Residency Program

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Orthopaedic Residency Program

Alfonso Mejia, MD, MPH

Alfonso Mejia, MD, MPH

Residents receive a diverse exposure to the diagnosis and management of adult orthopaedic pathology at several institutions. These rotations provide an overall balanced experience in areas including Sports, Adult reconstruction, Shoulder and Elbow surgery, Foot and Ankle surgery, and musculoskeletal infections. Residents work in a variety of different settings requiring flexibility and the ability to function efficiently in a variety of hospital systems. The diversity of settings provides residents with a unique opportunity to participate in a number of different cases as well as the opportunity to see alternative procedures, equipment systems, and techniques in managing musculoskeletal pathology. Furthermore, residents receive extensive training in the non-operative management of multiple conditions through comprehensive clinic exposure. The overall experience residents at the University of Illinois at Chicago receive provides an unparalleled development of well-rounded Orthopaedic surgeons.

Our residency program in orthopaedic surgery offers seven positions each year. We rotate at four major institutions in the Chicago area and work with a large number of orthopaedic surgeons in all orthopaedic sub-specialties. Two of these institutions are level one trauma centers. An additional fifth educational site is the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital where our third and fourth year residents receive some of their specialized pediatric instruction. By working in a variety of different settings residents develop flexibility and the ability to function efficiently in a variety of hospital systems and to care for a diverse patient population.

To supplement our residents’ vast surgical and clinical experience, we maintain a rich didactic program. Weekly conferences cover all topics in orthopaedics and include both resident and faculty lectures as well as many guest lecturers. Focus is placed on basic science, clinical, and current trends in orthopaedics, as well as the knowledge domains covered in the yearly orthopaedic in-training exam.

In addition to our educational experience, our residents are able to enjoy the great city of Chicago. Chicago offers everything from classic sporting venues (e.g. Wrigley Field, Soldier Field, and the United Center) to various festivals,
street fairs, theatrical performances, culture events and an array of museums. Most of our residents live within the many neighborhoods throughout the city as well as the surrounding suburbs.

Alfonso Mejia, MD, MPH
University of Illinois
Program Director

Residency Overview
Didactics
Benefits
Call Schedule
Courses
Athletic/Event Coverage
Special Conferences
Duty Hours
Hospitals

Residency Overview

Orthopaedics Residency Overview
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Call Schedule

University of Illinois Hospital

PGY 2/3Q6Home Call
PGY 4/5Q3-4Back Up

Advocate Christ Hospital

PGY 3Q 5-6In House
PGY 4Q6In House
PGY 5Q12In House

Advocate Lutheran Hospital

PGY 2Q4In House
PGY 3Q5In House
PGY 4Q10In House

Weiss Hospital

PGY 2Q3-4Home Call
PGY 4Q4Home Call
PGY 5Q5Home Call

Shriners Hospital for Children

PGY 3/4Q3-4In House
PGY 4Q4In House
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Athletic/Event Coverage

Residents have ample opportunity to cover various professional, college, and high school athletic events as well as various other events such as performances and concerts. Our residents frequently have the opportunity to provide medical coverage for musical performances. Past residents have covered artists like Madonna, Motley Crue, and Lionel Richie to name a few. Our residents provide coverage for the UIC Division I Athletes and frequently provide medical coverage for the Joffrey Ballet, WNBA Sky Team, and local high schools. Residents are compensated for covering local high school sports with $150 being added to their educational fund.

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Duty Hours

The UIC Department of Orthopaedics strictly adheres to the ACGME work hour rules.

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Didactics

Departmental Conference

Wednesday (Every)

7:00 – 8:00 AMSports Medicine
8:00 – 9:00 AMAttending Lecture
9:00 – 9:45 AMResident Lecture 1
9:45 – 10:30 AMResident Lecture 2
10:30 – 11:00 AMOITE Questions

Saturday (Alternating)

The alternating Saturday morning conference is a long‐standing tradition that is attended by Chicago
community orthopaedic surgeons and alumni. It consists of three topic‐specific case‐based lectures that include
review of literature aimed and critical appraisal of the literature for the best evidence based practices to
incorporate into daily clinical practice. The lectures are followed by a vibrant discussion session lead by an
attending moderator and a panel of subspecialists.

