Hand Surgery Fellowship (Minnesota)

Program description

The hand is involved in nearly all of our daily activities. While many people think it takes a traumatic injury to affect hand use, common nontraumatic injuries and conditions can be just as problematic. These include:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • De Quervain's disease
  • Dupuytren's disease
  • Ganglion cysts
  • Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
  • Trigger finger

The most common hand surgery procedures are those done to repair injured hands, including injuries to the tendons, nerves, blood vessels and joints; fractured bones; and burns, cuts and other injuries to the skin.

The one-year Hand Surgery Fellowship at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, provides complete training for orthopedic or plastic surgeons who wish to specialize in care of the hand.


The Hand Surgery Fellowship fulfills the requirements for training as stated by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.


Upon completion of primary board certification requirements and this fellowship, you will be eligible to take the examination for the Subspecialty Certificate in Surgery of the Hand through the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the American Board of Surgery.

Program history

The Hand Surgery Fellowship began in 1972, and since that time, more than 90 physicians have completed training. Four fellows are anticipated to complete training in this program annually.

July 28, 2014