The Ronald Burkle
AHF Fellowship

AHF 2024 Nashville

Ditch the Dogma

The Ronald Burkle AHF Fellowship

We are delighted to announce the 2024 Ronald Burkle Grant recipients

This grant is awarded to exceptional surgeons making significant contributions to surgery in low/middle-income countries. Recipients will be able to immerse themselves in cutting-edge advancements in arthroplasty, share experiences with industry leaders, and connect with a vibrant community of orthopaedic professionals at AHF 2024 in Nashville from May 16 to 18.

We look forward to their valuable contributions as we gather to share best practices and encourage continuous progress in joint replacement.

  1. Dr. Aram Alarcon, Mexico
  2. Dr. Paa Kwesi Baidoo, Ghana
  3. Dr. Geletaw Tessema Bekele, Ethiopia
  4. Dr. Thiago Busato, Brasil
  5. Dr. Chitta Prasad Das, India
  6. Dr. O Z M Dastagir, Bangladesh
  7. Dr. Ramom Gonzalez Pola, Mexico
  8. Dr. Kushtrim Grezda, Kosovo
  9. Dr. Rodrigo Guimaraes, Brazil
  10. Dr. Mohamed Samih Kacem, Tunisia
  11. Dr. Faiton Ndesanjo Mandari, United Republic of Tanzania
  12. Dr. Praveen Mereddy, India
  13. Dr. Mohamed Mesregah, Egypt
  14. Dr. Toan Ngo Ba, Viet Nam
  15. Dr. Rodrigo Pesantez, Colombia
  16. Dr. Nabin Poudel, Nepal
  17. Dr. Jose Antonio San Juan, Philippines 
  18. Dr. Faseeh Shahab, Pakistan
  19. Dr. Rajeshwar Sidhu, India
  20. Dr. Sujit Kumar Tripathy, India


Orthopaedic hip surgeons from Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) are invited to apply for this Fellowship.  Successful applicants will be awarded funding to attend the Anterior Hip Foundation annual meeting, AHF 2024 Nashville.

This fellowship has been established to facilitate attendance at AHF Nashville for a limited number of hip surgeons from international locations who would otherwise be financially challenged to attend.  AHF recognizes the dedication and importance of hip surgeons in developing countries and wishes to facilitate their skills and education.  AHF also wishes to facilitate development of international collegial contacts and collaborators.

Funding has been generously provided for 20 Fellows by Mr Ronald Burkle.  Mr Burkle is involved in international business and philanthropy.

AHF is interested in applicants from Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs).  It is desirable that the applicant has a focus on hip surgery, including hip replacement, an interest in anterior approach hip replacement, is active in surgeon education in his/her country/region, and/or is an important provider of hip surgery in their country/region.  We look forward to your application and possible attendance at AHF Nashville 2024.


To be considered for a $3,700 fellowship grant to attend the AHF 2024 meeting, please

1)      Complete the Ronald Burkle Fellowship application  (REMOVED)

2)    submit your own hip arthroplasty case study to the AHF meeting group on Orthobullets. 

Cases uploaded to Orthobullets can be either primary or revision hip cases that are challenging or unusual or require interesting decision-making.  The case upload should include a case description, x-rays taken pre-op, post-op and at follow-up.  Relevant patient or operative photographs are also encouraged.

Foreign countries only. Please download and fill in the Wire Form and attach it with your uploaded receipts or email [email protected]

REIMBURSMENTS form for Fellows & Residents , Traveling Fellows and Burkle Fellows.

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Reimbursement will be distributed as receipts are received. 

We will pay reimbursements on 31 May and 14 June 2024. Receipts must be received five days before the pay-out date.

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Frequently Asked Questions for The Ronald Burkle International Fellowship Applicants. 

For detailed information, please email [email protected] 

No, registration is automatic. 

You are eligible to receive up to $3,700 to cover your flight, meeting and hotel stay at the 2024 Anterior Hip Foundation Event. Of this amount, $495 will be allocated to meeting registration. Please note that you will be responsible for coordinating and covering the costs of your visa application, flights, and accommodation. These will be reimbursed immediately following the event.

16 May – observing anterior hip replacement surgeries in the AHF Fellows’ and Residents Lab

17 May – full day Anterior Hip Foundation conference followed by the Networking reception 

18 May – Half day Anterior Hip Foundation conference, exclusive dinner for Burkle Fellows

For business conferences and meetings, the B-1 Visitor Visa is generally the most appropriate option for foreign nationals who do not qualify for entry under the simpler Visa Waiver Program.

How to Apply for a B1 Visa

(note that this process can take several months)

  1. Contact the nearest S. embassy or consulate in your home country to check the specific application requirements and procedures
  2. Complete the DS-160 Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application form and pay the application fee.
  3. Schedule a Visa Interview at the US embassy or consulate. Wait times for appointments can vary so it is advisable to schedule the interview well in advance.

How to optimize your Visa Application

Here are some tips to increase the likelihood of a successful B-1 Business Visitor Visa application:

  1. Clearly articulate the purpose of your trip to attend the conference. Be specific about the conference and how it relates to your professional activities. Be sure to include proof of your professional/ educational qualifications and the official letter of invitation from the Anterior Hip Foundation. (This will include details such as the purpose of the conference, your role, the duration of your stay, and any financial support provided.
  2. Include a detailed itinerary of your trip, outlining the conference schedule, meetings, and any other business-related activities you plan to participate in.
  3. Provide evidence of your financial ability to cover the expenses of your trip, including airfare, accommodation, and daily expenses. This helps show that you won’t be a financial burden during your stay. Be sure to add details of any grant you will receive to help cover your expenses.

Click here for:  US Department of State FAQ link

Book your travel and accommodation in Nashville. Note that we have a limited room block of discounted rooms at the conference hotel ($339 + tax per night) – the JW Marriott in Nashville. Please let us know if you are interested in securing one of these rooms. Alternatively, you are welcome to select alternative accommodation in Nashville.

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