Residency Education : Current Residents

Current Residents

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Spencer Summers, MD

PGY 5- Administrative Chief Resident Elect 2019/2020, Resident Selection Committee
Fellowship: Washington University, St. Louis, MO- Joint Reconstruction
Medical School: University of Miami
Undergraduate School: Vanderbilt University

Spencer Summers grew up in Boca Raton, FL. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Vanderbilt University with dual degrees in Spanish as well as Medicine, Health and Society. While at Vanderbilt he was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He attended the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine where he was also inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha and was the Tow Award winner from the Gold Humanism Honor Society. His research interests include Joint Arthroplasty outcomes and 3-D printed patient specific implants.

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Dhanur Damodar, MD

PGY 5- Recruitment Resident 2018/2019, 2019/2020, Resident Selection Committee
Fellowship: Rush Universty, Chicago, IL- Sports Surgery
Medical School: University of Southern California
Undergraduate School: University of Southern California

Dhanur Damodar completed his undergraduate studies at University of Southern California where he majored in Biological Sciences and Business. One of the undergraduate honors he is most proud of was his guaranteed acceptance to medical school through the Baccalaureate/MD program. He then went on to University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, graduating with honors. His clinical and research interests include Sports and Joint Arthroplasty. His interests include: Traveling, weekends with co-residents, Miami beaches and restaurants, basketball, tennis, USC athletics, Louisville basketball.

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Julian Lugo Pico, MD

PGY 5
Fellowship: Emory University, Atlanta, GA- Spine Surgery
Medical School: University of Puerto Rico
Undergraduate School: University of Puerto Rico

Julian completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Puerto Rico, where he majored in biology, graduating with honors. One of the undergraduate honors he is most proud of was obtaining the Luis Stefani Raffucci award (presented to the one student whom most demonstrates the values of superior education, service, and leadership). He then went on to the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, graduating as a member of AOA. His clinical and research interests include orthopaedic spine surgery. In his free time he enjoys reading, basketball, and scuba diving.

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Alex Butler, MD

PGY 5
Fellowship: Rush University, Chicago, IL- Spine Surgery
Medical School: Georgetown University
Undergraduate School: Georgetown University

Alexander Butler grew up in Ramsey, NJ and attended college at Georgetown University, majoring in Human Science. He then completed the “Double Hoya”- obtaining his MD at the School of Medicine where he developed a strong interest in Orthopaedic Surgery as a student of Dr. John Delahay. While at Georgetown he served in several positions of Class and School leadership and competed and coached as a member of the club Olympic Weightlifting team. Alex was drawn to complete his residency at University of Miami / Jackson Memorial Hospital by the unmatched operative experience as well as the large and tight-knit group of residents. Outside of work he can most likely be found either trying a new restaurant or swimming, golfing, diving and paddling somewhere around Miami.

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Hayley Ennis, MD

PGY 5
Fellowship: Rocky Mountain, Denver, CO- Joint Reconstruction
Medical School: University of Miami
Undergraduate School: University of Arizona

Hayley Ennis is originally from Lafayette, Louisiana. She attended University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ for undergraduate school graduating summa cum laude with a double major in Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics and Molecular & Cellular Biology and a minor in French. While in undergrad she also studied abroad at University of Capetown in South Africa and traveled extensively in the southern part of Africa. Following undergrad she worked at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, doing research on Lassa Fever, a viral hemorrhagic fever endemic to Western Africa, and traveled several times to Sierra Leone for this work. She graduated medical school from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine with Honors and an award for Research with Distinction for research done with Dr. Lee Kaplan on post-traumatic osteoarthritis following traumatic injury to the ACL and meniscus. Her hobbies include paddle boarding, wake boarding, playing basketball, boating, catching lobsters and fishing in the Keys, snowboarding, rock climbing and brewing beer.

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Sebastian Rivera, MD, MBA

PGY 5
Fellowship: Norton Leatherman, Louisville, KY- Spine Surgery
Medical School: University of Miami
Undergraduate School: University of Florida

Dr. Sebastian Rivera grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He attended the University of Florida for his undergraduate studies, where he majored in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology. He then went on to attend the University of Miami for medical school. In medical school, he enrolled in the M.D./M.B.A. combined degree program. His M.B.A. focus was in Healthcare Administration. He enjoys spending his free time working out, playing basketball, and rooting for the Florida Gators.

