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CSES Fellowship

Center for Shoulder, Elbow and Sports Medicine (CSES) Fellowship Program

A Brief History...

The New York Orthopaedic Hospital (NYOH) has one of the oldest Orthopaedic training programs in the country.  Founded in 1866, the New York Dispensary was established to treat needy children afflicted by diseases of the musculoskeletal system.  George Fayette Taylor founded the Dispensary with help from Theodore Roosevelt’s grateful father.  Anna Roosevelt, the future president’s sister, was a victim of Potts Disease.  Throughout its history, NYOH has played an important role in developing and refining new techniques in the diagnosis and treatment of Orthopaedic disease and disorders.

The Shoulder Service at the New York Orthopaedic Hospital is the oldest and most prestigious in the world - founded by Dr. Charles S. Neer, who has been called the “father of modern shoulder surgery.” The Shoulder Service has been responsible for developing and refining many of the major procedures in shoulder surgery today. Total shoulder replacement was introduced by Dr. Neer in the early 1970’s and has been used successfully for over 40 years. Dr. Neer also made major contributions with his classification of proximal humerus fractures, as well as the development of the acromioplasty for impingement syndrome and the capsular shift procedure for glenohumeral instability. Dr. Neer retired in 1990. In 2001, as our faculty has grown and their interests are more diverse, the “Shoulder Service” has evolved into the “Center for Shoulder, Elbow and Sports Medicine”.

Dr. William N. Levine, Professor and Chairman, is the Chief of Shoulder Service and Fellowship Director. He completed a shoulder and elbow fellowship under Dr. Bigliani, and also completed a Sports Medicine Fellowship at the University of Maryland. He joined the service in 1998.  Dr. Levine serves as the Head Team Physician for Columbia University. His clinical and research interests include the shoulder, elbow and knee.  Dr. Levine's research includes the development of a nanofiber scaffold for soft tissue integrative repair in shoulder surgery.

Dr. Christopher S. Ahmad, Associate Professor of Clincal Orthopaedic Surgery, joined the Service in 2001 after completing his fellowship at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles, CA. He is the Chief of Sports Medicine and Co-Director of the Service.  He is the Head Team Physician for the New York Yankees and North Bergen High School. Dr. Ahmad has ongoing research projects including biomechanics of the elbow, ACL fixation and rotator cuff pathophysiology.

Dr. Charles M. Jobin joined the service in 2012 after completing a Shoulder Fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis and a Trauma Research Fellowship at the New York Orthopedic Hospital. Dr. Jobin is the Head Team Physician for local high schools and his clinical practice focuses on shoulder and elbow surgery exclusively. His research includes optimization of shoulder replacement outcomes, rotator cuff repair, and tendon injuries

Dr. Charles A. Popkin joined the service in 2012 after completing a fellowship in Sports Medicine at the Minnesota Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Institute in 2011 and then went on to complete a second fellowship in Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. His areas of interest include arthroscopic and open treatment of the knee, shoulder, elbow, ankle, hip and also general pediatric orthopaedics and pediatric fracture care.

Dr. T. Sean Lynch joined the service in 2014 after completing a fellowship in Sports Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic in 2014 after completing a residency in Orthopedic Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IL. His areas of interest include injuries of the ACL, knee articular cartilage and the meniscus. He also specializes in labral injuries of the hip and uses advanced arthroscopic techniques to treat this ever-increasing problem.

Welcome to the "Big Apple!".....elcome to the “Big Apple!”

Columbia University Medical Center is located on the shore of the Hudson River and at the foot of the George Washington Bridge in New York City.  New York is the financial and cultural capital of the world.  One can easily reach the midtown area via a 20-minute subway ride that reveals a world of art, theater and shopping.  The Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Natural History, the Metropolitan Museum and the Hayden Planetarium are but a few of the many city museums.  Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall and the four theaters of Lincoln Center are replete with music, ballet, opera, and other live entertainment.  You can enjoy the latest Broadway musical, play or revival after dining in the world’s finest restaurants.  New York never sleeps.

Easily accessible from three airports, car or public transportation, the Medical Center location will allow you to go to the beach for the day or to the Catskill Mountains for the weekend.  If sports are in your blood, Yankee and Shea Stadiums are a subway ride away, Madison Square Garden is in Midtown, and the Meadowlands Sports Complex is located in New Jersey.


About the Program...

Each year 2 candidates are accepted into the NYOH/Columbia Shoulder, Elbow and Sports Medicine Fellowship, under the direction of Dr. William N. Levine, Fellowship Director and Co- Director of the Service, Dr. Ahmad (Chief of Sports Medicine and Co-Director of the Service), Dr. Jobin and Dr. Popkin.

Fellowship training offers extensive exposure to the shoulder, elbow and knee including arthroscopy, reconstructive, and trauma surgery. Because the Medical Center is a tertiary care facility, our fellows are exposed to complex and interesting cases and benefit from working with nationally and internationally known specialists.

The Fellowship program is enhanced by the resources of the Medical Center, the interactive educational opportunities such as early morning didactic conferences, grand rounds, journal club, service rounds, indications conferences, clinic coverage and numerous prominent guest lecturers.

The Russell Hibbs Memorial Library is a dedicated orthopaedic surgery library and computer lab, housing departmental archives, current volumes and journals, rare books, and information systems.

The arthroscopy laboratory opened in 1998 and offers state of the art instruments to perform any arthroscopic or open procedure. Cadaveric specimens are available for clinical use as well as for research purposes.  Recent renovations have further enhanced the laboratory and there are now 4 state-of-the-art wall-based stations.


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