Training hand and upper extremity surgeons

The Hand Surgery Fellowship Training Program is a one-year program that teaches the fundamentals of a career in hand and upper extremity surgery. Fellows will be exposed to the full spectrum of adult and pediatric clinical activities, teaching and research. Musculoskeletal health and well-being will continue to grow in demand, requiring practitioners committed to excellence in patient care, to investigate and expand the ever-broadening horizons of technology. Upon completion of the program, the fellow will be qualified to sit for the certificate of added qualification in hand surgery.

The Hand and Upper Extremity Center will provide the fellow with a comprehensive experience in all areas of hand and upper extremity surgery. The Ohio State University and the Department of Orthopaedics have fully equipped state of the art research facilities and research personnel to assist with fellow research, which is a requirement of the program. The fellow will participate in the treatment of amputations, mangling and devascularizing injuries to the hand and upper extremity. The fellow will take call at a Level 1 Trauma Center and will participate in both emergent and elective surgical treatment of wounds using conventional as well as microsurgical techniques.

Program Aims

  1. Graduate fellows who can work effectively in the practice setting of their choice.
  2. Train fellows to serve a diverse patient population including those whom are under-served
  3. Graduate surgeons who are capable of practicing competently and independently
  4. Encourage and prepare fellows for roles in leadership organizations
  5. Develop or train fellow to work in a comprehensive practice involving the upper extremity, from fingertip to shoulder
  6. Train surgeons who are adept at a diverse skill set including soft issue, bony, nerve, tendon and congenital pathology

Collaboration with the Department of Plastic Surgery

The Department of Orthopaedics at The Ohio State University, in collaboration with the Department of Plastic Surgery, is committed to a teaching program that includes a comprehensive didactic program in which all areas of hand and upper extremity are represented. The fellowship program is affiliated with the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program and the Plastic Surgery Residency Program at The Ohio State University. The medical center is affiliated with The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

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Application Process

Application Process

Applications for the hand and upper extremity fellowship are accepted through the ASSH. The program participate in the National Resident Matching Program. Applications are reviewed by the selection committee and are selected on the basis of their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills and personal qualities.

Application deadline: November 15, 2023

Hand Surgery Fellowship Faculty

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Hisham Awan, MD

  • Director, Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship Director, Hand and Upper Extremity Center Director, Division of Hand and Upper Extremity
    Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopaedics
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Sonu Jain, MD

  • Associate Program Director, Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery Fellowship Chief, Division of Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery Associate Professor of Clinical Plastic Surgery, Hand and Upper Extremity Center
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James Popp, MD

  • Attending Physician, Nationwide Children's Hospital
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Kanu Goyal, MD

  • Program Director, Orthopaedic Residency Program
    Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopaedics, Division of Hand and Upper Extremity
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Julie Balch Samora, MD

  • Attending Physician, Nationwide Children's Hospital
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Marlo Van Steyn, MD

  • Attending Physician, Ohio Orthopedic Center for Excellence
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Amy Speeckaert, MD

  • Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics; Hand and Upper Extremity Center
Ronald Brown, MD

Ronald Brown, MD

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Plastic Surgery, Division of Hand and Upper Extremity Center
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Ryan Schmucker, MD

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Plastic Surgery, Division of Hand and Upper Extremity Center
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Jill Putnam, MD

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopaedics, Division of Hand and Upper Extremity