Massachusetts General Hospital & New England Baptist Hospital Fellowship

Bassem Elhassan, MD, Co-Director – MGH Shoulder Service, Boston Shoulder Institute Fellowship Program Director, Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School

Jon J.P. Warner, MD, Co-Director – MGH Shoulder Service, Director Boston Shoulder Institute, Acting Chief, MGH Sports Medicine Service, Chair for Quality and Safety for Orthopedics, Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School Professor

Andrew Jawa, MD – Orthopaedic Surgery, New England Baptist Hospital, Assistant Professor Tufts Medical School

Augustus D Mazzocca, MS, MD, FAAOS, FAOA – Medical Director Mass General Brigham Sports Medicine, Chief Division of Sports Medicine Mass General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Professor Emeritus Department of Orthopaedic Surgery UCONN School of Medicine

Ryan Lohre, MD – MGH Shoulder Service, Member of the Faculty, Harvard Medical School

Evan A. O’Donnell, MD – MGH Sports Medicine Service, Team Physician Boston Red Sox, Instructor of Orthopaedic Surgery Harvard Medical School

Massachusetts General Hospital & New England Baptist Hospital; 55 Fruit Street, YAW 3200, 3G;
Boston, MA 02114

Phone: (617) 726-2461 Fax: (617) 724-3846



Duration: 1 year (August 1 to July 31)

Application Deadline: November 2023

Number of Fellows:  2 fellows per year

Stipend: $ 99,000/year plus benefits and stipends for travel to elective shoulder & elbow opportunities (subject to change)

Location: Massachusetts General and New England Baptist Hospitals, Boston.

Fellowship Description:

The Boston Shoulder and Elbow Fellowship (Boston Shoulder Institute) is based at the Massachusetts General Hospital, as part of the Mass General Brigham Healthcare System at Harvard Medical School, and also at the New England Baptist Hospital in Boston. Our mission is to provide regional, national, and international leadership in the advancement of care for problems affecting the shoulder and elbow. Our training program has formally been in place since 1998. Each year we strive to offer an even better curriculum and training experience to the next generation of shoulder and elbow surgeons by growing and developing our program with cutting edge research and theory.

This is a one-year fellowship program which will be organized with rotations at the Massachusetts General Hospital and New England Baptist Hospital. The core physicians will teach the fellows through individual rotations with hands-on learning and mentorship: Dr. Jon “JP” Warner and Dr. Bassem Elhassan, as well as four additional faculty members that are actively involved in teaching our fellows: Dr. Augustus Mazzocca (MGH), Dr. Andy Jawa (NEBH), Evan O’Donnell (MGH) and Dr. Ryan Lohre (MGH). Potential opportunities for elective rotations are available in five different European locations, and provide novel educational experiences in shoulder and elbow to supplement the Harvard experience.  This is an optional rotation, and stipend for travel and living expenses is provided by the program.

Fellows are trained with the goal to become clinical and academic leaders in the field of shoulder and elbow surgery.  Training is centered on development of advanced technical competence gained through outpatient clinics, surgical experience, inpatient responsibilities, presentations, publication development, research and didactic components and conferences.  Opportunity for both basic science and clinical research are available.  Full-time research assistants are employed each academic year to facilitate data collection, research study development and publication for the fellows. We feel we have a significantly differentiated program due to our emphasis on managing complex problems with solutions inclusive of tendon transfers and complex revision reconstructions. This program is balanced between arthroscopic surgery and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder and elbow.

Throughout the training program the fellows will be asked to practice cost-effective health care and resource allocation that does not compromise quality of care. He/she will need to advocate for quality patient care and assist patients in dealing with system complexities. Training is keenly centered upon delivery of integrated care for the patient through an outcome and value driven shoulder care model.  The experience will entail exposure to all problems affecting the shoulder from arthroscopy to arthroplasty and with an emphasis on complex problem solving. Approaches to traumatic and reconstructive management of elbow will also be part of the experience.  By the end of the program the fellow is expected to be proficient in the management of the entire gamut of shoulder and elbow surgery, from diagnosis to both operative and non-operative management.  Fellows are credentialed as full Attending Physicians, depending on Visa status for international fellows, and our program provides a busy operative experience with each fellow involved in over 500 cases either as surgeon or first assistant.

The objectives of our fellowship training program aim to allow fellows the opportunity to develop the best surgical skills through superior training and experience with routine and complex surgical issues; autonomy in judgment for patient care paths and exposure to international best practices and technique.

Additional opportunities are offered in Value-Based Care research with collaboration with Harvard Business School. We are also actively developing and applying new technologies such as Mixed Reality and Virtual Reality for shoulder replacement.

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