Faculty - Adult Reconstruction
Arthur Malkani, MD

Dr. Malkani earned his bachelor’s degree and medical degree from Columbia University. Dr. Malkani completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at Hartford Hospital in CT, a fellowship in adult reconstruction at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN followed by a Trauma fellowship at Hospital for Special Surgery, NY. Dr. Malkani is board certified in orthopaedic surgery with a subspecialty certificate in adult reconstruction. He is a professor at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and Program Director of the Adult Reconstruction Fellowship Program.
Lawrence A. Schaper, MD

Dr. Schaper earned his Bachelor of Arts, Biology, Magna Cum Laude, from Murray State University, and his medical degree and orthopaedic surgery residency from University of Louisville School of Medicine. He completed a fellowship in Adult Reconstructive Orthopaedic Surgery at University of Texas Dallas. Dr. Schaper is board certified in Orthopaedic Surgery and specializes in total joint replacement – knee & hip, and anterior approach to hip replacement. Dr Schaper joined Ellis & Badenhausen Orthopaedics in 1991 and is the team physician for Christian Academy High School.
Mark Smith, MD

Dr. Smith earned his undergraduate degree from Centre College in Danville, KY and his medical degree and orthopaedic surgery residency from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine from the University of Alabama Birmingham. Dr. Smith is board certified and specializes in sports medicine, including conditions of the shoulder, cartilage injuries, anterior cruciate ligament injuries and total shoulder replacements. Dr Smith joined Ellis & Badenhausen Orthopaedics in 1993. He is currently the team physician for the University of Louisville women's basketball team. He also provides coverage for Pleasure Ridge Park High school's athletic events. Dr Smith also donates time to Bellarmine College athletics and the Louisville Bats.
Jeffrey D. Stimac, MD

Dr. Stimac earned his medical degree at Tulane School of Medicine. He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency training at the University of Louisville and his fellowship training in Adult Reconstruction at Hospital for Special Surgery, NY. Dr. Stimac is board certified in orthopaedic surgery.
Jonathan Yerasimides, MD

Dr. Yerasimides specializes in surgery of the hip and pelvis. He earned a bachelor's degree in biology and his medical degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In 2005, Dr. Yerasimides completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Louisville. The same year, his interest in hip and pelvis surgery motivated him to accept a subspecialty fellowship with the foremost authority on hip and pelvis surgery in the United States, Joel Matta, M.D. Dr. Yerasimides is one of few surgeons in the country who performs anterior-approach hip resurfacing and was named top hip replacement surgeon in Louisville in the August 2010 issue of Louisville Magazine, as selected by members of the Greater Louisville Medical Society. Dr. Yerasimides is married and has three children. He and his wife are avid sports fans who enjoy thoroughbred racing at Churchill Downs, University of Louisville sports and the Kansas City Chiefs. Dr. Yerasimides has been voted by his peers as one of Louisville Magazine’s Top Docs for 2019.
Faculty - Biomedical Engineering
Michael J. Voor, PhD

Dr. Voor did his undergraduate studies in Mechanical Engineering at Tulane University graduating Cum Laude, and continued at Tulane obtaining his Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering and Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering. He is currently Associate Professor, and Director, Biomedical Engineering Laboratory, University of Louisville School of Medicine Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and has a joint appointment in the University of Louisville Speed School of Engineering Department of Bioengineering.

His background is in orthopaedic biomechanics and bone quality research and he has received significant research support from the Whitaker Foundation, NSF, DOD and the NIH. His lab has extensive experience with biomechanical testing of bone tissue as well as whole bones and various joint mechanics and implant failure testing models. He has also developed a unique in vivo high resolution (micro) CT scanning system for the study of bone quality in small (rat, mouse) and medium sized (rabbit) animals. Collaborators include the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center (KSCIRC), the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, and the Physiology Department for the evaluation of bone loss or gain following spinal cord injury, ovariectomy, or various drug treatments. His most recent work is focused on hip fracture and hip fracture prevention research.