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Matthew LaVelle, MD, MSE

PGY 5
Fellowship: Columbia University, New York, NY- Joint Reconstruction
Medical School: University of Michigan
Undergraduate School: University of Michigan

Matt LaVelle is originally from Flint, Michigan. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan in chemical engineering and went on to earn a master’s degree in biomedical engineering. After college he was employed by Columbia University’s Cardiothoracic Transplant Team. He then earned his medical degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Dr. LaVelle’s research interests focus on the translation of biomedical engineering into the operating room and clinical practice. His work on the design of a polymer-based artificial lung won an international award from the Cureus medical journal. In his free time he enjoys traveling, sports, and playing the guitar.

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Dustin Massel, MD

PGY 4- Administrative Chief Resident Elect 2020/2021, Resident Selection Committee
Medical School: University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Undergraduate School: University of Illinois

Dustin grew up in Chicago, Illinois. He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for his undergraduate studies and graduated cum laude with a major in Molecular and Cellular Biology and minors in Business and Chemistry. Dustin attended the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine where he was heavily involved with the Department of Community Service (DOCS) student-run health fairs. Between his 3rd and 4th years of medical school, Dustin completed a Clinical Research Fellowship under the guidance of Dr. Kern Singh at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush focusing on perioperative outcomes of minimally invasive spine surgery. He graduated medical school with Research Distinction for research completed with Dr. Singh. Dustin chose the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital for his orthopaedic training for the resident camaraderie and the balance in education, clinical, and operative experience. In his free time, Dustin enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, working out, and playing sports.

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Evan Trapana, MD

PGY 4- Recruitment Resident 2020/2021, Resident Selection Committee
Medical School: University of Miami
Undergraduate School: Emory

Dr. Trapana grew up in Miami area and attended the University of Miami for his medical school education. Evan remained at Miami for his residency training due to the surgical autonomy, national program prominence, and research resources. In his free time Evan enjoys playing golf with fellow residents and cruising around Biscayne Bay.

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Ram Yakkanti, MD

PGY 4
Medical School: University of Louisville School of Medicine
Undergraduate School: University of Louisville

Ram was born in India and moved to Louisville, KY in middle school. He attended the University of Louisville where he completed an accelerated undergraduate program graduating in 3 yrs with a Magna Cum Laude in Biology. He continued at the University of Louisville for medical school where he immersed himself in orthopaedic research and graduated with a Distinction in Research. He received the OJ Hurt Award for excellence in orthopedic surgery (awarded by the department to the top graduate pursuing orthopedic surgery). He has organized and participated in medical volunteer trips to East St. Louis, Punjab, India and Mufindi, Tanzania. He was drawn to UMiami due to the unparalleled operative experience, the supportive and educational relationship between the faculty and residents, as well as the great camaraderie in the program. He enjoys playing basketball, tennis and ping-pong in his free time.

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Colin McNamara, MD, MBA

PGY 4
Medical School: Charles. E Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University
Undergraduate School: University of Notre Dame

Dr. McNamara grew up in Fort Myers, Florida. He obtained an undergraduate degree in Physics from the University of Notre Dame. He then completed both his MD and MBA at Florida Atlantic University. As a medical student, Colin completed a research fellowship at Cleveland Clinic Florida under Dr. Juan Suarez. In addition to publishing multiple studies in journals, Colin won 2nd Place in the 2016 Florida Orthopaedic Society Annual Meeting and 2nd Place in the Southern Orthopaedic Association 33rd Annual Meeting Research Poster Competition. In his free time, Colin enjoys following Notre Dame athletics, working out, and spending time with his friends/family.

