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Photograph of formal lecture led by program director Dr. Lee Leddy and Dr. Zeke Walton
Formal lecture led by program director Dr. Lee Leddy and Dr. Zeke Walton (standing)

The MUSC Department of Orthopaedics and Physical Medicine sponsors an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education ACGME-accredited five-year residency with four permanent residents per year along with a dedicated non-ACGME research resident who spends one year in the laboratory with a full-time commitment to basic science and clinical investigation. Graduate medical education efforts have been focused on residency education and no surgical fellowships are offered in the Department; however, this year marks our inaugural sponsorship of an interventional spine care fellowship in rehabilitation medicine under the direction of Dr. David O’Brien. Likewise, we enthusiastically support the development of medical student expertise in musculoskeletal physical diagnosis and nurture the interest of aspiring orthopaedic physicians from our College of Medicine. For the second year in a row, the Department sponsored 10 summer research fellowships for rising second year students, which is more than any other department on campus. Collectively, these are our educational endeavors of highest priority.

The scholarship of the residency program, mirroring that of the Department at large, marked an all-time high in 2018. For the fifth consecutive year, graduating residents continued a perfect 100 percent pass rate on the ABOS certifying examination. Academically, residents gave 18 presentations at the South Carolina Orthopaedic Association and 12 presentations at the Southern Orthopaedic Association annual meetings. Importantly, the residents gave 11 of 41 national presentations at the annual meetings of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Orthopaedic Research Society, the two premier North American orthopaedic venues for peer reviewed presentations. Among notable achievements this year, Sophia Traven, MD, was recognized with the best poster award at the SC Orthopaedic Association, won the Harley and Betty Baxter travel award from the Southern Orthopaedic Association, and the resident research travel award from the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society.

Additionally, the residents continued a prominent national and regional leadership presence among their peers in orthopaedics this year. John Palsis, MD, continued his service as the orthopaedic representative to the Organization of Resident Representatives of the Association of American Medical Colleges, while serving on the Academic Committee of the American Orthopaedic Association. Anthony Barcel, MD, and Phil Kirn, MD, were selected to represent MUSC’s program at the Resident Leadership Forum of the AOA, and Sophia Traven, MD, was appointed as a resident member representing the U.S. Air Force on the Board of the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons. Sophia and Anthony also received resident leadership scholarships from the South Carolina Orthopaedic Association. Brett Goodloe, MD, extended the community reach of our program by serving as the ambassador for pre-health students at the College of Charleston and the orthopaedic representative at the local CARES charity medical clinic in Charleston.

The program also reached a new level of gender diversity. With nearly 20 percent of our current residents being female, MUSC is now among the most gender-diverse programs in orthopaedics nationally. We continue efforts to recruit and encourage young women into our specialty through participation in the Perry Initiative. Success in recruitment of women into the residency was recognized with a poster at the annual Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS) session of the AAMC meeting in Austin, Texas this year. This initiative, along with the close working relationship between faculty and residents, contribute to the strong camaraderie enjoyed by the program.


Photograph of residents at RiverDogs baseball game
Residents enjoy a RiverDogs baseball game

William B. Ashford, MD
Georgetown University School of Medicine 

David A. Barcel, MD
East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine

Philip T. Kirn, MD, PharmD Medical University of South Carolina
Patrick K. O’Callaghan, MD Michigan State University

Jacob R. Braunstein, MD
Georgetown University School of Medicine

Evan L. Hanna, MD
Medical University of South Carolina

Justin M. Rabinowitz, MD
Rush Medical College

Ted S. Samaddar, MD
Mercer University School of Medicine

Sophia A. Traven, MD
University of Virginia

Andrew K. Ence, MD
University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio

Leah N. Herzog, MD
Drexel University College of Medicine

Lindsay T. Luce, MD
University of Queensland School of Medicine

Brian T. Sleasman, MD
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

Samuel AbuMoussa, MD
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Alexander M. Chiaramonti, MD
Medical University of South Carolina

Jonathan B. Goodloe, MD
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Adam T. Griffith, MD
Medical University of South Carolina

John A. Barcel, MD
East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine

Ryan W. Horn, MD
New York Medical College

Katherine M. McGurk, MD
Georgetown University School of Medicine

George J. Wolf, MD
Medical University of South Carolina

Research Resident
Phillip A. Westbrook, MD
Medical University of South Carolina

John M. Schmidt, MD
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation