Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program

With a patient mix of the city’s most affluent and most needy, our residency program at Mount Sinai West (formerly Mount Sinai Roosevelt) offers many opportunities to gain medical and scientific expertise, as well as to hone your entrepreneurism, critical thinking, and social consciousness. Most of our attending staff members hold teaching appointments at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. We encourage developing skills in service, leadership, and the interpersonal arena.

In addition, our residency program has a strong research agenda, and we offer stipends and reimbursement to support those efforts. As an institution, we have a history of performing many “medical firsts” and you, as a resident, work closely with our ambitious and accomplished scientists.

Our five-year program includes three residents in each year. 

Our residents participate in rotations that focus on surgical and non-surgical care in a wide range of areas. You take on increasing responsibility over the five-year program until, in the final year, you act as an independent orthopaedic surgeon. Formal daily didactics supplement this practical education and enable you to work with faculty from a range of specialties.

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Our Department has a record of investigating, discovering, and developing treatments and technologies, and our residents participate in both clinical and laboratory research. You also benefit from our emphasis on investigative collaboration and partnerships.

Learn more about our research requirements

We follow all hospital bylaws and the requirements of the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education in our admissions process. We accept applications from qualified students who have received an MD degree from an accredited medical school at the time of entry into the program, offering equal opportunity to all individuals who have the necessary qualifications.

We fill all positions through the National Residency Match Program. You must submit your application through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS), along with all supporting documents.

Complete applications include:

  • ERAS application
  • Dean's letter
  • Medical school transcript
  • Two or more additional letters of recommendation
  • United States Medical Licensing Examination scores
  • Personal statement

We neither require nor accept additional examinations such as the GRE, SAT, or MCAT. 

We have entered into a collective bargaining agreement, and the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR) has been certified by the National Labor Relations Board as the representative for all house staff employed by Mount Sinai West. All house staff officers covered by the CIR agreement shall, as a condition of employment, become and remain members of the CIR/SEIU in good standing during the term of their employment with periodic dues uniformly required as a condition of membership.

The PGY salary scale for residents in Accredited Graduate Medical Education Programs, effective 01/1/2014 with increases on 7/01/2016, is below.

























Learn more about salary and benefits

Our current residents are:


Elaine Balutis, MD
Medical School: University of Massachusetts Medical School

Ismar Dizdarevic, MD
Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University 

James Giordano, MD
Medical School: Temple University School of Medicine


Daniel S. Donovan, MD
Medical School: SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences 

Daniel R. Howard, MD
Medical School: Washington University School of Medicine

Jeremy D. Podolnick, MD
Medical School: University of Texas Medical School Houston


Brian Hamzavi, MD
Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine

Doug Nowacki, MD
Medical School: Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine

William Petersen, MD
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine


Nicholas DeBellis, MD
Medical School: New York Medical College

Nolan Maher, MD
Medical School: 

Wayne Reizner, MD
Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry


Andy Chang, MD
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia

Eliseo DiPrinzio, MD
Medical School: Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

David Solomon, MD
Medical School: SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine