The Baptist Health Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery Fellowship at Baptist Health Orthopedic Care offers comprehensive exposure to a wide spectrum of foot and ankle conditions in a high-volume clinical practice.

Traditional and innovative techniques are taught covering the gamut of sports medicine/arthroscopy, reconstructive and trauma surgery. Besides teaching the necessary technical aspects that lead to a skilled and confident surgeon, the art of taking care of patients is emphasized. This program is for physicians who have completed an orthopedic surgery residency and would like a comprehensive fellowship experience at a world-class orthopedic institute.

The Fellow will work on a one-to-one basis with three attending physicians and will participate in over 600 cases during the training period. Most procedures take place at the newly opened state-of-the-art Miami HEAT Sports Medicine Center.

Additionally, participation in ongoing clinical and basic science research projects is encouraged and protected time for scholarly activities is built into the weekly schedule. The program provides a dedicated research staff that is available to assist on all projects. Fellows will also participate in a monthly journal club, M&M and interesting case conference. Finally, fellows have year-round access to our on-site cadaveric Bioskills training lab to practice new procedures and hone their surgical skills.

Miami is an ideal location for a fellow to learn and practice orthopedic and sports medicine. The program offers unique year-round coverage and care opportunities for a wide variety of high school, collegiate and professional sports teams. Baptist Health is the official sports medicine provider for:

Professional Sports and Venue Partners

  • Florida Panthers (NHL)
  • Inter Miami CF (MLS)
  • Miami Dolphins (NFL)
  • Miami Heat (NBA)
  • Miami FC Soccer (USLC)

    University and School Athletics Partners

  • Barry University Athletics
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Florida International University Athletics
  • Miami-Dade Country Public School Athletics
  • St. Thomas University Athletics
  • Event and Tournament Partners

  • Gulfstream Park racetrack
  • Miami Marathon and Half Marathon
  • Miami Open Tennis
  • Orange Bowl

  • Program Accreditation

    American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS)

    Program Size

    1 Fellow each academic year

    Cary B. Chapman, M.D.

    Program Director

    Maria Claudia Corradine

    Supervisor GME Programs

    Maria Claudia Corradine


    Featured Training Sites

    Baptist Health Orthopedic Institute

    Baptist Health Orthopedic Institute

    The nationally recognized Baptist Health Orthopedic Institute is a multi-site practice with locations across South Florida, offering comprehensive orthopedic services including sports medicine, foot and ankle, hand, adult reconstruction and trauma care to community members and professional athletes. The staff of renowned sports medicine physicians and orthopedic surgeons – backed by the most advanced technology and comprehensive rehabilitation programs – brings a total team approach to each patient’s care. The program serves the Miami HEAT, Miami Dolphins, Florida Panthers, Inter Miami CF, Orange Bowl, Miami-Dade County Public Schools Athletics, Miami Open Tennis and Miami Marathon & Half Marathon.

    Baptist Health Wellness & Medical Complex

    Baptist Health Wellness & Medical Complex

    Baptist Health Surgery Center at Plantation located within the Baptist Health Wellness & Medical Complex offers the latest in surgical care and technology, backed by the experience of some of the area’s finest physicians and highly skilled and qualified staff. The 14,300-square-foot multi-specialty center is designed for the comfort, safety and convenience of our patients including five operating rooms with state-of-the-art surgical and anesthesia monitoring equipment.

    Baptist Health Orthopedic Complex

    Baptist Health Orthopedic Complex

    Introducing Baptist Health's new, state-of-the-art orthopedic complex across the street from Hard Rock Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins. The expansive, 17,000-square-foot facility is located adjacent to the Baptist Health Training Complex, the Dolphins’ training facility, with clinical areas overlooking the team’s practice field. Serving Dolphins players and the public alike, the new location offers comprehensive orthopedic care with a full range of diagnostic imaging, physical therapy and rehabilitation services all under one roof.

    Doctors Hospital

    Doctors Hospital

    Doctors Hospital, located in the heart of historic Coral Gables, has provided high-quality medical care since 1949. The 281-bed, acute care facility is recognized for its services in orthopedics, sports medicine, general surgery, minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, geriatrics, intensive care and a state-of-the-art Emergency Department.

    Miami HEAT Sports Medicine Center

    Miami HEAT Sports Medicine Center

    The Miami HEAT Sports Medicine Center is a new, state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery center located in the Medical Arts Building at Doctors Hospital. It is fully dedicated to orthopedic procedures and includes 4,500 square feet of the world’s most advanced and efficient operating room suites. Two of the four operating rooms have windows for viewing capabilities and student observation.


