Nassau University Medical Center Osteopathic Orthopedic Residency Program


Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC) is a public teaching hospital affiliated with the Health Sciences Center of Stony Brook University and with Northwell Health. The 19 story, 631 bed Level I Trauma Center is located at 2201 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow, NY.

The mission of Nassau University Medical Center is to provide comprehensive high quality health care services to Nassau County residents regardless of their ability to pay.

NuHealth Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program:

The orthopedic residency program was established at Nassau University Medical Center in 2015 with the mission to provide a broad experience in orthopedics in a supportive learning environment.  Our residents have a strong educational curriculum mixed with a vast clinical experience including daily outpatient clinics in sports medicine, spine surgery, pediatric orthopedics, fracture care, hand surgery and joint replacement surgery.  The residents also cover our Level 1 trauma service and interact in our multidisciplinary hip fracture service.  Outside rotations include experiences at Stony Brook University for pediatric orthopedics, Good Samaritan hospital for community orthopedics, and Memorial Sloan Kettering for orthopedic oncology.

The program incorporates rotations specific to each major subspecialty of orthopedics to provide a focused experience. Both outpatient and inpatient experiences are included, as well as operative and non-operative methods of treatment for a wide variety of orthopedic conditions.  Emphasis in clinical training is placed on giving each resident sufficient graded responsibility to assure that upon completion of training he or she will have had ample experience and knowledge to make important clinical decisions and the skill to perform an extensive variety of major and minor orthopedic procedures.  The residents’ responsibility progresses with increasing knowledge and skill level and their experience is enhanced within the setting of a protective environment in a hospital with a very experienced and academically involved attending staff.

A didactic curriculum for basic and clinical sciences is taught by the faculty with an emphasis on resident participation. To supplement these sessions, grand rounds are conducted every Wednesday morning.  Additional study in anatomy is included as the residents participate in a cadaver study conducted in affiliation with New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM).  Clinical training is enhanced by conferences in all areas such as indication conference, journal club, fractures, morbidity and mortality, compliance and physical exam review.  To promote active and ongoing research residents present research in bimonthly meetings run by the program research mentors where residents and faculty can discuss the design and implementation of research and quality improvement programs. They actively participate in the formulation of study designs and present to the institution’s IRB. Each resident is required to do the CITI program for training in the ethics and compliance of medical research. Lastly, as part of the annual curriculum, research and statistics is reviewed.

All residents are required to publish research and present their projects to demonstrate scholarly activity. Scholarly activity can be an original basic science or clinical research project, book chapter, or review article.

Our clinical rotations include: Adult Orthopedic Surgery, Hand Surgery, Spine Surgery, Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, Sports Medicine, Trauma and Fractures, Community Orthopedics at Good Samaritan Hospital, Pediatric Orthopedics at Stony Brook University and Orthopedic Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

After completing the Orthopedic Surgery Residency, these providers will be able to evaluate and treat most orthopedic conditions.  The most important sign of the success of any training program is how its graduates fare after they begin their careers.



Established in July 2016

Program Director: Charles Ruotolo, MD FAAOS

Assistant Program Director: Karen Avanesov, DO

Residency Coordinator: Shaleé Richardson


For further information, please contact:

Residency Program Coordinator

Shaleé Richardson:
Tel (516) 296-3339
E-mail: srichard@numc.edu


Affiliated rotations:

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

Cincinnati, OH

Ranked top ten pediatric orthopedic hospital in the US by US News and World Report

Memorial Sloan Kettering

Manhattan, NY

Ranked #1 Cancer treatment center in the US by US News and World Report

Good Samaritan Hospital

Babylon NY