8:00 – 8:30 AMTopic Specific Case – Based Resident Talk 1
8:30 – 9:00 AMTopic Specific Case – Based Resident Talk 2
9:00 – 9:30 AMTopic Specific Case – Based Attending Talk
9:30 – 10:00 AMModerator Lead Discussion

Site Specific Didactics

University of Illinois Hospital

Monday6:30 – 7:00 AM Arthroplasty Journal Club – Chmell Rounds
7:00 – 8:00 AM Indications Conference
8:00 – 8:30 AM Sports Medicine Journal Club

Advocate Christ Hospital

Daily6:00 – 6:30 AM Intake Rounds
Friday7:00 – 8:00 AM Orthopaedic Grand Rounds

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

Monday6:30 – 7:30 AM Fracture Conference
Thursday7:00 – 8:00 AM Attending Lecture
Friday6:30 – 7:00 AM Joint Arthroplasty / Sports Medicine Conference

Weiss Memorial Hospital

Monday6:00 – 6:30 AM Joint Arthroplasty Journal Club
6:30 – 7:00 AM Joint Arthroplasty Indications Conference
Thursday6:15 – 7:00 AM Sports Medicine Conference
Friday7:00 – 8:00 AM Spine Conference

Shriners Hospital for Children

Residents on Shriner’s rotation do not attend Wednesday Departmental Conference

Monday7:00 – 8:00 AM Indication Conference
8:00 – 8:30 AM Gait Lab
Tuesday7:00 – 8:00 AM Spine Conference
Wednesday7:00 – 10:00 AM Lectures
Thursday7:00 – 7:30 AM Chief Rounds
7:30 – 8:00 AM Grand Rounds
Friday7:00 – 8:00 AM Post‐Op Conference

ABOS Intern Modules

Interns participate in the ABOS first year skills modules. These provide dedicated, protected teaching
sessions with the program director that emphasize foundational skills necessary for a successful career in
orthopedics. Sessions focus on developing fundamental skills using simulation including but not limited to knot
tying, microsurgery, dissection, etc.

Dr. Asok K. Ray Lecture Series

Dr. Asok Ray a former assistant clinical professor of orthopaedic in UIH department of orthopaedic generously endowed a gift that helps bring world renowned orthopaedic surgeons to the University of Illinois Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Previous speakers have included: Dr. Jorge Orbay, Dr. Frederick Meyer, Dr. Bruce Browner, Dr. Freddie Fu, Dr. Alvin Crawford, Dr. Ann Van Heest, Dr. A. Seth Greenwald, Dr. Harold E.
Kleinert

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Courses

PGY IChicago Annual Trauma Symposium
UIH Splinting, Casting, and Traction
UIH Microsurgery Course
PGY IIChicago Annual Trauma Symposium
UIH Splinting, Casting, and Traction
AO Basic Course
PGY IIIChicago Annual Trauma Symposium
UIH Microsurgery Course
AANA Basic Arthroscopy Course at Orthopaedic Learning Center
PGY IVChicago Annual Trauma Symposium
AO Advanced Course
PGY VChicago Annual Trauma Symposium
AAOS Annual Meeting
Pathology & Oncology Course – Dr. Simon
Orthopaedic
ABOS Board Review Course (Miller or AAOS)

Many residents also take advantage of various industry‐sponsored courses throughout their residency training.
Close proximity to AAOS Orthopaedic Learning Center Courses allows residents to easily attend courses held by
the AAOS.

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Special Conferences (Yearly)

Orthotic and Prosthetic Seminar3 Sessions
Bone and soft tissue tumors3 Sessions
Orthopaedic & Rheumatology Combined
Quarterly Conference
4 Sessions
Cadaver Dissections7 Sessions
Psychomotor Skills Lecture and Hands on
Program
12 Sessions
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Hospitals

University of Illinois Hospital

University of Illinois HospitalTrauma: Level II
Beds: 495
Percent of Training: 40%
Description:
The University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System is dedicated to
the mission of Health Equity. By combining our unique combination of clinical care, education, and research to provide high‐value personalized healthcare and improve the overall health of the communities we serve, UI Health promotes healthier communities for a healthier city.

