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Dr. Vishal Saxena was born and raised in Fairfax, Virginia. He attended Northwestern University where he graduated Summa cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering. He attended medical school at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. During medical school, he was selected for the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute – National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Scholars Program. He spent the year between his third and fourth years of medical school working at the NIH with Dr. Bradford Wood and investigated liposomal-mediated delivery of thrombolytic agents. He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency training at the University of Pennsylvania in the six year clinician-scientist track. Between his second and third years of residency, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the McKay Orthopaedic Research Laboratory with Dr. Robert Mauck and investigated hyaluronic acid scaffolds for image-guided cartilage engineering and in vivo cartilage repair in a minipig animal model.
In his spare time, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife, Shilpa, who is an Assistant Professor of Interventional Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Jennifer Smith grew up in Nashville, TN. She attended the George Washington University where she graduated with Honors with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health. She attended medical school at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Smith completed her residency training through the Navy in San Diego, CA where she completed a biomechanical tissue repair study of the strength of suture tape versus high-tensile strength suture and performed a process improvement analysis of osteoporosis diagnosis after fragility fractures. After residency, she was stationed in Newport, RI as a general Orthopedic Surgeon and served as the sole Orthopedic surgeon for 3 months during the summer of 2016 for all service members of the U.S Navy for all of Rhode Island and Connecticut.
In her spare time, she enjoys running, exercising, and spending time with her 4-year-old daughter, Cordelia (Della) and her husband, Kyle, who is a former helicopter pilot for the US Marine Corps and is currently a graduate student at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Dr. Skelley was born and raised in Joplin, Missouri. He attended Cornell University, where he majored in Science and Technology studies, and earned his medical degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. While at Johns Hopkins, he served as the president of the medical school student body and was also honored with membership in the medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha. Dr. Skelley completed his residency at Washington University in St. Louis. During his residency, he helped create and develop the AAOS Resident Assembly and his research was published in several orthopaedic journals including the American Journal of Sports Medicine, the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, the Journal of Arthroscopy, and JAAOS. His research interests involve mobile technologies, tissue engineering, and cartilage therapies. He received an OREF grant and was honored with the WUSTL Resident Research Award.
In his spare time, he enjoys SCUBA diving, powered parachute flying, physical fitness, and spending time with his family.
Dr. Skordas grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is a distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, where he received a degree in Systems Engineering. He attended medical school at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Skordas completed his residency training through the Air Force in San Antonio, Texas where he completed research on articular cartilage injuries in service academy cadets and MRI techniques for imaging of hip pathology. After residency, he served a one-year tour in South Korea as the sole orthopedic surgeon for U.S. Air Force members stationed on the peninsula.
In his spare time, he enjoys skiing, mountain biking and spending time with his wife, Danielle, who is a physical therapy assistant.
Dr. Waryasz grew up in Longmeadow, MA. He graduated with honors from Boston College with a BS in Biology. While at Boston College he worked in the strength and conditioning department with Division 1 athletes. He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He received his medical degree from Tufts University. Dr Waryasz completed an orthopaedic surgery residency at the Warren-Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University in Providence, RI where he also completed a fellowship in orthopaedic trauma surgery. During residency he was voted most valuable resident in the orthopaedic department by his peers. He has served as a team physician for Brown University, the Providence Bruins (AHL), and for USA gymnastics. His current research is on meniscal root repair, arthroscopic simulation education, optimal fixation of hip fractures, injury prevention in athletics and fitness, injuries in female fitness competitors, healthy literacy in orthopaedics, and the epidemiology of navicular injuries in football players.
Dr Waryasz’s wife, Charlene, is a pediatric ICU nurse at Boston Children’s Hospital and a pediatric clinical instructor of nursing at UMASS-Boston. They have one son named Joseph.
Dr. McHale grew up in Sea Isle City, NJ. He graduated from La Salle University where he was captain of the rugby team and graduated with honors with a degree in Biology. He received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College. Dr. McHale completed his residency training at the University of Pennsylvania. During his residency, he was involved in research on the outcomes of Lisfranc injuries in the NFL, arthroscopic remplissage for humeral head defects, and rotator interval injuries in throwing athletes.
