Orthopedic Fellowships | OTA Orthopedic Trauma Fellowship



This short video gives an overview of Denver Health's one-year Orthopedic Trauma Fellowship and the reasons why the fellowship stands out from others around the country.
  • Cyril Mauffrey, MD, FACS, FRCS: Fellowship Director
  • Joshua Parry, MD: Director of Education
  • Stephen Stacey, MD: Medical Director of the Orthopedic Clinic
  • Austin Heare, MD 


  • Kyros Ipaktchi, MD
  • Meryl Livermore, MD
  • Alexander Lauder, MD
  • Stephanie Malliaris, MD


  • Jarrod King, MD
  • Anthony Beardmore, MD

Academic Productivity

Program Statistics

  • Director: Cyril Mauffrey, MD, FRCS, FACS
  • University Affiliation: University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
  • Hospital size: 555 beds
  • Length of fellowship: 1 year
  • Fellowship positions: 1
  • Annual Salary: $62,298 + $17,693 benefits
  • Full-time Orthopedic Trauma Faculty: 4
  • Trauma Procedures/Year: 3000
  • Emergency Department Encounters/Year: 46,423

Program Description

Founded 160 years ago, Denver Health serves as Colorado's largest safety net health institution, an integrated system that is the model for the nation. The primary purpose of the fellowship is to develop future leaders in the field of Orthopedic Trauma. Graduates will possess expertise in the management of all aspects of care for the multiply injured patient, and will be positioned to enter either academic Orthopedic Traumatology or high volume practices at Lever 1 Trauma Centers. The fellow will interact with fellowship trained attending physicians in trauma, microvascular surgery, spine, sports medicine and upper extremity. The fellow will be part of a team that includes residents from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center program. There are multiple didactic and hands-on learning experiences for the fellow throughout each week.

The Denver Health trauma fellowship offers both a well-rounded clinical and basic science curriculum. During the one year fellowship, the participant is required to finish at least one publishable quality project in either clinical or basic research. The department has a high-caliber orthopedic research team with three full-time staff. The orthopedic trauma fellow is expected to spend his/her time in research 1/2 day per week and the other days in the OR. Clinic coverage occurs when the attending are out of town which may occur around 10 clinic days per year. Call will be, on average, one weekday per week and every 6th weekend. The fellow will be on call with an orthopedic trauma attending. Each fellow will have four weeks of vacation.

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Because the completion of an accredited orthopedic residency training program should qualify the surgeon to care for the basic problems of multiply injured and critically ill patients, the education offered by the orthopedic trauma fellowship should allow the trainee to acquire an advanced level of skill in the management of this population.

The primary fellowship objectives include:

  • The surgical as well as non-surgical management of musculoskeletal injuries with special emphasis on:
    • Pelvic and acetabular fractures
    • Complex periarticular fractures
    • Nonunions, malunions and osteomyelitis
    • Algorithmic decision making with respect to timing and sequencing of multiple injury management.
  • Postoperative and outpatient care, including the directing of rehabilitation.
  • Understanding the prophylaxis and/or treatment of the complications and sequelae of musculoskeletal injuries.
  • Injury management decision making, based on age and/or co-morbid medical problems, as seen either in the pediatric or the geriatric population.
  • Developing familiarity with and understanding the historical evolution of the methods available to treat musculoskeletal injuries.
  • The use of advanced technology and instrumentation.
  • Activities that foster the development of skills in teaching as well as laboratory and clinical research related to orthopedic trauma.
  • Ethical, economic, and legal issues as they pertain to orthopedic trauma care.

Furthermore, it is expected that individuals completing fellowship training in orthopedic trauma care will be able to:

  • Organize and administer an orthopedic trauma service, and coordinate the activities of the service with other administrative units.
  • Establish policies and procedures for the management of orthopedic trauma patients.
  • Appoint, train and supervise specialized personnel.
  • Teach the specialized body of knowledge required for the comprehensive management of the orthopedic trauma patients.
  • Develop and pursue research in various areas of orthopedic trauma care.


The orthopedic trauma fellow is expected to spend his/her time in research 1 day per week and the other days split between the operating room and clinics. Call will be, on average, one weekday per week and every 5th weekend. The fellow will be on call with an orthopedic trauma attending. Each fellow will have four weeks of vacation. 

Service Schedules

On Wednesdays, the fellow can attend morning didactic trauma sessions at the University and participate in the teaching program.

Board Rounds

Morning X-ray rounds begin at 6:30 a.m. on Monday, 6:50 a.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. During X-ray board rounds, the on-call residents present the cases that were treated during the previous 24 hours. The orthopedic trauma fellow will be encouraged to comment on treatment options, reduction methods and relevant literature related to these cases.


