Explore the Shoulder & Elbow Fellowship

Learn about our Shoulder & Elbow Fellowship in this PDF, including information about our history, faculty, research, alumni and clinical experience for fellows.

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The Harvard Shoulder Fellowship began in 1999 and has evolved into a program of three fellows who are selected each year in December through the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES) match. An additional fourth fellow position is offered for six months, and this fellow facilitates the elective program which is described in the following text.

The mission of the Harvard Shoulder Service is to provide regional, national, and international leadership in the advancement of care for problems affecting the shoulder. This mission is based on advancement of knowledge through research, improvement of care through education of physicians, and clinical management of all Problems affecting the shoulder.

Visit The Boston Shoulder Institute for more information.

Meet our Faculty

Dr. Bassem Elhassan, Director
Dr. Jon JP Warner
Dr. Luke Oh
Dr. Neal Chen
Dr. Andrew Jawa (New England Baptist Center, Boston Sports and Shoulder Center)


We are affiliated with the ASES Match Program. We require an ASES application, CV, Personal Statement and three letters of recommendation. Candidates from the United States must be able to obtain medical licensure in Massachusetts. Candidates from outside the United States must have an H-Visa and be eligible for an unrestricted medical license in Massachusetts.


Our teaching mission is built on the strategy to develop excellent Shoulder and Elbow surgeons who will provide high quality care of both routine and complex problems. While some may choose to go into private practice and some may elect an academic path, our goal is to foster an open mind and thoughtful approach to complex problems. This approach is built on the foundation of a global academic shoulder community. Thus fellows will not only have the opportunity to learn from us here at Harvard, but also from our shoulder colleagues in Europe.

Research Experience

There are both basic and clinical research opportunities.

Ongoing Research at Mass General

  • 3-Dimensional Fluoroscopic Analysis of Kinematics of the shoulder in conditions such as rotator cuff tears and instability
  • Prospective Database Outcome Studies
  • Shoulder Simulator Training to improve arthroscopic skill

How to Apply

Visit the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons to see requirements and the application.