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Sports Medicine Fellowship

Elliott B. Hershman, M.D.
Chairman, Lenox Hill Orthopaedics

Barton Nisonson, M.D.
Director, Division of Sports Medicine
Program Director

Stephen J. Nicholas, M.D.
Director, Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma (NISMAT)

Malachy P. McHugh, Ph.D.
Director of Research

Total positions offered: 3

Lenox Hill Orthopaedics offers a unique one-year fellowship, which is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education. Sports medicine fellows are expected to have completed residency training in Orthopaedic Surgery.

The primary purpose of the fellowship is to augment the education of orthopaedic surgeons in important areas of sports medicine, including exercise physiology, pathology, epidemiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, rehabilitation, trauma, and statistical analysis. In addition, an emphasis is placed on research projects that are either clinical or basic science, in conjunction with the Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma (NISMAT), which offers facilities for physiological and biomechanical research.

The program provides an opportunity in traditional orthopaedic sports medicine areas, such as a large number of arthroscopies of the knee and shoulder, knee and shoulder ligament reconstruction, and general patient care in an active sports medicine clinic. Both non-operative and operative treatment of sports injuries are extensively covered. The fellow is also expected to be involved in the resident teaching program.

A significant portion of the fellowship will be devoted to research, and the fellow is required to complete an in-depth publishable research project. The fellows are also involved in direct care, including profiling, pre-and postoperative care and weekly rounds and coverage of a number of athletic teams, including professional football, hockey, and a college program that has a large number of sports, dance, and aquatic programs. A thesis is mandatory.

Since completion of an accredited orthopaedic residency program is a prerequisite for this program, the purpose of this fellowship is not to provide basic training in either orthopaedics or surgery. However, during the fellowship, there will be ample opportunity for the fellow to apply his or her training to the development of research projects that will contribute to the existing body of knowledge.