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The Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program at Mountain View Regional Medical Center/Las Cruces Orthopedic Associates

Mountain View Regional

Mountain View Regional Medical Center

By Olivia E. Morris, DO, FAOAO

The Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program at Mountain View Regional Medical Center/Las Cruces Orthopedic Associates accepted the first class of residents on July 1, 2016.   We have accepted three residents and have been approved by the AOA for a total of fifteen residents.  We also have four interns, two of which are interested in orthopedic surgery.

Las Cruces, New Mexico is the state’s second largest city.  It is nestled at the foot of the Organ Mountains, which is the most terminal southern branch of the Rocky Mountains.   It is 45 miles Northwest of El Paso, TX, and four hours East of Tucson, AZ.

Mountain View Regional Medical Center, under the leadership of Denton Park, CEO, serves as the main post-graduate teaching institution for the new Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine.  MVRMC is accredited by the Joint Commission and is a 168 bed facility.  BCOM has also just accepted their first class of Osteopathic Medical students in August of 2016.


Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine

The post-graduate programs also have depth and value through their affiliation with New Mexico State University.  The Orthopedic Surgery residents have rich opportunities for research in the Kinesiology department under the direction of Drs.  Wood, Keeley and Lee, as well as other faculty members.

New Mexico State University

New Mexico State University

We are pleased to have a total of five post graduate interns/residents; three Orthopedic Residents and two Transitional Interns.  Our current PGY-1 Orthopedic Residents are: Scott Goldthorpe, DO, Ugo Enes, DO, and Jarod Cooke, DO.  Transitional Year Interns are:  Ben Phelps, DO and Eric Czer, DO.

Oliver Hayes, DO, DIO, Institutional Director, is guiding and assisting us with applying for the ACGME accreditation and we hope to have that completed by December 31, 2016.

Our talented faculty provide exemplary training and are committed to teaching in a small group environment. Many of our faculty have additional training in fellowships such as Sports Medicine, Total Joint Replacement, Spine,  and Trauma.  Osteopathic Practice, Principles and Professionalism are integrated in the Orthopedic Surgery Program as well.

The current CORE faculty are:

Program Director, Daniel Romanelli, MD; Orthopedic Surgeon/Sports Medicine Board Certified Orthopedic Consultant NMSU Athletics, Team Physician, US Soccer Team, Las Cruces Orthopedic Associates, Las Cruces, NM.

Dr. Romanelli has been the “visionary” in starting this program.  He was acutely aware of the need for Orthopedic Surgeons in this underserved area of southern New Mexico. He has been passionate about having a top notch program, and turning out highly skilled, educated, and professional Orthopedic Surgeons.

Associate Program Director, Olivia E. Morris, DO, FAOAO; Orthopedic Surgeon/Sports Medicine/AO Trauma, Assistant Team Physician NMSU Athletics, New Mexico Bone & Joint Institute, Las Cruces, NM.

Associate Director, Paul Saiz, MD; Orthopedic Surgeon/Spine Surgeon/ Musculoskeletal Oncology, Las Cruces Orthopedic Associates, Las Cruces, NM.

Associate Director, Brandon Broome, MD; Orthopedic Surgeon/Hip and Knee Adult Reconstructive Specialist/Trauma, El Paso Orthopedic Specialist, El Paso Orthopedic Group, El Paso, TX.

Associate Director, Paul Seipel, MD; Orthopedic Surgeon/Trauma/Hip and Knee Adult Reconstructive Specialist, Mountain View Regional Hospital, Las Cruces, NM.

Associate Faculty, Kathleen Robertson, MD; Orthopedic Surgeon/Hand Surgeon, El Paso Orthopedic Group, El Paso, TX.

Other supportive associate faculty:

Douglas Dodson, DO; Total Joint Orthopedic Surgeon, New Mexico Bone & Joint Institute.

Eric Freeh, DO; A-O Trauma Fellow, New Mexico Bone & Joint Institute.

John Anderson, DPM; Foot & Ankle Reconstruction Podiatry Specialist, New Mexico Bone & Joint Insititute, Las Cruces/Alamagordo, NM.

For the second year, our faculty will include:

Enes Kanlic, MD, Director of Trauma Chandler Regional Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ.

Jacob Heyedmeann, Pediatric Orthopedics, Children’s Hospital, El Paso, TX. 

Johan Pennick, MD; Orthopedic Surgeon, Foot & Ankle Specialist.

A resident fracture clinic is in the process of being developed for the second year. The fracture clinic will be supervised by faculty and essentially run by the Orthopedic Surgery Residents.

The program currently provides five to six hours of structured didactics per week, as well as a Mortality and Morbidity Review Conference once a month. The residents will receive their CORE training at Mountain View Regional Medical Center, Las Cruces Orthopaedic Associates and Surgery Center, El Paso Orthopaedic Surgery Group, and New Mexico Bone & Joint Institute.

The residents have already participated in an arthroscopic skills lab with the Arthrex mobile lab this year. They had the opportunity to have hands on saw bones to acquaint themselves with appropriate orthopedic drilling, plate, fracture reduction techniques with AO-Synthes/DePuy.

In addition, the orthopedic surgery residents will be instructed in proper splinting and casting techniques during a hands-on casting lab, supervised by faculty in the month of December.

For the second year the orthopedic residents will be attending a long weekend resident’s seminar at the Arthrex Lab in Scottsdale, AZ. In addition, they will attend a first year AO Synthes course as well as other skills labs with the Academy of Osteopathic Orthopedic Surgeons.

If you are interested or need more information please contact Cynthia Lawhorn, Orthopedic Program Coordinator, Mountain View Regional Medical Center 4311 E. Lohman Ave., Las Cruces, NM 88011/P: 575-556-7783/F: 575-556-7668/Email:

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