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Meet Our Residents

Our residents and faculty foster a collegial environment and education-focused culture that provides an inclusive learning experience. Training can be challenging, but our program is close-knit and each resident brings a dedication to providing stellar patient care as well as a collaborative learning experience.

The Orthopedic Surgery Residency has a total of 65 residents in training at any point in time. See what a few of them have to say about our program.

Erick Marigi, M.D.

Erick Marigi, M.D.

What has been most rewarding about your training so far?

"Mayo Clinic's orthopedics department has created a rare balance between a quality operative experience and meaningful academic research. If you are a self-motivated, resilient, and coachable individual, this is a perfect place for you to come grow and become an orthopedic surgeon."

Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Alexis Matrka, M.D.

Alexis Matrka, M.D.

What is something you love most about this program?

"Even as an intern, I am being exposed to the full practice of an orthopedic surgeon. I’m able to see the evaluation of patients in the clinic and learn how to choose the best treatment option for their clinical situation. I then have the opportunity to see this treatment take place and follow the patient through their recovery. This training ensures that by the end of my residency, I’ll feel confident in all my skills as a practicing orthopedic surgeon."

Medical school: Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, Ohio

Nicholas Munaretto, M.D.

Nicholas Munaretto, M.D.

When selecting you career path, how did you decide on hand surgery?

"I have always had an interest in hand surgery due to the anatomic complexity of the hand and upper extremity, and the wide diversity of clinical cases one might encounter on a day-to-day basis. I felt this variety would always force me to think critically about each patient I encountered, and my practice would therefore never feel mundane or routine. However, this complexity can be difficult to master in your orthopedic training. Fortunately at Mayo, the consultant surgeons are each experts in the different facets that comprise the field, leaving your training with few insufficiencies."

Medical school: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Ayoosh Pareek, M.D.

Ayoosh Pareek, M.D.

What attracted you to Mayo Clinic, and is there anything that surprised you here?

"I wanted to attend an orthopedic program that would help me become a clinician-scientist. The major tenets of this goal involve access to mentors who are field leaders, excellent surgical and non-surgical patient care, and ability to produce superior basic science or clinical research. Mayo Clinic’s ability to offer a well-rounded orthopedic surgery experience to its residents is unrivaled, whether one wants to pursue a career in private practice or academic surgical medicine. As I progress through my training, I’ve only come to appreciate the independence provided to the residents in daily decision making and am surprised by the early progressive surgical experience. There is no other program I can see myself training in."

Medical school: Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Matthew Shirley, M.D.

Matthew Shirley, M.D.

How has Mayo’s mentorship model impacted your training?

"My goal was to find the program that provided the most real-world training. I found that here at Mayo. The mentorship model provides the opportunity to see and evaluate a patient in clinic, indicate a surgery, perform the surgery one-on-one with a mentor, take care of the patient in the post-operative setting, and then see them back in clinic for follow up. Every facet of orthopedic care, from clinic to OR to inpatient to post-op, is emphasized under the guidance of a world-renowned mentor. I feel the chiefs graduating from Mayo are more than prepared to go straight into practice. In addition, the patient-first culture breeds a unique bedside manner that is unparalleled. I am extremely happy that I matched here."

Medical school: Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, New York

Adam Tagliero, M.D.

Adam Tagliero, M.D.

What attracted you to Mayo Clinic?

"Mayo Clinic's mentorship model is a unique enterprise among orthopedic surgery training programs and is what in large part drew me to Mayo Clinic. Working closely with a specific consultant for an extended amount of time, residents can follow patients from initial consult through the clinical decision-making process and the post-operative, or non-operative, recovery course. The learning opportunities that come with that continuity of care cannot be understated. In combination with our outstanding faculty, the model creates a program that is positioned to teach residents not only orthopedic surgery, but more importantly, how to be an orthopedic surgeon."

Medical school: Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University, Miami, Florida

Allie Arguello, M.D.

Allie Arguello, M.D.

How has Mayo’s mentorship model impacted your training?

"This program gives us a thorough understanding of what our responsibilities will be in orthopedic practice because we are working alongside our consultant and their advanced practice providers in clinic indicating patients for surgery, performing the surgeries, taking care of them in the hospital, and seeing them back in clinic for follow up. This benefits the residents in countless ways, but overall, the extended time spent one-on-one leads to building the level of rapport and trust which allows the resident to improve significantly over the course of the rotation."

Medical school: University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno, Nevada

Our residents come from medical schools around the U.S. Learn more about our current residents:

PGY-1

Thomas Alter, M.D.

Thomas Alter, M.D.

Medical school: Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science/Chicago Medical School

Abby Bardwell, M.D.

Abby Bardwell, D.O.

Medical school: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery

Lainey Grey Bukowiec, M.D.

Lainey Grey Bukowiec, M.D.

Medical school: Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall

Emmett Clearly, M.D.

Emmett Cleary, M.D.

Medical school: University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine 

Aliya Feroe, M.D.

Aliya Feroe, M.D., M.P.H.

Medical school: Harvard Medical School

Nathan Graden, M.D.

Nathan Graden, M.D.

Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School

Hannah Levy, M.D.

Hannah Levy, M.D.

Medical school: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

Brandon McMaster, M.D.

Brandon McMaster, M.D.

Medical school: Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Christian Rosenow, M.D.

Christian Rosenow, M.D.

Medical school: Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine

William Schulz, M.D.

William Schulz, M.D.

Medical school: University of Pittsburg School of Medicine

Austen Thompson, M.D.

Austen Thompson, M.D., Ph.D.