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Paul Allegra, MD

PGY 4
Medical School: Rutgers/RWJMS
Undergraduate School: Bucknell University

Paul is originally from Rumson, New Jersey. He attended Bucknell University and majored in English with a Creative Writing focus while also receiving a minor in Biology. Paul was inducted into AOA and the Gold Humanism Honor Society, and also published significant orthopedic research, “The Prevention and Treatment of Femoral Head Trial Loss in Total Hip Arthroplasty” before graduating medical school. Paul was drawn to the University of Miami / Jackson Memorial Hospital residency program by the sheer volume of orthopedic pathology, the clinical prowess displayed by the residents and attendings, and the culture of pride, collegiality, and respect displayed by the entire staff. Outside of work, Paul can be found playing Spikeball on South Beach (he competed in the Coney Island 2016 Summer Spike Tournament), saltwater fishing, surfing, downhill skiing, shooting pool, playing ping pong, or simply hanging out poolside in Miami.

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Rafael Sanchez, MD

PGY 4
Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine
Undergraduate School: Kenyon College

Rafael grew up in both Southern California and South Florida. He attended Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio where he majored in Biology and was a four-year starter at quarterback for the varsity football team. He then went on to earn his M.D. from Georgetown University School of Medicine where he was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. The resident solidarity, operative experience and desire to serve the patient population of his hometown is why Rafael chose the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital for his training. In his free time Rafael enjoys playing basketball, flag football, spearfishing, working out and spending time with friends and family.

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Azael Arizpe, MD

PGY 4
Medical School: UT Heath Science Center at Houston
Undergraduate School: University of Texas in Austin

Ozzy grew up in Texas and attended undergrad at what he believes is the best football program in the nation (UT). He determined that Miami was an excellent fit for his personally and desire to obtain surgical excellence upon graduation. He continues to be very involved with research and also community outreach programs in the greater Miami area.

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Spencer Barnhill, MD

PGY 3
Medical School: Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
Undergraduate School: Miami University of Ohio

Spencer was born and raised in Kansas City playing travel premier soccer and achieving his Eagle Scout rank. He attended Miami University of Ohio graduating with BS degrees in Zoology and Environmental Science, spending four years investigating and publishing on basic science mouse models of cardiac physiology. Spencer then moved one hour east of Oxford to attend medical school at Wright State University. He continued his heavy involvement in basic science research and additional clinical research in vascular physiology and orthopaedics. He was elected into AOA, served as the president of the surgical and orthopaedic interest groups and graduated with highest distinctions in research. He was attracted to Miami for its complete package of top-tier operative experience, autonomy, the unique patient population, opportunities in research and the unmatched resident comradery. Spencer is a private airplane pilot and enjoys seaplane training in Miami as well as spending time on South Beach, scuba diving and experiencing the social atmosphere of Miami.

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Jessica Bernstein, MD

PGY 3
Medical School: Rutgers/RWJMS
Undergraduate School: Bucknell University

Jessica grew up in Bridgewater, New Jersey. After seeing her first joint Reconstruction surgery at the age of 17, she was determined to go to medical school to become an orthopaedic surgeon. She attended Bucknell University where she graduated cum laude with a BS in biology. After graduation, she took a position at the Hospital for Special Surgery doing clinical research on children with cerebral palsy. She also worked as a medical assistant and scribe for an orthopaedic surgeon in New York where her love for and interest in the specialty continued to grow. She then attended Rutgers – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School where she fostered her passions for treating underserved patient populations and stimulating conversation about the opiate epidemic. After rotating at Jackson, Jess chose to make the move to Miami for residency because of the shocking trauma exposure, early hands on experience and the immediate feeling of being welcomed into a family away from home. The lack of snow and abundance of vibrant nightlife weren’t so bad either.

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Allison Boden, MD

PGY 3
Medical School: Emory University School of Medicine
Undergraduate School: Pomona College

Allison grew up in Atlanta, GA where she attended Lakeside High School. She graduated as the Salutatorian of her high school class and went on to graduate Cum Laude from Pomona College where she majored in Biochemistry and minored in Psychology. In college, she worked as a chemistry tutor and was a teaching assistant for general chemistry and organic chemistry labs where she developed her love of teaching. Outside of the classroom, Allison was extremely involved in athletics. She started the Pomona-Pitzer women’s varsity golf team and was named a 3-time captain. Additionally, she played four years of varsity softball and one year of varsity basketball. She then went on to earn her M.D. from Emory University School of Medicine. While at Emory, Allison was heavily involved in research projects on topics spanning from hand to spine to emotional intelligence. She was able to continue her love of sports and was elected Sports Representative by her class all four years. Allison lead her IM flag football team to back to back championships and played on a competitive slow pitch softball team that won the Atlanta league championship three seasons in a row. Allison chose to train at Miami due to the resident camaraderie, high volume, well-rounded training, and warm weather. In her free time, Allison enjoys traveling, playing golf, and cheering for the Atlanta Braves and Boston Red Sox.

