University of Iowa Foot and Ankle Fellowship


The Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is pleased to offer a one-year fellowship in Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgery.

Under the direction of John E. Femino MD, Phinit Phisitkul MD, J. Lawrence Marsh, MD, MD, Matthew Karam, MD and Michael Willey, MD, this fellowship offers an outstanding diversity of experience in all areas of adult and adolescent foot and ankle surgery including sports medicine, trauma, and reconstruction of the foot and ankle. The curriculum includes a 4 week rotation with the orthopaedic trauma service with a focus on foot and ankle trauma for the rotating fellow.

About the Program

The fellowship includes exposure to a wide variety of foot and ankle surgical techniques including:

  • Advanced arthroscopic and endoscopic technique of the ankle and foot
  • Total ankle arthroplasty, arthrodesis, and other treatments of ankle and foot degenerative joint problems
  • Minimally invasive and open fracture reduction and fixation techniques
  • Osteotomies of tibia, ankle, hindfoot and forefoot
  • Deformity correction and limb salvage include the use of hybrid, circular and spatial frame constructs for deformity correction
  • Current approaches for diabetic limb salvage, including Charcot reconstruction and amputation techniques
  • Mentorship is a strong tradition for clinical, academic and research growth of our fellows

Participation in all customary academic activities of the department and completion of at least one publishable research project are expected, with multiple foot and ankle specific research opportunities available. Expertise for IRB processing and grant writing is readily available. Excellent research facilities and staff, with interaction with residents and faculty, and minimal night or weekend call expectation for the foot and ankle fellow allows for a focused approach to the year.


Graduates from accredited U.S. orthopaedic residency programs and Canadian graduates who qualify for an H1B Visa are provided an academic appointment as junior faculty (fellow associate) with a stipend of $75,000.

How to Apply

The UI Foot and Ankle training program participates in the AOFAS Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Fellowship Program Match. In addition to the AOFAS application, a personal statement, current CV and four letters of reference must also be included. The San Francisco Matching Service administers receipt, distribution and administration of the rank lists and matching process.


Applications are accepted from August 10 ending December 14.  Applicants will receive notification of interview or regrets by December 21.

Interview Dates

2015-2016 interview dates - 12/15/15, 1/12/16, 2/2/16. Interviews will entail a Monday evening dinner and Tuesday interviews/tour to conclude by 1:00 pm. Any questions please contact Chrissy Jehle at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Program Director: John E. Femino, M.D.
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation
200 Hawkins Drive, 01022 JPP
Iowa City, IA 52242-1009

Fellowship Coordinator: Chrissy Jehle
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Contact info of former fellows is available upon request.

We support and provide exposure to the topics listed in the AOFAS fellowship curriculum which you can find here:


Foot & Ankle Service