University Affiliation: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine at Auburn University
Institutions: Piedmont Midtown Medical Center – Level 2 Trauma Center and The Hughston Foundation
Length of Fellowship: 1 year
Available Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship Positions: 1
Begin Date 08/01 End Date 07/31
Stipend: $44,000 + benefits and malpractice insurance
Full-time Trauma Faculty: 2
Orthopaedic Trauma Procedures/Year: 720 Acetabular/Pelvic Cases/Year: 72
Femur Fractures/Year: 140
Brief Description of Program: The goal of the fellowship is to provide a comprehensive educational experience in orthopedic trauma. The fellow will refine his or her skills in the management of the orthopedic and polytrauma patient, including prioritizing treatment and rehabilitation. The fellow will develop surgical skills in the treatment of basic and complex fractures, acute trauma care, post traumatic reconstructions of malunions, nonunions, infections, pelvic and acetabular fractures, small wire techniques, and internal and external fixators used in reconstruction. The close proximity to Fort Benning US Army Base and Maneuver Center of Excellence, which includes the US Army Infantry and Armor Schools and home to over 70,000 soldiers and civilians, allows for unique opportunities to treat complex fractures and injuries sustained during specialized military training.
Faculty: The fellow will work directly with the Program Director, John C.P. Floyd, MD to learn advanced techniques in orthopedic trauma and pelvic and acetabular surgery, as well as secondary reconstructive procedures. Dr. Robert Harris and Dr. Fred Flandry are also mentors for the orthopaedic trauma fellowship. Dr. David Rehak and Dr. David MacDonald serve as hand surgeons on the trauma team. Dr. Ryan Geringer serves as sports medicine surgeon for the trauma coverage. Dr. James McGrory serves as a spine and total joint surgeon for the trauma coverage. Dr. Randall Ruark serves as total joint surgeon on the trauma team. Dr. David Antekeier serves as the pediatric orthopedic trauma surgeon on the trauma team.
Qualifications of Applicant: Applicant should have successfully completed an ACGME accredited orthopedic residency program before the academic year for which the application applies. The applicant should be board certified or board eligible and able to obtain medical licensure in the State of Georgia. Although, not a requirement, applicants having or obtaining medical licensure in the State of Alabama will have the added benefit of additional surgical experience with Fred Flandry, MD at Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital. The application process is conducted through the SF Match (www.sfmatch.org) residency and fellowship matching program.
Research Opportunities: The Hughston Clinic has an established clinical research team based at the Hughston Foundation, and the HOTS fellows are required to participate and complete at least one research project during their fellowship. The fellow may have the option of continuing work on a research project that was started by a previous fellow or design a new research project of their choice suitable for publication in a trauma/orthopedic peer reviewed journal. The results of this project will be presented by the fellow to the Hughston faculty and staff at the annual Hughston Fellows Research Presentations.Staff is available to assist with the writing of an IRB and statistical support.
Research Award: Raymond Long, MD presented his research “The Posterolateral Approach for Fixation of Posterior Malleolar Fractures” at the Orthopaedic Trauma Association’s national meeting held in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Dr. Long’s research video was selected as a top-three finalist from a host of submissions. To view the video, click here.
Call responsibility as primary staff: Call is with faculty.
Any away rotations from primary institution? No away rotations.
Subspecialty training offered:
- Pediatric Trauma: Mentored by Drs. Floyd and Harris
- Ilizarov/Post Traumatic Deformity: Mentored by Dr. Floyd
- Spine Trauma: Coordinated with Drs. Floyd and Harris
- Infection/Osteomyelitis: Mentored by Drs. Floyd and Harris
Meeting Opportunities: Fellow is expected to attend Orthopaedic Trauma Association, Southeastern Fracture Symposium, and/or other national meetings.
Jobs taken of past 3 years trauma fellows: Program began in 2015: first graduate accepted a position at Orthopedic Associates in Flower Mound, TX; second graduate accepted position with Hughston Trauma in Jacksonville, FL.; 3rd graduate accepted position with Hughston Trauma in Orlando, FL.