Faculty - Chief’s Trauma
Craig S. Roberts, MD, MBA

Dr. Roberts has been the K. Armand Fischer Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Louisville (UL) since 2011. He wears many hats: clinician, mentor, educator, and leader. Clinically, he has taken three decades of level one orthopaedic trauma call, and serves as Director of the Division of Orthopaedic Trauma. Roberts has been a member of ACGME Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Review Committee (RRC), President of the Mid-America Orthopaedic Association, Chair of the Classification Committee of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, and UL Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program Director/Residency Director for two decades. He presently serves as Deputy Editor (Upper Extremity) for the journal Injury and has been a scientist reviewer for Federal agencies. Also, Roberts is an Advisory Dean at the UL School of Medicine (SOM) for first, second, third, and fourth year medical students, and serves as the ULSOM Senior Faculty Representative to the AAMC Council of Faculty and Academic Societies. He has published over 135 papers and 25 book chapters. Roberts is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (FAAOS), American Orthopaedic Association (FAOA), and the American College of Health Care Executives (FACHE), in which he is also a member of the CEO circle. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors of University of Louisville Physicians, Inc. and on the Board of Trustees of the Alumni Association of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery of the New York University Langone Medical Center.
Brandi Hartley, MD

Dr. Hartley is the Program Director for the Orthopaedic Surgery residency program and earned her undergraduate degree in Molecular Genetics, with a minor in Women’s Studies and Greek/Roman Mythology (magna cum laude) at The Ohio State University. She received her medical degree from Wright State University and completed her orthopaedic residency training at the University of Louisville, and Trauma fellowship at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center.

Dr. Hartley is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon with a certificate in added qualifications in Trauma. She has received the 2019 Top Doc award by her peers and the 2019 Fitzbutler Humanitarian Award. She is a member of the AOA Education Committee TaskForce, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society. She also teaches and mentors orthopaedic and plastic surgery residents and students.

Jiyao Zou, MD

Dr. Zou received his medical degree from Shandong Medical University, Jinan, Shandong, China and completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at The 89th Hospital of PLA, Weifang, Shandong, China. He completed three fellowships in Orthopaedic Trauma, University of Louisville Hospital, Louisville, KY, Hand and Microsurgery, Cristine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery, Louisville, KY and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, UPMC Center for Sports Medicine, Pittsburg, PA. Dr. Zou specializes in shoulder/knee pain and injuries; hand/wrist/elbow injuries and chronic conditions. Dr. Zou does various limb salvage procedures: skin coverage for open/nonhealing wound, fracture nonunion/bone defect repair, nerve/tendon/functional muscle transfer for peripheral nerve injury etc. He was awarded Teacher of the Year 2020, presented by the Residents of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Louisville.
Jon Carlson, MD

Dr. Carlson earned his undergraduate degree in Computer Science and Philosophy from Indiana University and earned his Doctorate of Medicine from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana. He also worked as an EMT in Phoenix, Arizona prior to medical school. Dr. Carlson completed his Orthopaedic Surgery residency training at the Detroit Medical Center under the direction of Prof. Rahul Vaidya and Prof. Stephen E. Lemos. Dr. Carlson completed additional training for Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery with a fellowship at the University of Louisville under the direction of Prof. Craig Roberts and Prof. David Seligson. Dr. Carlson’s has a particular interest in orthopaedic trauma surgery, especially pelvic and acetabular surgery, periarticular fractures, nonunions and infections as well as anterior total and partial hip arthroplasty. He was awarded the resident teaching award for full-time faculty in 2016 and holds the rank of Assistant Professor as well as Associate Program Director.
Faculty - Foot & Ankle
Todd Hockenbury, MD

