Orthopedics Fellowship Program

Program Overview

The goal of our fellowship is to expose our fellows to the full spectrum of pediatric orthopedic care in a busy clinical practice, including all aspects of spinal deformity, trauma, sports medicine, limb deformity, hip pathology, neuromuscular and congenital conditions. Within Nemours Children's system of hundreds of pediatric subspecialists, our department is currently a group of six pediatric orthopedic surgeons, assisted by a nonoperative sports medicine physician, a nonoperative pediatric orthopedist, a full-time PhD research coordinator and multiple physician extenders.

Program Details

Number of positions available:

Rotation Schedule: We use a mentorship model at the beginning of each academic year, where the fellow will rotate with each attending for one month. For the rest of the year, we focus on the services where the fellow wants to spend extra time to develop their interests or to enhance their skills pending independent practice. 

Average Case Volume for our Fellow: 375 

Call Schedule: Our fellows spend one month rotating in the resident home-call schedule (average every 5th night) to learn our processes. They then transition to the attending call schedule. The attendings take call one week at a time (average every 7th week) with appropriate help from our residents, PAs and cast techs. Our fellows are backed up by staff while on call, but have the opportunity to teach and to make decisions independently.

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Premier Pediatric Collaboration

We are affiliated with Wolfson Children’s Hospital, the only tertiary referral children’s hospital in the northeast Florida and southern Georgia region. Wolfson is a Pediatric Trauma Center, and our Emergency Department is staffed entirely by fellowship-trained pediatric emergency medicine physicians.

We educate residents from the University of Florida and the Mayo Clinic. Our fellow participates directly in resident education. Our fellow can develop their clinical and surgical skills in a setting that allows for independent judgment, while maintaining appropriate supervision. Our academic schedule includes cross-site collaborative conferences with our colleagues at Nemours Children’s Hospital, Florida in Orlando and Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware.

Our interview dates for this match cycle are available in: February 2022

Nemours covers the costs of lodging for candidate interviews, and offers a stipend for travel expenses.

Accreditation: POSNA (yes) ACGME (no)

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Salary & Benefits


  • $72,604


  • Medical
  • Prescription drug
  • Bridge to a Healthy Future coverage for children
  • Vision
  • Dental
  • Basic leave and accidental death and dismemberment
  • Supplemental term life
  • Voluntary universal life
  • Voluntary critical illness
  • Malpractice insurance
  • Supplemental accidental death and dismemberment
  • Disability (STD and LTD)
  • Voluntary long term care
  • Flexible spending account (FSA)
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Retirement
  • Dental
  • Work cell phone
  • Free parking
  • Office space
  • Administrative support
  • Lab coat/jacket
  • Reimbursement for licensure, DEA, CDS, required courses (PALS, BLS)
  • Personal computer in office, online access

Paid Leave

  • Four weeks vacation per year (PTO)
  • CME: five days/year plus $1,750 for expenses

Other Benefits

  • Health Risk Assessment: Provided to all FT and PT Associates at no cost. Program consists of an online health risk assessment and access to a health coach (care counselor).
  • Nurse Help Line: Provided to all FT and PT Associates and their families at no cost. Program provides toll-free access to a registered nurse, 24/7, for health care questions and advice.
  • Employee Assistance Program: Program provides confidential, short-term counseling to Associates and their dependents experiencing problems that may be affecting their work or other important areas of their life.

About Nemours Children's Health, Jacksonville

Located downtown on the beautiful St. Johns River, Nemours Children's Health, Jacksonville is an outpatient pediatric clinic that provides specialized care for children in Northeast Florida, Southeast Georgia and beyond. We also see patients at the adjacent Wolfson Children’s Hospital.

This is a daytime view of the Nemours Children's building in downtown Jacksonville, Florida.

Premier Pediatric Collaboration

Your training is provided through a seamless, time-tested affiliation between Nemours Children's Health, Jacksonville and Wolfson Children's Hospital. Our strong weekly academic schedule helps educate residents from the local University of Florida program, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and the combined U.S. Army/Navy program in Bethesda, Md.

Wolfson is the only tertiary referral children’s hospital in the Northeast Florida and Southern Georgia region. The 250-bed facility has 12 operating rooms, with approximately two to three per day dedicated to orthopedics. Wolfson’s Emergency Department is staffed entirely by fellowship-trained pediatric emergency medicine physicians. The trauma center is Level 3.

Train With Recognized Leaders

If you’re looking for a rewarding program built on academic excellence and family-centered care, Nemours Children's offers outstanding medical, surgical, pharmacy, nursing, therapy and psychology programs. Train with faculty who are respected leaders in their fields, a patient care model that stands apart and access to groundbreaking research. 

Meet Our Clinical Leadership

Kevin Neal, MD

Program Director, Orthopedics Fellowship Program

Department of Pediatrics, Nemours Children's Health, Jacksonville

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Meet Our Program Faculty

Meet Our Participants

Jorge Alonso, MD
University of South Alabama Orthopaedics, Mobile, Ala.

John T. Killian, MD
Orthopaedics for Kids, Birmingham, Ala.

F. Brett Shannon, MD
Peds Ortho Ft. Myers, Fla.

Jeffrey L. Mikutis, MD
Orthopaedic Center for Spinal & Pediatric Care, Dayton, Ohio

Samuel Fernandez, MD
Carimed Plaza, Bayamon, Puerto Rico

John A. Churchill, MD
Peds Ortho Ft. Myers, Fla.

David Mandel, MD
Nemours, Jacksonville, Fla.

Shawn Standard, MD
Sinai Hospital of Baltimore

James B. Manzanares, MD
American Spine & Orthopaedics, Bonita Springs, Fla.

Lyall Ashberg, MD
Atlantis Orthopedics, West Palm Beach, Fla.

Kevin Neal, MD
Nemours, Jacksonville, Fla.

Mary Beth Deering, MD
SCL Health, Grand Junction, Conn.

Elizabeth Moran, MD
Nemours, Jacksonville, Fla.

Christian Clark, MD
Ortho Carolina, Charlotte, N.C.

Ezra Berkowitz, MD
Ortho Center of PBC, West Palm Beach, Fla.

Rhea Richardson, DO
K. Trangle & Associates, Cleveland

Evan Siegall, MD
Chatham Orthopedics, Savannah, Ga.

Michael Saper, DO
Seattle’s Children’s Hospital, Seattle

Chima Mathew, MD*
Pediatric Urgent Care Physician, Jacksonville, Fla.

Laura Stunja, DO*
Nemours, Jacksonville, Fla.

Ahmed S. Mohamed, MD**
(Founder) Egyptian Spine Clinic, Mt Vernon, Ill.

* Nonoperative

** Research Fellow

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Application Requirements

Due to COVID-19, all interviews will be held virtually this year. We expect virtual interviews to take about 2 hours, and we will work with you to find an appropriate time.

Currently Accepting Applications

To Apply:

Note: Unfortunately, we are unable to accept applicants with ECFMG status for the clinical fellowship position.

To apply for vacancies outside the SF Match, please contact Debi Grimaldi


2023–2024: 1 vacancy SF Match ONLY

Questions About Applying?

Kevin Neal, MD
Program Director
(904) 697-3684

Debi Grimaldi 
Clinical Administrative Assistant
(904) 697-3684