Under the direction of Erik Nilssen, MD, and Dan Murawski, MD, the AREF Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Surgery fellowship offers an outstanding diversity of experience in all areas of adult and adolescent foot and ankle surgery including sports medicine, trauma, and reconstruction of the foot and ankle. The curriculum includes instruction in


  • Perform foot & ankle specific history taking, examinations, interpret diagnostic studies, and evaluation of injuries
  • Provide preoperative and non-operative evaluation and diagnoses
  • Discuss differential diagnoses
  • Prepare preoperative plans an 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


The fellowship includes exposure to a wide variety of foot and ankle surgical techniques including:


  • 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


Completion of at least one publishable research project are expected, with multiple foot and ankle specific research opportunities available. Excellent research facilities and staff, with interaction with residents and faculty, and minimal night or weekend call expectation for the foot and ankle fellow allows for a focused approach to the year.

Application Process

Please submit your application for the AREF Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Surgery Fellowship through the SF Match Program: sfmatch.org

The SF Match requires the following documents:

  • Completed and signed Central Application Service (CAS) application forms
  • CAS distribution list and payment
  • USMLE scores
  • Four (3) letters of reference
  • Updated CV (please see SF Match format)

Please direct inquiries to: Ashley Mixson, Fellowship Manager at Ashley.Mixson@andrewsref.org

“One of the most rewarding things about being a fellow at AREF is the time I got to spend as the team physician for a high school football team. That was my team. Those were my guys. I called the shots. I was there for all the games, kept in contact throughout the week, and provided any necessary care. Andrews really impacts the community in that we cover a large area of four counties by supplying team physicians and athletic trainers. The care we provide these teams is invaluable in terms of keeping the players healthy and able to perform at the highest level possible.”

Domenic Esposito, MD
2018-2019 Foot & Ankle Fellow

Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Fellowship

Fellowship Director:

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Daniel Murawski, MD

Duration: 12 months
Positions: 2 =  Non-accredited

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