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We appreciate and welcome your interest in the Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
"Resident Education" is the guiding principle in the Department of Orthopedics at Einstein Medical Center. The dynamics of the educational goals and objectives for the residency program are directed towards the development of an exceptional physician. The program provides strong experience in adult and pediatric general orthopedics in addition to many subspecialty areas such as joint replacement and reconstructive surgery, arthroscopy, sports medicine, spine, orthopedic trauma, hand, elbow, shoulder, hip, knee, foot and ankle and neuromuscular disorders. The residents are offered invaluable education experience through their rotation schedule which provides them with the opportunity of spending the majority of their time one-on-one with an attending physician on his/her service.
Research is an integral part of the resident experience. A dedicated research rotation of two months is a requirement of the educational curriculum. Faculty and residents are active in clinical and basic science research projects. Basic Science research takes place at Einstein Medical Center in the Orthopedic Surgery Basic Science laboratory under the directorship of S. Praveen Samuel, D.Eng.
Einstein Medical Center residents are offered the breadth and depth of training available only at a major teaching medical center. As a Level 1 Regional Resource Trauma Center, the institution provides an exceptional opportunity to evaluate and treat major orthopedic trauma. Orthopedic residents gain additional residency training through our long-standing affiliations with several nationally and internationally renowned orthopedic and rehabilitation facilities.
Our fully accredited categorical five-year program accepts two residents per year. As individuals, the Einstein Medical Center resident is as diverse in race, gender, educational background and thought as can be found. They are valued members of the Department.
We feel that the greatest strength of the Orthopedic Surgery Program here at Einstein Medical Center is its RESIDENTS. We strive to make the resident experience at Einstein Medical Center an optimal, unique and challenging educational experience.
As an undergraduate, John A. Handal received a B.A. in Philosphy and Biology from New York University and received his Medical Doctorate from the Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1979 where he first became interested in the field of orthopedics. As an intern in general surgery at SUNY-Downstate in Brooklyn New York he applied for and was accepted for an orthopedic residency position at Einstein Medical Center. His mentors as a resident, Robert E. Liebenberg, MD and John T. Williams, Sr, MD still work with him today as nonoperative surgeons within the orthopedic department. While a resident, an interest in sports medicine was formed and upon completion of residency training in 1984, he accepted a fellowship position at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center/Penn State in Hershey Pennsylvania. Dr. Handal’s fellowship Director and mentor, Robert E. Greer, MD noted Dr. Handal’s burgeoning interest in orthopedic trauma and advised him to pursue further subspecialty training at the Maryland Institute of Emergency Medical Services and Systems and Grant Medical Center in Ohio in orthopedic traumatology. He has particular expertise in the correction of pelvic fractures and life-threatening traumatic injuries such as trauma to the spine and long bones.
Over the course of his medical career, Dr. Handal gravitated to the treatment of spine disorders and in 1998 returned to the site of his residency training, Einstein Medical Center, as Chairman, Residency Program Director and Director of the Spine Program in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Handal utilizes advanced surgical techniques such as minimally invasive surgery of the spine and specializes in patients with scoliosis, fractures, failed back surgery, deformity and cervical spine (neck) disorders. In addition, Dr. Handal is on staff at Fox Chase Cancer Center and sees patients with orthopaedic conditions related to oncology.
Dr. Handal is a member of the American Orthopedic Association (AOA). He is an active member in various local and national medical, orthopedic and spine societies. He is a frequent invited reviewer for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. Dr. Handal is an Oral Board examiner for the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. Having retired his title of Residency Program Director, Dr. Handal is currently Chairman and Director of the Spine Program for the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and a Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University.
Dr. Handal spearheaded the development of the Orthopedic Bioengineering Laboratory, a fully equipped basic science laboratory, located in the Korman Research Pavilion. Since its conception in 2006 and as a direct result of laboratory research the department has been awarded five grants, had multiple publications in peer-reviewed journals and numerous abstracts accepted at local and national meetings.
Dr. Handal’s current research interests include osteonecrosis of the hip, chemotherapeutic bone cements and stem cell therapies for bone fractures and cartilage repair. He studies the effect of statins to prevent osteonecrosis of the hip and has obtained some interesting results in rabbits. His most recent interest includes designing surgical instrumentation for use in spine surgery.
Gene W. Shaffer, MD, is Program Director for the Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program and specializes in foot and ankle and sports medicine. Dr. Shaffer treats common and complex foot and ankle problems, including arthritis, bunions, congenital disorders and diabetic foot problems as well as evaluation and treatment of patients with traumatic, occupational and athletic injuries. Dr. Shaffer provides sports medicine coverage for university and high school teams in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburban area. He is Board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons with added qualifications in Sports Medicine. He is an active member of the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society and Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons as well as various local and national medical, orthopedic and specialty organizations.
Dr. Shaffer received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, his orthopedic surgery residency training at Temple University Hospital and subspecialty fellowship training in foot and ankle surgery at Pennsylvania Hospital, all of which are Philadelphia programs.
