Orthopedic surgery residents at Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine benefit from academic lectures and Grand Rounds in cooperation with the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University. This joint relationship offers a balanced program of both didactic and group participation conferences to foster and encourage resident education.



Monday Evenings 5:00pm - 8:30pm at Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital

Friday Mornings 6:00am - 8:30am at Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital

Each Monday, conferences are lead by dedicated attending physicians in each subspecialty and resident attendance is mandatory. Residents actively participate at all levels of this conference program and take an active role in the education of medical students who rotate through the orthopedic service. Friday morning conferences are resident run lectures on the most high yield topics for OITE in-service and Board Exam preparation. This is followed by Grand Rounds, and a final half hour of either fracture review or board preparation questions.

Spring-Summer 2018 Attending & Resident Lecture Series:

Spine Anatomy, Dr. Barrett Woods, MD

Examination/Radiographs of the Foot & Ankle, Dr. David Pedowitz, MD

Foot & Ankle Anatomy, Dr. Dennis DeBernardis, PGY1

Foot Muscle Forces/Deformities & Gait Cycle, Dr. Trent LeBaron, PGY2

Hallux Valgus/Varus, Dr. Tara Gaston, PGY2

Spine Physical Exam, Dr. Christopher Kepler, MD

Hallux Valgus, Dr. Rachel Shakked, MD

Posterior Tibial Tendon Insufficiency, Dr. James Stenson, PGY2

DJD & Hallux Rigidus, Dr. Edwin Theosmy, PGY2

Turf Toe, Sesamoid Injuries of the Hallux, MTP Dislocation, Dr. Michael Markowitz, PGY1

Disc Degeneration, Dr. Christopher Kepler, MD

Disorders of the First Ray, Dr. Brian Winters, MD

Ankle Arthritis, Ankle Arthrodesis, Total Ankle Arthroplasty, Dr. Cory Lebowitz, PGY3

Peroneal Tendon Dislocation/Subluxation, Dr. Christopher McDowell, PGY3

Ankle Tendonitis/Rupture, Dr. Michael DeFrance, PGY2

OITE Question Review: Shoulder & Elbow, Dr. Luke Austin, MD

Claw Toe, Hammer Toe, Bunionette Deformity, Snovitis of 2nd MTP, Dr. Vincent Buddle, PGY1

Low Ankle Sprain, Ankle Arthroscopy, Dr. Michael Markowitz

Leg Nerve Entrapment Syndrome (Tarsal Tunnel, DPN, Morton's Neuroma), Dr. Robert Nugent, PGY1

Cervical Radiculopathy & Myelopathy, Dr. Barrett Woods, MD

Lesser Toe Deformities, Dr. Rachel Shakked, MD

Diabetic Foot Ulcer, Dr. Tara Gaston, PGY2

Diabetic Charcot Neuropathy, Dr. Trent LeBaron PGY2

Plantar Fasciitis, FHL Tendonitis/Injury, Dr. James Stenson, PGY2

Thoracolumbar Trauma, Dr. Barrett Woods, MD

Diabetic Foot & Charcot, Dr. Joseph Daniel, DO

OCD of the Talus, Tibiotalar Impingement, Dr. Michael DeFrance, PGY2

Midfoot Arthritis, LisFranc Injury, Dr. Cory Lebowitz, PGY3

Lower Extremity Os, Anterior Tibialis Tendon Rupture, Dr. Sundeep Saini, PGY3

OITE Question Review: Knee & Hip Adult Reconstruction, Dr. Gregory Deirmengian, MD

Elbow Anatomy & Biomechaics, Dr. Fady Sourial, PGY1

Medial Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injury, Lateral Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injury, Dr. Edwin Theosmy, PGY2

Lumbar Stenosis & Claudication, Dr. Jeffrey Gleimer, DO

Osteonecrosis in the Foot, Dr. Brian Winters, MD

Valgus Extension Overload, Little Leaguer Elbow, Dr. Robert Nugent, PGY1

OCD of the Elbow, Elbow Stiffness/Contracture, Elbow Arthroscopy, Dr. Vincent Buddle, PGY1

