Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

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Orthotics & Prosthetics

Current Residents

Claire Cunningham

  • Hometown: Ridgefield, CT
  • University: University of Hartford
  • Undergrad: B.S. Allied Health, Emory University, Atlanta GA
  • Current Residency: Prosthetic
  • Area of research interest: “Can Improved Prosthetic Alignment Increase Activity in Patients with Lower Extremity Amputations?”


UCSF is a teaching focused research institution, and the teaching spirit is very much alive with all of the O&P clinicans. From the beginning it was apparent that the residency is among the most challenging in the nation, however the caliber of teachers and energy put into learning made it my top choice. The residency is unique in that you are not just an O&P resident, but are often a critical contact point in a patients plan of care. You collaborate with the surgeon, nurse and rehab team to better serve a patient, and are exposed to a much more global perspective than traditionally offered in O&P clinics. This residency will not only make you sufficient to practice in O&P, but will mold you into a well rounded healthcare professional.


Ben Fortson:

  • Hometown: Sacramento, CA
  • University: University of Washington
  • Undergrad: B.S. in Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley CA
  • Current Residency: Orthotics
  • Area of research interest: Pectus carinatum and excavatum bracing, scoliosis bracing, pediatric orthotics, access to prosthetic and orthotic care for geriatric and homeless patients


I applied to a variety of residencies coming out of school, but was most familiar with UCSF. I had done my shadowing experience here during undergrad and was familiar with some of the practitioners, sites, and patient populations. I knew there would be emphasis on excellent patient care, broad exposure to all pathologies and clinical pictures, and heavy emphasis on research and preparation for board exams. I am really enjoying my experience at UCSF, and particularly my current site, San Francisco General Hospital. UCSF is a challenging residency and will push you, but the experience you gain will serve you well wherever you go.


Matt Chen: