The fellowship education program at Cincinnati SportsMedicine and Orthopaedic Center is nationally-acclaimed for offering one of the country’s finest post-residency, specialty training experiences for orthopaedic surgeons. Our program is accredited by the ACGME and is a AOSSM/AANA recognized fellowship. The Center was one of the first in the country to offer sports medicine fellowships and, since 1978, has created one of the most comprehensive programs in the nation. Our staff is dedicated to maintaining this high standard of excellence. More than 155 physicians have graduated from the program to date.

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    Michael Malek, MD

    Lonnie Paulos, MD


    Charlie Johnson, MD

    Jim Robbins, MD


    Jean P. Michaud, MD


    Roger Larson, MD

    Stuart Cherney, MD

    Mark G. Siegel, MD


    Alan Newman, MD


    Cary Keller, MD

    George McGinniss, MD

    Aaron Sporn, MD


    Edward Wojtys, MD

    Robert Laing, MD

    Stephen W. Munns, MD


    Scott Price, MD

    Charles Cassel, MD

    Sanford Kryger, MD


    Daniel Funk, MD

    Phillip Omohundro, MD

    David Shenton, MD

    Craig Stabler, MD


    Thomas Castle, MD

    John Larkin, MD

    Stephen R. Saddemi, MD

    Randall R. Wroble, MD


    Mark Buseck, MD

    Charles A. Bush-Joseph, MD

    Jeffrey Malumed, MD

    Thomas Meade, MD

    Robert Riederman, MD


    Marc T. Galloway, MD

    Jeffrey T. Hamm, MD

    David M. Oster, MD

    Robert C. Schenck, Jr., MD

    Marc Weise, MD


    Thomas P. Jacobson, MD

    Richard J. Simon, MD

    Hugh West, MD

    Ronald W.B. Wyatt, MD

    Robert Smolinski, MD


    D’Orsay D. Bryant, III, MD

    Marlene DeMaio, MD

    David P. Fedder, MD

    Jeffrey R. McLaughlin, MD

    John A. Meaney, MD

    Thomas J. Rasmussen, MD


    Michelle Andrews, MD

    John K. Anderson, MD

    C. Melton Doxey, III, MD

    James S. Elliott, MD

    Robert T. Nixon, Jr., MD

    Edward C. Pino, MD

    Craig S. Roberts, MD

    Robert S. Schaefer, MD


    Michael D. Lee, MD

    Darr W. Leutz, MD

    Matthew J. Matava, MD

    Edward H. Parks, MD

    M. Jonathan York, MD


    Craig A. Butler, MD

    Howard J. Gelb, MD

    Michael J. Gibbons, MD

    Paul R. Miller, MD

    Stephen C. Saddler, MD

    John Paul Vidolin, MD


    Karl R. Blum, MD

    John F. Cummins, MD

    Bradley D. Dworsky, MD

    Brian J. Jolley, MD

    Carl W. Nissen, MD

    Charles B. Pasque, MD

    Marc H. Rubman, MD


    Marc C. Cullen, MD

    Eric S. Furie, MD

    Ira D. Gelb, MD

    William C. Holland, MD


    Sandra I. Berrios-Torres, MD

    Jeffrey D. Harrison, MD

    William J. Jarvis, MD

    Dana A. Mannor, MD

    Gary Wexler, MD


    Asghar Husain, MD

    Daniel McCallum, MD

    Etienne Mejia, MD

    Derek Reinke, MD


    Anthony Colorito, MD

    John Hibbitts, MD

    Sacheen Mehta, MD

    Randall Mapes, MD


    Eddie Garcia, MD

    Navin Kilambi, MD

    Manoj Bhargava, MD

    Michael Medvecky, MD


    Eric Launer, MD

    Steve Goeble, MD

    Michael McDermott, MD


    George Corbett, MD

    Anne Denys, MD

    Marc Rankin, MD

    Franco Tavazzani, MD


    William Mayfield III, MD

    Shital Parikh, MD

    Donald Randolph, MD


    Jay Albright, MD

    Linda Martin, MD

    Tarek Bittar, MD


    John Austin, MD

    Charles Roberson, MD


    G. Peter Maiers, II, MD

    Brian K. Rill, MD

    K. Blair Sampson, MD

    David L. Saxton, MD


    John Babb, MD

    AJ Detterline IV, MD

    Eric Fester, MD

    Justin Strickland, MD


    Ryan Chen, MD

    Todd Frush, MD

    Bryant Marchant, MD

    Trevor Wilkes, MD


    Gregory Dairyko, Jr., MD

    David Foulk, MD

    Ryan Hartman, MD

    Dushi Parameswaran, MD


    Tim El-Tahan, MD

    Matthew Gordon, MD

    Juan Serrato, MD


    Alex Aboka, MD

    Eric Gardner, MD

    Sam Harms, MD

    Jason Ramsey, MD


    Hans Bengtson, MD

    Derrick Burgess, MD

    Geoffrey Doner, MD

    Christopher Swanson, MD


    Michal Taylor, MD

    Will Kesto, MD

    John West, MD

    Randy Roy, MD


    Kevin Dale, MD

    Darin Jurgensmeier, MD

    Arun Reddy, MD

    Jared White, MD


    Matthew Beck, MD

    Firas Kawtharani, MD

    Leslie Schwindel, MD


    Brad Ashman, MD

    Chris Karrasch, MD

    Mathew Phillips, MD

    Jeff Jenks, DO


    Adedapo Ajayi, MD

    Richie Edeen, MD

    Sean Kelly, DO

    Michael Palmer, MD


    Oscar Noel, DO

    David Parker, MD

    Andrew Smith, DO


    Andrew Crapser, MD

    Mahmoud Almasri, MD

    Nathan Krebs, DO

    Trevor Stefanski, MD

    Marion Swall, MD


    Dane Bolton, DO

    Zubair Chaudry, MD

    Dan Johnson, DO

    Andrew Kalthoff, DO

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The academic curriculum of the fellowship program is designed prior to the start of the academic year. It is comprised of teaching conferences and monthly bioskills/applied anatomy sessions. The weekly teaching conferences include topics on biomechanics, surgical techniques, rehabilitation, sports medicine, injury prevention and performance enhancement. In addition, a monthly journal club and indications conference is held to review and discuss the current sports medicine and arthroscopy literature.
