Shoulder & Elbow Fellowship

UPMC | Department of Orthopaedic Surgery | Shoulder and Elbow Fellowship


Christopher C. Schmidt, MD

Director of Shoulder & Elbow Fellowship
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Co-Director Shoulder and Elbow Mechanics Laboratory
Swanson School of Engineering

The fellowship is designed to provide a thorough understanding of shoulder and elbow anatomy and pathologic conditions; it is also designed to teach the latest techniques in open, arthroscopic, and endoscopic surgery. The fellow will share rotation time at UPMC with Drs. Schmidt and Sotereanos and is projected to be involved in over 500 cases. The caseload will include innovative surgeries like arthroscopic muscle transfers, revision total shoulder arthroplasties, arthroscopic and open elbow releases, and endoscopic and open distal biceps repairs. On a weekly basis, the fellow will also rotate with Dr. Lin, who will emphasize the sports medicine side of shoulder and elbow pathology.

The educational curriculum consists of weekly shoulder and elbow conferences, combined UPMC sports/shoulder and elbow conferences, bi-weekly cadaveric wet laboratories (scope equipment), bi-weekly research conferences, monthly journal clubs, and bi-monthly mortality and morbidity conferences. The curriculum is intended to provide the fellow an opportunity to develop a solid knowledge base and skillset on which to start his/her career.

The wet lab is integrated in the same space as our state-of-the-art engineering facility, which houses both our shoulder and elbow simulators. The lab is designed to help master the surgical skills needed to perform quality surgery. The fellow will be strongly encouraged to participate in ongoing cadaveric/mechanical/radiographic studies investigating the distal biceps tendon, rotator cable/capsule, reverse shoulder arthroplasty, and more. Integration of the shoulder fellow with graduate engineering students and radiologists will help foster their understanding of the importance and power of cooperative interdisciplinary research. The fellow will be given dedicated time to practice their surgical skills and to perform valuable research.

Our fellowship has met the ASES’s quality standard requirements and as such will be participating in the 2021-2022 Orthopaedic Shoulder & Elbow Match. This year's interview dates will be virtual.

Dean G. Sotereanos, MD

Neer Circle Member of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons

Co-Director of the Shoulder and Elbow Fellowship

Dr. Dean G. Sotereanos, Co-Director of the University of Pittsburgh Shoulder & Elbow Fellowship, talks about the mentorship, teaching, training and overall experience you'll receive during this fantastic fellowship program.

Attending Physicians


Christopher Schmidt, MD

Christopher C. Schmidt, M.D., is a nationally distinguished Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon. He serves as the Director of the Shoulder and Elbow Fellowship, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He specializes in rotator cuff repairs, shoulder and elbow replacements, instability repairs, nerve reconstructions, fracture care, and distal biceps re-attachments.


Dean Sotereanos, MD

Dean G. Sotereanos, MD, is a Neer Circle Member of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons and is Co-Director of the Shoulder and Elbow Fellowship. He is nationally recognized for his work on chronic ulnar nerve compression, elbow instability, heterotopic ossification, total elbow arthroplasty, distal biceps tendon reconstructions, and more.


Albert Lin, MD

Albert Lin, MD, is an active member of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons. In addition to his role in teaching the shoulder and elbow fellow in weekly conferences and in the operating room, Dr. Lin is the Associate Program Director for the UPMC Sports Medicine Fellowship and is Co-Director of the Pittsburgh Shoulder Institute.


Dr. Joshua Dworkin, Shoulder and Elbow fellow

Joshua Dworkin

Dr. Joshua Dworkin is our current Shoulder and Elbow fellow. He received his medical degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He completed an orthopaedic residency at Tripler Army Medical Center.


Luis Carrazana-Suarez

Luis Carrazana-Suarez, MD was our Shoulder and Elbow Fellow in 2020-2021. Dr. Carrazanna-Suarez graduated medical school from the University of Puerto Rico. He completed his orthopaedic residency from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine.


Thomas Zink

Dr. Thomas Zink (Tom) was the first fellow to graduate from the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Shoulder and Elbow Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Zink completed his orthopedic surgery residency in 2019 from OhioHealth Doctors Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

Fellow Case Breakdowns

Luis Carrazana-Suarez, Fellow
Academic Year 2020-2021
Thomas Zink, Fellow
Academic Year 2019-2020

Luis Carrazana-Suarez, Case Breakdown

ASES Accepted (1 Procedure/Patient)

  • Shoulder Arthroplasty, 99
  • Shoulder Arthroscopy, 168
  • Trauma, 13
  • Open Instability, 13
  • L.D. or L.Trap. Transfer, 9
  • Pectoralis Major Repairs, 5
  • Should Fusion, 1
  • Elbow (Distal Biceps Repairs, Arthroscopic Osteochondral, Arthroplasty, TEA), 79

Luis Carrazana-Suarez, MD, (COVID year) did 431 upper extremity patients (1116 procedures), 396 Shoulder & Elbow patients (20% Elbow)


Dr. Chris Schmidt,

Fellowship Presentation


Dr. Albert Lin and Dr. Patrick McMahon,

Staff Testimonials


Dr. Carrazana-Suarez, Current Fellow,



Tour of Pittsburgh

Watch a virtual tour of Pittsburgh and learn more about the city.

