Welcoming the Columbia Orthopedics Residency Class of 2025

March 20, 2020

We are proud to introduce the newest members of the Columbia Orthopedics and New York Orthopaedic Hospital family. Learn more about this exceptional group of future orthopedic surgeons.

Photo compisite of new Columbia Orthopedics residents
Alirio deMeireles, MD; Andrew Luzzi, MD; Gerard Marciano, MD; Kyle McCormick, MD; Peter Noback, MD; Matthew Simhon, MD; William Crockatt, MD (2026 - Research Track)

Alirio J.C. deMeireles, MD, MBA

Medical School: University of Michigan Medical School

Undergraduate: Yale University

Alirio grew up in New Jersey and is the first person to become a doctor in his family.  He graduated from Yale University with a degree in Evolutionary Biology.  In addition to receiving numerous honors and awards during his undergraduate years, he was a D1 athlete on the three-time Ivy League champion lacrosse team and a 2015 US Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Scholar All-American. Alirio has participated in both health services research and clinical Orthopedic Surgery research during his time in medical school while earning a combined MD/MBA.  His many and various projects have resulted in publications in journals such as Annals of Surgery and The Bone and Joint Journal. His work has also been presented at state-wide and national conferences. Alirio is the co-founder of the Chameleon medical device startup, a novel radiation dosimeter. He continues to be very passionate about the sport of lacrosse, volunteering as a youth coach and playing in a local intramural league. He served as a board member of the Ronald McDonald House of Ann Arbor, where he worked to organize their largest fundraising effort – the “Red Shoe Affair.”  Alirio is also a member of the Michigan State Medical Society Committee on Healthcare Quality, Efficiency and Economics.  He enjoys skiing, playing the piano and golf.


Andrew J. Luzzi, MD

Research Track

Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

Undergraduate: Cornell University

Andrew became involved in research as an undergraduate at Cornell University, during which he conducted research in the nutritional sciences and in tissue engineering and regeneration.  Subsequently, Andrew worked in the Weill Cornell Medical MRI Research Lab following graduation and conducted clinical research at the Rothman Institute throughout his time in medical school. Andrew has made service an integral part of his life. He volunteered at a soup kitchen and an educational program for children as an undergraduate, continued to volunteer at a soup kitchen while working at Cornell, and served others during his time in medical school through his volunteer work at JeffHOPE, a free clinic for the underserved, and KIPP Healthy Living, an educational program for fifth graders. He has been very active in the Jefferson community and was a leader in several organizations. He is the research symposium chair for the AOA Honor Medical Society. He was the president of an inter‐class learning society, took on several roles in the inter‐professional school Health Mentors Program, served as a liaison for the general surgery and neurosurgery third year clerkships, and organized an award ceremony for the Hobart Amory Hare Honor Society. Andrew was drawn to Orthopedic Surgery by the growing needs of its patient base, its interventional nature, and the required innovation it demands of its providers. He enjoys playing the violin and basketball and he also enjoys reading and exercising.


Gerard F. Marciano, MD 

Medical School: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Undergraduate: The College of New Jersey

Having grown up in Holmdel, NJ, Gerard attended The College of New Jersey as an undergraduate. His initial interests led him to earning a B.S. in Accountancy and a career in accounting and fund management. He spent six years in finance before changing career paths and completing a Post Baccalaureate program at Columbia University. After graduation, he matriculated to Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Gerard was involved in service at both Columbia and Rutgers.  He was a physics tutor at Columbia and at Rutgers as well as a mentor to incoming medical students at Rutgers a medical student interviewer and a mentor at the NJMS Charter High School.  During his third year of medical school, he served as a Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery research assistant with us under the tutelage of Drs. Benjamin Roye, David Roye and Michael Vitale. The four manuscripts that have been published evidence his success during his research year. Additionally, his research has resulted in eight posters and podium presentations at national and international conferences. He has also served in a leadership capacity on the faculty council as a liaison between faculty and medical students. Gerard enjoys intramural and recreational basketball, snowboarding, weightlifting, reading, trivia and the New York Times crossword puzzles.


