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Chief Residents' Corner




Stephanie Shim and
Joe Lombardi

Administrative Chief Residents


Learn more about the program:

The Residents
The Services
Recent Changes
Fellowships
Conference & Clinics
Vacations & Perks
Social Activities & NYC


OVERVIEW

The Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Columbia University has a legendary history of excellence. Founded on the pioneering work of Drs. Harrison McLaughlin, Russell Hibbs, Frank Stinchfield, Robert Carroll, Charles Neer, and Louis Bigliani, the Department exemplifies the very best in orthopedic education and surgery. Under our current Chairman, Dr. William N. Levine, a world-renowned shoulder surgeon, the historic legacy of the Department continues to thrive.

Dr. Levine served as the Department's Residency Program Director from 2002-2014, now succeeded by Dr. Charles Jobin, a leader in the Sports, Shoulder and Elbow Department. Dr. Levine has helped create an exciting and dynamic program that is fast becoming the gold standard in residencies. Fully committed to resident education, Dr. Jobin has continued Dr. Levine’s efforts to invigorate the Department's educational curriculum by instituting not only a rigorous series of resident-centered, attending-led conferences, but also a series of meaningful resident-organized sessions that span from service conferences, OITE review sessions, cadaver labs, and round table style “Breakfast with the Chairman” discussions to prepare residents for the “real world.” In 2016 Dr. T. Sean Lynch, an emerging leader in sports medicine & hip arthroscopy, was appointed as our Assistant Program Director. With his dedication to not only the residents, but to medical students and visiting sub-interns, he has helped revitalize our program with his fresh outlook on orthopaedic education.

Residents enjoy a robust operative and clinical experience with a variety of outstanding faculty members who represent every orthopedic sub-specialty. Our residents take advantage of 2 months of dedicated research time to cultivate collaboration with our impressive research faculty. A culture of education and excellence permeates the entire Department, and we believe firmly that the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Columbia University offers one of the strongest and richest orthopedic surgery training programs in the country.
 

 


THE RESIDENTS

The residents of our program are diverse in every respect: educational background, previous work experience, age, gender, ethnicity, extracurricular interests and talents. Musical interests and talents range from classical cello and piano to house music and DJ-ing. Our resident athletes include marathon runners, ironman triathletes, Olympic rowers, soccer players, swimmers, volleyball players and professional dancers. With our free time some residents travel the world while others choose to stay close to home to enjoy the greatest city on earth. While of course a strong educational background and work ethic are critical to succeed in orthopedic surgery residency training, equally important is the ability to share a diverse set of experiences and interests with one another.
 

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THE SERVICES

The Center for Shoulder, Elbow & Sports Medicine offers unparalleled exposure to the field as we have the great benefit of working with attending surgeons who are at the forefront of the specialty. Our current attendings build on the foundation of the forefathers of shoulder surgery and continually push the division forward on the cutting edge of advancements. Drs. Levine, Ahmad, Jobin, Popkin, Lynch, Zambetti, Redler, Belkin, and Kovacevic are wholly dedicated to continuing the great traditions of Columbia. Dr. Lynch, our Associate Program Director, is the Head Team Physician for Fordham University and is a rising star in the Hip arthroscopy world. Dr. Jobin, our Residency Program Director, is a tremendous advocate for the residents and a terrific shoulder and elbow surgeon gaining national and international prominence.

The Center for Pediatric Orthopedics offers an equally impressive experience for residents. Dr. David Roye, together with an ambitious faculty consisting of Drs. Hyman, Vitale, Russo, and Benjamin Roye care for pediatric patients with an astounding diversity of conditions, including spine deformity, limb deformity, hip dysplasia, and trauma in the setting of the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian. We are proud to have two fellowship-trained pediatric/adolescent sports medicine experts in Drs. Popkin and Redler.

Residents rotate with our world class spine department at the Daniel and Jane Och Spine Hospital at NewYork-Presbyterian/Allen. The spine department offers a multi-disciplinary approach to spine care that stresses both surgical and non-surgical options for conditions from the skull to the sacrum. Our newly created spine hospital brings together comprehensive patient care in all aspects of deformity, degenerative, minimally invasive, and cervical spine patient care. Drs. Larry Lenke, Daniel Riew, and Ron Lehman joined the faculty in 2015 and are internationally renowned in their respective subspecialties if deformity, cervical spine surgery, and minimally invasive/robotic surgery, respectively. They joined Drs. Mark Weidenbaum, Jay Kim, and Marc Dyrszka to provide one of the premier spine programs in the world for our residents and department.

