Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Adult Reconstruction


Brian Klatt, MD, FAAOS
Fellowship Program Director


Michael O'Malley, MD, FAAOS
Fellowship Education Director

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Chief, Division of Adult Reconstruction


Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery


The fellowship is based at the internationally recognized Orthopaedic Surgery department at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The adult reconstruction fellowship returns to UPMC with renewed enthusiasm and experience. The fellowship is designed to provide a well-rounded experience with exposure to all areas of adult reconstruction including the clinic, operating room, and research.  Fellows should expect to graduate with the expertise to diagnose and treat the complete spectrum of hip and knee disease.

The faculty associated with the fellowship will provide some comprehensive experience as high-volume surgeons with practices that span simple primary procedures to very complex reconstructions. Fellows will have exposure to all hip approaches for primary as well as revision surgery including the anterior, direct lateral, and posterior approach. Advanced technology including robotics is available

All faculty are engaged in national societies and research. The University of Pittsburgh department of orthopaedic surgery basic science labs are world renowned. Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in basic science research with Dr. Ken Urish. All faculty are engaged in clinical research including prospective and multicenter studies. All fellows will be expected to be involved and engaged in research.  Fellow will work with and complete a minimum of one project during the fellowship year.  Residents and medical students are available to assist and collaborate on research projects.  Additional opportunities will be available to author chapters and journal articles.  

The fellowship year is divided into 4, 3-month rotations that will be apprenticeship in design. Fellow education will include weekly Joints conference with all faculty and residents. Additionally, clinical education includes weekly pre-op conference with your attending, and monthly journal club. Anticipated case volume for the fellow is 350-500 cases and will include

  • Hip and knee
  • Primary arthroplasty
  • Complex Primary arthroplasty
  • Complex Revision arthroplasty
  • Periprosthetic joint infection
  • Periprosthetic fracture
  • Unicondylar knee arthroplasty
  • Robotic assisted surgery
  • Outpatient total joint arthroplasty


Fellows will be expected to take general orthopaedic call. This is an opportunity for independent decision making, planning, and case execution throughout the year. Call expectation is one in four weeks. Fellows will not be on call for holidays.

Voted Americas most livable city, Pittsburgh has a population of 300,000 residents and a metropolitan areas of 2.3 million residents. Pittsburgh is very affordable and has access to a rich tradition of sports, arts, and entertainment. All hospitals and clinics are within a 30-minute drive from downtown.


Brian Klatt, MD, FAAOS
Fellowship Director
Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
Chief, Adult Reconstruction
Member at Large, Board, MSIS
Member, Advocacy Committee, AAKHS
Michael O'Malley, MD, FAAOS
Fellowship Education Director
Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
Ken Urish, MD, PhD, FAAOS
Fellowship Research Director
Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
Brian Hamlin, MD, FAAOS
Edward McLain III, MD, FAAOS
Clinical Instructor, Orthopaedic Surgery
F. Johannes Plate, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
Adolph J. Yates, Jr., MD, FAAOS
Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
Health Care Policy Advisor


Application Process

Application Process

Thank you for your interest in the UPMC Orthopaedic Adult Reconstruction Fellowship Program through the University of Pittsburgh. Each year we offer 1 PGY-6 position through the San Francisco Match. Applicants are required to complete the Central Application Service (CAS) through the San Francisco Match.  The application deadline and interview dates are to be determined.

Applicants are required to have the following documents in order to apply to the program:

Applicants must be eligible for Board Certification in Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS)

  1. Completion of an accredited Orthopaedic Surgery Residency ACGME or RCPSC accredited
  2. Complete and submit CAS application form (online) through San Francisco Match
  3. United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) transcripts (Steps 1, 2, and 3) or equivalent score reports
  4. Letters of reference. (One letter should be from your Residency Training Program Director.)
  5. Updated Curriculum Vitae (C.V.) 
  6. ECFMG Certificate (applicable to International Graduates)