Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship

UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery offers an Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship, based at Parkland Hospital, a Level 1 trauma center for Dallas County.

The Fellowship Program was approved by the Texas State Medical Board on September 16, 2002, and is offered each academic year. Specific questions about the orthopaedic trauma fellowship can be directed to Daisy Astorga.

Goals and Objectives

The Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship provides comprehensive training in the care of orthopaedic trauma conditions to enable the trauma fellow to achieve full competency and mastery of skills for the management of all orthopaedic trauma problems, and develops the cognitive and surgical skills and research abilities of a physician going into the subspecialty of orthopaedic trauma.

About Parkland Hospital

Parkland Hospital has more than 135,000 emergency room visits and admits more than 5,000 trauma patients each year. Long bone and peri-articular fractures are very common at Parkland. Parkland Hospital is a regional referral center for pelvic and acetabular fractures, and the Orthopaedic Trauma Service performs about 260 pelvic or acetabular fracture surgeries each year. The Foot and Ankle and Upper Extremity Trauma Services are very busy, so the Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship offers the opportunity for broad experience in adult skeletal trauma.


Fellows are selected beginning with an application process through SF Match, an interview, and recommendations. In order to apply for the Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship, applicants must have completed orthopaedic residencies and be board-eligible or board-certified. Ideally, applicants have been trained in general orthopaedics prior to participating in this Fellowship Program. Any applicant should intend to use the training in their medical practice.

Overview and Faculty

The trauma fellow is a front line member of the patient care team and gains clinical and surgical competence in the management of complex orthopaedic trauma problems. As a member of the trauma team, the trauma fellow is expected to take in-house call every fourth night. The fellow participates in private clinics as well as outpatient clinics. The fellow has ample opportunity to assist with resident education, and completion of a research project is expected.

The fellows are directly supervised by the UT Southwestern trauma team faculty, including Drew Sanders, M.D., Ashoke Sathy, M.D., and Program Director, Adam Starr, M.D.

One faculty member is present for every operative procedure and outpatient clinic and on an as-needed basis for emergency care. Faculty members also round with the fellows on all inpatients on the Trauma Service. Written evaluations are made on each fellow on a daily basis by the staff orthopaedic trauma surgeons and on a more formal basis upon completion of the Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship. The Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship begins on August 1 each year and continues through July 31 of the following year.

UT Southwestern’s Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship Program is accredited by the Texas Medical Board, and has been recognized by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

ACGME Accreditation

Effective Date: January 18, 2018