Overview of the Hand Surgery Fellowship Program
The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Hand Surgery Fellowship is a one-year ACGME-accredited program.
Our mission is to provide a year-long comprehensive training program and a life-long mentorship to help the fellow enter into independent practice with a focus on hand and upper extremity surgery.
The fellow is expected to successfully complete the examination leading to a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Hand Surgery and become an active member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.
Hand surgery faculty led by Michael Bednar, MD is comprised by internationally recognized experts in the field representing the disciplines of orthopaedic and plastic surgery.
Hand surgery faculty also include:
The fellow will be encouraged to contribute to the advancement of hand surgery through clinical or laboratory research at the Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Institute – a fully equipped laboratory housed at the Hines VA Hospital.
The program is designed to provide exposure to hand patients of all ages at three different sites - Loyola University Medical Center Level 1 Trauma Center, Shriners Hospital, and Hines VA Hospital. The Fellows is supervised by Loyola faculty at all sites.
Loyola University Medical Center
At Loyola, The fellow is exposed to management of complex upper limb trauma and replantation surgery in addition to reconstructive surgery and peripheral nerve repair.
Hines Veterans Administration Hospital
At the Hines VA Hospital, additional rotations with the Loyola faculty will provide experience in reconstructive hand and wrist surgery.
At the Shriners Hospital, the fellow will provide care of complex pediatric patients, with Michael Bednar, MD and Felicity Fishman, MD. Shriners is located 6 miles away from Loyola.