Fifth Year

2020 Residency Class

Fifth year residents
  • Eric S. Baranek, MD

    Future Plans: HSS Trauma Fellowship

    Medical School: Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons
    Undergraduate: Cornell University

    Why did you choose Columbia Orthopedics?

    I feel that my training as a Columbia Orthopaedics resident has thoroughly prepared me to make the transition not only to fellowship training, but if I had chosen to, directly into practice. What sets Columbia Orthopaedics apart is that commitment of the entire organization to its educational mission. The faculty are truly invested in resident education – from teaching surgical skills in the operating room to encouraging the development of critical decision making skills on rounds and in conferences. The mentorship and education is second to none. Columbia Orthopedics helped me get into my top ranked fellowship program and has given me the skill set I need to succeed in the next stages of my career.

    What is your favorite bone?

    Radius – one of the most fun to reduce in the ED

    What's the best place you have traveled since your residency started?

    Zürs, Austria

    Where are you from?

    West Babylon, NY

    Favorite restaurant in NYC?

    Brother Jimmy’s on all you can eat wings and beer night

    Favorite activity outside of work?

    Stand up paddle boarding

    Dream concert (even if band not together or alive)?

    Steel Panther

    Best Pandora station for the OR?

    Tom Petty Radio

    Favorite night float snack?

    Kettle jalapeno potato chips

    What is your spirit animal?

    Rhinoceros

  • Elizabeth R. Dennis, MD

    Future Plans: HSS Sports Medicine Fellowship

    Medical School: Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons
    Undergraduate: College of the Holy Cross

    Why did you choose Columbia Orthopedics?

    I chose Columbia Orthopedics because of our strong tradition of excellence and innovation, the outstanding mentorship and most importantly, the people who make up our Columbia family. We are taught by experts in the field to be great surgeons and even better human beings. Our mentors are invested in our success and prepare us to become future leaders on the national stage. Being a resident at Columbia has not only provided me with training in the necessary skills to become a proficient surgeon, but it has taught me by example how provide excellent care for the whole patient not just their musculoskeletal pathology. It has been a privilege to be part of what I believe to be the best residency in the country.

    What is your favorite bone?

    Ulna

    What's the best place you have traveled since your residency started?

    Seville, Spain

    Where are you from?

    Springfield, MA

    Favorite restaurant in NYC?

    Estela

    Favorite activity outside of work?

    Going to Cape Cod

    Dream concert (even if band not together or alive)?

    Miles Davis, or Bob Dylan in the 60s

    Best Pandora station for the OR?

    Joey's OG mix

    Favorite night float snack?

    Watermelon Sour Patch Kids

    What is your spirit animal?

    Humpback whale

  • Alex S. Ha, MD

    Future Plans: Spine Fellowship, Columbia & NYP Och Spine Hospital

    Medical School: Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
    Undergraduate: New York University

    What is your favorite bone?

    L5

    Why did you choose Columbia orthopedics?

    I chose Columbia Orthopedics because of the people. I made life long friends within the residency who I can trust and contact at any time for help and advice. My attending surgeons mentored me in all different aspects of orthopedics and made me a more complete resident and surgeon. Despite the long hours of residency, I am truly happy here because I feel like I am part of a big family that take care of each other. Now as a senior resident, I feel competent and comfortable in a variety of orthopedic procedures because my previous senior residents and attending surgeons trained me in the best way possible. I can say without a doubt that my time at Columbia Orthopedics continues to be a transformative experience in my life. I always feel fortunate that I am able to interact with such amazing groups of residents, attending surgeons and staff here who always have my back.

    What's the best place you have traveled since your residency started?

    Montreal, Canada

    Where are you from?

    Seoul, Korea

    Favorite restaurant in NYC?

    Wolfgang's Steakhouse

    Favorite activity outside of work?

    Soccer, squash, skiing

    Dream concert (even if band not together or alive)?

    Coachella

    Best Pandora station for the OR?

    EDM hits

    Favorite night float snack?

    Beef jerky

    What is your spirit animal?

    Hippopotamus

  • Eugene Jang, MD

    Future Plans: U Florida Musculoskeletal Oncology Fellowship

    Medical School: Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons
    Undergraduate: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Why did you choose Columbia Orthopedics?

    It's a family here. When I was applying to residencies, I asked every program, "tell me about a time that there was a lasting change in the residency program as a result of something the residents wanted," and most program directors responded to me with blank stares. At Columbia, the answers were fantastic, and it gave me a sense of how much everyone here is invested in your success, and cares about you as a person. My co-residents helped me to get two months on research when my son was born; Dr. Kadiyala helped my daughter get into our preschool of choice; and Drs. Levine, Jobin, and Tyler were instrumental to helping me match at my #1 choice for fellowship. We are so well-taken care of during our residency (and for the rest of our careers) because of Columbia Orthopedics. I could not imagine being anywhere else for residency!

    What is your favorite bone?

    Any with negative margins

    What's the best place you have traveled since your residency started?

    New Orleans

    Where are you from?

    Queens, NY

    Favorite restaurant in NYC?

    Quality Meats

    Favorite activity outside of work?

    Spending time with my wife and daughter. If neither available, playing hockey or volleyball.

    Dream concert (even if band not together or alive)?

    If Black Star and RAC decided to team up somehow

    Best Pandora station for the OR?

    Motown Sounds

    Favorite night float snack?

    Sugar-Free Red Bull

    What is your spirit animal?

    Bulldog

  • Julian J. Sonnenfeld, MD

    Future Plans: OrthoCarolina Sports Medicine Fellowship

    Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
    Undergraduate: Wesleyan University

    Why did you choose Columbia Orthopedics?

    The Columbia Orthopedic family represents hard work, respect and dedication. As a visiting medical student, I quickly realized that there was a sense of camaraderie here that was unmatched at other programs across the country. Faculty and residents alike motivate each other to be better surgeons every day, and this fosters a strong collegial environment. I chose Columbia Orthopedics because of the long-standing tradition that has developed over a century, and the mentors that would help guide me along my career path as an orthopedic surgeon.

    What is your favorite bone?

    Tibia

    What's the best place you have traveled since your residency started?

    Jamaica

    Where are you from?

    Matawan, NJ

    Favorite restaurant in NYC?

    Perry Street

    Favorite activity outside of work?

    Spending time with family and friends

    Dream concert (even if band not together or alive)?

    Hootie & The Blowfish

    Best Pandora station for the OR?

    38 Special

    Favorite night float snack?

    Jelly Belly Jellybeans

    What is your spirit animal?

    Dog

  • Evan P. Trupia, MD

    Future Plans: NYU Hand Fellowship

    Medical School: Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons
    Undergraduate: Loyola University

    Why did you choose Columbia Orthopedics?

    I chose Columbia Orthopedics because of the camaraderie among residents, world-renowned faculty, and the opportunity to improve clinical care through research.  At Columbia, I felt there was no ceiling to the level of training I would receive as a resident, educator, and surgeon.

    What is your favorite bone?

    5th metacarpal

    What's the best place you have traveled since your residency started?

    You guys got vacation?

    Where are you from?

    Ronkonkoma, NY

    Favorite restaurant in NYC?

    Quality Eats

    Favorite activity outside of work?

    Ceramic sculpture and wheel thrown pottery

    Dream concert (even if band not together or alive)?

    Fleet Foxes

    Best Pandora station for the OR?

    Tropical house

    Favorite night float snack?

    Sour patch kids

    What is your spirit animal?

    Rocksteady