Penn Lower Extremity Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship

Program Director: 
Albert D’Angelantonio, III, DPM, FACFAS (Chief, Foot and Ankle Surgery)

Program Co-Director:
Brett Chatman, DPM, AACFAS

Program Faculty:
Joseph Serletti, MD (Division Chief)
William Brownell DPM, MA, AACFAS
Stephen Kovach III, MD
Suhail Kanchwala, MD
John Fischer, MD

Recent Post Graduate Fellows:
2021-2022: Gina Nguyen, DPM

Please Mail All Correspondences:
Attention: Dr. Brett Chatman, DPM 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
Email: (Fellowship Coordinator)


Number of Positions:
One position in lower extremity reconstruction

One year

Program Start and End Dates:          
July 1–June 30

Application Deadline:                         
August 31

Interview Date:
September 12
(Held annually on the second Thursday in September.)

Program Application
ACFAS Standard Fellowship Application Form

Per PGY year from residency

Position Location:                           
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center (Level One Trauma 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 his or her 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 a 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 goal of this fellowship is to provide a one-year advanced comprehensive program in foot and ankle lower extremity reconstructive surgery, diabetic limb preservation, sports medicine and trauma.
  • The faculty will include world-renowned Foot and Ankle Surgeons, Plastic Surgeons and Microsurgeons of Penn Medicine, Ranked annually as #1 in the Region and of the Top 3 in the Nation.
  • 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 management of acute and chronic complex foot and ankle pathology of adults and adolescents. 
  • An annual calendar is established to include weekly x-ray and surgical case reviews, monthly journal club, monthly cadaver lab, quarterly research meetings, monthly case log review and quarterly fellow reviews.
  • The Fellow will attend the ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference, as well as one to two other CME programs throughout the year.
  • Fellow duties will be primarily OR cases and clinic on non-OR days.
  • Training goals will include OR cases (approx. 700 to 800 cases per year); clinical instruction with fellow to be proficient in all aspects of foot, ankle and lower extremity care at the completion of the fellowship.
  • The Fellow will also evaluate patients in an extremely busy hospital based clinic at Penn Medicine to observe their pre- and postoperative care.
  • Upon completion, 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 his or her time matriculating in the program.
  • The Fellow will be expected to follow evidence-based medicine practices and to perform research consistent with the aforementioned areas of concentration.
  • This is a high-volume fellowship with high expectations. Fellows are trained in a multidisciplinary hospital practice.

Post Graduate Fellows History:
2020-2021: William (Jake) Brownell, DPM, AACFAS
2019-2020: Bryan Holand, DPM
2018–2019: Virginia Parks, DPM, AACFAS
2017–2018: Brett Chatman, DPM, AACFAS
2016–2017: Stephanie Van Heerden, DPM, FACFAS