Hand Surgery

Program Overview

The Hand Surgery Fellowship prepares a Board-eligible orthopaedic or plastic surgeon for a career in hand, upper extremity, and microvascular surgery. The fellowship is a one-year academically based program comprised of faculty from both the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Plastic Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin. 

The fellow will be exposed to a breadth of disorders of the hand, ranging from treatment of congenital and developmental anomalies to reconstructive surgery for traumatic and arthritic conditions. An emphasis on reconstructive microsurgery is stressed, including microneural and free-tissue transfers. The fellows will also have an opportunity to participate in the Department of Plastic Surgery’s yearly medical mission to Columbia, South America where they will perform congenital hand deformity surgeries.

While working in conjunction with residents and staff, the fellow will participate in weekly hand conferences related to clinical problems and basic science, as well as journal club. The fellow will be required to complete a research paper of publishable quality in basic and/or clinical research.

This fellowship is ACGME accredited.


Orthopaedic Surgery

Roger Daley, MD, PhD
Program Co-Director

Steven Grindel, MD

Cameron Best, MD

Plastic Surgery

Hani Matloub, MD
Program Director

William Dzwierzynski, MD

Robert Havlik, MD

John Hijjawi, MD

John LoGiudice, MD

James Sanger, MD


Froedtert Hospital
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Zablocki VA Medical Center

NRMP Match

This fellowship participates in the Combined Musculoskeletal-Hand Surgery Matching Program (CMMP) sponsored by the NRMP.

Fellow Appointment

Eligibility Requirements

  • Completed an ACGME Accredited Orthopaedic or Plastic Surgery Residency Program
  • Eligible for a Board Certification in Plastic Surgery or Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Must be eligible for or currently hold a State of Wisconsin Medical License

Number of Position(s)

2 fellowship positions available each year.


1 year (August 1 to July 31)


$65,540 (2015-2016)


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How to Apply

Application Process

  1. Register with the NRMP’s Combined Musculoskeletal-Hand Surgery Matching Program (CMMP)
  2. Complete the online Universal Hand Surgery Fellowship Application.
  3. Provide a Personal Statement
  4. Provide Current CV
  5. Provide (3) Letters of Recommendation 
  6. Provide a copy of your transcripts
  7. Provide a copy of your USMLE scores
  8. Provide a listing of your rotations during your residency program (include: name, place, and length of rotation for each)
  9. Submit all information to: 

    Deb Bruening
    Medical Education Coordinator I
    Department of Plastic Surgery
    8700 Watertown Plank Road
    Milwaukee, WI 53226

Application Deadline

December 31st

For more information

If you have questions, please contact us by calling 414-805-5456 or e-mailing Deb Bruening.