Resident Graduation & Awards

Class of 2022 Graduation

The graduation ceremony for the class of 2022 will be hosted at Huntington Bank Stadium on Friday, June 24, 2022. 

Resident Awards

2021 graduation

Our residency program offers a number of distinct honors that may be earned during time in the clinic, on call, in the operating room, or while mentoring other students. The University of Minnesota Department of Orthopedic Surgery is proud to offer the Gustilo Award for Best Resident Effort as well as for Best Scientific Paper to graduating residents each year. Recipients of the award, sponsored by renowned surgeon Ramon Gustilo, MD, become members of the Gustilo Society. The Department of Orthopedic Surery also offers the Resident Teacher and Resident Role Model Award annually. These honors offer graduates a unique opportunity to distinguish themselves both within our program and once they enter the profession of orthopedic surgery. 

Gustilo Awards

Sponsored by Ramon Gustilo, MD, recipients become members of the Gustilo Society. Best Scientific Paper is awarded to a resident with the most compelling and impactful research paper. Best Resident Effort is awarded to a resident for comprehensive involvement in their research project. 

2021-Scott Allen, MD & Michael Chau, MD

2020-Celestine Shih, MD & Benjamin Williams, MD
2019-TJ Ridley, MD & Eric Rohman, MD
2018-Matthew Herring, MD & Michael Knudsen, MD
2017-Sara S. Van Nortwick, MD & Jessica S. Shin, MD
2016-Chad Myeroff, MD
2015-David C. Ou-Yang, MD & Kyle C Bohm, MD
2014-Der-Chen Tim Huang, MD & Chad J. Griffith, MD
2013-Anthony W. Anderson, MD & Ryan E. Bennett, MD
2012-C. David Hightower, MD & Brian P. Bjerke, MD
2011-Michael O Zlowodzki, MD & Patrick W. O'Donnell, MD
2010-Michael R. Johnson, MD & Jeffrey Macalena, MD
2009-William W. Cross II, MD & Steven Schechinger, MD
2008-Clifford C. Novak, MD 
2007-Todd E. Jackman, MD & Colleen M Linehan, MD
2006-Erik S. Stroemer, MD
2005-Thuan V. Ly, MD
2004-Neil R. Johnson, MD
2003-V. Franklin Sechriest II, MD
2002-Gerald M. Rieber, MD & David F. Labadie, MD
2001-Timothy J. Panek, MD & Dana J. Harms, MD
2000-Eric W. Nelson, MD
1999-Michael D. McDonald, MD
1998-G. Unni Narayanan, MD

Resident Role Model Award

Presented to a resident that exemplifies the qualities of a good role model by taking an active role in education of the junior residents while on call, in the clinic, in the operating room, or elsewhere. Sponsored by James House, MD.

2021-Scott Allen, MD
2020-Lauren Zurek, MD
2019-Robert Brenner, MD
2018-Matthew Herring, MD

Resident Teacher Award

Presented to a resident that actively taught and mentored medical students. Sponsored by Deb Bohn, MD.

2021-Jaren LaGreca, MD & Jeff Theismann, MD
2020-Michael Chau, MD
2019-Lauren Casnovsky, MD
2018-Michael Stojanovic, MD

UMN Graduate Medical Education - Resident Leadership Academy

2020/2021 - Shea Comadoll, MD
2019/2020 - Erik Fritz, MD
2018/2019 - Breana Siljander, MD
2017/2018 - Lauren Smith, MD
2016/2017 - Ben Williams, MD
2015/2016 - Ryan Hoel, MD
2014/2015 - Michael Knudsen, MD

AOA-OREF-Zimmer Resident Leadership Forum Recipients

2021 - Kelsey Wise, MD & Breana Siljander, MD
2020 - Michael Chau, MD
2019 - Eileen Eggenberger, MD
2018 - Geneva Tranchida, MD
2017 - Matthew Herring, MD
2016 - Jessica Shin, MD
2015 - Nicholas Beck, MD
2015 - Patrick Horrigan, MD & Kelsey Davidson, MD
2014 - Gregory Hildebrand, MD & Kyle Bohm, MD
2013 - Benjamin Coobs, MD
2012 - Jessica Downes, MD & Paul Cagle, MD
2011 - Brian Bjerke, MD
2010 - Brad Kuzel, MD
2009 - Walter Truong, MD
2008 - Patrick O'Donnell, MD & Willaim Cross, MD
2007 - Jason Caron, MD
2006 - Justin Esterberg, MD
2005 - Patricia Kallemeier, MD
2003 - Thuan Ly, MD