UCSF Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Fellowship


Please watch this short video to learn more about our pediatric orthopaedic fellowship program.

Register for Live Stream Virtual Information Session

Due to continued precautions regarding COVID-19, we will be offering a virtual Info/Q&A session, and welcome your attendance to learn more about our Fellowship Program. 

Our info session will be held on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020 at 5:00 pm (Pacific Time) and hosted by our Program Director, Sanjeev Sabharwal, M.D. and Associate Program Director, Ishaan Swarup, M.D. You will be able to interact with them and ask questions directly. 

Please pre-register at link below, and provide up to three (3) questions (optional) in the Questions/Comments section of the registration form. Zoom login instructions will be emailed to you upon registration. 

To register, please visit: https://ucsf.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYoceuuqDksE9Vr0waQm84f0gGjVO4Fl53Z 

Welcome to the UCSF Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Fellowship

Duration: 1 year (August 1 to July 31)

Fellowship Positions: 1 (POSNA accredited)

Application Deadline: September 30, 2020 through SF Match 

Salary: $75,000 plus benefits. Housing stipend: $1080 per month

Interview Dates: December 11, 2020 and January 29, 2021. All 2020-2021 interviews will be held virtually.

The Pediatrics Orthopaedic Surgery Fellowship program is accredited by POSNA and participates in the San Francisco Match (SF Match). Prior to the start of fellowship, successful completion of an orthoapedic surgery residency is required, as is a California State Medical License. 

All application requirements are listed on the POSNA website: https://posna.org/Resources/Fellowships

For any additional questions about our fellowship program please contact our fellowship coordinator Brad Stark at brad.stark@ucsf.edu.

Fellowship Introduction

The UCSF Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Fellowship is designed to provide the fellow with a comprehensive and well-rounded training in all aspecs of pediatric orthopaedics. Our mission is to train fellows to be clinically and technically competent and well-prepared for providing outstanding care to all pediatric patients. This fellowship is based on an adult-learning model and offers an in-depth experience in all subspecialty areas of pediatric orthopaedic surgery with a spectrum of complexity, including pediatric trauma, spinal deformity, pediatric sports, hip and limb deformity.
Primary training sites include UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in Oakland which is a level 1 pediatric trauma center, and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in San Francisco. Both sites being major referral centers for Central and Northern California.
In the second half of the training period, fellows have the option to pursue a 4 week overseas elective in Global Orthopaedics. If interested, they can also pursue a clinical elective at the UC Davis/Northern California Shriner’s Hospital for Children for additional experience in the Motion Analysis Laboratory and pediatric hand surgery. In addition to exceptional clinical training, fellows are given access to UCSF’s rich research infrastructure, teach our medical students and residents, and participate in UCSF’s extensive global health initiative

The UCSF Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Fellowship is designed to provide the fellow with a comprehensive and well-rounded training in all aspecs of pediatric orthopaedics. Our mission is to train fellows to be clinically and technically competent and well-prepared for providing outstanding care to all pediatric patients. This fellowship is based on an adult-learning model and offers an in-depth experience in all subspecialty areas of pediatric orthopaedic surgery with a spectrum of complexity, including pediatric trauma, spinal deformity, pediatric sports, hip and limb deformity.

Primary training sites include UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in Oakland which is a level 1 pediatric trauma center, and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in San Francisco. Both sites being major referral centers for Central and Northern California.

In the second half of the training period, fellows have the option to pursue a 4 week overseas elective in Global Orthopaedics. If interested, they can also pursue a clinical elective at the UC Davis/Northern California Shriner’s Hospital for Children for additional experience in the Motion Analysis Laboratory and pediatric hand surgery. In addition to exceptional clinical training, fellows are given access to UCSF’s rich research infrastructure, teach our medical students and residents, and participate in UCSF’s extensive global health initiatives

Fellowship Experience

Extensive clinical and academic opportunities exist at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. UCSF is one of the busiest hospital systems in the region, and it is consistently ranked as one of the best in the nation by US News & World Report. The pediatric orthopaedic surgery fellowship provides a well-rounded experience for fellows, and prepares them for an academic career or private practice. Our mission is to train fellows to be compassionate and competent pediatric orthopaedic surgeons, provide mentorship, and promote progressive independence. 

