Departmental Research Day

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery hosts a yearly research day where Faculty and Chief Residents highlight their research through a podium presentation. The symposium portion of the day highlights Guest Speakers and Visiting Professors.

Postdoctoral research fellows/associates, undergraduate research students, medical/DPT/OTD or graduate research students, and residents/fellows can present posters for an award and monetary gift. Recipients are selected based on the overall evaluation of their research project.

View the 2023 Departmental Research Day Schedule

2023 Poster Award Recipients

“Ultracongruent polyethylene liner does not affect survival of total knee arthroplasty for moderate valgus deformity.” 
-Niall Cochrane, MD, PGY-4 Resident

“Does Medically Supervised Weight Loss Prior to Total Knee Arthroplasty Decrease Adverse Outcomes and Improve Patient-Reported Outcomes?”
-Albert Rechenmacher, BS, MD Student

“Uncovering role of CX3CR1+ cells in fracture healing and aging.”
-Koji Ishikawa, MD, PhD

“Co-expression of Matrix Metalloproteinases and Leukocyte Cytosolic Protein 1 is Integral for the Metastasis of Chondrosarcoma.”
-Alexandra Krez, BA, MD Student

“Full Weight-Bearing after Dual-Fixation of Clavicle Fracture Appears Safe and Effective: A Multi-Center Comparative Study.”
-Jack Twomey-Kozak, MD Student

 “Blood-induced Meniscus Catabolism: Investigating the Role of Iron and Anti-oxidant Therapeutics.”
-Kevin Betsch, BS

 “The Systematic Relationship between the Spleen and CD4+ Cells.”
-Hansel Heres

“Disparities in 90-day Emergency Department Returns Following Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery.”
-Tristan Chari, BA, MD Student


2023 Podium Award Recipients

“From Baseball To Bones: Bringing Predictive Analytics To Hip, Knee, and Shoulder Arthroplasty.”
-Daniel Goltz, MD, MBA

“The Effect of Early Saline Lavage on Synovial Fluid Composition During the Acute Phase of Human Intra-Articular Ankle Fracture.” 
-Keith Whitlock, MD

“Early Aseptic Reoperation Following Shoulder Arthroplasty Increases Risk of Subsequent Prosthetic Joint Infection.”
-John Wickman, MD, MBA


2023 29th Annual J. Leonard Goldner, MD Visiting Professor

William N. Levine, MD

Dr. William Levine is the Frank E. Stinchfield Professor and Chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Orthopedic Surgeon-in-Chief of NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. In addition, Dr. Levine is the Chief of the Shoulder Service, Co-Director of the Center for Shoulder, Elbow and Sports Medicine, and Fellowship Director for the Columbia Shoulder and elbow fellowship. He has served as Head Team Physician for Columbia University’s 31 Men’s and Women’s Varsity teams for 24 years. Dr. Levine has been named one of New York’s Best Doctors by New York magazine for the last eighteen years. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES), the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA), and the Herodicus Society. Dr. Levine has authored or co-authored over 275 peer-reviewed articles, 50 book chapters, and has edited 11 textbooks and monographs. He has served on the Board of Directors of the AOSSM, the Executive Committee for the AOA, and is a past Director of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is the past-President for the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons and the Editor-in-Chief Emeritus for the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS).

A native of North Dakota, Dr. Levine received a B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford University and his Doctor of Medicine from Case Western Reserve University. He was a resident in orthopaedic surgery at Tufts Medical Center and held fellowships at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in Shoulder and Elbow surgery and the University of Maryland in Sports Medicine.

He lives in New York with his wife and their two daughters.

The J. Leonard Goldner Visiting Professorship is sponsored by the Sequoia Foundation Family Endowment of J. Ollie Edmunds, Jr., MD. Doctor Edmunds completed orthopaedic surgery residency at Duke in 1975, followed by Hand and Microvascular Surgery at Duke under the supervision of J. Leonard Goldner, MD in 1976. Doctor Edmunds is Professor Emeritus at Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA.

