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Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program

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Message from Program Director

Dear Prospective Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in the Westchester Medical Center Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program, located just 20 minutes north of New York City. The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery currently has 15 residents, and offers three five-year training positions. The Residency Program is fully accredited by the residency review committee of the ACGME, and offers a well-rounded clinical and academic experience in each of the orthopaedic subspecialties. The training program at Westchester Medical Center in association with New York Medical College is affiliated with hospitals in Manhattan, Stamford CT, and the Hudson River Valley. Residents in this program work with dedicated full-time and voluntary faculty members. Residents benefit from rotations at Westchester Medical Center (a Level I trauma center), Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital (a dedicated pediatric hospital on the main campus), Stamford Hospital (a Level II community hospital), Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital (a busy joint arthroplasty center), and Mount Sinai Hospital (a tertiary care referral facility) located in New York City. Along with the extensive clinical experience offered, residents have dedicated time to participate in research with access to both basic science and animal laboratories at the New York Medical College.

I invite you to look through our website to learn more about the training program, and I encourage you to ask questions and discuss the program with our current residents. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely,

Daniel Zelazny, MD
Program Director


Program Overview and Curriculum

Didactic Schedule

The Westchester Medical Center Residency Program maintains a curriculum for teaching residents the basics of orthopaedics in all of the subspecialty areas. The content is directed by the residency Program Director, service chiefs, and chief residents. There are four hours of protected conference activity each Monday and daily lectures from 7:15 to 8:00 a.m., Tuesday through Friday. Attending staff oversee and coordinate conferences.

Teaching Conferences Include

Monday Conferences: Monday mornings are protected times for educational activities. On a monthly alternating schedule, conferences include multidisciplinary trauma, combined orthopaedic/neurosurgery spine, and morbidity and mortality. Throughout the year residents participate in fracture conference, basic science lectures, anatomy lab, pathology conference, and OITE review. Additionally, invited professionals lecture on medico-legal issues, ethics and professionalism, medical devices, and product and implant demonstration.

Daily Subspecialty Conferences: Each subspecialty follows a yearly curriculum presented on a specific day of the week. Curriculum topics include trauma, spine, joints, foot and ankle, pediatrics, hand, and sports.

Grand Rounds: Each year several invited speakers are hosted by the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Courses and Conferences

Courses: Each year residents attend national courses and conferences with departmental support.

  • PGY-I- Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)
  • PGY-II - AO Basic Fracture Course
  • PGY-III - Orthotic And Prosthetic Course (New York University, New York, NY), Arthroscopy Course (Academy Learning Center, Rosemont, IL)
  • PGY-IV- Pathology Review Course (Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York, NY), AAOS Annual Meeting
  • PGY-V- Miller Review Course (Westminster, CO)

Rotation Sites

Westchester Medical Center (Valhalla, NY)

  • 652 bed Level 1 Trauma Center (Pediatric and Adult)
  • Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital contiguous with WMC
    • 136 beds, 8 operating rooms
  • Brand new Ambulatory Care Pavilion (2019)
    • Eight state-of-the-art operating rooms for ambulatory surgery
    • Advanced imaging center
  • Regional referral center
  • ~24,000 admissions yearly
  • ~3,000 Orthopaedic procedures annually
  • Highest case mix index in the nation
  • Trauma: PGY-1, PGY-2, PGY-5
  • Spine: PGY-2, PGY-3, PGY-4
  • Adult Recon: PGY-2, PGY-3 Hand: PGY-1, PGY-2, PGY-3
  • Peds: PGY-1, PGY-4
  • Sports: PGY-2, PGY-3, PGY-4, PGY-5
  • Foot and Ankle: PGY-2, PGY-3

Stamford Hospital (Stamford, CT)

  • Recently opened (Fall 2016) teaching hospital located in Stamford, Connecticut, affiliated with Hospital for Special Surgery.
  • Provides broad exposure to inpatient and outpatient community-based orthopaedic surgery and community-based trauma.
  • Areas of focus include adult shoulder reconstruction, sports medicine, foot and ankle, and hand surgery.
  • Residents are also exposed to emergent pathological conditions in a busy community based emergency department. Residents work closely with only fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeons. Residents rotating at this site attend Monday academic conferences at The Westchester Medical Center, and participate in one additional Stamford based conference on a weekly basis.
  • Hand, Sports, Foot & Ankle, Shoulder-Elbow: PGY-3
  • Sports: PGY-5

Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital (New Rochelle, NY)

  • Four month dedicated adult reconstruction preceptorship including inpatient and outpatient exposure during the PGY-3 year. Educational activity takes place under the direction of Dr. Steven B. Zelicof, the highest volume joint replacement surgeon in the Hudson Valley.
  • PGY-4 year rotation dedicated to outpatient sports medicine in two two-month blocks.
  • Adult Recon: PGY-3
  • Sports: PGY-4
  • Spine: PGY-4

Mount Sinai Hospital (New York, NY)

  • 1,171 beds
  • Internationally acclaimed for clinical care
  • Residents spend 4 months as members of the orthopaedic oncology service during their PGY-4 year.

