Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Fellowship

Program Director: Dr. Dan Murawski, MD

Our Mission

To educate orthopaedic surgeons on the medical and musculoskeletal problems unique to athletes at all levels of participation and to graduate physicians who will become advancers in the specialty of orthopaedic sports medicine while providing the highest quality and safest patient care possible

Duration: 12 months

Positions: 1

  • Prepare fellows for competency in a wide variety of procedures for sports medicine
  • Provide opportunities in comprehensive sports coverage and care for elite athletes
  • Fellows are proficient in all six ACGME core competencies.
  • Fellows are confident in decision-making and surgical skills, including establishing treatment algorithms and performing necessary surgical interventions.
  • Fellows learn to balance high volume clinical/surgical experiences, team coverage, and various research/educational opportunities.
  • Fellows become life-long learners and continue to advance medicine through research, publications, and teaching.

  • Perform foot & ankle specific history taking, examinations, interpret diagnostic studies, and evaluation of injuries
  • Provide preoperative and non-operative evaluations and diagnoses
  • Discuss differential diagnoses
  • Prepare preoperative plans and write appropriate orders
  • Prescribe and oversee rehabilitation protocols
  • Document treatment through operative and clinical notes (dictation)
  • Assist in surgery on Foot & Ankle procedures both open and arthroscopic
  • Communicate effectively with patients, families, physical therapists, athletic trainers, and other ancillary staff regarding patient
  • Complete standard office, coding and charge forms
  • Participate in clinical conferences, seminars, surgical skills labs, and journal clubs
  • Attend and lecture at Andrews Research & Education Foundation Fellowship Conference

  • Advanced arthroscopic and endoscopic technique of the ankle and foot
  • Total ankle arthroplasty, arthrodesis, and other treatments of ankle and foot degenerative joint problems
  • Minimally invasive and open fracture reduction and fixation techniques
  • Deformity correction
  • Current approaches for diabetic limb salvage, including Charcot reconstruction and amputation techniques
  • Limb salvage include the use of hybrid, circular and spatial frame constructs for deformity correction

  • Weekly didactic conferences
  • Monthly Journal Club
  • Quarterly Grand Rounds
  • Professional Development lectures
  • At least one research project, including manuscript submission
  • High school team physician responsibilities
  • Collegiate team physician responsibilities
  • Saturday morning injury clinics
  • Andrews Institute annual pre-participation physical
  • Physicals for college and high school teams
  • Cadaver lab opportunities

  • Salary: $50,000 annually
  • Benefits include medical, dental, and health insurance options (effective date is first day of fellowship).
    • Options for additional coverages (disability, hospitalization, life) and/or dependent coverage is available. Benefits available can be found here.
  • Professional liability insurance is provided at no cost to the fellow.
  • Parental time, sick time, and leaves of absences are permitted as required by ACGME and Federal Law.
  • No preset of paid time off or vacation – the program allows for doctor’s appointments, bereavement, Jury Duty, mental health appointments.
  • Graduate Medical Education Policies outline specific allowances and expectations
  • Sample contracts can be found here.

Please submit your application for the AREF Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Surgery Fellowship through the SF Match Program,

Program ID #: 4664

Required documents and completed applications must be submitted through SFMatch:

  • Completed and signed Central Application Service (CAS) application forms
  • CAS distribution list and payment
  • USMLE Step 1, 2CK, 2CS, and 3 scores; and/or COMLEX Step 1, 2, and 3 scores for osteopathic applicants
  • Three (3) letters of reference
  • Updated CV (please see SF Match format)

Additional Requirements:

  • Must have completed an ACGME-accredited Orthopaedic Surgery residency in the U.S.
  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S. without sponsorship

Please direct inquiries to: Ashley Mixson, GME Director, at Ashley.Mixson@andrewsref.org

“My experience during my Foot & Ankle Fellowship at Andrews Institute was incredible.  I feel they have the perfect mix of attendings/mentors to maximize each fellow’s educational, professional, and personal experience.  With three attendings with different career backgrounds, you get to see differing practice styles, surgical techniques, and surgical equipment.  At the same time, rotating with that number of attendings allows you to really learn from each one and shape your future practice.  Now several years into practice, I still bounce various cases off them and they are always happy to help with advice and suggestions.  I can’t thank Drs. Murawski , Nilssen, and Ahmed enough for giving me the opportunity to train under them and helping me to get where I am today in practice..”

Domenic Esposito, MD
2018-2019 Foot & Ankle Fellow


Dr. Dan Murawski

Dr. Dan Murawski is the Foot & Ankle Program Director and came to Andrews Institute in 2013 as a Foot & Ankle specialist. His training includes Foot & Ankle surgery from Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, a residency at Atlanta Medical Center in Georgia, and his medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Dr. Murawski serves as a member to several medical and specialty societies, including the AAOS, AOFAS, FOS, and FMA. He continues his dedication to education through ongoing research studies. With over 14 years of foot & ankle experience, Dr. Murawski brings a wealth of information and knowledge to the fellowship program.

Dr. Sonya Ahmed

Dr. Sonya Ahmed is a fellowship-trained Foot & Ankle Orthopaedic Surgeon who completed medical school at the University of Missouri Kansas City, residency at the University of Texas in Galveston, and fellowship at Andrews Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, AL. She currently is a Co-Director of Nilssen Orthopedics at Andrews Institute and an integral part of the Foot & Ankle fellowship program. Dr. Ahmed also serves as a Regional Medical provider for the U.S. Olympics Committee, continues to publish, and serves as the Principal Investigator for several research studies. 

Dr. Erik Nilssen

Dr. Erik Nilssen is the founder and guiding force behind the Nilssen Foot & Ankle Center. He devotes his passion for service to building the most premier center in the world and dedicating his time as a faculty member of the Foot & Ankle fellowship program. Dr. Nilssen graduated from medical school from the University of South Florida, residency from McGill University and is dual fellowship trained in both Sports Medicine and Foot & Ankle at the Andrews Sports Medicine Institute under Dr. James R. Andrews. Dr. Nilssen serves as the Medical Director of Under Armour, the National Volleyball League, Multisport Performance Institute, and Athletes’ Performance Gulf Breeze. He also serves as a Team Physician for intercollegiate sports at Auburn University and as an Orthopaedic Consultant for athletic teams of University of West Florida and Pensacola State College.

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