Interns and Research Projects




Tia Shutes

Name: Tia Shutes
Home Institution: East Tennessee Quillen College of Medicine
Summer Mentor: Dr. Nathaniel Lempert and Dr. Craig Louer
Division: Pediatrics

Femur fractures are among the most common lower extremity injuries in the pediatric population. Management options for a pediatric femur fracture include early spica casting, flexible intramedullary (IM) nailing, rigid IM nailing, and plate fixation. Selecting a treatment option depends on age, fracture pattern, body mass, and canal diameter. The objective of this research is to retrospectively assess trends in case volume based on fellowship training of surgeons conducting the procedures, patient age distribution, and occurrence of postoperative complications.

Peter Chan

Name: Peter Chan
Home Institution: University of Texas Southwestern
Summer Mentor: Dr. Ryan Martin and Dr. Jake Wilson
Division: Joints

Proper implant position in total hip arthroplasty (THA) is vital to successful surgery. To plan the position of the prosthesis, surgeons often make pre- and intraoperative annotations on hip/pelvis radiographs and/or fluoroscopy images. Pelvic tilt varies between patients and with postural changes and has been associated with periprosthetic dislocation. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to develop a novel deep learning model that can annotate pelvic fluoroscopic and radiographic images to determine both implant position and pelvic orientation.

Rob Danford

Name: Rob Danford
Home Institution: Tulane School of Medicine
Summer Mentor: Dr. Dan Stinner
Division: Trauma

In 2017, the US Army created the U.S Army Military-Civilian Trauma Team Training (AMCT3) program to maintain the combat casualty care competency of its Forward Resuscitative Surgical Detachments (FRSDs). At Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), the AMCT3 program has been optimized to a three-year curriculum designed to provide superior combat casualty care training for emergency medicine (ER) and critical care (CC) nurses. This paper discusses the VUMC AMCT3 curriculum, the CC nurse’s program experience, and potential next steps.

Arpitha Pamula

Name: Arpitha Pamula
Home Institution: Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Summer Mentor: Dr. Eric Bowman and Lance LeClere
Division: Sports

There are numerous, easily accessible online resources designed to educate patients about orthopedic injuries and procedures, though they largely lack interactive capabilities. Recently, artificial intelligence applications such as the Chat Generative Pre-Trained Transformer (ChatGPT) have become mainstream and freely available. We found that the generated responses had a lack of specifics and a need for further detail to appropriately educate patients in the setting of ACL injury. Importantly, while the answers were far from complete, there was no identified inaccuracy or misinformation delivered by the chatbot.

Dalton Bannister

Name: Dalton Bannister
Home Institution: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Summer Mentor: Dr. Phil Mitchell
Division: Trauma

I’m writing a pathoanatomy paper on anterior column posterior hemitransverse acetabular fractures to better characterize the variability in the fracture pattern and help guide further research and implant development. I’m also working on a review paper on sexual dysfunction after traumatic pelvic injuries that is geared towards what orthopedic surgeons should know about this issue and how they can provide better patient education on screening, diagnosis and treatment options.

Alice Bouchard

Name: Alice Bouchard
Home Institution: Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Summer Mentor: Drs. Stephanie Moore-Lotridge & Jon Schoenecker
Division: Translational Science

My project is focused on the osteoporosis that arises following a polytrauma. Currently we are examining the role of IL-1β in this process using a mouse-model of polytrauma, longitudinally tracking bone density with serial DXA, and measuring inflammatory markers in blood and muscle at the experiment’s conclusion.

Gabriel Lane

Name: Gabriel Lane
Home Institution: Meharry Medical College
Summer Mentor: Dr. Eric Bowman
Division: Sports

Tommy John surgery is a common procedure performed on athletes, especially baseball players. Our work aims to identify misperceptions within the public on Tommy John surgery and provide education regarding its benefits and risks.

Kartik Reddy

Name: Kartik Reddy
Home Institution: University of Texas Health McGovern Medical School
Summer Mentor: Drs. Craig Louer and Nate Lempert
Division: Peds

I am analyzing data from the country’s largest institutional pediatric fracture database to assess postoperative outcomes of different supracondylar humeral fractures treatments. This study aims to assess the validity of the current dogma surrounding how these fractures are traditionally treated in the OR.

Emil Varas

Name: Emil Varas
Home Institution: Ponce Health Sciences University, Puerto Rico
Summer Mentor: Dr. Amir Abtahi
Division: Spine

I am developing a database on anterior lumbar interbody fusions to assess postoperative pelvic alignment and spinal outcomes. I am also working on building a thoracolumbar burst fracture database to assess postoperative outcomes.




Vickery JW, Varas EE, Abtahi AM. Crossing the Cervicothoracic Junction: A Review of the Current Literature. Clin Spine Surg. 2022 Dec 1;35(10):451-457


Moore-Lotridge, SN., Coronado, R., Louer, C., Lempert, N., Abtahi, A., Mitchel, P., Bowman, E., Obremskey, WT., Schoenecker, JG., Wright, RW., Archer, KR. Development of a Comprehensive Medical Student Summer Research Program in Orthopaedic Surgery. ORS Annual Meeting 2023.