Dr. Hockenbury graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1981. He received his medical degree from the University of Louisville in 1985. He completed orthopaedic surgical residency at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Denver in1991. After serving as an active duty Army physician in Ft. Benning, Germany, Croatia, and Ft. Knox, he left the Army in 1997. He completed a foot and ankle fellowship in Cincinnati in 1998. He has been practicing orthopaedic surgery in Louisville since 1998. He has interests in adult reconstructive foot and ankle surgery to include ankle replacement, ankle arthroscopy, post-traumatic deformity, cavovarus foot, Charcot foot, and previous failed foot surgery.
Michael L. Salamon, MD

Dr. Salamon earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Salamon completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at University of California, Davis, CA and a fellowship in Foot and Ankle Reconstruction and Sports Medicine at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA. Dr. Salamon is board certified in Orthopaedic Surgery and specializes in sports medicine, difficulties of the shoulder, cartilage restoration and foot and ankle reconstruction. Dr. Salamon joined Ellis & Badenhausen Orthopaedics in 2009 and is the team physician for the University of Louisville men's soccer team.
Faculty - Fracture
David Seligson, MD

Dr. Seligson took Orthopaedic Residency training in the Harvard Combined Program and became interested in medullary nailing of fractures after military service in Vietnam. In his first faculty position at the University of Vermont he introduced reamed intramedullary fixation into clinical practice. As Professor of Orthopaedics at UofL, he has collaborated with the members of the Küntscher Society for Intramedullary Nailing and subsequently became its President for many years. He has written a textbook on intramedullary nailing and has lectured frequently in the U.S., South America, and Europe about techniques for fracture fixation using medullary nails.
Faculty - Hand
Ethan W. Blackburn, MD

Dr. Blackburn earned his bachelor's degree from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, and his medical degree from the University of Louisville. Dr. Blackburn completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Vermont in Burlington and a fellowship in hand and upper-extremity surgery at the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center in Indianapolis. Dr. Blackburn is board certified in orthopaedic surgery with a subspecialty certificate in surgery of the hand. He provides comprehensive, patient-centered surgical and nonsurgical upper-extremity care. He sees patients at Louisville Arm & Hand, a part of Norton Orthopaedic Care. Outside of work, Dr. Blackburn enjoys spending time with his family, cycling, skiing, photography, running and fishing. Dr. Blackburn has been voted by his peers as one of Louisville Magazine’s Top Docs for 2019.
Charity S. Burke, MD

Dr. Burke earned a medical degree from the University of Louisville, where she also completed her orthopaedic residency. Dr. Burke completed a hand/upper extremity fellowship at the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center, Indianapolis, and a pediatric hand fellowship at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Dr. Burke is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon with a certificate in added qualifications in surgery of the hand. She also teaches and mentors orthopaedic and plastic surgery residents. A native of Pikeville, Kentucky, Dr. Burke enjoys spending time with her husband, hiking in the mountains, playing volleyball, bike riding, traveling, reading, sewing, attending church and being involved in the Christian Medical & Dental Associations. In addition, she enjoys her medical mission work in Tanzania through Health Volunteers Overseas. Dr. Burke has been voted by her peers as one of Louisville Magazine’s Top Docs for 2019.
Victor Fehrenbacher, MD

Dr. Fehrenbacher earned his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Louisville and a fellowship in hand and upper-extremity surgery at the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center in Indianapolis in 2018.
Amit Gupta, MD

Dr. Gupta earned his medical degree from University of Delhi, India. He completed a residency in orthopaedics from the Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Oswestry and Royal Liverpool hospitals in England. He then completed hand and microsurgery fellowships with the Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Micro Surgery in Louisville and with the Pulvertaft Hand Centre, Derby, England, and University of Bern, Switzerland. In addition to offering a full range of arm and hand services, Dr. Gupta has special interests in wrist and elbow surgery, post-trauma reconstruction of the hand and pediatric hand surgery. Away from the office Dr. Gupta enjoys going to plays and listening to music, particularly Indian percussion instruments, as well as doing research and writing. He also likes to travel and experience other cultures. Dr. Gupta has been voted by his peers as one of Louisville Magazine’s Top Docs for 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2019. He was awarded Teacher of the Year 2006, Presented by the Residents of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Louisville.
Anthony Hazel, MD

