The BIDMC Harvard Hand Fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) is a one-year ACGME post-residency fellowship training program.

As part of the fellowship experience, fellows have the opportunity to work with faculty from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), Beth-Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham (BIDN), Children's Hospital Boston (CHB), Shriners Hospital for Children and Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates (HVMA). The fellowship offers a combined experience with dedicated with both orthopaedic and plastics surgeons.

The program begins each year on August 1 and concludes on July 31 of the following year. The program participates in the National Residency Match Program, and is highly competitive. Applicant interviews are typically held on site in January, two years prior to the anticipated start date. There are a total of three fellowship spots available.

Application and Eligibility

Any resident who has completed an orthopaedic surgery, plastic surgery, or general surgery residency program is eligible to apply. The applicant must be eligible to obtain a medical license in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and meet all of the credentialing criteria of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and affiliated institutions.

To apply, interested applicants should submit:

  1. Universal Hand Application (available on
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. USMLE or equivalent
  4. Medical school transcript
  5. Four letters of reference, including one from your Program Director

The application deadline is November 15, 2018. Please note, applications that are incomplete will not be reviewed.

The Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship provides comprehensive and timely training for all hand and upper extremity pathology. There is a focus on diagnostic accuracy and on broad exposure to the full gamut of therapeutic options. There is ample exposure to trauma and post-traumatic reconstruction, treatment of arthritis, including small joint arthroplasty, arthroscopy and management of complex elbow pathology. The plastic surgery experience will include congenital hand and wrist as well as soft tissue flaps and microvascular surgery. 

Clinical Rotations and Case Volume

Hand and Upper Extremity Fellows have three basic rotations incorporating faculty in a variety of clinical settings. Each rotation includes time spent with orthopaedic and plastic surgery faculty. There are also opportunities for individualized electives. By providing exposure to diverse approaches to upper extremity pathology and creating a close collaborative environment between orthopaedic and plastic surgeons, fellows graduate with a broad and innovative armamentarium allowing them to tackle the most complex surgical cases.

Rotations Include
  • Adult Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery at BIDMC and BIDN.
  • Adult Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery at BIDMC and HVMA.
  • Adult and Pediatric Hand and Microvascular Surgery at BIDMC, CHB and Shriner’s Hospital 
Case Volume
  • Each fellow has an independent clinic, supervised by a faculty member, allowing continuity of care throughout the year.
  • Fellows operate with graduated independence.
  • Over the last 4 years, hand and upper extremity fellows have performed between 800 and 1200 annual cases each.

Fellow Responsibilities

Hand xrayFellows are assigned to specific clinic and OR blocks depending on the clinical rotation. The team also includes a junior orthopaedic surgery resident and a plastic surgery resident. Fellows are responsible for managing the service, daily rounding and supervising the residents.

Call is shared evenly among 3 fellows and includes BIDMC (level I) and BID-Needham (level 3). There are no in-house call responsibilities. The call team also includes orthopaedic and plastic surgery residents as well as an attending surgeon.

Fellow Didactics and Research

The Hand and Upper Extremity Service has a robust didactic and conference schedule.

Fellows are required to participate in at least one research project during their training. Presentations and publications are highly encouraged.

Funding is available for fellows to attend a microsurgery course at the start of the year and to attend one professional meeting of their choice.

Hand deformity

Conference Schedule


  • Weekly indications conference attended by all faculty, fellows and residents.
  • Weekly classic articles journal club.
  • Monthly morbity and mortality conference.
  • Monthly Harvard-wide journal club.
  • Boston Hand Collaborative quarterly cadaver dissection course
  • Monthly research meeting.


Program Director: Tamara Rozental, MD (Orthopaedic Surgery, BIDMC)

Other Faculty

Recent Fellows


  • Marissa Baca, MD, Current Fellow
  • Hyuma Leland, MD, Current Fellow
  • Jacob Tulipan, MD, Current Fellow


  • Tracy Webber, MD, Norwood Hospital, MA
  • Kevin Han, MD, Phoenix, AZ
  • Michael Hendry, MD, Queen’s University, Kingston, CA


  • Nicholas Caggiano, MD
  • Aviram Giladi, MD, Curtis Hand Institute, Baltimore, MD
  • Sammy Dowlatshahi, MD, BIDMC, Harvard Medical School, MA


  • Michael Vosbikian, MD, Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School, NJ
  • Carl Harper, MD, BIDMC Harvard Medical School, MA


  • Janet Yueh, MD, Cohen Winters Plastic Surgery, NJ
  • Michael Johnson, MD, The Vancouver Clinic, OR


  • Michael Lin, MD, Alpine Orthopaedics Medical Group, CA
  • Olukemi Fajolu, MD, Less Institute, FL


  • Peyton Hayes, MD, Pro-Health Care Associates, NY


  • Irfan Ahmed, MD, Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School, NJ


  • Gregory Byrd, MD, Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, WA


  • Robert Waugh, MD, North Conway, NH


  • George Mundanthanum, MD, Austin Orthopaedic Specialists, TX


  • Rebecca Bennett-Anderson, MD, Lakeshore Bone and Joint Institute, IN


  • Jennifer Graham, MD, Kaiser Permanente, CA

Contact Us

For questions and more information, contact:


hand team