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Orthopaedic Residency Alumni

 

Class of 2021

  • Alexander Loeb

    Medical school: University of Virginia
    Undergrad: University of Virginia
    Hometown: Tallahassee, FL
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: “I am privileged to come to work for this program every day for a number of reasons. The breadth and complexity of the clinical experience here makes for incredible training. The leadership within the program is dedicated to and advocates for resident education at the highest level. The residents are tight knit, not just within each class, but across classes. And most significantly, because each one of the departments here at Johns Hopkins is preeminent, the environment develops you into a better physician, not just a better orthopaedic surgeon.”
    Alexander Loeb
  • James Mackenzie

    Medical school: University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix
    Undergrad: University of Arizona
    Hometown: Tucson, Arizona
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: "I chose Hopkins for several reasons, not the least of which was the dedication of faculty to the education and wellbeing of the residents. Their commitment to making us the best in the next generation of orthopedic surgeons is evident. Here, you get to work alongside not only the best in orthopedics, but the best in every field of medicine. I also feel a strong camaraderie among the residents both in my class and beyond it. These are people I will have the privilege of calling my friends and colleagues for the rest of my career. As a bonus, global health involvement as it relates to orthopedics is highly encouraged and supported, something which I am very interested in."
    James Mackenzie
  • Varun Puvanesarajah

    Medical school: Johns Hopkins University
    Undergrad: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Hometown: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: "I decided on Hopkins orthopaedics because of the leadership, residents and opportunities."
    Varun Puvanesarajah
  • Alexandra (Allie) Miller Dunham

    Medical school: Johns Hopkins University
    Undergrad: Johns Hopkins University
    Hometown: Norrisville, Maryland
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: "As a native Marylander, both Baltimore and Hopkins have held special places in my heart. The environment at Hopkins has been welcoming and collaborative. Having mentors (at both the faculty and resident level) who push you to become the best of the best, who want to see you succeed, and who will truly advocate for you is a luxury that me and my colleagues have been afforded within the Hopkins Residency program. It's incredibly humbling to have the opportunity to learn, grow and work beside innovators in the field of orthopaedic surgery as well as other specialties. It is a continued honor to serve the incredibly diverse community, who come from near and far for treatment, here in Baltimore."
    Alexandra (Allie) Miller Dunham
  • Sandesh Rao

    Medical school: Johns Hopkins University
    Undergrad: University of Maryland, Baltimore County
    Hometown: Gaithersburg, MD
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: "Johns Hopkins' tripartite approach to medicine includes research, education and clinical expertise. Here you can participate in all three and delve in depth into whatever your passion is. The faculty and residents are collegial and approachable, allowing for great collaboration."
    Sandesh Rao
  • Suresh Kevin Nayar

    Medical school: Johns Hopkins University
    Undergrad: Grinnell College
    Hometown: El Paso, Texas
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: "It is a rare opportunity to find so many people in one place who are dedicated to their patients, research and who strive to be leaders in their fields, yet still deeply care about the professional and personal development of both their colleagues and trainees."
    Suresh Kevin Nayar
 

Class of 2020

  • Raj Amin

    Fellowship: Joint Reconstruction Fellowship, Stanford University
    Medical school: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
    Undergrad: Michigan State University
    Hometown: Fresno, Ca.
    Career Plans: Adult Reconstruction
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: "I left my interview day here at Hopkins, knowing it was where I wanted to be. I was impressed with the departmental focus on resident education, and the variety of clinical opportunities available both in Baltimore and abroad. Furthermore, I felt the many excellent faculty and co-residents across the Hopkins healthcare system would allow me to take full advantage of my time as a resident. The Baltimore city tour also demonstrated a number of great options to enjoy life outside of the hospital."
    Raj Amin
  • Keith Aziz

    Fellowship: Hand Surgery Fellowship, University of Cincinnati
    Medical school: Howard University College of Medicine
    Undergrad: Carnegie Mellon University
    Hometown: Bethesda, Md.
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: "I am incredibly excited to be able to train at Hopkins because of the impeccable training that is offered in our program. The endless research opportunities, diverse clinical exposure, extensive operative experience, and the level of autonomy combine to provide an exceptionally well-rounded educational experience. I was also thoroughly impressed by the leadership of Dr. Ficke and Dr. LaPorte and their dedication to mentoring and developing future leaders, as well as the approachability of the faculty and sense of camaraderie among the residents. I appreciate the history of being at the birthplace of the first formal residency programs in the United States, as well as having the opportunity to be a part of a tradition of excellence at Hopkins."
    Keith Aziz
  • Matt Best

