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Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship

Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship

Program director: Sam Akhavan, MD
Accreditation: ACGME
Program length: 1 year (PGY6), August 1 through July 31
Fellows per year: 2


About the Program

The Allegheny General Hospital Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship is accredited by the ACGME, one-year in length from August 1 through July 31, and accepts two fellows per year. Under the direction of Sam Akhavan, MD, the fellows work with two residents on the sports medicine service to cover seven attending faculty members.

The goal of our Sports Medicine Service is to help injured athletes get back into the action—as quickly and safely as possible. We treat a variety of athletic injuries to the musculoskeletal system, with a special focus on shoulder, hip, elbow, and knee injuries. We provide expert, personalized care for professional sports teams, such as the Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Riverhounds, as well as travel nationally and internationally with the USA rugby team. We also cover D1 colleges and numerous area high schools.

Our fellowship-trained surgeons and primary care sports medicine specialists are experts in their respective fields. Using the latest non-operative and operative treatments, our doctors help patients regain function, so they can quickly return to competition or work. Our physicians are on the forefront of pioneering research studies that can lead to even more effective treatment options for sports injuries.  Fellows will work with the following Attending Surgeons.

We also are committed to reducing the incidence and severity of sports injuries. Our clinical team is actively involved in educating athletes about injury prevention and recognition. By teaching athletes proper strength building, flexibility, conditioning, endurance, and training techniques, we believe we can help them minimize the risk of injury occurrence.

Our fellows come out of fellowship with a large caseloads and expertise in the latest techniques for arthroscopic and minimally invasive surgery of the shoulder, knee, hip and elbow. In addition, there is ample exposure to shoulder reconstruction including shoulder replacement and complex reconstruction techniques for shoulder bone loss and instability

Sports Medicine fellows, in conjunction with the Department of Orthopaedics, are provided with a weekly sports conference in combination with the two non-operative primary care sports medicine fellows. Other available conferences include weekly Grand Rounds, Journal Club, and monthly Morbidity and Mortality conference.

Contact Us

Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship

Leslie Hays, Program Coordinator

Mailing address:
1307 Federal Street, 2nd floor
Pittsburgh, PA  15212

Phone: 412.359.6501