Faculty

Edward Abraham, MD
Professor
Residency: University of Illinois
Fellowship: University of Sheffield, UK
Specialty: Pediatric SurgeryFarid Amirouche, PhD.
Professor, Research Director
University of Cincinnati, Ohio
M.S. in Aerospace Engineering and Applied Mechanics
Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering with emphasis on Biomechanics

Samuel Chmell, MD
Professor
Residency: Loyola University
Specialty: Joint Arthroplasty

Amir El Shami, MD
Assistant Professor
Residency: Harvard University
Fellowship: University of Illinois
Specialty: Sports Medicine (PMR)

Benjamin Goldberg, MD
Associate Professor
Residency: Baylor University Medical Center
Fellowship: University of Washington
Specialty: Shoulder and Elbow

Meldoy Hrubes, MD
Assistant Professor
Residency: Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital
Fellowship: University of Illinois
Specialty: Sports Medicine (PMR)

Yasser Farid, MD, Phd
Assistant Professor
Fellowship: Harvard University
Fellowship: M.D. Anderson ‐ University of Texas
Fellowship: University of Chicago
Specialty: Orthopaedic Oncology / Joint Arthroplasty

Mark Gonzalez, MD, PhD
Professor & Chairman
Residency: University of Illinois
Fellowship: Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery
Fellowship: Ohio State University
Specialty: Hand / Adult Reconstruction

Mark Hutchinson, MD
Professor
Residency: Michigan State University ‐ Kalamazoo
Fellowship: Kentucky Sports Medicine
Specialty: Sports MedicineAlan League, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Residency: University of Illinois
Fellowship: Union Memorial
Specialty: Foot and Ankle

Matthew Marcus, MD
Assistant Professor
Residency: UMDNJ
Fellowship: University of Chicago
Specialty: Sports Medicine – Hip Arthroscopy

Alfonso Mejia, MD, MPH
Vice Chairman ‐ Program Director
Associate Professor
Residency: University of Illinois
Fellowship: Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery
Specialty: Hand

Anis Mekhail, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor
Residency: University of Illinois
Fellowship: Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Specialty: Spine

Terry Nicola, MD
Assistant Professor
Residency: Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Specialty: Sports Medicine (PMR)

Krzysztof Sieminow, MD
Assistant Professor
Residency: Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Fellowship: Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Fellowship: Rush University Medical Center
Specialty: Spine

Maria Siemionow, M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc.
Professor
Residency: Poznan Medical University
Fellowship: Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery
Specialty: Hand, Microsurgery, Transplantation

Advocate Lutheran General

Advocate Lutheran GeneralTrauma: Level I
Beds: 638
Percent of Training: 25%
Description:
Lutheran General has been recognized 13 times as one of the 100 Top Hospitals and 15 top major teaching hospitals in the country by Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals: National Benchmarks Study. Lutheran General has been rated by US News & World Report as being one of America’s Best Hospitals, and received ‘top 50 in the nation’ rankings for medical excellence and advanced capabilities in many specialties.

Faculty

Arif Ali, MD
Residency: University of Chicago
Fellowship: The Sports Clinic ‐ Laguna Hills
Fellowship: Hospital for Special Surgery
Specialty: Sports Medicine & TraumaTaizoon Baxamusa, MD
Residency: Yale University School of Medicine
Fellowship: The Indiana Hand Center
Specialty: Hand & Upper Extremity

Avi Bernstein, MD
Residency: UCLA
Fellowship: State University of New York ‐ Buffalo
Specialty: Spine

James Bresch, MD
Residency: Northwestern University
Fellowship: Kerlan‐Jobe
Specialty: Sports Medicine

Rajeev Garapati, MD
Residency: Northwestern University
Fellowship: Mt. Sinai Medical Center
Fellowship: R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center
Fellowship: AO Orthopaedic Trauma
Fellowship
Specialty: Trauma