    Fellowship: Sports Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
    Medical school: University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
    Undergrad: Florida Atlantic University
    Hometown: Perkasie, PA
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: "Hopkins provides opportunities for hands-on operative experience and surgical autonomy early on during training. Additionally, the program allows for exposure to highly complex cases, abundant research opportunities and interaction with a diverse patient population, making it an ideal training environment."
    Matt Best
  • Alex Bitzer

    Fellowship: Sports Fellowship, OrthoCarolina
    Medical school: University of Virginia School of Medicine
    Undergrad: University of Massachusetts Boston
    Hometown: Miami, Fl.
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: "The Johns Hopkins Hospital has a rich history in residency training and the orthopaedics department is a perfect example of what Dr. Baer intended for surgical trainee development. With incredible opportunities in both clinical and research work, along with time protected didactics, Hopkins provides its residents with the tools and education they need to appropriately apply their skills and knowledge in a 'learn-by-doing' environment. The department is proud of its excellence, but is ambitious to achieve even more. As a result, the department continues to grow and reach new heights under great leadership, thus making it a very exciting time to be a part of this program."
    Alex Bitzer
  • Floreana Kebaish

    Fellowship: Spine Fellowship, Washington University — St. Louis
    Medical school: Universitat Basel Medizinische Fakultat
    Undergrad: Universitaet Fribourg, Switzerland
    Hometown: Zurich, Switzerland
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: "I sought an opportunity for an excellent education working with unique people, residents and faculty at a place offering a large spectrum of experiences."
    Floreana Kebaish
  • Stuart Mitchell - Research Year

    Fellowship: Pediatrics Fellowship, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
    Medical school: Johns Hopkins University
    Undergrad: Vanderbilt University
    Hometown: Baltimore, Md.
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: “I chose to stay at Hopkins after medical school for several reasons. I truly enjoyed my experience in medical school because Hopkins has so many excellent faculty and residents — not just in the ortho department— and countless opportunities for research, service and wellness. Baltimore also has so much to offer ranging from excellent food, entertainment and culture in the city, as well as its close proximity to the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Atlantic Ocean, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York City.”
    Stuart Mitchell
  • Ian Patten

    Fellowship: Sports Fellowship, Kerlan-Jobe
    Medical school: The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
    Undergrad: University of New Hampshire
    Hometown: Augusta, Me.
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: “I chose Hopkins because of the excellent group of co-residents. As a sub-intern I experienced firsthand the feeling of family within the department and knew that this is the program where I belong.”
    Ian Patten
 

Class of 2019

  • Alex Johnson

    Current Practice: Faculty, Johns Hopkins University
    Fellowship: Sports Fellowship, American Sports Medicine Institute
    Medical school: Emory University
    Undergrad: Georgia Tech
    Hometown: Owensboro, Ky.
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: “The best thing about our program is that it feels like a family. From the first day I stepped into this place as a sub-intern, I knew it was special because of the way residents were treating each other.”
    portrait of Alex Johnson
  • John Thompson

    Current Practice: Faculty, Johns Hopkins University
    Fellowship: Foot and Ankle Fellowship, Union Memorial Hospital
    Medical school: Johns Hopkins University
    Undergrad: Duke University
    Hometown: Towson, Md.
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: “Hopkins is a great place to train because all subspecialties are well represented and highly recognized across the country. All of the other non-orthopaedic specialties at Hopkins are also the best in the country, and this both promotes optimal patient care for complex medical issues and also provides a broader education that you would not otherwise receive in orthopaedics. This makes me not only a better orthopaedic surgeon but also a better doctor in general.”
    portrait of John Thompson
  • Clayton Alexander

    Current Practice: Private practice, Maryland
    Fellowship: Hand Fellowship, York Hospital
    Medical school: University of Maryland
    Undergrad: University of Richmond
    Hometown: Ellicott City, Md.
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: “The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery here is entering an exciting time, with a new chairman, the hiring of many new faculty and the prospect of growth across many different areas in a top-quality health system. That is one of the biggest reasons I chose Hopkins, but not the only one. The emphasis of training is very well rounded, balanced between research, clinical and surgical skills and education. In addition, the people that make up the department from my fellow residents to the faculty and staff are incredible and supportive. Lastly, Maryland has been my home for my whole life — I love the city of Baltimore and I wanted to stay.”
    portrait of Clayton Alexander
  • Itai Gans

