Match Day 2017 ushered in a new group of surgery residents, while saying goodbye to others who will soon leave UAB for different programs across the country.

According to the UAB Heersink School of Medicine Office of Graduate Medical Education, 220 medical students from 63 U.S. universities and 27 international universities will join UAB as residents in 2017.

In a new series, the Department of Surgery will feature incoming and outgoing trainees for all UAB Surgery programs. This week, learn about those joining and leaving the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency and Fellowship programs.

Orthopaedic Surgery Incoming Residents

This year, the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program welcomes six new residents from medical schools across the Southern U.S. The incoming residents said they are excited to join UAB.

“UAB is a top-notch program that provides high volume, hands-on training that covers all of the subspecialties on one major medical campus," said Jacob Hawkins, an incoming resident who graduated from Florida State University College of Medicine. "The volume and comprehensive training will prepare me for most any situation I encounter after residency. The residents are very skilled, knowledgeable and well prepared to enter practice upon completion of their training. The camaraderie amongst the residents at UAB is truly unmatched by any other program and makes for an excellent training environment."

Shane Strom, an incoming resident who graduated from LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, is also looking forward to training at UAB and added that he is excited to live in Birmingham.

"I am incredibly excited to have been given the chance to train at UAB," Strom said. "I was lucky enough to see what UAB Orthopaedics had to offer early in my fourth year of medical school during my away rotation. I remember leaving feeling incredibly impressed with the confidence, autonomy and skill of the chief residents. I knew that was what I wanted and expected from a top-notch residency program. Additionally, in my experience, the camaraderie of the entire orthopaedic team at UAB was unparalleled. All of this, in combination with the fact that Birmingham is both an affordable and fun city, made me absolutely sure this was a place I wanted to be."

The following students matched into the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program this year:

Ryan Cone — Medical College of Georgia
Jacob Hawkins — Florida State University College of Medicine
James Hicks — Medical College of Georgia
Shane Strom — LSU Shreveport
Wesley Stroud — Mercer University
Eric Wilkinson — Texas A&M Health Sciences Center

Outgoing Orthopaedic Surgery Residents

Six graduating residents of the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program will leave UAB to take positions in fellowship programs across the country, and one — Johnathan Williams, M.D. — will transition to active duty in the U.S. Navy. He will be stationed at the Naval Hospital in Pensacola, Florida, as a general orthopaedic surgeon.

Luke Hiatt, M.D. — Davis Spine Fellowship, University of California, Sacramento, California
Joseph Ingram, M.D. — The University of Tennessee-Campbell Clinic, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Fellowship in Hand Surgery, University of Tennessee, Memphis, Tennessee
David Johannesmeyer, M.D. — Sports Medicine Fellowship, University of New Mexico, Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Luke McFadden, M.D. — Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship, Florida Orthopaedic Institute, Tampa, Florida
Lucas Routh, M.D. — Adult Total Joint Reconstruction Fellowship, Anderson Orthopaedic Clinic, Alexandria, Virginia
Johnathan Williams, M.D. — General Orthopaedics, Naval Hospital Pensacola, Pensacola, Florida

Fellowship Programs

UAB Orthopaedics also conducts several fellowship programs.

Foot & Ankle

Incoming foot and ankle fellow and their former training programs:

Eildar Abyar, M.D. — Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship, OrthoIndy, Indianapolis, Indiana

Outgoing foot and ankle fellow and their respective career paths:

Cesar de Cesar Netto, M.D. — Hospital of Special Surgery, New York, New York

Hand and Upper Extremity

Incoming hand fellows and their respective residency programs:

Ashley Bentley, M.D. — University of Florida, Jacksonville, Florida
Ross Dunbar, M.D. — Oschner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans, Louisiana
William Zimmerman, M.D. — Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, New York

Outgoing hand fellows and their respective career paths:

Brooks Ficke, M.D. — Resurgens Orthopaedics, Atlanta, Georgia
Michael Moustoukas, M.D. — Kennedy-White Orthopaedic Center, Sarasota, Florida
Brent McCarty, M.D. — Pinnacle Orthopedics, Covington, Louisiana


Incoming spine fellows and their respective former training programs:

Kivanc Atesok, M.D. — Sports Medicine and Upper Extremity Reconstruction Fellowship & Trauma Fellowship, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Outgoing spine fellows and their respective career paths:

Ross Jones, D.O. — Flagstaff Bone and Joint, Flagstaff, Arizona