175+ spine, orthopedic surgeons on the move in 2020


Since the beginning of the year, Becker's Spine Review has reported on more than 175 spine and orthopedic surgeons who joined new practices or organizations.

Following is a list of surgeon moves in 2020, starting from January.

Contact Carly Behm at cbehm@beckershealthcare.com with information on surgeon moves.

Lionel Gottschalk, MD, joined Centura Health-Siena Medical Clinic in Garden City, Kan.

Dan Robinson, DPM, was sworn in as a member of the Blackfoot, Idaho-based Bingham Healthcare board of directors.

ValueHealth appointed William Hozack, MD, of Philadelphia-based Rothman Orthopaedic Institute, as medical director.

Azalea Orthopedics in Tyler, Texas, added Gary Goodfried, MD, to its practice.

Glendive (Mont.) Medical Center onboarded Mark Rangitsch, MD, its second orthopedic surgeon.

Foot and ankle surgeon Aaron Ruter, DPM, was elected as a teaching faculty member for the Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons.

Marvin Kym, MD, joined St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, Idaho.

BoulderCentre for Orthopedics & Spine in Boulder, Colo., added Patrick Curry, MD, to its surgical team.

Mahesh Karandikar, MD, PhD, joined McLaren Flint (Mich.), a 278-bed hospital as part of Grand Blanc, Mich.-based McLaren Health Care.

AdventHealth Medical Group in Altamonte Springs, Fla., added Federico Vinas, MD.

Alejandro Castellvi, MD, joined Mercy Clinic Neurosurgery in Rogers, Ark.

Nonprofit company Nth Dimensions appointed Bonnie Mason, MD, senior adviser to its board of directors.

Solon Rosenblatt, MD, joinedCentura Health-St. Thomas More Hospital in Cañon City, Colo.

Chicago-based Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush added Vasili Karas, MD.

The Joint Replacement Institute in Naples, Fla., onboarded Daniel Harmon, DO.

Eric Breitbart, MD, was appointed president of the department of surgery at Jason Lucas, DO, became chief of staff at San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington, N.M.

Katie Bartush, MD, and Marissa Jamieson, MD, joined the foot and ankle fellowship program at The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo.

Keith Norvill, DO, joined CHI St. Vincent Neurosurgery Clinic in Hot Springs, Ark.

Hammond, La.-based North Oaks Neurosurgery Clinic hired Lon Alexander, MD.

Elizabeth Tyler-Kabara, MD, was appointed chief of pediatric neurosurgery at Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas in Austin.

Cape Fear Valley Neurosurgery in Fayetteville, N.C., hired Melissa Stamates, MD.

Ali Raja, MD, joined Arkansas Surgical Hospital in Little Rock.

Axis Spine Center, co-owned by Roland Kent, MD, from Post Falls to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

Northern Rockies Orthopaedics in Missoula, Mont., onboarded Joel Torretti, MD.

Missoula (Mont.) Bone & Joint added Zackery Witte, MD.

William Hazel, MD, was appointed senior deputy executive director of the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation.

Gil Ortega, MD, was named chair of the Orthopaedic Co-Management company, in partnership with Scottsdale, Ariz.-based HonorHealth.

The Louisiana Orthopaedic Association appointed Michael Leddy III, MD, president of the organization.

Shawn Price, MD, opened Fortis Orthopaedic & Sarcoma Group in Louisville, Ky.

Alex Jahangir, MD, director of orthopedic trauma at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, was appointed to lead the city's Metro Coronavirus Task Force.

Edward Vanek, DO, was appointed as a medical adviser for the city of Atwater, Calif.

NFL player-turned-orthopedic surgeon Braden Jones, MD, was hired by Southwest Health System in Cortez, Colo.

Elizabethtown, Ky.-based Hardin Memorial Health is building an orthopedic clinic, which will house Sanjiv Mehta, MD.