    Current Practice: Private practice, Pennsylvania
    Fellowship: Sports Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania
    Medical school: University of Pennsylvania
    Undergrad: Penn State
    Hometown: Livingston, N.J.
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: “I chose to match at Hopkins because of the great residents that I get to work with every day and I’m glad to call them my closest friends. Hopkins is a great place to train because of the great teaching and clinical experience we get as residents. There is autonomy and abundant opportunities to get involved in research, clinical work and operative care.”
    portrait of Itai Gans
  • Jay Reidler

    Second Fellowship: Pediatric Spine Surgery, University of Pennsylvania
    Fellowship: Spine Fellowship, Columbia University
    Medical school: Harvard University
    Undergrad: Harvard University
    Hometown: Englewood, N.J.
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: “Why Hopkins? Incredibly thoughtful, diverse and fun residents; stellar faculty members that are highly approachable and who care deeply about resident education; as an intern you have a one-month skills course, five months of research time, additional elective time and endless resources to explore any interest in orthopaedics/medicine; outstanding leadership of Drs. Ficke and LaPorte; beautiful and cutting-edge facilities; interactions with leaders in every field of medicine; lots of fun things to do in the Baltimore harbor and county; great balance of oversight and autonomy; high volume in every area of orthopaedic surgery and perhaps most importantly, a true resident-focused program.”
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  • Brett Shannon

    Current Practice: Private practice, Delaware
    Fellowship: Pediatric Fellowship, Boston Children’s Hospital
    Medical school: Johns Hopkins University
    Undergrad: University of Notre Dame
    Hometown: Sanibel, Fl.
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: “Staying at Hopkins was a great choice for my family and training. My wife started medical school here, and I joined a group of residents that challenge me daily to improve my clinical, technical and professional skills. I enjoy the opportunity to care for a variety of patients from all walks of life, from homelessness to royalty, with a wide range of problems, from simple to complex, under the supervision of expert faculty from all subspecialties of orthopaedic surgery.”
    portrait of Brett Shannon

Class of 2018

  • Laura Atwater

    Current Practice: Faculty, Oregon Health Sciences University
    Fellowship: Foot and Ankle Fellowship, Mercy Hospital
    Medical school: Georgetown University
    Undergrad: Princeton University
    Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: “I wanted to come to Hopkins because I felt like I found my family in orthopedics. I knew this was the place that would help me flourish.”
    portrait of Laura Atwater
  • Malick Bachabi

    Current Practice: Private practice, OrthoCarolina
    Fellowship: Foot and Ankle Fellowship, OrthoCarolina
    Medical school: Georgetown University
    Undergrad: University of Maryland
    Hometown: Silver Spring, Maryland
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: “I decided to rank Hopkins No. 1 because of the quality of co-residents and leading mentors in their respective fields, among other reasons. As a world-renowned hospital, Johns Hopkins will allow you, as an orthopaedic surgery resident, to be exposed to both common pathologies/treatments as well as the rare ones that most trainees only get to read about.”
    portrait of Malick Bachabi
  • Mostafa El Dafrawy

    Current Practice: Faculty, University of Chicago
    Fellowship: Spine Fellowship, Washington University — St. Louis
    Medical school: Cairo University
    Undergrad: Cairo University
    Hometown: Cairo, Egypt
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: “I’m from Egypt and how I ended up here is a long story. The short version of that story is that I spent some time doing research with the department. During that time, I realized how great of a program this is. Forget the name and the fact that Hopkins is one of the most advanced hospitals in the world. Ignore the research, the history and the tremendous resources and facilities. What really made me want to stay were the people who work here. Having spent a few years here, I can honestly say we have the best mentors anyone could ask for. We have the most talented surgeons, and most of all, we have the smartest and hardest working residents you’ll ever meet. It’s a big privilege to train and belong here. Also, Baltimore is great and provides amazing opportunities for fun and recreation.”
    portrait of Mostafa El Dafrawy
  • Louis Okafor

    Current Practice: Private practice, Ohio
    Fellowship: Joint Reconstruction Fellowship, Washington University — St. Louis
    Medical school: University of Rochester
    Undergrad: Johns Hopkins University
    Hometown: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: “I think Hopkins orthopaedics is a wonderful place to train because of our diverse residency program, passionate faculty who are leaders in their respective fields and the endless opportunities our program provides its residents.”
    portrait of Louis Okafor

