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Department of Orthopedics

Department of Orthopedics
 

Leadership

Orthopedic Surgery Interest Group




Byron Ellis

OSIG Executive Board Member, Class of 2015

Byron Ellis is originally from Los Angeles. In 2004, he decided to trade in the California beaches for the Rocky Mountains, attending 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 OR and 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

OSIG Executive Board Member, Class of 2015

Dom Burneikis completed his bachelor's degree in public health studies at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. 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 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

OSIG Executive Board Member, Class of 2016

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

Kevin Krughoff

OSIG Executive Board Member, Class of 2016

Kevin Krughoff grew up playing hockey, wakeboarding, and skiingand developed an interest in orthopedics thanks to his many visits to the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine. 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

OSIG Executive Board Member, Class of 2016

Jason Hafer loves medical school and lives in Aurora with his wife, Christina, and 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 surgeryespecially hand and other orthopedic 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).



​Alec Sundet

OSIG Executive Board Member, Class of 2017

Alec Sundet graduated from the University of Montana in 2013 with a BS in biochemistry. As an undergraduate, Alec's research interests combined predictive bioinformatics with biochemical data to study Rift Valley fever virus. He moved to Denver in the fall of 2013 to join the University of Colorado School of Medicine class of 2017. Outside of school, Alec enjoys long-distance running, rock and ice climbing, and traveling.


Bailey Johnson

OSIG Executive Board Member, Class of 2017

Bailey Johnson is a Colorado native with a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor degree in Spanish from Colorado State University. While an undergraduate, she performed research in the Cognitive Aging and Memory Lab at CSU and in 2009 completed a summer internship in the neuropsychology department at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin, Ireland. Her high school and college rugby career gave rise to her interest in orthopedics after experiencing the benefits of a successful ACL surgery. Bailey volunteered with a Young Life Organization, was a bilingual tutor at an after school program for low income families, and worked as a language and cultural assistant teaching English in Castilla y León, Spain. She is excited to be back in Colorado and has received a research fellowship to create a project within the field of orthopedics.



​Nichole Shaw

OSIG Executive Board Member, Class of 2017

Nichole Shaw completed her undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California. After a brief stint as a medical device engineer, she realized she would rather apply her knowledge of biomechanics to the human body. She was a competitive gymnast growing up and an avid skier and snowboarder, leaving her quite familiar with orthopedic surgeons from a patient standpoint. She volunteers with Project CURE sending medical supplies to developing countries around the world, and was a TA for Anatomy for the PA and PT students this past summer. She is currently involved in research with the Regenerative Orthopedics Laboratory here at CU. Her research interests include applications of human mesenchymal stem cells and treatment options for children with growth plate injuries. 
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