Thomas Gleason, MD
Residency: University of Illinois
Fellowship: University of Toronto ‐ Spine
Specialty: Spine

Jeffrey Goldstein, MD
Residency: University of Illinois
Fellowship: OrthoCarolina Hip & Knee Center
Specialty: Adult Reconstruction

Wayne Goldstein, MD
Residency: University of Illinois
Fellowship: Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard University
Specialty: Adult ReconstructionAlex Gordon, MD
Residency: University of Illinois
Fellowship: Scripps Clinic
Specialty: Adult Reconstruction

Albert Knuth, MD
Residency: Northwestern University
Fellowship: Texas Scottish Rite
Hospital
Specialty: Pediatric

Andrea Kramer, MD
Residency: Northwestern University
Fellowship: Shriners Hospital Utah
Specialty: Pediatric

Matthew Jimenez, MD
Residency: Northwestern University
Fellowship: Sunnybrook Medical Center
Fellowship: University of Toronto
Specialty: Trauma

Alan League, MD

Residency: University of Illinois
Fellowship: Union Memorial Hospital
Specialty: Foot & Ankle

John H. Lyon, MD
Residency: Norwestern University
Fellowship: Rush University Medical Center
Specialty: Adult Reconstruction

Steven Mardjetko, MD
Residency: University of Illinois
Fellowship: Rush University Medical
Center – Adult &  Pediatric
Specialty: Adult / Pediatric SpineRonak Patel, MD
Residency: Northwestern University
Fellowship: Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Specialty: Sports Medicine

Todd Simmons, MD
Residency: Northwestern University
Fellowship: Royal Children’s Hospital,
Australia
Specialty: Pediatric

Ritesh Shah, MD
Residency: Northwestern University
Fellowship: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis
Specialty: Adult Joint Preservation, Resurfacing and Reconstruction

David Rabb, MD
Residency: Northwestern University
Fellowship: Minneapolis Sports
Medicine Center
Specialty: Sports Medicine

Jeffrey Visotsky, MD
Residency: Northwestern University
Fellowship: Baylor University Medical Center
Fellowship: University of Chicago
Specialty: Hand

Advocate Christ Hospital

Advocate Christ HospitalTrauma: Level I
Beds: 695
Percent of Training: 15%
Description:
Advocate Christ Medical Center is one of the busiest Level I trauma centers in Illinois. In both 2012 and 2013, the medical center was named to the Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals®, while U.S. News & World Report ranked the medical center among the nation’s leading providers for cardiology and heart surgery and for geriatric medicine and ranked it fourth overall among hospitals in the state of Illinois. The hospital is also recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Magnet Center.

Faculty

George Branovacki, MD
Residency: University of Illinois
Fellowship: Scripps Clinic
Specialty: Adult ReconstructionPaul Defrino, MD
Residency: Northwestern University
Fellowship: Baylor University Medical Center
Specialty: Foot & Ankle

Prasad Gourineni, MD
Residency: Northwestern University
Fellowship: Texas Scottish Rite Hospital
Specialty: Pediatric

James Leonard, MD
Residency: University Of Illinois
Fellowship: Vanderbilt University
Specialty: Sports Medicine

Richard Lim, MD
Residency: Northwestern University
Fellowship: Spine Institute For Special Surgery
Specialty: Spine

Kevin Luke, MD

Residency: Rush University Medical Center
Specialty: Adult Reconstruction / Trauma

Anis Mekhail, MD
Residency: University of Illinois
Fellowship: Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Specialty: SpineJames Moravek, MD
Residency: University of Michigan
Fellowship: Beaumont Hospital
Specialty: Sports Medicine

Luis Redondo, MD
Residency: Rush University Medical Center
Specialty: Adult Reconstruction

Daniel Troy, MD
Residency: University of Illinois
Fellowship: Hughston Sports Medicine Clinic
Fellowship: Leatherman Spine Institute
Specialty: Sports Medicine & Spine

Michael Weisburger, MD
Residency: University of Illinois
Fellowship: SUNY Stony Brook
Specialty: Hand

Weiss Memorial Hospital

Weiss Memorial HospitalTrauma: Level II
Beds: 236
Percent of Training: 15%
Description:
Weiss Memorial Hospital is a 236‐bed healthcare facility located along Chicago’s Lakefront. Weiss Memorial Hospital has been recognized as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States. The Chicago Center for Orthopedics located at Weiss Memorial Hospital was recently named the Blue Distinction Center® for knee and hip replacement.