The Center for Hip & Knee Replacement has achieved notable regional and national recognition under the leadership of Dr. Jeff Geller. Along with Drs. Roshan Shah, John Cooper, and Jakub Tatka, residents have an incredible exposure to the techniques and technology of hip and knee arthroplasty, including anterior-approach total hips, partial knee replacement and robotic-assisted arthroplasty.

The Center for Hand and Microvascular Surgery,established by Dr. Robert Carroll in 1949, is one of the nation's oldest such divisions. Under the leadership of Dr. Melvin Rosenwasser, it is an innovative center for care of both routine and complex problems of the hand and upper extremity. Drs. Robert Strauch, Kumar Kadiyala, and Susanne Roberts round out the hand and microvascular service and are excellent educators and mentors.

The Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Service at Columbia provides sub-specialty care for all ailments of the lower leg. Drs. Justin Greisberg (Chief of service) and Turner Vosseller are a tremendous educational resource for our residents, and both have extensive experience in managing complex lower extremity trauma.

Dr. Wakenda Tyler joined us in April of 2017 as the Chief of Orthopedic Oncology and brings a national and international reputation in the management of adult and pediatric patients with a wide variety of bone tumors, soft tissue sarcomas, and metastatic bone disease.

The Columbia University Medical Center is a level II trauma facility, and offers a comprehensive trauma experience with exposure to basic trauma in every anatomic distribution. The Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York, a level I facility, offers experience in caring for children who have sustained high energy or penetrating trauma as well as those with multiple injuries. With two rotations at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, we gain unparalleled experience at one of the premier trauma centers in the world. Our residents also have the opportunity to operate in an ambulatory surgery center in Englewood, New Jersey – just a short jaunt across the George Washington Bridge.

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RECENT CHANGES

Our department has experienced significant growth over the past decade with the changes reflecting a commitment to enhancing the educational and operative experience of the residents.

In 2015, we welcomed three of the leading spine surgeons in the world to our department, Drs. Larry Lenke, Daniel Riew, and Ronald Lehman. Dr. Lenke is renowned as one of the premier spinal deformity surgeons in the world. His practice is devoted exclusively to spinal deformity surgery, with an emphasis on complex reconstructive surgery in children and adults. Dr. Riew is world-renowned for his expertise in cervical spine surgery and serves as the Fellowship Co-Director and Chief of cervical spine surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Och Spine Hospital. Dr. Lehman specializes in cervical disc arthroplasty, adult and pediatric spinal deformity, and minimally invasive and robotic spinal surgery. We are looking forward to Dr. Zeeshan Sardar coming back as well when he joins the faculty in December 2018 after 3 years on faculty at Temple.

Since Dr. Levine became Chairman in 2014 we have added a number of other key faculty to our Department. In non-operative sports medicine we have added Drs. Natasha Desai, Tom Bottiglieri, Ben Oshlag and Elan Goldwaser. Dr. Morgan Anderson, an ironman/triathelete, will be joining us as our 5th non-operative sports medicine specialist, in September 2018. Dr. Jeff Geller, our Chief of Hip and Knee Arthroplasty, was named as the new Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at NYP-Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville, NY. This hospital is fast becoming an integral part of our surgical education. We successfully recruited Drs. Susanne Roberts (Hand and Upper extremity surgery), Marc Dyrszka (spine surgery), and Elan Goldwasser (non-operative sports medicine) to NYP-Lawrence over the past 2 years. We are thrilled to have Dr. David Kovacevic return “home” after a 3-year stint at Yale to head up our Lawrence Shoulder and Sports Medicine program. Finally, we are excited to have Dr. Jakub Tatka join us in November 2018 following his Hip preservation fellowship and 3-month stint in Bern, Switzerland.

Dr. Wakenda Tyler joined the department as our Chief of Orthopedic Oncology after a successful tenure at University of Rochester and has been a phenomenal addition to our faculty. She is a dedicated teacher, mentor, and role model and we feel fortunate to have the opportunity to work with her.

Drs. Nicole Belkin (Orthopedic sports medicine) and Christen Russo (Pediatric Orthopedics) were recruited for 2 of our other new campuses – NYP/Hudson Valley Hospital and NYP/Brooklyn Methodist Hospital. Alumnus Dr. Louis Amorosa (fellowship trained in Spine and Sports) will be rejoining our faculty as the 2nd recruit at NYP-Hudson Valley Hospital. While our residents do not rotate at these hospitals we still have the privilege of working with these outstanding faculty members in clinic, grand rounds, and collaborating on research projects.

