Faculty

Nitin N. Bhatia, MD is a fellowshipNitin N. Bhatia, MD-trained Orthopaedic spine surgeon with particular expertise in the treatment of all neck and back disorders, the cervical spine, the lumbar spine, and spinal trauma. He currently serves as the Chief of Spinal Surgery and Residency Program Director in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Bhatia graduated, with honors, from Stanford University, after which he attended Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Following his Orthopaedic surgery residency at UCLA, Dr. Bhatia completed a spine surgery fellowship at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, which was succeeded by a second spine surgery fellowship at Miami Children’s Hospital. Dr. Bhatia’s clinical and biomechanical work regarding cervical spine stabilization techniques and scoliosis fixation have been published extensively and presented internationally. He served on the Board of Directors for the Western Orthopaedic Association and currently sits on the Editorial Board for the North American Spine Society’s SpineLine, and contributes too many other esteemed publications.

Michael P. Bolognesi, MDMichael P. Bolognesi, MD is Associate Professor of Surgery, Chief of the Adult Reconstruction Division, and Director of the Adult Reconstruction Fellowship in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Duke University School of Medicine. He completed medical school and his residency at Duke, followed by a Fellowship in Adult Reconstruction at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. After his training, Dr. Bolognesi joined the Duke academic faculty where his practice is focused on total hip and knee replacement, uni-compartmental arthroplasty, revision total hip and knee replacement, and patient optimization. He conducts a high volume of clinical research focused on studying the outcomes of these procedures as well as investigating the introduction of new technologies to advance this field of care. Dr. Bolognesi is extremely well-published and sits on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, is a member of the Knee Society, and recently served as President of the North Carolina Orthopaedic Association.

Ryan M. Nunley, MDRyan M. Nunley, MD is currently an Associate Professor for Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, where his clinical specialties are hip and knee preservation, resurfacing, and replacement.  He received his undergraduate degree in Economics from Vanderbilt University, his medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and completed his residency at the Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Nunley has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles, abstracts, and book chapters on his specialty, and is currently a Reviewer for the Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research Journal, Journal of Arthroplasty, and the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery (JBJS). Since 2011, Dr. Nunley has appeared in the “Best Doctors in America®” list and, over the years has been the recipient of numerous awards, including: the American Orthopaedic Association OREF-Zimmer Young Leader Award; the Marshall Urist Award, the Jim Rand Award, the Mark Coventry Award, the OREF/Current Concepts in Joint Replacement Award; the Washington University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Excellence in Education Award; and many more. He currently sits on the Boards of the Missouri State Orthopaedic Association, the Southern Orthopaedic Association, and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS).

Kevin D. Plancher, MDKevin D. Plancher, MD is a Clinical Professor in Orthopaedics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He earned his Master’s in Science in Physiology and Doctorate in Medicine from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He completed his residency at Harvard University’s Combined Orthopaedic program, and then went on to complete two post-graduate fellowships at The Indiana Hand Center, focusing on hand and microvascular surgery, and the world-renowned Steadman-Hawkins Clinic, focusing on sports medicine and reconstruction of the shoulder and knee. Dr. Plancher is a leading orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine expert with extensive knowledge in knee, shoulder, elbow, and hand injuries, specializing in minimally invasive procedures including partial knee replacements, arthroscopic rotator cuff repairs, arthroscopic Bankart repairs, and endoscopic elbow release for severe tennis elbow. He lectures globally on issues related to orthopaedic procedures and sports injury management and chairs the “Orthopaedic Summit in Evolving Techniques”, a national conference attended by over 550 orthopaedic and sports medicine physicians in an effort to teach evolving techniques and treatments in sports medicine. In 2001, Dr. Plancher founded “The Orthopaedic Foundation for Active Lifestyles,” a non-profit 501(c)(3) foundation focused on maintaining and enhancing the physical well-being of active individuals through the development and promotion of research, education, and supporting technologies.

Alexander P. Sah, MDAlexander P. Sah, MD currently serves as Director of the Outpatient Joint Replacement Program and Co-Director of the Institute for Joint Restoration and Research at Washington Hospital in Fremont, California. He earned his medical degree, graduating Magna Cum Laude, from Thomas Jefferson Medical College and went on to complete his residency at the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Program, followed by a joint reconstruction fellowship at Rush University Medical Center. In addition to being a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Dr. Sah is a member of leadership committees for the AAOS, the California Orthopaedic Association, and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. He is a multi-year recipient of the “Best of Fremont” Doctor and Orthopaedic Surgeon Awards and was named a California Top 10 Orthopaedic Surgeon, among many other honors. He also continuously serves as a reviewer for Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research and an editor for Techniques in Orthopaedics. Dr. Sah is widely published and is an esteemed speaker, having presented at more than 50 meetings and conventions across the United States.