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Hand & Upper Extremity Fellowship

The department offers two ACGME-accredited fellowship positions in orthopedic hand surgery. This is a one-year, 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 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.

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.


 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.

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 School of Medicine PGY-6 salary.
Please visit the Graduate Medical Education (GME) website for the full listing of resident/fellow benefits.


Applicants must have completed an ACGME-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 U.S. references

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

Applications, supporting documents, and the 3-4 letters of recommendation should be submitted together in one packet to the address below. Please print all documents one-sided and do not use any staples or paper clips. 

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

Deadline to apply for August 1, 2019 start is December 1, 2017.

August 1, 2017 and August 1, 2018 start positions have 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