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Tufts-Affiliated Hospitals Orthopaedic Residency Program

The Tufts-Affiliated Hospitals Orthopaedic Residency Program is a five-year, ACGME-accredited program that provides exceptional training in the operative and non-operative management of musculoskeletal injury and diseases. We accept four candidates into the program each year through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP).

Train and Collaborate with Accomplished Orthopaedic Specialists

A hallmark of our program is one-on-one mentorship and training with experts in the full range of orthopaedic subspecialties. Residents  work closely with our faculty to understand orthopaedic disease processes while developing and refining their surgical skills.

Residents gain experience in subspecialties such as:

  • Pediatric orthopaedics and scoliosis
  • Sports medicine
  • Hand and upper extremity surgery
  • Foot and ankle
  • Joint reconstruction (total and partial)
  • Trauma, including care of poly-trauma patients
  • Orthopaedic medicine
  • Orthopaedic oncology
  • Orthopaedic research

The faculty of the Tufts-Affiliated Hospitals Orthopaedic Residency is accessible and supportive, guiding residents through every stage of their learning and development.

Develop Specialized Skills at Leading Academic Medical Centers in New England

Clinical rotations are identical for all residents, enabling them to gain the specialized knowledge and skills to become well-rounded orthopaedists with superior operating skills and decision-making abilities.

The first year of post-graduate education (internship) at Tufts MC is a customized, balanced and academically demanding experience. Interns spend six months in Orthopaedics and spend the remaining six months in one-month blocks that include general surgery, vascular surgery and pediatric surgery, as well as a month each in the emergency department, SICU and Radiology.

Residents spend the next four years at the Tufts-Affiliated hospitals, each of which fulfills a specific educational need, including:

  • Tufts Medical Center and its Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts MC
  • New England Baptist Hospital
  • Newton-Wellesley Hospital
  • Rhode Island Hospital
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center / Boston Children’s Hospital (Orthopaedic Oncology)

Charles Cassidy, MD, Orthopaedist-in-Chief and Chairman of Orthopaedics
Chief, Hand and Upper Extremity Trauma/Reconstructive Surgery
617-636-5150

Michael D. Baratz, MDArthroplasty and Adult Reconstruction
617-636-5160

Stuart V. Braun, MD, Chief, Pediatric Orthopaedics and Scoliosis
617-636-7920

Christopher Geary, MD, Chief, Sports Medicine and General Orthopaedics
617-636-5148

Purushottam Gholve, MD, Pediatric Orthopaedics and Scoliosis
617-636-5169

Jennifer Hoffman, MD, Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
617-636-5155

Ashley L. Rogerson, MD, Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon
(617) 636-4548

Scott P. Ryan, MD, Chief, Orthopaedic Trauma
617-636-6014

Matthew Salzler, MDSports Medicine and General Orthopaedics
617-636-3369

Jeffrey Zarin, MD, Chief, Arthroplasty and Adult Reconstruction
617) 636-5160

Podiatry Faculty

Timothy Curran, DPM, Podiatry
617-636-5269

Edward Mostone, DPM, Podiatry
617-636-5269

PGY-V

Brett L. Hayden, MD
MD: Albany Medical College, 2013
Undergraduate: New York University, 2009

Vanessa Prokuski, MD
MD: Drexel University College of Medicine, 2013
Undergraduate: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008

Zabrina M. Shabin, MD
MD: Drexel University College of Medicine, 2013
MA: Boston University, 2009
Undergraduate: Boston University, 2007

Jonathan A. Stone, MD
MD: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 2013
Undergraduate: Williams College, 2008

PGY-IV

Jason Desmarais is a Orthopaedic resident at Tufts Medical Center. Jason M. Desmarais, MD
MD: Tufts University School of Medicine, 2014
MS: Tufts University School of Medicine, 2009
Undergraduate: College of the Holy Cross, 2007

