About Us

About Us

This five-year, postgraduate training program is fully accredited by the ACGME. The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery offers three first-year positions to senior medical students via the NRMP process.

Our residents benefit from training that is based on an integral framework of patient care, education and research. They are supervised by an outstanding clinical faculty that is committed to education and fellowship-trained in all orthopaedic subspecialties.


Level 1 Trauma:
As a Level I Trauma Center, regional tertiary referral center and community hospital, Akron General Medical Center offers residents the opportunity to work with patients from the entire spectrum of musculoskeletal diseases and trauma. Residents will participate in all aspects of patient care, under faculty supervision at different levels of responsibility.

Akron Children's Hospital:
Our pediatric orthopaedic surgery experience totals 7 months at Akron Children’s Hospital – providing a virtual follow-ship experience in pediatric orthopaedics including Level 1 pediatric trauma. This hospital is located within walking distance of our campus.

Daily Didactic lectures:
A rotating didactic schedule occurs daily 7 - 8 a.m. Topics rotate through all subspecialties, fracture, basic science, oncology, journal club, indications and evidenced based review conferences.

Anatomy/surgical skills training:
Anatomy presentations include surgical approaches, gross anatomy and access to an arthroscopic surgery simulator.  Residents will also have the opportunity to attend hands-on conferences throughout the year.  Surgical skills lab training utilizing fresh frozen cadaver specimens occur throughout the academic year.

Senior Talks Day:
Each June, clinical activities are suspended for a half-day. Residents and attendings convene off campus for a half-day program of senior resident presentations.

Annual Meetings:
All residents (PGY-2 – PGY-5) attend two out-of-town conferences per year.

  • PGY - 1: ATLS
  • PGY - 2: AO/ ASIF Fracture Course Strategies and AAOS/ OTA Orthopaedic Extremity Trauma Course
  • PGY - 3: AANA Arthroscopy Course and Current Concepts in Joint Replacement Course
  • PGY- 4: AAOS Annual Meeting and an approved elective meeting
  • PGY - 5: An approved elective meeting and a Board Review Course

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A Culture of Teaching

“The Orthopaedic Surgical Residency Program at Akron General Medical Center is designed to provide five years of training in all aspects of orthopaedic surgery so that upon completion, the graduating resident is a superbly trained orthopaedic surgeon capable of providing general orthopaedic surgical care. Capabilities include clinical practice, participation in any of the orthopaedic specialties, completion of fellowship training and success in an academic or teaching environment.

Graduates of our program have a 96% pass rate on the ABOS certifying board exams. Akron General Orthopaedic residents have scored, as a group, above the 90th percentile, with an average of 96%, for the past nine years on the annual OITE in-training exam by AAOS.

Our orthopaedic graduates have been accepted into prestigious fellowships in all specialties across the country.

We recruit bright, enthusiastic senior students who have demonstrated a history of academic achievement, work ethic, volunteerism and a strong moral character.”

Nicholas DiNicola, MD

Nicholas DiNicola, MD
Program Director, Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program
Specialty: Trauma

William Kurtz, MD

William Kurtz, MD
Department Chairman, Orthopaedic Surgery Department
Specialty: Trauma

Holly Gordon

Holly Gordon
Program Manager, Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program
Cleveland Clinic Akron General

Clinical Rotations

Clinical Rotations

PGY – 1

  • 4 weeks Vascular Surgery
  • 4 weeks Plastic Surgery
  • 4 weeks Surgical ICU
  • 4 weeks Trauma Surgery
  • 4 weeks Infectious Disease
  • 20 weeks Orthopaedic Surgery – Adult
  • 4 weeks Orthopaedic Surgery – Pediatric
  • 4 weeks Hand Surgery

PGY – 2

  • 28 weeks Orthopaedic Surgery – Adult
  • 6 weeks Hand Surgery
  • 6 weeks Spine Surgery
  • 8 weeks Orthopaedic Surgery – Pediatric

PGY – 3

  • 26 weeks Orthopaedic Surgery – Adult
  • 8 weeks Orthopaedic Surgery – Pediatric
  • 6 weeks Research
  • 8 weeks Ortho/Sports Medicine

PGY – 4

  • 36 weeks Orthopaedic Surgery – Adult
  • 6 weeks Hand Surgery
  • 6 weeks Research

PGY – 5

  • 8 weeks Orthopaedic Surgery
  • 8 weeks Orthopaedic Surgery – Pediatric
  • 16 weeks Administrative Chief
  • 16 weeks Clinical Chief

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Teaching Faculty Application


Application Requirements

Thank you for your interest in the Orthopaedic residency program at Cleveland Clinic Akron General. We hope that we've provided you with the information you need to choose the right residency program. If additional information is required, do not hesitate to contact us. Cleveland Clinic Akron General is able to offer an exceptional medical education experience because of our knowledgeable and hard-working staff.

