Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

2023 Albert B. Ferguson, Jr, MD Resident Research Day

After being held virtually for the past three years, the 2023 Albert B. Ferguson, Jr, MD Resident Research Day was held in-person on Wednesday, May 10th, 2023. 

Joseph Zuckerman, MD, from NYU Langone Health in New York, NY served as our 2023 Albert B. Ferguson, Jr, MD Visiting Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery.  Dr. Zuckerman is Walter A.L. Thompson Professor and Chair of Orthopedic Surgery at NYU Grossman School of Medicine and NYU Langone Health.  Dr. Zuckerman’s Grand Rounds presentation this morning was entitled “The Resilience of Orthopedic Surgeons.”

As the Ferguson Visiting Professor, Dr. Zuckerman also served as judge to select the best resident presentations in two categories.  We are pleased to announce this year’s resident winners are:

Best Junior Presentation:

Yunting Melissa Tang, MD
Effect of Lactate and Histone Lactylation on Nucleus Pulposus Cell Extracellular Matrix Homeostasis
Faculty Advisors: Nam Vo, PhD; Gwendolyn Sowa, MD, PhD; Dong Wang, MD, PhD

Best Senior Presentations:   

Richard Wawrose, MD 
Cervical Spine Fractures:  Who Really Needs CT Angiography?
Faculty Advisor: Jeremy Shaw, MD

Christopher Murawski, MD  
Optimizing Treatment Paradigms in Cartilage Repair of the Ankle:   An International Consensus Effort via a Modified Delphi Method
Faculty Advisor: MaCalus Hogan, MD, MBA

Alan Wilson, MD    
Real-Component Low-Friction Spacers for Two-Stage Exchange Show Decreased Bacterial Colonization Compared to Cement Molds and Static Spacers
Faculty Advisor: Michael O’Malley, MD

Congratulations to this year’s awardees!   The monetary awards are generously provided by Dr. Jack Smith, President of the Pitt Orthopaedic Alumni Association, and we would like to thank Dr. Smith and the Alumni Association for their continued support.

We sincerely thank Dr. Zuckerman for his very relevant and thought-provoking presentation and all those who attended and participated in this morning’s event.