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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program

Current Residents

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Adam Adler, MD
Hometown: Albuquerque, NM
Undergraduate: University of New Mexicao, Albuquerque, NM
Medical School: University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Fellowship (or fellowship interest): Trauma

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Melissa Arief, MD
Hometown: Gillette, NJ
Undergraduate: Vassar College
Medical School: Yale School of Medicine
Research Interests: Hand, Tissue Engineering
Personal Interests: Art, Martial Arts, Swimming, Skeet shooting
Fellowship (or fellowship interest): Hand

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Niladri Basu, MD
Hometown: Flushing, NY
Undergraduate: SUNY Stony Brook
Medical School: SUNY Upstate
Research Interests: Biomechanical applications within orthopaedics
Personal Interests: Auto mechanics, weightlifting
Fellowship (or fellowship interest): Adult reconstruction

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Dante Leven, MD
Hometown: St. Johnsbury, VT
Undergraduate: University of Vermont
Medical School: University of New England
Research Interests: Spine, spinal cord injury, degenerative disease of the spine, scoliosis
Personal Interests: Running, piano, guitar
Fellowship (or fellowship interest): Spine

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Ashish Patel, MD
Hometown: Chatham, Kent, UK
Undergraduate:University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
Research Interests: Spine
Personal Interests: Running, cooking, music
Fellowship (or fellowship interest): Spine surgery

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Paul Perdue, MD
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Undergraduate: Virginia Commonwealth University
Medical School: University of Maryland-Baltimore School of Medicine
Research Interests: Trauma
Fellowship (or fellowship interest): Trauma


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Benjamin Browning, MD
Hometown: Orlando, FL
Undergraduate: University of Florida
Medical School: University of South Florida
Research Interests: Sports Injuries, cartilage replacement
Personal Interests: Snowboarding, classic cars, bourbon
Fellowship (or fellowship interest): Sports

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David Frumberg, MD
Hometown: North Babylon, NY
Undergraduate: Cornell University
Medical School: SUNY Downstate
Research Interests: Gait analysis, AVN in sickle cell disease
Personal Interests: Surfing, hiking, music
Fellowship (or fellowship interest): Pediatric orthopaedics

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Damon Greene, MD
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Undergraduate: University of Maryland
Medical School: New York Medical College
Research Interests: Sports Injuries
Personal Interests: Surfing, climbing, music
Fellowship (or fellowship interest): Sports Medicine

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Jeffrey Mait, MD
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Undergraduate: Indiana University
Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine
Research Interests: Metabolic bone disease, tendon repairs
Personal Interests: Golf, cheeseburgers
Fellowship (or fellowship interest): Sports

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Justin Tsai, MD
Undergraduate: Stony Brook University
Medical School: SUNY Downstate

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Christian Zaino, MD
Hometown: Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, NY
Undergraduate: New York University
Medical School: New York University School of Medicine
Research Interests: Hip fractures, hand surgery
Personal Interests: New York City history, Model railroading, off-road driving, traveling, rare objects, fine antiques, bow ties, Oenology and beer
Fellowship (or fellowship interest): Hand


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Robert Borzio, MD
Hometown: Middletown, NJ
Undergraduate: Penn State University
Medical School: New Jersey Medical School
Research Interests: Rat femur model
Personal Interests: Snowboarding
Fellowship (or fellowship interest): Trauma vs. Foot & Ankle

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Colin Cooper, MD
Hometown: Youngstown, OH
Undergraduate: University of Akron
Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University
Personal Interests: Golf, skiing
Fellowship (or fellowship interest): Joints, Trauma

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Hiram Luigi-Martinez, MD
Hometown: Trujillo Alto, PR
Undergraduate: University of Puerto Rico
Medical School: University of Puerto Rico SOM
Research Interests: Osteoblasts, regeneration under dynamic vs static flow environment using a polyethylene glycolfuonaiate (OPF) scaffold
Personal Interests: Basketball, tennis, volleyball, surfing, skateboarding, piano/guitar, jogging, travel
Fellowship (or fellowship interest): Pediatric Orthopaedics, Foot & Ankle, Spine

