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Hand Surgery Fellowship Program

The Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship is an ACGME-accredited one-year clinical fellowship in hand and upper extremity surgery. The program is affiliated with the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Biomedical Sciences.

The program is structured to provide a balance of clinical training, research, and teaching experience in the line of hand and upper extremity surgery, including: shoulder arthroplasty and arthroscopy. Clinical experience includes trauma, post-traumatic upper extremity reconstruction, microsurgery, arthritis, congenital neuromusculoskeletal disorders, and tumor surgery.

We offer three positions through the NRMP “match. "  Two fellowships begin on the first of every August  and the third on  January 1st. Applications are accepted from individuals who will have completed their residency training in general, orthopedic, or plastic surgery prior to beginning the fellowship.


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Direct Supervising Faculty

  • Robert Ablove, M.D.
  • John J. Callahan, M.D.
  • James J. Kelly, D.O.
  • Timothy V. McGrath, M.D.
  • Owen J. Moy, M.D.
  • Paul D. Paterson, M.D.
  • Kory B. Reed, MD
  • Dale R. Wheeler, M.D.

Affiliated Hospitals

Kaleida Health Erie County Medical Center Hand/Orthopedic Basic Science Laboratory (includes anatomy, microsurgery and biomechanics facilities) University of Rochester Memorial Medical Center, Department of Veterans Affairs Hospital of WNY.


Clinical Organization

Fellowship rotations are designed to maximize exposure and participation in over 4,000 upper extremity cases performed each year by the fellowship staff. Fellows work with attending Orthopaedic surgeons primarily in a one-on -one ratio, in a  2-3 month block rotation schedule. As practices vary among supervising faculty with regard to the various sub-specialties in upper extremity surgery, fellow rotations are designed to provide a balanced exposure while also considering the individual needs of each fellow. Fellows also are expected to participate in and help to supervise resident activities and training.


As a graduation requirement, clinical fellows are expected to complete an original clinical and/or laboratory project for presentation and publication.



The annual salary for clinical fellows is set at a PGY-6 level funding. For updated salary, orientation and other information click here for the University of Buffalo Graduate Medical Education website. In addition, fellows receive personal/family health coverage, malpractice insurance benefits and four weeks paid vacation.


Fellows are funded for the annual meeting of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and other meetings at which they will present research performed during the fellowship year.



Interviews for the fellowship are by invitation. Once your application data is complete and reviewed, interview information will be forwarded to the invited candidates.


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To apply for the program, complete the application process via the ASSH Online Fellowship Program application process:

We anticipate the online application platform to be available around October 15, 2018.  Deadline for submissions is December 15, 2018.

In preparation for your submission, please be prepared to include the following:
•    Completed Application
•    3-4 letters of recommendation
•    Educational transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable)
•    A copy of any publication in which you have been involved
•    Current medical license (recommended)
•    Recent photograph (recommended)

Additional questions?  Please contact:

Lisa Muhitch, MS, ATC 

Univeristy at Buffalo Hand and Upper Extremity Training Program Administrator
Department of Orthopaedics - University at Buffalo

Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

462 Grider St

Buffalo, NY 14215

Phone: 716-248-1753

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