University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Shoulder and Elbow Fellowship

Christopher C Schmidt, MD, Fellowship Director
Dean G Sotereanos, MD, Co-Director
Albert Lin, MD

Angie Connelly, Administrative Director (

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Shoulder and Elbow Fellowship
9104 Babcock Bld., 5th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Number of Fellows: 1

Compensation: R6 salary level and full benefits

Fellowship Description:

The fellowship is designed to provide a thorough understanding of shoulder and elbow anatomy and pathologic conditions and teach the latest techniques in open, arthroscopic, and endoscopic surgery. The fellow will share rotation time at UPMC with Drs. Schmidt and Sotereanos and during this period is projected to be involved in over 500 cases. The case load will include innovative surgeries like arthroscopic muscle transfers, revision total shoulder arthroplasties, arthroscopic and open elbow releases, and endoscopic and open distal biceps repairs. The fellow will also rotate with Dr. Lin on a weekly basis emphasizing the sports medicine side of shoulder and elbow pathology.

The educational curriculum consists of weekly shoulder and elbow conferences, combined UPMC sports/shoulder and elbow conferences, bi-weekly cadaveric wet laboratories (scope equipment), bi-weekly research conferences, monthly journal clubs, and bimonthly mortality and morbidity conferences. The curriculum is intended to provide the fellow the opportunity to develop a solid knowledge base and skill set on which to start his/her career.

The wet lab is integrated in the same space as a state of the art engineering facility, which houses both our shoulder and elbow simulators. The lab is designed to help master the surgical skills needed to perform quality surgery. The fellow will be strongly encouraged to participate in on going cadaveric/mechanical/radiographic studies investigating the distal biceps tendon, rotator cable/capsule, reverse shoulder arthroplasty, etc. Integration of the shoulder fellow with graduate engineering students and radiologists will help foster their understanding of the importance and power of cooperative interdisciplinary research. The fellow will be given dedicated time to practice their surgical skills and to perform valuable research.

Our fellowship has meet the ASES’s quality standard requirements and as such will be participating in the 2023-2024 Orthopaedic Shoulder & Elbow Match.

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