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Department of Orthopedics

Department of Orthopedics


Orthopedic Surgery Interest Group

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Andrew DeMars

O.S.I.G. President, Class of 2014

Andrew DemMars is a Colorado native with a bachelors degree in Chemical and Biological engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder. While an undergraduate, Andrew investigated high-pressure stabilization of protein mutations. Andrew is a medical student at the University of Colorado, Class of 2014, and has held several leadership positions within the Medical Student Council. Currently, Andrew is performing research in the Department of Orthopedics concerning osteoarthritis with joint replacements and the affects of diabetes on this condition. He is also performing research in Kathmandu, Nepal concerning medical education and the implementation of Telemedicine and Problem Based Learning (PBL) to advance medical education in that country. His other interests include rafting, rugby, mountaineering, recovering from the injuries received from these sports, and the use of electric bone saws.


Byron Ellis

O.S.I.G. Executive Board Member, Class of 2015

Byron Ellis is originally from Los Angeles, CA. In 2004, he decided to trade in the California beaches for the Rocky Mountains. He attended the University of Colorado, Boulder where he majored in Integrative Physiology. In his spare time, he volunteered in the Sleep and Chronobiology Research Lab. He also had the great opportunity of playing for the Colorado Buffaloes Football Team. Byron has gained experience in the field of orthopedics through shadowing and working with various orthopedic physicians. Most of his experience has come under the mentorship of Dr. Eric McCarty, head team physician of the Colorado Buffaloes, doing research and shadowing him in the O.R. and the clinic. In the summer of 2012, Byron is heading back to Los Angeles to complete an internship through the Nth Dimensions program and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. The focus of the program is to promote diversity in the field of orthopedic surgery.


Dom Burneikis

O.S.I.G. Executive Board Member, Class of 2015

Dom Burneikis completed his bachelor’s degree in Public Health Studies at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. During his time in Baltimore, he worked to establish Charm City Clinic, a non-profit community clinic providing health care services to the residents of East Baltimore. Dom is a member of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Class of 2015, a​nd is currently involved with trauma research in the Department of Surgery. His research interests include post-op delirium, neuroinflammation after peripheral trauma, and cognitive deficits following major surgical procedures. Other interests include brewing, fly fishing, and mountaineering.


Gabrielle Whitmore

O.S.I.G. Executive Board Member, Class of 2016

Gabrielle Whitmore is a Colorado native who is a Baylor University graduate of 2011 and a University of Northern Colorado Master's of Biomedical Sciences graduate of 2012. She is traveling to Uganda in the summer of 2013, to explore her passion for global health and orthopedic surgery. She enjoys basketball, running, laughing, and playing with her dog.

Kevin Krughoff

O.S.I.G. Executive Board Member, Class of 2016

Kevin Krughoff grew up playing hockey, wakeboarding, and skiing, and developed an interest in orthopedics by way of too many visits to the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine near his home in Boulder. As an enthusiastic woodworker, he found the concept of using power tools to fix bones and ligaments especially appealing. Kevin graduated from Rollins College with a BA in psychology and worked as an assistant for quadriplegics who suffered traumatic spine injuries. His current research interests include formulating more efficient biopsy techniques for prostate cancer and evaluating surgical techniques for correction of crouch gait deformity in cerebral palsy. 


Jason Hafer

O.S.I.G. Executive Board Member, Class of 2016

Jason Hafer loves medical school and lives in Aurora with his wife, Christina, and 9-month old son, James. Jason is from Salt Lake City, Utah, and graduated from the University of Utah with a BS in Health Promotion and Education. A certified EMT-Intermediate, he decided he wanted to work on the hospital side of health care and worked in surgery for two years. There he gained a deep interest and passion for surgery–-especially hand and other orthopeadic surgery. He is a TA for the PT and PA anatomy programs at the Anschutz Medical Campus and has participated in research using phage therapy to prevent infection in osteo-integrated prosthetic implants. Other interests include soccer, baseball, skiing, hiking, camping, building igloos, and home improvement projects (working with his hands and using power tools).