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Justin Ocksrider, MD

PGY 3
Medical School: University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Undergraduate School: University of Southern California

Justin Ocksrider was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Before pursuing a career in orthopaedic surgery he was an actor best known for his role in the critically acclaimed feature film Beerfest. He completed his undergraduate degree in Business Administration and his master’s degree in Global Medicine at the University of Southern California. He then completed his medical training at the University of New Mexico where he graduated top five in his class and was inducted into both AOA and the Gold Humanism Honors Society. University of Miami / Jackson Memorial Hospital was his number one choice for residency due to the camaraderie, operative experience, location, and outstanding fellowship match. He’s passionate about USC football, world travel, music, golf, cold brew coffee, working out, IPAs, and the beach.

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Jose Perez, MD

PGY 3
Medical School: University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine
Undergraduate School: University of Miami

Jose Perez is a Cuban-American, Miami native who’s spent the majority of his academic career at the “U”. Prior to starting residency, he took a year off with the Sports Medicine Department at the University of Miami where his research focused primarily on post-traumatic osteoarthritis and ACL injuries. His efforts have led to over 15 publications and just recently he has begun exploring trends in injuries in the NFL. When he is not advancing the field of orthopedics through scientific discoveries, he likes to go spend his time with residents in the “ortho pit” at Jackson Memorial Hospital, playing beach volleyball in South Beach, or rooting for the home team at Miami Hurricanes games. He decided to stay in Miami for his residency training because of the unmatched surgical experience offered at Jackson Memorial Hospital, the growing emphasis on research, and finally the camaraderie between residents and attendings alike.

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Michael Rizzo, MD

PGY 3
Medical School: Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
Undergraduate School: Harvard University

Mike was born and raised in St. Louis, MO, where he attended high school at Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School (MICDS). He later attended Harvard University where he concentrated in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a secondary field of Computer Science graduating Magna Cum Laude and was a member of their Division I water polo team. Another highlight of his undergraduate career was being able to achieve a publication in Nature for his work in endocrinology. Mike returned to St. Louis to complete his medical education at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine where he continued to be involved in research. Mike is also an avid programmer, and he is cofounder of the Zwisch Me! surgical resident autonomy tracking application which is in use by over 50 programs across multiple surgical subspecialties. Mike’s research interests include the application of new computer technologies to improving Orthopaedic surgical care and education. He also enjoys swimming, boating, fishing, anything beach, and golfing. Mike chose the Miami residency program for its unparalleled (early) operative experience, high volume of trauma, exceptionally close group of residents/friends, and the overall training atmosphere.

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Harsh Shah, MD

PGY 3
Medical School: Rutgers/NJMS
Undergraduate School: Rutgers

Harsh grew up in New Jersey, where he spent the majority of his life attending Rutgers for undergrad and medical school. In undergrad, he double majored in biological sciences and physics. He is most proud of his full scholarship and his semester spent abroad in Barcelona, backpacking across Europe and delving into the local culture. In medical school, he pursued both organizing and leading multiple mentoring programs focused on cultivating at risk youth in the Newark, NJ area. He spent the summer between first and second year in Huancayo, Peru volunteering at local hospitals as well as other community service endeavors. He pursued clinical research projects in orthopaedic spine and hand surgery and was ultimately inducted in Alpha Omega Alpha in his junior year for his various accomplishments. He chose to train in Miami due to the family vibe, the unmatched autonomy that our residents are privileged with, and the weather (of course). In his free time, he enjoys exploring the social scene in Miami, playing basketball, visiting the beach, and trying out new restaurants around Miami. He also enjoys shamelessly rooting for the New York Giants and Brooklyn Nets and tailgating for UM football.

