Our History

To further their pursuit of new surgical techniques, patents, and publications, Drs Richard B Caspari, John F. Meyers, and Terry L. Whipple founded Orthopaedic Research of Virginia.

Since 1982, ORV has trained more than 100 orthopaedic surgeons in arthroscopy and sports medicine. Former ORV fellows now practice throughout the US and around the world, and many are themselves involved in medical education and research. Research by ORV physicians and fellows has led to the development of numerous innovative surgical techniques and instruments and contributed substantially to the body of orthopaedic knowledge through publications, presentations, and multimedia products.

The founding ORV physicians have aided in the development of wrist and elbow arthroscopy as well as arthroscopic techniques for ACL reconstruction, meniscectomy, rotator cuff repair and shoulder stabilization.

The ORV Fellowship program consists of one year of clinical training in diagnostic and operative arthroscopy under the supervision of board-certified orthopaedic surgeons in a private practice setting.

Fellows are exposed to arthroscopic and open surgical procedures for the knee, shoulder, elbow, ankle, and wrist. Fellows participate in the surgical reconstruction of ligamentous instabilities of the knee and shoulder. They examine patients postoperatively, and, under the direction of the attending physician, plan a complete rehabilitative program. The surgical and clinical experience is under the direction of John F. Meyers, M.D., William R. Beach, M.D., Shannon M. Wolfe, M.D., and Paul E. Caldwell III, M.D.

Fellows are expected to participate in academic research which will result in publishable reports by the time they complete the program. Fellows are also responsible for presenting current journal articles at a monthly Journal Club meeting on a rotational basis. Fellows participate in sports medicine team coverage of local high school and college athletic programs, providing on-site coverage of sporting events, pre-season physicals, and office and surgical support for area athletes. Fellows attend the ACSM/AMSSM/AOSSM Advanced Team Physician course each year, as well as another professional meeting of their choice.

The base stipend for one year is $55,000 with additional income opportunities through taking weekend call. Additional benefits include malpractice insurance plus the tail premium, life, health, and disability insurance, a medical meeting allowance, and vacation time.

The Orthopaedic Research of Virginia (ORV) Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine Fellowship will be participating in the 2017 SF Match and will be accepting applications for the 2018-2019 Fellowship year through the online SF Match.