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Department of Orthopedics

Department of Orthopedics


Hand & Upper Extremity Fellowship

The department offers two ACGME-accredited fellowship position in orthopedic hand surgery. This is a one-year (52 week), post-graduate experience from August 1 - July 31.

The goal of the fellowship is to provide comprehensive training in all aspects of upper extremity (hand, wrist, elbow) including evaluation, surgery, and rehabilitation. Specific skills include microsurgery, arthroscopy, splinting techniques, and general operating skills in the upper extremity. Fellows also have dedicated time for research.

Why choose CU Orthopedics? Current fellows would tell you ​​that our program's strengths include a high case load (more than 850 a year per fellow) as well as extensive exposure to trauma, pediatrics, elective hand and wrist reconstruction, microvascular, and elbow trauma and reconstruction.


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Fellows will train at the University of Colorado Hospital, Denver Health Medical Center, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and Children's Hospital Colorado. 

University of Colorado Hospital

A nationally ranked hospital by U.S. News and World Reportand orthopedics is one of nine top-ranked specialties. It's also considered the most integrated and multidisciplinary medical and research campus in the U.S.

Admissions: 24,791
  Inpatient surgeries: 7,437
Outpatient visits: 780,307

Children's Hospital Colorado

Consistently in the top 10 pediatric orthopedic programs in the U.S. and the only Level 1 trauma center in the seven-state region. Fellows have 15% of their time dedicated to pediatrics—well above the average of 10%—as well as extensive exposure to congenital anomalies and pediatric trauma including elbow.

  • Surgical cases: 20,168
  • Inpatient admissions: 17,646
  • Total outpatient visits: 523,496
  • Orthopedic outpatient visits: 55,000
 Denver Health Medical Center

Denver Health is a Level 1 trauma center with extensive hand and upper extremity trauma. It is also a center for complex fractures and limb restoration and has the highest trauma survival rate in the country.

ED visits: 59,516
Outpatient visits: 819,912
Orthopedic trauma cases: 3,000
Inpatient surgeries: 4,820

Veteran's Affairs Medical Center

The VA offers extensive experience in elective upper extremity reconstruction. The hand service at the hospital has the highest volume of cases in the orthopedic division.


Meet the faculty

Frank Scott, MD
Frank Scott, MD
Nader Shourbaji, MD
Nader Shourbaji, MD

Sarah Sibbel, MD
Cailin Brazeau, MD
Cailin Brazeau, PA-C


Kyros Ipaktchi, MD
Kyros Ipaktchi, MD
Rodrigo Banegas
Rodrigo Banegas, MD
Meryl Livermore, MD
Meryl Livermore, MD

Learn more and apply


The stipend is commensurate with a University of Colorado Medical School PGY-6 salary.
Please visit the Graduate Medical Education (GME) website for the full listing of resident/fellow benefits.


Applicants must have completed an accredited residency in Orthopedic Surgery, Plastic Surgery, or General Surgery.

How to Apply

All applications must include the following:

    • Completed and signed Universal Hand Application
    • 3-4 letters of recommendation
    • Copy of USMLE 1, 2 and 3 scores
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Medical School Diploma
    • Residency Completion Certificate or Letter of Good Standing from Program Director

Applications submitted by International Medical Graduates must also include the following:

    • ECFMG certificate
    • A list of US references

For questions regarding International Medical Graduates, please visit the Graduate Medical Education (GME) website.

Submit the application and 3-4 letters of recommendation to:

Audrey Westphalen
University of Colorado Denver
Department of Orthopedics
12631 E 17th Ave, Mail Stop B-202
Aurora, CO 80045
Fax: 303-724-1593

Deadline to apply for August 1, 2017 start is December 1, 2015.

August 1, 2016 start has been filled.

Residents in our program must be a U.S. Citizen, lawful permanent resident, refugee, asylee, or possess the appropriate documentation to allow Resident to legally train at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine.

University of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer.

Program Director:  Frank Scott, MD

Program Coordinator: Audrey Westphalen