Fellows spend between 12 to 14 hours each month in teaching conferences. Lectures are led by a senior staff physician, physical therapist or guest physician who chooses 5-7 articles from the core curriculum to provide a comprehensive analysis of the assigned topic.

Journal Clubs
A sophisticated discussion of publications from current journals, the goals of which include:

  1. Developing skills in critical reading and evaluating orthopaedic literature
  2. Elevating the fellow to a staff leadership role, including responsibility for directing group discussions
  3. Maintaining current knowledge of the literature in order to apply state-of-the-art knowledge to patient care

Indications conferences consist of case histories presented by the fellows. The cases are discussed at the end of the monthly journal club. This allows for open discussion with staff physicians and fellows regarding alternate treatment options. Goals of the conferences include:

  1. Developing methods for problem-solving in diagnosis and treatment of patients
  2. Developing a total treatment plan for each patient
  3. Sharing treatment plan ideas
  4. Developing skills for putting theory into practice

Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation
Rehabilitation conferences are taught by staff physical therapists. All of Cincinnati SportsMedicine’s rehabilitation staff and physical therapy students are invited to attend, providing an opportunity for interchange between fellows, physical therapists and athletic trainers. Fellows are instructed on how to manage and direct patients after injury and surgery to restore patients to maximal performance in work, sports and other vocations.

Bioskills and Applied Anatomy
This program involves extensive instruction on advanced arthroscopic and open surgical techniques using cadaver joints. Each staff physician provides hands-on instruction on a number of surgical procedures in the operating room to advance the fellow’s surgical skills in a relaxed and educational manner. Each dissection includes a list of goals and pertinent literature concentrated on the assigned topic.

Applied Anatomy Sessions:

ACL Reconstruction and Meniscus Repair
PCL Reconstruction
Elbow Arthroscopy
Shoulder Arthroscopy I: Rotator Cuff Repair
Open Shoulder Surgery
Shoulder Arthroscopy II: Stabilization
Ankle Ligament Reconstruction
Open Elbow Surgery
High Tibial and Femoral Osteotomy

Injury Prevention and Performance
The goals of these conferences are to teach:

  1. Injury prevention protocols to use in screening athletes to prevent sports-related injuries
  2. Physicians learn how to conduct and interpret muscle strength, endurance, and balance parameters to detect abnormalities requiring specific rehabilitation and performance enhancement
  3. Advanced conditioning, performance, and plyometric protocols to prevent knee injuries and train high school, college and elite athletes to achieve maximum performance

During the first month of the fellowship, projects are assigned and protocols are written for each fellow. During the early months of the fellowship, a comprehensive literature review is completed. The fellow also participates in generating the study’s hypothesis; this must be specific and answerable within the time constraints dictated by the fellowship period. Statisticians are consulted during both the study design and data analysis phases, as needed, to ensure that the experimental design is correct, and that the study results are analyzed in a valid manner.

The fellow completes the first draft of the manuscript near the completion of the fellowship. The paper is revised with the staff physician and submitted to a peer-review journal for publication. Often, abstracts are submitted to national meetings of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine or the Arthroscopy Association of North America.

Each year approximately 350 physicians and therapists attend Cincinnati SportsMedicine Research and Education Foundation’s Advances on the Knee, Shoulder Hip & Sports Medicine Conference held on Hilton Head Island. Each year our fellows are invited to present their research project or another topic of interest at this course.

Support staff offering assistance to fellow research include highly trained, long-term employees. Assistance is provided throughout the year in areas of literature review, statistical analysis, proper data collection techniques and technical writing. In addition, support staff is available to assist with collection of photos and videos that allow for easy completion of presentation materials for conferences. While the fellow is expected to perform the majority of the tasks related to the research project, a staff member is dedicated to each project to ensure that the investigation is properly conducted and completed within a designated time frame.