Since 2009, our senior residents have had the opportunity to design a personalized international orthopedic elective that is funded by the department. The elective aims to enhance resident education by complementing the didactic and operative experiences as well as fostering a spirit of participation and volunteerism in global orthopedics. Prior residents have worked in a diverse array of sites with experiences ranging from orthopedic trauma in Nicaragua and Haiti to complex spine deformity in Vietnam. Our residents have traveled as far as Africa, the Dominican Republic, Bangkok and to underserved areas in China. Our 2018 graduates traveled to China, Honduras, Africa, and the Dominican Republic.

In August 2016, Columbia P&S opened the Vagelos Education Center. Made possible by the generosity of P&S alumnus Roy Vagelos, this state of the art facility provides students and residents with a number of new education facilities. The Surgical Simulation Lab is used routinely for cadaver anatomy and technique labs run by Columbia faculty and our extensive list of visiting professors. The dry lab space allows for lectures and sawbones simulations.

Our arthroscopy lab includes four fully functional arthroscopic stations where residents are encouraged to hone their skills on cadavers and arthroscopy models. Many residents also participate in various cadaveric and materials research in our Biomechanics Laboratory under the direction of Thomas Gardner. Residents also complete a basic microsurgery and advanced microsurgery course during the course of their residency in our state-of-the-art microvascular laboratory under the leadership of Dr. Yelena Akelina.

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FELLOWSHIPS

Our residents continue to secure the best fellowships in the country across all specialties.  

Class of 2019
              Adult Reconstruction – Rothman Institute, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
              Hand – Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH)
              Pediatric Orthopedics – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
              Spine – New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center
              Sports Medicine – Duke University
              Sports Medicine – Kerlan-Jobe

Class of 2018
              Adult Reconstruction – NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center
              Spine – NewYork-Presbyteran/Columbia University Medical Center
              Pediatric Orthopedics – A.I. duPont Hospital for Children
              Pediatric Orthopedics – Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)
              Spine – Leatherman Spine Institute
              Sports Medicine & Shoulder/Elbow – OrthoCarolina

Class of 2017
              Sports – Washington University
              Sports – University of Connecticut
              Hand – New York University
              Spine – Leatherman Spine Institute
              Spine - Columbia University Spine Hospital

Class of 2016
              Sports – Carolinas Medical Center
              Spine – New York University (NYU)
              Spine – Rush University
              Adult Reconstruction – Rothman Institute, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
              Hand and Upper Extremity - Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH)
              Peds – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)

Class of 2015
              Sports - Rush University
              Peds - A.I. duPont Hospital for Children
              Spine - New York University
              Spine - Leatherman Spine Institute
              Spine - UCSF
              Trauma - Carolinas Medical Center

Class of 2014
              Sports - Kerlan-Jobe
              Sports - Hospital for Special Surgery/Boston Children's Pediatric Sports Medicine
              Sports - Stanford
              Sports - Massachusetts General Hospital
              Shoulder and Elbow Surgery - Mount Sinai Hospital
              Hand - Tufts Medical Center

Class of 2013
              Sports - Kerlan-Jobe
              Sports - Kerlan-Jobe
              Sports - University of Pittsburgh
              Hip and Knee - Hospital for Special Surgery
              Pediatrics - Boston Children's Hospital
              Hand - University of Utah

Class of 2012
              Hand – University of Michigan
              Sports – Kerlan-Jobe
              Sports – Boston University
              Trauma – Denver University
              Spine – Rush
              Shoulder and Elbow – Thomas Jefferson

Class of 2011
              Spine – NYU
              Foot and Ankle – OrthoCarolina
              Shoulder and Elbow – Wash U
              Hand – Mayo Clinic
              Trauma – HSS; Spine- Thomas Jefferson

Class of 2010
              Sports –Steadman Philippon
              Sports – Hospital for Special Surgery
              Foot and Ankle – Hospital for Special Surgery
              Spine – Wash U
              Spine – Rush University, Chicago
              Spine – The Spine Institute, Santa Monica CA

Class of 2009
              Sports – Kerlan-Jobe
              Spine – Wash U
              Trauma – Shock Trauma Center, Baltimore MD
              Deformity – Sinai Hospital, Baltimore MD; Tumor – Sloane Kettering
              Peds – L.A. Children’s Hospital, Peds Sports – Boston Children’s
              Hip and Knee – Hospital for Special Surgery

Class of 2008
              Sports – Hospital for Special Surgery
              Sports – Kerlan Jobe
              Sports – Lenox Hill; Shoulder and Elbow – Wash U
              Spine – Thomas Jefferson
              Spine – Emory University
              Hand – Duke University

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CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

We participate in a number of weekly conferences which greatly enhance our learning. We recently redesigned our core curriculum to re-focus our learning with monthly blocks dedicated to a core topic and we added more hands-on learning with improved saw bones, cadaveric and arthroscopic sessions. During the summer, our curriculum includes a series of anatomy/surgical exposure sessions and throughout the summer and fall we do intensive OITE review. Fracture conference is held every Thursday morning and we have a weekly Grand Rounds consisting of presentations from visiting professors who are leaders in the field as well as our attending staff, residents and fellows. Additionally, weekly service-specific conferences offer the opportunity to discuss preoperative and postoperative cases and review current literature.

