Hand Surgery Fellowship

Fellowship Goal

The goal of the ACGME-accredited UT Southwestern Hand Surgery Fellowship is to prepare individuals for a successful career in academic hand surgery. The Fellowship Program provides in-depth and comprehensive training in all areas of pediatric and adult hand and wrist surgery. In addition, hand surgery fellows are able to develop and hone leadership, education, and research skills.


The Hand Surgery Fellowship consists of five core UT Southwestern hand surgery faculty, including Drs. Bardia Amirlak, Jonathan Cheng, Douglas Sammer, and Dennis Kao. Multiple adjunct faculty in both plastic and orthopedic surgery also participate in the Hand Surgery Fellowship.


Hand surgery fellows rotate through multiple institutions, including UT Southwestern University Hospitals, Parkland Memorial Hospital, Children’s Medical Center Dallas, the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. In addition, hand surgery fellows gain experience in the private practice setting in the Dallas community. Each institution has unique characteristics and patient populations that expose the hand surgery fellows to a wide range of hand and wrist problems.

Clinical Exposure

The diversity of institutions allows hand surgery fellows to be exposed to an array of complex hand and wrist problems over the course of the Hand Surgery Fellowship Program, including:

  • Reconstruction of the hand, wrist, forearm.
  • Upper extremity transplantation (composite tissue allotransplantation).
  • Degenerative and autoimmune diseases.
  • Acute and non-acute trauma, including hand, wrist, brachial plexus, replantation.
  • Arthroscopy of the hand and wrist.
  • Congenital hand and upper extremity, pediatric brachial plexus, cerebral palsy.
  •  Arthroplasty in the hand and wrist.