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.

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.

Hand Surgery Fellowship curriculum

The curriculum allows the fellow to be involved with orthopaedic hand surgery faculty as well as plastic surgery faculty. The variety of styles in the management of upper limb problems, surgical indications, patient/physician relationships, charting/documentation and billing methods that exits in this broad spectrum of practices offer an experience that is truly mosaic.

Hand Surgery Curriculum


  • A year-long schedule of hand and upper extremity conferences has been established for the benefit of both the fellow and of the residents on the hand service. This schedule includes:
  • Hand and Upper Extremity Lectures – every Monday, throughout the year, topics vary
  • Hand Indications Conference – three times a month
  • Hand Journal Club – Monthly
  • Hand Morbidity and Mortality – four times a year
The fellow also participates in several department-wide educational activities. These include:
  • Monthly departmental Patient Safety and Quality Conference
  • Visiting professor presentations (four per year) representing various orthopaedic subspecialties
  • Hand and upper extremity anatomy dissections
  • Graded OSCE related to hand and upper extremity surgery
  • Basic science and research methodology lectures
  • Presentation on billing/coding
The fellow will also complete a laboratory course taught by the program director along with the microsurgery faculty on proper microsurgical technique. In addition, the fellow will attend a course on AO technique and will attend the American Society for Surgery of the Hand annual meeting or another education meeting sponsored by the AAOS.

Research Requirement

Research is an important component of the Hand Surgery Fellowship. Each fellow is required to complete, present and submit a book chapter or case report for publication in a peer-reviewed journal prior to completion of the fellowship. In addition, the fellow will collaborate on on-going research projects underway in the division. Research projects are presented at the annual Mallory-Coleman Research Day. Ample time is provided to the fellow throughout the program to complete the project.

Application Process

The fellowship program participates in the NRMP’s Combined Musculoskeletal Matching Program. We accept applications via the ASSH online fellowship application platform. One fellowship position is offered through the Match each year. Applicants from orthopaedic surgery and plastic surgery residency programs are encouraged to apply. 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. All applications are reviewed by the Fellowship Selection Committee, which is comprised of all members of the hand division faculty. Fellowship positions are offered by the program director based on the outcome of the Match. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply to the fellowship program and are given equal consideration.

Application must include:
  • Universal hand surgery fellowship application
  • CV
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • USMLE score report
  • Copy of current licensure
  • Copy of medical school diploma
Application deadline: December 15, 2019

Program dates:
  • Start date: August 1, 2021
  • End date: July 31, 2022
Applicants selected for interview will be notified by December 31, 2019. Interviews will be held in Columbus, Ohio on January 31, 2020, February 7, 2020, and February 21, 2020.  

For more information, please contact:

Julia Panzo
Education Program Manager
Phone: 614-293-6194
Fax: 614-293-3596

Department of Orthopaedics
725 Prior Hall
376 W. 10th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

Hand Surgery Fellowship Faculty

Hisham Awan leader

Hisham Awan, MD

Director, Hand Surgery Fellowship

Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopaedics
Interim Chief, Division of Hand and Upper Extremity
Interim Director, OSU Hand and Upper Extremity Center
Associate Program Director, Orthopaedic Residency Program

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Kanu Goyal leader

Kanu Goyal, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopedics

Division of Hand and Upper Extremity

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Sonu Jain leader

Sonu Jain, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Plastic Surgery

Division of Hand and and Upper Extremity

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James Popp, MD

Attending Physician

Nationwide Children's Hospital

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Julie Balch Samora, MD

Attending Physician

Nationwide Children's Hospital

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Marlo Van Steyn leader

Marlo Van Steyn, MD

Attending Physician

Ohio Orthopedic Center for Excellence

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Abhishek Julka, MD

Attending Physician

Ohio State Department of Orthopedics

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