First Year

2024 Residency Class

  • Jamie E. Confino, MD

    Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
    Undergraduate: Duke University

    Why did you choose Columbia orthopedics?

    The people of Columbia Orthopedics are incredible and what make this place so special! It was immediately apparent that the residents and faculty weren't just coworkers, but a family who really looked after each other and worked together as a great team. The mentors at Columbia can't be beat and will support you not just during residency, but throughout your whole career. The opportunities are endless here and will allow you to succeed no matter what your goals and aspirations are!

    What is your favorite bone?

    Tibia

    What's the best place you have traveled?

    Australia

    Where are you from?

    Long Island, NY

    Favorite restaurant in NYC?

    Gotham Bar & Grill

    Favorite activity outside of work?

    Skiing, soccer, running with my Shiba Inu!

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

    The Notorious B.I.G.

    Best Pandora station for the OR?

    Hip Hop BBQ

    Favorite night float snack?

    String Cheese

    What is your spirit animal?

    Mountain Goat

  • Josephine R. Coury, MD

    Medical School: Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
    Undergraduate: Dartmouth College

    Why did you choose Columbia orthopedics?

    When deciding on the perfect orthopaedic residency, I realized the most important factor to me was connecting and having commonality with my fellow residents and attendings. During my rotation at Columbia, I instantly felt like part of a team and family. In addition, mentorship is a huge part of this program, and I knew no matter what fellowship I chose, I would have a world-renowned mentor in all orthopaedic specialties. At the AAOS 2019 meeting I attended, everyone I spoke to knew at least 3 surgeons at Columbia. Furthermore, as a woman entering the field of orthopaedic surgery, I wanted to be a part of a program with a long-standing history of women and diversity. Last, I am dedicated to a career as an academic orthopaedic surgeon. At Columbia, there are endless opportunities for both clinical and basic science research. I am proud to start my career as an orthopaedic surgeon as part of the incredible Columbia family.

    What is your favorite bone?

    Femur

    What's the best place you have traveled?

    Hualien, Taiwan

    Where are you from?

    Olympia, Washington

    Favorite restaurant in NYC?

    Shuko and Empanada Mama

    Favorite activity outside of work?

    Brunch

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

    Nirvana and Elliott Smith

    Best Pandora station for the OR?

    80s New Wave

    Favorite night float snack?

    Any variety of popcorn and diet coke

    What is your spirit animal?

    Honey badger

  • Lynn Ann Forrester, MD

    Medical School: New York University School of Medicine
    Undergraduate: Brown University

    Why did you choose Columbia Orthopedics?
    I chose Columbia Orthopedics because within minutes of walking into the interview dinner, I felt completely at ease with the other residents. Then, on interview day, I was impressed by the residents’ insatiable intellectual curiosity and overall enthusiasm for their work. I knew right away that I wanted to be a part of the Columbia family.

    What is your favorite bone?
    Scapula

    What's the best place you have traveled?
    Porto, Portugal

    Where are you from?
    Pound Ridge, NY

    Favorite restaurant in NYC?
    Mighty Quinn's

    Favorite activity outside of work?
    Running, not killing my plants

    Dream concert (even if band not together or alive)?
    John Legend feat. Notorious RBG

    Best Pandora station for the OR?
    Francis and the Lights

    Favorite night float snack?
    Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and one dollar pizza

    What is your spirit animal?
    An otter - I like to sleep holding hands and hit things on other things

    Portrait of Dr. Lynn Ann Forrester
  • Justin E. Hellwinkel, MD

    Medical School: University of Colorado Boulder
    Undergraduate: University of Colorado School of Medicine

    Why did you choose Columbia orthopedics?

    The patients, surgical educators, and residents are the best around! There are endless opportunities to hone your surgical skills, engage in cutting-edge research, and share your knowledge by teaching others. Everybody is approachable and willing to push themselves and their colleagues to be the best possible. This begins with great leadership that sets a tone of excellence within the department and is something I am very proud to be a part of.

    What is your favorite bone?

    Fabella

    What's the best place you have traveled?

    Cabo Froward, Patagonia

    Where are you from?

    North Salem, NY

    Favorite restaurant in NYC?

    Ferrara’s Bakery

    Favorite activity outside of work?

    Riding my bike

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

    Trampled By Turtles at Red Rocks Amphitheater

    Best Pandora station for the OR?

    Hip Hop BBQ

    Favorite night float snack?

    Mint Chocolate Clif Bar

    What is your spirit animal?

    Moose

  • Daniel Y. Hong, MD

    Medical School: Washington University in St. Louis
    Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

    Why did you choose Columbia orthopedics?

    The people. From the first day of my away rotation, I knew Columbia Ortho was special. The residents were super friendly, making sure I was ready for the weekly conferences, switching places with me in the OR so I could better see, or even just texts to get coffee between cases. Attendings were always willing to teach and actually took the time to get to know me (and remembered my name at later conferences!) It goes without saying that every Columbia Ortho graduate is exceptionally ready for the next step, and I could not be more excited to learn here for the next 5 years!

    What is your favorite bone?

    Scaphoid

    What's the best place you have traveled?

    Barcelona/Tokyo

    Where are you from?

    Boston (go Pats!)

    Favorite restaurant in NYC?

    The halal cart on Fort Washington

    Favorite activity outside of work?

    Cooking so I can eat

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

    The cast from High School Musical

    Best Pandora station for the OR?

    Summer Hits of the 2000s

    Favorite night float snack?

    Coffee

    What is your spirit animal?

    Peacock

  • John D. Mueller, MD

    Medical School: Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
    Undergraduate: Notre Dame