Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship

handfellowshipThe UAB hand fellowship provides comprehensive training in hand, upper extremity, and microvascular surgery during a one year program. It is a unique program in its clinical breadth which includes experience in acute trauma, subacute and chronic conditions from injury, overuse, congenital malformations, aging, and rheumatic or autoimmune conditions. Elbow, shoulder, as well as brachial plexus problems are included in the experience. Children's hand fractures and a wide variety of congenital malformations are seen regularly and treated at the Children's of Alabama. A formal microvascular training course is given at the start of the fellowship.

Fellows participate in all aspects of patient care — in clinics, the operating room and, on occasion, the emergency room. There are weekly conferences, monthly journal clubs, and opportunities to attend the ASSH and another course or meeting add to the fellowship training.  Clinical and/or lab research is also available to round out the training. The program is integrated with the orthopaedic residency program and the plastic surgery program at UAB. There are three, 4-month rotations in distinctly different settings for each fellow.

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                           Jean Oakes, M.D.,
                          Fellowship Director
    UAB Hand Service: Fellows rotate with Drs. Nilesh Chaudhari and Jean Oakes at the University Hospital, UAB Highlands and Children's of Alabama. Cases include traumatic injuries, including replantations, and degenerative donditions of the hand, wrist and forearm. Children's hand injuries, fractures and congenital problems are also included.
  • UAB Upper Extremity Service: Fellows work with Drs. Richard Meyer, Brent Ponce, James Floyd and Emily Keener. Diversity of cases include elbow, shoulder and brachial plexus injury and reconstruction, as well as opportunities to participate in microvascular reconstructive procedures.
  • Private Practice Rotation: Fellows work with two outstanding fellowship trained hand surgeons in Birmingham, Dr. Ekkehardt Bonatz and Joseph Sherrill. These very busy and efficient orthopedic hand surgeons treat a wide variety of upper extremity conditions from the fingertips to the shoulder in the community setting. Both Dr. Bonatz and Dr. Sherrill have the CAQ in hand surgery. 

Graduates of this ACGME approved program are eligible for CAQ certification. Three fellowship positions are offered each year; they must be eligible for Alabama licensure, DEA,  and have passed the step 3 of the USMLE.  


For more information contact:
Vicki Allen
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