Geoffrey Stoker is a Orthopaedic resident at Tufts Medical Center. Geoffrey E. Stoker, MD
MD: Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, 2014
Undergraduate:  Boston College, 2009

Daniel Vargo is a Orthopaedic resident at Tufts Medical Center. Daniel V. Vargo, MD
MD: University of Buffalo, State University of New York School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, 2015
Undergraduate: University of Buffalo, State University of New York, 2010

Andrew Younghein is a Orthopaedic resident at Tufts Medical Center. J. Andrew Younghein, MD
MD: Tulane University School of Medicine, 2014
Undergraduate:  Lehigh University, 2007

PGY-III

Gustavo Barrazueta is a Orthopaedic resident at Tufts Medical Center. Gustavo A. Barrazueta, MD
MD: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, 2015
MS: University of South Florida College of Medicine, 2011
Undergraduate: University of Florida, 2009

David Ramsden is a Orthopaedic resident at Tufts Medical Center. David M. Ramsden, MD
MD: University of Massachusetts Medical School, 2015
Undergraduate:  University of Massachusetts – Amherst, 2011

Alison Sarokhan is a Orthopaedic resident at Tufts Medical Center. Alison K. Sarokhan, MD
MD: Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey – New Brunswick / Piscataway, 2015
Undergraduate: Bowdoin College, 2009

Sarah Stelma is a Orthopaedic resident at Tufts Medical Center. Sarah V. Stelma, MD
MD: Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, 2015
Undergraduate:  University of Rochester, 2009

PGY-II

Ian D. Engler, MD
MD: Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, 2016
Undergraduate: Dartmouth College, 2012

Mariano MenendezMariano E. Menendez Furrer, MD
MD: Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona Facultat de Medicino, Spain, 2013
Ph.D: University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2016

John PinskiJohn Pinski, MD
MD: University of Buffalo, State University of New York School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, 2016
MS: Georgetown University, 2012
Undergraduate: University of Richmond, 2010

Raminta V. Theriault, MD
MD: Tufts University School of Medicine, 2016
MS: Tufts University School of Medicine, 2012
Undergraduate: Boston College, 2011

PGY-I

Na CaoNa “Nora” Cao, MD
MD: George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, 2017
MS: University of Pennsylvania, 2012
Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania, 2011

Andrew HagarAndrew D. Hagar, MD
MD: University of Colorado School of Medicine, 2017
Undergraduate: University of Rochester, 2012

Taryn LeRoyTaryn E. LeRoy, MD
MD: Tufts University School of Medicine, 2017
Undergraduate: Boston College, 2013

Stephen SylviaStephen M. Sylvia, MD
MD: Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, 2017
Undergraduate: University of Michigan, 2013

Resident Alumni

Class of 2017

Aaron K. Black, MD
Drexel University College of Medicine, 2012
Sports Medicine Fellowship: Taos Orthopaedic Institute, Taos, NM

Nicholas D. Colacchio, MD
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, 2012
Arthroplasty Fellowship: OrthoCarolina Hip and Knee Fellowship, Charlotte, NC

Matthew R. Gordon, MD
Tufts University School of Medicine, 2012
Arthroplasty Fellowship: New England Baptist Hospital

Christopher S. Travers, MD
Northwestern University - The Feinberg School of Medicine, 2012
Arthroplasty (Adult Reconstruction) Fellowship: University of Pennsylvania

Class of 2016

June V. Chanyasulkit, MD
Georgetown University School of Medicine, 2011
Pediatric Orthopaedics Fellowship: New York University 
Private Practice: Long Island Bone & Joint, Southhampton, NY

Christopher W. Damsgaard, MD
Drexel University College of Medicine, 2011
Arthroplasty Fellowship: New England Baptist Hospital, 2017
Private Practice: Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA

Larry V. Lee, MD
Drexel University College of Medicine, 2011
Spine Surgery Fellowship: University of Southern California Medical Center, 2017
Private Practice:  Centura Health Systems, Denver, CO