Rosemarie Boehm, MD completed fellowship training in Primary Care Sports Medicine at UMDNJ/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, NJ and the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Dr. Boehm is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine with Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine and has 13 years of practice experience.
As part of the teaching faculty, Dr. Boehm participates in the resident daily reading conferences, faculty didactic conferences and the Orthopaedic Research progra
Sue Y. Lee, MD, is a local graduate of Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, and Temple University Hospital's orthopedic residency training program. Dr. Lee completed a hand surgery fellowship at the Philadelphia Hand Center, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Dr. Lee is Board Certified and a member of the teaching faculty of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Einstein Medical Center and holds specialized clinical and research experience in the surgical treatment of the hand and upper extremity conditions. Dr. Lee is a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons and various national and local orthopedic and medical societies.
Robert Liebenberg, MD has 27 years of orthopedic experience and is a member of the teaching faculty in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Liebenberg specializes in non-operative general orthopedics. A valued member of the teaching program, Dr. Liebenberg is part of the didactic teaching program and participates in the conference schedule. Dr. Liebenberg assists with the departmental research and curriculum program development and oversight. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Jefferson Medical College and is Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery.
Dr. Liebenberg received his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC and completed his residency training in orthopedic surgery at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia.
James S. Raphael, MD, is Associate Chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Director of the Hand Surgery Program at Einstein Medical Center. Dr. Raphael specializes in the treatment of chronic and traumatic conditions of the hand, wrist and elbow. He is regionally recognized for his proficiency in today’s most advanced orthopedic surgery procedures, including arthroscopy, microsurgery, replantation, free-tissue transfer, nerve surgery and reconstruction. Dr. Raphael treats conditions ranging from simple fractures to complex traumatic injuries, reconstructing joints, replanting limbs and repairing nerves and tendons. Dr. Raphael co-chairs the Research Program in the Department of Orthopedics at Einstein Medical Center and is active in a variety of research projects with the orthopedic residents. He has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed medical journals and is a member of numerous local and national hand, orthopedic and medical associations. Dr. Raphael is a Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopedics at Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University.
Dr. Raphael received his medical degree from the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse. Dr. Raphael completed orthopedic residency training at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, NY and a hand surgery fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia. He is board certified in orthopedic surgery with added qualifications in hand surgery.
In 2008, Minn H. Saing, MD graduated from the Einstein Medical Center Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program and was accepted for subspecialty training in sports medicine with the Atlanta Sports Medicine and Cartilage Reconstruction Fellowship under the direction of Scott D. Gillogly, MD. With his fellowship training now complete, Dr. Saing has returned to Einstein as an attending faculty member specializing in sports medicine. Dr. Saing is a graduate of Drexel University School of Medicine in Philadelphia.
Research Scientist, Solomon Praveen Samuel, D. Eng. is the Director of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery Bioengineering Laboratory located on the AEMC campus in the Korman Research Building. Dr. Samuel oversees all basic science projects and lab development. Dr. Samuel assists Dr. Handal and Dr. Raphael in oversight of clinical research and scholarly activities within the Department and works closely with the resident physicians and faculty, developing, designing and implementing basic science research projects. Since the laboratory’s conception in 2006 and as a direct result of laboratory research the department has been awarded five grants, had multiple publications in peer-reviewed journals and numerous abstracts accepted at local and national meetings.
Dr. Samuel has a Doctorate of Engineering in Applied Biomedical Engineering from Cleveland Clinic Foundation/Cleveland State University in Ohio and has two years of postdoctoral experience from Drexel University in Philadelphia in the area of dental composites.
Brett A. Sweitzer, MD is fellowship trained in sports medicine at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas and a recent addition to the teaching and surgical faculty at Einstein Medical Center Department of Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Sweitzer earned his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia and completed his residency training in orthopedic surgery at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Eric A. Williams, M.D. is an excellent educator and mentor to the Orthopaedic Surgery residents. Dr. Williams is Board certified and specializes in spine surgery, including minimally invasive surgery of the spine (MIS). Dr. Eric Williams is an active member of local and national medical, orthopedic, and specialty associations.
Dr. Williams graduated medical school and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He completed a one-year spine fellowship with Paul C. McAfee at the Scoliosis and Spine Center in Towson, Maryland, afterward joining his teacher and mentor from Temple, John Handal, MD, in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Einstein Medical Center.
John T. Williams, Sr, MD, is a graduate of Howard University College of Medicine, Washington, DC, and an alumni of the Einstein Medical Center Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program. He completed a fellowship in hand surgery at New York University. Dr. Williams is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons and is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. In addition to general orthopedics, he specializes in joint replacement and reconstruction. Dr. Williams has more than 40 years of experience in the field of orthopedics and is now non-operative. He works closely with the residents as a teaching faculty member at bi-monthly resident clinics.