Penn Lower Extremity Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship

Program Faculty:
Albert D’Angelantonio, III, DPM, FACFAS (Program Director)
Joseph Serletti, MD (Division Chief)
Stephen Kovach III, MD
Suhail Kanchwala, MD
John Fischer, MD

Post Graduate Fellows:
2017-2018: Brett Chatman, DPM, AACFAS
2016-2017: Stephanie Giles, DPM, AACFAS

Please Mail All Correspondences:
Attention: Dr. Albert D'Angelantonio and Kris Gallagher
Penn Medicine Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
3400 Civic Center Boulevard
14th Floor South Pavilion
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-7659
Fax: (215) 615-0474
(Fellowship Coordinator) (Practice Manager)


Number of Positions:
One position in lower extremity reconstruction

One year

Program Start and End Dates:          
July 1 – June 30

Application Deadline:                         
September 5

Program Application
ACFAS Standard Fellowship Application Form

Per PGY year from residency

Position Location:                           
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Pennsylvania Hospital

Research Requirements:    
The fellow will participate in clinical research conducted at the three teaching hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. The fellow is expected to produce at least one publication in a peer reviewed journal and present their research at a regional or national meeting. Research and scholarly publications are encouraged to be presented at the ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference. The fellow has access to adequate facilities such as outpatient and inpatient facilities as well as research resources to support education and training missions. The fellow has access to major medical library either directly or nearby and has adequate time to devote to scholarly research and investigation when patient care and cases are not being performed.

Program Summary/Training Goals:

  • The intended scope of training includes all areas pertaining to the diagnosis and training of patients with various basic and advanced pathology of the foot, ankle and lower leg pertaining to causation, epidemiology, diagnosis, prognosis, and management of these diseases and deformities.

The Fellow will:

  • Understand the indications and preoperative management for patients with acquired or traumatic defects of the lower extremity, ankle and foot. These defects equate to large wounds from traumatic, oncologic, or chronic disease states as well as deformity correction and soft tissue reconstruction.
  • Develop expertise with the evaluation, workup, and surgical planning of patients with acquired and congenital defects of the foot and ankle as well as lower extremity.
  • Understand the pathology and underlying disease process of the lower extremity patient and understand the unique concerns of patients with defects of the foot, ankle and lower extremity. These include returning to weight bearing, ambulating on an injured extremity and the need for reconstruction and restoration of the bony architecture and soft tissue of the lower extremity.
  • Gain operative experience during lower extremity reconstruction cases at HUP, PAH, and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. The fellow will also evaluate patients in the clinic to observe their pre- and post-operative care. The fellowship will allow competency in reconstructive surgery of the lower extremity.
  • The fellowship will offer a true multidisciplinary approach to basic and advanced reconstruction of the lower extremities where the fellow will work collaboratively with all service lines throughout Penn Medicine Health System.
  • Learn the basics of managing a practice encompassing lower extremity reconstruction.
  • Current program Fellow must be an ACFAS member in good standing during their time matriculating in the program.

Educational Opportunities