Get to know our residents

Our residents are a diverse group that come from a variety of backgrounds and have unique experiences and interests. We look forward to getting to know you as well!  

Class of 2025

  • akram-faisal

    Faisal Akram, MD


    Hometown:
    Lahore, Pakistan and Chicago, IL
    Medical School: University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
     Aside from being in a great and fast-growing city, the orthopaedic surgery program at spectrum health rose to the top of my list during my one-month rotation as a visiting student from Chicago. Amongst the many things this program has to offer, the first thing I noticed were a program director and orthopaedic attendings who were passionate about their roles as educators. Second, the program offers a wide variety of operative experiences with many different attendings from diverse backgrounds, complimented by the high level 1 trauma volume seen on a regular basis. Lastly, the residents are beyond welcoming and friendly, making this program feel like home. 

    What do you like most about your program?
    The residents. Every resident is a direct reflection of the high quality of orthopaedic surgeon this program seeks to train. Every resident is similarly very involved in education and teaching back to years prior to. Lastly, there is a unique blend of supportive camaraderie that exists between all residents and evolving to friends. 

    Clinical interests: Although a significant majority of my exposure to orthopaedics has been in joints through a research fellowship at Rush in joint reconstruction, I’m keeping an open mind as I learn about the many other specialties within orthopaedics. 

    Living in West Michigan: Grand Rapids is a great city with all the perks of a big city with none of the draw backs. Whether you’re into craft beer or great food, there’s something for everyone. And if not, it’s centrally located so that it’s driving distance to many other places. Being from Chicago, I enjoy being able to take a quick three-hour drive home to visit family. 

    Hobbies: I enjoy hikes, running, traveling, sleeping and spending good old fashion time with family and friends. 

     

     
  • buuck-taylor

    Taylor Buuck, MD

    Hometown: Hillsboro, OR
    Medical School: Oregon Health & Science University

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I chose to train in Grand Rapids because I felt at home during my away rotation, despite coming from Oregon. There is a strong sense of pride amongst everyone in the program that shines through in everything that they do and shows in the quality of their work.

    What do you like most about your program?
    Of every program that I visited, this group of residents was far and away the most tight knit bunch. Everybody works their tail off to become the best they can be and picks each other up when they fall. I'm excited to be a part of that kind of team!

    Clinical Interests: I am undecided so far.

    Living in West Michigan: Grand Rapids has so much to explore, from running/biking trails, plenty of fun golf courses, and the lakeshore nearby to great restaurants and breweries.

    HobbiesI'm a big sports fan and still like to play when I can - looking forward to playing on the residency softball team this fall. In the meantime, I'm trying to improve my golf game, but the short game needs some extra work!

  • goodin-stephen

    Stephen Goodin, MD

    Hometown: Born in Greece, grew up in Hastings, NE.
    Medical School: University of Nebraska Medical Center

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    As a fourth year medical student I decided to rotate with the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program at Spectrum Health. I had a great learning experience during that time and thought it would be a great fit for my family and myself.

    What do you like most about your program?
    It is clear that teaching and education are a top priority to both the faculty and residents. There is a strong sense of community in this program as well as strong relationships and mutual respect that has been developed between faculty and residents. The relationships here also go beyond work, and I feel my wife and kids have just as strong of a support system as I do.

    Clinical Interests: I first learned about orthopedics through sports so I was initially most interested in Sports Medicine. However, as I have gained more knowledge and exposure to other areas I have found those to also be very interesting. Right now my focus is to learn as much as I can on each rotation so that I can provide great care to my patients and let any specific interests areas develop over time.

    Living in West Michigan: There is a lot to do around Grand Rapids and the surrounding area. There is no shortage of activities whether it's finding things to do with the kids, my wife or friends. We also have family that doesn't live too far away and it's nice that we can visit them.

    HobbiesOutside of activities with my wife or kids I like to do house projects (I'm a big DIY fan), work out, and listen to podcasts, and play video games.

