Post Graduate Year 1 Residents:

Devan Higginbotham

“I chose DMC Orthopaedic Surgery residency program because I was blown away at the interview at how close knit the residents were with one another and the amazing culture of the program. Combine that with the ability to work with the underserved residents of inner-city Detroit as well as be able to work with professional sports teams, DMC was simply everything I wanted in a program. I’m excited for the opportunities DMC will provide me over the next 5 years to serve the residents of Detroit and become a competent surgeon in the process.”

Medical School: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University, Chicago, IL

Muhammad Padela

“Orthopaedic Surgery at DMC is a premier residency program located in vibrant and diverse city with many hidden gems. The excellent staff, highly skilled surgeons, and access to a plethora of resources is why I believe DMC is the best place to train. Whether you are looking to do research or in search of a great mentor, you will find that here and more!”

Medical School: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University, Chicago, IL

Lauren Stimson

“Prior to medical school, I worked as a paramedic and developed an interest in trauma care. My goal for residency was to train at an inner-city hospital with a high volume of operative trauma. I also wanted to learn alongside co-residents, dedicated to serving their community by delivering excellent orthopedic services.

DMC has a long-standing history in Detroit, providing education to the majority of Michigan’s trauma surgeons. Further, DMC’s orthopedic residents are passionate about learning, dedicated to teaching, and receive a wealth of hands-on experience throughout the various DMC hospitals, not to mention, the strong interprofessional bonds among residents and between residents and staff. Overall, this program was a perfect fit for me, and I cannot think of a better place to spend the next 5 years.”

Medical School: Texas A&M College of Medicine, College Station, TX

Abdul Zalikha

“I chose the DMC Orthopaedic Surgery Program because of its extremely strong and well-rounded orthopaedics training. The high volume and variety of surgical experiences offered at a diverse range of clinical sites produce highly-skilled, innovative surgeons who are prepared to provide excellent care in any environment. Our outstanding faculty is dedicated to teaching, and we have the full breadth of opportunities for research and education. To top it all off, the sense of camaraderie between our residents and faculty is unmatched. It’s a privilege to be a part of DMC and provide care to Detroit and the surrounding community.”

Medical School: University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL

Post Graduate Year 2 Residents:

Sasha Stine

“I chose the DMC Orthopaedic Surgery Program because I’ve gotten to know and love Detroit in the past 10 years spent at Wayne State University. Our population is a family, dedicated to the city and has a sense of camaraderie unique to Detroiters: all qualities that are reflected in our residency program. On top of that, excellent faculty, variety and high volume of cases, the perfect balance between education and autonomy – all made DMC my number one choice.”

Medical School: Wayne State School of Medicine, Detroit, MI

Michael Jawad

“DMC Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program encompasses everything I was looking for in a residency program. Friendly cohesive environment, great hands-on opportunities, and one of the busiest trauma centers in Michigan. The program is constantly evolving and exciting plans are in the works for the future. I was really attracted to the dynamic relationship between the residents and the faculty when I rotated as a medical student. Also, I witnessed how dedicated the faculty is to academics and in assisting residents in perfecting their surgical skills. I am very excited to spend the next 5 years in the heart of Detroit and serve my community.”

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Lansing, MI

Zain Sayeed

“There are several reasons why DMC Orthopaedics is my choice for residency, the most important being development of personal relationships. Our attendings try to produce surgeons that are not only technically superb, but individuals that will be their professional colleagues in the future. Our residents create a culture where we push each other to be better everyday while still having an enjoyable five years of training. Finally, our program has a rich history of being the cornerstone of orthopaedic care to inner city Detroit and surrounding populations. To me there is nothing more noble than to be a physician that serves such a community, and there’s no where else I’d rather be. I feel extremely fortunate to be a DMC orthopaedic resident.”

