Residency Overview

Mission Statement

Orthopaedic thought leaders integrating clinical and surgical expertise, innovative research, and interdisciplinary care to educate the next generation of exceptional surgeon-leaders for the our local communities and beyond

Value Statement:

Elevating patient care and resident education through our CORE values

     C: community through connection to and with those we serve

     O: orthopaedic excellence in patient care, research, and education

     R: respect within and amongst all members of the care team

     E: equity in the care we provide our patients

Diversity and Inclusion Position Statement

We are committed to representation of diverse backgrounds and cultures, and culturally sensitive care for our patients.  In the area of trainee education, we follow a policy of openness, inclusion and diversity which includes resident and fellow recruitment.  We are demonstrating our diversity with media interaction, news articles, podcasts and journal entries, which promote our inclusive and representative group.  We will continue to work to maintain and grow inclusiveness, representation, and diversity, as well as reaching out to the community for ways to improve our service.

We recognize the recent traumas of social injustice and the evolving state of our nation and its people.  We will continue to be at the forefront of inclusiveness, representation, equality and justice. Recognizing the value and strength inherent in our diverse population is the first of many steps to meet the goal of optimal health and community wellness.

Jason A. Strelzow, MD, an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery, specializes in hand surgery and orthopaedic trauma. Dr. Strelzow joined the department as faculty in 2017 and served as Associate Program Director from August 2019 to March 2023. Dr. Strelzow took over the role of Residency Program Director in April 2023.

Tessa Balach, MD, a professor of orthopaedic surgery, specializes in orthopaedic oncology and adult joint reconstruction. Dr. Balach, an alum of the Residency and Musculoskeletal Oncology Fellowship programs, returned to the department as faculty in 2016 and served as Residency Program Director from July 2018 to March 2023. Dr. Balach took over the role of Department Chair in March 2023.

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