Vito Pugliano, MD
Tufts University School of Medicine, 2011
Arthroplasty Fellowship: New England Baptist Hospital, 2017
Private Practice:  Harvard Vanguard, Boston, MA

Class of 2015

Kurt J. Hofmann, MD
Tufts University School of Medicine, 2010
Foot and Ankle Fellowship: New England Baptist Hospital, Boston, MA
Private Practice: Orthopaedic Care Physician Network, North Easton, MA

Owen P. McGonigle, MD
Tufts University School of Medicine, 2010
Sports Medicine Fellowship: American Sports Medicine Institute, Birmingham, AL
Private Practice: McNeil Orthopaedics, North Easton, MA

Ashley L. Rogerson, MD
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, 2010
Spine Surgery Fellowship: Massachusetts General Hospital / Boston Spine Group Spine Fellowship
Academic Practice: Tufts Medical Center, Orthopaedic Spine Surgery

Grant G. Seiden, MD
University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, 2010
Hand & Upper Extremity Fellowship: Philadelphia Hand Center, Philadelphia, PA
Private Practice: Orthopaedic Specialists of North County, Oceanside, CA


Class of 2014

Lauren E. Hansen, MD
Albany Medical College, 2009
Sports Medicine Fellowship: Lake Tahoe Sports Medicine Fellowship, Lake Tahoe, CA
Private Practice: Summit Orthopedic Specialists, Grass Valley, CA

Raghuveer Muppavarapu, MD
University of Illinois College of Medicine, 2009
Hand Surgery Fellowship: NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases, New York, NY
Private Practice, Boston, MA

Sameer Puri, MD
Tufts University School of Medicine, 2009
Hand & Upper Extremity Fellowship: Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY
Loyola University Medical Center, Chicago, IL 

Paul Whiting, MD.Paul S. Whiting, MD
Harvard Medical School, 2009
Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship: Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
University of Wisconsin Faculty Practice 

Clinical rotations at Tufts-affiliated hospitals enable residents to learn and operate with leading specialists in the Boston orthopaedic community.  Residents gain invaluable, real-world experience as they learn about patients who have a wide variety of conditions, develop excellent decision-making abilities and hone their diagnostic and surgical skills.

View this year’s residency rotation schedule.

Pediatric Orthopaedics

The major exposure to pediatric orthopaedics occurs at Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts MC. Residents learn all aspects of congenital, acute and chronic disorders of the pediatric and adolescent musculoskeletal system. Two fellowship-trained pediatric orthopaedists practice full time at our hospital, which annually treats more than 6,000 pediatric and adolescent patients in our outpatient clinics for general and specialty pediatric orthopaedics and admits more than 400 patients.

The Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute is a Level 1 regional pediatric trauma center accredited by the American College of Surgeons and provides exposure to the poly-traumatized child and adolescent.  Additional exposure to pediatric orthopaedics is obtained from regional outpatient children’s clinics where upwards of 3,000 patients are seen annually.

Education in pediatric orthopaedics occurs during all post-graduate years (PGYs) of the residency program, with dedicated three month rotations during PGY-3 and PGY-5.

Joint Replacement and Reconstruction

Residents gain exposure to hip and knee arthroplasty at each of the three major sites.  At Tufts MC, the mentorship environment facilitates continuity of care in the management of arthritis of the hip and knee. Residents learn how to evaluate patients in the office and to explain the spectrum of treatment options available. Additionally, residents engage in preoperative planning, participate actively in the surgery and follow patients postoperatively.

At Newton-Wellesley Hospital (NWH), residents have the opportunity to learn community-based orthopaedic surgery in a state-of-the-art environment.  Residents gain experience in the anterior surgical approach to the hip and hip resurfacing.