Dr. Hazel earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona, Tucson, and a medical degree from the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Hazel completed an orthopaedic surgery residency at the Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, Illinois, and a fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Hazel enjoys spending time with his family, playing sports, and cooking.
Luke Robinson, MD

Dr. Robinson completed orthopaedic surgery training at the University of Louisville and later completed a hand fellowship at the Philadelphia Hand Center. As a resident he earned accolades including the Research Award and the Gerhard Kuntscher Award for best resident teacher. He is currently a board certified and hand qualified hand surgeon at Norton's Louisville Arm and Hand (LAH). He serves as the Research Director for the LAH group and is active both in clinical care and research. Surgical and research interests include wide awake hand surgery, arthroscopy of the hand, wrist and elbow, and treatment of sports injuries of the hand, wrist and elbow.
David E. Tate, Jr., MD

Dr. Tate earned his medical degree and completed an orthopaedic surgery residency at Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He then completed an arthritis fellowship with the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, and a hand surgery fellowship with the Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Micro Surgery in Louisville. Dr. Tate is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery with a certificate of added qualification in surgery of the hand. In addition to offering surgical and nonsurgical care for injuries and conditions affecting the upper extremities, Dr. Tate has special interests in treating arthritis, Dupuytren’s contracture, nerve compression and fractures and dislocations of the elbow and wrist.

Away from the office Dr. Tate enjoys spending time with his children, long distance running, reading, music and studying languages.

Faculty - Microsurgery
Gustavo Pérez-Abadía, MD

Dr. Perez-Abadia, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Louisville since 2018. Trained as a Pediatric Surgeon in Argentina, in 1996, he joined the Plastic Surgery Research Laboratory at the University of Louisville as a Research Fellow. Dr. Pérez-Abadía was a member of the research team that performed pre-clinical studies in pigs that eventually led to the first successful hand transplant in the world. He has expertise in composite tissue allotransplantation, and preservation therapies to protect tissue. In July 2007, the Microsurgery Course at the University of Louisville was reopened, with Dr. Pérez-Abadía as a new Director/Instructor; in collaboration with the Division of Plastic Surgery and Kleinert Institute. Dr. Pérez-Abadía has worked in microsurgical research and teaching in the Departments of Surgery and Physiology at the University of Louisville and Kleinert & Kutz Hand Care Center for over 20 years. A skilled microsurgeon in his own right and a gifted instructor Dr. Pérez-Abadía has a keen eye for special difficulties trainees encounter and a gentle way of helping each individual achieve his or her own personal best.
Faculty - Musculoskeletal Oncology
Rodolfo Zamora, MD

Dr. Zamora is Chief of Orthopaedic Oncology and Associate Professor at the Orthopaedic Department University of Louisville, and the University of Louisville Health. After moving to America in 2012, he has completed two Orthopaedic Oncology Fellowships, one in New York City and the other in Seattle, and a Fellowship in Trauma at the University of Louisville. He joined the faculty at the University of Louisville orthopaedic department in 2016. Since then, he has received two "Teaching Awards" from the UofL Orthopaedic Department in 2018 and 2019 and was listed as a "Top Doc" by Louisville Magazine in 2019. His current practice focuses on pediatric and adult soft tissue sarcomas, benign and malignant bone tumors, orthopaedic trauma, anterior hip replacements, and robotic knee arthroplasty. He is actively involved in clinical research, about which he lectures and publishes frequently.
Faculty - Pediatric Orthopaedics
Jennifer Brey, MD