Fellows are exposed to all subspecialty areas of pediatric orthopaedic surgery, and they are encouraged to pursue interests in specific subspecialty areas during the second half of the training period. The clinical experience includes rotations at the Oakland and Mission Bay campuses, independent clinics, as well as a fully-funded, clinical elective.The first six months of the fellowship provides structured, mentorship experiences in the core subspecialties of pediatric orthopaedic surgery (spine, limb deformity, sports medicine, foot and ankle, pediatric hip, and neuromuscular conditions). The second six months provides graduated responsibility and elective experiences based on the fellow's interest and goals. Pediatric trauma will be available throughout the fellowship year to prepare the fellow for clinical practice. 

Opportunities also exist to travel abroad and experience various aspects of global health through faculty-developed rotations and affiliations with Institute of Global Health and Traumatology. Unique aspects of this fellowship include advanced training in complex pediatric spine, trauma, limb deformity, and hip preservation.

The faculty of the UCSF Pediatric Orthopaedics service see more than 45,000 outpatients and perform more than 1,700 operative procedures annually, encompassing a balance of simple and complex cases.

Research

There are several opportunities for clinical, basic science, and biomechanics research at UCSF. Opportunities exist for clinical research through various study groups, ongoing projects, databases, and an extensive research infrastructure and mentorship is available. Basic science, biomechanics labs and 3D printing are also available and well-supported by the department. Based on original research, all fellows are required to prepare at least one manuscript for publication and present their work at a scientific meeting. Fellows are also provided with educational funds to attend and present at national meetings and conferences.  

Didactics

Wednesdays: UCSF Orthopaedic Surgery Grand Rounds

Held weekly (September through June) with invited Guest speakers discussing general orthopaedic topics including pediatrics.

Thursdays: Indications and Fellows Case Conference

Joint conference between Benioff Children's Hospital in Oakland and San Francisco to review postoperative cases from the prior week and plan complicated cases for the upcoming week. There will also be a monthly case conference for fellows to focus on complex cases from each subspecialty area in pediatric orthopaedics.

Fridays: Didactic and Journal Club

Didactic sessions focusing on common pediatric orthopaedic topics. The fellow will actively participate, present and lead discussions at these conferences.

Other Conferences

The fellow will also be encouraged and provided with funds to attend IPOS and POSNA during their fellowship year.

There will also be funded opportunities to present original research at national meetings.


UCSF Faculty

Sanjeev Sabharwal, MD, MPH (Professor, Fellowship Director) 

Residency: University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Fellowship: Shriner’s (UCLA) and Children’s Hospital (USC)

Clinical Expertise: Limb Lengthening and Deformity Correction

Ishaan Swarup, MD (Assistant Professor, Associate Fellowship Director) 

Residency: Hospital for Special Surgery

Fellowship: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Clinical Expertise: Spinal Deformity and Hip Preservation

Ravinder Brar, MD, MPH (Assistant Professor)

Residency: Medical College of Virginia

Fellowship: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta – Atlanta Scottish Rite Hospital

Clinical Expertise: Neuromuscular Diseases and Scoliosis


Celina DeBorja, MD (Assistant Professor)

Residency: Hackensack Meridian Health at Jersey Shore University Medical Center 

Fellowship: Children’s Hospital Boston (Harvard University)

Clinical Expertise: Sports and Dance Medicine, Bone Health, Injury Prevention, and Pediatric Fractures

Eliana Delgado, MD (Professor)

Residency: UCSF

Fellowship: St. Louis Shriner’s Hospital 

Clinical Expertise: General Pediatric Orthopaedics

Mohammad Diab, MD (Vice-Chair, Pediatrics Clinical Operations)

Residency: University of Washington

Fellowship: Children’s Hospital Boston (Harvard University)

Clinical Expertise: Spinal Deformity and Hip Preservation

Jason Jagodzinski, MD (Assistant Professor)

Residency: University of Wisconsin

Fellowship: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta – Atlanta Scottish Rite Hospital

Clinical Expertise: Pediatric Sports Medicine and Trauma

Kristin Livingston, MD (Assistant Professor)

Residency: Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program

Fellowship: Children’s Hospital Boston (Harvard University) 

Clinical Expertise: Lower Extremity Deformity Correction and Trauma

Nirav Pandya, MD (Chief of Pediatrics Orthopaedic Surgery)

Residency: University of Pennsylvania

Fellowship: UCSD/Rady Children’s Hospital

Clinical Expertise: Pediatric Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy

Coleen S. Sabatini, MD, MPH (Associate Professor)

Residency: Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program

Fellowship: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Clinical Expertise: Clubfoot/Pediatric Foot Deformities, Trauma, Global Health

 

Thank you for your interest in our UCSF Pediatric Orthopaedics Fellowship Program. Please contact any of us or program coordinator Brad Stark brad.stark@ucsf.edu for more information about our program.