  • kern-kent

    Kent Kern, MD

    Hometown: Toledo, OH
    Medical School: University of Toledo College of Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    In looking for a residency program there are an infinite number of categories that you can judge a program. I had determined that the most important qualities in a program to me were the relationships between residents as well as their relationships with faculty, the quality and devotion to education, and the city where the program was located. Spectrum Health hit the nail on the head for all 3 of my most important categories, which I later determined was very hard to do while on the interview trail. The residents I had the opportunity to spend time with truly enjoyed being together and were friends outside of the hospital. Wednesday morning grand rounds were extremely informative and well organized, and residents always seemed confident and competent while both dealing with patients and in the operating room. Lastly, I found that Grand Rapids would be an awesome city to live in with endless activities, beaches, parks, breweries and more.

    What do you like most about your program?
    I am most looking forward to the relationships that I'll form over the next 5 years while at the same time becoming the best orthopedic surgeon possible. This is the type of program that will give you all the opportunity in the world to reach your full potential and I'm looking forward to the chance take full advantage of that. The journey getting to residency is a long one but I couldn't be happier to be starting exactly where I am.

    Clinical Interests: I don't currently know exactly what my future clinical interests are, but I know that I will have plenty of exposure to all specialties over the next 5 years so that I can make the most informed decision possible.

    Living in West Michigan: Having lived here for a month while rotating and now being here for a little while I have loved all of the available outdoor activities like going on hikes, visiting state parks, and going to the beaches of Lake Michigan. There are so many local breweries and restaurants that its going to take me the entirety of residency to even make a dent, but so far I have loved the places I've been.

    HobbiesMy wife and I have two golden retrievers and love to be outside as much as possible. We go for walks, hikes and runs all over the West Michigan. As a former athlete I am a huge sports fan and still like to exercise and workout as much as possible. Over the past couple of years I have also dabbled in home brewing, and there is no better place to be than Grand Rapids to support that hobby.

  • pate-matthew

    Matthew Pate, MD 

    Hometown: Anchorage, AK
    Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine (MSU CHM)

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I chose Spectrum Health because I was looking for a program that would give me the experience needed to leave residency and go directly into practice if I desired, but would also prepare me to pursue a fellowship. I believe that Spectrum does a great job balancing academic rigor with maintaining a high operative volume, thus was exactly what I was looking for in a program.

    What do you like most about your program?
    My favorite thing about this program is the culture. The residents are a close knit group that support each other both in and out of the hospital. In addition to the resident comradery, the faculty are integral and deeply invested in the education of the residents, fostering an unparalleled operative experience.

    Clinical Interests: My clinical interests include reconstruction and oncology with research interests in patient reported outcomes and biomechanics.

    Living in West Michigan: I enjoy doing anything outdoors, and West Michigan provides endless opportunities for that. The location is also great; in three hours you can be lost in northern Michigan or be exploring downtown Chicago. Finally, the food, coffee, and craft beer scene can't be beat.

    HobbiesWhen not working, I enjoy spending time with my wife, son, and dog. My other hobbies include: hockey, golf, fishing, weight lifting, hiking, biking, and traveling.

Class of 2024

  • Albert-Andrew

    Andrew (Drew) Albert, MD 

    Hometown: Lansing, MI
    Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I chose Spectrum Health because the residents are genuine people, well-trained, focused on teaching, and just fun to be around. The residency leadership and program as a whole are focused on resident education and making sure you prioritize your own health, family, and work, in that order. I also wanted to be connected to Michigan State University. It is great to have the opportunity to mentor medical students and have access to Michigan State University’s resources.

    What do you like most about your program?
    The best thing about our program is the people. Both attendings and residents are focused on your education and making sure you have a great experience. On numerous occasions, a chief resident would come into the hospital in the middle of the night to walk me through my first reductions as an intern. Also, I’m consistently reminded how fortunate I am to call my co-residents friends. I know I could literally go to anyone in the residency for help, day or night.

    Clinical Interests: My clinical interests include all of orthopedics. My research is currently focused on total ankle arthroplasty outcomes as well as novel treatments of unicameral bone cysts at the Van Andel Institute.

    Living in West Michigan: My favorite part about living in West Michigan is being close to nature, the beach, and family. A perfect day for my wife and I include heading out to Lake Michigan, relaxing on the beach, and having a barbecue.

    Hobbies: My hobbies include playing violin and guitar, hiking with my wife and dog and traveling.

  • Krumm-Drew

    Drew Krumm, MD

    Hometown: Brighton, MI
    Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    Residency education is phenomenal. The faculty and residents are truly dedicated to teaching, especially early on for the junior residents. Dr. Roberts, our fearless leader, challenges all residents to maximize our potential and operative skills.

