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Meet our current orthopedic surgery residents:

 

PGY-5 Chiefs

Vignesh Alamanda, MD

Hometown: Tampa, FL
Undergraduate: University of South Florida
Medical School: Vanderbilt University
Post-Graduation Plans: Adult Reconstruction, Hospital for Special Surgery. New York, NY
Best thing about Charlotte: Great park system and lakes nearby
Interests outside of the hospital: Playing tennis, spending time with family, Netflix binges

Bryan Bean, MD

Undergraduate: University of Washington
Medical School: University of California, Los Angeles
Post-Graduation Plans: Foot and Ankle Surgery, Medstar Union Memorial. Baltimore, MD
Best things about Charlotte: The diversity and constant inflow of new places to explore.
Interests outside of the hospital: Exploring Charlotte with my family, hanging out with friends.  


Thomas Bemenderfer, MD

Hometown: Mishawaka, IN
Undergraduate: University of Notre Dame
Medical School: MD and MBA from Indiana University
Post-Graduation Plans: Foot and Ankle Surgery, Grand Rapids
Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Fellowship Program. Grand Rapids, MI
Best things about Charlotte: Great microbreweries and warm weather
Interests outside of medicine: Hanging with my wife and dog, home improvement projects, volleyball, outdoor activities


Samuel Ford, MD

Hometown: Birmingham, AL
Undergraduate: Wake Forest University
Medical School: University of Alabama School of Medicine
Post-Graduation Plans: Foot and Ankle Surgery, Baylor University Medical Center. Dallas, TX
Best things about Charlotte: Outdoor brewery and dining options, and a growing food scene
Interests Outside of the Hospital: Hiking, water sports, skiing, college sports

Daniel Leas, MD

Daniel Leas, MD

Former CMC Research Fellow
Hometown: Columbia, South Carolina
Undergraduate: University of Georgia
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina
Post-Graduation Plans: Spine, Indiana Spine Group. Indianapolis,IN
Interests outside of medicine: Spending time with my wife and kids

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PGY-4

Aaron Brandt, MD

Aaron Brandt, MD

Hometown:  Wahoo, NE
Undergraduate:  University of Nebraska
Medical school:  New York University School of Medicine
Career interest: Pediatric Orthopaedics
Best thing about Charlotte:  Charlotte has a lot of the amenities of a larger city, but still has a strong community vibe
Interests outside of the hospital:  Games of all kinds (darts, cornhole, pool, etc), basketball, volleyball, football.  I could watch movies all day.

Scott Dart, MD

Scott Dart, MD

Hometown: Mt. Jackson, Va
Undergraduate school: James Madison University
Medical School: Virginia Tech Carillon School of Medicine
Career interest:  Sports
Best thing about Charlotte:  Charlotte has a great young vibe that is fed by its tremendous growth and employment opportunities.
Interests outside of the hospital:  With a wife and 2 kids at home, family is very important.  Spending time with family and friends at local breweries provides the break we need to relax.  We also enjoy quick trips to the North Carolina shore as much as possible.

Patrick Moody, MD

Patrick Moody, MD

Research Fellow
Hometown: Asheville, NC
Undergraduate: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Medical school: Georgetown University School of Medicine (MD), Georgetown University (MS)
Career interest: Arthroplasty
Best thing about Charlotte: The people!
Interests outside of the hospital: Basketball, music, hiking, camping, learning how to be a dad

Michael Ransone, MD

Michael Ransone, MD

Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Undergraduate: North Carolina State University 
Medical school: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Career interest: Hip & Knee Arthroplasty
Best things about Charlotte:  Charlotte is great for a number of reasons: 1) great weather with four distinct seasons, 2) it's a wonderful place to raise kids, 3) Charlotte is a big city with a 'small town' feel, and 4) the local professional sports teams provide exciting entertainment and a fun community of local fans.
Interests outside of the hospital: Spending time with my wife and two daughters, exercise, home improvement projects, deer hunting

John Ruder, MD

John Ruder, MD

Former CMC Research Fellow
Undergraduate: University of Florida
Medical School: University of Central Florida
Career interest: Sports Medicine
Best things about Charlotte: All of the new breweries, the White Water Center, my colleagues, and all of the wonderful outdoor events.
Interests outside of the hospital: Spending time with my family, wine tasting, outdoor concerts and activities, watching movies, traveling.

 

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PGY-3

 J. Stewart Buck, MD

J. Stewart Buck, MD

Former CMC Research Fellow
Hometown: Amherst, MA
Undergraduate school: Williams College, Williamstown, MA
Medical School: Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Career interests: Adult Reconstruction, Trauma, Shoulder/Elbow/Hand
Best things about Charlotte: Many of the perks of big city living, but way more affordable. Also, breweries!
Interests outside of medicine: Surfing, traveling, olympic weight lifting, tinkering with my car, playing sports, hanging outside with friends and family.

Michael Geary, MD

Michael Geary, MD

Hometown: Rochester, NY
Undergraduate school: Williams College, MA
Medical school: University of Rochester
Career interest: Hip and Knee Arthroplasty, Hand
Best thing about Charlotte: US National Whitewater Center
Interests outside of the hospital: Trail running, whitewater kayaking

Jacob Gorbaty, MD

Jacob Gorbaty, MD

Hometown: Tacoma, WA
Undergraduate: Knox College, Illinois
Medical School: University of Washington
Career interests: undecided
Best thing about Charlotte: Food
Interests outside of the hospital: Outdoor activities, food, sports

David Macknet, MD

David Macknet, MD

Hometown: Haddonfield, NJ
Undergraduate school: University of Pennsylvania
Medical school: Rutgers - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Career interest: Adult reconstructive surgery or foot and ankle
Best thing about Charlotte: all the outdoor activities and the beers
Interests outside of the hospital: Watching/playing all different sports. Exercise. Outdoor activities. Hanging with friends and family. Reading American history and American literature. Listening to classic rock.

