Sports Medicine Fellowship

Sports medicine physician examines an athlete in the training room

Sports Medicine Fellowship


The Columbia Sports Medicine Fellowship has its roots in the shoulder and elbow fellowship founded in 1977 by Dr. Charles S. Neer, II, – which is honored as the first and most prestigious in the world. Our service has been responsible for training over 100 fellows from across the country and around the world. Among our alumni are many of the leading figures in the Shoulder and Sports Medicine community, including fellowship directors, chiefs of service, team physicians for major universities and professional teams, and department chairs.

Today, the Shoulder, Elbow & Sports Medicine division has developed into one of the finest training programs in the world. Our fellows participate in all aspects of clinical care – including skill development in private office hours with emphasis on physical exam proficiency, MRI interpretation, and optimal treatment plan recommendations. All aspects of sports medicine are cared for by our service – sports medicine/arthroscopy, trauma, and arthroplasty. In addition, our fellows stay on top of sports medicine procedures to broaden their scope of practice and enhance their competitive hiring potential.  Furthermore, both basic and clinical research opportunities have been incorporated into the fellowship allowing our fellows opportunity to become academic experts.

Our fellows are sought after for academic, “privademic”, and private practice jobs depending on their personal desire. The Columbia legacy, coupled with the current state-of-the-art training from recognized leaders in the field, gives our fellows a distinct advantage in the ever-competitive field of orthopedic sports medicine. We are committed to continuing the rich history of our program by innovating, evolving, and always searching to improve our care for patients with shoulder, elbow, and sports medicine disorders.

2023 Fellowship Prospectus

The Columbia fellowship offers an excellent balance of professional team coverage and technical operative experience, including a unique approach to technical skill instruction, which has given me the confidence to interact with and surgically treat elite athletes.

Justin Hodgins, MD, FRCSC