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Orthopaedic Surgery Residency

Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program

The primary objective of the Loyola Orthopaedic Surgery residency program is to provide residents with an educational experience of the highest caliber. The program is designed to enhance the training of those who are interested in academic and research careers combined with clinical pursuits. For the resident, the program provides a logical continuation of his/her education. For the faculty, the program provides an opportunity to interact and participate in resident training and in so doing, further their personal academic growth. 

Though the orthopaedic surgeon deals with a variety of disease processes, age groups and anatomical regions, it is difficult to simultaneously understand all areas encountered during a training program. Therefore, the program is designed to allow the resident to concentrate and develop skills and expertise in one area at a time. Four institutions contribute to the education of Loyola Orthopaedic Surgery residents.

Loyola University Medical Center

Loyola University Medical Center is the principal teaching facility of the residency. All clinical and basic science conferences take place within the medical center. The medical center and it’s affiliated outpatient center in numerous sites of inpatient and outpatient surgery and the center for resident participation in out-patient care in conjunction with faculty. Loyola is among the busiest Level 1 Trauma Center in the state of Illinois, exposure to adult and pediatric trauma is extensive. Pelvic, long bone, spine and hand trauma is frequent. Each patient is admitted under the care of an attending physician. Residents play a major role in the perioperative care of patients. A high volume of complex musculoskeletal and systemic trauma is seen on a regular basis. Approximately one-third of new outpatient visits to the Orthopaedic Service represent referrals from orthopaedic surgeons outside the Loyola Medical Center.

Hines Veterans Administration

Hines Veterans Administration Hospital provides an opportunity for residents to play a primary role in the evaluation and care of patients under the guidance of Loyola Faculty. It is the busiest hospital in VISN 12 and receives referral patients from throughout the region. The Hines Veterans Administration Rehabilitation Engineering Center is a nationally recognized research center within the VA program. The Biomechanics Laboratory of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Research Section is located within the Hines Rehab Engineering Center. Resident research in the Center is a component of the research rotation.


Shriners Hospital, Chicago Unit, provides exposure to pediatric orthopaedic problems including cerebral palsy, scoliosis, and congenital hand and foot malformations, myelodysplasia and spinal cord injury. Seventy percent of the hospital’s patient population is drawn from the Midwest. Approximately 30% of admissions are from overseas. The hospital serves a large population of children with osteogenesis imperfecta. Resident education is supervised by attending staff based at the institution as well as by Loyola faculty members, who provide part-time coverage at the institution. Orthopaedic residents from Loyola, Rush and the University of Illinois simultaneously rotate through this institution.

Gottlieb Memorial Hospital

Gottlieb Memorial Hospital is affiliated with Loyola Medicine. This community hospital provides the opportunity to manage patients undergoing elective adult reconstructive, shoulder, and sports medicine-related surgery. Additionally, the trauma service provides care for injuries seen in a community setting. Residents on rotation at Gottlieb attend conferences at the medical center campus and present cases via teleconferencing at daily morning report. All patients treated at Gottlieb are under the care of a full-time attending on the Loyola Orthopaedic faculty.

Lurie Hospital

Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Outpatient Center supplements the experience in pediatric orthopaedics in the ambulatory setting. The residents work with Lurie faculty at the Westchester, IL site caring for patients from the community in the outpatient clinic and ambulatory surgery center. There is a focus on pediatric sports medicine.

Residency Recruitment Committee

The education committee is responsible for directing the orthopaedic surgery educational activities of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation.

Alexander Ghanayem, MDProfessor and Chairman, Chair of CCC, Division of Spine Surgery
Karen Wu, MDAssociate Professor, Residency Program Director, Chair of Education Committee/PEC, Division of Adult Reconstruction
Adam Schiff, MD

Assistant Professor, Associate Program Director, Director of the Residency Recruitment Committee, Director of 4th year Medical Student clerkship, Division of Foot & Ankle Surgery

William Hopkinson, MDProfessor, Vice Chair, Surgeon in Chief, Division of Adult Reconstruction
Paul Belich, MDAssistant Professor, Director of 4th year Orthopaedics for the Non-Orthopods Clerkship, Division of Sports Medicine
Anna Cooper, MDAssistant Professor, Division of Orthopaedic Oncology
Doug Evans, MDAssociate Professor, Director of Surgical Simulation, Division of Sports Medicine
Joseph Cohen, MDAssistant Professor, Division of Orthopaedic Trauma
Sameer Puri, MDAssistant Professor, Division of Hand Surgery
Bartosz Wojewnik, MDAssistant Professor, Division of Spine Surgery
2 Resident MembersResident selected junior and senior resident
Lucy V. SalgadoProgram Coordinator

Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Contacts

Lucy V. Salgado
Residency Coordinator
(708) 216-3280 - Receptionist
(708) 216-5858 - Fax