Fourth Year

2021 Residency Class

Fourth Year Residents
  • Rami G. Alrabaa, MD

    Medical School: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
    Undergraduate: Ramapo College of New Jersey

    Why did you choose Columbia Orthopedics?

    I was fortunate enough to rotate as a visiting medical student at Columbia Orthopedics and that was the best decision for my future career at the time. After spending a few days interacting with faculty, staff, and residents, I knew this was the place I wanted to call home for residency and was lucky enough to do so. This is the most well rounded program and has unparalleled mentorship and support. What is most striking is that Columbia Orthopedics is in the biggest city in the world yet has a small family feel to it. I feel very blessed to be training at one of the best orthopedic programs in the world where I have met lifelong friends and mentors.

    What is your favorite bone?

    Love them all!

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

    Chicago

    Where are you from?

    Syria (until age 10)

    Favorite restaurant in NYC?

    Hard to pick one favorite, I love middle-eastern food, but I also like BBQ, burgers, mexican, and indian, basically anything but a salad!

    Favorite activity outside of work?

    Gym, basketball, PING PONG!

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

    Deadmau5, Steve Aoki, Oliver Heldens combo.

    Best Pandora station for the OR?

    Electro, house

    Favorite night float snack?

    TBD, but probably chocolate covered coffee beans

    What is your spirit animal?

    Lion

  • Carl L. Herndon, MD

    Medical School: University of Florida College of Medicine
    Undergraduate: Northwestern University

    Why did you choose Columbia Orthopedics?

    I chose Columbia Orthopedics after spending a month here as a Sub-I during medical school. The thing that set it apart then, and what continues to set it apart now is the people and the relationships here.  I genuinely believe that I have the best co-residents and attendings in the country.  The camaraderie and mentorship are phenomenal, and in turn, the opportunities to use those relationships to further both my personal and professional life is excellent.  It also makes coming to work every day enjoyable and fulfilling.

    What is your favorite bone?

    Femur

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

    Asheville, NC

    Where are you from?

    Wilmette, IL

    Favorite restaurant in NYC?

    Indian Road Cafe

    Favorite activity outside of work?

    Hiking/running

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

    John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman

    Best Pandora station for the OR?

    Florida Georgia Line

    Favorite night float snack?

    Dried Mango

    What is your spirit animal?

    Barn Owl!

     

  • Ajay S. Padaki, MD

    Medical School: Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons
    Undergraduate: Pennsylvania State University

    Why did you choose Columbia Orthopedics?

    I chose Columbia Orthopaedics due to the unrivaled opportunity to spend five more years in New York City in a program that exemplifies family culture.  The robust mentorship, research acumen, and graduated operative autonomy all provide the training to produce academic leaders.  Combined with the exceptional advocacy and leadership obsessed with improvement and optimization, the program was uniquely enticing, and I have never looked back.

    What is your favorite bone?

    Radius

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

    Morocco

    Where are you from?

    Allentown, PA

    Favorite restaurant in NYC?

    Pio Pio

    Favorite activity outside of work?

    Traveling

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

    Ke$ha

    Best Pandora station for the OR?

    Chainsmokers

    Favorite night float snack?

    Sour gummy worms

    What is your spirit animal?

    Tiger

  • Paul J. Park, MD, MMS

    Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
    Undergraduate: Dartmouth College

    Why did you choose Columbia Orthopedics?

    I chose Columbia because it really felt like a family, in that senior residents, co-residents, attendings, staff, everyone genuinely wants you to succeed and go on to do great things in the field of orthopedics. I also love that when people go out inevitably 15 other residents will get called, across classes, and we’ll all have a great time together.

    What is your favorite bone?

    C1/Atlas

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

    Miami

    Where are you from?

    Massapequa Park, Strong Island

    Favorite restaurant in NYC?

    Red Rooster

    Favorite activity outside of work?

    Kicking it with my co-residents

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

    Weezer

    Best Pandora station for the OR?

    2000s pop punk

    Favorite night float snack?

    Black Coffee

    What is your spirit animal?

    Baby Panda

  • Nana O. Sarpong, MD, MBA

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

    Why did you choose Columbia Orthopedics?

    Without debate, Columbia Orthopedics is the best program in the world and that is why it was ranked #1 on my list. The residents here were some of the most intelligent, collegial, hard-working, and friendly I came across during my interview trail. Under the leadership of Drs. Levine, Jobin, and Lynch, the dedication to resident, fellow, and medical student education is unprecedented, and there is a strong focus on maintaining a collegial environment that fosters and promotes excellent training. We have world-class faculty ubiquitously across all divisions that are dedicated to education, research, and above all, exceptional patient care. With a class size of 6, I found this to be the perfect fit for me, in developing meaningful relationships with my co-residents, fellows, as well as my attendings over the years. We continue to work hard, but play even harder, with the added luxury of living in the best city in the world. To top it all off, our residents match at the best fellowships in the country across all sub-specialties. I would rank Columbia Orthopedics #1 over and over again!

    What is your favorite bone?

    Scaphoid

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

    New Orleans

    Where are you from?

    New York, NY

    Favorite restaurant in NYC?

    Budakkan

    Favorite activity outside of work?

    Exploring the astounding restaurants and bars NYC has to offer

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

    The Weekend

    Best Pandora station for the OR?

    Phil Collins Top Hits

    Favorite night float snack?

    Blueberry-flavored Chobani w/ granola bar

    What is your spirit animal?

    Elephant

  • Hasani W. Swindell, MD

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

     

    What is your favorite bone?

    Clavicle

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

    St. Lucia

    Where are you from?

    Southfield, MI

    Favorite restaurant in NYC?

    Sweet Chick

    Favorite activity outside of work?

    Seeking out NYC's best tacos

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

    Tupac or Notorious B.I.G. (I love both coasts equally)

    Best Pandora station for the OR?

    Classic Hip Hop Radio

    Favorite night float snack?

    Hot Cheetos

    What is your spirit animal?

    Silverback Gorilla