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Samuel Huntley, MD

PGY 2
Medical School: University of Miami
Undergraduate School: University of the Cumberlands

Sam was born in Federal Way, Washington, but moved young and was raised in Denver, Colorado. He attended the University of the Cumberlands on a full-ride athletic scholarship for swimming and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Associate degrees in Chemistry and Mathematics. During his three years in undergrad, he was inducted into the Mu Alpha Theta, Beta Beta Beta, and Gamma Sigma Epsilon honor societies. In addition, he was a three-time All American swimmer. While taking a year off to work, he was accepted into the 4-year integrated MD/MPH program at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Since then, he has actively participated as a researcher in the Department of Orthopaedics and the Department of Public Health. Notably, he obtained a research grant from the CDC to study risk factors for and underreporting of osteoarthritis among Miami construction workers. Sam chose the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital as his number one choice to complete his orthopaedic training due to the unmatched resident camaraderie, the broad spectrum of pathology exposure, and unsurpassed early and extensive surgical training. In his spare time, Sam likes to explore Miami restaurants, swim, snorkel, tan, and play video games.

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Danielle Marshall, MD

PGY 2
Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Undergraduate School: University of California, Berkeley

Danielle split her time growing up between Saddle River, NJ and Toronto, Canada. She traveled across the country to University of California, Berkeley to obtain a degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a minor in Global Poverty in 2012. During her undergraduate career, she had the opportunity to develop and teach a tropical disease medicine course as well as manage an undergraduate group on a 2-month medical rotation in Shirati, Tanzania. Upon graduation, she joined the leukemia clinical trials team at Weill Cornell Medical College in NYC for three years, where she ran phase II studies in novel immunotherapies. Danielle completed her medical education at Case Western Reserve University. During the summer after her first year, she was awarded the Summer Research Fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery, where she managed clinical trials evaluating ultrasound in the diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome and designing a novel volar locking distal radius fracture plate. She continued these research pursuits throughout her four years in medical school, and her research interests continue to lie in upper extremity reconstruction and repair. She also enjoys dancing, tennis, and live concerts. Danielle chose the Miami residency program for its unparalleled high-volume, hands-on operative experience and fun, close-knit group of residents.

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Anthony Martin, MD

PGY 2
Medical School: University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine
Undergraduate School: University of Pennsylvania

Anthony is a Cuban-American born and raised in Miami, FL. He graduated from Belen Jesuit High School, and later moved to Philadelphia to eat cheese steaks and study bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania. He continued on to medical school at Penn, where he confirmed his love for orthopaedic surgery. While in medical school, he pursued a masters degree in translational research and completed a large animal study evaluating biologic scaffolds for cartilage regeneration. Anthony chose to return to Miami for residency training because of the unparalleled operative experience offered at Jackson Memorial Hospital, the great breadth of unique research opportunities, and the dynamic mix of both blue and white collar patients, including a familiar underserved Hispanic population. Outside of the hospital, Anthony enjoys cycling, diving, community service, spending time with family, and serving as a tour-guide for his co-residents.

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Neil Mohile, MD

PGY 2
Medical School: University of Miami
Undergraduate School: Washington University in St. Louis

Neil was born and raised in West Bloomfield, MI, where he attended high school at Detroit Country Day School. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Washington University in St. Louis with a major in Neuroscience. His undergraduate research involved performing microscopic surgeries on horseshoe crabs to isolate the optic nerve and conduct intracellular recordings. He then received his medical degree at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. While in medical school, Neil published orthopaedic research in musculoskeletal oncology, joint arthroplasty and sports medicine. He decided to stay in Miami and receive his orthopaedic surgery training at Jackson Memorial Hospital due to the resident solidarity, renowned Ryder Trauma Center and unparalleled operative experience. In his free time, Neil enjoys playing basketball, flag football, golf, working out and experiencing Miami’s vibrant culture.

