Resident Life

We are proud of our hard-working, motivated and diverse group of residents. They come from a variety of backgrounds with the singular goal of becoming the best orthopaedic surgeons possible. Our residents take a tremendous amount of pride in maintaining a culture of excellence and support. They value hard work, dedication and a relaxed, team-oriented environment.

Resident Class of 2021

Left to right: Marie Morris, Washington University; Kevin Schafer, Rutgers-R.W.; Johnson, Adam Khan, UCLA-Geffen; Doug Nestorovski, University of PA; Jon Koscso, University of South Florida; Frank Aversano, University of PA; Erica Giles, Yale; Michelle Mo, Stony Brook University

Resident Class of 2022

Left to right: Ryan Hill, USC; John Clayton Clohisy, University of Missouri-Columbia; Mitchel Obey, Mayo; Peter Chang, University of SD; Scott Runyon, Weill Cornell; Daniel Bechtold, University of WA; Jordan Stivers, University of Oklahoma; Max Shlykov, University of Michigan

Resident Class of 2023

Left to right: Andrea Tian, Washington Univ; Tom Hong, Washington Univ; Kate Buesser, Yale; Paul Inclan, Wake Forest; Justin Hicks, Wake Forest; David Clever, Ohio State University; Chance Miller, Columbia; Nish Dwivedi, Boston University

Resident Class of 2024

Left to right: Elizabeth Graesser, Washington University,  Sarah Ballatori, Tufts University, Quante Singleton, Medical College of Georgia, Sally Jo, Washington University, Dwayne Carney, Howard University, Noel Palumbo, University of Florida, Mark Feger, Virginia Commonwealth University, Matt Booth, University of Florida.

Resident Class of 2025 

Left to right: Joseph Gibian, Vanderbilt University, Arakua Welbeck, Duke University, Richard Silverman, Washington University, Katherine Gerull, Washington University, Sean Cahill, Yale University, Andrew Kuhn, Vanderbilt University, Maria Schwabe, Washington University, Nichelle Enata, Meharry Medical College.

Featured Residents

Mitch Obey, Class of 2022
Medical School: Mayo Clinic

Why did you select Washington University for your training?
I chose Washington University because I believed the program provided the perfect balance between academics and hands-on training that I was seeking. Residents graduating from the program were not only exceptional surgeons, but are also very involved in scholarship and research that contributed cutting edge knowledge and advancements to the specialty of Orthopaedic Surgery.  

How would you describe your training so far? 
On day one I was immediately exposed to a very diverse level of orthopedic pathology in both pediatric and adult patients. Faculty and senior residents have provided guidance and teaching in combination with the appropriate level of independence in the operating room, clinic, and consults. Interns are given a significant amount of responsibility as part of each service. Residents also partake in a wide variety of overnight, weekend and call assignments that provide unique and extra learning opportunities to the overall experience. 

Everyone in the program in very approachable, and willing to help in a supportive environment. There is never a moment when I felt alone, or left to struggle through something. 

What is your favorite part about living in St. Louis?   
St. Louis provides endless opportunities to grow personally, professionally, and socially. There is something for everyone in St. Louis. Personally, I enjoy trying new restaurants and breweries, playing in sand volleyball leagues, and attending professional athletic events in my free-time.         


Kate Buesser, Class of 2023
Medical School: Yale

Why did you select Washington University for your training?

The decision to come to WashU for my training was, like any big life decision, multifactorial. First and foremost, I was drawn by the incredible education program. Five years is a very short time to learn the foundational knowledge and skills of our specialty. From a geographic standpoint, I had been born, raised, and educated in the northeast, and I felt that it would benefit me as a person to get out of my comfort bubble and come to a new region of our country. What helped solidify that decision was that I knew I would have a family waiting for me in St. Louis. From the top-down, this program places a value on family in a way that was unique among other programs I visited. 

How would you describe the culture of the residency program?
The culture is a balanced mix of hard work, high expectations of patient care, collegiality, and fun. We have the honor of working at a busy hospital (both on the elective and trauma side of orthopaedics) that has a rich history of orthopaedic advancement and training, and we collectively want to continue that tradition. I have enjoyed getting to know my co-residents over my intern year. The residency-wide events from the float-trip early in the year, to Lobsterfest (put on by the East Coaster's who miss that fresh seafood!), to our graduation dinner/after-party have been great opportunities to meet the family members of co-residents and faculty, creating the wonderful network that is WashU Orthopaedics. 

How would you describe your training so far?
Intern year comes on strong and fast, with the PGY1s taking primary trauma call and having OR opportunities right off the bat. There is so much to learn about the hospital system itself and the teams that you ultimately collaborate with during patient care, which is accomplished through our off-service rotations. As you work through the orthopaedic rotations, you start to realize the amount of knowledge that you must master in a few short years. Thankfully the educational resources are extensive at our program, whether that be access to the Yellow Journal, Orthobullets, and all the primary resources you could ask for. The support from our faculty, mid-level providers, senior residents, and administrators is absolutely tremendous, so you always have someone to turn to for help.

What is your favorite part about living in St. Louis?  
This city is fantastic for residency. The city is full of free activities (great for a resident budget), is small enough that if you find out about a concert last minute you can almost always still find a ticket (and find parking right outside!), and the craft brewery scene is extensive. The fact that rent is cheap doesn't hurt either! My favorite part is the small-town type community you feel here even though it is a city of over 300,000. Each neighborhood has its own identity and quirks that is expressed through food, beverage, shopping, and entertainment. I have a list of restaurants and activities that I am vowing to get through during my time here in St. Louis; whether or not I can get to them all is to be determined!

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