Teamwork Crucial in Limb Lengthening
Dustin Quig, PA-C is physician assistant to Dr. S. Robert Rozbruch on the Limb Lengthening Service. He attended Penn State University where he graduated with Honors earning a degree in Kinesiology. Following graduation, Dustin attended the Cornell University Physician Assistant program. While at Cornell, Dustin had a strong desire to pursue Orthopedics completing an elective rotation at the Hospital for Special Surgery and writing his senior thesis on hip replacement surgery. After graduation Dustin joined the HSS Limb Lengthening team. In his spare time Dustin enjoys playing guitar, participating in both baseball and football, and exploring New York City. Zachary Edelman, PA-C, Physician Assistant to Drs. Rozbruch and Fragomen at the NYLLCRS. He attended Wagner College in Staten Island, NY where he graduated from a 5 year, accelerated BS/MS Physician Assistant program. While in PA school, Zachary was a patient at HSS where he had his first taste of orthopedic surgery. This experience gave him a strong desire to pursue a career in orthopedics. Zachary’s medical mission trips to Guatemala and Peru, where he provided care to those in remote, underdeveloped villages, convinced him that deformity correction was his ideal field of practice. Zachary joined the HSS Limb Lengthening team in July of 2018. In his spare time, he volunteers as an EMT in Freehold, NJ. He enjoys wood working, hiking and spending time with his family and friends. Tara Schmidt, PA-C, MS has been at HSS since 2012 working on the Spine, Trauma and Foot services and is the current PA Manager of the Combined Specialty Services at HSS. Tara also has eight years of experience in Neurosurgery inpatient/clinic/OR. She recently participated in a submission to the AAPA which led to HSS becoming a recipient of the inaugural Employer of Excellence Award. Tara has an MS in Geophysics and worked for several years as a Licensed Professional Geologist prior to making the transition into medicine. She completed her degree in Physician Assistant Studies in 2010 and she is fluent in Spanish.
Benjamin Odamtten, PA is a nationally certified Physician Assistant with the LLCRS. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Utica College of Syracuse University. He then went on to receive his degree in Physician Assistant Studies at Touro College. Prior to joining HSS, Ben worked as an Inpatient Adult Medicine Physician Assistant for six years at Montefiore Medical Center. With a strong medical background and a great passion for the restoration of mobility, Ben could not be happier to be part of the Limb Lengthening Team.
Anna Martinez Kim has been at HSS since 2015 after graduating from Wagner College where she developed her strong interest in orthopedics. She started her career at HSS covering overnight Team 1 Services. Anna then transitioned to a day time position covering the Trauma, Foot & Ankle, and Limb Lengthening service in 2017.
Erica Lenihan, RN is the Nurse Clinician for the Limb Lengthening and Complex Reconstruction Service (LLCRS) working with Dr’s Rozbruch and Fragomen. She began working at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) upon graduating from Dominican College with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. She transitioned to the LLCRS after working on the Adult and Pediatric in patient floor at HSS for six years. Her interest and dedication to Limb Lengthening patients gives her the desire to improve and enhance their experiences whenever possible. Nancy is the LPN for the NYLLCRS. She facilitates the day to day patient flow, and provides direct patient care in the office. She joined us with twelve years of previous experience in geriatric care, long-term care, sub-acute rehabilitation, and sports medicine. She is currently working on her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and has strong interests in nutrition and well-being. Her background, expertise, and motivation makes her an integral part of our team. Taylor Reif grew up in Colorado Springs in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. He then attended Northwestern University obtaining a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering. He stayed at Northwestern to complete his medical degree at the Feinberg School of Medicine. He then completed his Orthopaedic Surgery residency at the Loyola University Medical Center on the west side of Chicago. He pursued specialty training in Orthopaedic Oncology at the University of Florida. Currently he is completing his limb lengthening and complex reconstruction fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery. I obtained my medical degree (with honors) from Cairo University medical college (est. 1827) in Egypt. I completed Cairo University orthopedic surgery residency (#1 residency program in Egypt), completed a 3-year fellowship in pediatric orthopedics in Cairo University Children's Hospital and is currently appointed as an associate professor in the same University. I completed a medical Master Degree (mMSc) in orthopedic surgery with a thesis about "Distraction Osteogenesis in Limb salvage following Tumors Resection", I also completed a medical Doctorate Degree (mPhD) in orthopedics surgery with a thesis about "Use of External Fixation in Managing Pediatric Hip Disorders". I have numerous peer-reviewed publications. I traveled to United States to gain specialized postgraduate training as a Fellow. I completed 2 clinical fellowships in pediatric orthopedics, one in Pittsburgh Children's Hospital & the other in Johns Hopkins Hospital. I now join the NYLLCRS to further strengthen my skills, and increase my knowledge in the field of Limb Lengthening & complex deformity. I'm a proud father of Omar and Youssef, and owe a lot of my success to Amal, my supporting wife
Omaira Dean is Dr. Rozbruch's Executive Assistant and Office Manager at the Limb Lengthening and Complex Reconstruction Service. Ms. Dean attended NYCT in Brooklyn, NY. She began working at HSS in 1998 and joined Dr. Rozbruch at the Limb Lengthening and Complex Reconstruction Service (LLCRS) in 2001. She is an essential member of our team. Kathiria Torres (Kathy) is the Office Manager for Dr. Fragomen at the Limb Lengthening and Complex Reconstruction Service. She attended St. John’s University with a business major. She joined Dr. Fragomen in the Limb Lengthening and Complex Reconstruction Service (LLCRS) in 2007. She plays a significant role in Dr. Fragomen’s practice. Rosa Mora is the medical secretary for Dr. Rozbruch’s team at the Limb Lengthening and Complex Reconstruction Service. Rosa attended John Jay College of Criminal Justice with liberal arts major. She then transferred to Hostos Community College to continue her education in liberal arts. She joined LLCRS in July of 2008 and has remained devoted to providing excellent service ever since. Hennessy Sosa is the Medical Secretary for Dr. Fragomen in the LLCRS. She previously worked for Dr. Rozbruch for almost three years. She attended Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie and majored in Human Services; graduating in May of 2015. Hennessy majored in Human Services because she enjoys working with people by being able to help them and fulfill their needs to the best of her abilities. In her free time Hennessy enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys listening to music and shopping.
Wilma Cortez is the Billing Manager for the NY Limb Lengthening & Complex Reconstruction Surgery PLLC. She has worked as a Billing Professional Since 2000. She has a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration Summa Cum Laude in Business Management. She works with the patients and insurance to get the best possible reimbursement. She takes pride in her job and the service she provides. Rena Mehta is our research coordinator. She began her career in University of Maryland where she volunteered at a special needs school and assisted in many studies in child development. Afterwards, she worked with multiple institutions to gain more experience in clinical research knowing this is what she enjoys. Rena became a part of the LLCRS team at Hospital for Special Surgery in June of 2018 and is excited to be a part of such an innovative and dynamic field in medicine. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from the City University of New York in the Spring of 2018 with his bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Peter joined the LLCRS team to become a clinical research coordinator to both Dr Rozbruch and Dr Fragomen. His current research interests include analyzing the psychosocial effects of surgery and medical treatment on adolescents to further improve the pediatric care experience. Future plans for Peter include to matriculate into medical school this August of 2020 where he plans to pursue a surgical specialty.