Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship

Contact: Spero Karas, MD -  skaras@emory.edu

The Emory University Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship Program is an accredited graduate medical program designed to take place after completion of an accredited orthopaedic surgery residency. The program will offer 12 months of education beginning on August 1 and ending July 31 of the following year. The program will offer a broad based sports orthopaedic surgery experience involving the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, and ankle. At the completion of the fellowship, the fellow should be competent in basic and complex reconstruction of the shoulder and knee. He/she will also be exposed to soft tissue reconstruction of the elbow and ankle, as well as cartilage repair techniques of the knee, shoulder, and ankle.

Current Fellows

Jason Boyd, MD Eric Gordon, MD
Jason Boyd, MD Eric Gordon, MD

Institutional Resources

The Emory University Department of Orthopaedics provides the environment and facilities for acquiring knowledge, skills, clinical judgment, and attitudes essential to the practice of orthopaedic sports medicine. The program director, supporting faculty and staff, and the administration are fully committed to the educational program.


  • Emory Healthcare Orthopaedics & Spine Center
  • Emory Ambulatory Surgery Center at Executive Park
  • Grady Memorial Hospital
  • Emory University Department of Orthopaedics Offices and Libraries
  • Emory University Department of Orthoopaedics Laboratrories


Orthopaedic Surgeons

Kyle Hammond, MD
Specialty: Sports Medicine, hip, knee and shoulder surgery

Edward Jackson, MD
Specialty: Sports Medicine, hip, knee and shoulder surgery

Spero G. Karas, MD - Fellowship Director
Specialty: Sports Medicine, knee, shoulder and elbow reconstruction

Sameh (Sam) A. Labib, MD
Specialty: Sports Medicine, knee, foot and ankle surgery

Bryan Whitfield, MD

John "X" Xerogeanes, MD
Chief, Sports Medicine Service
Specialty: Sports Medicine, shoulder and knee reconstruction

Research Faculty

William C. Hutton, PhD
Research Professor
Specialty: Biomechanics

Emory University Department of Orthopaedics Clinical Research Group

Opportunities to engage in ongoing and original research are also available with the Department of Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech).

Nick Willett, PhD
Research Professor
Speciality:Biomedical Engineering

Michael Gottschalk, MD
Director of Clinical Research
Speciality: Hand & Upper Extremity

Educational Goals

Clinical Experience

  • Understand the nature and variety of injuries occurring in athletics.
  • Understand the biomechanics of athletic injuries and their prevention.
  • Develop and understanding and treatment strategy for athletic injuries.
  • Develop the educational and organization skills to become a team physician.
  • Be able to diagnose and treat athletically related foot and ankle injuries.
  • Be able to diagnose and treat complex injuries and pathology about the knee, shoulder, ankle and elbow.

Surgical Experience

  • Ankle instability reconstruction
  • Ankle arthroscopy
  • Elbow arthroscopy
  • Elbow medial collateral and lateral collateral ligament reconstruction
  • Knee arthroscopy
  • Knee ligamentous reconstruction (ACL, PCL, LCL, MCL, PLC)
  • Knee alignment reconstruction (osteotomy)
  • Knee cartilage transplantation (autologous and allograft) and repair
  • Knee meniscal transplantation
  • Knee patellar realignment and reconstruction
  • Shoulder arthroscopy
  • Arthroscopic shoulder subacromial decompression, distal clavicle excision, and rotator cuff repair
  • Arthroscopic and open instability reconstruction
  • Tendon transfers about the shoulder
  • Revision surgery of the shoulder and knee
  • Arthroscopic labral repair
  • Hip arthroscopy

Diadatic and Practical Experience

  • Atlanta Falcons sideline and training room coverage
  • Emory University and Georgia Tech athletic team coverage
  • Grand Rounds once per week
  • Sports Medicine Journal Club monthly
  • Annual Georgia Orthopaedic Society Meeting
  • Annual Georgia Shoulder and Elbow Society Meeting
  • Orthopaedic biomechanics laboratory research experience
  • Monthly sports medicine research meeting
  • Periodic sports medicine visiting lecturers
  • Sports Medicine clinic 2 days per week
  • Sports Medicine operative experience two days per week