Randall McKnight, MD

Randall McKnight, MD

Former CMC Research Fellow
Hometown: West Windsor, NJ
Undergraduate: Dartmouth College
Medical school: University of California, San Diego
Career interest: Undecided
Best thing about Charlotte: Live music and good food
Interests outside of the hospital: Basketball, ultimate frisbee, concerts, movies

Andrew Wohler, MD

Andrew Wohler, MD

Hometown: Ridgewood, NJ
Undergraduate school: Davidson College
Medical school: Wake Forest University
Career interests: Undecided
Interests outside of the hospital: Brewing, Camping, Hiking, Golf, Hunting

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PGY-2

 Kelsie Coe

Kelsie M. Coe, MD

Hometown: Kansas City, MO
Undergrad: University of Missouri
Med school: University of Missouri
Career interest: Excited to keep exploring orthopaedics and narrow it down
Best thing about Charlotte: It's big enough that there's plenty to do and lots of great restaurants but small enough that the cost of living and commute isn't bad. Interests outside the hospital: Kayaking at the white water center, walking the trails around Lake Wylie, and exploring all of the fun restaurants in Charlotte.

Katherine Li

Katherine K. Li, MD

Current CMC Research Fellow
Hometown: Houston, TX
Undergraduate school: The University of Texas at Austin
Medical school: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Career interest: Undecided
Best thing about Charlotte: The variety of food and the 5% less humidity than Houston during the summer.
Interests outside of the hospital: Running, traveling

Risa Reid

Risa Reid, MD

Hometown: Newport News, VA
Undergraduate school: Princeton University
Medical school: University of Virginia School of Medicine
Career interest: Undecided
Best thing about Charlotte: Diverse population with great people, good food scene, affordable place to live
Interests outside of the hospital: Dancing, watching movies, playing tennis, Broadway musicals, collecting records, and pro-football

Eric Secrist

Eric Secrist, MD

Hometown: Edmonds, Washington
Undergraduate school: University of Washington
Medical school: Thomas Jefferson University
Career interest: Undecided
Best thing about Charlotte:  Great place to raise kids, lots of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, and the people are friendly. It also has a lot of the things you’d expect to find in a big city like pro sports teams and fun restaurants without actually feeling like a big city
Interests outside of the hospital: Spending time with my wife and kid, playing/watching sports, outdoor activities

Brad Young

Brad Young, MD

Hometown: Auburn, Alabama
Undergraduate School: Auburn University
Medical School: University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine
Career Interest: Undecided
Best thing about Charlotte: My favorite thing about Charlotte is that it is a perfectly balanced city with unlimited activities and social life while remaining unbelievably clean, safe, and affordable.
Interests outside of the hospital: My wife and I couple's matched at CMC, so we enjoy spending time together outside of the hospital, exploring the numerous parks, trying local restaurants, and hanging out with friends at local breweries. I also enjoy training in the gym, fishing, traveling, and watching college football.

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PGY-1 Interns

 

Matthew Braswell, MD

Hometown: Wilmington, NC
Undergraduate school: UNC Chapel Hill
Medical school: UNC School of Medicine v Career interest: General Orthopaedic Surgery
Best thing about Charlotte: Being back with my entire extended family
Interests outside of the hospital: Family/friends, fishing, sports/exercise, music

 Samuel Cohen-Tanugi

Samuel Cohen-Tanugi, MD

Hometown: Paris, France
Undergraduate: Stanford University
Medical School: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Career interest: Hand, trauma, orthopaedic oncology.
Best thing about Charlotte: Charlotte is clearly a vibrant, growing city with an affordable real estate market, close to arguably the most beautiful part of the Appalachian Trail, and home to the White Water Center.
Interests outside of the hospital: Backpacking, rock climbing, ceramics, wood-working (and all crafts in general), mindfulness meditation, cooking (and eating), swing dancing, reading and writing, and most importantly, friends and family!

 

Nicholas Johnson, MD

Hometown: Oklahoma City, OK
Undergraduate school: University of Oklahoma
Medical school: University of Oklahoma
Career interest: Undecided
Best thing about Charlotte: It’s the perfect size and location. Plus, direct flights to almost anywhere.
Interests outside of the hospital: Spending time with my family and friends, hiking, exercising, and pick-up basketball.

 

Olivia Rice, MD

Hometown: Alexandria, MN
Undergraduate school: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Medical school: University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Career interest: My ‘gut response’ to this question is Trauma, but I’m extremely open minded at this point.
Best thing about Charlotte: It’s the perfect fusion of natural beauty, historical grandeur and state of the art, city glamour. There’s something here for everyone.
Interests outside of the hospital: I love listening to self-improvement audiobooks, golfing and exploring North Carolina.

 

Elaine Shing, MD

Hometown: Johns Creek, GA
Undergraduate school: Wake Forest University
Medical school: Wake Forest School of Medicine
Career interest: Hopefully sports, but keeping an open mind. Female-specific orthopedic problems.
Best thing about Charlotte: I’ve spent the last 11 years in Winston-Salem, so Charlotte is going to be my first chance to live in a big city with a wealth of opportunities. I love how cosmopolitan, progressive, clean, and safe it is despite being really affordable. There’s always something to, delicious restaurants to try, and new gyms to check out. 
Interests outside of the hospital: Crossfit, nutrition, meditation, yoga, traveling, watching really good historical fiction, spending time with my family, friends, and new husband!

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