Dustin Quig, PA-C is physician assistant to Dr. S. Robert Rozbruch on the Limb Lengthening Service. He attended Penn State University where he graduated with Honors earning a degree in Kinesiology. Following graduation, Dustin attended the Cornell University Physician Assistant program. While at Cornell, Dustin had a strong desire to pursue Orthopedics completing an elective rotation at the Hospital for Special Surgery and writing his senior thesis on hip replacement surgery. After graduation Dustin joined the HSS Limb Lengthening team. In his spare time Dustin enjoys playing guitar, participating in both baseball and football, and exploring New York City.
Lisa Halfen, PA-C, ATC is a physician assistant on the Limb Lengthening Service. She attended Mercy College where she earned a Masterís degree in physician assistant studies. Prior to attending PA school, Lisa worked as an athletic trainer at Fairleigh Dickinson University and Jericho High School. She earned a Masterís degree in athletic training at Indiana University, and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training at The University of Michigan. With her background in athletic training, orthopedics was the area of medicine that interested Lisa most when she was in PA school. After graduating from PA school, Lisa began working at HSS, and is proud to be a part of the limb lengthening team.
Dr. Saravanaraja Muthusamy is a fellow in Limb Lengthening and Complex Reconstruction Service for the 2012-2013 academic year. He graduated medical school from the Madras Medical College, Chennai, the first medical school of India. Then he completed his Orthopaedic Surgery residency at the Government Medical College, Nanded. After his residency, Dr. Muthusamy pursued further orthopaedic fellowship trainings with many nationally renowned surgeons, including the founding president of ASAMI India. Before joining Hospital For Special Surgery, he trained at many institutions throughout the United States and Europe. In the future, he is interested in practicing complex reconstructive surgery.
Dr. Kirane is one of our two Limb Lengthening and Complex Reconstruction Fellows for the 2012-2013 year. Following his orthopedic training in India, he completed the PhD curriculum in orthopedic biomechanics at the Pennsylvania State University. In the future, Dr. Kirane intends to continue doing orthopedic clinical practice as well as research in an academic setting. His research interests include high tibial osteotomies and joint distraction procedures, and their effects on the progression of knee osteoarthritis. He is currently heading a gait analysis study which utilizes motion capture technology to assess the pre and post operative effects of varus (bowleg) deformity corrective surgery.
Eugene Borst began his time at the Limb Lengthening and Complex Reconstruction Service in the summer of 2008 as an HSS volunteer working closely with Dr. Fragomen on several research projects. Those of which include a comprehensive study of one hundred ankle fusion surgeries and a summer working in the hospitalís Biomechanics Department assisting in a motion capture study. Through his hard work and dedication, he won the hospitalís Mary Ryan Student Award which is given to only two student volunteers each year. He graduated with honors as a History Major from CUNY Hunter College in the spring of 2010 and is currently back at Hunter, part-time, taking science courses in preparation for medical school. Now he has become the departmentís research coordinator and looks forward to continuing his education and work on many great research projects. Gene hopes to continue to follow his passion and attend medical school in the near future.
Dr. Svetlana Ilizarov was born in Kurgan, Siberia. After graduating from Chelyabinsk Medical School she returned to Kurgan were she was trained by her father Prof. Gavriil A. Ilizarov in Limb Lengthening and Deformity Correction at the Center of Reconstructive Orthopaedics and Trauma (1000 bed Orthopaedic Hospital and Research Institute). She has done clinical research and completed Ph.D. Thesis "Correction of Knee Deformity with Simultaneous Lengthening in Patients with Sequelae of Hematogenic Osteomyelitis of the Distal End of the Femur." She published Surgical Technique Guides on Lower Extremity Lengthening.
In the U.S. she had training in Arthroscopy as international fellow at the Hospital for Joint Diseases and completed Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency program at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. She is board certified physiatrist specializing in Rehabilitation of patients after Ilizarov Surgery.
Areas of interest include conservative treatment of other musculoskeletal disorders, Prosthetics/Orthotics, Electrodiagnostic Medicine.