Dr. Lavery grew up on Long Island in New York. He attended Amherst College where he was a pitcher and outfielder on the baseball team. After college, he participated in research at the Harvard Shoulder Service and has published on superior labral tears, proximal biceps tendonitis, acromioclavicular injuries, and suture anchor biomechanics. His publications appear in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Journal of Sports Medicine, the Journal of Arthroscopy, and Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. He subsequently attended Tufts University School of Medicine and completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at Rutgers University.
Dr. Rossy grew up in Metuchen, NJ. He graduated from Boston College with a degree in Biology. He received his medical degree from Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ where he was awarded membership to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Dr. Rossy completed his residency training at the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases. During residency, he completed research in the management of AC joint injuries, outcomes of biceps tenodesis and the management of open fractures. During this time, he also authored multiple book chapters and review articles. Dr. Rossy served as the executive chief resident during his PGY-5 year. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf, snowboarding and spending time with his family.
Dr. Vopat grew up in Kansas. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Biochemistry and a minor in Chemistry, and he graduated medical school at the University of Kansas where he was awarded membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at Warren-Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University in Providence, RI where he also completed a trauma fellowship. During residency he received the Dean’s Excellence Award in Teaching, the Michael G Ehrlich Basic Science Residency Award and was voted the most valuable resident in the Orthopaedic Department by his peers. He was involved in research that included reviewing recommendations for the aging athlete, supplemental ACL fixation, CT navigation for ACL reconstruction and optimal fixation of hip fractures.
Dr. Vorys grew up in Columbus, Ohio. He attended Dartmouth College where he was a member of the rugby team and graduated with honors with a degree in engineering sciences. After college he spent a year in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as a Fulbright Scholar studying tissue engineering at Universiti Malaya. Dr. Vorys attended Columbia University for medical school in New York City where he also completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the New York Orthopaedic Hospital. During residency he was involved in research on tissue engineering massive osseus and osteochondral defects with scaffolds in a dog model, basic science of the healing rotator cuff, and clinical outcomes following total shoulder replacement. In his spare time he enjoys windsurfing Buzzards Bay, running, travelling and spending time with family.
Dr. Wong grew up in the suburbs outside of San Francisco, CA. He graduated with honors from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Molecular and Cell Biology. He received his medical degree from the University of California, Irvine where he was awarded membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Dr. Wong completed his residency training at the University of California, Los Angeles. During residency, he completed research in rotator cuff repairs and ACL reconstruction. In his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball, soccer and tennis.
Dr. Cohn graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Biological Basis of Behavior and minors in history and psychology. He received his medical degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, in New York City, where he graduated with distinction in research. Dr. Cohn completed his residency training at the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases. During residency, he was involved in research on heterotopic ossification after total hip arthroplasty and shoulder and hip injuries in National Hockey League players. He also received the Ralph Lusskin award for teaching excellence, chosen by his peers as the outstanding teacher in the chief resident class. Dr. Cohn served as the executive chief resident during his PGY-5 year.
Dr. Dumont grew up in Montreal, Canada. He attended the University of Tennessee, where he was a member of the football team. After medical school at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, he completed his Orthopaedic Surgery residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX. During residency, he was involved in research on topics including shoulder instability and ACL tears in pediatric patients. Upon graduation from the program he received the W. Brandon Carrell Distinguished Physician Award. He also served as administrative chief resident during his PGY-5 year. He completed a three month Sh
Dr. Makani grew up in West Virginia. He attended Northwestern University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in Medical Engineering and was a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society. He also received his medical degree from Northwestern University where he was awarded membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Dr. Makani completed his Orthopaedic Surgery Residency in Philadelphia at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. During residency he was involved in research regarding hip and knee arthroplasty, ACL reconstruction in the pediatric population and humerus fractures. His research interests include cartilage preservation, ACL reconstruction, and arthroscopic techniques.
Dr. Gwathmey graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Biology. After medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA, he returned to Charlottesville for Orthopaedic Surgery residency at the University of Virginia. During residency, he was involved in research on distal radius fractures, multiple ligament knee injuries, and cartilage restoration. He also received numerous teaching awards at U.Va. including the Mulholland Award for excellence in medical student teaching. He served as administrative chief resident during his PGY-5 year.
