Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Fellowship

About the Program

Cesar De Neto and fellow at computerThe Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation of University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics is pleased to offer a one-year fellowship in Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery.

Under the direction of John E. Femino, MD, Cesar de Cesar Netto, MD, and Kyle Duchman, MD, this fellowship offers an outstanding diversity of experience in all areas of adult and adolescent foot and ankle surgery including sports medicine, trauma, and reconstruction of the foot and ankle.

The curriculum includes an optional four-week rotation with the orthopedic trauma service with a focus on foot and ankle trauma for the rotating fellow.

Mentorship is a strong tradition for clinical, academic and research growth of our fellows

The fellowship includes exposure to a wide variety of foot and ankle surgical techniques, including:

  • Advanced arthroscopic and endoscopic techniques of the ankle and foot
  • Total ankle arthroplasty, arthrodesis, and other treatments of ankle and foot degenerative joint problems
  • Minimally invasive and open fracture reduction and fixation techniques
  • Osteotomies of tibia, ankle, hindfoot and forefoot
  • Deformity correction and limb salvage include the use of hybrid, circular and spatial frame constructs for deformity correction
  • Current approaches for diabetic limb salvage, including Charcot reconstruction and amputation techniques


Weekly Conferences

The fellow will attend a weekly 90-minute foot and ankle team conference. During the conference, 80 minutes is designated for case-based presentations with once a month journal club focus and research meeting. The final ten minutes is a didactic component presented by the fellow or team resident.

Some cases during the journal club will be designated as mock oral presentations to simulate Part II of the oral boards. Current projects will be reviewed by the team and for possible project improvement during the research meeting.

Orthopedic Conferences

The fellow will attend morning sign out/pass ons to identify foot and ankle trauma that could potentially lead the fellow to see in the OR. The fellow will also attend the department's basic science conferences as well as M&Ms and Grand Rounds.


We are proud of our foot and ankle research history that extends back many years.  All fellows will have on high quality research paper.  However, most are involved in multiple projects throughout the fellowship year.  Research endeavors are in clinical, biomechanical, and basic science with collaboration with researchers within the department as well as in the Carver College of Medicine.

Jessica Goetz, PhD, is the primary foot and ankle research coordinator and investigator with particular interests in biomechanics and finite element modeling.

How to Apply

Application Instructions

The University of Iowa Orthopedic Foot and Ankle training program participates in the AOFAS Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Fellowship Program Match. Please go to the SF Match website to register and download a copy of the application. The San Francisco Matching Service administers receipt, distribution, and administration of the rank lists and matching process.

Any questions can be directed to Kelly Schnoebelen at kelly-j-schnoebelen@uiowa.edu.

Fellow Eligibility

Eligibility criteria for applicants:

  • Graduate from one of the following:
    • United States or Canadian medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)
    • United States college of osteopathic medicine accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
    • medical school outside the United States or Canada with:
      • a valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and have a passing score for Step 1 and Step 2 of the USMLE,
      • be a U.S. citizen, a legal permanent resident, or hold a visa which provides eligibility to work in the U.S. Typical visas are J-1 (requires Steps 1 and 2 of USMLE and ECFMG certification) and H1-B (requires departmental approval, and Steps 1, 2 and 3 of USMLE, and an Iowa medical license)
  • Meet Iowa Board of Medicine licensure requirement

Our People

Foot and Ankle

john femino university of iowa orthopedic foot and ankle surgery fellowship director

John E. Femino, MD

Clinical Professor
Fellowship Director

Cesar de Cesar Netto, Assistant Professor of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation

Cesar De Cesar Netto, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

jessica goetz university of iowa orthopedic research faculty

Jessica Goetz, PhD

Assistant Professor
Foot and Ankle Research Coordinator for Basic Science
Orthopedic Biomechanics Lab Coordinator

Sports-Foot and Ankle

Photo of Kyle Duchman, Assistant Professor of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation

Kyle Duchman, MD

Assistant Professor

Fellowship Coordinator

Kelly Schnoebelen
Fellowship Coordinator
Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 1-319-356-3090
Fax: 319-353-6754
Email: kelly-j-schnoebelen@uiowa.edu

Current Fellow

Jennifer Walt, MD

Jennifer Walt, MD

LSU Health Shreveport

Former Fellows

John Hee-Young Lee, MD Medstar Union Memorial Hospital 2020-2021
Moses Lee, MD Yonsei University 2019-2020
Benjamin Jong, MD University of Manitoba 2018-2019
Karthikeyan Chinnakkannu, MBBS University of Alabama at Birmingham 2017-2018
Jaya Prasad Shanmugam, MBBS Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Winstein Medical School 2016-2017
Vinay Hosuru Siddappa, MBBS People Tree Hospital 2015-2016
Ross Schumer, MD San Antonio Military Medical Center 2014-2015
Jason Patterson, MD OrthoArizona, Mezona Orthopedic 2014-2015
Kevin Martin, MD Evans Army Community Hospital 2013-2014
Joshua Tennant, MD University of North Carolina 2012-2013
Sami Abdulmassih, MD St. Joseph's - New Jersey 2011-2012
Andrea Veljkovic, MD, FRCSC British Columbia's Foot and Ankle Specialists 2010-2011
Gladys Chan, MD Toronto Orthopaedics 2008-2009
Allan Hammond, MD University of Manitoba 2008-2009
Jeff Junko, MD Summa Health System 2005-2006


Department Faculty

The University of Iowa Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation is proud of its long history of providing an outstanding, well-rounded orthopedic education. Please click on the link below to view our dedicated faculty.

University of Iowa Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Faculty