360 Orthopedics named Jeffrey Silverstein, MD, chief of surgery at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota (Fla.).

Four orthopedic surgeons — David Brcka, MD, Virginia Jones, MD, Susan Jordan, MD, and Domenic Scalamogna, MD — are providing care at a new Newnan, Ga., facility opened by OrthoAtlanta and Atlanta-based Piedmont Orthopedics.

Dickinson County Healthcare System in Iron Mountain, Mich., onboarded Melissa Koenig, MD, who specializes in foot and ankle care.

Springfield, Ill.-based HSHS Medical Group opened an orthopedic and sports medicine clinic in Greenville, Ill., with Scott Urch, MD.

Daniel Yoshor, MD, was appointed chair of the department of neurosurgery in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Lakeshore Orthopaedics in Manitowoc, Wis., onboarded Richard Manos, MD.

Frank Schwab, MD, was appointed vice chair of the New York City-based Hospital for Special Surgery Innovation Institute.

Miami-based Baptist Health South Florida hired Michael McDermott, MD, as CMO of Miami Neuroscience Institute.

Brain and Spine Surgeons of New York in Harrison appointed Virany Hillard, MD, medical director.

The Minimally Invasive Brain and Spine Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore hired neurosurgeon Joshua Lim, MD.

Neurosurgeon Brian Farrell, MD, is providing care at a new practice in Murray, Ky.

Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles appointed Neal ElAttrache, MD, to its board of directors.

C. Lowry Barnes, MD, was appointed president of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons.

Edward Vanek, DO, was appointed medical adviser to the mayor of Atwater, Calif.

Hot Springs, Ark.-based National Park Medical Center hired Edward Rhomberg, MD.

Niagara Falls (N.Y.) Memorial Medical Center onboarded Scott Nodzo, MD, Kathleen Keely Boyle, MD, and Benjamin Levy, MD.

Brian Cole, MD, was installed as president of the Arthroscopy Association of North America for the 2020-21 term.

Medical investment company AngelMD recruited Mark Froimson, MD, as executive director of clinician engagement.

The New Jersey State Athletic Control Board appointed Michael Russonella, DO, as a boxing physician.

Hot Springs, Ark.-based National Park Medical Center hired Edward Rhomberg, MD.

Aaron Humphreys, MD, joined Providence Kodiak (Alaska) Island Medical Center.

Niagara Falls (N.Y.) Memorial Medical Center hired Scott Nodzo, MD, Kathleen Keely Boyle, MD, and Benjamin Levy, MD.

Providence, R.I.-based University Orthopedics welcomed Alan Daniels, MD, as chief of its spine surgery division.

Peter Costantino, MD, joined White Plains-based Brain and Spine Surgeons of New York.

Baptist Health Neuroscience Center-Fort Smith (Ark.) recruited Arthur Johnson, MD.

Peter Rasmussen, MD, was appointed to the advisory board of Centerline Biomedical.

Wael Barsoum, MD, began transitioning out of his post as CEO of Cleveland Clinic Florida to join HOPCo, the owner of orthopedic specialty practices including Phoenix-based TheCORE Institute.

The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society named Charles Saltzman, MD, editor-in-chief of Foot & Ankle International and Foot & Ankle Orthopaedics. He will assume full responsibility for the role Jan. 1.

Philadelphia-based Rothman Orthopaedics appointed Eric Grossman, MD, to co-lead the practice's growth in the New York market.

Jennifer Hopp, MD, was tapped to lead the women's sports medicine program at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital Portsmouth (N.H.) Outpatient Center.

Major League Soccer franchise Nashville Soccer Club recruited Jaron Sullivan, MD, and Andrew Gregory, MD, as team physicians.

Jeffrey Vakil, MD, joined Premier Orthopaedics in Chestnut Hill, Pa.

Douglas Comeau, DO, was appointed director of University Health Services and primary care sports medicine at Boston College.