Past J. Leonard Goldner Visiting Professors

  1. 1993 Clement B. Sledge, MD
  2. 1994 Roby C. Thompson, Jr., MD
  3. 1995 G. Paul DeRosa, MD
  4. 1996 Andrew J. Weiland, MD
  5. 1997 James H. Herndon, MD
  6. 1998 Lamar L. Fleming, MD
  7. 1999 Cecil H. Rorabeck, MD
  8. 2000 Stuart L. Weinstein, MD
  9. 2001 Kenneth E. DeHaven, MD
  10. 2002 Panayotis N. Soucacos, MD, FACS
  11. 2003 Richard H. Gelberman, MD
  12. 2004 James H. Beaty, MD
  13. 2005 John P. Kostuik, MD
  14. 2006 Peter J. Stern, MD
  15. 2007 Roger A. Mann, MD
  16. 2008 William J.F. Maloney, III, MD
  17. 2009 James R. Andrews, MD
  18. 2010 Robert B. Anderson, MD
  19. 2011 Evan L. Flatow, MD
  20. 2012 John J. Callaghan, MD
  21. 2013 Pau Golano Alvarez, MD
  22. 2014 Steven R. Garfin, MD
  23. 2015 Jay R. Lieberman, MD
  24. 2016 David G. Little, MBBS, FRACS, (ORTH), PhD
  25. 2017 Lori A. Karol, MD
  26. 2018 Mohit Bhandari, MD, PHD, FRCSC
  27. 2019 Leesa M. Galatz, MD
  28. 2022 Joshua J. Jacobs, MD


2020 & 2021 Cancelled due to Covid


Chief Emeritus of Duke Orthopaedic Surgery, 1967-1985

November 19, 1918 – December 20, 2005

A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Dr. J. Leonard Goldner received a B.A. degree from the University of Minnesota in 1939 and B.S. and MD degrees from the University of Nebraska in 1943.  He served as a medical officer in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific during World War II.

He received his orthopaedic residency training at Duke University from 1946 – 1950 and subsequently he joined the Duke Orthopaedic Surgery staff.  Dr. Goldner served as Chief of that Division from 1967 through 1984 and was awarded the distinguished James B. Duke Professorship in 1979.  He retired formally from surgery in 1988 but continued to teach and attend orthopaedic conferences and clinics until two months prior to his death.

Dr. Goldner had the unique distinction of serving as President of both the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society.  He was President of the American Orthopaedic Association, the Southern Medical Association and the North Carolina Orthopaedic Association.

In 1981, Dr. Goldner received the Distinguished Civilian Service Award by the Secretary of the Army and in 2004, he was awarded the American Orthopaedic Association-Smith & Nephew Distinguished Clinician Educator Award which “acknowledges hard work and dedication to the Orthopaedic Community.”

Dr. Goldner was a self-disciplinarian, dedicated teacher, tireless surgeon, respected leader and above all, a humanitarian.  He was unparalleled as a teacher and defined the Socratic Method and as a result all of those who trained under him became better teachers.  His attitude was confident, positive and optimistic and it carried over to all of his trainees.  As a mentor, his enthusiasm was infectious and he stimulated his trainees and faculty to higher accomplishments than they ever thought were possible. 

A magnificent giant has fallen and there will never be another one to match him, however whether family member, friend, colleague or student, his sound principles will carry us for decades to come.

2023 Rehabilitation Sciences Visiting Professor


Shawn C. Roll is an Associate Professor in the Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Southern California. He is both an occupational therapist and a registered musculoskeletal sonographer, and he has been named a fellow of both the American Occupational Therapy Association and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. He has received over $7M in research funding, has more than 70 peer-reviewed manuscripts, has spoken extensively to national and international audiences, and has been inducted into the American Occupational Therapy Foundation’s Academy of Research in 2021. His research aims to understand intersections among the built, social, and organizational environments with health and well-being as we engage in occupations, particularly within the workplace context. He has examined the implementation of integrative mind-body techniques and sonographic imaging to enhance the assessment, prevention, and treatment approaches in musculoskeletal rehabilitation. His current research is focused on supporting worker health, well-being, and flourishing within increasingly diverse and ever-expanding technology-enabled workplaces.

2023 Basic & Translational Research Visiting Professor

Maurizio Pacifici, PhD

Maurizio Pacifici, PhD, is Director of Orthopaedic Research at CHOP and has a special interest in creating new treatments for rare diseases, including hereditary multiple exostoses (HME), fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP), and heterotopic ossification (HO).