Orthopaedic Surgery

Class Of:

2021

William Austin, MD

Wayne State University School of Medicine

William Austin, MD

2021

Undergraduate

Central Michigan University

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

GRMEP Orthopaedic Surgery is an extremely well known and well respected residency training program in an amazing city. The resident camaraderie is second to none.

Hometown

Clare, MI

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

Wakeboarding, hunting, trapping, ice fishing, watersports.

Drew Burgess, MD

West Virginia University School of Medicine Charleston Division

Drew Burgess, MD

2021

Undergraduate

Appalachian State University

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

I chose Grand Rapids because this program offers not only world class training, but incredible residents and faculty that have made me feel welcome here since my first day in Grand Rapids. Grand Rapids and West Michigan are going to be a great place to call home throughout my residency training. I could not be more thrilled to be here.

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

Skiing, Mountain Biking, Traveling, Cooking, Reading, Woodworking, and Visiting Science Museums

Hometown

South Charleston, West Virginia

Professional Interests

Orthopaedic Surgery

Charles Crellin, MD

University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Charles Crellin, MD

2021

Undergraduate

Montana State University- Bozeman

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

I am excited to train at GRMEP because of the emphasis that is placed on surgical skills, the dedication of the attending surgeons, and the talented group of residents.

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

In my free time I like to go waterskiing, snowboarding, hiking, fishing, golfing, kiteboarding, and most other outdoor activities.

Hometown

Billings, MT

Professional Interests

I currently enjoy all aspects of Orthopaedics and look forward to experiencing each specialty in depth to determine which fellowship I will pursue.

Steven Lewis, MD

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Steven Lewis, MD

2021

Undergraduate

Hope College

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

I chose Grand Rapids for many reasons. The attending physicians and residents are phenomenal educators. The hospitals and staff are also incredible. I grew up in Grand Rapids and have witnessed how exciting the city has become and knew this is where I wanted to train. The city has many exciting events going on all year. The breweries and bars are always a good time.

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

Fishing, golf, softball

Hometown

Ada, MI

Professional Interests

Sports medicine

Omar Yaldo, MD

Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

Omar Yaldo, MD

2021

Undergraduate

Oakland University

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

I chose this program because of the excellent operative experience and the faculty who are dedicated to teaching residents. I also enjoy the city and the down-to-earth attitude of the residency program.

Hometown

Bloomfield Hills, MI

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

Weight lifting, playing recreational sports, fishing, bowling, watching movies, craft beer enthusiast, playing videogames, and spending time with family.

2020

Alan Edwards, MD

University of Iowa

Alan Edwards, MD

2020

No Information Found.

Leland Gossett, MD

University of Illinois Chicago - Chicago College of Medicine

Leland Gossett, MD

2020

Anticipated Graduation Year

2020

Undergraduate

Northwestern University

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

I chose to come to Grand Rapids for the strong operative experience and teaching culture in a town which was fun and convenient.

Hometown

La Grange, IL

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

I enjoy a variety of outdoor activities including cycling, hiking, fishing, downhill, water, and cross country skiing. I also like to play hockey, ultimate frisbee and basketball and watch Chicago sports.

Justin Khoriaty, MD

Michigan State University - College of Human Medicine

Justin Khoriaty, MD

2020

Anticipated Graduation Year

2020

Undergraduate

University of Michigan

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

I chose GRMEP because of the great residents and faculty that are a part of this program. There is a culture of excellence and a strong support system here in the orthopaedic residency that I was eager to be apart of. Also, being from the Grand Rapids area, I was excited to have such an excellent program right in my back yard enabling me to stay close to my family.

Hometown

Wyoming, Michigan

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

I love watching and playing sports, particularly soccer and football. I also enjoy reading, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

Evan Peissig, MD

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Evan Peissig, MD

2020

Anticipated Graduation Year

2020

Undergraduate

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

I rotated and eventually chose to match at Grand Rapids primarily because of the people involved in the program. The residents made me feel welcomed and it was easy to see how well everyone got along. The faculty were obviously involved in resident education, and treated the residents as valuable members of the team who have input in making changes to education and work schedules. The formal education also appeared comprehensive and showed through in the confidence of the residents. Lastly, the vast operative experience was apparent as residents navigated various procedures as the primary surgeon. The orthopaedics program at Grand Rapids has a great reputation, and I am confident it will give me every opportunity I will need to succeed.

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

Hunting, Fishing, Carpentry, Engines, Wrestling, Football, Golf

Hometown

Menomonie, WI

Professional Interests

I am interested in all aspects of orthopaedics, and am excited to see the various specialties prior to deciding on a fellowship or entering community practice following residency.

