Program Director: Armodios M. Hatzidakis, MD
Faculty: Benjamin W. Sears, MD
Rajesh Bazaz, MD
Sean Baran, MD
Fellowship Manager: Libby Mauter
Address: 1830 Franklin Street # 450, Denver, CO 80218
Duration: 1 year (August 1 to July 31)
Number of Fellows: 1
Stipend: Based on PYG-6 salary plus benefits, 14 days of vacation
Location: Western Orthopaedics, Denver, Colorado
The Western Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation Shoulder and Elbow Fellowship is focused on providing an orthopaedic fellow the opportunity to develop critical diagnostic and treatment skills to excel as a shoulder and elbow surgical specialist. The fellowship is based at a busy private practice in Denver, Colorado. The surgeons perform over 800 shoulder and elbow cases per year. Approximately 35% of the cases are primary and revision arthroplasty, 50% are arthroscopic shoulder surgery (including cuff repair and instability procedures), and 15% are elbow procedures and humerus fracture (proximal and distal). The fellowship will provide a hands-on experience through a close working relationship with the faculty.
The faculty is committed to research related to shoulder and elbow treatment intervention and has been collecting shoulder arthroplasty outcomes for over 15 years. In addition, the site participates in multi-site national studies as well as FDA monitored clinical trials. The fellow will be expected to be involved in clinical research. Two days per month will be dedicated research activities and the fellow will work closely with the research personnel. The fellow will identify a research topic to manage during the fellowship period as well as submit one paper as first author to a peer reviewed journal. There will be opportunities for exposure to hospital-based research through participation with the HCA HealthONE ACGME research department and to biologic and tissue research through the site’s association with the local tissue bank (AlloSource).
The fellow will participate in the following meetings: 1) weekly case conference discussing patient evaluation, diagnosis and treatment options; 2) monthly journal club; 3) quarterly sports medicine case conference (Denver metro area physicians); and 4) weekly complex orthopedic case conference.
Through his own fellowship training, Dr. Hatzidakis has maintained a working relationship with Professor Pascal Boileau of Nice, France. As such, the fellow will have the opportunity to use the vacation time allowed during this fellowship to travel to Nice and observe Dr. Boileau in his clinical practice (this is an optional opportunity and expenses related to this will be the fellow’s responsibility).