Dr. Vezeridis grew up in Rhode Island. He attended Brown University, where he graduated with honors in neuroscience. He also received his medical degree from Brown Medical School. While in medical school, Dr. Vezeridis spent a year abroad as a Fulbright fellow during which time he volunteered at the 2004 Olympics in Athens and performed orthopaedic basic science research in the Netherlands. He moved to Boston and completed his orthopaedic surgery residency training at the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program. His research interests include shoulder instability, shoulder injuries in children, and knee biomechanics.
Dr. Wiegand grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2002, she graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in Cognitive Neuroscience. She returned to Pittsburgh to complete her medical degree, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 2007. While at the University of Pittsburgh, she received the Harold Henderson Sankey award given to the outstanding senior medical student interested in orthopaedic surgery. Dr. Wiegand completed her Orthopaedic Surgery Residency in Philadelphia at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She is excited to return to Boston for fellowship. During medical school and residency she developed a particular interest in the education of medical students and residents, and looks forward to continuing this during fellowship.
Dr. Baydoun received his Bachelor's degree in Biology from the American University of Beirut with High Distinction. After receiving his MD from AUB, he traveled from Lebanon to the United States for his orthopedic surgery residency training at the University of Illinois in Chicago. While in Chicago, he was involved in several research projects regarding fixation of olecranon fractures, outcomes of arthroscopic lysis of adhesions in the knee, and the effect of obesity on total joint replacement. Dr. Baydoun is the recipient of the Robert D. Ray MD, PhD Award for Research and the Leo Weinstein MD Award for Excellence in Patient Care. In his spare time, Dr. Baydoun enjoys swimming, biking, and running. He participates regularly in triathlons, and has recently finished his first Ironman competition.
Dr. Baydoun had participated in research at the Molecular Surgery Lab at MGH in prior years, and is excited to be back in Boston and MGH for his sports medicine fellowship.
Dr. Hammoud graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a BS in Microbiology. As a member of the UCLA Varsity Women’s Soccer Team, she earned Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors and was a team captain during her second year. She received her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University and subsequently completed her orthopaedic surgery residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Her research interests have focused on the biomechanics of the ACL deficient and reconstructed knee, femoroacetabular impingement, and injuries in the skeletally immature athlete. As a Chief Resident, she was awarded the Russell F. Warren Award for Excellence in Orthopaedic Basic/Translational Research for her work in cartilage repair.
Dr. Jerabek grew up in a small town in northern Wisconsin on the shores of Lake Superior. After receiving the Wisconsin All-State Academic Scholarship, he attended the University of Wisconsin where he studied biochemistry and graduated with Honors. He attended medical school at the University of Michigan graduating cum laude. While at the University of Michigan, he received the Larry S. Matthews, MD Orthopaedic Surgery Award, which is given to the outstanding student in orthopaedic surgery. Dr. Jerabek moved east to Boston and completed his residency training at the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Surgery Program. As a resident, he became interested in the biomechanics and reconstruction of both native and replaced joints. Therefore, for his first fellowship, he trained in Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement last year at the Hospital for Special Surgery where he received the Clinical Excellence Award. He has returned to Massachusetts General Hospital for his second fellowship, in Sports Medicine.
Dr. LeClere was born and raised in Southern Indiana. In 2002, he graduated with honors from the University of Notre Dame with a double major of Government and Pre-professional studies. Dr. LeClere graduated from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine in 2006. Upon graduation, he began his active duty service with the Navy and completed his residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego in June 2011. During residency, Dr. LeClere served on the Institutional Review Board at the Naval Medical Center San Diego and the Publications Committee for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. LeClere was recently awarded the Navy Commendation Medal for his research and teaching activities during residency. His research interests include shoulder instability, glenohumeral bone loss, and patellofemoral instability.
Dr. Jonathan Bravman joins us from the University of Colorado, where he completed his orthopaedic residency.
Dr. Luke Choi joins us from University of Virginia.
Dr. Michael Clarke who joins us after serving as a general orthopaedic surgeon at the Naval Hospital at Camp Lejune. The United States Navy has granted permission to Dr. Clarke to complete a Sports Medicine Fellowship in the civilian sector.