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Pediatric Orthopaedic Fellowship

The Johns Hopkins Pediatric Orthopaedic Fellowship provides comprehensive training for people who want to practice pediatric orthopaedic surgery in a private practice or academic setting. The fellow will obtain experience both in the clinic and operating room. This well-rounded fellowship includes ample clinical and research opportunities.


  • Positions: one clinical fellow
  • Duration: 12 months (Aug. 1 to July 31)
  • Stipend: approximately $70,000 plus benefits
  • Call: weekday and weekends, 1:5
  • Location: The Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • View fellowship brochure

Apply via SF Match

Upcoming interview dates: January 18, 2020 and March 7, 2020

Program History+

The Johns Hopkins Department of Orthopaedic Surgery has a long tradition of strong academic medicine and innovation. William Halsted trained William Baer and then appointed him as one of the country’s first orthopaedic surgery department heads. Baer, in turn, trained a large percentage of the orthopaedic leaders throughout the world.

Our tradition of leadership involved pediatrics from the start. Baer established a pediatric orthopaedic hospital in Baltimore in 1909. For 82 years, Children’s Hospital of Baltimore was the country’s premier orthopaedic surgery training facility. Its function has been replaced with the expanded pediatric activities of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and the establishment of Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.

The full-service pediatric facility contains 205 beds plus a 41-bed pediatric intensive care unit and a 45-bed neonatal intensive care unit. A full complement of referral services is available, including a dedicated level 1 pediatric emergency department. The only such facility in Maryland, it has a wide catchment and referral base that provide the opportunity for exposure to all common pediatric orthopaedic injuries, as well as many rare ones including a wide variety of spinal column injuries.

Prior notable pediatric orthopaedic surgeons at Johns Hopkins include Vernon Tolo (president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America — POSNA — and Scoliosis Research Society), Paul Griffin (POSNA president) and Nancy Hadley-Miller (leader in the study of scoliosis genetics). The pediatric orthopaedic service currently carries out 1,200 surgical procedures and 10,000 clinical visits yearly.

Program at a Glance+

Our pediatric orthopaedics team:

  • Five attendings
  • One fellow
  • One chief resident
  • Two physician assistants
  • Four nurse practitioners
  • Four residents

In this program, you will have the opportunity to learn:

  • Spinal instrumentation — anterior and posterior
  • Sacral alar iliac (SAI) fixation of the pelvis
  • Growing rods
  • Prosthetic rib device implantation
  • Percutaneous spondylolysis stabilization
  • Periacetabular (Ganz/Bernese) osteotomies
  • Hip arthroscopy
  • Surgical hip dislocation
  • Physeal-sparing anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction
  • Osteochondritis dissecans management
  • Simultaneous multilevel Surgery for cerebral palsy (CP)
  • Crouch correction in CP
  • Pediatric trauma management (from A to Z)
Curriculum and Experience+

Weekly Teaching Schedule

Daily: Radiology board rounds
Monday: Attending teaching conference
Tuesday: Physical exam session
Wednesday: Resident teaching conference
Thursday: Grand Rounds
Friday: Preoperative conference

Monthly Fellow Conference

One-on-one hour with attending discussing key articles and cases in one pediatric subspecialty

Fellowship Clinical Opportunities

There is ample opportunity to be involved in specific cases as well as teaching and mentoring junior and senior residents in addition to medical students. The fellow has his or her own clinic and can operate on cases generated from that clinic after formulating a plan with the faculty. The fellow also can experience pediatric call once oriented to the Children’s Center.

Fellowship Core Faculty+
Photo of Dr. Rushyuan Jay Lee, M.D.

Lee, Rushyuan Jay, M.D.

Expertise, Disease and Conditions: ACL Reconstruction, Ankle Injuries, Arthroscopic Surgery, Discoid Meniscus, Elbow Injuries, Growth Plate and Physeal-Sparing ACL Reconstruction, Knee Dislocations, Knee Injuries, Lateral Collateral Ligament Tears (LCL) Injury, Leg Length Inequality, Loose Body Removal (Knee), Medial Collateral Ligament Tears (MCL) Injury, Medial Patellar Femoral Ligament (MPFL) Injury, Meniscus Tears, Multi-Ligament Knee Injuries, Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedics, Osteochondral Defects, Osteochondral Lesions, Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Knee, Patellar Dislocations, Patellar Instability Stabilization, Pediatric ACL Reconstruction, Shoulder Dislocations, Shoulder Disorders, Shoulder Instability Stabilization Surgery, Shoulder Labral Tear, Sports Injuries, Superior Labrum Anterior and Posterior (SLAP) Lesions, Tear - Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL), Tear - Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL), Tibial Spine/Eminence Fracture
Research Interests: ACL tears, Injuries in Young Athletes, Fractures, Multi-Ligament Knee Injuries, Patellar Dislocations and Instability, Meniscus Tears and Discoid Meniscus, Osteochondritis Dissecans, Arthroscopy, Fracture Care
Photo of Dr. Laura Wells Lewallen, M.D.

