Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Sports Medicine

The primary goal of the Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship Program is education. Under the direction of the program director Volker Musahl, MD, and associate program director Craig Mauro, MD, the fellowship provides learning experiences in a state-of-the-art medical and sports-performance facility from a dynamic sports medicine team led by world-renowned orthopaedic surgeons. The four pillars of the educational program are the clinical rotations, didactic program, sports medicine coverage, and research.


Clinical Rotations

The program is structured into five clinical rotations, each 10 weeks in length, providing two faculty members to work with each of the five fellows during each rotation. 

Faculty members for each rotation are:

James P. Bradley, MD

Freddie H. Fu, MD

Bryson P. Lesniak, MD

Albert Lin, MD

Craig S. Mauro, MD 

Volker Musahl, MD 

Mark W. Rodosky, MD

Dharmesh Vyas, MD, PhD

Vonda J. Wright, MD

This structure facilitates the mentorship model while exposing the fellow to the breadth of complex knee, shoulder, hip, elbow, and general orthopaedic sports medicine procedures performed by all of our faculty. Fellows also spend time at UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program facilities reading MRIs with musculoskeletal radiologists as well as and working with physical therapists in the outpatient clinic.


Didactic Program

Building on the strong tradition of education, the program provides a rich and complete didactic fellow education curriculum. Wednesday-morning academic conference is a multidisciplinary conference covering all major topics in sports medicine in a year-long curriculum, and is the cornerstone of the didactic curriculum. This conference addresses surgical techniques, nonoperative sports medicine, basic science, MRI, rehabilitation, and event coverage. Complementing the Wednesday conference is a weekly lecture or cadaver lab presented by faculty members on Monday evenings and a monthly radiology and indications conference. Fellows benefit from renowned visiting professors at Grand Rounds, journal club with faculty members, and travel to the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons meetings and other specialty courses.

Dr. Musahl and Dr. Brian Cole, Grand Rounds Visiting Professor and Moderator of Sports Medicine Research Day, June 2015



Research is an important component of the fellowship. Fellows can take advantage of the unparalleled basic science labs and clinical outcomes research program. Fellows are expected to actively participate in at least two studies during the fellowship, resulting in the submission of at least one peer-reviewed manuscript. Research meetings are held monthly and a Fellows Research Day is held at the end of the year, where each fellow presents his/her study.


Sports Medicine Coverage

Fellows experience hands on team coverage with collegiate and professional athletes throughout the year. UPMC provides coverage for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Penguins, University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University, and Carnegie Mellon University. Team coverage provides fellows in-depth experiences with high-level athletes, autonomous decision-making balanced with mentoring from experienced team physicians, and long-lasting relationships with players and athletic training staff.


Admissions Process

The Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship Program accepts applicants through the San Francisco Match, and so applicants are required to fill out a Central Application Services (CAS) through the San Francisco Match. Applicants must be eligible for Board Certification in Orthopaedic Surgery. Applicants are required fill out a Central Application Service (CAS) through the San Francisco Match.

Applicants are required to have the following documents in order to apply to the program:

1. Completion of an accredited Orthopaedic Surgery Residency ACGME or RCPSC accredited
2. Complete and submit CAS application form (online)
3. USMLE transcripts (Steps 1, 2, and 3) or equivalent score reports
4. Four letters of reference. (One letter should be from your Residency Training Program Director.)
5. Updated Curriculum Vitae (C.V.) (specified format)
6. ECFMG Certificate (applicable to International Graduates)
7. Prior Residency Completion Certificate or transcripts
8. Foreign Specialty Program Certificate or transcripts