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June, 2020

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

The COVID-19 global pandemic has rocked our world. We are all adapting and doing things differently. Although early on in the pandemic, we had an early scare and worried that is was a harbinger of things come, we have bounced back, not skipped a beat, and re-energized our organization. Our resident who tested positive for the coronavirus made an uneventful and full recovery, and was able to return to work quickly. We are making plans for next year, and for the close of this academic year.

We are delighted to report that we matched the following outstanding medical students who will begin as PGY-1 residents in July:

  • Sarag Abhari — University of Louisville
  • James Gainer — Marshall University
  • Jonathan Gardner — University of Louisville
  • Dallas Hagman — University of Louisville
  • Alex Jouflas — University of Colorado

We could not be happier and look forward to getting to know them, and seeing them grow as a part of the UofL family.

The Department is dedicated to maintaining our educational, research and clinical missions and keeping our workforce healthy to care for patients. Our residents are attending Department virtual conferences. The Department is using Microsoft Teams to host virtual Grand Rounds and block conferences as well as fracture, hand, spine and pediatric orthopaedic conferences. Our Grand Rounds lectures have been very well attended. We hosted guest speakers L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS, Professor and Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pennsylvania, Zengtao Wang, MD, Professor and Chairman from Shandong Provincial Hospital in China and Mark E. Easley, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Duke University School of Medicine.

Three cheers for Dr. Rashad Usmani. He was selected as the Administrative Chief Resident for 2020-21. Congratulations, Dr. Usmani!

We are already feeling the loss of our departing PGY-5 residents, and wish them the best of luck in their respective fellowships:

  • Christian Eccles, MD, Indiana University — Adult Reconstruction
  • Lauren Fader, MD, University of Virginia — Hand Surgery
  • Jeeshan Faridi, MD, Orthopaedic Research of Virginia — Sports Medicine-Arthroscopy
  • Thomas Hsing, MD, Missouri Orthopaedic Institute — Adult Reconstruction

Please help us celebrate their graduation, as well as all of the 2020 graduates worldwide. They will not have a physical graduation ceremony. Nothing is stopping us from honoring them.



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

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