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Meet the Columbia Department of Orthopedic Surgery Residency Training Program Class of 2022

March 29, 2017

It is our pleasure to welcome the 6 newest members of the Columbia Orthopedics family: the NYOH Orthopedic Surgery ´╗┐Residency ´╗┐Training Program Class of 2022!


Forrest Anderson

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Forrest is a native New Yorker. While at the highly competitive Bronx High School of Science, he spent summers conducting research on the biomechanics of Parkinsonian Instability. He obtained a Bachelors of Arts in Biological Sciences from Columbia University. Throughout his undergraduate years, he was a member of the Columbia University Heavyweight Rowing Team, which is nationally ranked and he won the Stephen M. Abbey Memorial Prize, awarded to the heavyweight crew member who epitomizes the ideals of Stephen Abbey. In addition, he was on the New York Athletic Club Rowing Team and was a finalist in the Men’s Intermediate Four and Men’s Senior Four at the 2010 US Rowing Club National Championships and he was also appointed to Columbia’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council.

During his undergraduate studies, Forrest worked as a Research Assistant at Teachers College with Dr. Christopher Hass on a project examining the biomechanics of Parkinson’s disease patients and following graduation he committed two years to bench research on the molecular biology and genomics of multiple sclerosis at the Tisch Multiple Sclerosis Research Center of New York which culminated in his podium presentations at meetings in Europe as well as in the US. At P & S, Forrest was an anatomy teacher with the Student Success Network peer teaching program that supports first year medical students and he is currently a senior student advisor of Foundations of Clinical Medicine during the clerkship year. He continues to row for Columbia in the Alumni Event at the Head of the Charles Regatta. Forrest is a member of the Columbia University Alumni Representative Committee and interviews for the Columbia College Office of Undergraduate Admissions. He has volunteered in our Department on research projects and was selected as a fellow in the Summer Medical Student Research Fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Forrest has made the Dean’s list seven out of eight clinical rotations. Forrest enjoys watching and talking about virtually any sport, playing golf, squash, pick-up basketball, running and skiing and completing crossword puzzles.

 


Matthew Anderson

Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Matthew grew up in San Diego, CA and is the second oldest of seven children. He attended Francis Parker School on an academic scholarship where he was an Academic All-American and graduated summa cum laude. He graduated magna cum laude from Duke University where he was a member of Duke’s NCAA Division I football and lacrosse teams and also held several jobs. He was named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll and was also awarded the Elite 88 Award by the NCAA. This award recognizes the student with the highest cumulative GPA participating in the Final Four.

Upon graduating from Duke, Matthew spent a month teaching in Vietnam before working as a consultant in the pharmaceutical industry for three years. In medical school, Matthew pursued his passion for education, co-directing a program, MedDOCs that teaches physiology to disadvantaged high school students in addition to serving as a teacher’s assistant for several first-year medical school courses. He has served in multiple other roles as both a teacher and a leader throughout college and medical school. He worked as a math tutor and teaching assistant at Duke. He has served as a student representative for the medical school admission office. He also has worked as a junior clinician and later a clinic manager of the East Harlem Health Outreach Partnership. Matthew also received research awards in 2014 and 2015. He enjoys traveling near and far, surfing, snowboarding, all levels of football, lacrosse and golf (when he’s playing well).

 


Elise Bixby

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Elise grew up in Florida and received her Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa in Chemistry, from Washington University in St. Louis. She was the sole recipient of the Merck Index Award for Academic Achievement in Chemistry. Elise conducted research each summer and also during a semester, including with Wash U’s Department of Orthopedic Surgery. This research resulted in second authorship on a publication in PLoS ONE on differential gene expression resulting from mechanical loading. Elise’s summer research in marine science also resulted in co-authorship of a publication in PLoS ONE. Elise also played competitive women’s Ultimate Frisbee for three years and served as team treasurer.

Following graduation Elise worked for two years teaching secondary math and science in an inner-city school in Denver, CO as part of the Teach for America program. She also worked as a math intervention specialist at the Denver Center for International Studies. In her extracurricular activities during medical school Elise assisted a family with an autistic child, liaised with the department for the Steven Z. Miller Pediatric Society and taught/tutored basic science and anatomy for the Student Success Network. Following her first year of medical school, Elise was also selected for the Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery and is a co-author on posters and presentations from this work at the 2015 POSNA annual meeting, the 2015 ILLRS Congress meeting and the 2016 AAOS annual meeting. This summer research experience also resulted in co-authorship of a publication in the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. Elise’s fervor for Orthopedic Surgery began with a 6th grade science fair project when she persistently solicited Tyson foods to send her 25 chicken wish bones t study the effect of bisphosphonates on the density of the chicken bones. Elise enjoys rock climbing, hiking and cooking.