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Rajan Murgai, MD

PGY 2
Medical School: University of Southern California
Undergraduate School: University of California, Los Angeles

Rajan grew up in Orange County, California. He completed his undergraduate studies at UCLA where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a major in Bioengineering. A highlight of his undergraduate career was publishing his research on novel synthetic mimics of antimicrobial peptides. Before medical school, he worked as an engineer for a startup company developing an orthopaedic device. Rajan attended medical school at USC and graduated with a distinction in research. During medical school, Rajan was awarded the Dean’s Research Scholarship and completed a clinical research fellowship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. His research during this year focused on pediatric spinal deformity, leading to international conference presentations. In his free time, Rajan enjoys traveling, spending time at the beach, swimming, boating, and UCLA Athletics. Rajan was drawn to the Miami program by its unparalleled camaraderie, operative experience, and location.

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Gireesh Reddy, MD

PGY 2
Medical School: Duke University
Undergraduate School: Virginia Commonwealth University

Gireesh grew up in Herndon, VA and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA where he earned dual degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Biochemistry. Gireesh went on to Duke University School of Medicine where he was involved in orthopaedic oncology translational research, spine and arthroplasty clinical research, and medical education. Outside of work, Gireesh enjoys playing tennis and golf, restaurants, diving, the beach, and rooting for VCU/Duke basketball and DC sports. Gireesh chose the Miami residency program for its awesome resident camaraderie and an unparalleled training experience at the nation’s largest public hospital.

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Dennis Vanden Berge, MD

PGY 2
Medical School: Texas Tech University
Undergraduate School: Texas A&M

D.J. was raised in Stephenville, Texas. He received his undergraduate degree at Texas A&M University and majored in biology. He attended medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences in El Paso, TX, graduating as a member of AOA and participating in orthopaedic research. D.J. chose to pursue his orthopaedic training at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital because of the unmatched operative experience and resident camaraderie (the beach and year round warm weather were enticing as well).

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Jacob Cohen, MD

PGY 1
Medical School: University of Central Florida
Undergraduate School: University of Florida

Jacob is originally from Kansas City, KS prior to moving to Jacksonville, FL in middle school. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Florida, graduating summa cum laude. While at UF, he was awarded a university research grant for his thesis in biomechanics, served as student council president for the College of Health and Human Performance, and was inducted into the Florida Blue Key Leadership Honorary, Florida’s oldest and most prestigious leadership honor society. Jacob went on to complete medical school at the University of Central Florida, where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. While in medical school, he pursued research in pediatric skeletal deformity, which has been published and presented nationally at conferences. Notably, between his first and second year, he completed a research fellowship with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Johns Hopkins focusing on pediatric neuromuscular scoliosis. Following his third year, he was a team member on an international medical service trip to Yantalo, Peru, providing medical care to local communities. Outside of the hospital Jacob enjoys playing golf, going to the beach, attending sporting events, traveling, cooking, and skiing, and is a die-hard Kansas City Chiefs and Chicago Cubs fan. He is proud to be training at the University of Miami and chose this program for its unrivaled resident/faculty camaraderie, autonomous surgical experience, global patient population, and the beautiful city of Miami.

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David Constantinescu, MD

PGY 1
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University
Undergraduate School: Eastern Illinois University

David Constantinescu was born in Bucharest, Romania but moved to Toronto, Canada at a young age. An NCAA Division 1 tennis scholarship brought him to the United States where he was a 4 x OVC Medal of Honor Recipient and graduated summa cum laude with departmental honors from Eastern Illinois University. His proudest undergraduate accomplishments include his university-funded work in Arizona and Mexico devising a medical patent proposal for radiotherapy treatments in prostate cancer, eventually presenting his work at RSNA in Chicago, IL. In medical school, he graduated at the top of his class at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, earning him induction into Alpha Omega Alpha. Throughout medical school he had numerous publications and award-winning presentations at local, national and international conferences, including notable journals such as Arthroscopy as well as a book chapter with Dr. PJ Millet from Steadman Clinic in Vail, CO. Outside of work, he loves music, sports, the beach, and preparing for the next day. Dr. Constantinescu ultimately chose the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital for his training because results speak for themselves: the fellowship match/reputation is the best there is out there.

