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Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Fellowship

The Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Fellowship at Children's National Hospital is an ACGME and POSNA-accredited program committed to the training of surgeons in the care of musculoskeletal conditions in newborns, children and teens. Combining in-depth education, research and inpatient and outpatient training, fellows benefit from an enriching clinical experience.

During the one-year program, fellows gain expertise in all areas of pediatric orthopedics, including spine, hip, sports, foot, upper extremity, limb deformity, trauma, skeletal dysplasias, neuromuscular and congenital deformities/malformations. Fellows rotate through four separate services for the first half of the year, guaranteeing exposure to all disciplines of pediatric orthopaedic surgery. (Hand and Tumor exposure is optional). During the second half of the year, fellows may customize their schedule to individualize his/her training to best meet future needs. 
The Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine is one of the most experienced pediatric orthopaedic practices in the country, and a leader in the mid-Atlantic region.

Working closely with a multidisciplinary team of orthopaedic leaders in a wide range of subspecialties, from spinal deformities to bone health, fellows actively participate in procedures that include:

  • Musculoskeletal trauma admitted through a busy Level 1 trauma center
  • Scoliosis and kyphosis and chest wall deformities of all etiologies, including non-operative, growth-sparing and definitive surgical treatment
  • Clubfoot, congenial vertical talus, hip dislocation and other orthopaedic congenital defects
  • Advanced limb deformity reconstruction with circular external fixators and intramedullary lengthening implants
  • Acute and chronic musculoskeletal infections
  • Musculoskeletal oncology including limb-sparing reconstruction
  • Sports-related injuries in children and adolescents
  • Children and teens with the entire spectrum of neuromuscular disorders, cared for in a team approach with other medical specialists
  • Children with skeletal dysplasias and metabolic disorders of bone
  • Congenital deformities of the hand, arm and shoulder
  • Brachial plexus injuries

Outside of the operating room, fellows participate in dynamic research opportunities, round-table discussions and weekly educational conferences. Our graduates provide the highest quality surgical care and have successful careers in both academic and private practice.  

Fellowship candidates must have successfully completed an ACGME-approved residency or equivalent in orthopedic surgery by commencement. 



Frequently Asked Questions

How to Apply

The Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Fellowship participates in the SF Match and accepts one fellow to begin in August of each academic year. Applicants for international observerships are also considered. Deadline for application through the SF Match is December 1.

Interviews are conducted between December and February. There are also opportunities to meet with Children's National faculty at IPOS and the AAOS meetings.

The following required documents should be submitted to fellowship director, Shannon Kelly, M.D. 

  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Three letters of reference
  • Personal statement
  • A recent photo of the applicant

Contact Information

For questions about the Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Fellowship, please contact Shannon Kelly, M.D.