Leadership Trends in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery Fellowship Directors: A Cross-sectional Study.

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INTRODUCTION: We aimed to describe the demographic and professional backgrounds of current shoulder and elbow fellowship directors. METHODS: The American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES) 2021 to 2022 Fellowship Directory was reviewed to identify the 31 ASES-recognized US fellowship programs. Demographic and other data were obtained through an electronic survey and publicly available online resources from February 28, 2021, to March 5, 2021. RESULTS: Of the 31 fellowship directors, 97% (30) identified as male and 74% (23) as White, the mean age was 53 ± 7 years, and the mean Scopus h-index was 24.2 ± 13. Almost all (95%) held ASES committee leadership appointments in at least one committee. The mean time from completion of most recent fellowship to fellowship director appointment was 7.3 ± 6 years. About two-thirds of fellowship directors trained at one of five fellowship programs: Columbia University (n = 7), California Pacific Orthopaedics (n = 4), Washington University in St. Louis (n = 3), Mayo Clinic (n = 3), and Hospital for Special Surgery (n = 2). DISCUSSION: ASES fellowship directors share similar demographic and professional characteristics with high levels of research productivity and involvement in orthopaedic societies. There is a lack of diversity in shoulder and elbow fellowship directors, highlighting a need for priority consideration of this disparity by leaders in the field.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Chopra, A; Wright, MA; Klifto, CS; Anakwenze, O; Murthi, AM

Published Date

  • April 5, 2022

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 6 / 4

PubMed ID

  • 35389922

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC8989783

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2474-7661

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.5435/JAAOSGlobal-D-21-00266


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States