Christina Hardesty, MD, was appointed to the board of directors of the Hattie Larlham Foundation, a nonprofit that supports those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Manitowoc, Wis.-based Holy Family Memorial Lakeshore Orthopaedics added John Trotter, MD.

Jennifer Bruggers, MD, and Gary Stewart, MD, of Atlanta-based Resurgens Orthopaedics were elected members of the American Orthopaedic Association.

Charles Pesson, MD, joined St. Claire HealthCare in Morehead, Ky.

UPMC recruited Kyle Hubler, DO.

Fort Collins, Colo.-based Orthopaedic & Spine Center of the Rockies onboarded George Le, DPM.

Boulder (Colo.) Neurosurgical & Spine Associates onboarded John Dorman, MD.

Jordan Glaser, MD, joined Southeastern Orthopedics in Lumberton, N.C.

South Georgia Medical Center in Valdosta recruited Kimberly Mackey, MD.

Douglas Lundy, MD, was appointed to the nominating committee of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Rolando Garcia, MD, was elected to the Florida Orthopaedic Society's board of directors to represent the South Florida region.

Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion, Ill., recruited Richard Morgan, MD, as medical director of its orthopedics program.

Ted Parsons, MD, was appointed president of the American Orthopaedic Association.

The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine appointed Michael Ciccotti, MD, as its 49th president.

Rena Stewart, MD, joined Susquehanna Health Orthopaedics in Williamsport, Pa.

Central Montana Medical Center in Lewistown onboarded Paul Sensiba, MD, and Daniel Hebert, MD.

Daphne, Ala.-based Baldwin Bone & Joint added William Park, MD.

Brent Lawrence, MD, joined National Park Medical Center in Hot Springs, Ark.

E. Sander Connolly Jr., MD, was appointed chair of the department of neurological surgery at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City.

New York Spine Institute in Westbury welcomed Nicholas Post, MD.

Adam Kremer, MD, became the second neurosurgeon at Jagannathan Neurosurgery in Troy, Mich.

Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center appointed Louis Magdon, MD, to its surgical staff.

Minidoka Memorial Hospital in Rupert, Idaho, recruited Patrick Cindrich, MD.

Northern Light Neurosurgery and Spine in Bangor, Maine, onboarded James MacNutt, DO.

Medical device company Cognivue named Fred Ma, MD, PhD, CMO and senior vice president.

The Medical Affairs Professional Society appointed John Pracyk, MD, PhD, to its board of directors.

Des Moines (Iowa) Orthopaedic Surgeons Orthopaedic Centers onboarded Lea Gunnell, MD, Brock Reiter, MD and Anthony Tedesco, DO.

Jason Sanders, MD, was appointed CMO of biotechnology company EV Biologics, formerly Yulong Eco-Materials.

Darren Friedman, MD, joined New York City-based Gramercy Surgery Center as director of orthopedics.

Abdul Foad, MD, joined Morrison (Ill.) Community Hospital.

Lisa Cannada, MD, joined Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C.

Flagstaff (Ariz.) Bone & Joint added Catlea Gorman, DPM.

Jasper, Ind.-based Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center added Christine Stairs, MD.

Akron (Ohio) Children's Hospital appointed Todd Ritzman, MD, chair of the department of orthopedic surgery.

Joplin, Mo.-based Freeman Health System appointed orthopedic traumatologist Adam Kessler, DO.

Trieu Tran, MD, was appointed to the board of directors of Orange, Calif.-based CalOptima.

Jonathan Snyder, MD, was named inaugural chief medical officer of Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital. In Elkin, N.C.

Matthew Langford, MD, joined Zanesville, Ohio-based Genesis Healthcare System.

Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora appointed Lori Karol, MD, orthopedics chair and Rose Brown Endowed Chair of Pediatric Orthopedics.

Max Seiter, MD, joined Vail-Summit Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery in Vail, Colo.

