From the Chairman

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

After receiving many applications and having a very successful Resident Interview Day, we are excited to announce that we have matched with the following outstanding medical students:

We look forward to getting to know our future PGY-1 residents and welcoming them into the UofL family! They will be great additions to our Residency Program come July.

To continue the wonderful news, the department is incredibly excited to be welcoming our new Chair, Dr. Nicholas Ahn! He will be joining us on June 1, 2023, from Cleveland, Ohio, where he has served as the Director of the Spine Fellowship Program at the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center since 2010. Dr. Ahn earned his B.S. in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University before going on to receive his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He then completed his orthopedic residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital. After his residency, Dr. Ahn went on to complete a fellowship in spine surgery at Rush University. He specializes in spine surgery with a focus on spinal reconstruction and minimally invasive procedures for degenerative diseases.

Dr. Ahn brings an impressive and extensive background in teaching and research. He has published over 200 articles, abstracts, and book chapters with his medical students and residents. His work has been nominated for numerous awards from the Cervical Spine Research Society, the Ohio Orthopedic Society, and the North American Spine Society. He is a two-time recipient of the Teaching Award for the orthopedic residency at University Hospitals/ Case Western Reserve University. He was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Society for Excellence in Teaching in 2012. He was also given the Kaiser Permanente Teaching Award in 2015. We could not be more thrilled to welcome Dr. Ahn into the department!

At the end of my interim Chair year, I want to thank my staff, faculty, and residents for the support and hard work that everyone put in this past year. It was exciting to see changes and improvements and realize that the department is strong and healthy. We have enjoyed welcoming new physicians, staff, and residents to our department. I wish Dr. Ahn the best and a successful time leading this incredible team!

Rodolfo Zamora. M.D.
Associate Professor and Interim Chair
Chief of Orthopaedic Oncology
Department of Orthopaedics
University of Louisville