Licensing restrictions for International Surgeons: Must be able to obtain licensure in the State of Georgia
Accreditation Status: The Hughston Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship program is accredited through the Orthopaedic Trauma Association and leads to certification as an orthopedic trauma subspecialist.
Education Above the Rest
The comprehensive training we offer enables our healthcare professionals to give you the combined benefits of Hughston tradition and innovation.
Matthew E. Negem, DO, Class 2019-2020
Matthew E. Negem, DO, a board-eligible orthopedic surgeon, joined the Hughston Foundation in August 2019 as the 2019-2020 Hughston Trauma Fellow.
Dr. Negem received his Bachelor of Science degree in Vertebrate Zoology from Texas A&M University, in College Station, TX. While working toward his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, he also completed the Rural Osteopathic Medical Education Scholar (ROME) program. ROME consists of a 4-year medical school curriculum that prepares graduates for a rural practice and is in addition to the usual medical school program of study. After graduation, Dr. Negem finished his orthopedic residency at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine at Plainview Hospital Orthopaedic Surgery Program in Plainview, NY.
Before coming to Hughston, Dr. Negem served as a team physician for the Long Island Lizards and the Valley Stream, Northport Middle School football team. He is a member of AO Trauma, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and the American Osteopathic Association. He has presented his research during Grand Rounds and has prepared his findings for publication. Dr. Negem plans to continue his research endeavors at the Hughston Foundation during his fellowship.
Grant support for the class of 2019-20 has been received from the Center for Orthopaedic Trauma Advancement.
Quentin K. Tanko, MD, Class 2018-2019
Quentin K. Tanko, MD, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, joined the Hughston Foundation in August 2018 as the 2018-2019 Hughston Trauma Fellow. After pursuing a career in general orthopedics, Dr. Tanko is continuing his education and training through the Hughston Foundation’s Trauma Fellowship program.
Dr. Tanko received a double major Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Chemistry and Chemistry from Seattle University in Seattle, WA. He went on to earn a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences and his Medical Doctorate from Creighton University School of Medicine, in Omaha, NE. He finished his residency in orthopaedic surgery at Grand Rapids Medical Education and Research Center in Grand Rapids, MI.
After his residency, he worked with other orthopedic surgeons and in private practice, performing total joint replacements of the hip, knee, and shoulder (including reverse total shoulder arthroplasty), arthroscopy of knee and shoulder (including arthroscopic rotator cuff repair), fracture repair ranging from ankle to wrist (including periprosthetic and periarticular subtypes, carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel).
Johnathan Heath Thompson, DO, Class 2017-2018
Johnathan Heath Thompson, DO, a board-eligible orthopedic surgeon, joined the Hughston Foundation in October 2017 as the 2017-2018 Hughston Trauma Fellow. After pursuing a career in emergency medicine as a paramedic, Dr. Thompson went on to become a surgeon with the ultimate goal of becoming an orthopedic trauma surgeon.
Dr. Thompson received his certification in paramedic medicine from the Itawamba Community College in Fulton, MS. Then he continued his education, graduating from University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS, with a degree in biology. He went on to complete his medical degree at Lincoln Memorial University, DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, in Harrogate, TN. He finished his internship at Largo Medical Center in Largo, FL, and his residency in orthopaedic surgery at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, in Philadelphia, PA. After his internship, he worked with orthopedic surgeons in the trauma service at Johnson Medical Center, fulfilling his desire to treat traumatic-injured patients.
Since completing the fellowship this past fall, Dr. Thompson is now working with Hughston Trauma in our Central Florida clinic located in Sanford, FL.
For the Class of 2017-18 The Hughston Foundation acknowledges OMeGA Medical Grants Association and the support of DePuy Synthes and Zimmer Biomet for its generous Trauma Fellowship grant.