Clinical Rotations

Residents spend two to four months rotating on each service. At the main campus, each service consists of a senior and junior resident. The Orthopaedic Department also has mid-level providers to assist with inpatient, operating room, and emergency room care. While rotating on each service the residents are responsible for the care of the patients and operative cases on their service. Cases will be assigned based on educational value and equal exposure for the residents. Additionally, residents will participate in a weekly resident-run general and specialty clinics under the guidance of full-time faculty.

PGY-I

Rotations during the first year are split into one-month blocks. Residents will be provided six months of experience in orthopaedic surgery as an intern and will learn the basics of fracture care, inpatient care, and triage under supervision. Residents will spend a total of six months rotating with other departments including general surgery, trauma surgery, plastic surgery, vascular surgery, intensive care, and neurosurgery. Extensive clinical exposure and didactic teaching of musculoskeletal radiology will be a component of the orthopaedic rotation. Four weeks of vacation will be designated during the orthopaedic rotations. Call duties will vary based on department. Residents will attend the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) course.

PGY-II

Residents will spend four months each on trauma, hand/sports, two months of spine and two months of night float (12-hour overnight). Residents on the hand/sports and spine rotations will have exposure to a variety of elective hand, shoulder, elbow, knee, hip, and spine cases. Residents will attend the AO Basic Fracture course.

PGY-III

Residents will spend four months each on adult reconstruction at Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital and at Stamford Hospital. Residents will also spend two months on the Spine service and two months of night float. The adult reconstruction rotation is based at Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital under the supervision of Steven Zelicof MD where residents perform approximately 15 joint reconstructions a week in addition to office hours. Residents on the spine service will be exposed to both elective and emergent treatment of disorders of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. At Stamford Hospital residents will focus on shoulder and elbow and hand and foot and ankle subspecialties mainly in the ambulatory surgical center setting. Residents will take in-house overnight call as a night float rotation. Residents will attend the Arthroscopy Course (Academy Learning Center, Rosemont, IL).

PGY-IV

Residents will spend three months on pediatrics, four months on musculoskeletal oncology, four months on sports medicine, and one month of research. The pediatric rotation is at the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital on the main campus. During this rotation, residents will have extensive experience treating congenital abnormalities of the extremities, scoliosis, as well as pediatric orthopaedic trauma. The musculoskeletal oncology rotation is based at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan under the guidance of Dr. Ilya Iofin. During this rotation residents will spend four months learning orthopaedic oncology both in the office and operating room. At Westchester Medical Center, residents will take at-home backup call approximately 1 in 5 nights and will take an average of two weekend day calls a month. At Westchester Medical Center, residents will be called for operative cases or if a junior resident requires assistance while on call. Four months is spent with a fellowship-trained sports medicine surgeon where the resident is exposed to both the operative and office-based aspects of the field. Residents will attend the Pathology Review Course (Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York, NY), and the AAOS annual meeting. During the research month, residents are expected to work on a program requirement of one publishable project by graduation.

PGY-V

Residents will also spend four months on the trauma service and eight weeks of research time. Residents will have the ability to choose cases as they see fit to complete their training. Residents may use these research weeks to complete research projects prior to graduation. At Westchester Medical Center, residents will take at-home backup call approximately 1 in 5 nights and will take an average of two weekend day calls a month. At Westchester Medical Center, residents will be called for operative cases or if a junior resident requires assistance while on call. Residents will attend the Miller Review Course (Westminster, CO).

Research Experience

The department offers clinical, biomechanical, and basic science research opportunities to both residents and medical students in conjunction with the New York Medical College. Each resident is required to complete a project that is submissible for publication by the time of their graduation.