Faculty

James Cohen, MD
Residency: Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center
Fellowship: Rothman Institute – Thomas Jefferson
Specialty: Sports Medicine / Adult ReconstructionYasser Farid, MD, Phd
Fellowship: Harvard University
Fellowship: M.D. Anderson ‐ The University of Texas
Fellowship: University of Chicago
Specialty: Orthopaedic Oncology / Joint Arthroplasty

Henry Finn, MD
Residency: Hahnemann University
Fellowship: University of Chicago
Specialty: Adult Reconstruction &
Orthopaedic Oncology

Benjamin Goldberg, MD
Residency: Baylor University Medical Center
Fellowship: University of Washington
Specialty: Shoulder and Elbow

Mark Gonzalez, MD, PhD
Residency: University of Illinois
Fellowship: Kleinert Institute for
Hand and Microsurgery
Fellowship: Ohio State University Specialty
Specialty: Hand / Adult ReconstructionPrunendu Gupta, MD
Residency: Northwestern University
Fellowship: Washington University,
St. Louis
Specialty: Adult / Pediatric Spine

Ari Kaz, MD
Residency: Indiana University
Medical Center
Fellowship: Idaho Foot and Ankle
Surgery
Specialty: Foot & Ankle

Alfonso Mejia, MD, MPH
Residency: University of Illinois
Fellowship: Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery
Specialty: Hand

Shriners Hospital for Children

Shriners Hospital for ChildrenTrauma: Level III
Beds: 60
Percent of Training: 5%
Description:
Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago is one of the busiest hospitals in the Shriners health system. Here, children with a host of orthopaedic and neuro‐musculoskeletal conditions, spinal cord injuries, as well as cleft lip and palate are treated. Seventy percent of the hospital’s patient population is drawn from the Midwest. Approximately, 30% of admissions are from overseas and the hospital
serves a large population of children with osteogenesis imperfecta.

Faculty

Jefferey Ackman, MD
Residency: Rush University Medical Center
Fellowship: Texas Scottish Rite Hospital
Specialty: Pediatric / SpineHaluk Altiok, MD
Residency: University of Illinois
Fellowship: Texas Scottish Rite Hospital
Fellowship: Shriners Hospitals for Children —
Chicago
Fellowship: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Specialty: Pediatric

Prunendu Gupta, MD
Residency: Northwestern University
Fellowship: Washington University, St. Louis
Specialty: Adult / Pediatric Spine

Kim Hammerberg, MD
Residency: Rush University Medical
Center
Fellowship: Rush University Medical
Center
Travelling Spine Fellowships:
Deutches Skoliosezentrum, Bad
Wildengun, Germany
Travelling Spine Fellowship: Institut
Calot, Berck‐Plage, France
Specialty: Pediatric SpineTerry Light, MD
Residency: Yale University
Fellowship: Connecticut Combined
Hand Surgery Program
Specialty: Hand

Peter Smith, MD
Residency: University of Chicago
Fellowship: Newington Children’s
Hospital
Specialty: Pediatric

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Benefits

2015-2016

MonthlyYearly
PGY I4,39052,680
PGY II4,54554,540
PGY III4,70056,400
PGY IV4,88056,560
PGY V5,07560,900

Residents do not pay social security taxes; instead, eight percent (8%) of your gross earnings is deducted from your paycheck and placed in State Universities Retirement System (SURS). At the end of 5 years, you can receive as much as the lump sum of contributions, interest, and 1:1 matching depending on the SURS plan you enroll in. This can amount to more than $40,000 returned at the end of residency.

For more information please visit: https://www.uic.edu/com/gme

Educational

Residents are awarded $750 each year for PGY III-V to buy books, courses, etc.

Conference

Residents are awarded up to $1500 for travel and lodging to present research accepted at national conferences.