At the New England Baptist Hospital (NEBH), the surgical exposure to hip and knee arthroplasty is intensive.  The NEBH is a national leader in the management of complex reconstruction of the hip and knee and a major spine surgery center. Here residents have the extraordinary opportunity to study primary joint replacement and revision arthroplasty with nationally renowned orthopaedic specialists.  Additionally, NEBH provides orthopaedic subspecialty education in hand, sports, foot and ankle and arthritis, and the campus houses a state-of-the-art bio-skills laboratory.

Residents rotate to NEBH for a total of 12 months, distributed during PGY-2, PGY-3 and PGY-4 and as a chief resident.   The PGY-3 rotation includes an experience dedicated to the foot and ankle as well as protected time for orthopaedic research. Additionally, NEBH provides orthopaedic subspecialty education in hand surgery, sports medicine, and spine surgery. The NEBH campus also houses a state-of-the-art bio-skills laboratory.

Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery

This rotation features education in the diagnosis and treatment of hand and upper extremity disorders, including congenital malformations, acute and reconstructive trauma and rheumatic diseases. Residents gain invaluable exposure to the spectrum of disorders of the elbow, including sports injuries, trauma and arthritis. They learn how to perform ligament reconstructions, peri-articular fracture surgery, elbow arthroscopy and elbow arthroplasty. Residents also are exposed to the basics of microsurgery.

Dedicated exposure to hand surgery is gained during two separate 3-month rotations – as a PGY-2 at Newton-Wellesley Hospital and again as a PGY-4 at Tufts MC.  Our Orthopaedics Department also offers an ACGME-accredited fellowship in hand surgery, which includes training at Tufts MC and NEBH.

Sports Medicine

Education in the pathophysiology and management of sports-related injuries is provided by orthopaedists at Tufts MC, Newton-Wellesley Hospital and NEBH.  Residents have hands-on experience in the management of acute injuries, complex reconstructions and the conditioning and rehabilitation of injured athletes. Residents gain experience in arthroscopy of the shoulder, hip, knee and ankle in a variety of settings, ranging from the academic center to off-site ambulatory surgery centers.

A dedicated sports rotation takes place during PGY-2 and PGY-4 at Tufts MC. The experience includes the opportunity to cover at area high school sports programs.  Additionally, residents have the opportunity to work with team physicians for the Boston Celtics and Boston Red Sox (hand) at NEBH and Newton-Wellesley Hospital, respectively.

Trauma

Tufts Medical Center, a Level 1 Trauma Center as designated by the American College of Surgeons, has a robust trauma program including three full-time trauma surgeons.  Scott Ryan, MD, Chief of Orthopaedic Trauma, is a graduate of the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Fellowship in Baltimore, and oversees the orthopaedic care of our trauma patients. Chief residents have the opportunity to work closely with Dr. Ryan in managing the trauma service. Dr. Ryan’s scope of practice includes complex pelvic/acetbaular fractures. 

The trauma experience is complemented with a dedicated PGY-4 orthopaedic trauma rotation at Rhode Island Hospital, where residents are mentored by Roman Hayda, MD and Andrew Evans, MD, both fellowship-trained in Orthopaedic Trauma. This Level I trauma center is one of the country’s busiest and teaches residents how to care for some of the most severely injured orthopaedic patients.  At the other end of the spectrum, residents learn how to manage “bread and butter” fractures at Newton-Wellesley Hospital.

Musculoskeletal Medicine and Rehabilitation

Both physiatrists and rheumatologists interact closely with the Department of Orthopaedics at Tufts MC and orthopaedics at NEBH. Residents receive education in spine and sports rehabilitation and in the management of multiple musculoskeletal and rheumatologic disorders in the outpatient setting.

Spine and Spine Deformity

Experience in the management of spine disorders is gained at Tufts MC, NEBH and Newton-Wellesley Hospital.  At Tufts MC, Ashley Rogerson, MD, has joined the department and sees spine care ranging from management of acute lower back pain to complex pediatric spine reconstruction, including procedures for treating scoliosis. In addition, Dr. Rogerson also takes Spine call for the Neurosurgery Department and residents gain additional experience in spine trauma through collaboration with the Neurosurgery Department and also have the opportunity to participate in these surgical cases. 