    What do you like most about your program?
    Graduated autonomy, both taking call and in the operating room. We have a variety of experiences at several hospitals in town that are conveniently close to one another.

    Clinical Interests: I enjoy all aspects of orthopedics, specifically the challenges and variety of orthopedic trauma. It is also exciting to see the dramatic improvement in function patients have after total joint replacements.

    Living in West Michigan: There are endless activities to do year-round in Grand Rapids. There are plenty of biking trails, dog parks, ski hills, and breweries that keep us busy. Lake Michigan is also close and is a great destination in the summer.

    HobbiesResidency intramurals, dog walks, playing golf, triathlons.

  • McKearney-Daniel

    Daniel McKearney, MD

    Hometown: Powell, Wyoming
    Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I wanted to do my residency in Grand Rapids to build the skills needed to eventually practice in a more rural area near my home state. We gain lots of experience through our level 1 trauma center and rotate through different hospitals and surgical centers for elective cases. I wanted to train through this "blue collar" trauma experience and still be involved with a high volume of elective surgeries.

    What do you like most about your program?
    The fraternal spirit between our residents has been my favorite part of living and working in Grand Rapids. We have a job that can be challenging and stressful at times. However, our senior residents have done an awesome job mentoring my class, and the time we spent together outside the hospital makes our time on the clock that much more enjoyable.

    Clinical Interests: At this point, I'm unsure what Orthopaedic subspecialty I'll pursue. However, I've enjoyed my time on the trauma service and I'm interested in practicing General Orthopaedics in a more rural area in the future.

    Living in West Michigan: I enjoy living in Grand Rapids because its a mid-sized midwestern city that's easy to travel through and it still has some amenities that come with living in a larger city (good restaurants, breweries, and entertainment). I also like having nearby opportunities to explore Michigan forests and the lakeshore.

    HobbiesIn my downtime, I like hiking, camping, and spending as much time outside as I can. I also enjoy listening to music, running/weight lifting, and learning how to golf.

     

  • Peterson-James

    J. Christian Peterson, MD


    Hometown:
    Ogden, Utah
    Medical School: Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

    Why did I choose Spectrum Health? 
    Orthopaedics at Spectrum offers a diverse operative experience, with opportunities in both academia and private partnerships. Every orthopaedic specialty is covered in Grand Rapids, offering peace of mind knowing I wouldn’t have to travel elsewhere and leave my family. And our program has the culture, leadership, and education to rival any top tier program. 

    What did you like most about your program? 
    When originally seeking an orthopaedic residency, I wanted a program that produced skilled surgeons READY to operate at 5 years, where the resident culture was one of comradery and togetherness, and was led by a program director whose number one priority was resident education. I have found each of these, and much more, here in Grand Rapids.

    Clinical interests: Everything orthopaedics; currently undecided but enjoying each rotation. Leading research in multi-ligamentous knee injuries. 

    Living in West Michigan: Grand Rapids and West Michigan in general offers a multitude of outdoor activities. Fishing, numerous beaches, biking trails, hiking, etc. Grand Rapids is easily accessible and very affordable to live in. Many residents own their own home and have historically done well on back end given the valued market. I live within 10-15 minutes of almost all the facilities we work at, affording me more time to spend with family, extra-curricular activities, or studying. 

    Hobbies: I spend time with my family, with my wife and two young kiddos. I enjoy sports, especially basketball. Prior to COVID, I organized a weekly basketball game with a consistent showing of med students, residents and attendings. 
     
  • Schmidt-Courtney

    Courtney Schmidt, MD

    Hometown: Lowell, MI
    Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I was initially very interested in Spectrum Health for geographic reasons. I wanted to be close to family and able to give back to my hometown through health care. I was able to rotate here as a medical student, which further cemented my desire to return to Spectrum Health for residency. Our clinical experience here is excellent. We work with faculty from a variety of practice settings and receive plenty of experience managing complex patients at our Level 1 trauma center. It's been an added bonus for me to get such great clinical training in a place I love.

    What do you like most about your program?
    As an intern, I've had a great first year here. We get a lot of orthopaedic exposure early on in our intern year, and our senior residents are very dedicated to teaching both didactics at our weekly conference and practical skills while on call. I also love the camaraderie among residents in our program. We all look out for each other and enjoy spending time together at work and outside of the hospital. We also have a variety of resident events throughout the year where the entire residency can get together, which is great for our new interns to get to know everyone.

