PART II Faculty //

Mark d. Miller, MD

Course Director Dr. Mark D. Miller is the S. Ward Casscells Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Virginia and Team Physician for James Madison University. He is a distinguished graduate of the US Air Force Academy and the Uniformed Services University.  Dr. Miller, a retired Air Force Colonel, completed his orthopaedic residency at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center and a fellowship in Sports Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.  He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed papers and two dozen textbooks, including the “best-selling” Review of Orthopaedics, now in its 6th Edition.  Dr. Miller is the Deputy Editor for Sports Medicine for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and is the Founder and Director of the Orthopaedic Review Course that bears his name.  Dr. Miller is married and has four grown children.


STEPHEN THOMPSON, MD

Stephen Thompson, MD, MEd, FRCSC is the cooperating associate professor of sports medicine at the University of Maine and a sports medicine orthopaedic surgeon at Eastern Maine Medical Center.  He completed his bachelor’s degree in physiology and master’s degree in medical education at the University of Toronto.  He then traveled the world and ultimately graduated from Sydney Medical School with honors.  Dr. Thompson completed his residency in orthopaedics at the University of Maryland/R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Institute program.  He then completed his first sports medicine fellowship at the Fowler-Kennedy Sports Medicine Clinic in London, Ontario and then his second at the Oakville Sports Injury Clinic in Oakville, Ontario. Dr. Thompson is a recognized expert in sports medicine.  He is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the widely used and highly respected reference textbook DeLee and Drez’s Orthopaedic Sports Medicine.  Dr. Thompson has spent a significant time studying medical education and standardized testing.  He has applied this knowledge in his role as the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Miller’s Review of Orthopaedics, 6th edition as well as the 7th edition of Miller’s Review of Orthopaedics.  He has also written the Handbook of Splinting and Casting.  He is the co-founder and co-director of the Miller Review Course Part II:  Just In Case. Dr. Thompson’s clinical interests include shoulder instability and knee ligamentous injuries.  His research primarily focuses on anterior shoulder instability.


James Browne, MD

Dr. James Browne is an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Medical Director of the Orthopaedic Clinics at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.  He is a graduate of Washington and Lee University and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.  He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at Duke University Medical Center and a fellowship in adult reconstruction at the Mayo Clinic.  He is the author of several peer reviewed publications and book chapters on hip and knee arthroplasty and has been invited to speak nationally and internationally.  He is an active member of AAHKS and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Arthroplasty.  Dr. Browne is married with two children.


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TRUITT COOPER, MD

Dr. M. Truitt Cooper is an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.  There he serves as the foot and ankle fellowship director, as well as the Medical Director for Outpatient Orthopaedic services.   He is a team physician for James Madison University. He is active in the AAOS as well as the AOFAS, where he has served on the Post-graduate Education committee and the Physician Resource Committee.  He serves as a reviewer for Foot and Ankle International and is on the Editorial Board for Foot and Ankle Specialist. Dr. Cooper completed his undergraduate education at Washington and Lee University, followed by medical school at the University of Virginia.  He performed his orthopaedic surgery residency at The Ohio State University, followed by a fellowship in Foot and Ankle Reconstruction in Boise, Idaho, where he trained with Dr. Michael Coughlin. Dr. Cooper is married with 3 children. 


MARC DEHART, MD

Dr. Marc M. DeHart is a partner in private practice in the largest orthopaedic group in Austin, Texas – Texas Orthopedics Sports and Rehabilitation Associates.   He is an Assistant Clinical Professor for both the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation at the University of Texas Medical Branch and the Department of Surgery at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine Round Rock Campus.   Dr. DeHart received a Biology Degree from the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin.  He earned his Medical Degree from the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. DeHart completed his Orthopaedic Residency at the Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.  While on active duty with the United States Air Force, Dr. DeHart served as an F-16 Flight Surgeon for the 69th Tactical Fighter Squadron.  After completing a Fellowship in Adult Hip and Knee Reconstructive Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, he returned to San Antonio where, as a Clinical Assistant Professor of the Department of Orthopaedics at the Health Science Center in San Antonio, he instructed residents at both the Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center and the University of Texas Health Science Center.  Dr. DeHart serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Arthroplasty.  Dr. DeHart is married and has four grown children.