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Neil Mulchandani, MD
Hometown: Flushing, NY
Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania
Medical School: SUNY Downstate
Personal Interests: Soccer, football, camping
Fellowship (or fellowship interest): Sports, Joints, Trauma

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Sergei Pushilin, MD
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Undergraduate: Brooklyn College of CUNY BA-MD Program
Medical School: SUNY Downstate
Personal Interests: Swimming, traveling, bear wrestling

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Arie Trouw, MD
Hometown: Thabazimbi, South Africa
Undergraduate: Indiana University
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
Research Interests: Hand
Personal Interests: Rugby


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Anant Dixit, MD
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Undergraduate: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine
Research Interests: Sports Injuries
Personal Interests: Travel, food, sports, food and food
Fellowship (or fellowship interest): Upper extremity/sports

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Erika Kuehn, MD
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Undergraduate: University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Medical School: SUNY Downstate
Research Interests: Healing of tibial fractures depending on mechanism (blunt vs penetrating)
Personal Interests: Running, foreign languages, dance music
Fellowship (or fellowship interest): Hand

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Qais Naziri, MD
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Undergraduate: University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)
Medical School: American University of Antigua
Research Interests: Adult reconstruction, Osteonecrosis, Multi-ligament knee injuries, Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis
Personal Interests: Soccer, basketball Rosmanbo, porterhouse steaks
Fellowship (or fellowship interest): Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopaedics, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, Research Fellow (2010-2012)

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Jason Oh, MD
Hometown: Short Hills, NJ
Undergraduate: Cornell University
Medical School: SUNY Downstate
Research Interests: Nerve repair and regrowth, outcomes of total joint surgeries, techniques of spinal surgery
Personal Interests: Tae kwon do, capoiera, team sports
Fellowship (or fellowship interest): Spine, Joints

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Kemjika Onuoha, MD
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Undergraduate:The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Medical School: Morehouse School of Medicine
Personal Interests: Basketball, working on my golf game, leaning about different cultures and places, watching movies and documentaries
Fellowship (or fellowship interest): Trauma, Spine, Peds

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Yoseph Rosenbaum, MD
Hometown: Fair Lawn, NJ
Undergraduate: Yeshiva University
Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Research Interests: Cervical spine pathology, upper extremity trauma, hand/elbow/shoulder
Personal Interests: Baseball, snowboarding, hiking, travel
Fellowship (or fellowship interest): Hand/Upper Extremity


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Roby Abraham, MD
Hometown: Searington, NY
Undergraduate: Sophie Davis BS/MD Program
Medical School: SUNY Downstate
Research Interests: Scoliosis
Personal Interests: Basketball, running, weightlifting

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Preston Grieco, MD
Hometown: Westchester, NY
Undergraduate: College of the Holy Cross
Medical School: SUNY Downstate
Research Interests: Achilles tendon repair
Personal Interests: Weightlifting, basketball, cooking
Fellowship (or fellowship interest): Trauma, Spine, Peds

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Matthew Harb, MD
Undergraduate: Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge
Medical School: Louisiana State University-Shreveport

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Neel Pancholi, MD
Hometown: Naperville, IL
Undergraduate: Case Western Reserve University
Medical School: University of Illinois at Chicago
Research Interests: Sports injuries management and recovery
Personal Interests: Basketball, travelling

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Robert Pivec, MD
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Undergraduate: Santa Clara University
Medical School: St. George's University
Research Interests: Orthopaedic trauma, adult reconstruction
Personal Interests: Swimming, cycling, skiing, dry aged steaks, windsurfing, history, vintage BMWs, looking for the best burgers in the city
Fellowship (or fellowship interest): Trauma

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Sarah Walker, MD
Undergraduate: SUNY Buffalo
Medical School: SUNY Downstate


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