Cleveland Clinic Akron General is recognized regionally and within Ohio for its expertise and care. We maintain a standard of excellence that promises nothing but the best care for our patients and therefore, nothing but the best education for our medical students and residents.

Life in Akron has so much to offer! Learn more about Greater Akron.

  • Residency applications and the additional items below must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service
  • Application Deadline: September 27, 2023
  • Participating in the Universal Interview Offer Day: November 13, 2023
  • Interview Dates: Wednesdays starting November 15, 2023 - January 31, 2024
  • Expected Program Length: 5 years

Application consists of:

  • Medical School Academic Transcript
  • MSPE Letter
  • Three letters of recommendation (from orthopaedic surgery and general surgery faculty only)
  • Personal statement

Interviews are by invitation only and will be held virtually for the 2024 recruitment season.

The invitations are sent via email November 13, 2023. If you have been selected, we will contact you using the information you have provided through ERAS.

For more information on the application process, please contact:

Holly Gordon
Program Manager

Interested in rotating?

Akron General Medical Center uses VSAS, the Visiting Student Application Service to process visiting student applications. To apply for an orthopaedic surgery rotation, please complete and send a VSAS application with your preferred dates.

Current Residents

Current Residents

PGY – 1

Maria LaMontagne
Maria LaMontagne, MD

  • Hometown: Cicero, New York
  • Undergraduate: University of Akron
  • Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Medicine
  • Interests/Hobbies: Avid distance runner, baking homemade Italian cookies, scrapbooking, and listening to true crime podcasts

Curtis Vrabec
Curtis Vrabec, DO

  • Hometown: Akron, Ohio
  • Undergraduate: The Ohio State University
  • Medical School: Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Interests/Hobbies:  Watching and discussing sports, playing videogames, running, hiking, and training for a full marathon when time allows

Jalen Martin
Jalen Martin, MD

  • Hometown: Oxnard, California
  • Undergraduate: University of California- Berkeley
  • Medical School: Western Michigan University School of Medicine
  • Interests/Hobbies: Rock climbing, running half marathons, cooking new food recipes with my fiancé, exploring new cities through their food culture

Sabrina Metzger

Sabrina Metzger, MD

  • Hometown: Camden, OH
  • Undergraduate: Wright State University
  • Medical School: Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
  • Interests/Hobbies:  Running, baking artisan-style bread, gardening, and reading. I also enjoy boating, campfires, and watching football with friends.

PGY – 2

Neal Kapoor, MD | Cleveland Clinic
Neal Kapoor, MD

  • Hometown: Mason, Ohio
  • Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University
  • Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • Interests/Hobbies: Spending time with my wife and friends, cooking, dancing, exploring new cultures, cars and watching football and basketball

Robert Yoder, MD | Cleveland Clinic
Robert Yoder, MD

  • Hometown: Louisville, OH
  • Undergraduate: The Ohio State University
  • Medical School: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • Interest/Hobbies: Exercise, Cleveland & Ohio State sports, playing guitar & listening to music, travelling

Timothy Guthrie, MD | Cleveland Clinic
Timothy Guthrie, MD

  • Hometown: Geneva, IL
  • Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin
  • Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Interests/Hobbies: Spending time with family, college football, avid fan of all Badger sports, exploring local breweries, working out

PGY – 3

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Tyler Sanda, MD

  • Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
  • Undergraduate: The University of Akron
  • Medical School: Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
  • Interests/Hobbies: Spending time with his family and friends, taking my dog for hikes, cooking, golfing and soccer

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Cole Shafer, MD

  • Hometown: Amboy, Indiana
  • Undergraduate: DePauw University
  • Medical School: Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
  • Interest/Hobbies: Avid fan of all Indiana sports, enjoy participating in a variety of intramural sports and farming

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Tyler Calton, MD

  • Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
  • Undergraduate: Ohio Northern University
  • Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
  • Interests/Hobbies: Boxing and mixed martial arts, woodworking, weightlifting, fishing and golfing

PGY – 4

Martina Stojanovska, MD | Orthopaedic Surgery Residency | Cleveland Clinic
Martina Stojanovska, MD

  • Hometown: Pickerington, Ohio 
  • Undergraduate: Duke University
  • Medical School: Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine
  • Interests/Hobbies: Spending time with her husband and two kitties Simba and Nala, hiking, going to the gym, swing/salsa dancing, watching Duke basketball, baking and crocheting

