Welcome to the Orlando Health Pediatric Orthopedic Fellowship. Our program offers a well-balanced education in pediatric orthopedics from conservative to innovative surgical management. We have a strong emphasis on "hands-on" operative and clinical experience. Our faculty consists of full-time academic surgeons. Unlike some university-based programs, our program offers a rewarding operative experience and clinical independence to start training for the immediate future. This method of training has allowed us to train the future faculty into those that truly want to teach and are willing to allow the residents to participate heavily in the surgical procedure.
Physician's assistants are employed to unload some of the floor and clinic work to allow the fellows to spend more time in the operating room and in research endeavors. One full-time research coordinator is available to facilitate academic interests. Our fellows have consistently gone into academic positions in the last several years. Others have had successful careers in the private practice arena. Orlando offers entertainment and cultural amenities that few cities on the globe can match. Real estate is affordable and readily available.
I hope you find our website informative, and I look forward to answering your questions in person. I am sure you will find our fellowship competitive and uniquely strong in its operative experience and stable faculty.
José A. Herrera-Soto, MD
Director of Pediatric Orthopedics
Program Director of Pediatric Orthopedics Fellowship Program
José A. Herrera-Soto, MD, Fellowship Director
Dr. Herrera-Soto trained in Puerto Rico and Cincinnati, Ohio. Prior to joining the Pediatric Orthopedic Medical Education Faculty Practice, he served on the faculty at Penn State University. Dr. Herrera-Soto is an accomplished spine surgeon and recently completed a special fellowship in Switzerland where he studied new methods for complex hip surgery in children and young adults with early onset arthritis. He has published several scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and has been a speaker at national and international meetings.
Jonathan H. Phillips, MD
Dr. Phillips trained as a general surgeon in Great Britain prior to entering orthopedic training in the United States. His broad knowledge and experience as a British surgeon brings a perspective to the practice that is novel and innovative. His special interests include neck problems in children, trauma, neuromuscular disorders, and spinal deformity. Additionally, Dr. Phillips has developed and patented a unique fixation device for treating femur fractures in children. These fractures have problems that adults don't have because of the growth plates and the special circulation to growing bones. This special device addresses these problems and is being used throughout the U.S. and Europe.
Raymond D. Knapp Jr., MD
Dr. Knapp hails from West Virginia and has additional training in highly complex spinal deformity in children. He has had additional training in innovative methods developed in Korea as well as new methods developed in the United States. Dr. Knapp also manages children with congenital and acquired amputations in addition to his general interest in trauma and other aspects of pediatric orthopedics.
Mark A. Birnbaum, MD
Dr. Birnbaum manages congenital and traumatic problems of the upper extremities in children. He is probably the hardest worker in the group and is always available to see consultations or assist with difficult cases of any type.
All applicants are required to complete residency at an ACGME-accredited orthopedic residency program. All applications must be submitted through the San Francisco Matching Program. Interviews are conducted in Orlando according to the guidelines set by the San Francisco Match.
For more information, please contact:
Pediatric Orthopedic Fellowship Program
Orlando Health Orthopedic Institute Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Group
1222 S. Orange Ave., Orlando, FL 32806