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Fellows receive their training at the UC campus and the TriHealth/Beacon Health Care system. The UC Medical Center (adult) and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital are located within the UC Campus. TriHealth/Beacon system consists of multiple training sites with the TriHealth and Beacon Health Care systems.
Kagan Ozer, MD Fellowship Director
Dr. Ozer received his medical degree from Istanbul University Medical School in Turkey. He received his Orthopedic surgery training in Taksim Hospital, Istanbul, and then completed 3 fellowships in microsurgery and hand surgery at the Cleveland Clinic under the supervision of Maria Siemionow, MD, and at the University of Louisville under the direction of Harold Kleinert, MD. He is board certified in Orthopedic Surgery with a certificate of added qualifications in hand and upper extremity. He is the Hill Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and the director of hand surgery at the UC medical center. His research interests include composite tissue preservation, reconstructive microsurgery and outcomes following mutilating upper extremity injuries. He is an active member in numerous organizations including the ASSH, AOA, AAOS, ASRT, and ASRM.
Peter J. Stern, MD
Dr. Stern graduated from Williams College with honors and received his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine. He received his Orthopaedic training at the Harvard Combined Residency Program and then completed a Fellowship in Hand Surgery at the University of Louisville under the direction of Harold Kleinert, MD. He is past president of the ASSH, AOA and the ABOS. He is a Past chairman of the Orthopaedic RRC. He was the Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Cincinnati from 1991-2013 and was the Hill Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Cincinnati until 2022. Dr. Stern is actively participating in all didactic activities and seeing patients once a week in the clinic.
Phillip R. Ross, MD
Dr. Ross graduated from the University of Notre Dame and received his medical degree from the Ohio State University College of Medicine. He received his Orthopedic training at the University of Cincinnati, and then completed a fellowship in Hand Surgery at the University of Michigan. He is currently a board-certified assistant professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the UC Medical Center with a certificate of added qualifications in hand.
Matt Florczynski, MD, MSc
Dr. Florczynski completed his undergraduate degree at Queen’s University and Master of Science at the University of Toronto. He received his medical degree from Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University. He completed his Orthopedic residency training at the University of Toronto, followed by a fellowship in Hand Surgery at the University of Michigan. He is currently an assistant professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the UC Medical Center and board certified by the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. He has research interests in clinical epidemiology and peripheral nerve surgery and is an active member of the ASSH.
Roger Cornwall, MD
Dr. Cornwall graduated from Stanford University, received his medical degree from Columbia and orthopaedic residency at Mount Sinai Hospital. He did a hand fellowship at Harvard as well as a pediatric orthopaedic fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Cornwall is a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and runs a basic science laboratory investigating the neurological control of postnatal muscle growth. He is a member of multiple committees of the ASSH, POSNA, ORS, and AAOS. He is also the director of pediatric hand and upper extremity fellowship in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
Kevin Little, MD
Dr. Little received both his undergraduate and medical degrees from the Johns Hopkins University. He completed his Orthopaedic residency at the University of Cincinnati, fellowship training at the Philadelphia Hand Center/Thomas Jefferson University and pediatric hand and upper extremity surgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. He is Board certified and holds a subspecialty certification in Surgery of the hand. He is actively involved in the ASSH, as well as with the AAHS, AAOS and POSNA. He specializes in all aspects of pediatric upper extremity surgery with specific interests in brachial plexus palsy, cerebral palsy, congenital hand anomalies, and trauma.
Thomas Kiefhaber, MD
Dr. Kiefhaber graduated from Duke University and earned his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine where he also received his Orthopaedic Surgery training. Dr. Kiefhaber completed study as a St. Vincent’s Fellow in Hand Surgery at the Indiana Center for Surgery and Rehabilitation of the Hand. Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Kiefhaber also received a Subspecialty Certification in Surgery of the Hand. He is a Fellow of the AAOS, an active member of the ASSH and a member of he AOA. He has contributed to hand surgery through scientific publications and presentations.
Mohab Foad, MD
Dr. Foad graduated from The Johns Hopkins University. He received his medical degree and orthopaedic residency at the University of Cincinnati. He completed a hand fellowship at the Indiana Center for Surgery and Rehabilitation of the Hand. Dr. Foad is Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery and has also received subspecialty certification in Surgery of the Hand. He is an active member of the ASSH and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Michael Wigton, MD
Dr. Wigton completed his undergraduate education at the University of Dayton, his medical degree at the University of Cincinnati, and his Orthopaedic Surgery residency at Allegheny General Hospital. Dr. Wigton completed his Hand Fellowship at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. He is Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery and has also received subspecialty certification in Surgery of the Hand. He is an active member of the ASSH and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Safi Faruqui, DO
Dr. Faruqui graduated from Midwestern University medical school in Glendale, Arizona and completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Mercy St. Vincent medical center in Toledo, Ohio. He also completed a hand surgery fellowship under Dr. Peter Stern at the University of Cincinnati. Prior to joining TriHealth, he spent four years in active duty with the U.S. Navy, where he taught orthopedic residents and performed surgery on front line military personnel.
Benjamin Kleinhenz, MD
Dr. Kleinhenz graduated cum laude with a BA in economics from the University of Notre Dame. He attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati and completed his orthopaedic residency at Wright State University. After his residency, he completed a fellowship in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery at the University of Iowa. He is a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery.
Michael R. Paczas, MD
Dr. Paczas received his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering at the University of Michigan before attending the University of Michigan Medical School for his medical degree. After, he served an internship and his residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland. In addition, he completed a fellowship with the Hand Surgery Center. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery.
Daniel Reilly, MD
Dr. Reilly earned his undergraduate degree from Holy Cross College while playing linebacker on the football team. He attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and also completed his residency at UC. His hand training included the Kleinert Fellowship in Louisville. He also has advanced training from the Mayo Clinic, Crystal Clinic and Texas Medical Center in shoulder treatment and joint replacement. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and has a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand.
Wenjing Zeng, MD
Dr. Zeng received her undergraduate degree from Yale University and serves on the Board of Directors for the Yale Club of Cincinnati. She earned her medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis and completed her orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. She then completed her fellowship in hand surgery at the Mary S. Stern Hand Surgery Fellowship in Cincinnati.
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