Kyle L. McCormick, MD

Medical School: Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

Undergraduate: Columbia University

Kyle grew up in Ridgewood, NJ, and found her way into medicine quite unconventionally as she was drawn to the arts at an early age.  Completing her undergraduate at Columbia University, she committed to performance, while serving in significant leadership roles in her sorority. After college, she went on to pursue her first passion, music and as a classically trained mezzo-soprano, she achieved greatness at an early age with two performances as a vocal soloist at renowned Carnegie Hall.  Kyle also trained at a premier program in Tolentino, Italy. After completing her training in music, Kyle developed interest in medicine as a career as it also requires discipline, dedication, challenge, scarifice and hard work.  She then entered a post baccalaureate program at Columbia University.  During her post bac, she studied the effect of continuous patient mobility after discharge.  She has conducted research in neurosurgery, on immunotherapy in a mouse models and was awarded the Rosenblum-Mahanley Clinical Brain Tumor Research Award.  With her love of music and performance still strong, Kyle is the vice president of the Bard Hall Players theater program and she has performed the lead and principal roles in several shows.  She has been nominated for Dr. Allen O. Whipple Memorial Prize for outstanding performance in surgery, the Dr. Robert G. Bertsch Memorial Award for ideals of the humane surgeon and the Alfred M. Markowitz Endowment for Scholars Research Experience graduation awards, and is inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Society.  Along with loving opera and musical theater, Kyle also likes to watch a good scary movie in her down time.


Peter C. Noback, MD

Medical School: Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

Undergraduate: Cornell University

Peter’s hometown is Alpine, NJ.  Having moved to Lima, Peru, he returned with this family to New Jersey and learned to speak English in first grade. Academics became an early passion for him and he completed his undergraduate in Economics at Cornell University. Before medical school, Peter served as a research assistant in our Center for Shoulder, Elbow and Sports Medicine under the tutelage of Dr. William Levine and in our Trauma Training Center under the tutelage of Dr. Melvin Rosenwasser.  He studied various aspects of hand, wrist and foot ankle surgery which led him to receive two awards, the Volunteer Scholarship: International Surgical Mission, Foundation for Orthopedic Trauma which included a missionary trip to Port Au Prince, Haiti, for delivery and distribution of $150K in surgical supplies, instruments and implants. He also placed second for the Best Podium Presentation at the New York Society for Surgery of the Hand meeting in May 2015.  Peter has been very involved in volunteer initiatives and served as vice president of finance for Mountains for Moms, a charity for woman with obstetric fistulas in Africa, raising $50K in private funds and donations.  Peter played rugby in his first years at Columbia and is an avid mountaineer, solo pilot and licensed scuba diver.


Matthew E. Simhon, MD

Medical School: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Undergraduate: Northeastern University

Matt grew up in Plainview, NY.  He attended Northeastern University on a full merit scholarship.  He studied Behavioral Neuroscience and graduated summa cum laude with University Honors Program distinction.  As he entered medical school, Matt was certain he wanted to be a surgeon as he has always been attracted to the opportunity to heal patients using his hands by applying hard-earned knowledge.  Matt was awarded a Scoliosis Research Society grant and has a number of podium and poster presentations as well as several submitted manuscripts.  Throughout medical school, not only has Matt worked on several research projects and served as a research assistant, but he also volunteered with the East Harlem Health Outreach Partnership as a phlebotomist, group leader and a primary care provider. He also served as a senior consultant with their consulting group to establish and sustain national student-run free clinics.  Matt received an American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Orthopaedics Travel Grant award and is a member of Nu Ro Psi (National Honor Society in Neuroscience).  Matt enjoys traveling, weight lifting, running, cycling, guitar, reading, cooking and he is an advanced open water scuba diver.


William K. Crockatt, MD

Research Track, Class of 2026

Medical School: Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine

Undergraduate: Dartmouth College

Hailing from Purdys, NY, Bill is the first in his family to enter the medical profession, having matriculated to Zucker SOM following his graduation from Dartmouth College.  He was heavily involved in his college’s EMS squad, devoting ~2,400 hours over his four undergraduate years, serving in a variety of clinical, administrative and teaching roles.  Under his leadership as Executive Director during his junior and senior years, the group achieved recognition as the 2015 New Hampshire EMS Squad of the year.  He has continued to build on his leadership skills throughout medical school, and serving as the chair of multiple clubs and as a student representative to the school’s Professionalism Committee.  During the summer after his first year of medical school, Bill worked on three research projects in Orthopedic Surgery.  His project on opioid requirements following ambulatory arthroscopic repair has been presented both locally and nationally and won him first place in the student section of the Northwell Academic Day competition. As a result of his work, he has prepared several manuscripts for submission to leading Orthopedic Surgery journals.  He received the distinction and is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and with his numerous research projects throughout medical school, he was nominated to receive Zucker SOM’s Distinction in Research Commendation at graduation.  Bill has demonstrated a commitment to teaching and envisions himself as an educator in his future practice.  He enjoys bowling, tennis, hiking, rock climbing, cooking/baking and he plays the accordion and tenor/baritone saxophone.