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. 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 137 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


    Andrew Crapser, DM

    Oscar Noel, DO

    David Parker, MD

    Andrew Smith, 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, 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 & Sports Medicine Course held on Hilton Head Island. Each year 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 timeframe.

Biomechanical Experience

Drs Noyes, Grood and Fellow Dr. Sampson

Cincinnati SportsMedicine Research & Education Foundation in conjunction with the University of Cincinnati Department of Biomechanical Engineering are internationally recognized as leading institutions for tissue engineering and biomechanical research. For nearly 30 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 – from the office setting, to the surgical theater, to on-the-field emergency care of injuries – this component of the fellow’s education turns academic theory into practice. In the office setting, under the guidance of the staff physician, the fellow learns

  • 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 500 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 surgery training experience provides an in-depth, hands-on array of the most advanced techniques available, including:

Surgical Experience

  • Knee ligament reconstruction for anterior cruciate, posterior cruciate, lateral collateral, and posterolateral ligamentous ruptures using autografts and allografts
  • Shoulder and elbow cases: arthroscopic and open shoulder stabilization, including posterior labrum repairs and capsular shift procedures, shoulder replacement surgery including reverse ball and socket arthroplasty and     revision surgery, and arthroscopic and open rotator cuff repair
  • Ankle arthroscopy, reconstruction
  • High tibial osteotomy for double-varus and triple-varus syndromes
  • Total knee, hip and shoulder replacements
  • Meniscus repairs, arthroscopically-assisted and meniscus transplants
  • Articular cartilage resurfacing, Carticel procedures

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 affect of patient compliance on the outcome of these programs.

Our therapists are experienced in designing specialized rehabilitation programs to provide our patients with a safe, fast return to their job, sport or activity of daily living. The rehab staff is also active in local and national professional organizations and many speak at national courses to update their peers on new techniques. All of the Center’s clinics include full rehabilitation facilities with a comprehensive array of equipment.

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

CSMOC 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 8 certified athletic trainers and 16 physical therapists and 1 physical therapy assistant 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. Fellows are educated in both on-the-field injury management and communication skills needed for interacting with school administrators and parents of injured athletes. Fellows also attend special events such as wrestling and soccer tournaments and local marathons in order to gain a wide variety of on-the-field experiences.

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, the Center grants four fellowships on a competitive basis. Each fellow spends two – three days in the clinic, two days in surgery, and two mornings a week in educational conferences and research meetings. The Center provides orthopaedic care to a large number of referred patients averaging over 500 each week among four senior surgeons. The operative case load ranges from 30 to 50 per week and includes knee ligament reconstructions; knee, shoulder, and elbow arthroscopies; complex salvage procedures including high tibial osteotomy, revision cases, total joint replacements; arthroscopic and open techniques for capsular reconstruction, total shoulder arthroplasties, and general orthopaedic trauma.

Four Fellows are selected each year for the 12 month sports medicine fellowship which begins August 1.
The Center’s 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 Casie Fleckenstein at


  • $56,000 per year salary
  • 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