Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Trainees

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There is a wealth of diversity within the department and residency training program. Furthermore, 96 percent of residents pursue subspecialty fellowships and match into top institutions.

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Past Graduates

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See a list of past graduates.

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Resident Life

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See what life is like as a resident in the Orthopedic Surgery Residency program by reading our Day in the Life series:

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Current Residents

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PGY 5

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Hibba Aziz, M.D.
Hometown: Overland Park, Kan.
College: University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine (B.A./M.D. 6-year program), B.A. Chemistry (summa cum laude)
Medical School: University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, 2014 (Gold Humanism Honor Society)
Matched Fellowship: The University of Texas at Houston Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Fellowship Program (Houston, Texas), 2019-20

David Maxfield, M.D.
Hometown: Bedford, Texas
College: The University of Texas at Arlington, B.S. Microbiology, 2010
Medical School: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, 2014 (AOA member, Gold Humanism Honor Society)
Matched Fellowship: Florida Orthopaedic Institute Adult Reconstruction Fellowship Program (Tampa, Fla.), 2019-20

Darshan “Dash” Patel, M.D.
Hometown: Bakersfield, Calif.
College: Rice University, B.S. Biochemistry, 2009
Medical School: Texas Tech Health Sciences School of Medicine, 2014 (AOA member)
Residency Awards: Michael J. Epstein Wooden Pager Award Recipient, 2015-16
Matched Fellowship: UC San Diego Medical Center Hand Surgery Fellowship Program (San Diego, Calif.), 2019-20

Michelle M. Phelps, M.D., Ph.D.
Hometown: Picayune, Miss.
College: Barry University, B.S. Biology, 2007
Medical School: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, 2011
Graduate School: University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Ph.D. Biological Sciences, Cell and Molecular Biology, 2015
Matched Fellowship: MedStar Health Union Memorial Hospital Foot and Ankle Fellowship Program (Baltimore, Md.), 2019-20

Henry Ran, M.D.
Hometown: Houston, Texas
College: Duke University, B.S.E. Biomedical Engineering, 2010
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine, 2014
Matched Fellowship: University of New Mexico Hand Surgery Fellowship Program (Albuquerque, N.M.), 2019-20

Brian Vial, M.D.
Hometown: Katy, Texas
College: The University of Texas, B.S. Biology, 2010 (high honors)
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine, 2014
Residency Awards: AOA Leadership Award Recipient (2017-18); Joe Barnhart Bronze Hammer Award Recipient (2018-19)
Matched Fellowship: Medical College of Wisconsin Hand Surgery Fellowship Program (Milwaukee, Wis.), 2019-20

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Raheel A. Ali, M.D.
Hometown: Houston, Texas
College: The University of Texas at Austin, B.B.A. Corporate Finance/Pre-Medicine, 2011
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine, 2015 (AOA member)

Alex Cruz, M.D.
Hometown: Orlando, Fla.
College: University of Florida at Gainesville, B.S. Microbiology and Cell Sciences, 2010
Medical School: University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, 2015 (AOA member)
Residency Awards: Michael J. Epstein Junior Resident Wooden Pager Award Recipient, 2016-17

Ryan J. Quigley, M.D., Ph.D.
Hometown: Clovis, Calif.
College: University of California Berkley, B.S. Bioengineering, 2007 (with honors)
Graduate: University of California, Irvine, Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, 2014
Medical School: University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, 2015

Daniel C. Sun, M.D.
Hometown: Fremont, Calif.
College: University of California at San Diego, B.S. Biochemistry and Cell Biology, 2011
Medical School: Wake Forest School of Medicine, 2015

Nicholas Talluri, M.D.
Hometown: Mount Airy, N.C.
College: Washington and Lee University, B.S. Biology, 2010
Graduate: Chicago Medical School College of Health Professions, M.S. Biomedical Sciences, 2011
Medical School: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine, 2015 (AOA member)

Shahram “Shawn” Yari, M.D.
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
College: The University of Texas at Dallas, B.S. Biology, 2011 (summa cum laude)
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine, 2015

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Brian P. Davis, M.D.
Hometown: Golden, Colo.
College: Colorado State University, B.S. Biological Sciences, 2012 (summa cum laude)
Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine, 2016 (AOA member)

