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Welcoming the Columbia Orthopedics Residency Class of 2023

March 16, 2018

We are proud to introduce the newest members of the Columbia Orthopedics and
New York Orthopaedic Hospital family:

Residency Training Program Class of 2023

Venkat Boddapatti, MD, Michael Held, MD, Nathan Lee, MD, Justin Mathew, MD, Joel Peterson, MD, Liana Tedesco, MD, Lynn Ann Forrester, MD.

Read more about this exceptional group of future orthopedic surgeons below. 

Venkat Boddapatti, MD

Medical School Weill Cornell College of Medicine
Undergraduate University of Chicago
Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Venkat graduated from the University of Chicago with a Bachelors of Arts “with distinction” in Biological Sciences. Prior to medical school, he performed translational research in an Ophthalmology lab studying the effectiveness of stem cell preparations in ameliorating histological and functional damage after retinal ischemia. During medical school, he was the recipient of a Clinical and Translational Science Center Summer Intensive Research Fellowship, the Hospital for Special Surgery Summer Research Fellowship and the New York Society for Vascular Surgery Academic Research Award. He has several first author peer‐reviewed publications and has presented his research at many professional conferences, including the New York Vascular Society for Vascular Surgery Annual Conference. While at WCMC, he explored his interest in science and technology and is the founder of SafeSnap LLC. He conceived of, obtained an initial round of funding and worked with a development team to create a mobile application using smartphone photography to longitudinally track conditions of photographable disease states in a HIPAA‐compliant manner and allows patients to remotely contribute images. In addition to his rigorous academic schedule Venkat enjoys 3‐dimensional printing, basketball, running, technology and cooking. He is also conversational in Telugu and Spanish.

Michael Held, MD

Medical School Tufts University School of Medicine
Undergraduate Vanderbilt University
Mike completed his undergraduate studies at Vanderbilt University where he received his Bachelors of Arts, magna cum laude, majoring in Economics. As an undergraduate, Mike was an engaged member of the Vanderbilt community. He served as a teaching assistant in the Macroeconomics course and was a group leader in a volunteer tutoring program, teaching weekly science lessons to students in an inner-city elementary school. He also had the opportunity to spend a semester abroad in Barcelona where he took courses, observed medical treatment for North African refugees, and was immersed in the local language and culture. Mike participated in longitudinal research in the Department of Orthopedics at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, where his several projects focused on bone biology and remodeling in pediatric patients. His outstanding effort resulted in a podium presentation at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America and a first-author publication on the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. Prior to the start of the first-year pre-clerkship courses, Mike engaged in coursework at the Brandeis Heller School of Management as part of his M.B.A. requirement. During the summer after his first year, Mike returned to Brandeis to complete M.B.A. coursework and he also pursued a healthcare management project wherein he analyzed the value of purchasing a new orthopaedic surgical device at Tufts Medical Center. Mike enjoys golf, skiing, lacrosse, fishing, travel and Spanish language.

Nathan Lee, MD

Medical School Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Undergraduate Columbia University
Nathan was born and raised in Los Angeles, graduated magna cum laude in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University and is a member of the national engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi. Prior to medical school, Nathan spent two years working on Quality Improvement Research with the Vice Chair of Quality at Mount Sinai Hospital. As a medical student, Nathan authored over 30 peer-reviewed scientific articles and had over 130 abstracts accepted to national and international orthopedic research conferences, including several podium presentations and awards. He has also served as the lead coordinator for several national database studies, mentored fellow students on statistical analyses and data-mining tools and created and managed his research team's website. Serving as President of the Orthopedic Surgery Interest Group, Nathan organized the annual "Scrub and Suture Workshop," led the Annual Dean's Cup "Sinai's Strongest Person" competition, and coordinated research and resident panels for medical students. As a mentor in the Specialty Focused Mentoring Program, Nathan worked with several underclassmen interested in Orthopedic Surgery and not only helped them develop goal-oriented plans for medical school courses and USMLE STEP 1, but also facilitated research and shadowing opportunities. Nathan also had a leadership role in the Med-Docs and Med-Start's enrichment programs, where he taught local under-served students interested in science and medicine about organ anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology through various hands-on teaching modalities. As a member of the Community Health Fair Steering Committee, he helped organize Mount Sinai's largest annual student-run event aimed at encouraging local community members to take an active role in maintaining and improving their health. Nathan’s hobbies include quality improvement, big data analytics, Tae Kwon Do (2nd Dan Black Belt), swimming, water polo, paddle-surfing, weight-lifting and cooking.

Justin Mathew, MD

Medical School University of California Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine
Undergraduate Harvard College
Justin was recruited to the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA with a merit based full-tuition and all-expenses Geffen Scholarship covering all four years of his medical school education. During his junior year of undergrad studies at Harvard College, Justin was inducted as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa. As a first year medical student, he was selected as one of 12 finalists for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. Justin has a tremendous interest in innovation, successfully filing a provisional patent on a sensor-equipped surgical retractor device. He was also recognized by UCLA’s 2014 Inventathon Competition for a device to non-invasively detect critical limb ischemia. Throughout his medical school years, Justin has demonstrated his commitment and passion for research. In the basic science arena, he studied orthopedics-related Biomechanics, and in the clinical arena he has developed an algorithm to automate spinal image processing and interpretation. He enjoys traveling, cooking, hiking, bicycling, badminton, foreign languages, global health projects (prior projects include work in Tanzania and Australia) and medical device technology.