Dr. Brey is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in pediatric orthopaedics. Dr. Brey earned her medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine and completed an orthopaedic surgery residency at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pa. Dr. Brey then completed a fellowship in pediatric orthopaedic surgery at the Campbell Clinic in Memphis, Tenn. In addition to offering a full range of orthopaedic care for children, Dr. Brey has special interests in pediatric sports injuries and trauma. Dr. Brey is on staff at Norton Children’s Hospital and Norton Children’s Medical Center – Brownsboro. Her research interests include fracture management and pediatric overuse injuries. A native of Louisville, Dr. Brey is excited to return to her hometown to practice. Away from the office, she and her family enjoy U of L athletics, where Dr. Brey earned four varsity letters in swimming. She is a member of U.S. Masters Swimming and USA Triathlon.
Laura Jacks, MD

Dr. Jacks is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in pediatric orthopaedics. Dr. Jacks earned her medical degree from the Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and completed a general orthopaedic surgery residency at University of South Carolina’s Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia. Dr. Jacks completed a fellowship in pediatric orthopaedic surgery and became involved with gait analysis and treatment of cerebral palsy and other neuromuscular disorders at the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Greenville, South Carolina. She was on staff at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and directed its Motion Analysis Lab for 2½ years before joining Norton Children’s Orthopaedics of Louisville in 2002. Away from the office Dr. Jacks spends as much time as she can with her husband and son. They enjoy sports, outdoor activities and traveling in their RV. They are avid football fans and like to tailgate at University of Louisville games. Although football is her favorite sport, Dr. Jacks and her family also enjoy soccer and cycling. Dr. Jacks has been voted by her peers as one of Louisville Magazine’s Top Docs for 2019.
Josh Meier, MD

Dr. Meier is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in pediatric orthopaedics. He earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, then completed a general orthopaedic surgery residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Mich. Dr. Meier completed a fellowship in pediatric orthopaedic surgery and scoliosis at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas. In addition to offering a full range of orthopaedic services for children, Dr. Meier has special interests in scoliosis, trauma and limb deformities. Dr. Meier is on staff at Norton Children’s Hospital and also serves as a staff physician for the Kentucky Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs. Away from the office Dr. Meier enjoys playing golf and softball as well as spending time with his family. Dr. Meier also enjoys traveling for mission work, providing pediatric orthopaedic care for international charities such as Healing the Children. His travels have taken him to Colombia, Ecuador and, most recently, Haiti following the 2010 earthquake.
James Moyer, MD

Dr. Moyer is one of only a handful of non-operative pediatric orthopedists in the nation. Dr. Moyer evaluates, diagnoses, and treats clubfoot, gait abnormalities, hip dysplasia, limb pain, and many other pediatric musculoskeletal conditions. He is board certified in pediatrics. Dr. Moyer earned his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, completed a general pediatric residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, and then a Fellowship in Non-operative Pediatric Orthopaedics here at Children’s Orthopaedics of Louisville in 2014. He has been with the group since.

He is married to Dr. Sarah Moyer, M.D., currently the Director of the Health Department for Louisville Metro. They have 3 boys and are expecting their first girl this March. When he is away from the office, he enjoys playing basketball, guitar, and spending time with his family. He played 4 years of Div III college football at Moravian College in Pennsylvania, and remains a die hard Philadelphia Eagles fan.

Star Nixon, MD

Dr. Nixon is a fellowship-trained pediatric orthopedist with significant experience in pediatric musculoskeletal trauma and special interests in neuromuscular disorders, hip dysplasia, limb deformities, and foot and ankle conditions. Prior to joining Norton Healthcare, she worked in rural Colorado and prior to that she has lived all over the United States. A native Arizonan, she has also lived in Virginia, North Carolina, Colorado and Michigan and is happy to now call Kentucky home. In addition to her regular clinics at Children’s Orthopaedics of Louisville, she also sees patients at the multidisciplinary Muscular Dystrophy Association Clinic and Kids’ Center for Pediatric Therapies in Louisville. Her free time is spent with her children and husband and she enjoys doing yoga, reading, listening to music, running, and watching superhero movies.
Kent Walker, DO

