The Orthopaedic and Plastic Surgery Services at the University of Pittsburgh and the Hand & UpperEx Center have further enhanced the collaboration and cross-fertilization of their respective Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship Programs. This format offers an unparalleled experience in both skeletal and soft tissue aspects of adult and pediatric hand surgery, including microsurgery, conducted in both an academic setting and a private surgery center environment.
Trainees in both fellowship programs will attend joint conferences, didactic lectures, and Journal Clubs together. Rotation through both Orthopaedics and Plastic Surgery would result in a diverse experience in all aspects of hand and upper extremity conditions. Between the two fellowships, there are a total of seven positions for candidates completing their residency training in Plastic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, and/or General Surgery. Matched candidates will have the opportunity to be trained by 10 full time faculty members, perform surgical procedures in a state-of-the-art freestanding surgery center, as well as complex upper extremity reconstruction and microsurgical procedures at the University Health Center of Pittsburgh. The faculty members include Joseph Imbriglia, MD, Glenn Buterbaugh, MD, Robert Goitz, MD, William Hagberg, MD, Marshall Balk, MD, Robert Kaufmann, MD, Aaron Grand, MD, Alex Spiess, MD, Alex Davit, MD, and Kia Washington, MD. The majority of physicians have Certificates of Added Qualification in hand surgery or are eligible for the CAQ.
Over the 12-month fellowship-training period, experience and responsibility are gradually increased and by the end of the program each fellow is comfortable and competent in all areas of shoulder, elbow and hand surgery, and microsurgical techniques.