Central Montana Medical Center in Lewistown added Paul Sensiba, MD, and Daniel Hebert, MD.

Aymen Rashid, MD, joined New Hartford, N.Y.-based Slocum-Dickson Medical Group.

Daryll Dykes, MD, PhD, joined Auburn (N.Y.) Community Hospital.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame.selected Andrew Dossett, MD, to lead its medical advisory board.

Columbus, Ohio-based OrthoNeuro appointed Larry Todd Jr., DO, president.

Beaumont Health, Troy (Mich.) Hospital appointed Richard Easton, MD, chairman of the department of orthopedic surgery.

Wooster, Ohio-based Bloomington Orthopedic Specialists welcomed Marcus Newton, DO.

Eren Kuris, MD, returned to Providence, R.I.-Based University Orthopedics after he spent one year away completing a spine surgery fellowship.

Douglas Crowther, DO, joined San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center in Alamosa.

Theodore Wolfson, MD, joined Danbury-basedOrthoConnecticut.

Stephen Quinnan, MD, opened his practice at Paley Orthopedic & Spine Institute in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Monongahela Valley Hospital in Wickerham Manor-Fisher, Pa., appointed Ari Pressman, MD, vice president.

The Chicago Center for Orthopedics & Robotic-Assisted Surgery opened, with Henry Finn, MD, serving as medical director.

Livingston, N.J.-based Saint Barnabas Medical Center appointed Frank Liporace, MD, chair of its orthopedics department.

Bruce Cohen, MD, was named president of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society.

Niagara Falls (N.Y.) Memorial Medical Center appointed William Wind, MD, medical director of sports medicine services.

Stella Lee, MD, joined Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport, Mass.

Munster, Ind.-based Community Healthcare System added Michael Knesek, MD.

Tracy Ng, DO, joined Venice-based Gulf Coast Medical Group in Venice, Fla.

Thomas Florack, MD, was joined by his son Michael Florack, MD, at Green Bay, Wis.-based Prevea Health.

Teresa Cappello, MD, joined Shriners Hospitals for Children-Chicago.

Chattanooga, Tenn.-based Erlanger Orthopaedic Institute hired orthopedic oncologist Ryan Voskuil, MD.

Roseville, Calif.-based Adventist Health added Paul Charpentier, MD.

Clark Walker, MD, joined Georgia Bone & Joint, with locations in Newnan and Peachtree City.

Annette Billings, MD, Lacey Zack, MD, Robert Klenck, MD, and Sara Shirazi, DPM, opened Pasadena (Calif.) Orthopedics.

Darren Friedman, MD, joined New York City-based Gramercy Surgery Center as director of orthopedics.

Michael Zahn, MD, joined River Hospital in Alexandria Bay, N.Y.

Itai Gans, M.D. joined Philadelphia-based Premier Orthopaedics.

Detroit Medical Center hired Sonia Eden, MD, as chief of neurosurgery at DMC Harper University Hospital.

The Georgia Neurosurgical Society appointed John Cowan, MD, president.

Brian Hoh, MD, became president of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

Gelareh Zadeh, MD, PhD, became the first female neurosurgery chair in Canada, assuming the role of chair of neurosurgery at the University of Toronto.

Munster, Ind.-based Community Healthcare System onboarded Venkat Kavuri, MD.

Georgia Bone & Joint, with locations in Newnan and Peachtree City, hired David Love, MD.

Robert Heary, MD, was appointed medical director of Montclair, N.J.-based Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center's spine program.

New York City-based NewYork-Presbyterian Queens named John Park, MD, chief of neurological surgery.

Atlantis, Fla.-based JFK Medical Center appointed Raymond Golish, MD, PhD, CMO.

Auburn (N.Y.) Community Hospital welcomed Daryll Dykes, MD, PhD.