Dr. Walker is a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon with Norton Children’s Orthopaedics of Louisville. Dr. Walker obtained an undergraduate degree at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee and medical school at DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harrogate, Tennessee. He attended residency at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tennessee and completed a pediatric orthopaedic fellowship at the Campbell Clinic in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Walker enjoys treating all orthopaedic conditions including fractures, sports injuries, and foot and ankle problems, with special interests in pediatric spine conditions like scoliosis and neuromuscular spine conditions. He is married with three children. When he is not working, he loves being active and outdoors. A fun fact about Dr. Walker is he played four years of college soccer at Belmont University, an NCAA Division I school, so naturally he and his family love sports.
Faculty - Spine
Mitch Campbell, MD

Dr. Campbell did his undergraduate training at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. He attended medical school and completed his orthopaedic surgery residency training at the University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky. He did his spine fellowship training at the internationally recognized Minnesota Spine Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is currently Associate Clinical professor, Department of Orthpaedics at the University of Louisville.
Trey Crawford, MD

Dr. Crawford is a Louisville native and takes great pride in providing world-class spine care to both the local people of the regions, as well as those that travel great distances to the Leatherman Spine Center. After finishing at the top of his medical school class, Dr. Crawford matched into the very competitive Orthopaedic Surgery Residency program at the University of Louisville. From there he continued his Spine Surgery Fellowship training at the prestigious Washington University in St. Louis. He felt very fortunate to join the prestigious Leatherman Spine Center team in 2009.

Since then he has continued to pursue his passion for improving spine patient care through his busy day to day clinical practice, as well as his teaching and research at both the Leatherman Spine Center and the University of Louisville Department of Orthopaedic Surgery where he serves as a Professor. His clinical focus is the surgical treatment of all forms of spine pathology in both children and adults.

John R. Dimar II, MD

Dr. Dimar received his medical degree from Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio. His residency training in orthopaedics was completed through the Lutheran Hospital Orthopaedic Residency Program in Fort Wayne, Indiana, followed by a six-month chief resident internship with the Leatherman Spine Center. Dr. Dimar then served in the United States Air Force at the Regional Hospital in Minot, North Dakota, serving as Chief of Surgery and Assistant Chief of Hospital Services. He then returned to Louisville to complete a spine fellowship with the Leatherman Spine Center.

Dr. Dimar is a clinical professor with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Chief Pediatric Orthopaedic surgeon at Norton Children's Hospital and Director of Resident Basic Science Education at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He is active in instructing orthopaedic surgeons and residents in the treatment of deformities, tumors, degenerative disease and trauma involving the spine. His particular area of interest is the treatment of cervical spine disease, degenerative spine disease and spine trauma.

Mladen Djurasovic, MD

Dr. Djurasovic received his undergraduate education at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. He attended medical school and completed his Orthopaedic Surgery residency training at The Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, NY. He did his spine Fellowship training at the Leatherman Spine Center in Louisville, KY. He has been a staff surgeon at the Norton Leatherman Spine Center since 2003. Dr. Djurasovic is a nationally recognized leader in spinal surgery. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Louisville and also holds multiple physician leadership positions within the Norton Healthcare community. He is a member of the North American Spine Society, Scoliosis Research Society and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Steven Glassman, MD

Dr. Glassman completed his undergraduate and medical school training at Princeton University, New Jersey and the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University in New York. He completed his orthopaedic residency at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York followed by a Spine Fellowship at Leatherman Spine Fellowship Program in Louisville, Kentucky. He is a staff physician at Norton Leatherman Spine Center, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Louisville and Past President of the Scoliosis Research Society.
Jeff Gum, MD