NEBH offers an intensive experience in surgical management of degenerative disorders of the cervical and lumbar spine during the PGY-2 and PGY-4 years. Additional exposure to spine surgery occurs with four fellowship-trained spine surgeons at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. At these two institutions, residents learn anterior and posterior surgical approaches to the spine, as well as contemporary surgical spine fixation techniques. Weekly didactic conferences in spine surgery are also provided at both NEBH and NWH.

Foot and Ankle Surgery

Residents receive education in disorders of the foot and ankle at NEBH, Newton-Wellesley Hospital and Tufts MC.  These institutions manage a broad spectrum of disorders, including degenerative diseases, such as chronic arthritis and trauma.  A dedicated PGY-3 foot and ankle rotation takes place at NEBH.

We recently expanded the foot and ankle service at Tufts Medical Center, and residents become involved in foot and ankle care in the office and operating room at both sites. A collaborative podiatry service complements the foot and ankle coverage at both sites.

Orthopaedic Oncology

Residents gain an understanding of the diagnosis and management of benign and malignant tumors of soft tissue and bone in children and adults at Tufts MC.  In addition, residents rotate at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Boston Children’s Hospital for a dedicated one-month Orthopaedic Oncology rotation during the PGY-3 year.  This intensive 4-week operative and ambulatory tumor rotation includes complex limb salvage procedures, and multi-disciplinary musculoskeletal oncology.  Additionally, each resident attends the Boston Pathology Course in the PGY-2 and again in the PGY-5 years.

Community Orthopaedics

While rotating at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, residents are exposed to a wide range of orthopaedic conditions and trauma encountered outside of the tertiary-care and specialized-care hospital.  Residents learn the latest treatments in arthroplasty, spine surgery, sports medicine, and hand surgery, which makes this rotation an outstanding educational experience in a high-volume, academically active community hospital setting.

Newton-Wellesley Hospital is a teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School and manages a high volume of orthopaedic cases.  A core group of faculty committed to enriching post-graduate education has formed the Tufts Academic Orthopaedic Service at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Residents spend a total of 12 months at Newton-Wellesley Hospital during PGY-1, PGY-2, PGY-3 and PGY-5 years.

Curriculum, Research and Activities Provide the Complete Education

To supplement hands-on experience, we offer a wide range of academic activities, such as journal clubs, daily conferences and labs.  Additionally, residents use clinical cases as springboards for reading and further investigation.

Although our curriculum is academically rigorous, the learning environment is collegial. Not only do residents share ideas, but they also work in a supportive atmosphere where everyone helps each other throughout the challenging journey of orthopaedic residency

Activities outside the hospital environment include the journal club at faculty members’ homes, basketball scrimmages and the annual faculty-resident softball game. Additionally, many of the residents volunteer as team physicians for the local high school.

Those who wish to apply to the Tufts Affiliated Hospitals Orthopedic Residency must do so through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).  We must receive a USMLE Transcript as part of every ERAS application. A minimum of three letters of recommendation are required, but we will accept no more than four letters of recommendation.

All information must be in our office by October 15th.  All completed applications are reviewed by the Tufts Resident Selection Committee.  Selected applicants are invited for interviews during a Friday and Saturday in December.  We seek residents who combine high academic achievement with leadership and interpersonal skills.

For questions regarding the Tufts-Affiliated Hospitals Orthopaedic Residency Program, please call Starla Pathak, Manager, Educational Programs, at 617-636-5172 or email her at spathak@tuftsmedicalcenter.org.

For the 2017-2018 Match year, we will be accepting either the traditional letter of recommendation or  the AOA/CORD Standardized Letter of Recommendation Form, click on the link for the form: Standardized Letter of Recommendation Form for Orthopaedic Surgery.