    Clinical Interests: As I'm early on in training, I'm currently undecided as to what subspecialty to pursue within orthopaedics. I'm planning on keeping an open mind and learning as much as possible before making a decision.

    Living in West Michigan: As someone born and raised in West Michigan, I think this place is one of the best kept secrets in the country. West Michigan summers are absolutely amazing with an endless Lake Michigan shoreline and an infinite number of inland lakes available to explore. I'm also a big fan of fresh apple cider and doughnuts in the fall and all the snow we get in the winter.

    HobbiesI enjoy spending time with family, hiking with our dog, skiing, lifting weights, and settling down with a good book.

Class of 2023

  • Abeyewardene_Shehan

    Shehan Abeyewardene, MD

    Hometown: Edmond, Oklahoma
    Medical School: University of Oklahoma College of Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I chose Spectrum Health for residency because I loved the program and residents here during my away rotation as a medical student. The mentorship model is a great way to obtain graduated hands on experience in the OR and the resident camaraderie is second to none.

    What do you like most about your program?
    In our rotations, we have a set of attendings that we work with during that rotation who do a great job turning to the residents. In addition to those attendings, we have access to many attendings across the city who are all very welcoming to residents who want to work with them.

    Clinical Interests: My clinical interests include upper extremity surgery.

    Living in West Michigan: Grand Rapids is beer city, USA so there are tons of awesome breweries and restaurants in the city to try. In the summer the weather is perfect and there are lots of outdoorsy things to do in the area

    HobbiesSpending time with my wife and dog, trying new breweries and restaurants, enjoying a nice glass of bourbon, going to dog parks with fellow residents, traveling, and Netflix.

  • Biberstein_Bryce

    Bryce Chandler Biberstein, MD

    Hometown: Markle, IN
    Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    Although I did not rotate through the program as a medical student, I was very impressed by the skilled residents, high level of training, and faculty investment in the program when I came for my interview day. In particular, I believe our operative experience to be one of the best in the country, and there is never a shortage of cases or opportunities to learn from. I also appreciated the great camaraderie within the residency program between both residents and faculty alike - something that I wanted for my next five years of training.

    What do you like most about your program?
    Some of the best things about our residency include: strong residency camaraderie, great operative experience, and shared faculty/resident dedication to education.

    Clinical Interests: I am currently undecided regarding what fellowship I may want to pursue. However, I've enjoyed my rotations in trauma, sports, shoulder/elbow, pediatrics, and joints.

    Living in West Michigan: I particularly enjoy the West Michigan summers and ability to travel to Lake Michigan. My wife and I also enjoy exploring the variety of restaurants, breweries, parks, and trails throughout the city with friends and family. We are also grateful to live in a supportive neighborhood with very welcoming people.

    HobbiesI enjoy working out (weightlifting, running, & swimming), outdoor and lake activities, hiking, co-resident dog-walks, reading, playing & watching sports, and home-remodeling.

  • Gossett_Paull

    Paull Cameron Gossett, MD

    Hometown: LaGrange, IL
    Medical School: University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I chose Spectrum Health to complete my residency because of the people. When I rotated, the culture amongst the residents and attendings in town felt collegial and like a good place to learn.

    What do you like most about your program?
    It's hard to choose just one aspect of my program that I like best. I value the graduated autonomy and the passion that the town has for education

    Clinical Interests: I am interested in orthopedic trauma and reconstruction.

    Living in West Michigan: West Michigan is a great place to live- affordable cost of living, great outdoor opportunities in a beautiful area. It also has easy access to the UP and NW Michigan (both beautiful areas), the big town feel in a small city, and easy access to Detroit, Chicago, airports.

    HobbiesI like waterskiing, cross country skiing, cycling, target shooting, fishing, working in my garage, and (before the novel coronavirus pandemic) exploring local brew pubs

  • Kutzner_Andrew

    Andrew Kutzner, MD

    Hometown: Saint Joseph, MI
    Medical School: Loma Linda University

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I was very glad to land at Spectrum Health for my residency. I chose Spectrum health for two primary reasons: the existing residents were awesome, and this place has a great reputation for producing surgeons who know how to operate. The interview day was easily the most enjoyable, and it was very clear how much effort went into that weekend.