 


CLINICS

We have weekly clinics in all major orthopedic subspecialties, including Trauma, Spine, Joints, Hand, Foot & Ankle, Pediatrics, Shoulder, and Sports Medicine. Our clinic population generally consists of underserved patients from the surrounding communities for whom access to orthopaedic care is otherwise difficult. The residents have the opportunity to be the primary orthopaedic care provider in the clinic setting, foster relationships with their patients and devise and execute operative plans of care under the supervision of attending surgeons.

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VACATIONS

Four individual weeks per year; Vacation is not permitted during June.
 

 


PERKS

Exceptional training alongside a fantastic group of colleagues is among the benefits of our training program. As mentioned, the department offers an incredibly comprehensive training experience, with every major subspecialty represented by an extraordinary faculty fully committed to our education. Additional perks include enrollment in a basic and advanced microsurgery course. This course, developed in our internationally renowned Microsurgery Lab, attracts students from around the world. The department funds travel to meetings to present research, the OTA Comprehensive Fracture course for the junior residents, and a board review course for the senior residents. All PGY-5 residents also attend the AAOS meeting. Additionally, the department provides several important resources such as Hoppenfeld's Surgical Exposures and a comprehensive e-syllabus of highly referenced articles sub-divided into 6 subspecialties. Finally, our Orthopedic Library provides unparalleled access to the printed orthopedic literature and electronic journals.

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SOCIAL ACTIVITIES 

We work hard and play even harder. The academic year kicks off with the Annual NYOH summer BBQ and soccer game in Westchester at Dr. Roye’s house. This is an opportunity to meet all the new incoming residents, fellows, research staff, and summer sub-interns. In August, Dr. Levine hosts a Resident-Attending “best ball” golf tournament at his beautiful course in NJ. The Department holiday party is held in mid-December and is a fantastic celebration with family and friends. The Columbia Annual Resident Pre-Interview dinner in Times Square is well-known on the Orthopedic interview trail. Residents and applicants have the chance to socialize over a great dinner, which frequently becomes a full night out on the town. Every other year, we host the Columbia Alumni Reunion with a stimulating academic program in the spring, followed by an alumni gala. Graduation each June wraps up the year with an exciting golf tournament and awards dinner. Numerous informal gatherings occur throughout the year such as semi-regular NYOH Ladies' dinner, pickup basketball games, and regular Resident happy hours on the Upper West Side.
 

 


NEW YORK CITY

From Washington Heights to the Upper West Side to Chelsea to the West Village, every neighborhood, while unique, has it all - anything and everything you would want to see, hear, or taste. Entertainment abounds in every form, ranging from the family-friendly to the cultural to the hip to the decadent. Several parks are a mere walk, run, or bike ride away, including the Cloisters, Van Cortland Park, Riverside State Park (with tennis, swimming, ice rink, softball, track) and Central Park. The number and variety of restaurants in every neighborhood is astounding - ethnic foods abound. The culturally-inclined may venture to Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center to see the New York Philharmonic, the New York City Ballet, or Opera. Alternatively, one can travel to the Village to hear any style of music ranging from world renowned jazz at the Blue Note, to the hottest stars at the Beacon Theater. And of course, there’s Broadway. Late night, the clubs in the Meatpacking district draw those who want to get their dance on. Those seeking quiet reflection with the works of masters can visit the Met, MOMA, Guggenheim, Frick, or Whitney. A favorite for residents with families is always the Natural History Museum. Yankee Stadium can be seen from the hospital and Madison Square Garden is a short subway ride away. City Field, the Meadowlands, and Belmont Track make for an easy excursion from the city. New York City is unique and spectacular and having the chance to be part of it for five years is priceless.
 

 


SUMMARY

We feel fortunate to have the opportunity to benefit from unparalleled training in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Columbia University. Our mentors are leaders in the field, with a deep commitment to our education and success as orthopedic surgeons. The rich balance of clinical, surgical, and academic training is outstanding. The collegial environment and great location make this an unbeatable residency. Our graduates are competent, confident surgeons who inevitably go on to positions of leadership in the orthopedic community, carrying on the tradition of NYOH/Columbia excellence.
 

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