Hand & Upper Extremity Surgical Fellowship


The department offers two ACGME-accredited fellowship positions in orthopedic hand and upper extremity surgery. The goals of the fellowship are to provide: (1) comprehensive training for the management of upper extremity conditions (hand, wrist, elbow) including evaluation, surgery, and rehabilitation; (2) a structured, interactive educational curriculum that includes weekly hand conference reviewing core hand surgery knowledge, weekly indications conference, twice-monthly anatomy and surgical skills labs, monthly journal club and research meetings; (3) opportunities for the advancement of our field through basic scientific and clinical research; (4) long-term mentorship and collegiality for our growing fellowship alumni.

The clinical strengths of our fellowship program are elevated by a diverse and experienced faculty that prioritizes education while providing the highest quality care to our patients. Our fellowship experience includes outstanding exposure to general hand surgery conditions, congenital / pediatric hand surgery, brachial plexus and peripheral nerve injuries, microsurgical limb reconstruction, acute upper limb trauma and the reconstruction of post-traumatic conditions, arthroscopy, sports injuries, and the reconstruction of arthritic conditions.

The structure of the fellowship emphasizes a mentorship model with two, 3-month rotations that are repeated to promote a graduated learning and responsibility experience over the academic year.

Duration: This is a one-year, post-graduate experience from August 1 - July 31.

Application Deadline: December 31

For more information or to apply:

Our program is participating in the ASSH Hand Surgery Fellowship Application Platform to be released in October 2017. We are not accepting paper applications. For more information, please visit ASSH

Fellows and residents at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine must be a U.S. Citizen, lawful permanent resident, refugee, asylee, or possess the appropriate documentation to train in the United States.

For more information, contact: JACLYN.WIDHALM@CUANSCHUTZ.EDU

University of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer.



The Fellow will gain expertise in the management of adult and pediatric hand and upper extremity conditions during clinical rotations at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center and affiliated practices, the Children’s Hospital Colorado, the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center, and Denver Health Medical Center.


Training Sites
Current Hand Surgery Fellow Block Schedule

Hand Surgery Fellows are expected to develop and to lead a research project worthy of publication or presentation. Extensive resources and world-class facilities are available on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, one of the foremost research and surgical facilities in the country, located in the beautiful Denver Metro area.

Center for Surgical Innovation 

Fellows participate in a structured, interactive educational curriculum that includes weekly hand conference reviewing core hand surgery knowledge, weekly indications conference, twice- monthly anatomy and surgical skills labs, monthly journal club and research meetings. The fellows are expected to participate in peer-learning opportunities, including appropriate instruction of residents and medical students during the year. 

Hand Conferences Schedule 

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.


Thomas Ergen, MDThomas Ergen, MD

Medical School: Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University
Residency: Palmetto Health/USC Medical Group





Illing, DamianDamian Illing, MD

Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine
Residency: University of Utah Hospital

Attending Staff

Fraser Leversedge, MD

Fraser Leversedge, MD

Chief: Section of Hand, Wrist & Elbow Surgery
Associate Program Director
Visiting Professor

Frank Scott, MD

Frank Scott, MD

Associate Professor
Program Director: Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery Fellowship

Raj Bolson, MD

Rajshri Bolson, MD

Assistant Professor

Andrew Federer, MD

Andrew Federer, MD

Assistant Professor


Amy Fenoglio, MD

Assistant Professor

Kyros Ipaktchi, MD

Kyros Ipaktchi, MD

Associate Professor

Alex Lauder, MD

Alex Lauder, MD

Assistant Professor

Malliaris, Stephanie

Stephanie Malliaris, MD

Assistant Professor

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Adam Seidl, MD

Assistant Professor

Sibbel, Sarah 100

Sarah Sibbel, MD

Assistant Professor

Jacyln Widhalm

Jaclyn Widhalm

Program Coordinator