Our residency program in orthopaedic surgery at University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) offers seven positions each year.  We rotate at five major institutions in the Chicago area and work with a large number of orthopaedic surgeons in all orthopaedic sub-specialties.  Two of these institutions are level one trauma centers, one is the academic hospital here at the University of Illinois, and one is an Orthopedic only community hospital. An additional fifth educational site for our residency program is the Shriner's Children's Hospital where our third and fourth year residents receive some of their specialized pediatric instruction. By working in a variety of different settings residents develop flexibility and the ability to function efficiently in a variety of hospital systems and to care for a diverse patient population.

      To supplement our residents’ vast surgical and clinical experience, we maintain a rich didactic program.  Weekly conferences cover all topics in orthopaedics and include both resident and faculty lectures as well as many guest lecturers.  Focus is placed on basic science, clinical, and current trends in orthopaedics, as well as the knowledge domains covered in the yearly orthopaedic in-training exam.

     In addition to our educational experience, our residents are able to enjoy the great city of Chicago.  Chicago offers everything from classic sporting venues (e.g. Wrigley Field, Soldier Field, and the United Center) to various festivals, street fairs, theatrical performances, culture events and an array of museums.  Most of our residents live within the many neighborhoods throughout the city as well as the surrounding suburbs.



Alfonso Mejia, MD MPH

Program Director

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

University of Illinois at Chicago 

News and Updates

Fellowship Match 2020!

Congratulations to the class of 2021 (and one member from the class of 2020) on their fellowship match!


Class of 2021

Aimee Bobko

Shoulder & Elbow

Hospital for Special Surgery

New York, NY


Ally D'Agostini


Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite Hospital

Atlanta, GA


Grant Buchanan


MetroHealth Medical Center

Cleveland, OH


David Fralinger


TJU/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children

Wilmington, DE


Erdan Kayupov

Joint Reconstruction

University of California San Francisco

San Francisco, CA


Hristo Piponov

Joint Reconstruction

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, TX


Garrett Schwarzman

Sports Medicine

Andrews Research and Education Foundation

Gulf Breeze, FL


Class of 2020

Samantha Tayne

Sports Medicine (2021)

Duke University

Durham NC


Pediatrics (2020)

Phoenix Children's Hospital

Phoenix, AZ

Welcome to the Class of 2025!

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