Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Ryerson Pediatric Orthopaedic Fellowship

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago offers a one–year fellowship program in pediatric orthopaedics. The fellowship is NUFSM GMEC approved and  ACGME accredited. Fellows train with the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine at Lurie Children's Hospital, part of the McGaw Medical Center.

Fellows train at Lurie Children's Hospital, part of the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University.

The fellowship experience takes place on the main campus of Lurie Children’s Hospital, and at several of our satellite locations across the Chicagoland area. 

Lurie Children’s Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine cares for more than 41,000 children each year and performs over 1,600 surgeries per annum. We provide a range of services for children with bone, joint, muscle, ligament, tendon and nerve (musculoskeletal) disorders and offer the only pediatric bone health program in Illinois.

Clinical Experience

Educational methods include one-on-one supervision (attending orthopaedic surgeon and fellow) in outpatient offices, clinics and the operating room.

The Fellow will complete preceptor-based rotations in the areas of Pediatric Spine, Pediatric Neuromuscular, Pediatric Orthopaedic Sports Surgery and Sports Medicine, Pediatric Trauma, Pediatric Hip and Complex Limb Reconstruction, and Pediatric Hand/ Upper Extremity. Rotations are eight weeks long. Opportunity exists for the Fellow to revisit clinical areas during a final, elective rotation.

The Fellow will be assigned an outpatient clinic with an attending. The Fellow will assume responsibility for selected patients, their admission, surgery, and inpatient requirements. He or she will be the primary supervised surgeon for these cases and will be responsible for daily rounds and documentation. As the primary supervised surgeon, the Fellow will demonstrate the knowledge and skills to perform procedures required for the practice of Pediatric Orthopaedics. The Fellow will perform procedures with and without resident assistance.

The Fellow will maintain a close working relationship with the residents in orthopaedic surgery as well as other disciplines, such as Radiology, Pathology, Pediatric Surgery, Pediatrics, Plastic Surgery, Urology, Anesthesia, and Neurosurgery. It will be the Fellow’s responsibility to make inpatient rounds with the Residents and give clinical conferences as requested.

Didactic Programs

Didactic Components of the fellowship will emphasize an approach to clinical problem solving, self-directed study, teaching, development of analytic skills and surgical judgment, and scholarly research.



During the year, the Fellow will gain skill in scholarly work and will participate in research. The fellow is expected to complete a retrospective or prospective clinical outcome study or participate in a basic science research project.  Joining a LC IRB prior to arrival is encouraged. By the end of the year, the study or research project must be completed and will be presented at the Annual Thesis day Conference in May and be ready for manuscript submission. The Fellow will have one half day per week of protected time for clinical or basic research.

Postitions Offered

One position is offered each year through the SFMatch Residency and Fellowship Matching Service.

Application Requirements 

Completion of an ACGME- approved residency in Orthopaedic Surgery.

Learn More

For more information, see the Orthopaedic Surgery section of the Lurie Children's website.

Contact Us

Kayla Stroner, Program Coordinator

Program Directors

John Sarwark, MD

John F. Sarwark
Division Head and Fellowship Program Co-Director

 Vineeta Swaroop, MD

Vineeta T. Swaroop
Fellowship Program Co-Director

Contact Us

Kayla Stroner
Program Coordinator

Housestaff Research Portal

Feinberg has the infrastructure and resources to assist McGaw trainees interested in conducting scientific research. Visit our Housestaff Research Portal to learn more.