Class of 2017

  • Renee Genova

    Current Practice: Faculty, University of Florida — Jacksonville
    Fellowship: Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship, St. Louis University
    Medical school: University of South Carolina
    Undergrad: University of South Carolina
    Specialty: Trauma
    Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: “I chose Hopkins for the diverse opportunities of training and the clinical and academic experiences I knew would be available to me as a JHH orthopaedic surgery resident.”
    portrait of Renee Genova
  • Nigel Hsu

    Current Practice: Faculty, Johns Hopkins University
    Fellowship: Foot and Ankle Fellowship, Union Memorial Hospital
    Medical school: Johns Hopkins University
    Undergrad: Dartmouth College
    Specialty: Foot and Ankle
    Hometown: Edison, New Jersey
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: “I chose Hopkins because of the well rounded clinical experience, diverse patient population and the supportive faculty. We have the opportunity to go abroad for internal electives in addition to seeing a variety of pathology in Baltimore. Finally, the residents are hardworking and collegial, which makes the experience enjoyable.”
    portrait of Nigel Hsu
  • Amit Jain

    Current Practice: Faculty, Johns Hopkins University
    Fellowship: Orthopaedic Spine Fellowship, Emory University
    Medical school: Johns Hopkins University
    Undergrad: University of California, Berkeley
    Specialty: Spine
    Hometown: Portland, Oregon
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: “I grew up on the West Coast and came to Baltimore seven years ago for medical school. Being at Hopkins for medical school and residency has been an incredible privilege. From interacting with amazing faculty role models to participating in cutting edge research to learning how to provide safe and compassionate care for patients, every aspect of the Hopkins journey has been amazing. In my free time, I enjoy exploring the various eateries around Baltimore with friends and spending time with my family in Oregon.”
    portrait of Amit Jain
  • Tina Raman

    Current Practice: Faculty, New York University
    Fellowship: Orthopaedic Spine Fellowship, New York University
    Medical school: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
    Undergrad: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Specialty: Spine
    Hometown: Chester, New Jersey
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: “Hopkins orthopaedics is defined by its commitment to outstanding patient care, innovative research and educational opportunities. As a resident, this multifaceted emphasis keeps you dynamic. I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to be involved in cases with a high level of complexity, and the fulfilling interactions with patients in the perioperative period.”
    portrait of Tina Raman

Class of 2016

  • Jaysson Brooks

    Current Practice: Faculty, University of Mississippi
    Fellowship: Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Fellowship, Rady Childrens Hospital of San Diego
    Medical school: Loma Linda University
    Undergrad: Oakwood University
    Specialty: Pediatric orthopaedics
    Hometown: Upper Marlboro, Maryland
    Why choose Johns Hopkins: “The best part about training at Hopkins is that the name isn't what makes it great, but the work ethic of the individual people. For an academic program, it has very few fellows, meaning residents are able to learn often one-on-one from the masters in their field. The diversity also drew me in, as no other academic program had as many minority and female residents, as evidenced by the current class makeup. I also love the mission opportunities — I did a lot of missionary work in college and medical school, and Hopkins not only encouraged us to do international mission work but provided us the time and funding to do so. An finally, I loved the research opportunities. The Welch Library has every journal or book you could ever think of, and if it’s not physically there, the library can get it for you with a simple click of a button online. In addition, you are assigned a research mentor when you start, and these mentors truly guide you and help to mold you into becoming a surgeon-scientist.”
    portrait of Jaysson Brooks
  • Thomas Kim

    Current Practice: Private practice, California
    Fellowship: Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship, Brown University
    Medical school: Georgetown University
    Undergrad: University of California, Berkeley
    Specialty: Hand
    Hometown: Los Angeles, California
    Why choose Johns Hopkins: “I made many good friends during my Hopkins ortho residency. This is what made this residency so great for me — the caliber of the people in it with you for five years and beyond.”
    portrait of Thomas Kim
  • Karthikeyan Ponnusamy

    Current Practice: Private practice, Georgia
    Fellowship: Adult Reconstruction Fellowship, University of Western Ontario
    Medical school: Stanford University
    Undergrad: Johns Hopkins University
    Specialty: Adult reconstruction
    Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
    Why choose Johns Hopkins: “I wanted to come back to Hopkins because of the excellent teaching spirit. As a sub-intern, I remember everyone from interns to attendings focused on making sure everyone was learning and helping each other to improve. as a resident, I tried to continue that spirit and enjoy the camaraderie of my fellow residents.”
    portrait of Karthikeyan Ponnusamy
  • Adam Shaner