Shoulder & Elbow Fellowship Conference Schedule 2021-2022

1 Total Elbow Arthroplasty Sotereanos 8/16/2021
2 Rotator Cuff Anatomy Schmidt 8/23/2021
3 Pectoralis/Latissimus Dorsi Tears/SC OA Lin 8/30/2021
4 Diagnosis/Treatment of SLAP Tears Dworkin 9/13/2021
5 Ulnar Nerve/Nerve injuries of elbow Sotereanos 9/20/2021
6 Current Thoughts on the Rotator Cuff Schmidt 10/4/2021
7 Clavicle Fractures Lin 10/11/2021
8 M&M All 10/18/2021
9 Shoulder Instability (Bone Procedures) Dworkin 10/25/2021
10 Fracture Distal Humerus/OCD Sotereanos 11/1/2021
11 Guest Speaker (Dr. Bernie Morrey) TBD 11/8/2021
12 RSA/TSA for treatment of glenohumeral osteoarthritis in the young Schmidt 11/15/2021
13 Shoulder Instability: On & Off Trick (Soft Tissue) Lin 11/29/2021
14 AC Joint Disorders Dworkin 12/6/2021
15 M&M All 12/13/2021
16 Proximal Humerus Fractures Schmidt 12/20/2021
17 Heterotopic Bone - Elbow Sotereanos 1/3/2022
18 Case Presentations All 1/10/2022
19 TSA: B-glenoid/Stemless Lin 1/24/2022
20 Stiff Shoulder Dworkin 1/31/2022
21 MCL/LCL - Elbow Sotereanos 2/7/2022
22 Guest Speaker TBD 2/21/2022
23 Distal Biceps Injuries Schmidt 3/7/2022
24 Pre-operative planning TSA/RSA Lin 3/21/2022
25 Non-reparable Rotator Cuff Tears Schmidt 3/28/2022
26 M&M All 4/4/2022
27 Distal Humerus/Radial Head Fractures Sotereanos 4/11/2022
28 RSA (Part 1: Biomechanics) Schmidt 4/18/2022
29 RSA (Part 2: Complications) Schmidt 4/25/2022
30 Guest Speaker TBD 5/9/2022
31 Physician Burnout Cases Lin 5/16/2022
32 Proximal Biceps Tendon Dworkin 5/23/2022
33 Elbow Arthritis (Part 1) Sotereanos 6/30/2022
34 Elbow Arthritis (Part 2) Sotereanos 6/6/2022
35 Nerve Injuries/Nerve Transfers Schmidt 6/13/2022
36 Case Presentations All 6/20/2022
37 Shoulders in Athletes Lin 6/27/2022
38 Pediatric Elbow/Shoulder Fractures Dworkin 7/11/2022
39 Investing/Practice Management Charlie 7/25/2022

Shoulder & Elbow Fellowship Clinical Teaching Lab Schedule 2021-2022


  • 9/3/21

    Tendon transfers (latissimus dorsi, pectoralis major, trapezius) for massive irreparable rotator cuff tears

  • 9/27/21

    Brachial plexus, ulnar nerve decompression, transposition, and supercharge nerve transfer

  • 10/29/21

    Anatomy Lab: Nerve anatomy of the shoulder

  • 12/10/21

    Anatomy Lab: TSA/RSA

  • 1/21/22

    Elbow Collateral Ligament Reconstruction

  • 2/4/22

    Shoulder arthroscopy with suprascapular nerve decompression

  • 2/28/22

    Open release for treatment of elbow contractures/osteoarthritis

  • 3/14/22

    Arthroscopic management of osteoarthritis in the elbow

  • 4/1/22

    Superior capsule reconstruction for treatment of irreparable rotator cuffs

  • 5/2/22

    Total elbow arthroplasty

  • 5/27/22

    Arthroscopic labral repair

  • 6/24/22

    Anatomy Lab

  • 7/18/22


Shoulder and Elbow Fellowship Journal Club Schedule 2021-2022




Schmidt 9/8/21 6:30-8:30PM
Schmidt 10/27/21 6:30-8:30PM
Sotereanos 1/26/22 6:30-8:30PM
Sotereanos 2/16/22 6:30-8:30PM
Lin 3/23/22 6:30-8:30PM
Lin 4/13/22 6:30-8:30PM
Schmidt 5/11/22 6:30-8:30PM
Schmidt 6/15/22 6:30-8:30PM
Sotereanos 7/13/22 6:30-8:30PM

Applicants are required to complete the application here. This year, interviews will be virtual.