• Over the past 15 years, our graduates have achieved 100% pass rate on the written boards. 
  • The diversity of our training sites gives our residents exposure to all orthopaedic subspecialties in varied settings from a major trauma center in an urban setting to a private physician's office in suburbia.


Orthopaedic training at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School has prepared and enabled our residents to obtain fellowships at outstanding programs throughout the country. Ninety percent of our graduates over the past 8 years have gone onto fellowship training and 10% have gone into private practice.

Our 2016 graduates joined the following fellowships:

Sevag Bastian
Shoulder and Elbow
Kerlan-Jobe, Los Angeles

Jacob Didesch
Hand and Upper Extremity
Allegheny General Hospital

Peter Gibson
Hand and Microvascular Surgery 
The Hand Center of San Antonio


Spencer Hauser
Spine Surgery
Duke University

John Hwang
Carolinas Medical Center

Jesus Juarez
Foot and Ankle
UT Houston

Recent graduates have obtained fellowships at:


Case Western Reserve University

Columbia University

Duke University


Florida Orthopaedic Institute

Harborview Medical Center


Hospital for Joint Diseases

Hospital for Special Surgery

Johns Hopkins

Kaiser Permanente


Lenox Hill Hospital
Mt. Sinai Hospital

New England Baptist Hospital
Ochsner Clinic

Orlando Health

San Diego Center for Spinal Disorder

Southern California Orthopaedic Institute in LA
Texas Medical Center

The Cleveland Clinic

Thomas Jefferson


Union Memorial
University of Chicago
University of Massachusetts Medical School

University of Pennsylvania

University of Pittsburgh

University of Sydney
Washington University


There are a number of Centers of Excellence at University Hospital in the area of cancer, cardiovascular services, genetics, neurology, ophthalmology, pediatrics, psychiatry, surgery, and trauma.  The Department of Orthopaedics is renown for the following:

At University Hospital, a variety of treatment options are offered for patients seeking care for scoliosis and scoliosis-related conditions. These include both surgical and nonsurgical techniques provided by experts in neurological surgery and orthopaedics.

Precision is key during back surgery to minimize the potential for serious injury to surrounding nerves. Surgical services at University Hospital are enhanced by the availability of the state-of-the-art Stealth surgical navigation system. This system utilizes sensor-based optical tracking computer technology to accurately pinpoint areas of the spine on a “map” in real time during surgery, giving the surgeon a much more precise view of this critical location.


Highly trained orthopaedic surgeons at The University Hospital have extensive experience in correcting LLDs using the full range of techniques including the Ilizarov and Taylor Spatial Frames as well as intramedullary nailing techniques.

This patient is undergoing a forearm lengthening. In order to maintain finger mobility and prevent contractures, customized slings can be suspended off the external fixator.

Dr. Francis Patterson ( Professor of Orthopaedic Musculoskeletal Oncology) says that when dealing with a tumor of the musculoskeletal system, the top goals of cutting out the entire tumor and preserving the maximum function become ever more reachable as technology advances. High on his current success list are: a 47-year-old man with a large liposarcoma of the thigh whose surgery preserved near normal motion and strength of the extremity, and who has since become a ski instructor; and a 30-year old woman who had half her pelvis removed, and a composite of allograft and hip replacement used to reconstruct her hip, and is now planning on having a second child.


2013 Top Doctors Congratulations to faculty from the NJMS Department of Orthopaedics and other faculty from NJMS on being named to the 2013 Castle Connolly "Top Doctors" list. Based on a peer review survey in which physicians nominate their peers as best doctors, Drs. Joseph Benevenia, Wayne Berberian, Robin Gehrmann, Francis Patterson, Sanjeev Sabharwal and Virak Tan were recognized.



The two main creative areas in Joe Benevenia's life wouldn't seem to have much in common. One is an operating room at University Hospital in Newark. The other is the garage in Montclair that he converted into a sculptor's studio... He is currently working on "The Passage of Hope," a six-piece work commissioned by the Cancer Center for its lobby in Newark.