    What do you like most about your program?
    My co-residents, the faculty, and the leadership are the true strengths of this program. The operative experience in this program is second to none, but I really could not ask for a better class to have landed in.

    Clinical Interests: I have very much enjoyed my operative experience thus far. I have been most intrigued with my experience in shoulder/elbow, joint replacement, and hand surgery.

    Living in West Michigan: West Michigan has so much to offer. My favorite aspects of living in this region include unbeatable summers spent on the beach, lakes, or rivers. The winters really are beautiful, and winter sports are prevalent in this community. Grand Rapids is perfectly situated to allow quick access to the many great destinations in Northern Michigan.

    HobbiesMy hobbies include hiking with my dogs, biking, football, soccer, basketball, cross country skiing, snowboarding, canoeing, and wood working.

  • Pearce_Jordan

    Jordan Pearce, MD

    Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska
    Medical School: Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston Salem, NC

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    This residency offers broad and high quality orthopedic surgical training. The residents have a strong camaraderie and supportive culture. Grand Rapids, Michigan is a great place to live for my family and myself while training.

    What do you like most about your program?
    Orthopedic residency is a rigorous and challenging time but it has made a world of difference to have a group of residents and attendings that are supportive and trustful. People who you can learn from and still have fun with while going through training. The operative experience and training are top notch but it is the relationships here that really set our program apart.

    Clinical Interests: At this point I am highly interested in pursuing hand and upper extremity orthopedics but look forward to gaining broad exposure and training in general orthopedics.

    Living in West Michigan: It is a great place to live with a family. It is a fun city with lots of great restaurants, breweries, and year-round activities (including many great family friendly options). It is a very affordable place to live as a resident even with a small family.

    HobbiesWith two young kids I spend most of my free time with family. Growing up in Alaska I enjoy lot of outdoor activities including fishing, hunting, and flying. Taking full advantage of the Michigan winters enjoy playing hockey on our backyard ice rink.

Class of 2022

  • StephenCarvethMD

    Stephen Carveth, MD

    Hometown: Fresno, CA
    Medical School: Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    Spectrum Health provides great leadership and resources for training residents.

    What do you like most about your program?
    The culture of this program is hands down the best in the country. This culture stimulates growth both as a person and as a surgeon. There are no shortage of cases and it is very rare to ever do a case where you are not the primary assistant, thusly allowing for a great hands on learning experience. Our program director is a huge advocate for our training and makes sure we have the best tools to become successful, operatively competent Orthopedic surgeons.

    Clinical Interests: I will pursuing a career in Pediatric Orthopedics.

    Living in West Michigan: Grand Rapids provides all of the perks of living in a big city without living in a big city. There is a great downtown atmosphere with many things to do. Beautiful lakes, rivers, forests and state game areas are easily accessible.

    HobbiesI love spending time with my wife and our yellow lab, Nali. I enjoy fly-fishing, duck hunting, training my duck dog, working out, snowboarding, hiking/camping, and hanging out with friends. I love spending time with my co-residents (winning co-ed softball leagues, fire pit nights at the Rossi's, frequent large dog walks, early morning hunts, cross-country skiing trips, etc.)

  • EmilyComptonMD

    Emily Compton, MD

    Hometown: Saint Joseph, MI
    Medical School: Loma Linda University School of Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    Spectrum Health is a large, reputable healthcare system in West Michigan and is well-regarded by the community. They are very supportive of the residency program and actively work to maintain the balance of education, service, and lifestyle that our program enjoys.

    What do you like most about your program?
    This is a difficult question to answer, as there is far to much to say. Our program leadership, specifically Dr. Karl Roberts, MD (program director) and Becky Hoebeke (program coordinator) are huge advocates for the residents. They work tirelessly to make sure things run smoothly, that we are learning/operating, and that we are being treated well. It is well-known that we get fantastic operative experience throughout our residency, even during our intern year, and this makes our training enjoyable and productive. Our attendings are numerous and universally approachable and well-liked. Many of our attendings are graduates of our program and hold it in the highest regard. Our residents are carefully selected, as we value our current trend of witty, fun-loving, and hard-working individuals. We exhibit a shameless camaraderie which is hard to find anywhere else. We have every subspecialty (including pediatrics and orthopaedic oncology) right here in the city, so we do not have to do away rotations. We have a 10-week research block our 4th year and an elective block our 5th year, which allows us to spend time scrubbing in our area of interest. We have a weekly grand rounds, which are attending led followed by resident hour, which is resident led. Our consistently high scores on the OITE are reflective of the quality of our education here. Finally, the leadership and structure of our program limit "scut-work" and redundancy, protecting our valuable time and giving us the opportunity to enjoy our families, explore West Michigan, and live happy lives. I could not be happier with my choice of program.