STEVEN L. HADDAD, MD

Dr. Steven L. Haddad is an Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, and the Division Head of Foot and Ankle Surgery in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at NorthShore University HealthCare. He serves on the board of directors for the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) as Vice President, has chaired multiple committees including the Education and Occupational Health Committees, and has served as program chair for the winter and summer meetings of the AOFAS. Dr. Haddad lends his expertise an assistant editor for the Surgical Strategies section of the journal Foot & Ankle International and is an Associate Editor for that same journal.  He serves as a reviewer for Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research (CORR) and the Journal of the AAOS. He is foot and ankle section editor for the Academy’s patient information Web site, OrthoInfo; serves as chair of the AAOS Foot and Ankle Program Subcommittee; and is a member of the Academy’s Continuing Medical Education Committee. For 2012, he is Chair of the combined AAOS/AOFAS International Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Meeting, and Co-Chair of the AAOS Total Ankle Arthroplasty Meeting.  He is editing the AAOS Total Ankle Arthroplasty Monograph, as well as the upcoming Foot and Ankle Clinics on Total Ankle Arthroplasty. After earning his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Dr. Haddad completed his orthopaedic surgical residency at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. He completed fellowship training in foot and ankle surgery at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore. He has been the recipient of a number of awards, including the James K. Stack Teaching Award from Northwestern University and The Roger Mann Award for an outstanding clinical research project to advance foot and ankle surgery in the United States. Dr. Haddad is married and has 3 children.


SANJ KAKAR, MD

Sanj Kakar, MD is Professor of Orthopaedics and Vice Chair of the Clinical Practice Committee within the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Clinical Practice Committee at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. A graduate of St. Bartholomew’s and The Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry, he received his surgical training at University College London, The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and The Royal Free, before completing his Orthopaedic Residency at Boston University, Boston. After receiving his Master’s in Business Administration from Babson College, he completed his Hand Surgery fellowship at Mayo Clinic. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. He is a specialist in disorders of the hand and wrist, in particular, arthroscopy, complex wrist reconstruction, trauma and tumors of the upper extremity. He is a surgeon scientist and is Principal Investigator for a molecular biology and tissue engineering research laboratory specializing in the creation of “neoligaments” for wrist reconstruction, studying the role of 4 dimensional CT scanning on wrist kinematics and conducting molecular studies on the pathogenesis and treatment of Dupuytren’s disease and biology of fracture repair. Dr Kakar has authored over 80 peer reviewed scientific papers, 25 book chapters and editor of 2 books pertaining to Orthopaedic Oncology in the Hand and Wrist. He is principal investigator on several translational research grants, received the Marshall Urist Young Investigator award from the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons, a member of the Emerging Leaders Program and a recipient of the North American Traveling Fellowship and American British Canadian Fellowship by the American Orthopaedic Association, an active member within the American Association of Hand Surgeons and was the Chairman of the Residents and Fellows meeting at the American Society of Surgery of The Hand in 2014.


Christopher J. Kleck, MD

Dr. Christopher J. Kleck is one of the newer members of five Orthopaedic Spine Surgeons in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Colorado.  He trained at the University of Arizona and completed a fellowship in 2013 at The University of Colorado in Spine and completed a Traveling Fellowship in Lyon, France, prior to joining the University of Colorado Spine Division.  He has an interest in education at every level and was a high school teacher prior to entering the field of medicine.  He currently serves as the Spine Fellowship Co-Director, the Associate Residency Program Director as well as the Assistant Director for Medical Student Education.  In his spine practice, he and others engage in continuous evaluation of adult spinal deformity patients and their outcomes.  This ranges from the non-operative treatment to pre/post-operative planning and outcomes measures.  The practice is currently involved in several studies looking at global alignment, pelvic parameters, and the spine itself as well as techniques to allow for more precise implementation of surgical plans.  Dr. Kleck is a member of the following professional organizations:  American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), North American Spine Society (NASS), Colorado Orthopaedic Society, Clinical Orthopedics Society, International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS), SICOT International, and Scoliosis Research Society (SRS).


