This program presents the fellow with a broad range of clinical material, emphasizing the management of complex reconstructive cases in a variety of clinical settings. Fellows work at two level 1 trauma centers, a dedicated pediatric hospital, and in the outpatient clinics.  Fellows experience the entire spectrum of hand surgery, from mangled extremities to complex congenital problems to common elective hand procedures. The program provides both funding and administrative assistance for fellows to complete a clinical research or quality improvement project.  Attending staff includes both board certified orthopaedic and plastic surgeons.  Fellows work with both orthopaedic and plastic surgery residents and participate in weekly conferences, which include a mix of case discussions and topical lectures.  This program is affiliated with the University of Minnesota and uses the physical facilities of Fairview-University Hospital, Regions Hospital, Gillette Children’s Hospital, and Hennepin County Medical Center. On call responsibility averages one in four nights. Completion of an approved residency in orthopaedic, plastic, or general surgery is required for acceptance. This program is an accredited program in surgery of the hand.

If you are interested in applying for a position in the Hand Surgery fellowship, apply here. The online portal can also be accessed through the ASSH website.

Program Director

Dr. Christina M. Ward assumed directorship of the Hand Surgery Fellowship sponsored by the HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research in April 2015.  Dr. Ward is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon with additional subspecialty certification in Surgery of the Hand.  She completed her medical degree at Washington University in St. Louis, and her residency and fellowship at the University of Iowa.  Her research interests include distal radius and carpal trauma.

Participating Institutions

Regions Hospital (Level I Trauma Center) – acute and subacute trauma, elective outpatient surgery, pediatric cases, night call, didactics
University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview – orthopaedic oncology exposure, didactics
Hennepin County Medical Center – acute and subacute trauma
TRIA Orthopaedic Center – elective outpatient surgery, pediatric cases
Gillette Children’s Hospital – pediatric cases

The fellowship is ACGME certified and fellows enter through the NRMP match program.

For more information about the program please contact, 651-254-2864.