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Alexander Kuczmarski, MD

PGY 1
Medical School: Brown University
Undergraduate School: Villanova University

Alex Kuczmarski was raised in North Kingstown, RI, where he finished in the top ten of his high school class and was a three-sport athlete. He then was the second student ever to complete the 5-year BS/MS program in Biology at Villanova University in four years, specializing in yeast genetics. After graduating summa cum laude from Villanova, Alex spent five years at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, including a research year at The Steadman Clinic. His passion for orthopaedic research resulted in ten publications before residency in both clinical outcomes and biomechanics. Alex chose Miami for its setting: a diverse patient population in the largest public hospital in the United States, and for its team-oriented dynamics. He also chose Miami for its unparalleled operative experience and world-class fellowship match. Alex hopes to pursue hand surgery upon completion of his residency. In his free time, he enjoys golf, basketball, and squash (the sport), as well as learning about personal finance.

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Danny Lee, MD

PGY 1
Medical School: George Washington University
Undergraduate School: St. Bonaventure University

Danny grew up in Bergen County, New Jersey. He attended St. Bonaventure University as part of a combined dual degree BS/MD program. During his time at St. Bonaventure, he graduated summa cum laude with a major in Biology and minor in Sociology. Afterwards, Danny received his medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, DC where he was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha. Throughout his time at GW, Danny was actively involved in orthopaedic research and various community service efforts such as the AMA and the GW Healing Clinic to provide care to underserved communities. In his free time, Danny loves to work out, play intramural sports, go to live concerts, and go to the movies. He decided to pursue his orthopaedic training at the Miami program because of the incredible location, operative experience, resident support, and resident camaraderie.

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Deborah Li, MD, MPH

PGY 1
Medical School: University of Miami
Undergraduate School: Washington University in St. Louis

Deborah grew up in Burlington, VT and Orlando, FL where she spent a majority of her life dancing ballet and training aerial cirque. She completed her undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a double major in Dance and Biology. Following undergrad she was hired as a research coordinator at the public health department at Washington University where she helped to develop new screening techniques for patients with hepatocellular carcinoma. She retired as a dancer following her acceptance into the 4-year integrated MD/MPH program at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. In medical school, she participated extensively in research as a statistician with multiple institutions, resulting in numerous publications and presentations. Her project on PROMIS in patients with developmental dysplasia of the hip was accepted at the Orthopaedic Research Society and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons annual meetings where she spoke as a podium presenter. Jackson Memorial Hospital was Deborah’s number one choice to complete her residency training due to the extraordinarily high volume of cases, unparalleled early surgical exposure, and fantastic camaraderie of the residents. Her hobbies in her time off include amateur boxing, weight lifting, running, and inline skating around Miami Beach.

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Arya Minaie, MD

PGY 1
Medical School: Quinnipiac University
Undergraduate School: University of California, Berkeley

While Arya Minaie considers San Ramon, CA home, he spent the first fifteen years of his life living in fifteen different cities- most notably Sydney, Australia and Tehran, Iran. He attended undergraduate a UC Berkeley, where he majored in Integrative Biology. Following in his brother’s footsteps, he chose to pursue medicine, attending the Frank Netter School of Medicine on an academic scholarship and graduating at the top of his class with a distinction in Basic, Translational, and Clinical Science Research. While in the northeast, he developed a love for skiing, finance, and lifting heavy objects- becoming one of the first medical students engraved into the Quinnipiac University weight room wall’s 1,000 Pound Club. Before arriving to Miami, Dr. Minaie completed a research fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis. He was involved in a plethora of orthopaedic studies, publishing and presenting multiple papers on hip reconstruction in children with cerebral palsy. He chose to pursue his orthopaedic training at the University of Miami because it is the perfect marriage of operative experience and academic rigor.

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Justin Trapana, MD

PGY 1
Medical School: University of Miami
Undergraduate School: University of Miami

Justin was born and raised in Miami FL. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Miami, majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Art. During his undergraduate studies, he kindled a passion for fine art and honed his skills in glass blowing. He graduated Suma Cum Laude and continued his studies at the University of Miami graduating within the top 10 of his medical school class and becoming a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. His research interests range from work at the Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute to research focusing on the durability of spinal constructs in cancer patients. In his free time, he enjoys all things Miami including South Beach, boating, and brunch. Justin chose the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital as his number one choice to complete his Orthopedic training because of the unmatched operative training, camaraderie, and life experience living in Miami.