Lewallen, Laura Wells, M.D.

Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Arthrogryposis, Cerebral Palsy, Congenital Hand Anomalies, Elbow Injuries, Fractures, Hand Reconstruction, Orthopaedic Surgery, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Pediatric Neuromuscular Disease, Pediatric Orthopaedics, Polydactyly (extra fingers), Post-Traumatic Reconstruction, Syndactyly-Webbed Fingers
Photo of Dr. Paul David Sponseller, M.D.

Sponseller, Paul David, M.D.

Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Achondroplasia, Blount's Disease, Cerebral Palsy, Fractures, Hip Dislocations, Hip Dysplasia, Kyphosis, Leg Length Inequality, Marfan Syndrome, Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedics, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Osteomyelitis, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, Pediatric Orthopaedics, Pediatric Spinal Deformity, Scoliosis, Skeletal Dysplasias, Spina Bifida, Spinal Fixation, Spinal Fusion, Spine and Spinal Deformities, Spondylolisthesis, Spondylosis
Research Interests: Marfan Syndrome, Pediatric Spinal Deformity, Bladder exstrophy, Pediatric skeletal trauma
Photo of Dr. John Edgar Tis, M.D.

Tis, John Edgar, M.D.

Expertise, Disease and Conditions: ACL Reconstruction, Ankle Arthroscopy, Arthroscopic Surgery, Cerebral Palsy, Elbow Arthroscopy, Hip Dislocations, Hip Dysplasia, Hip Impingement, Hip Labral Tears, Knee Joint Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery, Labral Tears of the Hip, Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedics, Pediatric ACL Reconstruction, Pediatric and Adolescent Sports Injuries, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, Pediatric Orthopaedics, Pelvic Osteotomies, Scoliosis, Shoulder Arthroscopy, Shoulder Dislocations, Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis (SCFE), Spondylolisthesis, Sports Injuries, Sports Medicine
Research Interests: Biomechanics, Sports medicine, Knee Ligament Injuries, Hip Dysplasia (dislocated hips), Shoulder Injuries and Dislocations, Osteochondritis Dessicans, Hip Arthroscopy
Photo of Dr. Ranjit Abraham Varghese, M.B.B.S.

Varghese, Ranjit Abraham, M.B.B.S.

Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Angular Deformity Legs, Arthrogryposis, Blount's Disease, Bone Fractures, Cerebral Palsy, Clubfeet, Congenital Foot Disorders, Foot Deformities, Genu Valgum, Genu Varum, Hip Dysplasia, Neuromuscular Disease, Orthopaedic Surgery, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Osteomyelitis, Pediatric Connective Tissue Disorders, Pediatric Foot Care, Perthes Disease, Polydactyly (extra fingers), Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis (SCFE), Spasticity, Spina Bifida, Syndactyly-Webbed Fingers
Research Interests: Outcomes evaluation, Hip disorders, Cerebral palsy
Research Expectations and Opportunities+

Each fellow is expected to carry out at least one clinical research project during the year. This can be planned in advance of the start of the fellowship year to maximize productivity.

Recent Fellow​ Research Projects

Spica casting for pediatric femoral fractures: a prospective, randomized controlled study of single-leg versus double-leg spica casts.
Leu D, Sargent MC, Ain MC, Leet AI, Tis JE, Sponseller PD.
J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2012 Jul 18;94(14):1259-64. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.K.00966.
PMID: 22695973

Three cases of slipped capital femoral epiphysis in one family.
Skelley NW, Papp DF, Leu D, Sargent MC.
Orthopedics. 2011 Aug 8;34(8):e408-12. doi: 10.3928/01477447-20110627-28.
PMID: 21815585

Effects of obesity on pediatric fracture care and management.
Lazar-Antman MA, Leet AI.
J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2012 May 2;94(9):855-61. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.J.01839. Review.
PMID: 22552676

Multivariate analysis of factors associated with kyphosis maintenance in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.
Lonner BS, Lazar-Antman MA, Sponseller PD, Shah SA, Newton PO, Betz R, Shufflebarger HS.
Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2012 Jul 1;37(15):1297-302. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e318247e9a6.
PMID: 22228329

Bent Telescopic Rods in Patients With Osteogenesis Imperfecta.
Lee RJ, Paloski MD, Sponseller PD, Leet AI.
J Pediatr Orthop. 2016 Sep;36(6):656-60. doi: 10.1097/BPO.0000000000000509.

Is There an Optimal Time to Distract Dual Growing Rods?
Paloski MD, Sponseller PD, Akbarnia BA, Thompson GH, Skaggs DL, Pawelek JB, Nguyen PT, Odum SM; Growing Spine Study Group.
Spine Deform. 2014 Nov;2(6):467-470. doi: 10.1016/j.jspd.2014.08.002. Epub 2014 Oct 27.

Is Non-Operative Treatment of Pediatric Grade 1 Open Fractures Safe and Effective?
Bazzi, A, Brooks, J, Jain, A, Sponseller, P. 
J Child Orthop. 2014 Dec.; 8(6): 467–471.

