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New Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program at Jersey City Medical Center

By Jacob A. Spencer, DO and Steven B. Shamash, DO, FAOAO

The Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program at Jersey City Medical Center/Barnabas Health began on July 1, 2015 thanks to the help of Steven B. Shamash, D.O. and Frank A. Liporace, M.D. and their dedicated staff and colleagues.  JCMC is located in New Jersey’s second largest city and sits on a 15-acre campus overlooking the New York Harbor and Liberty State Park. The hospital serves as a regional trauma center and a regional referral, teaching hospital seeing over 80,000 ER visits and 18,000 admissions and per year.

     We are proud to have 9 residents joining us from the former Meadowlands Hospital Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program, which Dr Shamash started in July 2013, as well as two interns, to complete our OGME years 1 through 5.  Our program has been approved for 15 positions and we plan to fill our program over the next three years. Our mission is to train outstanding Orthopedic Surgeons who are committed to excellence in Orthopedics and embody a compassion for the community and a dedication for the advancement of medical education.  

Program Director
Steven B. Shamash, DO, FAOAO
Dr. Steven Shamash completed his undergraduate training at Binghamton University/State University of New York. He then received his Masters of Science degree from the University at Buffalo of The State University of New York, while performing clinical research in colorectal cancer.  Dr. Shamash completed his Orthopedic Surgery Residency at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, during which time he served as the Chief Orthopedic Resident and received the Henrietta and Jack Avart Memorial award; given only to the Orthopedic Surgery Resident who has exhibited exceptional competency in Orthopedics during their training program. Upon his graduation, Dr. Shamash went on to complete an additional fellowship in hand, upper extremity and microvascular surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center in New York City.  Dr. Shamash has focuses his orthopedic practice to the care of fractures of the hand, wrist and elbow as well as the surgical and nonsurgical treatment of tendon, ligament and nerve injuries within the upper extremity.  Dr. Shamash enthusiastically served as the Program Director of the previous Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program and now serves as the Program Director of the Jersey City Medical Center Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program.  Dr. Shamash is reputed for his dedication and commitment to resident education.

Chairman of Orthopedic Surgery
Frank A. Liporace, MD
Dr. Liporace also attended the State University of New York at Binghamton for his undergraduate degree and then continued on to New York Medical College for his medical degree.  After this, he completed the Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program at New York University /Hospital for Joint Diseases.  He then completed an Orthopedic Traumatology Fellowship at Tampa General Hospital under the tutelage of Dr. Roy Sanders and the Florida Orthopedic Institute's Orthopedic Trauma and Reconstructive Service.  His interests include pelvic and acetabular surgery, complex orthopedic trauma reconstruction, hip and knee reconstruction, and treating complications associated with orthopedic trauma.  For the last decade he has been clinically active and teaching residents and students.  He has won numerous teaching awards within his institution and nationally.  He is currently Vice Chairman of the Department of Orthopedics and Chief of Orthopedic Trauma & Reconstruction at Jersey City Medical Center.  He is also Director of the Orthopedic Institute at Jersey Medical Center.  Additionally, he is the Director of Orthopedic Trauma Research at New York University / Hospital for Joint Diseases.  Dr. Liporace has made multiple scientific presentations nationally and internationally and has over 70 publications in peer-reviewed journals and 10 chapters in Orthopedic textbooks.  He has done over 300 invited lectures pertaining to Orthopedic Trauma and Joint Reconstruction worldwide. He is currently a reviewer for the Journal of Orthopedic Trauma as well as Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research.  He is also the editor for the Lower Extremity section of Orthopedic Knowledge Update 11, which is used around the world as one of the standards for information for Orthopedic Surgeons.

We are proud to announce our hospital affiliations where our residents will train with over 40 orthopedic surgeons over their five year residency.

  • Jersey City Medical Center: Trauma, Joints, Sports, Hand/Upper Extremity, Foot/Ankle, Spine
  • St. Barnabas Medical Center:  General Ortho, Spine, Foot/Ankle, Joints, Hand, Pediatric Orthopedics
  • New York University/Hospital for Joint Diseases: Pediatric Orthopedics
  • Morristown Medical Center: Trauma, Spine, Sports, Joints
  • Holy Name Medical Center: General Ortho, Sports, Join, Foot/Ankle, Hand
  • Hackensack University Medical Center: Orthopedic Tumor

Residents also rotate at several ambulatory surgery centers in Northern New Jersey gaining further experience in sports medicine, hand and upper extremity, and foot and ankle. These include:

  • Garden State Surgical Center
  • Malo Ambulatory Surgery Center                                                        
  • Hudson Crossing Surgery Center
  • Liberty Ambulatory Surgery Center
  • Metropolitan Surgery Center

Resident Education
On Monday evenings, Dr. Liporace moderates an indications conference reviewing preoperative and postoperative cases with the residents. On Wednesday mornings, resident education begins with a fracture conference which is moderated by the chief resident and on-call attending.  The remainder of the education conference consists of resident-directed learning from presentations based on orthopedic textbooks, review books, review articles, scientific articles as well as OITE practice questions. On Thursday mornings, there is a weekly conference consisting of an attending lecture and resident case presentations.  This is held with all JCMC orthopedic attendings, residents and PAs.

The residents also participate in bimonthly journal clubs, cadaver labs, morbidity and mortality conferences, as well as an annual grand rounds.  The residents are actively involved in scholarly research with our attendings and many already have publications.  Residents also have the opportunity to attend the AO Basic Fracture course, ATLS course, AOAO and AAOS annual conferences as well as the Mt. Sinai Musculoskeletal Pathology course. 

2016 Fellowship Matches
It is our pleasure to announce that our two chief residents obtained their choice of fellowships for August 2016.  Our Administrative Chief Resident, Jacob Spencer, DO, will be doing a sports medicine fellowship with Aria 3B Orthopaedic Institute in Philadelphia, PA and our Academic Chief Resident, William Stickney, DO, will be doing a total joint arthroplasty fellowship with The CORE Institute in Phoenix, AZ.

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