Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Fellowship

Children’s Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine provides care for all musculoskeletal conditions in newborns, children, and teens. The orthopaedic team at Children’s includes pediatric orthopaedic surgeons, pediatric sports medicine specialists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and certified athletic trainers.

The department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine offers a 12 month intensive fellowship training program that incorporates clinical, research and academic education. Fellowship candidates must have successfully completed an ACGME-approved residency or equivalent in orthopedic surgery by commencement, and should be seeking a career in pediatric orthopedics.

Fellows work with board-certified faculty members that specialize in various subspecialty areas within our specialty and gain exposure to the diagnosis, conservative and operative management of the entire spectrum of pediatric orthopaedics.

We treat an extremely high case volume covering the entire spectrum of pediatric orthopedic disorders, including:

  • 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, hip dislocation and other orthopaedic congenital defects
  • 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


The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine offers a wide range of clinical research activities in which fellows may participate. The department has an active clinical research section with projects investigating pediatric trauma, spinal deformity, early onset scoliosis, neuromuscular conditions, and pediatric bone health. In general, the fellows are expected to participate in at least one research project under the direction of a department staff member.

In additional to exposure and assistance in clinical research projects, fellows will have the opportunity to participate in other research collaborations through the department. Those include work with advanced imaging modalities with the department of radiology, surgical robotics and navigation with the Bioengineering Initiative in the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, and in some special instances participation in basic science research in collaboration with the Children’s Research Institute.

Fellows will have access to MEDLINE searches and full-text articles on OVID and MD Consult databases. Additional resources are available through the Children’s National and George Washington University School of Medicine medical libraries, including assistance with literature searches, retrieval of articles, and use of interlibrary loans.



One of the exciting aspects of fellowship training is the rapidity of the learning curve. One of the goals of our training program is to allow the fellow adequate time to read and process, as well as to develop critical thinking and research skills. At least one half day per week of the fellow’s time will be devoted to research efforts. He or she will be expected to produce at least one manuscript of publishable quality during the fellowship year. The fellow will attend the IPOS course and may attend at least one other meeting, plus any meeting at which he or she is presenting a podium presentation.

The fellow also joins the faculty in giving some of the morning conference lectures to the residents and presenting cases at weekly grand rounds. Teaching conferences are held three mornings a week, and grand rounds are held each Thursday morning. There are also monthly multidisciplinary spine conferences and orthopedic research conferences in which the fellow will participate.

How to Apply

How to Apply

This program participates in the SF Match.

One clinical fellow per year. Applicants for international observerships are also considered.

Deadline for application through the SF Match is October 1st.

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

Contact information: 202-476-4152

Matthew Oetgen, MD
Division Chief

Shannon Kelly, MD
Director, Resident Education

Siobhan Hawkins
Staff Assistant

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the benefits?

  • Health, Dental, Vision
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Life Insurance
  • Annual & Sick Leave
  • Disability Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Backup Child and Elder Care

A detailed summary of all benefits can be found in our Benefits Guide.

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