Alexander Hron, MD | Orthopaedic Surgery Residency | Cleveland Clinic
Alexander Hron, MD

  • Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Undergraduate: University of Minnesota
  • Medical School: University of North Dakota
  • Interests/Hobbies: Working on cars, fishing, hiking, camping, being in the outdoors and spending time with my wife and dogs

Zacharia Mirhaidari, MD | Orthopaedic Surgery Residency | Cleveland Clinic
Zacharia Mirhaidari, MD

  • Hometown: Dover, Ohio 
  • Undergraduate: Kent State University
  • Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • Interests/Hobbies: Exploring local restaurants and breweries, kayaking/fishing, spending time with friends and family and watching movies

PGY – 5

Daniel Enright, MD | Orthopaedic Surgery Residency | Cleveland Clinic
Daniel Enright, MD

  • Hometown: Ottawa, Illinois 
  • Undergraduate: University of Illinois
  • Medical School: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
  • Interests/Hobbies: Spending time with his wife and dog, Hank, as well as golfing, hiking and running

J. Collin Krebs, MD | Orthopaedic Surgery Residency | Cleveland Clinic
J. Collin Krebs, MD

  • Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio 
  • Undergraduate: The Ohio State University
  • Medical School: University of Toledo College of Medicine
  • Interests/Hobbies: Working out, snow skiing, wake surfing, grilling out, golf and Cleveland Browns football

Patrick Tate, MD | Orthopaedic Surgery Residency | Cleveland Clinic
Patrick Tate, MD

  • Hometown: Toledo, Ohio 
  • Undergraduate: Bowling Green State University
  • Medical School: University of Toledo College of Medicine
  • Interests/Hobbies: Hanging out with family, cryptocurrency, cooking and Michigan football


2023 Graduates

  • Nicholas Kolodychuk, MD — Adult Reconstruction Fellowship, Columbia University
  • Christopher Pinkowski, MD —Hand Surgery Fellowship, University of Kentucky
  • Jeffrey Watts, MD —Orthopaedic Sports Fellowship, Cincinnati

2022 Graduates

  • Keegan Conry, MD — Spine Fellowship, University of CA, Davis Health, Sacramento, CA
  • Cory Knecht, MD — Adult Reconstruction Fellowship, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • Michael Makowski, MD — Trauma Fellowship, Penn State University, Hershey, PA

2021 Graduates

  • Patrick Kane, MD — Sports Fellowship, Lexington, KY
  • Robert Erlichman, MD — Adult Reconstruction Fellowship, Columbus, OH
  • Travis Jones, MD — Trauma Fellowship, Columbus, OH

2020 Graduates

  • Nuvpreet Bhandal, MD — Sports Medicine, New York, NY
  • Carol Fouad, MD — Hand, Cleveland Clinic Akron General, Akron, OH
  • Samuel Hammonds, MD — Sports Medicine, Central Carolina Hospital, Sanford, NC

2019 Graduates

  • Jared Pate, MD — Hip and Knee Reconstruction Fellowship, Broomfield, CO
  • Brad Smith, MD — Sports Medicine, New York, NY
  • Robert (Gunnar) Tysklind, MD — Pediatric Sports, Boston, MA

2018 Graduates

  • Ryan Combs, MD — Adult Reconstruction, Summa Health, Akron, OH
  • Will Albiero, MD — Sports Medicine, Appleton, WI
  • Jamie Engle, MD — Trauma, Philadelphia, PA
Research & Innovations

Research & Innovations

Research is an important aspect of Orthopaedic training. All residents are required to complete, present at national meetings and submit an abstract for publication while in the program. Time, funding, space and faculty support is provided. The department has a Senior Research Scientist to enhance the department's efforts in biomechanical research. Research projects are presented at the Annual Akron Combined Orthopaedic Surgery Research Day and AGMC's Scientific Session. Presentations at other local, regional and national meetings are fully supported and encouraged. Orthopaedic surgery research at Akron General focuses on improving surgical treatment and patient outcomes in Orthopaedics.

Orthopaedic Journal Club
Residents, attending physicians, our senior research scientist all participate in a monthly Journal Club. The group reviews current and classic articles usually from the JBJS emphasizing scientific design, analysis methods and results.

For more information about resident research in Orthopaedic Surgery, please contact:

Nicholas DiNicola, MD
Program Director

Steven Lippitt, MD
Resident Research Director

John Elias, PhD
Senior Research Scientist