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Department of Orthopedics

Department of Orthopedics


Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery

The University of Colorado Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery Fellowship is an ACGME accredited program. The primary goal of the program is to create an educational experience that will lead to the development of well-rounded and competent surgeons that are capable of managing all aspects of a pediatric orthopedic surgery practice. 

Children's Hospital Colorado is a new state-of-the-art facility, and is the primary residence for our fellowship activities. We have a very broad spectrum and high volume of patients that are seen each year at our institution. Our fellowship provides exposure to the entire spectrum of pediatric orthopedic disorders including but not limited to: clubfeet, hip dysplasia, scoliosis, kyphosis, congenital spine deformities, lower extremity deformity, fractures, orthopedic trauma, orthopedic oncology, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, and sports medicine patients. Our Orthopedic Institute is well developed and designed to optimize education and patient care with programs in hip preservation, spine deformity, orthopedic oncology, hand and upper extremity, trauma, cerebral palsy, limb deformity, sports medicine, and general orthopedics.

The Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery fellowship program at Children's Hospital Colorado offers robust research opportunities. We have established a Musculoskeletal Research Center which provides an infrastructure that supports the ongoing efforts necessary to initiate, propagate, and complete projects. This enables our fellows and faculty to maximize their scholarly work, and continue to foster a robust clinical practice and educational experience.

Children's Hospital Colorado is a busy level 1 trauma center, and the only level 1 center serving the Rocky Mountain region. Our fellows have the opportunity to gain tremendous experience in managing orthopedic trauma during the course of the fellowship. We have a high-volume clinical practice, with more than 60,000 outpatient visits and 4,000 surgical procedures annually. Despite this, we have decided to maintain our fellow capacity at two per year. This allows for significant flexibility in our educational program for fellows, and provides the opportunity for us to tailor the education in order to maximize the experience and cater it to match the individual needs of each fellow.  

In addition to our main campus, we see patients at seven different satellites in the Denver Metro area on a daily basis. This provides the opportunity for our fellows to see how our business enterprise operates on a day-to-day basis. This exposure provides our fellows with additional insights into the business aspects of practice as well.

The didactic aspects of our fellow education are well developed and designed to be adaptable to the needs and expectations of our trainees. We have a keen and innovative interest in continuing to adapt our educational offerings to meet the needs that exist. Currently, we have established an animation center that affords us an opportunity to provide an additional level of surgical simulation to our educational profile. Additionally, we incorporate our fellows into the educational environment on a regular basis. We do this in a manner consistent with including our fellows as a part of our "junior faculty." This provides an opportunity for our fellows to explore their interests in academia and education.

Program Director: Mark Erickson, MD
Program Coordinator: Caryl Griffith-Abratique, (720) 777-4640


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

The fellow is provided malpractice insurance, medical insurance (for self and dependents), and 21 days of vacation. The program also sponsors one continuing education/academic course.

  • Applicants must have completed an accredited residency program in Orthopedic Surgery
  • Must be licensed to practice in the state of Colorado and have a current DEA license
  • Completed CAS Application
  • Medical School Transcript
  • USMLE Transcript of Scores (Step 1, 2, and 3)
  • 3 Letters of Reference
  • Medical License
  • Medical School Dean's Letter (MSPE)

Applications submitted by international medical graduates must also include the following:

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

Attending Staff

​General Orthopedics ​Spine Orthopedic Oncology
​Gaia Georgopoulos, MD Mark Erickson, MD Travis Heare, MD Frank Chang, MD
Nancy Miller, MD Sumeet Garg, MD
Nathan Donaldson, DO Jason Rhodes, MD
Siobhan Murphy-Zane, MD
Robert Eilert, MD
​Hand Hip​ Sports Medicine​ Trauma​
Sarah Sibbel, MD
Eduardo Novais, MD Jay Albright, MD Jason Stoneback, MD


1 year (August 1 to July 31)

How to Apply

The Pediatric Orthopedic Fellowship program accepts applications for fellowship positions through the San Francisco Match program using the Central Application Services (CAS). Applicants must apply by October 31 each year prior to the applicable spring match. For additional information, contact Caryl Griffith-Abratique at

University of Colorado Denver is an equal opportunity employer.​​