Current Residents

Class of 2021

 

Rachel Talley-Bruns, MD

Hometown: San Jose, California
Undergraduate: Purchase College, SUNY, Columbia University Post Baccalaureate Premedical Program 
Medical School: New York Medical College
Fellowship: Sports Medicine at Brown University 

   

Rachel Silverstein, MD, MBS

Hometown: Seattle, Washington 
Undergraduate: University of Connecticut; Berkeley California Post Baccalaureate Premedical Program
Graduate and Medical School: The Geisinger Commonwealth Medical College 
Residency: Brown University General Surgery Intern Year
Fellowship: Pediatric Orthopedics at Baylor/Texas Children’s 
Fellowship: 
Sports Medicine

   

Azlyn Goff, MD

Hometown: Melbourne, Florida
Undergraduate: Florida State University 
Medical School: New York Medical College
Fellowship: Pediatric Orthopaedics at Vanderbilt University 

Class of 2022

Zan Naseer, MD

Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland 
Undergraduate: University of Maryland

Medical School: New York Medical College 
Orthopaedic Research Fellowship: Johns Hopkins University
Fellowship: Spine

   

Nathaniel Rawicki, MD

Hometown: Dallas, Texas 
Undergraduate: Pepperdine University

Medical School: Texas Tech University 
Fellowship: Spine

 
   

Ashlyn Morse, MD, MPH

Hometown: Van Nuys, California 
Undergraduate: California State University

Graduate: California State University 
Doctoral: New York Medical College DrPH Candidate
Medical School: University of Miami
 
Fellowship:
Musculoskeletal Oncology

Class of 2023

Greg Fasani-Feldberg, MD

Hometown: North Andover, Massachusetts 
Undergraduate: Northeastern University

Medical School: New York Medical College

   

Hiren Patel, MD

Hometown: Prescott, Arizona 
Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania

Medical School: University of Pennsylvania

 
   

Saranya Sethuraman, MD

Hometown: Palo Alto, California 
Undergraduate: Yale University

Graduate: Georgetown University 
Medical School: University of Cincinnati
Residency: Penn State General Surgery Intern Year 

Class of 2024

Avinesh Agarwalla, MD

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois 
Undergraduate: Washington University in St. Louis

Medical School: New York Medical College 
Orthopaedic Research Fellowship: Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush

   

Adrian Wu, MD

Hometown: Toronto, Canada 
Undergraduate: McGill University

Medical School: New York Medical College
 

   

Phillip Johnson, MD

Hometown: Andover, Massachusetts 
Undergraduate: Boston College

Medical School: Albany Medical College
 

Class of 2025

Eric Yoon, MD

Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee  
Undergraduate: Bowdoin College

Medical School: Emory University 

   

Joon Yoo, MD

Hometown: Ann Arbor Michigan
Undergraduate:  Washington University in St. Louis
Medical School: Michigan State University
Orthopaedic Research Fellowship: Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush University 

     

Wells Prather, MD

Hometown: Memphis, Tennessee 
Undergraduate: University of Mississippi

Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center 
Orthopaedic Research Fellowship: University of Alabama at Birmingham

 

 

 



Faculty

David Asprinio, MD – Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery
Orthopaedic Specialty: Trauma and Spine
Location: Westchester Medical Center, Midhudson Regional, Stamford Hospital
Residency: Brown University
Fellowship: Hospital for Special Surgery (Trauma), University of Maryland Medical System (Spine)

Daniel Zelazny, MD – Orthopaedic Surgery Program Director
Orthopaedic Specialty: Sports Medicine and Trauma
Location: Westchester Medical Center, Midhudson Regional, Stamford Hospital
Residency: New York Medical College
Fellowship: Graduate Sports Medicine Philadelphia, Westchester Medical Center (Trauma)

Richard Magill, MD
Orthopaedic Specialty: Hand, Upper Extremity, and Trauma
Location: Westchester Medical Center
Residency: Maimonides Medical Center
Fellowship: Duke University

Howard Luks, MD
Orthopaedic Specialty: Sports Medicine
Location: Westchester Medical Center
Residency: Long Island Jewish Medical Center
Fellowship: Hospital for Joint Diseases

David Wellman, MD
Orthopaedic Specialty: Trauma
Location: Westchester Medical Center and Midhudson Regional
Residency: Northwestern University
Fellowship: Hospital for Special Surgery

Adam Shaner, MD
Orthopaedic Specialty: Trauma
Location: Westchester Medical Center and Midhudson Regional
Residency: Johns Hopkins University
Fellowship: Hospital for Special Surgery