    Current Practice: Private practice, New York
    Fellowship: Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship, Hospital for Special Surgery
    Medical school: Johns Hopkins University
    Undergrad: University of Kansas
    Specialty: Trauma
    Hometown: Manhattan, Kansas
    Why choose Johns Hopkins: “Hopkins has always been a solid program, for all fronts. Although much of our program is new in terms of faculty and rotations, there has always been an emphasis on operative experience at all levels with our attendings, who are masters in their fields. The resources and clinical experience are unmatched, and the entire residency is one of the most diverse.”
    portrait of Adam Shaner
  • Sophia Strike

    Current Practice: Faculty, Johns Hopkins University
    Fellowship: Harvard Hand/Upper Extremity Fellowship, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
    Medical school: Johns Hopkins University
    Undergrad: Duke University
    Specialty: Hand
    Hometown: Washington, D.C.
    Why choose Johns Hopkins: “Hopkins offers a breadth of clinical exposures that is invaluable when training. And I love living in a city that offers both the charm of a small city and the culture of a large one."
    portrait of Sophia Strike

Class of 2015

Andres O’Daly

Current Practice: Private practice, Florida
Fellowship: Foot and Ankle, University of Alabama, Birmingham

Andrea Spiker

Current Practice: Faculty, University of Wisconsin
Second Fellowship: Joint Preservation, Hospital for Special Surgery
First Fellowship: Sports Medicine, Hospital for Special Surgery

Savya Thakkar

Current Practice: Faculty, Johns Hopkins University
Fellowship: Joints, New York University

Ariel Williams

Current Practice: Faculty, University of Minnesota
Fellowship: Sports Medicine, University of Connecticut; Hand, Johns Hopkins University

Class of 2014

Rishi Balkissoon

Current Practice: Faculty, University of Rochester
Fellowship: Joints, Rush University

Johnathan Bernard

Current Practice: Private practice, Virginia
Fellowship: Sports Medicine, Hospital for Special Surgery

Ashvin Dewan

Current Practice: Private practice, Texas
Fellowship: Sports Medicine, Washington Universityin St. Louis

David Macias

Current Practice: Private practice, Mississippi
Fellowship: Foot and Ankle, St. Alphonsus Medical Center

Emmanuel Menga

Current Practice: Faculty, University of Rochester
Fellowship: Spine, New York University

Eric Tan

Current Practice: Faculty, University of Southern California
Fellowship: Foot and Ankle, Union Memorial Hospital

Class of 2013

Hamid Hassanzadeh

Current Practice: Faculty, University of Virginia
Fellowship: Spine, Rush University

Casey Humbyrd

Current Practice: Faculty, University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: Foot and Ankle, Mercy Medical Center

Jay Lee

Current Practice: Faculty, Johns Hopkins University
Fellowship: Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania

Sergiy Nesterenko

Current Practice: Private practice, Texas
Fellowship: Spine, Cleveland Clinic

Ben Stein

Current Practice: Private practice, Washington, DC
Fellowship: Foot and Ankle, Union Memorial Hospital

Alan Yan

Current Practice: Faculty, Creighton University
Fellowships: Foot and Ankle, Duke University; Trauma, University of Minnesota

Class of 2012

Stuart Myers

Current Practice: Private practice, Colorado
Fellowship: Foot and Ankle, Union Memorial Hospital

David Oji

Current Practice: Private practice, California
Fellowship: Foot and Ankle, Union Memorial Hospital

Kristoff Reid

Current Practice: Medical University of South Carolina
Fellowship: Trauma, Duke University

Thomas Ring

Current Practice: Private practice, Pennsylvania
Fellowship: Joints, State University of New York at Buffalo

Nima Salari

Current Practice: Private practice, Arizona
Fellowship: Spine, Stanford Univeristy

Class of 2011

Joseph Gjolaj

Current Practice: Faculty: University of Miami
Fellowship: Spine, University of Miami

James Johnston

Current Practice: Private practice, Maine
Fellowship: Joints, Mayo Clinic

Addisu Mesfin

Current Practice: Faculty, University of Rochester
Fellowship: Spine, Washington University in St. Louis

Ben Petre

Current Practice: Private practice, Maryland
Fellowship: Sports Medicine, Steadman Clinic, Colorado

Miho Tanaka

Current Practice: Faculty, Massachusetts General Hospital
Fellowship: Sports Medicine, Hospital for Special Surgery

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