Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Foundation

Adult Shoulder and Elbow Reconstruction Fellowship

Thank you for your interest in the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Foundation Adult Shoulder and Elbow Reconstruction Fellowship. Here, you will find useful information regarding the program. Should you have any additional questions, please contact us at (310) 665-7129.



Program Director:

John M. Itamura, MD

Clinic Manager:

Elly Nagata

Fellowship Coordinator:

Karen Mohr

Attending Staff:

Brian K. Lee, MD
Shoulder and Elbow Surgery

David Hay, MD
Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery

Hospital Locations

  • White Memorial Medical Center
    1720 East Cesar E. Chavez Ave.
    Los Angeles, CA 90033
  • Keck Hospital at USC
    1500 San Pablo St.
    Los Angeles, CA 90033
  • Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic
    6801 Park Terrace
    Los Angeles, CA 90045

Fellowship Structure

This shoulder and elbow fellowship is designed to be mentorship-focused with Dr. Itamura as the main mentor and teacher for the year. Educational focus is on solidifying physical examination skills, operative and non-operative indications, and advancing surgical skills in both arthroscopic and open shoulder and elbow procedures.

Fellows are actively integrated into Dr. Itamura’s practice and are expected to accept responsibility for patient care, both inpatient and outpatient, and to work with the OR on coordination of surgical cases. Inpatient care at White Memorial is assisted by a nurse practitioner.

The eight Kerlan-Jobe Sports Medicine Fellows also rotate onto this service providing additional support. The recent addition of Dr. Lee to the faculty has resulted in more educational opportunities and participation in additional surgical cases. Fellows have the opportunity to work with Kerlan-Jobe Sports Medicine Faculty during any time that Dr. Itamura is scheduled to be out.

Fellows typically take three weekends of calls during the year. This is by-phone-only, on-call coverage. There is no trauma or ER call required. Fellows are not permitted to moonlight.

Case Load

Fellows typically participate in an average of 700 cases per year. Cases include arthroscopic shoulder and elbow procedures as well as open trauma, reconstruction, arthroplasty and revision cases. Approximately 60% of cases are shoulder and 40% are elbow. Of the total number of cases approximately 40% are arthroscopic.


All fellows present a Grand Rounds lecture as part of the Kerlan-Jobe weekly lecture series. There are also opportunities to participate in talks for conferences/courses where Dr. Itamura is invited faculty.

Didactics and Journal Club

Kerlan-Jobe Conference series is held weekly on Thursday mornings before start of surgical cases. Journal club is held with other KJI fellowship programs once a month. Additionally, Dr. Itamura reviews multiple relevant journal articles with the fellow each Thursday.


Monthly labs are held in conjunction with the KJI Sports Medicine fellowship programs at the surgical skills lab at Kerlan-Jobe taught by Kerlan Jobe faculty. Additionally, fresh frozen cadaveric specimens are made available to fellows several times a month in the lab.

Ultrasound Training

An ultrasound device is available for fellow education and training. Dr. Lee provides education in performance of diagnostic ultrasound as well as ultrasound guided injections.

Educational Courses

Fellows receive up to $1000 towards expenses for attendance at one course during the year. Additionally, opportunities exist to attend industry sponsored fellows’ courses.

Salary, Benefits, and Life in Los Angeles

Salary is $55k and includes medical insurance premium for you and your family. Dental and vision benefits are also available.

Fellows are given 5 days off for vacation.

Los Angeles is fortunate to enjoy warm, sunny weather for most of the year, and access to the beach and mountains. LA is an exciting city with many entertainment, sports, culture, and food options. Living in Los Angeles can be expensive, but is considered less expensive than NYC, SF, or Boston.

Average cost of a 2 bedroom apartment in Downtown LA is ~$2700/mo. It is recommended to live in the East LA area, due to proximity to the hospitals. For families, Pasadena and Alhambra are popular areas. Downtown, Koreatown and Little Tokyo are popular with single fellows. If you prefer living on the beach, Manhattan Beach is popular with fellows, but keep in mind that the rent will be more expensive and traffic significant.

All fellows are provided meal cards at both White Memorial and USC for OR days. Lunch is provided on clinic days as well.

Other benefits of being a part of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic Fellowship include access to professional and collegiate sporting events with the other fellows. Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic covers USC and Loyola Marymount athletics, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Anaheim Ducks, the Los Angeles Sparks, and other community college teams. There are also opportunities for fellows to be involved in sports coverage, if interested.

Foreign Medical Graduates

Only fellowship applicants who are eligible for a full California State Medical license can be considered for this fellowship.

Current Fellow

2015 - 2016
Mark Schultzel, MD
Residency: University of Missouri, Kansas City
Medical School: University of California, San Diego

Alumni and Practice Locations

  • 2014 - 2015
    Karl Scheidt, MD
    VA Healthcare System
    Milwaukee, WI

  • 2013 - 2014
    David Kummerfeld, MD
    Azalea Orthopaedics
    Tyler, TX

  • 2012 - 2013
    Yung Han, MD
    Han Orthopaedics
    Los Angeles, CA

  • 2012 - 2013
    Sarah Jurek, MD
    Minor & James Medical
    Seattle, WA

  • 2011 - 2012
    Michael Becket, MD
    Kaiser Permanente
    Los Angeles, CA

  • 2011 - 2012
    Abteen Faroohar, MD
    Kaiser Permanente
    Los Angeles, CA