    Eligibility Requirements and Application Schedule

    Our program attracts, educates, and retains exceptional healthcare talent to serve the South Florida community. Program participants will be trained in the Baptist Health Way with a focus on quality, inclusion, compassion, and collaboration.

    Eligibility Prerequisites

    • All applicants must be a board-eligible graduate of a U.S. ACGME-accredited orthopedic residency program.
    • Acceptance and admission to the program is contingent on submission of all requested materials and meeting all eligibility requirements as determined by the program.
    • Applicants must be able to be granted an unrestricted license to practice medicine in Florida.

    Application Requirements

    • Applications should be received via the San Francisco (SF) Match program 19 months prior to the start of the fellowship and interviews are conducted in January-March of the ensuing year. Applicants are required to have the following documents in order to apply:
      • SF Match Central Application Service (CAS) Application
      • CV
      • USMLE Step 1/COMLEX 1 or equivalent
      • Letter of Good Standing
      • Three Letters of Reference
    Acceptance and admission to the program is contingent on submission of all requested materials and meeting all eligibility requirements as determined by the program.

    All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

    Application Timeline

    • Where do applicants go to apply?
      The San Francisco Match
    • When are applications accepted? August 1 to November 15 
    • When are candidate interviews? January (limited slots at AOFAS and AAOS conferences) 
    • When are candidates matched/notified of acceptance? April 
    • When does the program start? Last week of July 


    Fellows will spend at least 3 days in the operating room, one and a half days in clinic, and a half day dedicated to research time each week.

    Longitudinal Experiences

    Our program curriculum incorporates several longitudinal rotations, immersing trainees in particular areas of study throughout the entire duration of the training program.


    • Fellow will spend three days in the OR performing cases at Doctors Hospital OR and at the Baptist Health Surgery Centers located in Coral Gables and Plantation. Fellows will be exposed to a wide spectrum of foot and ankle conditions in a high-volume clinical practice. Traditional and innovative techniques are taught covering the gamut of sports medicine/arthroscopy, reconstructive and trauma foot and ankle surgery.

    • Fellows will spend between one and a half days in clinic evaluating patients with musculoskeletal injuries. Fellows will evaluate patients prior to surgery and follow them throughout their post-op care. Our 49,000-square-foot recently renovated outpatient facility consists of three floors of physician clinics with 42 exam rooms. The new pod concept with “touchdown” staff work areas allows clinical teams to collaborate across subspecialties. Physician offices includes a dedicated Fellow’s Office. During clinic, the allied health professionals that include PA’s (Physicians Assistants), ATC’s (Certified Athletic Trainers), and MA’s (Medical Assistants) support physicians. Our practice currently uses Cerner electronic medical records (EMR) and fellows receive specialized training in this system as part of their onboarding.

    • Fellows are encouraged to actively participate in multiple ongoing research projects within the institute. There are ample support for research including personnel - a research PhD, Certified Clinical Research Coordinators, and several volunteers – and resources such as the medical library and the BioSkills lab. In addition to participating in ongoing projects, fellows are encouraged to perform their own original research projects. Fellows receive a laptop during orientation for their use during the fellowship year, and have a well-equipped dedicated office space.

      The Cadaveric Bio-skills Lab is an integral part of the Institute’s educational program and it provides a simulated surgical setting that allows our physicians to conduct hands-on cadaveric evaluations, surgical education, research studies and clinical trials. The lab has broadcast capabilities for a seamless learning experience.

    • Lectures: Faculty and fellows will meet on a weekly basis for lectures following AOFAS guidelines.

      Lectures will cover:

      • Anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, pathology, microbiology, pharmacology, epidemiology, and immunology as they relate to adult reconstructive orthopaedic surgery.
      • Pain management for the subspecialty, including recognition of the signs of addiction.
      • Evaluation of practices that ensure and improve patient safety.
      • The program faculty and fellows will meet on a weekly basis to discuss the cases that will take place during the week.
      • Evaluation of practices that ensure and improve patient safety.

      Case Presentation: Faculty and fellows will meet on a weekly basis to discuss the cases that will take place during the week.

      Case Review Conference: Faculty and fellows will present once a month, multiple interest cases from our own and/or case reports from the literature, followed by discussion.

      Case Review: Faculty and fellows will critically analyze and discuss challenging cases and those with complications.

      Journal Club: Faculty and fellows will meet on a monthly basis to review the latest journals practitioners.

    • Each year, fellows participate as instructors for the Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine Musculoskeletal Course. This course allows them to develop and hone their skills as they teach 4th year medical students.


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