Sports Medicine Fellowship

A one year program in Sports Medicine is offered for physicians who have satisfactorily completed an approved residency in Orthopedic Surgery and who are eligible for examination by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.


Ochsner Sports Medicine is a subspecialty of Orthopedic Surgery that deals with the care of sports-related injuries.  Specifically, it involves the diagnosis and treatment of bone, ligaments and tendon injuries of the shoulder, elbow, knee and ankle.

Learning Goals and Objectives

Sports-related injuries require specialized care for proper healing.  To provide proper diagnosis and prevent future injuries, Ochsner has developed the Ochsner Sports Medicine Program to provide diagnostic and treatment facilities for all ranges of athletes and their injuries.  The Ochsner Sports Medicine Program provides a coordinated, multidisciplinary approach to the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of sports- and fitness-related injuries, and provides preventive care through the promotion of wellness, fitness, performance enhancement, and education.

The fellow works closely with the staff in all aspects of his practice.  This includes participation in outpatient office practice, surgical practice, and team coverage activities such as training room visits and game coverage.  The surgical experience encompasses all aspects of sports medicine focusing especially on surgery of the knee, shoulder and elbow (arthroscopic and open procedures).


A series of subspecialty conferences, seminars and journal clubs are regularly scheduled for the residents and fellows through the Department of Orthopedic Surgery.  These are held weekend mornings (Monday thru Friday) in the Orthopedic Conference room at 6:30am.  The weekly Sports Medicine Conference covers such topics as basic science, anatomy, biomechanics, case presentations, preoperative planning and patient complications.  These lectures are held in the OLI Conference Room located at the Elmwood campus in Building A, 2nd floor.  Participation by the fellow as both a lecturer and attendant is expected.  The fellow is required to complete one basic science or clinical research project each year.  The fellow will be funded to attend one national sports medicine meeting during the year.

Wet Lab

Coming soon This is a state-of-the-art arthroscopic skills laboratory that will utilize cadaveric specimens to train local and national residents (orthopaedist in training), sports medicine fellows (board-eligible orthopaedist) and board-certified orthopaedists on the latest in sports medicine operative techniques and medical equipment. In addition, this facility will be used to perform biomechanical Instron® testing of various orthopedic implants and operative techniques.


The fellow is expected to participate in ongoing research and also complete one basic science or clinical project for presentation and/or publication in the course of his fellowship year.  The fellow will have the opportunity to collaborate with outside biomechanical engineers and PhD on basic science research in the area of orthopedics.

Contact Information

For more information or to inquiry further on this fellowships, contact:

Gerrie Chaisson, Fellowship Coordinator
Phone: (504) 842-6793
Fax:  (504) 736-4810