Spinal Cord Injury, Dr. Barrett Woods, MD

Neuromuscular Disorders, Dr. Steven Raikin, MD

Distal Biceps/Triceps Rupture, Dr. James Stenson, PGY2

Medial/Lateral Epicondylitis, Dr. Trent LeBaron, PGY2

Spine Surgery Indications, Dr. Jeffrey Gleimer, DO

Approach to Adult Flatofoot, Dr. David Pedowitz, MD

Elbow Arthritis, Total Elbow Arthroplasty, Dr. Tara Gaston, PGY2

Glenohumeral Anatomy, Stabilizers, Biomechanics, Dr. Michael DeFrance, PGY2

Spine Tumor, Dr. Robert Greenleaf, MD

Adolescent Flatfoot. Dr. Brian Winters, MD

Glenohumeral Arthritis, Total Shoulder Arthroplasty, Shoulder Arthrodesis, Dr. Edwin Theosmy, PGY2

Rotator Cuff Arthropathy, Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty, Shoulder Hemiarthroplasty, Dr. Sundeep Saini, PGY3

OITE Question Review: Spine, Dr. Barrett Woods, MD

Spine Anatomy, Dr. Dennis DeBernardis, PGY1

Metastatic Disease of the Spine, Syrinx, Syringomyelia, Dr. Robert Nugent, PGY1

Spine Infections, Dr. Fady Sourial, PGY1

Spine Infection, Dr. Robert Greenleaf, MD

Disorders of the Achilles Tendon, Dr. Steven Raikin

Adult Spinal Deformity, Dr. James Stenson, PGY2

Cervical Radiculopathy, Dr. Trent LeBaron, PGY2

Cervical Myelopathy, Dr. Michael DeFrance, PGY2

Adult Deformity, Dr. Barrett Woods, MD

Peroneal & Other Tendon Injuries, Dr. Brian Winters, MD

Thoracolumbar Trauma, Thoracolumbar Burst Fracture, Chance Fracture, Dr. Tara Gaston, PGY2

Thoracolumber Fracture/Dislocation, Osteoporotic Vertebral Compression Fracture, Cauda Equina Syndrome, Dr. Edwin Theosomy, PGY2

Ankylosing Spondylitis, DISH, Dr. Sundeep Saini, PGY3

Ankylosing Spondylitis, DISH, Dr. Christopher Kepler, MD

Ankle, Hindfoot, & Midfoot Arthritis, Dr. Rachel Shakked, MD

Infantile/Juvenile/Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis, Dr. Christopher McDowell, PGY3

Congenital/Neuromuscular/Pathologic Scholiosis & Scheuermann's Kyphosis, Dr. Fady Sourial, PGY1

Pediatric Spondylolisthesis, Spondylosis, Dr. Michael Markowitz, PGY1

OITE Question Review: Sports, Dr. John Salvo, MD

Cervical Spine Trauma Evaluation, Cervical Facet Dislocation/Fracture, Lateral Mass Fracture, Subaxial Vertebral Body Fracture, Dr. Dennis DeBernardis, PGY1

Spinal Cord Injury & Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury, Dr. James Stenson, PGY2

AtlantoAxial Instability, Atlas Fracture, Transverse Ligament Injury, Odontoid Fracture, Hangman's Fracture, Dr. Michael DeFrance, PGY2

Cervical Trauma, Dr. Barrett Woods, MD

Sports Injuries, Dr. Steven Raikin, MD

Degenerative & Adult Isthmic Spondylolisthesis, Dr. Edwin Theosmy, PGY2

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis, Dr. Trent LeBaron, PGY2

Discogenic Back Pain, Lumbar Disc Herniation, Dr. Chris McDowell, PGY3

Lumbar Spondylolisthesis, Dr. Barrett Woods, MD

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Foot & Ankle, Dr Joseph Daniel, DO

Staging System, Biopsy Principles, Impending Fracture & Prophylactic Fixation, Dr. Dennis DeBernardis, PGY1

