Past & Present Interns


2019: Guy Guenther

Guy is a second-year medical student at the University of Minnesota. His main contributions while at the OTI included work on a systematic review of randomized control trials on the surgical treatment of hip fractures and a retrospective study on the impact of operative duration on post-operative complications following hip fracture surgery. In addition to his research, Guy took full advantage of the opportunities to shadow in arthroplasty clinic and the OR as well as educational opportunities with the resident anatomy class and morning trauma conference. Guy hopes to pursue a career in orthopaedic surgery and to continue working on research to contribute to the field. He has a specific interest in working with underserved patients and understanding the nuances of providing orthopaedic care for this population

2019: Parisun Shoga

Currently, Parisun is a second-year medical student at Touro University Nevada. During her internship at OTI, Parisun was able to work with other medical students on two research projects and had the opportunity to shadow in the OR and clinic. The first project: Radiation Exposure during Percutaneous Screw Fixation in the Pelvis. The second project: Assessment of Surgical Skills using a Cadaver Ankle Fracture Model. Looking ahead, Parisun's goal is to become an orthopedic surgeon involved in an academic center with the opportunity to work with medical students and residents.

2019: Tatiana Getman

Tatiana Getman interned at OTI in the Summer of 2019. She contributed to four projects, some of which are currently being submitted for publication! These projects included studying radiation exposure during percutaneous screw fixation of the pelvis, determining the clinical impact of surgical randomized controlled trials on the management of hip fractures, determining the rate of healing of tibia fractures based on x-rays, and lastly, studying the relationship between traumatic brain injuries and tibia fracture healing. Tatiana is now in her second year of medical school, studying for her boards and getting ready to start her clinical rotations. She plans to go into either orthopedics or PM&R with a sports medicine fellowship. Either way, her goal is to help her future patients maintain vitality and participation in sports and recreation throughout life.

2019: Niel Panchal

Niel worked as a remote clinical researcher and data analyst at OTI conducting multivariate analysis on types of traumatic brain injuries that lead to accelerated bone formation in patients with tibia fractures only. He has actively contributing to the TBI-Tibia study, which is supporting OTI's recent discovery of accelerated bone formation exhibited in contralateral polytrauma of murine models. He is also executing data-driven approach to strongly support Morioka, K., Marmor, Y., Sacramento, J.A. et al. Differential fracture response to traumatic brain injury suggests dominance of neuroinflammatory response in polytrauma. Sci Rep 9, 12199 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-48126-z" In the future, Niel foresees a gap year and continuously driving his ambition to conduct clinical research. Ultimately, Niel plans to matriculate into medical school and further progress a career in healthcare."

2018: Mayur Urva

Currently, Mayur is finishing his 3rd year of medical school at New York Medical College. Mayur will then spend a year at UCSF as the 2020-2021 IGOT Morgan and Madison McClellan International Research Fellow. During his summer internship at OTI, Mayur developed a video-based assessment tool for surgical skill development in orthopaedic residents. He also contributed to a systematic review of reporting of reduction quality in intertrochanteric fracture fixation. Going forward, Mayur plans to pursue a career in orthopaedics with an emphasis on education and global health.

2018: Nehil Patel

Nehil is currently working as a behavior therapist for young children with autism, while he applies and interviews for medical school. During his time as a UCSF OTI intern, Nehil had the opportunity to start and carry forward a study that sought to investigate accelerated bone healing in patients who have suffered traumatic brain injuries and concomitant long bone shaft fractures. He also had the opportunity to participate in several projects at the OTI, such as the experimental development of an ultrasound tool that could measure tibiofibular syndesmosis non-invasively. Nehil thinks it was a great experience to work hand in hand with trauma surgeons, research staff, and medical students. These experiences at the OTI provided Nehil great insight into the field of orthopaedic trauma and helped him cultivate a burgeoning interest in pursuing a career as a surgeon. Nehil envisions himself as a medical student in the near future.

2017: Will Curtis

After Will completes medical school at the University of Southern California, he will start orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of New Mexico in June. As a research intern at the OTI, Will had the opportunity to contribute to two now published manuscripts, titled: Resection Arthroplasty Compared With Total Hip Arthroplasty in Treating Chronic Hip Pain of Patients With a History of Substance Abuse and Use of Standard Musculoskeletal Ultrasound to Determine the Need for Fasciotomy in an Elevated Muscle Compartment Pressure Cadaver Leg Model. Through these research projects, he was able to participate in study design, data collection, analysis, manuscript drafting, and submission, all of which have been extremely useful in his subsequent research endeavors. Will hope to continue to perform orthopaedic trauma research, specifically in the surgical treatment of patients with substance use disorders. His future fellowship interests include trauma, shoulder/elbow, and sports surgery.

2017: Jonathan Charlu

Jonathan is currently completing medical school as a 4th year medical student at St. Louis University School of Medicine. Jonathan worked with Dr. Marmor and the team to help complete a project focused on using ultrasound techniques to diagnose acute compartment syndrome. This was a cadaver study using ultrasound to correlate lower leg tissue and fascial changes with increased leg compartment pressure. He compared increased compartment depth, measured with ultrasound, with increased compartment pressure in each leg. The compartment pressures were generated by a controlled fluid model guided by Bernoulli's principle. This led to a journal publication, titled: Use of Standard Musculoskeletal Ultrasound to Determine the Need for Fasciotomy in an Elevated Muscle Compartment Pressure Cadaver Leg Model