Lorenzo Deveza, M.D., Ph.D.
Hometown: Haywood, Calif.
College: San Jose State University, B.S. Philosophy and Mathematics, 2003
Graduate: University of California, Davis, M.S. Biomedical Engineering, 2007
Graduate: Stanford University, Ph.D. Bioengineering, 2016
Medical School: Stanford University School of Medicine, 2016

Kurt M. Johnson, M.D.
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
College: Texas A&M University, B.S. Chemistry, 2011
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine, 2016

Ali A. Qadeer, M.D.
Hometown: Houston, Texas
College: University of Houston, B.S. Kinesiology/Exercise Science, 2011
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine, 2016

Behnam “Ben” Sharareh, M.D.
Hometown: Laguna Niguel, Calif.
College: University of California, Los Angeles, B.S. Bioengineering, 2012 (cum laude)
Medical School: University of California, Irvine, 2016 (AOA member)
Residency Awards: Michael J. Epstein Junior Resident Wooden Pager Award Recipient, 2017-18; Resident Consultant of the Year Award (given by ER Medicine), 2017-18

Kelly R. Stiegel, M.D.
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
College: Georgia Institute of Technology, B.S. Earth and Atmosphere Science, 2012 (summa cum laude)
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine, 2016

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Lucas S. Harvey, M.D.
Hometown:
Monument, Colo.
Undergraduate: University of Notre Dame, B.S.E. Chemical Engineering, 2011
Medical School: The University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio, 2017

David P. Martin, M.D.
Hometown:
Kingwood, Texas
Undergraduate: The University of Texas at Austin, B.S.E. Biomedical Engineering, 2013
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine, 2017

Aalok P. Patel, M.D.
Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
Undergraduate: University of Illinois at Chicago, B.S. Biochemistry, B.A. Psychology, 2012 (Phi Beta Kappa member; summa cum laude)
Medical School: Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, 2017

Akash A. Trivedi, M.D.
Hometown: Port Arthur, Texas
Undergraduate: The University of Texas at Austin, B.S. Human Biology, 2012 (Phi Beta Kappa member; summa cum laude)
Medical School: The University of Texas at Houston McGovern Medical School

Matthew T. Valentine, M.D.
Hometown:
Brandon, Miss.
Undergraduate: University of Mississippi, B.A. Biology, 2013
Medical School: University of Mississippi School of Medicine, 2017 (AOA member)

Vivek Venugopal, M.D.
Hometown: Chelmsford, Mass.
Undergraduate: Brandeis University, B.S. Biology
Medical School: University of Massachusetts Medical School, 2015
Preliminary Residency: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center General Surgery (Boston, Mass.), 2015-2017

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Corey T. Bindner, M.D.
Hometown: Trunbull, Conn.
Undergraduate: The University of Texas at Dallas, B.S. Neuroscience, 2014 (summa cum laude)
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine, 2018

Justin M. Cardenas, M.D.
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Undergraduate: Texas A&M University, B.S. Biomedical Sciences, 2013 (cum laude)
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine, 2018 (Senior class president; Gold Humanism member)

Chun W. "Eugene" Hung, M.D.
Hometown: Queens, N.Y.
Undergraduate: The Copper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, B.E. Engineering, 2008
Graduate: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M.S.E. Structural Engineering, 2009
Medical School: New York Medical College, 2018 (AOA Member)

Mihir M. Sheth, M.D.
Hometown: Plainsboro, N.J.
Undergraduate: Pennsylvania State University, B.S. Pre-Medicine/ Biological Sciences, 2016 (Accelerated Program)
Medical School: Sidney Kimmel College at Thomas Jefferson University, 2018 (AOA Member)

Dallas A. Vanorny, M.D., Ph.D.
Hometown: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Undergraduate: University of Iowa, B.S. Biology/Biochemistry/Integrative Physiology, 2007
Graduate: Northwestern University, Ph.D. Biochemistry/Molecular Biology/Cell Biology
Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine - Peoria, 2018 (AOA Member)

Christopher J. Wester, M.D.
Hometown: Springfield, Mo.
Undergraduate/Medical School: University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, B.A./M.D. 6-year program, 2012-2018