Didactic conferences take place at the University of Colorado Wednesday mornings from 7-9 a.m. The fellow is expected to participate in grand rounds, the trauma core resident curriculum, the summer anatomy course and mortality and morbidity conference. Fellow assignments will be made by the Trauma fellowship director.


The orthopedic trauma fellow must complete at least one publishable original research project. Fellow will have the support of a full-time research staff. Further research, as well as grant writing is encouraged and will be supported.

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Additional Required Publications

The fellow will also be expected to complete one publishable case report or review paper and one textbook chapter.


The orthopedic trauma fellow will be provided the opportunity to attend several meetings. The fellow will attend the annual meeting of the Orthopedic Trauma Association in the fall. The department of Orthopedic Surgery will subsidize travel, hotel and meeting costs up to $1,500 to attend one mutually agreed upon meeting during the fellowship year.

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Fellow will present 1 didactic lecture per quarter at residents Wednesday teach conference. Call: The fellow will be assigned on average, one night of call per week. The fellow will be integrated into the weekend call schedule on average one in six weekends.

To Apply

The Department of Orthopedics participates in the SF Match Program. If interested, be sure to obtain more information about the SF Match - Residency and Fellowship Matching Services or to apply for the Orthopedic Trauma Fellowship at Denver Health.

Fellow History

Michael Maher
Michael Maher, M.D.
2018-2019 Trauma Fellow
Residency: Allegheny General Hospital

Dr. Maher is an orthopedic surgeon with Allegheny Orthopedic Associates in Pittsburgh, PA. He is affiliated with Allegheny General Hospital and St. Clair Hospital.


See Dr. Maher's publications.

Murphy Trey Martin
Murphy "Trey" Martin, M.D.
2017-2018 Trauma Fellow
Residency: Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA

Dr. Martin is an orthopedic surgeon primarily located in New Orleans, LA, with another office in Saint Martinville, LA.


See Dr. Martin's publications.

Michael Alex White
Michael Alex White, M.D.


2016-2017 Trauma Fellow
Residency: McLaren Regional Medical Center, Flint, Michigan

Dr. White specializes in orthopedic surgery at Sanford Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Fargo, North Dakota.

See Dr. White's publications.

Stephen Stacey
Stephen Stacey, M.D.


2015-2016 Trauma Fellow
Residency: Eastern Virginia Medical School

Dr. Stacey is an orthopedic trauma surgeon with Denver Health. He is also the Medical Director of the Orthopedic Clinic at Denver Health.

See Dr. Stacey's publications.

Marke Hake
Marke Hake, M.D.


2014-2015 Trauma Fellow
Residency: University of Michigan Health System

Dr. Hake is an assistant professor for the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Michigan Health System. He specializes in the treatment of acute fractures and post-traumatic reconstruction.

See Dr. Hake's publications.

Natalie Casemyr Chilaka
Natalie (Casemyr) Chilaka, M.D.


2013-2014 Trauma Fellow
Residency: Harvard Combines Orthopedic Residency Program - Boston, MA

Dr. Chilaka is an orthopedic surgeon in Glen Burnie, Maryland and is affiliated with the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center.

See Dr. Chilaka's publications.

Jason McKean, M.D.

2012-2013 Trauma Fellow
Residency: Columbia University Medical Center - Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Dr. McKean is an orthopedic surgeon in Brooklyn, New York. He is affiliated with multiple hospitals including Brookdale Hospital Medical Center and NYC Health and Hospitals-Coney Island.

See Dr. McKean's publications.

Sean Burns
Sean T. Burns, M.D.


2011-2012 Trauma Fellow
Residency: University of Texas Medical Branch - Galveston, TX

Dr. Burns is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Concord, New Hampshire. He is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area including Concord Hospital and New London Hospital.

See Dr. Burns' publications.

Jeffrey A. Toreson, M.D.

2010-2011 Trauma Fellow
Residency: University of Alberta, Department of Orthopedic Surgery - Edmonton, Alberta Canada

Dr. Toreson is an orthopedic surgeon in Edmonton, Alberta Canada. Dr. Toreson runs a private practice and is the owner of Jeffrey Toreson Clinic in Edmonton.

See Dr. Toreson's publications.

Jules Dumais
Jules Dumais, M.D.


2009-2010 Trauma Fellow
Residency: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center - Lubbock, TX

Dr. Dumais is an orthopedic surgeon, specializing in orthopedic trauma. He is with the Tulsa Bone and Joint Associates in Tulsa, OK and is affiliated with University Medical Center in Lubbock, TX.

See Dr. Dumais' publications.

Navid Ziran
Navid Ziran, M.D.


2007-2008 Trauma Fellow
Residency: University of Rochester - Rochester, NY

Dr. Ziran is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in orthopedic surgery and orthopedic trauma surgery. He currently works at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix AZ and is an Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, at Creighton University School of Medicine.

See Dr. Ziran's publications.