Medical School: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University, Chicago, IL

Kevin R. Steelman

“There were many reasons why I chose to complete my orthopaedic training at the DMC, but one stands out above the rest: the residents. We truly have the greatest group of people in our residency program. Each class is unique in their own way, but we all consider ourselves to be family. Everyone looks out for one another here, and we’ve all got each others’ back. That sort of camaraderie was very important to me in choosing a residency and you won’t find a better example than right here in Detroit at the DMC. Don’t get me wrong, DMC has a lot of other great qualities; the city is currently undergoing a cultural renaissance, the staff is friendly and experienced in teaching, and the patient population provides excellent training for residents. Overall, I firmly believe that the orthopaedic surgery program at the DMC has some of the best and hardest working residents in the country, and I am thrilled to officially be a part of it.”

Medical School: Central Michigan University College of Medicine, Mount Pleasant, MI

Post Graduate Year 3 Residents:

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Nick Bolz

I am thrilled to be a part of the DMC Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program. I chose the DMC program because it provides all the tools needed to become a well-trained orthopaedic surgeon. There is diversity in its clinical sites, from a level one trauma center and a children’s hospital in urban Detroit to several suburban hospital settings, allowing residents to experience the full depth of orthopaedic practice. The DMC program is unquestionably a “resident-first” program with energetic faculty dedicated to teaching, research, and the development of outstanding orthopaedists. The residents are well trained clinically and have the best ultrasound skills that I have seen. Residents are happy to be here and which gives the program a real “family feel”. I am thrilled to be a part of it and am excited for what the future holds.

Medical School: New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY

Mouhanad El-Othmani

“I was attracted to the DMC Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program because of the friendly and amicable dynamics among the residents, and between them and the faculty. The program provides in depth exposure to both academic and community based practice, and has witnessed impressive changes in the past couple of years. A well established curriculum, rotation schedule, research support, and great potential for growth at a relatively young program were all key factors that I took into consideration when I decided to join the DMC orthopaedic family.”

Medical School: American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon

Radomir Dimovski

“As a native Detroiter, I was drawn to the DMC Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program for the excellent care which is provided to members of the community in which I was raised and educated? The ability to serve the diverse population in the Metro Detroit area affords one the opportunity to experience a holistic approach to patient care and to be extremely well trained orthopaedic surgeon following residency. Also, now is an exciting time in Detroit as the entire world is watching the renaissance happening in our city.  As a medical student, I was integrated into the services I was on as if I were a resident and having that responsibility allowed me to experience the program and realize how dedicated the program is to the residents’ education and well being.”

Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI

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David Alex Hamilton

“The best sport teams of all time share some common features.  Hard work and passion drive a group of talented individuals towards a common goal.  I knew that my ideal residency program would have similar characteristics.  When I rotated at the DMC, I experienced a group of residents, faculty, and staff who were dedicated to helping each other learn orthopaedics.  Just like the culture of the greatest sports franchises, the team here demands excellence and they help each other achieve it.”
Medical School: Wayne State School of Medicine, Detroit, MI

Post Graduate Year 4 Residents:

Brett Chamernik

“I chose the DMC Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program because of the unique opportunity to work with professional sports teams while still being able to care for an underserved patient population. The diversity of the training sites and the culture of the program were very attractive to me.”

Medical School: Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA

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Aws Hammad

“The DMC Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program provides a unique training experience which history has shown produces extremely skilled and well rounded orthopaedic surgeons with a wealth of knowledge and experience. Furthermore, our presence in Detroit fulfills the duty of providing care to a population who would be helpless without it.”

Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI

Patrick  Schafer

“I am glad I matched into the DMC Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Porgram because it is a well rounded program with great resident camaraderie and attending faculty who are committed to education.”

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN


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Sanar Yokhana

“The program really focuses on providing a great family-type atmosphere where the goal is on improving experiences and ensuring residents have a great environment to learn and gain the skills required after graduation. Plus, we do all get along well and actually hang out outside of work.”

Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI

Post Graduate Year 5 Residents:

Vamsy Bobba

“My reasons for choosing the DMC for my orthopaedic surgery residency training are: 1. level of expertise and autonomy the program instills and 2. partnerships between co-residents and faculty. Any training program will teach you the necessary skills to become an orthopaedic surgeon, but our program teaches you to think independently and that leads to greater autonomy and confidence which is critical to becoming a great surgeon. The program truly is an extended family, where I know I have 19 co-residents and multiple attending faculty who are vested in my best interests and my growth as a person and as a doctor. I saw these qualities first-hand when I rotated here as a medical student, and now, I am fortunate to experience them as a resident.”

