Foot and Ankle Fellowship

Program training directorMark E. Easley, M.D

Associated facultyJames K. DeOrio, M.D.James A. Nunley, II, M.D.Samuel B. Adams, Jr., M.D.Karl M. Schweitzer, Jr., M.D.Andrew Hanselman, MD, Douglas W. Schreyack, DPM, JD

Number of fellows: Four (ACGME)

The purpose of the Duke Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgery Fellowship is to offer fellows special knowledge about:

  • Diagnosis and treatment of hallux valgus, flat foot deformities, and all forms of ankle arthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis and its involvement of the foot and ankle
  • Trauma as it relates to ankle, talus, calcaneus and midfoot fractures
  • Sports medicine injuries of the ankle with ligamentous injury
  • Role of arthroscopy

The role and treatment of diabetic foot conditions, Charcot disease, and insensitivity will also be explored.

Fellows gain advanced knowledge in each of these specific areas, not only the basic science understanding the anatomy but the pathophysiology responsible for each of the conditions.

In addition, you’ll get extensive experience in:

  • History-taking of patients with foot/ankle problems
  • Physician examination techniques
  • Radiographic techniques involving fluoroscopy and stress radiography, as well as advanced interpretation of CT scans and MRIs

Other skills that will be assessed are the understanding of gait mechanics and how to properly fit patients with orthotics and prosthetics.

Advanced surgical skills in the operating theater for repair of hallux valgus and bunion, rheumatoid foot deformities, ankle arthroscopy, trauma with fracture dislocations, and reconstructive efforts in the adult, particularly for posterior tibial tendon dysfunction and diabetic neuropathy, will also be addressed. Specialized interests in ankle joint replacement will be provided.


The fellowship will include a basic research component, and Fellows will be expected to complete either a clinical or a basic science research project. The orthopaedic skills laboratory and the basic science laboratory will be available for these projects, and Fellows will be mentored during the laboratory experience.

Another important component of this fellowship is a critical analysis of the literature. This will be accomplished through the Journal Club, in which you will be given instructions on evidence-based medicine and will critically evaluate the current literature.


Teaching skills will be promoted. Fellows will give lectures during the didactic foot and ankle conference and presentations in areas appropriate to the Departmental Grand Rounds Conference and the Orthopaedic Trauma Conference.

This is a one-year fellowship after completion of residency training. Your progress will be monitored by the attendings through the weekly conferences and day-to-day presentations of cases. Your surgical techniques will be monitored as well.

How to apply

Accepting applications: 2024-2025 (Fall 2022)

Match participationSF Match (Program #3595)

ACGME program number: 2623613008

Application deadline: November 1

What you’ll need

Applicants must apply through the SF Match by completing an online fellowship application form, submitting the program application list and providing their personal statement, curriculum vitae, and all other required application materials.

  • Submit the following to the SF Match:
    • Fellowship application form
    • Personal statement
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Three letters of recommendation:
      • Letters must be on official letterhead and may not be older than six months
    • Copy of USMLE/COMLEX transcript (all three steps; passed within three attempts) 
    • ECFMG Certificate (applicable to international graduates)

ACGME application requirements

In order to be eligible for ACGME accredited fellowship training, applicants must adhere to the following application requirements:

  • You must have completed an ACGME-accredited residency program or RCPSC-accredited or CFPC-accredited residency program located in Canada. Exceptions may apply for exceptionally qualified applicants (institutional GME approval is required). For details, please refer to the ACGME Program Requirements for Foot and Ankle Orthopaedic Surgery (approved but not in effect until 2016).
  • You must provide proof that you have taken and passed all three steps (within three attempts) of appropriate medical licensure examinations (USMLE/COMLEX). This is required by the North Carolina Medical Board and is a Duke institutional policy for all graduate medical trainees—whether U.S. or international medical school graduates at the PGY-3 level or higher—as well as qualify for a resident training license in the state of North Carolina in order to be eligible for employment at Duke University Hospital.

Foreign medical graduates: additional requirements

Foreign medical graduates must hold a valid and current ECFMG certificate in addition to meeting the above requirements. Your ECFMG Certificate must be valid as of the start date of the program. For foreign nationals who are medical graduates of LCME-accredited schools in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico, copies of the diploma will suffice in lieu of an ECFMG certificate.

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery will provide visa sponsorship, J-1 Clinical House Staff Visa (ECFMG sponsored) sufficient for clinical fellowship training, for individuals participating in an ACGME accredited fellowship. Non-ACGME positions are not eligible for visa sponsorship. For more visa information, please visit the Duke Visa Services web at The department does not sponsor an H-1B visa nor has the appropriate funds to support associated fees (petition, fraud detection, premium processing).

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Contact Us

Cheryl DePaolis
Fellowship Program Coordinator
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Duke University School of Medicine

Wendy Thompson/ Tyranicia Green
Residency and Fellowship Program Coordinators