Medical School: University of Arizona College of Medicine

Kristin Yu, M.D.

Kristin Yu, M.D.

Medical school: Yale University School of Medicine

PGY-2

Kareme Adler, M.D.

Kareme Alder, M.D.

Medical school: Yale University School of Medicine

Tyler Allen, M.D.

Tyler Allen, M.D.

Medical school: University of Nevada School of Medicine

Allie Arguello, M.D.

Allie Arguello, M.D.

Medical school: University of Nevada School of Medicine

Sam Broida, M.D.

Sam Broida, M.D.

Medical school: Emory University School of Medicine 

Tony Chen, M.D.

Tony Chen, M.D.

Medical school: University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine

Jacob Jackowski, M.D.

Jacob Jackowski, M.D.

Medical school: Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University

Kevin Jurgensmeier, M.D.

Kevin Jurgensmeier, M.D.

Medical school: University of Washington School of Medicine

James-Roland Markos, M.D.

James-Roland Markos, M.D.

Medical school: Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine

Michael Seward, M.D.

Michael Seward, M.D.

Medical school: Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine

Mikaela Sullivan, M.D.

Mikaela Sullivan, M.D.

Medical school: University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Will Trousdale, M.D.

Will Trousdale, M.D.

Medical School: Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine

Brian Wahlig, M.D.

Brian Wahlig, M.D.

Medical school: University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas

PGY-3

Ryan Conyer, M.D.

Ryan Conyer, M.D.

Medical school: Baylor College of Medicine

Malik Dancy, M.D.

Malik Dancy, M.D.

Medical school: University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Matt Hadley, M.D.

Matt Hadley, M.D.

Medical school: University of Utah School of Medicine

Charles Holliday, M.D.

Charles Holliday, M.D.

Medical school: University of Michigan Medical School

Joshua Labott, M.D.

Joshua Labott, M.D.

Medical school: Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine

Devin Leland, M.D.

Devin Leland, M.D.

Medical school: Creighton University School of Medicine

Yining Lu, M.D.

Yining Lu, M.D.

Medical school: University of Illinois College of Medicine

Ryder Reed, M.D.

Ryder Reed, M.D.

Medical school: Creighton University School of Medicine

Reed Salmons, M.D.

Reed Salmons, M.D.

Medical school: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University 

Sam Schrader, M.D.

Sam Schrader, M.D.

Medical school: University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Sarah Townsley, M.D.

Sarah Townsley, M.D.

Medical school: University of Missouri; Columbia School of Medicine

Breydan Wright, M.D.

Breydan Wright, M.D.

Medical school: St. Louis University School of Medicine

PGY-4

Zachary Braig, M.D.

Zachary Braig, M.D.

Medical school: Eastern Virginia Medical School

Lauren Dittman, M.D.

Lauren Dittman, M.D.

Medical school: Florida International University College of Medicine 

Evan Dugdale, M.D.

Evan Dugdale, M.D.

Medical school: Boston University School of Medicine

Josh Harmer, M.D.

Josh Harmer, M.D.

Medical school: University of Utah School of Medicine

Rachel Honig, M.D.

Rachel Honig, M.D.

Medical school: University of Missouri, Columbia School of Medicine

Dustin Lee, M.D.

Dustin Lee, M.D.

Medical school: University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Eva Lehtonen, M.D.

Eva Lehtonen, M.D.

Medical school: University of Miami LM Miller School of Medicine

Katherine Mallett, M.D.

Katherine Mallett, M.D.

Medical school: University of Massachusetts Medical School

Micah Nieboer, M.D.

Micah Nieboer, M.D.

Medical school: Loyola University of Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine

Zach Pinter, M.D.

Zach Pinter, M.D.

Medical school: University of Alabama School of Medicine

Annie Smartt, M.D.

Annie Smartt, M.D.

Medical school: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons 

Mason Uvodich, M.D.

Mason Uvodich, M.D.

Medical school: University of Kansas School of Medicine

Christopher Warne, M.D.

Christopher Warne, M.D.

Medical school: University of Texas Southwestern Medical School At Dallas

PGY-5

Courtney Carlson Strother, M.D.

Courtney Carlson Strother, M.D.

Medical school: University of Iowa, RJ&L Carver College of Medicine

Tony Fiegen, M.D.

Tony Fiegen, M.D.

Medical school: Sanford School of Medicine of University of South Dakota

Taylor Jackson, M.D.

Taylor Jackson, M.D.

Medical school: University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas

Nate Jacobson, M.D.

Nate Jacobson, M.D.

Medical school: Sanford School of Medicine of University of South Dakota

Bradley Kruckeberg, M.D.

Bradley Kruckeberg, M.D.

Medical school: University of Minnesota, Duluth School of Medicine

Erick Marigi, M.D.

Erick Marigi, M.D.

Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School

Alexis Matrka, M.D.

Alexis Matrka, M.D.

Medical school: Ohio State University College of Medicine

Josh Meaike, M.D.

Josh Meaike, M.D.

Medical school: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Richard Nauert, M.D.

Richard Nauert, M.D.

Medical school: Texas A.M. University System HSC, College of Medicine

Aaron Owen, M.D.

Aaron Owen, M.D.

Medical school: University of Arkansas College of Medicine

Matt Shirley, M.D.

Matt Shirley, M.D.

Medical school: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons 

Michael Stuart, M.D.

Michael Stuart, M.D.

Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School

Elizabeth Wellings, M.D.

Elizabeth Wellings, M.D.

Medical school: University of Florida College of Medicine