Monique Squiers, MD

University of Vermont

Monique Squiers, MD

2020

Anticipated Graduation Year

2020

Undergraduate

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Hometown

Grosse Pointe, MI

2019

Will Engasser, MD

Chicago Medical School - Rosalind Franklin

Will Engasser, MD

2019

No Information Found.

Alex Gilde, MD

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Alex Gilde, MD

2019

Medical School

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Hometown

McBain, MI

Professional Interests

Although a subspecialty is in my future, it's unclear at this time where my true interest lies, although trauma and pelvis/acetabulum do appeal to me.

Undergraduate

Grand Valley State University

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

I chose GRMEP for my orthopaedic training because it's known for great teaching and operating, balanced with a decent lifestyle during residency. It was convenient for me given the location to my family as well.

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

Hunt. Fish. Kayak. Explore different areas of West Michigan and many of the good beers.

Peter Lasater, MD

Wayne State University

Peter Lasater, MD

2019

No Information Found.

Grant Mathison, MD

University of Minnesota

Grant Mathison, MD

2019

Anticipated Graduation Year

2019

Undergraduate

University of Minnesota Duluth

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

I chose this program because its located in a great city, full of great teachers dedicated to the residency education, and a great experience early on.

Hometown

New Prague

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

JEEPS

Eric Perez, MD

University of Illinois

Eric Perez, MD

2019

No Information Found.

2018

Dilhan Abeyewardene, MD

University of Oklahoma

Dilhan Abeyewardene, MD

2018

No Information Found.

Mark Jordan, MD

University of Illinois

Mark Jordan, MD

2018

No Information Found.

Stephen Otte, MD

University of Nebraska

Stephen Otte, MD

2018

No Information Found.

Alexander Sawatzke, MD

University of Iowa

Alexander Sawatzke, MD

2018

No Information Found.

Matthew Wilkening, MD

University of Cincinnati

Matthew Wilkening, MD

2018

No Information Found.

2017

Michael Bender, MD

Indiana University School of Medicine

Michael Bender, MD

2017

Anticipated Graduation Year

2017

Undergraduate

Indiana Wesleyan University

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

Great fit with down to earth/ blue collar group of residents and faculty. Terrific operative experience. Good benefits. Great city with lots to do and low cost of living to own my own home.

Hometown

Auburn, Indiana

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

Play golf, basketball, and on our resident softball team. Fishing, hiking, & camping Travel with my wife

Matthew Dubiel, MD

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Matthew Dubiel, MD

2017

Medical School

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Hometown

Fowlerville, MI

Professional Interests

Shoulder and elbow surgery.

Undergraduate

Michigan Technological University

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

Amazing operative volume, great residents, great city, talented faculty.

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

Mountain biking, fishing, hunting, drinking beer, fixing things

Ashley Nord, MD

University of Minnesota

Ashley Nord, MD

2017

Anticipated Graduation Year

2017

Hometown

Barnesville, MN

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

Spending time with my husband and friends. Traveling Running Crossfit Hot Yoga Home improvement projects

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

Emphasis on education rather than service with excellent operative experience. Great place to live with easy access to all the facilities.

Andrew Stith, MD

Oregon Health and Science University

Andrew Stith, MD

2017

No Information Found.

2016

Alex Bollinger, MD

University of Nebraska

Alex Bollinger, MD

2016

Medical School

University of Nebraska

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

For two reasons: First, the residents and faculty are incredible. This is a cohesive, efficient, and fun group of people, and I ascertained that (accurately) during my interview. In addition, the operative experience in Grand Rapids is truly second to none.

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

Spending time with my wife and children, triathlons, golf, brewing beer.

Hometown

Omaha, NE

Professional Interests

Hand and upper extremity - I have matched into fellowship at Cleveland Clinic and will be headed there after I finish residency in 2016

Imani Dupree, MD

University of Washington School of Medicine

Imani Dupree, MD

2016

Anticipated Graduation Year

2016

Undergraduate

United States Military Academy at West Point

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

I heard about the program from my mentor in medical school as well as an Orthopaedic resident at UW who was from Michigan. It has been a great Orthopaedic residency experience. The residents and faculty are committed to top notch patient care. I would recommend the program to anyone.

Hometown

Seattle, WA

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

Family Traveling Fitness

Lea Gunnell, MD

University of Rochester

Lea Gunnell, MD

2016

No Information Found.

Shaun Kink, MD

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Shaun Kink, MD

2016

Anticipated Graduation Year

2016

Brock Norrie, MD

University of North Dakota

Brock Norrie, MD

2016

No Information Found.

Dominic Pelle, MD

Wayne State University

Dominic Pelle, MD

2016

No Information Found.