Marshall University is one of just two United States schools since 1995 to have a first-time orthopedic surgery residency training program approved. Marshall's program will double the number of orthopedic surgeons who can be trained in West Virginia, bringing the total to 30. MU President Stephen J. Kopp said the program is a logical outgrowth of advances in medical education at Marshall.
"Marshall's medical school has been working diligently to complete the rigorous work required to earn program approval from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for our new residency program in orthopedic surgery," Kopp said. "This new graduate medical education program will take advantage of the outstanding group of physicians assembled by the Department of Orthopedics. Orthopedic residents accepted into this program will experience leading-edge training in a field that has seen remarkable advances in diagnosis and treatment options. As new orthopedic surgeons complete their training at Marshall University and Cabell Huntington Hospital, all of West Virginia will benefit, especially the rural and underserved areas of our state and region."
Kopp said the growing orthopedic surgery program will complement the services of the new Department of Neuroscience, which will offer both neurosurgery and neurology.
Dr. Ali Oliashirazi, chair of Marshall's Department of Orthopedics, said the residents will be based primarily at Cabell Huntington Hospital.
"Cabell Huntington has been wonderfully helpful in making sure we have the facilities and financial backing we need to offer top-notch training," he said. "Its support was vital in making this program a reality."