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International Fellowships

MOR-IBTS International Fellowship Program

The RUSH-IBTS International Fellowship Program is intended to benefit professionals at early stages of their careers with opportunities to conduct research and learn from mentors and leaders within the field. The fellowship is supported by the Lemann Foundation and directed by Leo Metsavath and Jorge Chahla, MD, PhD. The overall goal of the program is to create a collaborative educational and research experience including a broad range of projects investigating  biomechanics, 3D motion analysis, and a variety of other available technology aimed at improving functional diagnosis and treatment decisions, optimizing rehabilitation, and identifying risks factors of injuries in physical activities and general orthopedic disorders. Additionally, the goal is for visiting fellows understand their research and be able to apply their findings to a variety of sports medicine issues to develop more accurate algorithms for diagnostics, improve treatment decision making, and optimize rehabilitation. The fellowship also provides ample opportunities for visiting surgeons to both improve upon existing skills while developing new technical abilities most relevant to each fellow (clinical, surgical, biomechanics, or rehabilitation). The program also intends to foster international collaboration, in additional to cultivating  mentorship experiences for international fellows to pursue a career in academic orthopedic sports medicine.

Finally, fellows are exposed to translational sports medicine research and will complete one independent project during their term. This program is a 1-year long program that will be structured according to the specific interests and career goals of the visitor (shoulder, elbow, knee and/or hip surgery, physiatry/rehabilitation, biomechanics)

Fellows 2019 – 2020

Dr. Felipe BessaDr. Felipe Bessa

Dr. Felipe Bessa is an orthopedic surgeon from Brazil and has been in practice in his country for four years. He completed his Residency Program in Orthopedics and Traumatology and a fellowship in Hip Surgery at University of São Paulo, the largest university in South America. After being awarded the Jorge Paulo Lemann Mentored Scientific Award 2019, he is now part of the RUSH-IBTS international fellowship, focused in hip preservation and reconstruction research, under the supervision of Dr. Jorge Chahla.



Dr. Flavio L. GarciaDr. Flavio L. Garcia

Dr. Flavio L. Garcia is an orthopedic surgeon from the Department of Biomechanics, Medicine and Rehabilitation of the Locomotor System, Ribeirão Preto Medical School (University of São Paulo, Brazil), with a practice emphasis in adult hip surgery. He is a member of the Brazilian Hip Society, Brazilian Society of Orthopedics and Traumatology, and has received grants from the European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (EFORT), São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and Instituto Brasil de Tecnologias da Saúde (IBTS). He has authored 27 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and 6 book chapters. He is currently an International Research Scholar at Midwest Orthopedics at Rush (MOR) and International Research Fellow of Instituto Brasil de Tecnologias da Saúde (IBTS).His research interests include primary and revision total hip replacement, hip preservation surgery, and orthobiologics.

Dr. Safa GursoyDr. Safa Gursoy

Dr. Safa Gursoy has an associate professor degree in the Department of Orthopaedics at Ankara Yildirim Beyazit University in Turkey. He completed his orthopaedics and traumatology residency at the same institution. He has a PhD degree in Musculoskeletal System and Regenarative Medicine. He is the former president of Turkish Residents and Young Attendings Council and served as a board member in several boards of Federation of Orthopaedic Trainees in Europe. He has several publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has completed several European Union and national projects. Safa had been in Johns Hopkins in US and Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute in Italy for short term fellowships. He is excited to bring his experience and learn new fundamentals in research and clinical practice in sports medicine at Dr. Chahla’s practice. In his free time, Safa enjoys exploring Chicago with his family.

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