Peter Lementowski, MD
Orthopaedic Specialty: Adult Reconstruction
Location: Westchester Medical Center
Residency: New York Medical College
Fellowship: University of Penn

Damon Delbello, MD
Orthopaedic Specialty: Pediatrics
Location: Westchester Medical Center
Residency: New York Medical College
Fellowship: Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children/UCLA

Jennifer Leong, MD
Orthopaedic Specialty: Pediatrics
Location: Westchester Medical Center
Residency: Seton Hall University
Fellowship: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Anny Hsu, MD
Orthopaedic Specialty: Foot and Ankle
Location: Westchester Medical Center and Midhudson Regional
Residency: Columbia University
Fellowship: New England Baptist Hospital, Tufts University, Boston

Yigal Samocha, MD
Orthopaedic Specialty: Spine
Location: Midhudson Regional and Westchester Medical Center
Residency: New York Medical College
Fellowship: Texas Back

Jeremey Mangion, MD
Orthopaedic Specialty: Sports medicine
Location: Midhudson Regional and Westchester Medical Center
Residency: New York Medical College
Fellowship: Brown University

Yasmin Dhar, MD
Orthopaedic Specialty: Sports Medicine
Location: Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital
Residency: New York Medical College
Fellowship: 3B Orthopaedics University of Pennsylvania

Cristian Brotea, MD
Orthopaedic Specialty: Spine
Location: Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital and Westchester Medical Center
Residency: New York Medical College
Fellowship: Cleveland Clinic

Steven Zelicof, MD
Orthopaedic Specialty: Adult Reconstruction
Location: Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital and Westchester Medical Center
Residency: Cornell University-Hospital for Special Surgery
Fellowship: Brigham and Women’s Hospital-Harvard Medical School

John Galeno, MD
Orthopaedic Specialty: Spine
Location: Westchester Medical Center
Residency: New York Medical College
Fellowship: University of Toronto, Canada

Krishn Sharma, MD
Orthopaedic Specialty: Spine
Location: Westchester Medical Center
Residency: Johns Hopkins
Fellowship: Beth Israel Medical Center

John Nelson Jr, MD
Orthopaedic Specialty: Pediatrics
Location: Westchester Medical Center
Residency: Hospital for Joint Disease
Fellowship: Scottish Rite Hospital

Robert Cristofaro, MD
Orthopaedic Specialty: Pediatrics
Location: Westchester Medical Center
Residency: Montefiore Hospital
Fellowship: Rancho Los Amigos Hospital

Elizabeth Cody, MD
Orthopaedic Specialty: Foot and Ankle
Location: Stamford HSS
Residency: Hospital for Special Surgery
Fellowship: Duke University

Theodore Blaine, MD
Orthopaedic Specialty: Sports Medicine and Upper Extremity
Location: Stamford HSS
Residency: Strong Memorial Hospital
Fellowship: New York Presbyterian Hospital

John Dowdle, MD
Orthopaedic Specialty: Hand
Location: Stamford Hospital
Residency: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Fellowship: St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital


How to Apply

We accept three residents each year. All applications must be submitted through electronic residency matching services (ERAS). Your application will be considered complete with receipt of the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae (ERAS generated CV is sufficient)
  • Medical school transcript
  • Scores from Part I and Part II (if taken) from the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE)
  • Personal statement
  • At least three letters of recommendation completed by physicians – one should be from the chairman or program director of an orthopaedic surgery program. All letters need to be dated within the current academic year.
  • Dean's letter

After thorough review of the applications, competitive applicants will be invited to interview. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Interviews are scheduled during the month of January, and will be conducted virtually for the 2020-2021 interview season.

For further inquiry please contact our Residency Coordinator, Jennifer Francis at 914.493.8743 or jennifer.francis@wmchealth.org.


Contact Us

Chairman - Orthopaedic Surgery
David E. Asprinio, MD

Chairman and Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery
New York Medical College
100 Woods Road
Macy Pavilion Room 1053
Valhalla, NY 10595
Phone: 914.493.8743
Fax: 914.493.1230
david.asprinio@wmchealth.org (preferred)
david_asprinio@nymc.edu

Program Director- Orthopaedic Surgery
Daniel Zelazny, MD

Program Director
New York Medical College
100 Woods Road
Macy Pavilion 1053
Valhalla, NY 10595
Phone: 914.493.8743
Fax: 914.493.1230
daniel.zelazny@wmchealth.org
daniel_zelazny@nymc.edu