Hussein Elkousy, MD, Co-Fellowship Director
Brent J. Morris, MD, Co-Fellowship Director
T. Bradley Edwards, MD
James B. Bennett, MD
Thomas L. Mehlhoff, MD
Barrett Brown, MD
Idriss Gharbaoui, MD
Mufaddal Gombera, MD
Mitzi Laughlin, PhD (Research Faculty)
Randy Luo, MD

TERFSES (Texas Education and Research Foundation for Shoulder and Elbow Surgery)
7401 Main Street, Attn: Rexah (Michele) Byrne
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: 218-633-1796Fax: 713-512-7240E-mail:
Duration: 1 year (August 1- July 31)
Deadline: Applications Due by November 15,2018
Number of Fellows: 1 fellow per year
Stipend: $63,000/year plus benefits (4 weeks vacation)
Location: Texas Orthopedic Hospital

Fellowship Description:

The TERFSES shoulder and elbow surgery fellowship was formerly known as the FOARR and the Texas Orthopedic Hospital fellowship. The name has changed to reflect our non-profit research foundation; however, the fellowship experience in Houston remains the same.  The fellowship was started under the guidance of former ASES president, Gary Gartsman, in 2002.  The fellowship offers a unique experience in the management of patients with shoulder pathology.  There is a large volume and breadth of exposure to the entire spectrum of shoulder disorders (4,000 new patient visits; 12,000 clinic visits; 1,500 operations). The experience includes intensive training in arthroscopy, open reconstruction, arthroplasty, fracture care, and diagnostic ultrasound.  The faculty is engaged in multiple, prospective randomized clinical trials as well as retrospective case series. We attempt to foster a lifetime commitment to research, and the research opportunities available during fellowship are robust.  The fellow will have access to one of the largest prospective shoulder arthroplasty registries in the country.  Multiple fellows have completed research that has been awarded two coveted Charles S. Neer Clinical Science Awards, the top research award in shoulder surgery.

Additionally, there is a very good exposure to disorders of the elbow including trauma, arthroscopy, ligament reconstruction, distal biceps repair, nerve decompression, arthroplasty, revision arthroplasty, management of OCD lesions, and management of non-unions. The unique nature of this fellowship is that we select only one fellow and allow the fellow to work with all faculty members simultaneously throughout the year in order to maximize the educational experience and allow the fellow the opportunity to emphasize shoulder and/or elbow areas as desired.  Fellows typically average between 650 to 700 surgical cases per year.

The fellow does have the option to moonlight with supervised call covering a level 4 orthopedic emergency room (our home institution – Texas Orthopedic Hospital) for additional pay if desired, but, overall, after hours responsibilities are minimal.

This fellowship is an ASES approved Shoulder & Elbow Fellowship program and participates in the San Francisco Match.

Interveiw Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2019

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2019-2020 Fellowship Match

The 2019-2020 Fellowship Match Program has concluded as of March 28, 2018. However, there are a few institutions that still have fellowship positions available for those that are interested.

  • Kerlan Jobe Adult Shoulder and Elbow Reconstructive Fellowship - contact Karen Mohr at
  • San Francisco Shoulder, Elbow and Hand Clinic - contact Chris Jara at
  • UTHSCSA Shoulder and Elbow Fellowship - contact Lashun Matthews at

Important dates for the 2020-2021 Match Cycle

Application Start Date: Monday, August 6, 2018 (application will not be posted until this date)
Application Target Date: Thursday, September 6, 2018
    -  This is the Target Date for applicants to complete the requirements for application distribution.
    -  This is NOT a deadline. Some programs accept applications at any time; others may set a deadline.
    -  It is the applicant's responsibility to contact training programs for individual deadline dates.
Interviews: January 2, 2019 - April 15, 2019
Rank List Deadline: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 (12:00 PM PT)
    -  ALL rank lists must be submitted by 12:00 PM (noon) PST.
    -  After the deadline rank lists choices will be locked and no changes can be made.
Release of All Results:
April 30, 2019

The ASES participates in the SF Match.  Please find a link to the Orthopaedic Shoulder & Elbow Match through SF Match below:

SF Match – Orthopaedic Shoulder & Elbow Match

2020-2021 Program Application Deadlines (as of 9/6/2018) - Programs without a date listed have not provided us with their deadline information at this time. In this case please contact the program directly to find out more details.

2020-2021 Interview Schedule (as of 10/17/2018)

Information for the 2020-2021 Orthopaedic Shoulder & Elbow Match

  • The application for next year's match cycle is centralized with SF Match.  You can register with the SF Match and complete your application through their website.
  • All rank list information is to be submitted to SF Match, not the ASES office.

All fellowship programs require a completed application via the Central Application Service (CAS) with SF Match, a CV, a photo, and three (3) letters of recommendation.  There may be additional items required by each program.  These required items vary by location.  Please work with the programs directly to ensure you have submitted all the required documents for that program.

Attention Applicants:  In order to participate with the Orthopaedic Shoulder & Elbow Match process, you will have to register through the SF Match. 

There is a $50 non-refundable applicant registration fee that covers registration and matching.  This is paid directly to the SF Match.  Once registered, applicants can manage their account by logging in to their account profile. To register, click on “Register” and follow the steps. The registration fee can be paid with a Visa or a MasterCard.

If you do not take this step, you will not be included in the match process.  Simply sending your application materials to a program does not make you eligible to be part of the match.

There are also fees associated with the number of programs in which you will be applying.  Please see the SF Match website for details.

Please contact the SF Match directly with any questions you may have about the Orthopaedic Shoulder & Elbow Match.  You can email your questions to or call them at (415) 447-0350.


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