 


Nicholas Danford

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Nicholas grew up in New Hampshire and received his Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, with Honors in English from Dartmouth College. He was a Rufus-Choate Scholar, awarded to students in the top 5 of the class senior year. He was a member of the varsity football team; walking onto the team in the winter of his first year. He also volunteered in the Dominican Republic in 2009, surveying the most pressing needs of a largely Haitian immigrant community and also taught HIV prevention. After college graduation, Nicholas volunteered with an NGO in Santiago, Chile, providing courses in business to local small business owners.

In 2012, Nicholas obtained a Master of Arts degree in English from Boston University and completed his premedical requirements at Harvard University’s Extension School. During this time he also volunteered at the Haley House Soup Kitchen and conducted research at the Dartmouth Center for Healthcare Delivery Science, where he authored a case report on farmers and pesticide use. He is also a co-author on a publication on Ecuador’s incentive program to treat drug-related tuberculosis. At P & S, Nicholas has served as president of the Rugby Club, co-founded and co-led the Philosophy Club, co-director of the first year Outdoor Orientation Program, contributed to our literary magazine, Reflexions, and was an actor in the Bard Hall Player’s production of Julius Caesar. Following his first year of medical school, Nicholas was awarded an NIH-funded Summer Research Fellowship to work in our Department of Neurosurgery and he is a co-author on a poster presented at the 2015 AANS annual meeting on this work. Nicholas enjoys a plethora of interests such as basketball, running, yoga, water and downhill skiing, golf, cooking and baking, Ancient Greek and Roman history, bouldering and backpacking. Nicholas is also proficient in Spanish.

 


Matthew Kronigsberg

Stony Brook University School of Medicine

Matthew grew up in New York City and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Area Studies with a minor in Spanish from Washington University in St. Louis. While there he was a member of the men’s varsity soccer and track and field teams. He was also voted president of the men’s club soccer team by his peers during his senior year. Before medial school Matthew was a member of a clinical research project at NYU Medical Center in the non-invasive Cardiology Department. During this time he also wrote an article describing the effects of different antihypertensive medications on psoriasis that was published in the fall of 2013, ‘Psoriasis Forum’ journal.

Throughout college and before medical school Matthew was also involved in tutoring children and volunteering at a nursing home. During medical school he participated in many extracurricular activities, he was awarded a Barry Coller Scholarship to conduct research in Brazil, he was selected to serve as a member of the Admission’s Committee, he served as president of the International Health Interest Group, he mentored students for the USMLE Step I exam, he organized a talk on the process of organ donation and how it will affect those in medical school as aspiring physicians and he’s also been involved in two Orthopedic research projects, one on examining different treatment modalities for patellar tendonitis and the other on examining the use of blood transfusion in patients undergoing elective joint replacement surgeries. Matthew has participated in a number of intramural sports and completed the Hamptons Marathon in 2014 and 2015 and he also enjoys traveling.

 


Matthew Levitsky

Tufts University School of Medicine

Matthew completed his undergraduate studies at Colgate University where he received his A. B. magna cum laude, majoring in Neuroscience. He was inducted into Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology. He was a three-year member of the Division I men’s varsity track and field team and served as a team captain his senior year. He also served as a member of the Class Council, as president of his class, and as the program director of for the campus radio station.

Matt also had the opportunity to participate in research during two undergraduate summers at the NIH Vaccine Research Center, where he investigated the role of dendritic cells in the HIV immune response During his senior year, Matt pursued a project in the Department of Neuroscience at Colgate where he studied the neural basis behind hot and cold streaks in competitive athletics and discovered the role of the mirror neuron stem in contagious athletic performance amongst college basketball players. Matt also worked at the Hospital for Special Surgery and co-authored three peer-reviewed papers on foot disorders. Matthew represented his medical school class for four years as a student council representative. He is a bassist in a cover band and serves as their manager. He also enjoys writing and recording music running, exercising, golf and snowboarding.

 

 

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