Clinical and research fellowship at the Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology

The Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology of Kantonsspital St.Gallen is an accredited Center for the education of surgeons in the field of Orthopaedics and Traumatology in all segments of the musculoskeletal system.



Candidates must be eligible for a medical license prior to training.


Shoulder and Elbow Prof. Dr. Bernhard Jost
Spine Dr. Thomas Forster
Hip PhD Dr. Karl Grob
Knee PD Dr. med. Karlmeinrad Giesinger, MSc
Foot and ankle PD Dr. Andreas Toepfer

Past Fellows

The list of fellows that attended a fellowship at our department is abvailable here.

Shoulder and Elbow Fellowship Program

Shoulder and Elbow Faculty

Prof. Dr. med. Bernhard Jost
Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
Kantonsspital St.Gallen

Head of Department
Head of Shoulder and Elbow Unit

PD Dr. med. Christian Spross
Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology

Kantonsspital St.Gallen
Vice Head of Shoulder and Elbow Unit

Goals and Characteristics of Shoulder and Elbow Fellowship

This fellowship offers an extensive experience in the surgical and nonsurgical management of disorders of shoulder and ellbow under the supervision of two full-time faculty members. The Shoulder and Elbow Service manages in excess of 4’000 outpatient visits per year and performs more than 600 surgical cases a year. This clinical volume guarantees exposures to a wide variety of traumatic, degenerative and athletic injuries. The fellowship experience includes training in the most advanced arthroscopic and open reconstructive surgeries of shoulder and elbow and especially also in shoulder and elbow arthroplasty.

Research Opportunities

Research, both clinical and biomechanical, is an integral part of the fellowship experience. The research is conducted under the direction of Dr. med. Vilijam Zdravkovic. The fellows also have the opportunities to do research work in our biomechanical lab or in our gait/motion analysis lab.