Recurrence of Deep Surgical Site Infection in Cerebral Palsy After Spinal Fusion Is Rare.
Jain A, Modhia UM, Njoku DB, Shah SA, Newton PO, Marks MC, Bastrom TP, Miyanji F, Sponseller PD.
Spine Deform. 2017 May;5(3):208-212. doi: 10.1016/j.jspd.2016.12.004.
PMID: 28449964

Predicting Late Follow-up and Understanding Its Consequences in Growth Modulation for Pediatric Lower Limb Deformities.
Lawing C, Margalit A, Ukwuani G, Sponseller PD.
J Pediatr Orthop. 2019 Jul;39(6):295-301. doi: 10.1097/BPO.0000000000000951.
PMID: 31169749 

Walking Out of the Curve: Thoracolumbar Kyphosis in Achondroplasia.
Margalit A, McKean G, Lawing C, Galey S, Ain MC.
J Pediatr Orthop. 2018 Nov/Dec;38(10):491-497. doi: 10.1097/BPO.0000000000000862.
PMID: 27636912

Thoracic Lordosis, Especially in Males, Increases Blood Loss in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis.
Abousamra O, Sponseller PD, Lonner BS, Shah SA, Marks MC, Cahill PJ, Pahys JM, Newton PO; Harms Study Group.
J Pediatr Orthop. 2019 Mar;39(3):e201-e204. doi: 10.1097/BPO.0000000000001264.
PMID: 30260921

Three Methods of Pelvic Fixation for Scoliosis in Children With Cerebral Palsy: Differences at 5-year Follow-Up.
Abousamra O, Sullivan BT, Samdani AF, Yaszay B, Cahill PJ, Newton PO, Sponseller PD.
Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2019 Jan 1;44(1):E19-E25. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000002761.
PMID: 29939974

Past Fellows and their Current Positions+

Steven L. Buckley, M.D. | 1998
SportsMED Orthopedic Surgery & Spine Center, Huntsville, Alabama

Brian E. Black, M.D. | 1989
Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

J. David Thompson, M.D. | 1995
Grapevine, Texas

Donald Diverio, D.O. | 1995
AO Orthopedics, Morristown, New Jersey

Michael C. Ain, M.D.​ | 1996
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland

Richard Y. Hinton, M.D., M.P.H. | 1997
MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, Baltimore, MD

Barry Berger, M.D. | 1998
VSAS Orthopaedics, Allentown, Pennsylvania

Daniel G. Hoernschemeyer, M.D. | 2004
Associate Professor, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri

Suzanne Jaffe Walters, M.D. | 2009
Children's National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.

David J. Leu, M.D. | 2010
Sinai Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland

Meredith Lazar-Antman, M.D. | 2011
Winthrop University, Mineola, New York

Michael Paloski, D.O., M.B.A. | 2012
OrthoCarolina, Charlotte, North Carolina

Ahmed Bazzi, D.O. | 2013
Children's Hospital of Michigan, Detroit, Michigan

Urvij M. Modhia, M.D. | 2014
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Amit Merchant, M.D. | 2015
Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, New Jersey

Cheryl Lawing, M.D. | 2016
Shriners Hospitals for Children, Tampa, Florida

Oussama (Sammy) Abousamra, M.D. | 2017
Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California

Lana Nirenstein, M.D. | 2018
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, New York

Living in Baltimore+

Baltimore has many fantastic cultural outlets that are second to none. Among them: the National Aquarium, one of the world’s best; the Baltimore Museum of Art, which houses the world’s largest collection of work by Henri Matisse; the Walters Art Museum, which holds another world-class collection of artwork; and the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, home of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, which is in the top tier nationally. 

Baltimore also boasts a fantastic variety of restaurants, including numerous crab shacks that serve what is considered the world’s best crabmeat. Sports teams include Major League Baseball’s Baltimore Orioles and, in the National Football League, the Baltimore Ravens.

One of the city’s unique features is its central location in the mid-Atlantic, with easy access to New York, Philadelphia, Washington and the fabled Chesapeake waterways leading to the Eastern Shore.

Learn More About Living in Baltimore

Travel Time to Points of Interest
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania1.5 hours
Washington, D.C.1 hour
Ocean City, Maryland3 hours
Cape May, New Jersey3 hours
Deep Creek Lake, Maryland3 hours
Middleburg, Virginia2 hours
Contact Us+

Have questions about our pediatric orthopaedic fellowship? Please contact Beth Hall, Medical Training Program Administrator, or our current fellow.

For general information on pediatric orthopaedic fellowships, visit Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA). We participate in the match through SF Match, which lists the process and timeline for applications.

For detailed information, please contact:

R. Jay Lee, M.D.
Director, Pedatric Orthopaedic Fellowship
Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Sugery
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Children's Center
1800 Orleans St., Room 7360
Baltimore, MD 21287-0010
Phone 410-955-3137
FAX 410-502-3944