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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
Application Information
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Faculty
Fellowship Graduates


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:

Sam Akhavan, MD
John Christoforetti, MD
Patrick J. DeMeo, MD
Darren A. Frank, MD
Dennis J. Phillips, MD
Robert E. Schilken, MD
Scott Schweizer, MD

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.

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Application Information

All applications are handled through the San Francisco Match and should be received by December 1. The Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship will not accept any paper applications. The fellowship application includes the following:

  • Completed application 
  • Personal statement 
  • Curriculum vitae 
  • Transcript from your medical school 
  • Dean's letter 
  • Four letters of recommendation 
  • USMLE Board score 

If you are a graduate of a foreign medical school, your application must also meet the following requirements: 

  • J-1 visa 
  • ECFMG certified prior to any interview

Our staff reviews applications and applies specific criteria to determine which applicants are offered an interview.

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Contact Us

Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship

Leslie Hays, Program Coordinator

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

Phone:  412.359.6501

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Faculty

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 faculty:

Sam Akhavan, MD
John J. Christoforetti, MD
Patrick J. DeMeo, MD
Darren A. Frank, MD
Dennis J. Phillips, MD
Robert E. Schilken, MD
Scott K. Schweizer, MD

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Fellowship Graduates

2016-2017

  • Joshua Acree, DO, Hunt Regional Medical Partners, Greenville TX
  • Michael Kindya, MD, St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Kissimmee FL

2015-2016

  • Kimberly McLean, DO, Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall, Michigan
  • Bradley Norris, DO, Southwest Orthopaedic Surgery Specialists in Tucson, AZ

2014-2015

  • Aaron Burgess MD, OAllegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh PA 
  • Adrian Davis MD, Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande, Oregon

2013-2014

  • Thomas Jordan MD, Scranton Orthopaedic Specialists, Scranton PA
  • Justin Zenner DO, Advanced Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation, Washington, PA

2012-2013

  • Jason Walters, MD, Howard University Hospital

2011-2012

  • Michael Vaccariello, MD, Grand Rapids, MI

2010-2011

  • Armin Harandi, MD, Shaid Beheshti University, Iran

2009-2010

  • Paul Sensiba, MD, Ohio State University

2008-2009

  • Steven Frey, MD, Monmouth Medical Center

2005-2006

  • William Woods, DO, St. Joseph's Health Center

2004-2005

  • Gregory Habib, DO, Peninsula Health Consortium
  • James DeLullo, MD, Hamot Medical Center

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