EDWARD MCPHERSON, MD

Dr. Edward James McPherson is the Director of Orthopaedic Surgery at the L.A. Orthopaedic Institute in Los Angeles, California . He is board certified in orthopaedic surgery and specializes in total knee replacement surgery and total hip replacement surgery using the minimally invasive technique. He has published numerous articles on his specialty interests and has authored chapters on periprosthetic total knee infection and adult reconstruction in medical textbooks. He has also co-authored book chapters on hydroxyapatite coatings in orthopaedic surgery and cemented total knee replacement. Dr. McPherson is also very active in research.  He has served as either principal investigator or co-investigator in 19 studies, several of which are still in progress. Dr. McPherson is also a clinical investigator for the ceramic-on-ceramic acetabular system, which is an FDA investigational device. He has been an invited lecturer to national and international medical conferences and symposia, speaking on his specialty interests. He is also one of the designers of the Vanguard Knee System and the Medallion Revision Hip System. Dr. McPherson is a member of The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, The American College of Surgeons, The Musculoskeletal Infection Society, The Societe Internationale Chirgue and Orthopaedic Traumatologie (SICOT), The Charleston County Medical Society, and The Association of Military Surgeons of the United States.


Vikas Patel, MD

Dr. Vikas Patel serves as the Chief of Orthopaedic Spine Surgery at the University of Colorado.  Dr. Patel earned his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and worked as an engineer before earning both a Masters of Arts and Doctor of Medicine degrees at Washington University in St. Louis.  His orthopaedic spine surgery training took place at the University of California (San Francisco) and St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica.  Dr. Patel’s research interests include spinal non-fusion technologies, cervical and lumbar disc replacement, dynamic stabilization, alternative bone graft materials for fusion, minimally invasive surgical techniques, computer-assisted surgery, stem cell therapies, spinal biologics, spinal biomechanics, and the evaluation of pain.  Dr. Patel is a member of multiple professional organizations and has received numerous awards and recognition for his many contributions to Orthopaedic Spine research, clinical practice, and surgery.


THOMAS M. SCHALLER, MD

Dr. Thomas Schaller is the Medical Director of orthopaedic trauma services at Greenville Health System and Associate Professor for the Department of Orthopaedics at USC School of Medicine, Greenville. Dr. Schaller received his medical degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago and completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at Michigan State University/Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies. Following his residency, Dr. Schaller completed an orthopaedic trauma fellowship at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dr. Schaller’s career has been focused on resident education in conjunction with his clinical practice of orthopaedic trauma. He is a faculty member for AO Trauma and a recipient of the organization’s Howard Rosen Award. As an active member of both the AO and the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, Dr. Schaller has enjoyed teaching at many resident courses affiliated with these organizations over the last ten years. Dr. Schaller has been honored with awards for excellence in resident education at both MSU/KCMS and USC Greenville.


In Sok Yi, MD

Dr. In Sok Yi brings a wealth of knowledge and clinical expertise within the field of hand and upper extremity surgery to his patients.  Dr. Yi earned his medical degree with distinction from the University School of Medicine, completing his internship and residencies through the same system.  He then moved into a prestigious hand and upper extremity fellowship at the University of New Mexico and its affiliated hospitals.  He stayed at the University of New Mexico as an Assistant Professor in the department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Division of Hand Surgery from 1998-2000, eventually moving to Denver to join Hand Surgery Associates in 2000. He acts as both a Clinical Assistant Professor within the Orthopaedics Department of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and a preceptor to medical students from Rocky Vista University of Osteopathic Medicine.  He received his board certification through the America Board of Orthopaedic Surgery in 2000, completed his Certificate for Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand (CAQSH) in 2001, and completed his board recertification in hand surgery in 2009. Dr. Yi is on staff at many metro Denver hospitals and facilities, including Porter Adventist Hospital, Sky Ridge Medical Center, Littleton Adventist Hopsital, Rose Medical Center, the Medical Center of Aurora, Centennial Medical Center, and Parker Adventist Hospital.  He maintains an active presence within the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and the American Academy for Orthopaedic Surgeons.  His clinical skills, as well as his contributions to continuing medical education through ongoing lectures and publications on a national level, earned him the distinction of being named one of 5280 Magazine’s Top Doctors in 2007.