Stanford University Hand & Upper Limb Fellowship


Our hand and upper limb fellowship is designed to train board eligible orthopaedic or plastic surgeons dedicated to the study of the upper limb. The multidisciplinary Chase Hand & Upper Limb Center is comprised of both orthopaedic and plastic surgeons which exposes the fellows to a wide breadth of problems affecting the hand, shoulder and elbow.

The hand fellows play an integral role in didactic education. They contribute and organize aspects of weekly conferences, anatomy labs, and informal resident teaching sessions. The fellowship logically fosters clinical research, with ample opportunities for basic science research.

The fellowship program is ACGME accredited. Graduates are eligible for the Subspecialty Certification in Surgery of the Hand (formerly known as CAQ).


We accept 3 fellows per year. We invite applicants for a traditional 1-year fellowship slot. We are dedicated to training two orthopedic and one plastic hand fellow.


The fellowship begins August 1. Fellows rotate thru Stanford University Medical Center, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford and the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System. The clinical experience at Stanford includes disorders affecting adults, primarily reconstruction and trauma as well as athletic injuries. The microvascular experience is primarily gained at Stanford. The clinical experience at Packard Children's Hospital focuses primarily on congenital hand anomalies and brachial plexus injuries. The VA experience is primarily reconstructive in nature, in addition to the disorders affecting spinal cord injured patients.

The rotation schedules for the first year is as follows:

Application Process

Our fellowship participates in the NRMP program, under the Combined Musculoskeletal Matching Program.

Individuals interested in applying to our fellowship should prepare the following:

• Complete hand application through the ASSH website.
• Three letters of recommendation
• Curriculum Vitae
• Personal Statement
• Medical school transcript
• Standardized Tests (USMLE or equivalent)

ASSH Hand Surgery Fellowship Application Platform will be available to accept applications on September 1, 2021 at the link below. We no longer accept paper applications. 

Program Contacts

Orthopedic Hand Fellowship Coordinator 
Donna San Juan
Stanford Medicine Outpatient Center
450 Broadway Street, MC 6342
Redwood City, CA 94063
Tel: 650-721-7626
Fax: 650-721-3470

Program Director, Orthopedics: Dr. Jeffrey Yao

Plastic Hand Fellowship Coordinator
Angela Sotelo 
770 Welch Rd. Suite 400
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Tel: 650-725-7181
Fax: 650-725-6605

Program Director, Plastics: Dr. Catherine Curtin

Important Dates

Application Deadline: December 1, 2021

Interview Dates: TBD

NRMP Match Day: TBD