Texas Education and Research Foundation for Shoulder and Elbow Surgery Fellowship

Michael Cusick, MD Fellowship Co-Director
Hussein Elkousy, MD Fellowship Co-Director
T. Bradley Edwards, MD
Warren R. Dunn, MD, MPH 
Steve Hammerman, MD
James B. Bennett, MD
Thomas L. Mehlhoff, MD
Barrett Brown, MD
Mufaddal Gombera, MD
Idriss Gharbaoui, MD
Randy Luo, MD
Mitzi Laughlin, PhD (Research Faculty)

TERFSES (Texas Education and Research Foundation for Shoulder and Elbow Surgery)

Texas Orthopedic Hospital
7401 Main St
Attn: Megan Leichliter
Houston, TX 77030

Phone: 281-633-1835
Fax: 713-610-4870
E-mail: Meganleichliter@att.net
Duration: 1 year (August 1- July 31)
Interview Dates: Generally in January
Number of Fellows: 1 fellow per year
Stipend: $70,000/year plus benefits (4 weeks vacation)
Location: Texas Orthopedic Hospital


Fellowship Description:

The TERFSES shoulder and elbow surgery fellowship offers a unique experience in the management of patients with shoulder and elbow 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 excellent 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 we select only one fellow per year 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 700 to 750 surgical cases per year. This fellowship is an ASES approved Shoulder & Elbow Fellowship program and participates in the San Francisco Match.




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