlanta as well as many of the city’s culture, music, entertainment, food, and outdoor opportunities


  • Emory Upper Extremity Center at Executive Park
  • Emory Orthopaedic and Spine Hospital/Emory University Hospital (EUOSH)
  • Georgia Hand, Shoulder, and Elbow
  • Grady Trauma Center
  • The Atlanta Veterans Hospital
  • The Hand and Upper Extremity Center of Georgia
  • Children’s Hospital of Atlanta (CHOA) and Shepherd Center

Faculty (Clinical and Research)

  • Charles Daly, MD, Assistant Fellowship Director
  • Hicham Drissi, PhD
  • Arthur English, PhD
  • Rob Fang, MD
  • Michael Gottschalk, MD, Fellowship Director
  • Jarred Kaiser, PhD
  • Bill Knaus, MD
  • Clifton Meals, MD
  • Diane Payne, MD
  • Allan Peljovich, MD, Site Director Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
  • John Seiler, MD, Site Director Georgia Hand, Shoulder, and Elbow
  • Bryan J. Sirmon, MD
  • Erika Templeton, MD
  • Dan Thompson, MS
  • Eric Wagner, MD MS, Director of Upper Extremity Research


  • Microsurgical Reconstruction
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Elbow Surgery
  • Trauma Surgery
  • Congenital Hand
  • Brachial Plexus
  • Spasticity and Spinal Cord Injury
  • Private Practice Referral Center
  • Elite Athletes
  • International Rotation     

Goals of Fellowship

The primary goal of this fellowship is to train hand and upper extremity surgeons who have been exposed to and are capable of taking the best quality care of patients with a wide diversity of upper extremity pathologies. Whether the fellows practice in private or academic settings upon graduation, they will have the skill set and foundation of knowledge to treat any patient with an upper extremity pathology.

            Given that the hand and upper extremity have among the most diverse sets of pathologies in any area of orthopaedic or plastic surgery, we have customized the rotation schedule and didactic experiences to provide the fellows with comprehensive exposure to every area of hand and upper extremity surgery. During the rotations with our 10 practicing hand and upper extremity surgeons, fellows will gain insight into and experience of the evaluation and surgical treatment of patients with straightforward and complex pathologies. Each year, surgeons at the Emory Upper Extremity Center, Grady, CHOA, and the private group treat 10,000 patients and perform more than 4,000 surgeries. We expect fellows to complete more than 500 cases in their fellowship year. The pathologies the fellows treat range from the scapula, shoulder girdle, and brachial plexus to the fingertip.

Rotation Schedule

Fellows will alternate through the following rotations on month-long blocks:

  • Program director (two-month rotation): Emory Upper Extremity Center
  • Peripheral nerve and microsurgical reconstruction (two-month rotation): Emory Upper Extremity Center
  • Shoulder, elbow, and wrist reconstruction (two-month rotation): Emory Upper Extremity Center
  • Trauma (two-month rotation): Grady Trauma Center
  • Private practice (two-month rotation): Georgia Shoulder, Elbow, and Hand Center
  • Congenital hand and brachial plexus (one-month rotation): CHOA and Shepherd Center
  • International rotation (one-month rotation)

Fellow Compensation

This is an ACGME-accredited program; fellows will be afforded all of the associated benefits. The annual salary for the fellow will be commensurate with a PGY-6 level of training. Additional benefits include:

  • One month international fellowship travel with all expenses paid
  • Microsurgical and arthroscopy course during first week of fellowship
  • Two paid trips to the ASSH and either the ASPS, AAOS, or AAHS meetings
  • Health and dental insurance for fellows and dependents
  • Short- and long-term disability insurance
  • Basic life insurance
  • Retirement plan
  • Medical malpractice insurance
  • Up to three weeks of paid time off (sick days and vacation days)

Apply to the Emory Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship

All applications must be submitted through the national residency matching program (NRMP) coordinated by the ASSH. Eligible candidates must have completed an orthopaedic, plastic, or general surgery residency in an accredited program within the United States or Canada.

Applications can be submitted through the ASSH by completing the online application and required documents:

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  • CV
  • Brief personal statement
  • Copy of USMLE/COMLEX transcript with all three steps passed
  • Three to four letters of recommendation on official letterhead, one of which should be from the chairman or residency program director
  • Copy of medical school transcript
  • Recent photo

Deadline: December 1, 2019

Interview Dates: January 6-27, 2020

February 9-10, 2020

Please email or call our Program Coordinator Kalynde Smith with further questions.