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.

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
Another benefit of residency at Akron General Medical Center is the relationship we've fostered with Akron Children's Hospital - providing an excellent experience for residents interested in pediatric orthopaedics. This hospital is located within walking distance from Akron General Medical Center. The residents do not have to leave the area to do their peds ortho rotations.

Fracture Conference
This conference is held every Wednesday morning. Residents discuss cases that presented to the Emergency Department the previous week.

Basic Science
Clinical and basic science faculty present basic science conferences as part of a two-year curriculum.

Anatomy Sessions
The anatomy session include presentations on surgical approaches to treatment and cadaver dissection. Residents will also have the opportunity to attend hands-on conferences throughout the year that include equipment, such as saw bones and joint implants.

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.

Research is an important aspect of orthopaedic training. All residents are required to complete, present at 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.

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- II: AO/ ASIF Fracture Course Strategies and AAOS/ OTA Orthopaedic Extremity Trauma Course
  • PGY- III: AANA Arthroscopy Course and Current Concepts in Joint Replacement Course
  • PGY- IV:AAOS Annual Meeting and an approved elective meeting
  • PGY-V: An approved elective meeting and a Board Review Course

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.

Dr. Thompson's Six Points of Light for the Akron General Medical Center Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program

  1. A faculty of teachers where 95% are fellowship trained in a subspecialty area. All subspecialties are represented. We link our teaching faculty with outstanding daily academic lectures.
  2. We offer uniform exposure to all subspecialties over four years via a decentralized "team" organization. This allows for the identification of development of interests at an earlier stage. (As opposed to fixed subspecialty rotations without regard to interest or year of residency.)
  3. We have excellent rotations with Akron Children's Hospital, one of America's largest pediatric hospitals. This includes both the routine fracture experience as well as specialty work such as scoliosis, CP and SCFE.
  4. We have a good research opportunity with both clinical and basic science-type projects. Residents may present their projects at national meetings, if accepted.
  5. Office rotations in the real world of private practice. How to run a practice from the clinical, business and personnel standpoints.
  6. Resident teaching is our focus. No fellows in this program.

For more information regarding the Orthopaedic Residency Program, please contact:

Denise Milkovich
Program Coordinator

Sample Rotation

Sample Rotation

PGY – 1

  • 1 month Vascular Surgery
  • 1 month Plastic Surgery
  • 1 month Surgical ICU
  • 1 month Trauma Surgery
  • 1 month Neurological Surgery
  • 5 month Orthopaedic Surgery — Adult
  • 1 month Orthopaedic Surgery — Pediatric
  • 1 month Surgical Skills

PGY – 2

  • 8 months Orthopaedic Surgery — Adult
  • 2 months Hand Surgery
  • 2 months Orthopaedic Surgery — Pediatric

PGY – 3

  • 7 months Orthopaedic Surgery — Adult
  • 2 months Orthopaedic Surgery — Pediatric
  • 1 month Research
  • 2 months Ortho/ Sports Medicine

PGY – 4

  • 10 months Orthopaedic Surgery — Adult
  • 2 months Hand Surgery

PGY – 5

  • 2 months Orthopaedic Surgery
  • 2 months Orthopaedic Surgery — Pediatric
  • 4 months Administrative Chief
  • 4 month Clinical Chief
Teaching Faculty

Teaching Faculty

Gregory A. Vrabec, MD
Program Director Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program
Specialty: Adult Reconstruction/ Orthopaedic Trauma

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

Thomas R. Thompson, MD
Chairman Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Specialty: Joint Replacement Surgery

John L. Pinkowski, MD
Musculoskeletal Service Line Director
Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery/ Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine

Steven B. Lippitt, MD
Research Director, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Specialty: Surgery of the Shoulder and Elbow

Jonathon Streit, MD
Specialty: Surgery of the Shoulder and Elbow

Michael J. Smith, MD
Specialty: Spine Surgery; Microsurgery of the Spine

William T. Kurtz, MD
Specialty: Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery

Michele L. Hatherill MD
Specialty: General Orthopaedic Surgery

Philip G. Wilcox, MD
Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery/ Sports Medicine

Anthony T. Kantaras, MD
Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery/ Sports Medicine

Jeffrey Yang, MD
Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery/ Sports Medicine

Paul Wilkie, MD
Specialty: Joint Replacement Surgery

Jordan P. Grossman, DPM, FACFAS
Specialty: Podiatry/ Surgery of the Foot and Ankle

Lauren Kishman, DPM
Specialty: Podiatry/ Surgery of the Foot and Ankle

William Lanzinger MD
Specialty: Hand Surgery

Andrew Esterle, MD
Specialty: Hand Surgery

Timothy Marks, MD
Specialty: Orthopaedic Oncology / Adult Reconstruction 

Kerwyn Jones, MD
Chairman Department of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at CHMCA
Specialty: Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery

Todd F. Ritzman, MD
Education Director for Orthopaedic Pediatric Surgery
Specialty: Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery

Mark J. Adamczyk, MD
Specialty: Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery

William C. Schrader, MD
Specialty: Pediatric Orthopaedics and Scoliosis Surgery

Patrick Riley, MD
Specialty: Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery

Paul Fleissner, MD
Specialty: Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery

Drew Engels, MD
Specialty: Pediatric Hand and Microsurgery

Kenneth Bono, MD
Specialty: Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery

Patrick Riley Jr., MD
Specialty: Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery



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 its completion, the graduating resident is a superbly well-trained orthopaedic surgeon capable of general orthopaedic surgery in different arenas. These include clinical practice, participation in any of the orthopaedic specialties, completion of fellowship training and participation in an academic or teaching environment.

