Vanderbilt Sports Medicine is pleased to offer a 1-year post-graduate experience in orthopaedic sports medicine and shoulder surgery. Our mission is to train academic sports medicine clinician scientists.

This fellowship is accredited by the ACGME. Fellows will be qualified to sit for the CAQ in Sports Medicine.

The fellowship experience is 52 weeks in duration,
beginning August 1, and includes:

Clinical Activity
Fellows will be exposed to a variety of sports medicine and shoulder conditions, from simple to complex, including hip arthroscopy, emphasizing surgical and rehabilitation approaches.

Fellows will have dedicated research time with opportunities in evidence based clinical medicine and basic science research.  Fellows will be expected to produce at least one publishable manuscript, and will gain experience in grant writing techniques.  Journal Club explores specific questions of interest, about which systematic literature reviews are performed, and manuscripts are produced.

Current research efforts include the development of a multi-center clinical database for knee and shoulder for evidence-based outcomes research, and biomechanical and molecular studies into the changes seen in the athlete's shoulder.

Team Physician Experience
Team physician experience covering local high schools, Division I collegiate athletics, and professional teams (AAA Baseball, NHL Hockey).

Academic Curriculum
The sports medicine curriculum is based on the AOSSM curriculum for sports medicine fellows and includes weekly lectures, journal club, anatomy review with cadaver dissections, and opportunities to use a bioskills laboratory.


  • The stipend is commensurate with a Vanderbilt University Medical School PGY-6 salary
  • The fellow is provided malpractice insurance, medical insurance (for self and dependents) and two weeks vacation
  • The fellow is sponsored at two continuing education/academic courses
  • The fellow is sponsored to take the AOSSM fellowship or CAQ exam


  • Applicants must have completed an accredited residency program in Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Applicants must be licensed to practice in the State of Tennessee
  • To be considered, applicants must submit the following by Dec. 1:

1. Application (
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Three letters of recommendation

***  Fellowship Interviews will be announced  ***

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity employer.

Past Fellows:

The Sports Medicine/Shoulder Surgery fellowship has graduated 13 fellows.  We are proud of the contribution they make to academic sports medicine.

  • Michael George, MD, 2004/ 2005- KSF Orthopaedics, Houston, TX
  • Kevin Doulens, MD, 2005/ 2006- Univ of Florida, Jacksonville, FL
  • James Carey, MD, MPH, 2006/ 2007- Univ of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • Charles Cox, MD, MPH, 2007/ 2008- Vanderbilt Sports Medicine, Nashville, TN
  • Joe DeAngelis, MD, 2008/ 2009- Harvard University, Beth Israel, Boston, MA
  • Michael Khazzam, MD, 2009/ 2010- Univ of Texas -SW Parkland, Dallas, TX
  • Carolyn Hettrich, MD, MPH, 2010/ 2011- Univ of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
  • James Leonard, MD, 2011/ 2012- Univ of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Alison Cabrera, MD 2012/ 2013- Univ of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX 
  • David Wasserstein, MD 2013/ 2014- Univ of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Woodley Desir, MD 2014/ 2015- Howard University, Washington, DC
  • Richard Blalock, MD 2015/ 2016- Univ of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX
  • Judd Fitzgerald, MD 2016/ 2017- Univ of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

For additional information contact:

Charles L. Cox, MD, MPH
Fellowship Director
Associate Professor
Chief of Shoulder Surgery

Sports Medicine & Shoulder Surgery Fellowship:

Karen Shelton
Program Coordinator II
Medical Center East,
South Tower, Ste 3200
Nashville, TN 37232-8828
Phone: 615-322-4683
Fax: 615-343-8989