Metastatic Disease to the Extremity, Dr. Tara Gaston, PGY2

Tumors of the Foot & Ankle, Dr. David Pedowitz, MD

OITE Question Review: Foot & Ankle, Dr. Joseph Daniel, DO

Osteoid Osteoma, Osteoblastoma, Dr. James Stenson, PGY2

Osteosarcoma, Dr. Michael Markowitz, PGY1

Enchondroma, Osteochondroma/MHE, Dr. Michael DeFrance, PGY2

Chondroblastoma, Chondrosarcoma, Dr. Edwin Theosmy, PGY2

Multiple Myeloma, Lymphoma Dr. Michael Markowitz, PGY1

Unicameral Bone Cyst, Aneurysmal Bone Cyst, Dr. Dennis DeBernardis, PGY1

Fibrous Dysplasia, Non-Ossifying Fibroma, Dr. Trent LeBaron PGY2

Osteofibrous Dysplasia, Adamantinoma, Dr. Tara Gaston, PGY2

Ewing's Sarcoma, Giant Cell Tumor, Dr. Christopher McDowell, PGY3

Paget's Disease, Eosinophilic Granuloma, Dr. James Stenson, PGY2

Lipoma, Liposarcoma, Dr. Michael DeFrance, PGY2

Synovial Sarcoma, Desmoid Tumor, Dr. Edwin Theosmy, PGY2



Friday mornings 6:00am - 8:30am at Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital

Grand Rounds include presentations teleconferenced every Friday morning from faculty and visiting professors presenting at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, PA. Prominent Orthopedic Surgeons throughout the country and the world lecture and provide the latest updates on topics relevant to their subspecialty.

Spring-Summer 2018 Grand Rounds Schedule:

February 2: Hand - TBD, Dr. Jesse Jupiter, MD

February 9: Cartilage Restoration - Principles & Recent Advances, Dr. Kevin Freedman, MD

February 16; Adult Joint Reconstruction - TBD, Dr. Alvin Ong, MD

March 23: Oncology - TBD, Dr. Francis Hornicek, MD

April 6: Shoulder & Elbow - TBD, Dr. Andreas Niemeier, MD

April 20: Foot & Ankle - TBD, Dr. Jim Brodsky, MD

May 4: Shoulder & Elbow - TBD, Dr. Fred Azar, MD

June 1: Shoulder & Elbow - TBD, Dr. Joseph Abboud

June 8: Oncology - Navigation Assisted Pelvic Tumor Reconstruction, Dr. John Abraham, MD

June 15: Shoulder & Elbow - P. Acnes: An Infected Shoulder Arthroplasty, Dr. Surena Namdari, MD

June 22: Spine - Designing Medical Devices, Dr. Mark Kurd, MD



Approximately once a month, residents on specific subspecialty rotations join with the Orthopedic residents and attending physicians from Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital for an informal gathering to discuss articles in the latest Orthopedic journals. Junior residents are responsible for presenting and critiquing articles.

The Journal Club is usually hosted by one of the attendings at his or her residence. Food and refreshments are provided. Faculty and residents find this informal setting as an excellent opportunity to discuss and debate current orthopedic topics outside the hospital.

December 2017: Total Hip & Knee Reconstruction. Hosted by Dr. Fabio Orazco

January 2018: Foot & Ankle. Hosted by Dr. Joseph Daniel

2018 Schedule TBD



Residents have the unique privilege to collaborate with esteemed and well-written orthopedic attendings from multiple subspecialties. Plentiful resources and opportunities are available for all level residents through Rowan University research department, as well as participating research facilities at Thomas Jefferson University.

Research requirements include mandatory publication of 1-2 peer reviewed journal articles per training year. Guidance and support from attendings and colleagues are available during monthly research meetings, as well as welcomed open discussion with attendings on a daily basis.

In addition to peer-reviewed publications, many residents also become involved with unique case reports, editing and drafting of book chapters and multimedia publications or demonstrations. All of these research opportunities and achievements will provide graduating residents with the necessary background to succeed in any orthopedic subspecialty fellowship, as well as initiating a relationship with orthopedic academic societies and conferences.



Ammar Karim, D.O.