Fadi Sweiss, MD, joined the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Cuyuna Regional Medical Center - Crosby (Minn.) recruited James Stokman, MD, to begin a practice as the area's only spine surgeon.

David Prior, MD, joined Hartsville, S.C.-based Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center.

Livingston, N.J.-based Saint Barnabas Medical Center appointed Frank Liporace, MD, chair of its orthopedics department.

Kelly Esposito, MD, joined EmergeOrtho in Wilmington, N.C.

Cox Monett (Mo.) Hospital added David Volgas, MD, and Lindsey Bravin, MD.

Phoenix-based Sonoran Orthopaedics hired orthopedic traumatologist Paul Goodwyn, MD.

Fred Finney, Jr. MD, joined Peachtree Orthopedics in Atlanta.

DHR Health in Edinburg, Texas, onboarded Jose Carreras, MD.

Orthopedic oncologist Joel Sorger, MD, joined Cincinnati-based Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine.

Alexander Gaukhman, MD, joined BocaCare Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Boca Raton, Fla.

Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital in Gifford, Fla., welcomed Anas Saleh, MD.

Stella Lee, MD, joined Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport, Mass.

Munster, Ind.-based Community Healthcare System added Michael Knesek, MD.

Tracy Ng, DO, joined Gulf Coast Medical Group in Venice, Fla.

St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center in Ketchum, Idaho, welcomed Derek Ipsen, DO.

East Lansing, Mich.-based Sparrow Medical Group Orthopedics and Sports Medicine added Michael McDermott, MD, Gregory Uitvlugt, MD, and Jeffery Uitvlugt, DO.

Milford (Mass.) Regional Physician Group welcomed Geoffrey Stoker, MD, according to an email to Becker's Spine Review.

Eeric Truumees, MD, became president of NASS.

Michael Gomez, MD, was appointed director of minimally invasive spine surgery at South Miami Hospital, part of Baptist Health South Florida.

West Plains, Mo.-based Ozarks Medical Center onboarded Troy Caron, DO.

Atlanta-based Peachtree Orthopedics added Robert Owen, MD.

Adam Bruggeman, MD, was named CMO of MpowerHealth and will serve on the advisory board of the value-based care-focused company.

The National Spine Health Foundation named Todd Lanman, MD, to its medical and scientific advisory board.

Raj Nangunoori, MD, joined Mercy Hospital in Rogers, Ark.

Munster, Ind.-based Community Healthcare System hired Venkat Kavuri, MD.

NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital appointed R. Kumar Kadiyala, MD, PhD, chief of orthopedic surgery.

Nicholas Grimm, DO, joined Bethlehem, Pa.-based St. Luke's University Health Network.

Joel Buchalter, MD, was appointed director of joint replacement surgery at Northern Westchester Hospital's Orthopedic and Spine Institute in Mount Kisco, N.Y.

Christian Royer, MD, was appointed to a healthcare advisory committee formed by Texas state Rep. Jared Patterson, R-Texas.

Neel P. Shah, MD, joined Newport Beach, Calif.-based DISC Sports and Spine Center.

Ched Nwagwu, MD, joined Brain & Spine Surgeons of New York.

Armen Khachatryan, MD, was appointed to the board of directors of Dymicron.

Reginald Knight, MD, was appointed senior vice president, chief physician executive for Cooperstown, N.Y.-based Bassett Healthcare Network.

Idara Edem, MD, joined McLaren Flint (Mich.).

William Neway, MD, was hired at Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Broward Health Physician Group.

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford added Rob Hruska, MD.

The Orlin & Cohen Orthopedic Group in Merrick, N.Y., has added Brian Mercer, MD, to its spine surgical staff.

Spinal neurosurgeon Ziev Moses, MD, joined Milford (Mass.) Regional Medical Center.

Neurosurgeon Perry Shear, MD, moved from Orthopedic Specialty Group to Yale School of Medicine of Neurosurgery, both in Connecticut, according to a Yale spokesperson.

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