Conference Schedule

  • Sports Medicine Conference (06:30-07:30): second and fourth Friday of each month
  • Sports Medicine Journal Club: third Friday of each month
  • Sports Science Research Group: first Friday of every month
  • Orthopaedic Basic Science (17:30-18:30): Each Thursday
  • Orthopaedic Core Curriculum (07:30-08:30): Each Tuesday
  • Orthopaedic Grand Rounds (06:30-07:30): Each Tuesday
  • Annual Georgia Orthopaedic Society Meeting
  • Annual Georgia Shoulder and Elbow Society Meeting
  • Annual Emory Sports Medicine Symposium

Program Research and Scholarly Activity

  • Active participation with staff and residents in clinic, operating room and conferences.
  • Give sports medicine lectures quarterly
  • Lead sports medicine journal club (AJSM, JSES, and Arthroscopy) once per month
  • Participate in appropriate conferences on a regular basis.
  • Design and implement at least one research project for presentation at a National meeting and submit for publication in a peer-review journal.
  • Assist in the coordination and administration of the annual Emory Sports Medicine Course.

Upon the Fellow's arrival August 1, an outline of research topics will be discussed with him/her. He/she will select the project(s) in which he/she is interested or submit a modification of one for approval. In instances when the fellow has a well-outlined research idea, this project may be implemented during his/her fellowship year. The fellow will select a research mentor among the sports medicine faculty and adjunct faculty.

Research Personnel and Facilities

The Emory Department of Orthopaedics has numerous opportunities for orthopaedic research. The sports medicine fellow will be expected to take advantage of these resources to design, implement, and complete his/her research project(s).


The Emory Department of Orthopaedics has one biomechanics laboratory for research purposes. The biomechanics laboratory also houses an Instron machine for various testing purposes. The Emory Sports Medicine Fellow will have access to private workspace, phone, and desktop computer.


The Emory Sports Medicine Fellow will have access to a well maintained library in our conference room as well as the Emory Health Sciences Library.

Sports Medicine Experience

Our staff provides coverage for the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and numerous local colleges, including Emory University, Georgia Tech, Oglethorpe University, Agnes Scott College, and Georgia Perimeter College. In addition, we provide coverage for several area high schools. This clinical volume provides an extensive opportunity for diagnosing and treating sports medicine pathology during the fellowship.

Surgical Experience

The orthopaedic surgical faculty has busy clinical practices that encompass the entire spectrum of sports medicine and shoulder surgery. The combined faculty staff approximately 200 clinic visits per week and perform 25 to 30 surgical cases per week.


The Emory Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellow will be credentialed as an Emory faculty member at the Senior Associate level during his/her fellowship. The salary is commensurate with a PGY-6 level. A comprehensive health insurance, malpractice and benefits package is also provided. The fellow will receive two weeks of paid vacation during the year, with no more than one week to be taken consecutively. The fellow will travel to one conference per year, in addition to any conference in which he/she is the presenting author of a paper.

Emory University and the City of Atlanta

A vibrant, multicultural metro area of more than 4 million people, Atlanta has much to offer the prospective fellow. Museums, professional sports and fine dining/shopping abound in this diverse community. Numerous lakes are within easy driving distance. The Great Smoky Mountains are within a 2.5 hour drive and the Atlantic Ocean is 4.5 hours away. US News and World Report's 2006 rankings named Emory University #20 in the "Top Tier" category among national universities.

Application Process

The program follows the protocol of the San Francisco Match. No additional materials are necessary. Letters of recommendation should include a letter from your Department Chair and another from your Sports Medicine Section Chief. Please send your application to www.sfmatch.org. Application deadlines and interview dates will be listed on the website.


Miki DeJean, Emory University School of Medicine Fellowship Coordinator

57 Executive Park South
Suite 160-3
Atlanta, GA 30329