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 hand surgery. The Fellowship Program provides in-depth and comprehensive training in all areas of adult and pediatric hand and wrist surgery. In addition, hand surgery fellows are able to develop and hone leadership, education, and research skills.


The Hand Surgery Fellowship is a cooperative effort that includes the Departments of Plastic Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery. There are eight core UT Southwestern hand surgery faculty, including Drs. Bardia Amirlak (plastic surgery), Robert Bass (orthopaedic surgery), Jonathan Cheng (plastic surgery), Nicholas Haddock (plastic surgery), Andrew Zhang (plastic surgery), Jennifer Kargel (plastic surgery), Douglas Sammer (plastic surgery, program director), and Timothy Schacherer (orthopaedic surgery).

Adjunct faculty in both plastic and orthopaedic surgery also participate in the Hand Surgery Fellowship, including Drs. Christopher Stutz (orthopaedic surgery) and Scott Oishi (plastic surgery at Scottish Rite for Children).


Hand surgery fellows rotate through multiple institutions, including UT Southwestern University Hospitals, Parkland Hospital, Children’s Health℠, the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and Scottish Rite for Children. 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, and forearm
  • Degenerative and autoimmune diseases
  • Acute and non-acute trauma, including hand, wrist, brachial plexus, and replantation
  • Arthroscopy of the hand and wrist
  • Congenital hand and upper extremity, pediatric brachial plexus, and cerebral palsy
  • Arthroplasty in the hand and wrist
  • Fellows who have an interest in shoulder and elbow surgery are able to receive some exposure in those areas, although the true focus of the fellowship is hand and wrist surgery.