Foot and Ankle Research Fellowship | MedStar Georgetown University Hospital | MedStar Health

The MedStar Health—Georgetown University Foot and Ankle Research Fellowship

The MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Foot and Ankle Research Fellowship provides an unparalleled clinical opportunity with focused study on research design, implementation, and publication. There is rigorous training on medical and surgical foot and ankle reconstruction, with an emphasis on advanced limb salvage.

The fellow will be part of the clinical and research team within the Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine. He or she will be actively involved with patient care, resident and student teaching, and ongoing research at Georgetown University Hospital, a world-class institution.

We pride ourselves on being able to offer exceptional educational opportunities, both clinical and surgical, that are unique in the world of foot and ankle research.

Why train here

The fellow’s schedule offers great flexibility and opportunity for growth. Ultimately, each fellow is in charge of creating their own weekly schedule and maintaining a rigorous and stimulating curriculum. We recommend that the fellow place primary focus on quality foot and ankle research, augmented with both clinical and surgical experience.

The fellow will work closely with our highly respected faculty, all of whom are experts in the field of wound care and foot and ankle surgery.

The Foot and Ankle Research Fellowship offers:

  • Unique research, clinical, and surgical opportunities
  • Access to numerous research facilities
  • Great career advancement and relationships
  • Highly flexible, self-determined schedule
  • Opportunities to teach students and residents
  • Opportunities for public speaking and educational presentations
  • Multidisciplinary medical and surgical involvement


Program highlights

  • Surgical limb salvage and reconstruction
  • Medical management of the complex wound patient
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Clinical Investigation of new wound-healing technology
  • Retrospective and prospective survival and outcomes research
  • Diabetes, peripheral neuropathy, peripheral arterial disease, immunodeficiency

Educational objectives

  • Obtain detailed clinical experience and competency in medical and surgical limb salvage through direct patient care.
    • Assist the attending physicians one day each week in the Center for Wound Healing outpatient clinic
    • Work with and understand how to implement the team approach to limb salvage incorporating multidisciplinary members such as plastic surgery, podiatric surgery, vascular surgery, orthopedic surgery, nursing, nurse practitioner, physical therapy, prosthetics / orthotics, internal medicine, endocrinology, and nephrology
  • Develop teaching and leadership skills
    • Assist in directing weekly Problem Wound Case Conference with residents and program attendings
    • Work closely with in-house patient management team of plastic surgery, podiatric surgery, nursing
    • Assist in teaching rounds for inpatient service
    • Present cases and topic lectures to Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds
    • Travel to a minimum of two national scientific meetings for podium presentations
  • Understand and implement the scientific method in clinical research
    • Work with a research coordinator in executing ongoing clinical trials research
    • Collaborate with the Basic Sciences Wound Healing Laboratory
    • Author two or more scientific papers for publication in a peer-reviewed journal
    • Understand and develop a prospective clinical research project evaluating a relevant question
    • Effectively collect data from electronic and paper sources

Fellow’s sample work week:

Monday a.m. Operating Room
Monday p.m. Research Patient Clinic
Tuesday a.m. Clinical Research
Tuesday p.m. Clinical Research
Wednesday a.m. Research meeting and planning
Wednesday p.m. Case Conference, Teaching Rounds
Thursday a.m. Clinic with Dr. Attinger
Thursday p.m.  Clinic with Dr. Steinberg
Friday a.m. Research Patient Clinic
Friday p.m. Clinical Research

Application information

Interested in applying?

Contact us

If you have questions about the Georgetown foot and ankle fellowship, contact us directly.

Jayson N. Atves, DPM
Program Director

Current Fellow

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine
3800 Reservoir Road, NW
BLES Building, 1st Floor
Washington,  DC 20007