Foot and Ankle Fellowship

The goal of Brown's Foot and Ankle Fellowship Program is to offer a well-rounded, comprehensive training program in the operative and non-operative care of the foot and ankle. The Foot and Ankle Fellow is considered an integral part of our service, and will receive in-depth exposure to all aspects of foot and ankle pathology, including both the common and complex disorders which present to our tertiary medical center and Level 1 trauma center. Time will be equally split between surgical and clinical activities, and the Fellow will be expected to participate in the education of medical students and Orthopaedic residents who rotate on service. Ample time will be permitted for involvement in weekly didactics, which include conferences, anatomy dissection, journal club, and quality improvement. The Fellow will also be encouraged to pursue a research interest of his or her liking, and at least one published paper, resulting from this research, is required for completion of our program.

 Faculty 

Brad Blankenhorn, MD
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics
Director, Foot and Ankle Fellowship

Dr. Blankenhorn specializes in the treatment of common and complex disorders of the foot and ankle. His practice focuses on reconstructive surgery for deformity and degeneration in the foot and ankle, as well as the treatment of acute and subacute traumatic injuries to the foot and ankle. Dr. Blankenhorn has experience in the treatment of arthritic conditions of the foot and ankle, including joint fusions and total ankle replacements. His practice also includes the arthroscopic treatment of traumatic, arthritic, and sports related injuries of the foot and ankle.

Dr. Blankenhorn received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and also holds a Master of Science degree in Bioengineering from The Pennsylvania State University. He completed an orthopaedic residency at Brown University, and fellowships in Orthopaedic Trauma at Brown University and Foot and Ankle Surgery at the University of Utah.

His research interests include the normal and pathologic biomechanics of the foot and ankle as well as the biomechanics of fracture fixation in the ankle and total ankle arthroplasty. Dr. Blankenhorn is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Orthopaedic Trauma Association, and the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society. He is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon with the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Raymond Hsu, MD 
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics 

Dr. Hsu specializes in the disorders of the foot and ankle. He treats acute injuries including fractures, traumatic cartilage injuries, ligament and tendon tears, and sprains. He also treats chronic conditions such as arthritis, degenerated tissues, and sequelae of old injuries. He is experienced in lower extremity trauma in general, but his focus in on injuries and disorders of the foot and ankle. 

Dr. Hsu grew up in New Jersey and went to college in Philadelphia. He received his medical degree from Cornell University in New York City. He completed his orthopedic residency at Brown University, where he also completed a fellowship in orthopedic trauma. He then spent a year-long fellowship dedicated to foot and ankle surgery at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

Dr. Hsu’s research interests include the impact of lower extremity fractures in the elderly population, efficient resource utilization in orthopedics, occupational radiation exposure for surgeons, and appropriate use of advanced imaging in foot and ankle patients. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society. He is Board Eligible with the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Fellows

Year

Past Fellows

Current position

2013-2014

Scott VanValkenburg, MD

Upstate Orthopedics, East Syracuse, NY

2012-2013

Todd Fellars, MD

Naval Medical Center,  San Diego, CA

2011-2012

Julie M. Johnson, MD

Desert Orthopedic Center, Palm Springs, CA

2009-2010

Mark Drakos, MD

Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY

2008-2009

Nicole Arcand, MD

Orthopedic Partners, North Franklin, CT

2007-2008

Paul Kerner, MD

EmergeOrtho, Raleigh, NC

2006-2007

Anthony P. Mechrefe, MD

Ortho Rhode Island, Warwick, RI

2005-2006

Adam Brodsky, MD

Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine, Stamford, CT

Program Details

The Foot and Ankle Fellow is involved on a daily basis with the faculty in the office, clinic, and OR settings. He or she also maintains independent admitting and operating privileges, and is provided ample time each week for both independent research and surgical time, if needed, to suit particular interests. The fellow is expected to run the busy day to day foot and ankle service with the resident, and conduct weekly didactic conferences on varying topics which include operative and non-operative foot care, indications, trauma, reconstruction, and diagnostic imaging.

Salary is competitive with the typical Post Graduate Year 6 (PGY6) range. Full health care benefits are provided. The fellowship year is from August 1 to July 31 of the following year. Two weeks of vacation are provided along with one week of leave for an academic conference, and some flexibility is available should job interview requirements arise. Call is performed in unison with the faculty members.

Application Process

Applications for the Brown foot and ankle fellowship follow the procedure outlined by the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society.  We abide by the AOFAS foot and ankle match Code of Conduct.  

All applicants should register and apply for the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Match on the San Francisco Match website (www.sfmatch.org).The Brown Foot and Ankle Fellowship utilizes the centralized application process from the San Francisco Match website, which includes the following components:

• Application Form

Personal Statement

Curriculum Vitae

Four letters of reference (one of which must be from your residency director)

Contacts

Brad Blankenhorn, MD
Rhode Island Hospital
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
2 Dudley Street
Providence, RI 02905
Phone: 401-330-1430  
Fax: 401-277-0799