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About the Fellowship Program at TOCA


Participation in organized sports and weekend warriors are on the rise.  This has resulted in startling statistics where sports injuries among young athletes are increasing.  With this in mind, “The Orthopedic Clinic Association in conjunction with Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center took the lead in developing the first ACGME accredited Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship in the state of Arizona."

Anikar Chhabra, MD MS, is our Fellowship Program Director.  Other program faculty members include Evan S. Lederman, MD, Thomas R. Carter, MD, Kostas Economopoulos, MD and Amy Jo F. Overlin, MD (non-surgical).  The program faculty are nationally recognized for their excellence in orthopedic sports medicine.  Their mission is to educate fellows for careers in orthopedic sports medicine, academics, teaching and research while serving patients through innovative and comprehensive orthopedic care.

Our fellowship program is a one-year clinical & surgical experience in orthopedic sports medicine.  To enhance their training, the fellow has longitudinal exposure to primary care sports medicine, and is given the opportunity to train at state-of-the-art surgery facilities. During their training, fellows are exposed to professional, college, and high school athletes. Our program offers our fellows a multitude of opportunities to advance and master their skills as it relates to sports medicine injuries and research.

In 2014, our first fellow, Dr. Christopher Stevens, successfully completed the fellowship and has moved on to work with Tucson Orthopedic Institute.

Our current fellow, Dr. David Barba is training for academic year 2014-2015.  Born and raised in San Francisco, California, Dr. Barba went on to complete his residency in Orthopedic Surgery at Indiana University, where he developed a strong interest in sports medicine.  Eager to gain firsthand experience in sports-related injuries, he decided to pursue a fellowship, becoming the Orthopedic Sports Medicine Program’s second fellow.

For information on how to apply to our fellowship program, go to

Our Fellows: Quality Care From People Who Care.


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