Medical School: Drexel University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

Arthur Manoli III

“There are many reasons why I was attracted to the Detroit Medical Center Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program. It was the only program I encountered that combined an urban, blue-collar orthopaedic experience with a suburban, community-based orthopaedic experience. Our program is particularly strong in orthopaedic trauma, sports medicine, robotic-assisted adult reconstruction, pediatric orthopaedics and musculoskeletal ultrasound. We work with many different orthopaedic surgeons in a variety of practice settings, including private practice and academic, hospital-based groups. This offers residents a unique opportunity to network and identify professional mentors. Most importantly, I was impressed with the post-residency pathways of previous graduates. In addition to matching competitive fellowships in a variety of subspecialties, many our graduates continue to manage periarticular trauma in their practices. I believe that is a direct result of our early operative experience and it makes our graduates more marketable in an increasingly competitive job market.”

Medical School: New York University Langone School of Medicine, New York, NY

Mark Zekaj

“The DMC Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program has a rich history of providing excellent orthopaedic service to the surrounding community and Detroit’s professional sports teams. The DMC is on the cutting edge of new research with a focus on providing innovation to a constantly changing field. Most importantly it’s the chance to work, learn, and be part of the revival of a city that has struggled so much in recent times.”

Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI

Recent Program Graduates:

Karun Amar, 2019 Graduate

“I chose the DMC Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program for a number of factors. The thing that stood out to me the most, however, was the strong sense of camaraderie between the residents and attending faculty. It was obvious that the program fostered a strong sense of community where everyone was willing to go the extra mile to help each other out, both on a personal and professional level. Also, being part of a large tertiary care center such as the DMC affords us the opportunity to see and learn how to manage a wide range of pathology that many other residency programs do not have access to.”

Medical School: Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

Alberto Criado, 2019 Graduate

“I chose the DMC Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program because it has a great balance between surgical training and orthopaedic education while allowing residents to maintain a healthy social life.”

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Grand Rapids, MI

Scott McCarty, 2019 Graduate

 “We have an excellent group of faculty and residents that foster an environment that is conducive to learning. This allows everyone to feel comfortable asking questions regardless of their level of training. We also have every ACGME required rotation covered within the DMC so we are able to obtain all our training without having to be a visiting resident at another institution.”

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN

Brad Zarling, 2019 Graduate

“I came to DMC because of the early and diverse operative experience as well as the focus on family values.”

Medical School: Chicago Medical School, Chicago, IL

Kristi Hultman, 2018 Graduate

Kristi, originally from Minnesota, attended Harvey Mudd College for undergrad and did her doctoral work at Columbia University before switching to medicine and attending the University of Minnesota.

Medical School: University of Minnesota School of Medicine, Minneapolis, MN

Future Training: Thomas Jefferson/Rothman Institute Sports Medicine Fellowship, Philadelphia, PA

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Ryan Kozlowski, 2018 Chief Resident and 2018 Graduate

“There is a great diversity of training environments ranging from downtown urban trauma centers to suburban private practices and physician owned hospitals which comes with an equally diverse patient population for which we provide care.”

Medical School: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

Future Training: Tufts Combined Hand Surgery Fellowship, Boston, MA

Mark Lane, 2018 Chief Resident and 2018 Graduate

“I chose the DMC Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program because of the residents. Rotating here as a medical student I found it to be very collegial environment. We are truly one big “family.” As a medical student I found the faculty to be very engaged and dedicated to the education of the residents. Because of this we are afforded an excellent operative experience. We leave here having forged wonderful relationships with both our co-residents and faculty in addition to being able to operate.”

Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, OH

Future Training: University of Missouri Adult Reconstruction Fellowship, Columbia, MO

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Kristalyn J. Mauch, 2018 Graduate

“I chose the DMC for the well rounded experience of academic and community orthopaedics that would prepare me for anything, while being part of a fun, unified group of residents.”

Medical School: The University of Toledo School of Medicine, Toledo, OH

Future Training: UTHSC San Antonio- Sports Medicine Fellowship, San Antonio, TX