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Sara L. Low, MD

Educational Chief/Co-Administrative Chief

Fellowship Match: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, Hand and Upper Extremity

Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA; International Medical University, Malaysia

Undergraduate: University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Hometown: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Sara was born and raised in Malaysia. She completed the first two years of medical school in Malaysia and the last two in Philadelphia. She has been awarded several grants and been involved in research involving DRUJ reconstruction and more recently angiogenesis. She made one of the best decisions of her life by choosing Einstein for its happy dysfunctional family dynamic, attendings who care and its operative experience. When Sara isn’t teaching junior residents how to operate, she is teaching them how to bump, set, and spike on the volleyball court, or she is bouldering at the rock-climbing gym.

Germanuel L. Landfair, MD, MS

Scheduling Chief/Co-Administrative Chief

Fellowship Match: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, Adult Reconstruction Fellowship

Medical School: University of Michigan School of Medicine, Ann Arbor, MI

Graduate School: University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI

Undergraduate: Washtenaw Community College/ University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Hometown: Saginaw, Michigan

Prior to college, Germanuel served 5 years as a United States Marine Corps Helicopter Airframes Mechanic, is a 3-time awarded expert marksman, and was honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant. During medical school, he was selected to attend the University of Michigan School of Public Health where he obtained a Masters of Science in Clinical Research. During graduate school, Germanuel studied and published on the negative effects of smoking on rotator cuff tear outcomes. He decided to pursue Orthopaedic training at Einstein because he is going to be 40 when he graduates from fellowship and wants to hit the ground running as a new attending. Germanuel feels Einstein provides him with the operative experience and educational environment to make that a reality. He also joined our crew because he felt the level of camaraderie at Einstein was the best he had seen since his time in the Marines. Germanuel enjoys spending time with his daughters, nights out on the town, traveling, and dancing.


Blake R. Turvey, MD

Medical School: University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC

Undergraduate: Villanova University, Villanova, PA

Hometown: Chapel Hill, NC

Blake attended Villanova University where he played soccer for a year and graduated with a major in Comprehensive Sciences and a minor in Spanish. He once attempted to count all the freckles on his body; he lost count after 3,212,846. There isn’t a long bone diaphyseal fracture he won’t nail, and he knew he’d have the opportunity to do that once he came to Einstein! He chose Einstein for its tight-knit crew, early hands-on experience in the OR, and the desire to be in an urban environment with a diverse patient population. Blake’s interests include working out, soccer, traveling, snowboarding and running. Blake is interested in pursuing a fellowship in Trauma and Joint Reconstruction.

Colin M. Whitaker, MD

Medical School: Drexel University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

Undergraduate: The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

Hometown: Doylestown, PA

Colin never complains. He takes on new challenges with a smile. He is the proud father of two children and married to a teacher. Colin played college Lacrosse where he suffered a devastating transverse process fracture in his sophomore year. He didn’t miss a single game due to his warrior spirit but he did have to sleep standing upright for 4 weeks. Pretty impressive. Colin is deciding between pursuing a fellowship in Spine or Adult Reconstruction.


Qingwu Kong, MD

Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine, Medford, MA

Undergraduate: Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Hometown: Shenyang, China

When Qingwu isn’t scrubbed in, you can find him on the pitch wearing black and white. He has been refereeing soccer matches since high school. He has been known to hand out red cards in the hospital to unruly medical students. Qingwu is interested in pursuing a fellowship in Adult Reconstruction.

Robert K. Merrill, MD

Medical School: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY

Undergraduate: Georgetown University, Washington, DC

Hometown: New York City, NY

Rob spent 11 years growing up in Japan and Singapore. He went on to attend Georgetown University where he majored in Biology, and was captain of the club boxing team. Rob did a research year in medical school where he focused on clinical and basic science research related to spine, and has expanded his research interests to trauma and foot and ankle since starting residency. He chose Einstein for the small, close-knit feel, operative autonomy, and well roundedness of the operative experience. He’s the proud owner of a Pitbull and loves burritos. Rob’s career interests include Spine, Trauma, and Foot & Ankle.

Ryan A. Hoffman, MD

Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

Undergraduate: Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA

Hometown: Bala Cynwyd, PA

Ryan attended Muhlenberg College where he was a member of the wrestling team and graduated with a major in Biology and minor in Religious Studies. He has spent time performing basic science, biomechanical, and clinical research in the orthopedic field, with continued focus in shoulder & elbow surgery. Ryan chose Einstein for the early operative experience, camaraderie amongst the residents and attendings, and the opportunity to be in Philadelphia WHEN the Eagles won the Super Bowl. He enjoys golf, food, Philly sports, and his bulldog Wallace. Ryan’s career interests include Shoulder & Elbow and Sports.


Lee A. Kripke, MD

Medical School: Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

Undergraduate: College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA

Hometown: Radnor, PA

Lee graduated from the College of William and Mary in beautiful Williamsburg, Virginia where he majored in Biology. It should be noted that he also aced a “Beginners Acting” class in college where his professor called him a young Marlon Brando. This has nothing to do with orthopedics but he is very proud of it. Lee came to Einstein because the operative experience and autonomy is unmatched compared to any other program in the country. His personal interests include working out and mini golf. Lee’s clinical interests include Spine and Sports.

Stephen A. Silva, MD

Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

Undergraduate: Drew University, Madison, NJ

Hometown: Warren, NJ

Stephen completed his undergraduate studies at Drew University where he majored in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He chose Einstein for its close-knit family, operative autonomy, and ability to produce consistently strong and well-rounded residents. Stephen enjoys working out, fixing stuff, and spending as many weekends at the beach as possible. His career interests include Adult Reconstruction and Sports.


John M. Ibrahim, MD

Medical School: University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco, CA

Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Hometown: Riverside, CA

John grew up in Southern California before moving to Philadelphia for college where he studied Neurobiology and Healthcare Management. He returned to California for medical school and pursued a research year between his 3rd and 4th years focused on spine and international orthopedic trauma where he spent time in Tanzania. He chose Einstein for its strong sense of community among the residents and attendings, early and high volume of operative experience, and strong legacy of success of Einstein alumni. He enjoys surfing, basketball, cooking, and photography.

Anthony S. Machi, MD

Medical School: West Virginia University School of Medicine, Morgantown, WV

Undergraduate: University of Delaware, Newark, DE

Hometown: Wexford, PA

Anthony was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA where he learned the importance of good pizza and putting french fries on sandwiches. He went to the University of Delaware where he majored in Exercise Science with a concentration in Biomechanics and Motor Control and continued on to WVU for medical school where he also conducted research in Prosthetic Joint Biofilm Infections. He chose Einstein for the awesome group of residents, high operative volume with a community hospital feel, and well-established success in producing great Orthopaedic Surgeons. When he isn’t in the hospital interning, Anthony likes to snowboard, golf, and work out.

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