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Orthopaedics Residency Program

Program Director, Susan M. McDowell, M.D.

Susan M. McDowell, M.D.
Program Director

Since inception, the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation has been responsible for orthopaedic education for 14 Chairs throughout academic health centers in this country and Puerto Rico and has educated 5 heads of divisions of Sports Medicine.  Six current Orthopaedic Chairs outside of Rochester trained at the University of Rochester Orthopaedics Residency Program.  Our graduates have been president of every major Orthopaedic association in the United States including the American Orthopaedic Association, The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, the Association of Orthopaedic Chairs, the Hip Society, the Society for Surgery of the Hand, the Orthopaedic Research Society, the Scoliosis Research Society, the International Society of the Knee.

The curriculum is broad, encompassing all of the 12 subspecialties with required reading as well as suggested reading. The faculty is committed to providing an intensive, encompassing exposure to disorders and diseases of the musculoskeletal system. Each brings a special talent to the residency program and takes great pride in the accomplishments of the residents.  Thus, residents have ample opportunity to gain exposure to all of the subspecialties before deciding in which area they may choose to specialize.

Welcome from the Residency Directors

Tour the Medical Center with Orthopaedic Residents

Virtual Orthopaedic Surgery Experiences for 4th Year Medical Students

Our Department by the Numbers


Total Residents


Dollars in NIH Funding


Outpatient Visits


Surgical Procedures

What Sets Us Apart

Broad Curriculum

Residents are exposed to every subspecialty area of orthopaedics, with a large volume of patients and multiple treating faculty specialists in each area.

State-of-the-art Facilities

Bringing together a full-range of orthopaedic, rehabilitation, and imaging specialists that offers patients unparalleled convenience and access.


The University of Rochester Medical Center has a distinguished history of musculoskeletal research led by experienced physicians and biomedical scientists.

Hear From Our Residents

What Our Residents Say

Mattie Raiford, M.D.

"I chose the program for a variety of reasons mostly centered around the people. The faculty truly care about your education/experience and go out of their way to teach you which I felt was a unique aspect of the program."

Mattie Raiford, M.D.

Medical School / Medical College of Georgia
Hometown: Vidalia, GA

Women in Orthopaedics

Hear from our faculty mentors who are dedicated to evolving the field for female surgeons and creating more opportunities for all our residents.

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