    Clinical Interests: I will be pursuing a fellowship in Hand surgery. The patient population is enjoyable, the pathology and anatomy are fascinating, and the surgeries are downright fun. We have an excellent experience in Hand surgery here, with rotations during our intern, second and fourth years with a variety of skilled surgeons around town. They prioritize our learning in the operating room and turn cases readily, especially if one demonstrates good preparation.

    Living in West Michigan: I was born and raised in West Michigan and love it here. My family is still in the area and I enjoy spending time with them. We canoe, tube rivers, mountain bike, road bike, hang out at the beach, play beach volleyball, and ride horses during the summer. We hike and backpack during the spring and fall (Manistee and Pictured Rocks are highlights). We snowboard, play backyard ice hockey, and cross-country ski regularly during the winter months. The people are good-hearted and hard-working. The options for great food, drinks and culture in the city are endless, and people visit from out-of-state to explore the city's seemingly limitless breweries.

    HobbiesAbove I listed many of my hobbies. Additionally, my husband and I enjoy hunting, cooking and eating many of Michigan's edible mushrooms. I still pick up my fiddle every now and then. I would say we spend most of our free-time outdoors with our two beloved mutts.

  • MarciVasarisMD

    Marci Bartholomew, MD

    Hometown: Jackson, MI
    Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    The orthopaedic surgery residency program at Spectrum Health is outstanding in many ways. Our operative experience and case volumes are excellent, but there is still an emphasis on work life balance. There is also a great sense of camaraderie among residents. Location played a large roll for me as well. My whole family lives in Michigan, and I knew I wanted to train somewhere reasonably close to home if possible.

    What do you like most about your program?
    The faculty who are directly involved in our program place a high priority on education. As a resident, I never feel as if my education is an imposition or an after thought. I am viewed as a valuable member of the team and given responsibility accordingly. I am confident that my residency education will prepare with all the tools I need to succeed in orthopaedic surgery.

    Clinical Interests: I am pursuing a fellowship in sports medicine. I hope to ultimately return to Michigan and become involved in my community by caring for a variety of patients from recreational and competitive athletes to active older adults.

    Living in West Michigan: West Michigan has a lot to offer. There's no place on earth like Lake Michigan! We have many parks and recreation areas that are perfect for getting outside and enjoying nature. Grand Rapids also provides many opportunities for entertainment that a larger metropolitan city offers but with more of a small town feel.

    HobbiesI enjoy hiking and camping with my husband and my dog, soccer, taking trips to the beach, and spending time with family and friends.

  • ThomasWenzlickMD

    Thomas Wenzlick, MD

    Hometown: New Lothrop, MI
    Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    Three things in particular stood out to me about this program. 1. The weekly didactic schedule was faculty led with frequent visiting professors that are leaders in their fields. 2. The faculty is full of physicians that I see as mentors both in orthopaedic surgery and in life. 3. The residents are friends and colleagues that are always there to help when needed.

    What do you like most about your program?
    I like that our program has excellent teaching faculty from all subspecialties of orthopaedics and from multiple different practice styles (academic, private and a mixture of the two).

    Clinical Interests: I plan to pursue a fellowship in Total Joint Arthroplasty upon completion of my residency.

    Living in West Michigan: I enjoy being able to live in a big city while still being able to own a home with a yard within 10 minutes of the hospital. And to top it off there are beaches, national forests and division one college sports all within an hours drive.

    HobbiesIn the summer I try to take advantage of all the outdoor things Grand Rapids has to offer including trips to the beach, hiking, camping, and spending time grilling in the backyard. During the fall I spend most of my free weekends at Michigan State University football games, as my wife and I are season ticket holders. And whenever I can, I enjoy spending time around a fire with family and friends.

