What is a Fellowship-trained Orthopaedic Surgeon?

What is a Fellowship-trained Orthopaedic Surgeon?

Aug 21, 2015

At Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic, we are proud to have 25 fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeons on our team providing advanced, high-quality care for East Tennessee. KOC is East Tennessee’s only team of all fellowship-trained orthopaedic specialists, offering a premiere destination for orthopaedic treatments.

Why are all KOC orthopaedic surgeons fellowship trained?

This unique practice of specialization ensures unparalleled expertise in the diagnosis, treatment and surgery of musculoskeletal conditions. Our ultimate goal, and longstanding tradition, is to keep pace with and contribute to orthopaedic progress- whether that is through our involvement in research advancements or through incorporating the latest technology in our treatment offerings.

What exactly does it mean to be a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon?

In addition to completing undergraduate school and pre-medical training, earning an MD, participating in an internship and finishing a residency program, fellowship-trained physicians further their skill set during additional subspecialty training in a fellowship program. Combined, the average fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon typically spends 14 years pursuing education and training.

Once orthopaedic surgeons complete a five-year residency program, they are able to begin practicing in their field. If they are accepted into a fellowship program, they will complete an additional year of further specialization in a particular area of orthopaedics, known as a subspecialty.

In what subspecialties do KOC orthopaedic surgeons practice?

At KOC, our orthopaedic surgeons practice exclusively in their subspecialty. Our subspecialties include:
● Sports Medicine
● Spine
● Shoulder & Elbow
● Hand & Wrist
● Foot & Ankle
● Joint Replacement
● Pediatric & Adolescent

Our orthopaedic surgeons have completed fellowship programs at some of the nation’s finest hospitals and orthopaedic practices, some of which include: University of Pennsylvania Health System, Penn Musculoskeletal Institute, Duke University Medical Center, Specialists Atlanta Scottish Rite Children’s Medical Center, Emory University Hospital, and more.

What are the benefits of seeking care from a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon?

Fellowship training is not required to practice orthopaedics. When you receive care or treatment from a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon, you are receiving an elevated level of care. That particular physician underwent an additional year of training with experts in their field, honing their skills and learning the most advanced surgical methods available in that area. Completion of a fellowship program distinguishes an orthopaedic surgeon as an expert in a particular subspecialty and a leader in orthopaedics.

The tradition of excellence began with our founding partners, Dr. Robert G. Brashear, Dr. Thomas F. Stevens, and Dr. Harrison O. Bourkard, and we take pride in continuing to follow this standard. This group of surgical pioneers blazed the trails of patient care, each in a particular area of expertise. Our team at KOC is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care for the East Tennessee community.



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