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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.
James S. Raphael MD is Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Director of the Hand Surgery Program at Albert Einstein Medical Center and a Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopaedics at Jefferson University School of Medicine. A graduate of New York University, Dr. Raphael received his medical degree at SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse and completed orthopaedic residency training at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. His fellowship training in hand surgery took place at the Philadelphia Hand Center of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.
Board certified in orthopaedic surgery with added qualifications in hand surgery, Dr. Raphael specializes in the treatment of chronic and traumatic conditions of the hand, wrist elbow and shoulder. He is regionally recognized for his proficiency in today’s most advanced orthopaedic surgery procedures, including arthroscopy, microsurgery, replantation, free-tissue transfer, nerve surgery and reconstruction and was recently recognized as a Top Doc in America and has been a Top Doc in Philadelphia for three consecutive years.
Research is a significant focus of the residency program and Dr. Raphael. As such, he works closely with the orthopaedic residents and Dr. Samuel Praveen, orthopaedic research scientist, on a variety of basic science and clinical research projects. The department recently received grant funds to develop and implement a microvascular surgery training program and lab on site at Albert Einstein Medical Center. Dr. Raphael was the co-investigator on this grant. He has had numerous published articles in peer-reviewed medical journal and abstracts selected for presentation at local, regional and national meetings and is frequently invited to serve as a surgical technique training instructor at skills sessions held throughout the country.
Dr. Raphael is a member of numerous local, regional and national hand, orthopedic and medical associations, including the AOA and ASSH, and serves as a manuscript reviewer for Hand.
An excellent educator and integral part of the teaching staff, Gene W. Shaffer, MD, is Program Director for the Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program for the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Einstein Medical Center and oversees all aspects of the Orthopedic Surgery Program. Dr. Shaffer 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.
John A. Handal received a B.A. in Philosophy and Biology from New York University and received his Medical Doctorate from the Medical College of Pennsylvania. 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 Albert Einstein Medical Center. Upon completion of residency training he accepted a fellowship position at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center/Penn State in Hershey Pennsylvania in sports medicine followed by additional subspecialty training in orthopedic traumatology at the Maryland Institute of Emergency Medical Services and Systems and Grant Medical Center in Ohio.
Over the course of his medical career, Dr. Handal gravitated to the treatment of spine disorders and in 1998 returned to Albert Einstein Medical Center as Chairman and Director of the Spine Program. In June 2014, after 15 years, he elected to step down as Chair and concentrate on his clinical practice. In the past five years, Dr. Handal’s practice has expanded to orthopaedic oncology as well as spine.
Dr. Handal utilizes advanced surgical techniques such as minimally invasive surgery of the spine and specializes in patients with scoliosis, spine fractures, failed back surgery, deformity and cervical spine (neck) disorders. He has particular expertise in the correction of pelvic fractures and life-threatening traumatic injuries such as trauma to the spine and long bones. He has been recognized as a Top Doc in Philadelphia Magazine for the past five years.
He is an active member in various local and national medical, orthopedic and spine societies including the American Orthopedic Association (AOA). Dr. Handal is an Oral Board examiner for the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University.
Recruitment of a full-time research scientist and development of the Orthopedic Bioengineering Laboratory, a fully equipped basic science laboratory, located in the Korman Research Pavilion at Albert Einstein Medical Center was under the leadership and direction of Dr. Handal. Since its conception and as a direct result of laboratory research the department has been awarded numerous grants, had multiple peer-reviewed journal publications and abstracts accepted at local and national meetings.
Dr. Balasubramanian is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon distinguished by his experience, outcomes and patient care. His expertise includes more than 30 years of research on osteoarthritic knees, total knee and total hip arthroplasties, as well as more recent studies of muscle tissue.
Prior to joining Einstein Healthcare Network, he was for ten years Chief of the Temple University Hospital Joint Replacement Program, Chief of Robotic Orthopedic Surgery, and an Associate Professor in the Temple University School of Medicine Department of Orthopedics.
He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society and the Philadelphia Orthopaedic Society. Dr. Balasubramanian earned his medical degree and completed a rotating internship in 1975 at Stanley Medical College, Madras, India. After a residency at India's Government Royapettah Hospital, he was a general surgical resident and then an orthopedic resident at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA. In 1983 he completed a fellowship at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York, NY, before returning to Einstein, where he treated patients until 1996
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.
Julius K. Oni, MD is fellowship trained in Adult Reconstructive Surgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago Illinois and a full time member of the teaching and surgical faculty at Einstein Medical Center Department of Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Oni earned his medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington DC and completed his residency training in orthopedic surgery at New York University-Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York.
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.
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.