Dear prospective visiting student: Due to Wake Forest Baptist Health guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, visiting students will be allowed to rotate in Orthopaedic Surgery beginning July 13, 2020 (Block 5). We are currently accepting applications through the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS). Please stay tuned as any additional updates to student rotations will be listed here.  


Message from the Program Director

head shot of Jason Halvorson, MDThank you for your interest in Wake Forest Orthopaedics! As can be seen within our program aims, the philosophy and mission of our department is simple: to educate and train the next generation of leaders within our field in the operating room, the clinic, research and the community (both medical and otherwise). Our fellowship-trained faculty and staff across the department are dedicated to this mission and take great pride in assuring the educational mission is achieved.

Via a combination of didactic learning, unique research opportunities and early clinical/operative experience, we have been able to successfully assist our trainees to achieve their career goals in obtaining high-quality fellowship opportunities, research and ultimately their careers. Our residents are local and global leaders – whether that means helping care for local high school and college sports teams or presenting both nationally and internationally for research, Wake Forest provides ample opportunity to move beyond just the clinical setting. However, having the designation of a Level 1 adult and pediatric trauma center along with a free-standing cancer center, our residents are exposed to a multitude of disease processes and orthopaedic cases ranging from simple to highly complex and are a vital component to the team caring for all patients.

We are proud of what we have accomplished as a department in the past and look forward to the continued growth and innovation which is to come. Our residency program is at the heart of this innovation and a core pillar to our global departmental mission. We feel as though there are many unique aspects to our program which help us accomplish these goals, many of which can be found within the pages of this website. Certainly, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Jason J. Halvorson, MD
Assistant Professor Orthopedic Surgery 
Program Director, Orthopedic Surgery
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Division of Orthopedic Trauma 

Mission Statement

The mission of the Wake Forest Orthopaedic Surgery Residency is to provide preeminent training in musculoskeletal care and to cultivate surgeon leaders through a commitment to education, compassionate care, teamwork, and academic integrity.

Program Aims

  1. To train the next generation of orthopedic surgeons, in both the clinical and surgical arena, to deliver optimal patient care.
  2. To train the next generation of clinician-scientists to advance the field and scope of orthopedics to better care for musculoskeletal disease.
  3. To educate and mentor trainees to be stewards of healthcare and healthcare systems with a focus centered on patient care.
  4. To foster a sense of service to the community when practicing their skill.
  5. To promote leadership, both within orthopedics and the medical community at large, to advocate for patients, physicians, and communities.

The Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program has five positions per year that are fully accredited by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS), the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

As a resident, you’ll treat patients at the Wake Forest Baptist Health system, a Level I pediatric and adult trauma center that serves people from western North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee and South Carolina.

Our faculty takes great pride in serving as teachers, mentors and advisors to our residents, ensuring they become competent, independent orthopaedic surgeons.

Why Train at Wake Forest?

At Wake Forest, resident education is at the heart of our academic patient care mission. We’re proud of our residency program and of the surgeons we train. Our diverse educational program has fellowship-trained faculty in each of the orthopaedic subspecialty areas, and our educational experience ranges from management of routine fractures to complex tertiary orthopaedic surgery referrals.

You’ll receive instruction in all aspects of adult and pediatric orthopaedic surgery in both the inpatient and ambulatory setting. The sports medicine program coordinates the care of athletes at multiple levels, including the Winston-Salem Dash minor league baseball team as well as Division I teams at Wake Forest University and other local colleges and high schools.

Where Are They Now?

  • Dan Bracey, MD, PhD (2019) – Adult Reconstruction Fellowship, Colorado Joint Replacement, Denver, Colorado
  • S. Hanif Hussaini, MD (2019) – Foot and Ankle Fellowship,The Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Center, Falls Church, VA
  • D. Landry Jarvis, MD (2019) – Sports Medicine Fellowship, Duke Medical Center, Durham, NC
  • Elizabeth Anne McBride (2019) – Hand fellowship, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Wake Forest Baptist Health, Winston-Salem, NC  
  • Ian Al'Khafaji, MD (2018) - Santa Monica Orthopaedic and Sports Med., Santa Monica, CA
  • Matthew Brown, MD (2018) - Adult Reconstruction Fellowship, Scripps Health, San Diego, CA
  • Aditya Chawla, MD (2018) - Hand Fellowship, Itegris Health, Oklohoma City, OK

View all of the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Alumni