Dr. Gum completed his undergraduate and medical school training at the University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS and Kansas City, KS). He then completed his orthopaedic surgery residency here in Louisville at the University of Louisville. He finished his training with a complex spine fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis, MS. He started with Norton Leatherman Spine Center in 2014 and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Louisville Department of Orthopaedics (gratis). Dr. Gum specializes in adult and pediatric spine deformity surgery (scoliosis, kyphosis, revision surgery) and Robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery. Although he performs very complex procedures, he also does all types of cervical and lumbar degenerative procedures. Additionally, he performs cervical disc arthroplasty (artificial disc) procedures and minimally invasive lumbar discectomies. Dr. Gum is involved in extensive research focusing on adult spinal deformity, robotic-assisted spine surgery and the economics of spine care. He participates in national and international research collaborative groups in all of these areas.
Kirk Owens, MD

Dr. Owens is a native of Maysville, Kentucky. He graduated Cum Laude from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. He attended medical school at the University of Louisville where he both graduated Magna Cum Laude and was accepted into the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Society. He completed his residency at the University of Louisville and a spine fellowship at the Norton Leatherman Spine Center in Louisville, Kentucky. Following fellowship, he became a staff surgeon for Norton Leatherman Spine Center where he has practiced since 2011. He also serves as a Clinical Instructor at the University of Louisville Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Owens spends his free time with his wife, children, and enjoying outdoor sports.
Rolando Puno, MD

Dr. Puno was born in the Philippines. He received his Bachelor of Science in Premedical Studies at the University of Santo Tomas and his Medical Degree at the University of the East. Dr. Puno completed two full Orthopaedic Residency Training Programs, first at the University of the Philippines and the second at the University of Louisville. He is fellowship trained in Spine Surgery at the renowned Twin Cities Scoliosis Center and in Orthopaedic Trauma and Total Joint Surgery at the Hennepin County Medical Center, both in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Dr. Puno is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He has been a staff physician with the Norton Leatherman Spine Center since 1991, serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Louisville's Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, and as the medical director at its Biomechanics Laboratory. Dr. Puno has great interest in the reconstruction of complex spinal deformity for both pediatric and adult patients as well as in degenerative conditions of the spine. Patients from all around the world have come to Dr. Puno for surgery and treatment of their challenging spinal problems. In addition to the many honors and awards that Dr. Puno has received, the Surgical Suite of the Norton Children's Hospital is dedicated in his name, recognizing his excellence in Orthopaedic and Spine Care and a lifetime of service to the Children of Kentuckiana.

Faculty - Sports Medicine
Samuel D. Carter, MD

Dr. Carter is an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine and arthroscopy. He earned his bachelor’s degree and medical degree from the University of Louisville. Dr. Carter completed his residency training in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Louisville. He then completed a fellowship in sports medicine and arthroscopy at Orthopaedic Research of Virginia, in Richmond. He is board certified and holds subspecialty certification in sports medicine. In addition to sports medicine, Dr. Carter has special interests in ligament reconstruction, cartilage restoration, partial knee replacement, patellar realignment and arthroscopy of the knee, shoulder, elbow and ankle. Outside of his medical practice, Dr. Carter also serves the community through his volunteer work with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana. Dr. Carter enjoys playing basketball, street hockey, flag football, golf and running. He also likes to travel, play the guitar and spend time with his wife.
Lonnie Douglas, MD

Dr. Douglas is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine, arthroscopy of the knee, shoulder, elbow, ACL reconstruction, multiligament knee injuries, SLAP tears, shoulder instability and sports performance. He is the Chief of Sports Medicine for UofL Health and team physician for sports teams at all levels of play. He earned his medical degree and completed his residency training in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Louisville. He completed his sports medicine fellowship training under Dr. James Andrews at the Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze, Florida. Dr. Douglas is an Assistant Professor at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.
Kevin Harreld, MD

Dr. Harreld is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in care of complex shoulder and elbow disorders. He attended the University of Louisville School of Medicine before completing his orthopaedic surgery residency at Wake Forest University. He went on to pursue further subspecialty training in shoulder and elbow surgery at the Florida Orthopaedic Institute. He has been in practice in Louisville, KY since 2011. His areas of interest include primary and revision shoulder arthroplasty, as well as open and arthroscopic techniques of shoulder reconstruction, including rotator cuff repairs and instability surgery.