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

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. Akron General is able to offer an exceptional medical education experience because of our knowledgeable and hard-working staff. Akron General is now ranked as the No. 1 hospital in the Akron Metropolitan Area, according to U.S. News & World Report. Akron General is also listed as the No. 14 hospital in Ohio for 2019-2020, according to the annual ranking of Best Hospitals by U.S. News. 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.

  • Residency applications and the additional items below must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)
  • Application Deadline: October 15, 2019
  • Interview Dates: Wednesdays starting November 13, 2019 - January 29, 2020
  • Expected Program Length: 5 years

Application consists of:

  • Medical School Academic Transcript
  • MSPE Letter
  • Minimum USMLE (Step I and/or Step II) Scores of 230 or higher
  • Three letters of recommendation (from orthopaedic surgery and general surgery faculty only.
  • Personal statement

Interviews are by invitation only.
The invitations are sent via email in mid October. 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:

Denise Milkovich
Program Coordinator


Do you accept more than three letters of recommendation?
We accept as many as you wish to submit through ERAS. We review all of the information submitted with the application.

Lodging- Akron General pays for the hotel room the evening before the interview day. The hotel also provides a shuttle that will bring you over to the hospital that morning at about 6:50 a.m. You will be met by the Coordinator and brought back to the Orthopaedic Department to meet some of the staff, faculty and residents. You will observe Fracture Conference that starts at 7 a.m. Interviews with the Program Director and Chairman are after conference. A lunch will be provided. A research overview, benefits information and more information about the program are provided. The interview day also consists of a tour of Akron General. The interview day usually ends around 1 p.m.

We do schedule an evening program the evening before. An informal "Meet 'n Greet" with the residents at local restaurant/sports bar.

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.

For more information on the application process, please contact:

Denise Milkovich
Program Coordinator

Current Residents

Current Residents

PGY – 1

  • Daniel Enright, MD — Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
  • J. Collin Krebs, MD — University of Toledo College of Medicine
  • Patrick Tate, MD — University of Toledo College of Medicine

PGY – 2

  • Nicholas Kolodychuk, MD — University of Queensland School of Medicine
  • Christopher Pinkowski, MD — Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
  • Jeffrey Watts, MD — Indiana University School of Medicine

PGY – 3

  • Keegan Conry, MD — Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine
  • Cory Knecht, MD — The Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • Michael Makowski, MD — University of Toledo College of Medicine

PGY – 4

  • Robert Erlichman, MD — University of Cincinnati College of Medicine 
  • Travis Jones, MD — Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Patrick Kane, MD — Northeast Ohio Medical University

PGY – 5

  • Nuvpreet Bhandal, MD — University of Missouri, School of Medicine 
  • Carol Fouad, MD — The Commonwealth Medical College 
  • Samuel Hammonds, MD — The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University


2017 Graduates

  • Blake Daney, MD — Sports Medicine Fellowship, TBA
  • Ryan Godinsky, MD — Spine Fellowship, Akron, OH
  • Timothy Marks, MD — Oncology Fellowship, Akron, OH

2016 Graduates

  • Daniel Bouton, MD — Pediatric Ortho Fellowship, Portland, OR
  • Nicolas Early, MD — Sports Medicine Fellowship, Cincinnati, OH
  • Sameh Elguizaoui, MD — Sports Medicine Fellowship, New York, NY

2015 Graduates

  • Rahul Biyani, MD — Total Joint Reconstruction Fellowship, Columbus, OH
  • Paul Wilkie, MD — Total Joint Reconstruction Fellowship, Akron, OH
  • Jeffrey Yang, MD — Sports Medicine Fellowship, Akron, OH

2014 Graduates

  • Colleen Calvey, MD — Hand Fellowship, Sandusky, OH
  • Andrew Esterle, MD — Hand Fellowship, Akron, OH
  • Jerrod Felder, MD — Sports Medicine Fellowship,High Point, NC

2013 Graduates

  • Ali Bagheri, MD — Spine Fellowship, San Diego, CA
  • Holly Eltrevoog, MD — Trauma Fellowship, Columbia, MO
  • Bradley Webb, MD — Total Joints Fellowship, Willoughby, OH
Research & Innovations

Research & Innovations

Orthopaedic surgery research at Akron General focuses on improving surgical treatment and patient outcomes in orthopaedics. 

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

Gregory Vrabec, MD 
Program Director

Steven Lippitt
Resident Research Director

John Elias, PhD
Senior Research Scientist