Foot & Ankle Fellowship Program

The goals of the foot and ankle service are to provide a comprehensive, in-depth training in operative management of adult and adolescent foot and ankle disorders.  Fellows will be expected to demonstrate advanced knowledge of the clinical and surgical anatomy of the foot and ankle.  The service stresses the biomechanincal function and its evaluation as well as the underlying pathologic processes including sports related injuries, degenerative conditions, trauma, and all aspects of adult forefoot and ankle reconstruction.  We perform more total ankle replacements than any other center in the region.  The fellow will be exposed to this material in both the outpatient clinic and surgical settings as well as in academic conferences held weekly.  Extensive experience is gained in working with appropriate members of the multidisciplinary team including physical therapists, orthotists, podiatrists and rehabilitation specialists.  All fellows participate in clinical research in the academic setting of our fellowship program.   Fellows also gain the benefit of working with junior residents as they work to develop their own teaching skills and independence.  Each fellow will attend a number of industry sponsored courses specifically designed for fellows, and will travel with our faculty to national meetings during the year.

Letter from Our Director

Welcome to the Foot and Ankle Reconstruction program at the Rothman Orthopaedic Institute and Thomas Jefferson University.  I think you will find this program to be a rigorous clinical experience in a congenial academic setting.  With our combined faculty, we expose fellows to a massive hands on clinical volume.  This is offered in the form of rotating preceptorships at our various facilities.  Being involved in meaningful clinical research that makes a difference in our field is a tenet of our mission statement and is something that fellows play an integral part in.  We are the foot and ankle consultants to the Philadelphia Eagles, Phillies and 76’ers, and help to take care of the athletes at both St. Josephs and Villanova University.  We are also intimately involved in product development, total ankle replacement design, and teaching on an international level.  Over 12 months, I think you will find this to be a program where orthopedic surgeons become competent foot and ankle specialists; ready to approach even the most difficult cases with the knowledge and precision that only hands on experience can provide.  Lastly, in this fellowship, you will become a member our tightly knit group of surgeons who love to spend time with their families, have fun at work, and recognize the unique opportunity we have in teaching others.  Please enjoy your tour through the website, we hope you find it both informative and inspiring.

David Pedowitz, M.D.


Each fellow is expected to perform at least one original project resulting in a presentation and publication. The Fellows are additionally invited and expected to be actively involved in additional ongoing studies within the department. Our research team, is led by Dr. David Pedowitz and Dr. Rachel Shakked, with active involvement of the entire FA surgical team, and Jefferson residents. Additionally there is a dedicated research Fellow to aid in managing all the projects and facilitate in getting the work done. Extensive research is ongoing on many topics within our discipline ranging from those on Total Ankle Replacement, fracture management, issues regarding forefoot correction, to the impact of Opioid pain relievers on our patients and determining appropriate driving times following surgery. Research meetings for the entire department are held biweekly and allow projects to be discussed as a group so that deadlines are met and progress continues to be made. As a division, we present at every national meeting, most local meetings and a number of international meetings each year.


The experience for the foot and ankle fellow at the Rothman Orthopaedic Institute is second to none. As a Foot and Ankle division, we see approximately 40,000 patients and perform over 3,000 procedures annually. All areas of foot and ankle are covered and the benefit of our high volume can be seen with how comfortable our fellows become, even with rare and challenging surgical scenarios. As a division we perform over 160 total ankle replacements per year and are actively engaged in the design, development and improvement of these devices.


All application materials must be submitted through the San Francisco Match program. More details of this process can be found in the following link from the AOFAS: Click Here for Information.

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