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Japanese Orthopaedic Association (JOA) Traveling Fellowship


The Japanese Orthopaedic Association sponsors three-week tours.

  • US Fellows travel during even years and visit top Japanese academic centers and historical landmarks for the JOA Traveling Fellowship.
  • Japanese Fellows are hosted by orthopaedic surgeons across the US during odd years. The tour begins or ends at the AOA Annual Meeting, depending on the year.

Eligibility Information

Applicants must:

  • be 42 years of age or less the year prior to the tour.
  • have passed the Certifying Examination of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS certified)
  • be a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • must be qualified to practice orthopaedic surgery in the United States; must be a United States citizen OR a Permanent Resident with a full time position at a hospital/institution in the United States.
  • be available to travel to Japan the spring of 2018

Note: Former ABC and NATF Fellows are ineligible.

Applications for the 2016 JOA Fellowship are now closed. Applications for the 2018 JOA Traveling Fellowship will open in January, 2017. 

Questions? Please e-mail

2016 JOA Traveling Fellows

Samuel K. Cho, MD
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
New York, NY

Reza Firoozabadi, MD
University of Washington/Harborview Medical Center
Seattle, WA

Brett A. Freedman, MD
Landstuhl Regional Medical Center 

Sumon Nandi, MD
Orthopaedic Institute of Ohio
Lima, OH



Thank you to the 2015 AOA-JOA Exchange Traveling Fellows Hosts

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

New York University

Hospital for Special Surgery

Rothman Institute

Thomas Jefferson University

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Mayo Clinic

University of Florida

Massachusetts General Hospital






The JOA created a fantastic itinerary for us - from operating to lecturing and historical sites to the technological wonders of Japan.

2010 JOA Traveling Fellows Diary Log excerpt