Biomechanical Experience

Drs Noyes, Grood and Fellow Dr. Sampson

Cincinnati SportsMedicine Research & Education Foundation in conjunction with the University of Cincinnati Department of Biomedical Engineering are internationally recognized as leading institutions for tissue engineering and biomechanical research. For nearly 40 years, researchers at Cincinnati SportsMedicine Research & Education Foundation and the University of Cincinnati have devoted considerable effort to solving medical problems associated with knee and shoulder injuries. Their efforts have resulted in over 150 publications. The Tissue Engineering and Biomechanics Laboratory in the department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati provides 6,500 square feet of laboratory and research space. The laboratory is funded by private donations and various grants from sources such as the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation.

The clinical experience encompasses the many realms of patient care including the office setting, surgical theater, and on-the-field emergency care of injuries. This component of the fellow’s education turns academic theory into practice.  Under the guidance of the staff physician, the fellows learn:

  • Examination and diagnostic techniques

    Fellow Dr. Detterline in clinic

  • The use of clinical research rating systems
  • Effective communication skills
  • Formulation of a defensible diagnosis and treatment plan for patients
  • Evaluation of complex knee, shoulder and revision cases

The Center provides care and treatment to more than 300 patients every week, providing an enormous clinical experience for fellows. The entire realm of sports medicine injuries are evaluated throughout the year. This includes minor sports medicine injuries from local teams to major and complex injuries that have failed prior treatment and are referred from other centers.

The surgical training experience provides an in-depth, hands-on array of the most advanced techniques available, including:

Surgical Experience

  • Arthroscopic knee ligament reconstruction for anterior cruciate, posterior cruciate, lateral collateral, and posterolateral ligamentous injuries and ruptures.
  • Arthroscopic and arthroscopically assisted meniscus repairs; meniscus transplantation
  • Arthroscopic procedures of the shoulder including, but not limited to, stabilization, posterior labrum repairs, and rotator cuff repairs.
  • Arthroscopic and open procedures of the elbow
  • Ankle arthroscopy and reconstruction
  • High tibial osteotomy for double and triple varus syndromes
  • Articular cartilage resurfacing techniques
  • Total joint replacements of the shoulder (anatomic and reverse ball and socket), hip, and knee.

The night before surgery, fellows are provided with all of the patient records so that a thorough review of the surgical procedures can be performed. The fellow must undertake any reading necessary to be fully knowledgeable about the disorder and surgical techniques.

Dr. Noyes and Fellow Dr. Babb

Teaching conferences are held monthly on the theoretical background and newer techniques in rehabilitation.  The fellows gain valuable feedback concerning the results of both operative and non-operative treatment programs and the effect of patient compliance on the outcome of these programs.

Our physical therapists are experienced in designing specialized rehabilitation programs to provide our patients a safe return to their jobs, sports, and activities of daily living.  The rehabilitation staff is active in local and national professional organizations.  Our rehabilitation staff are frequently invited to speak at local and national conferences to update their peers on the latest advances in rehabilitation techniques.

Full rehabilitation services are provided at all our clinic locations in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

Dr. Eric Fester and Aimee Bruketa, ATC on the field

Cincinnati SportsMedicine & Orthopaedic Center was one of the first practices in Cincinnati to provide athletic trainer and physician on-the-field care services for local high schools.  Our program began in 1975 and now requires the services of many certified athletic trainers and physical therapists to meet the demands of a multitude of local athletic teams.

As well, our reputation has developed a wide referral base for area recreational leagues, colleges and professional teams.

Each fellow is assigned to act as the team physician for an area high school  during the football season. Under the direction of Dr. Marc Galloway, team physician for the Cincinnati Bengals, and Dr. Matthew Busam, Chief Medical Officer for FC Cincinnati, fellows may have the opportunity to receive experience in the treatment of professional athletes.

In addition to coverage during the high school football season, fellows will also participate in spring physicals at several local high schools. Fellows will also have the opportunity to work with the NFL Cincinnati Bengals. Dr. Marc Galloway is the team physician and fellows will have the opportunity to assist with player and prospective player physicals, combines, and training room visits.

Fellowship Terms

Annually, our Center grants four fellowships on a competitive basis. Each fellow spends two-three days in the clinic, two days in surgery, and two mornings each week in educational conferences.  The Center provides orthopaedic care to a large number of referred patients averaging about 300 per week among our fellowship faculty.  The operative case loads varies week-to-week and include knee ligament reconstructions; knee, shoulder, and elbow arthroscopic procedures; complex salvage procedures including total and partial joint replacements, and revision cases; and biologic procedures.

Four fellows are selected each year for the 12 month sports medicine fellowship which begins August 1.
The Center’s ACGME accredited fellowship program participates in the AOSSM/AANA sponsored Match administered by the SF Match Program. Detailed information about the application process can be found at:

If you have questions about the application and/or interview process, please contact Teresa Wood at


  • Base Salary:  $56,000 per year
  • Occurrence Malpractice – covered by Institution
  • Family health, dental and visit insurance available at employee cost
  • Short and long term disability
  • 15 vacation days – includes personal vacation, continuing education and interviews