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Fall/Winter, 2019

Here’s what’s happening:

We are in the midst of the application process to orthopaedic surgery residency programs. We received a near record number of applications this year. After a structured review process by our faculty and senior/chief residents, interview invitations were sent out the week of Thanksgiving.

The Department hosted the 3rd annual Musculoskeletal Pathology Review and Update Course on October 25 -26, 2019 at The Teaching Innovation Learning Lab (TILL) at Ekstrom Library, Room 302 on Belknap Campus. Dr. Rodolfo Zamora, MD, Assistant Professor, and Chief, Orthopaedic Oncology in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery organized the course which featured Robert Ricciotti, MD from the University of Washington, John Reith, MD from Cleveland Clinic, Ilya Iofin, MD from Mount Sinai Medical Center and Dr. John Dimar, Dr. Jessica Hata, Dr. Kerry McGowan and Dr. Alan Northington, all from the University of Louisville. Not surprisingly, our residents have dramatically increased their oncology section OITE scores in the past several years since we’ve been offering this course!

We are missing our 2019 graduates: Dr. Kevin Himschoot, Dr. Ken MacKinlay, Dr. Joseph Polio and Dr. Thomas Schlierf. They are all doing well in their fellowships: Dr. Himschoot in Adult Reconstruction at Norton Orthopaedic Institute in Louisville, KY, Dr. MacKinlay in Spine at Twin Cities Spine Center in Minneapolis, MN, Dr. Polio in Foot and Ankle at UC Davis, Sacramento, CA and Dr. Schlierf in Adult Reconstruction at the Southern Joint Replacement Institute in Nashville, TN.

We welcomed visiting professor, Charles A. Bush-Joseph, M.D., Professor, Rush University Medical Center, and Team Physician Chicago White Sox, at the 2019 Fischer Owen Resident Research Day in June. Dr. Bush-Joseph lectured on “PCL Injuries: Evaluation and Management” and “Communication: Cornerstone of a Career”.

Winners at the June graduation banquet included Rashad Usmani, MD who won the OJ Hurt Award for best score on the OITE (94th percentile) with an honorable mention to James Baker, MD (91st percentile). Jeeshan Faridi, MD, won the K. Armand Fischer Award for most improved OITE score. The Gerhard Kuntscher Award went to Ken MacKinlay, MD, who was selected by the residents as the best fellow resident teacher. The Best Research 2018-19 Award went to Christian Eccles, MD. The Resident Teaching Award for full time and gratis faculty went to Rodolfo Zamora, MD and Todd Hockenbury, MD respectively. This year, the department introduced a new award, The Resident of the Year Award, to the resident who has gone above and beyond to achieve the highest level of exemplary performance and team commitment. The award went to Joey Polio, MD.

Four of our residents presented research at the Kentucky Orthopaedic Society (KOS). Austin Smith, MD (PGY-3) came in 2nd place for his presentation, “Total Hip Arthroplasty Following Failed Intertrochanteric Hip Fracture Fixation Treated with a Cephalomedullary Nail”.

Please plan on attending the 9th annual alumni reception at TopGolf in Orlando at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) in Orlando, Florida in March. We would love to see you there!



Craig S. Roberts, MD, MBA
K. Armand Fischer Professor and Chair
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

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