Class of 2021

  • DrewBurgessMD

    Stephen (Drew) Burgess, MD

    Hometown: South Charleston, WV
    Medical School: West Virginia University School of Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I was very impressed by the residents camaraderie, as well as their excellent knowledge, and all of the faculty whom I met during interviews were very engaged and had great relationships with the residents. During interviews there was much discussion about the great operative experience during residency here, and this has certainly proven true.

    What do you like most about your program?
    Our residency strongly values clinical education, getting residents involved in the operating room from day one. The structure of our residency allows for strong mentorship from numerous talented attendings, allowing us to progress quickly with operative and clinical skills. We also have a great group of residents that are really close knit both in and out of work.

    Clinical Interests: My primary interests in Orthopaedics are Adult Reconstruction and Trauma, and I also have an interest in Hip Preservation.

    Living in West Michigan: The friends that I have made in my time here, as well as the great access to beautiful lakes (both inland and Great), and numerous outdoor activities are a few of my favorite things about West Michigan.

    HobbiesMy main hobbies are downhill and cross country skiing, trail and road running, mountain biking, backpacking, camping, spending time on the water, and being outside with my wife Jill and dog Mabel.

  • CharlesCrellinMD

    Charles Crellin, MD

    Hometown: Billings, MT
    Medical School: University of North Dakota SMHS

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I chose Spectrum Health for my residency after I rotated here as a medical student. While here as a medical student the chief residents were all very competent surgeons able to handle a wide variety of cases with ease. They also had a significant amount of autonomy to continue to perfect their skills.

    What do you like most about your program?
    The aspects I like most about my residency is the relationship between residents and attendings. They treat us like their equal and value our opinions. They are also dedicated to the residency and truly enjoy teaching. We have a high volume of cases here. I obtained my case minimums by 3rd year.

    Clinical Interests: My clinical interests are in Adult reconstruction and will be continuing my education at Vanderbilt for fellowship.

    Living in West Michigan: The aspects of Grand Rapids and West Michigan that I like the most is that it is a big city with a small city feel. My commute each day is 2.5 miles to the furthest hospital and 1 mile to the closest hospital. It is also very easy to get out of town on the weekends to camp, fish, or enjoy a day on a lake.

    HobbiesMy hobbies outside of residency are most outdoor activities with my wife including waterskiing, fishing, hiking and walking my dog.

  • StevenLewisMD

    Steven Lewis, MD

    Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
    Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I chose the Spectrum Health/Michigan State University orthopaedic surgery residency for many reasons. As a medical student, observing the bonds and friendships amongst the residents and faculty made this program incredibly desirable. Residency is a very long and large portion of your life and working with people you connect with and care about was paramount for me. I did not see remotely the same connections amongst residents and faculty at other programs. The educational opportunities in this program are second to none. Also, the camaraderie among the residents of not just Orthopaedic Surgery, but all subspecialties was very appealing. As difficult as it can be to choose a residency program, choosing Spectrum Health was one of the easier decisions of my life.

    What do you like most about your program?
    Over the past four years, I have loved the bonds and friendships I have forged between not only the residents, but also the faculty. The passion for education of the faculty year after year is something to aspire to. The commitment of everyone in the program to train surgeons with unwavering surgical indications and patient centered care is probably the most revering aspect of this program.

    Clinical Interests: I will be pursuing a fellowship in 2021 to become sub-specialty trained in shoulder and elbow surgery.

    Living in West Michigan: I have lived in West Michigan my entire life and the summers are impossible to beat. The cultural and culinary expansion has been wonderful to enjoy over the past 5 years.

    HobbiesI enjoy golf, fishing, softball.

  • OmarYaldoMD

    Omar Yaldo, MD

    Hometown: Bloomfield Hills, MI
    Medical School: Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I chose this residency because of the high level and all encompassing orthopaedic surgical training. We have excellent training in every subspecialty as well as a level 1 trauma center as a part of our training. We have the honor of working with private practice and hospital employed surgeons and are able to have a diversity of experiences because of this. We also have great relationships with our attendings; this enables mentorships for senior years in residency as well as more autonomy in the operating room for residents to fully master their expertise.

    Clinical Interests: My clinical interests are foot and ankle surgery.

    Living in West Michigan: I enjoy exploring the different restaurants and breweries, the different parks, and being close to Detroit for the convenience of going home and visiting family.

    HobbiesGolfing, weight lifting, fishing, craft beers, intramural softball, and watching sports.