• Hand, Upper Extremity and Microvascular Fellowship


The objective of this program is to prepare a Board eligible orthopaedic surgeon for a career in upper extremity surgery. Training is provided in all aspect of hand surgery including trauma, arthritis, congenital, tumor, and post-traumatic reconstruction. In addition, experience in microsurgical reconstruction, including free-tissue transfers and replantation, brachial plexus surgery, and reconstructive shoulder surgery are also provided. This program offers extensive patient exposure, operative experience and research time. The Department has a full-time research laboratory with adequate resources for participation in and production of research of quality for national presentations and publications. There is a fully equipped independent microsurgery laboratory for use of the Hand Surgery Service within the Department laboratories. In addition, each fellow will spend one week in a microsurgery course with independent training. The hand fellow is hired at the PGY6 level. When on call, he/she will be considered the senior person responsible for hand injuries; however there will always be senior staff backup available. Elective surgery will be equally divided between the chief resident and fellow, however, when deemed educationally appropriate, advanced cases may be preferentially assigned to the fellow at the discretion of the service chief.

Why UC Davis?


UC Davis Health is recognized as one of America’s best employers, renowned for its commitment to diversity and reducing health disparities. Its top-ranked, nationally recognized School of Medicine, School of Nursing, Medical Center and Children’s Hospital are located in affordable Northern California. The region celebrates a vibrant, diverse culture and nationally acclaimed farm-to-fork culinary scene, as well as the natural beauty of nearby state and national parks.

Why Sacramento?


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The team

Christopher O. Bayne, M.D.
Chief of Service
Associate Professor

Robert M. Szabo, M.D., M.P.H.
Director, Hand, Upper Extremity, and Microvascular Surgery Fellowship
Past President, American Society for Surgery of the Hand

Robert H. Allen, M.D.
Clinical Professor 

Michelle A. James, M.D.
Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery, Shriners Hospital for Children
Clinical Professor

Claire Manske, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatric Orthopaedic Hand Surgeon, Shriners Hospital for Children

What to expect

Other residents provide additional service for on-call, clinic and operative coverage when needed. Residents rotate on 3-month blocks. Clinical and surgical experience is always supervised with gradual responsibility offered to the fellow and chief resident. The fellow and chief resident are required in turn to teach and supervise one junior resident, although junior residents have access to and frequent contacts with attending staff.

Fellowship goals

  • To become competent in all aspects of caring for upper extremity
  • To develop teaching skills and instruct residents and medical students in diagnosis and treatment of upper extremity problems
  • To participate in laboratory and clinical research and publish at least one paper in a peer review journal

Fellowship schedule

Monday Surgery Surgery
Tuesday Grand Rounds  Clinical/ Surgery
Wednesday Clinic Clinic
Thursday Surgery Surgery

Research/ Surgery 

Research/ Surgery 

Several conferences are provided throughout the year. Weekly Grand Rounds is devoted to upper extremity surgery on a rotating basis. Weekly teaching rounds are also conducted, followed by organized resident/fellow presentations so that within a 12 month period the basic topics of hand surgery are discussed in a didactic fashion. Cadaver dissection material is provided and didactic anatomy sessions of the upper extremity are required of fellows weekly. Fellows may attend other conferences within the department and hospital, such as tumor conference, resident core curriculum and trauma conference.

The fellowship begins August 1st and ends July 31st. Compensation for PGY6 is $77,567.95/year with excellent benefits. For more information, please contact Nicole Nisson at nsnisson@ucdavis.edu or 916-734-734-3678

Hand Fellowship interview dates for the 2022-2023 recruitment cycle will be held in February and March of 2023.