Relationship and Classification of Plantar Heel Spurs in Patients With Plantar Fasciitis.
Ahmad J, Karim A, Daniel JN.
Foot Ankle Int. 2016 Sep;37(9):994-1000. doi: 10.1177/1071100716649925.
PMID: 2717788

Routine Postoperative Laboratory Tests Are Unnecessary After Partial Knee Arthroplasty.
Shaner JL, Karim AR, Casper DS, Ball CJ, Padegimas EM, Lonner JH.
J Arthroplasty. 2016 Dec;31(12):2764-2767. doi: 10.1016/j.arth.2016.05.052.
PMID: 27449718

Osteonecrosis of the knee: review.
Karim AR, Cherian JJ, Jauregui JJ, Pierce T, Mont MA.
Ann Transl Med. 2015 Jan;3(1):6. doi: 10.3978/j.issn.2305-5839.2014.11.13. Review.
PMID: 25705638

Karim AR. Factors Associated with Missed Foot and Ankle Appointments.: Presented at NJOS Annual Symposium, Bedminster, NJ. March 2015


Stephen Hioe, D.O.

Incidence of Hardware Removal Following Volar Plate Fixation of Distal Radius Fracture.
Lutsky KF, Beredjiklian PK, Hioe S, Bilello J, Kim N, Matzon JL.
J Hand Surg Am. 2015 Dec;40(12):2410-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2015.09.017.
PMID: 26527594

Hioe S. Single Bundle vs. Double Bundle (Anatomical) Reconstruction of the Thumb Ulnar Collateral Ligament - A Biomechanical Study. Poster presentation at ASSH 2016


David Levine, D.O.

Levine, D. Overstuffing in Radial Head Arthroplasty: A Case Report. Presented at NJOS Annual Symposium, Bedminster, NJ. March 2015 - and - Podium presentation at AOAO, October 2016

Third Place Winner in Shoulder and Elbow Category for AOAO Scientific Award


Gregory Lichtman, D.O.

All-Arthroscopic Implantation of Minced Juvenile Chondral Allograft for an Isolated, Full-Thickness Chondral Lesion in the Trochlea of an Adult Knee.
McMillan S, Lichtman GT, Betz C.
Arthrosc Tech. 2016 Apr 25;5(2):e397-401. doi: 10.1016/j.eats.2016.01.016.
PMID: 27462540

Lateral Decubitus versus Beach Chair Positioning for Shoulder Arthroscopy: A Comparison of Vital Sign Changes During Patient Positioning and Throughout Surgery.

AOAO Foundation Don Joy Award for Sports Medicine Research 2016


Megan C. Chapter, D.O.

Achilles Tendon Disorders.
Saini SS, Reb CW, Chapter M, Daniel JN.
J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2015 Nov;115(11):670-6. doi: 10.7556/jaoa.2015.138.
PMID: 26501760

Chapter M. Failure of Humeral Shaft Hardware: Presented at NJOS Annual Symposium, Bedminster, NJ. April 2016


Sundeep Saini, D.O.

Achilles Tendon Disorders.
Saini SS, Reb CW, Chapter M, Daniel JN.
J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2015 Nov;115(11):670-6. doi: 10.7556/jaoa.2015.138.
PMID: 26501760

Diagnosis and management of plantar fasciitis.
Thompson JV, Saini SS, Reb CW, Daniel JN.
J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2014 Dec;114(12):900-6. doi: 10.7556/jaoa.2014.177. Review.
PMID: 25429080

Reb CW, Saini SS, Stenson JP, Albana MF, Pedowitz DI, Raikin SM, Daniel JN. Development of a Predictive Model for the Outcome of Nonsurgical Treatment of Insertional Achilles Tendinosis: Podium presentation at AOFAS Annual Meeting 2016.

Reb CW, Saini SS, Stenson JP, Albana MF, Pedowitz DI, Raikin SM, Daniel JN. Prospective Content Validity Assessment of the Foot and Ankle Ability Measure in Achilles Tendon Diseases: Podium presentation at AOFAS Annual Meeting 2016.


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