Joel Peterson, MD

Medical School Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School-Piscataway
Undergraduate Princeton
Joel completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at Princeton University. Prior to medical school, he fostered a keen interest in environmental and animal sciences by completing a Masters degree in Conservation Biology from Columbia University and an internship with the Wildlife Conservation Society. During this time, Joel focused his studies on the behavior patterns of African lions and the anti-poaching efforts for tigers in Southeast Asia. Since his first year in medical school, Joel has worked closely with Dr. James C. Wittig on several research projects in the field of Orthopaedic Oncology, resulting in two first-author publications - one in Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research and the other in the Bulletin of the Hospital for Joint Disease. Joel has presented this work, as well as several other projects, at both the International Society of Limb Salvage / Musculoskeletal Tumor Society Annual Meeting and the American College of Surgeons Clinical Conference. Joel is an accomplished athlete, and he was a highly-recruited rower for the Princeton Heavyweight Crew team. In his rowing career, Joel has not only earned three national titles and multiple state titles, but also competed internationally for both American club teams and as a member of the United States Junior National Team. Joel’s hobbies range from car maintenance and restoration to cooking, baking and custom computer building.

Liana Tedesco, MD

Medical School Tufts University School of Medicine
Undergraduate Columbia University
Liana completed her undergraduate studies at Columbia University receiving a Bachelors of Arts, majoring in English. As an undergraduate, Liana served in multiple leadership roles in the literary society, St. Anthony Hall. This group fostered creativity outside the classroom and in addition to the literary component, the organization partnered with local community groups on service-oriented projects. Liana spent her undergraduate summers working in various jobs including a stint as a wealth management intern at Morgan Stanley and a summer as a surgical liaison at the Hospital for Special Surgery, where her interest in medicine and orthopedics was first sparked. After graduation, Liana entered the post baccalaureate premedical program at Columbia University where she pursued her medical school prerequisite coursework. During this time, Liana also worked as a clinical research assistant in the Department of Emergency Medicine here CUIMC. After completing her post-bac, Liana worked for one year as a research assistant in the Bernstein Laboratory at Mt. Sinai where her work focused on wound healing and fibrosis in the cornea. Liana has dedicated time to research throughout medical school in the departments of Orthopedic Surgery at the New England Baptist Hospital and Tufts Medical Center. She has also been an active member of the Tufts community, serving as a co-leader in the student mindfulness program, COMPASS and a peer facilitator in the Community Service Learning program. In addition, Liana was president of the Surgery Interest Group and a board member in Tufts’ chapter of AMWA. Liana enjoys culinary-based travel, home restoration and design, contemporary fiction novels, yoga and meditation.

Lynn Ann Forrester, MD

Medical School New York University School of Medicine
Undergraduate Brown University
Lynn graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Economics. She was inducted into the national political science honor society, Pi Sigma Alpha and excelled in athletics as well as academics. She was a member of the Brown University women’s crew 2011 NCAA Division I championship team, a three-time medalist at the Eastern Association of Women’s Rowing Colleges’ sprints, and a bronze medalist in the Championship Eight at Head of the Charles River Regatta. Lynn volunteered at Rhode Island Children’s Hospital, an experience that motivated her to pursue a career in medicine. She also volunteered as a peer advisor and tutor in Mathematics and Economics. Lynn completed the Columbia University Post-baccalaureate Premedical Program, where she achieved a 4.0 GPA and received the School of General Studies Service Award twice for her dedication as the orientation leader for the program. Lynn also completely immersed herself in productive research while at Columbia, working on three simultaneous projects in Pediatric Oncology. One of the projects resulted in a manuscript published in Cancer Research. Along with Angela Kadenhe-Chiweshe, MD, Lynn was awarded a Columbia University Medical Center Research Committee Start-Up Grant to identify effective therapeutic targets for advanced hepatoblastoma. In medical school Lynn’s enthusiasm for research in Pediatric Neuro-Oncology continued, she co-authored multiple abstracts, an oral presentation and a manuscript published in Cell. When her interest changed to Orthopedics, Lynn re-channeled her research acumen and began highly productive research projects on pediatric orthopedic patients with clubfoot and on analysis of the Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System dataset to examine relationships between common pediatric orthopedic pathologies and social/demographic factors. She has co-authored multiple abstracts, presentations and posters on this research. Lynn was recognized by the NYU Community Service Program for volunteering more than 130 hours in various volunteer organizations. She was a preclinical student, clinical volunteer and then clinical coordinator at the New York City Free Clinic, our student-run medical clinic caring for underserved populations without access to affordable health care. She also served as the director of their fundraising committee. Lynn also volunteered her time for New York Cares, NYU Mini-Meds, New York Road Runners and as a tour guide and student host for the medical school. She also serves as a peer mentor of the NYU SOM Violet Society advising program advising fellow medical students and provides career oriented support. She was also the co-director of the NYU Running Club, organizing events for fitness and group runs to enhance health and wellness among the students. Yes, Lynn has some spare time and enjoys trail running, road races, hiking, potlucks, rowing, New York Times crossword puzzles, yoga, ballet and gardening.

 

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