Dustin Quig, PA-C
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.
Benjamin Odamtten, PA-C
Benjamin Odamtten is a nationally certified physician assistant on the LLCRS. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Utica College of Syracuse University. He then went on to receive his degree in Physician Assistant Studies at Touro College. Prior to joining HSS, Ben worked as an Inpatient Adult Medicine Physician Assistant for six years at Montefiore Medical Center. With a strong medical background and a great passion for the restoration of mobility, Ben could not be happier to be part of the Limb Lengthening Team.
Zachary Edelman, PA-C
Zachary Edelman, PA-C is physician assistant to Drs. Rozbruch and Fragomen at the NYLLCRS. He attended Wagner College in Staten Island, NY where he graduated from a 5-year accelerated BS/MS Physician Assistant program. While in PA school, Zachary was a patient at HSS where he had his first taste of orthopedic surgery. This experience gave him a strong desire to pursue a career in orthopedics. Zachary’s medical mission trips to Guatemala and Peru, where he provided care to those in remote, underdeveloped villages, convinced him that deformity correction was his ideal field of practice. Zachary joined the HSS Limb Lengthening team in July of 2018. In his spare time, he volunteers as an EMT in Freehold, NJ. He enjoys wood working, hiking, and spending time with his family and friends.
Sherif Dabash, MD
Sherif Dabash obtained his medical school degree with first honor from Ain Shams University Cairo, Egypt. Dr. Dabash completed orthopedic surgery residency in Egypt and was hired as an assistant professor in the same University. He traveled to United States to finish postgraduate training as a fellow. One year of research was completed at the Cleveland Clinic in Florida. In 2016, he was a research fellow at the Paley Institute in West Palm Beach, FL. In 2017, he was a Foot and Ankle clinical fellow in University of Texas, Houston, McGovern Medical School. Dr. Dabash completed a Master's Degree in trabecular metal implants and its uses in orthopedic surgeries and has published numerous peer-reviewed papers. He now joins the NYLLCRS to further strengthen his skills and increase his knowledge in the field of complex deformity.
Seyedalireza Mirghasemi, MD
Seyedalireza Mirghasemi obtained his medical education at Tehran University of Medical Science where he completed both medical school and his residency in orthopaedic surgery. He pursed a one year research fellowship in shoulder and elbow division of orthopedic department at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He attended a one year research fellowship in hip and knee arthroplasty at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Now, he is spending one year at the NYLLCRS where he is obtaining further training in deformity correction and limb reconstruction surgery. He is a proud father of Yasmin and Lianna and owes all his success to Narges, his supportive wife, and his parents.
Rena Mehta is our research coordinator. She began her career in University of Maryland where she volunteered at a special needs school and assisted in many studies in child development. Afterwards, she worked with multiple institutions to gain more experience in clinical research knowing this is what she enjoys. Rena became a part of the Limb Lengthening and Complex Reconstruction Service team at HSS in June of 2018, and is excited to be a part of such an innovative and dynamic field in medicine.
Svetlana Ilizarov, MD
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.
Erica Lenihan, RN
Erica Lenihan, RN is the Nurse Clinician for the Limb Lengthening and Complex Reconstruction Service (LLCRS) working with Drs. Rozbruch and Fragomen. She began working at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) upon graduating from Dominican College with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. She transitioned to the LLCRS after working on the Adult and Pediatric in patient floor at HSS for six years. Her interest and dedication to Limb Lengthening patients gives her the desire to improve and enhance their experiences whenever possible.
Chandra Kewal, LPN
Chandrawattie Kewal, LPN began her studies at Farmingdale State University before attending the New York City Board of Education Licensed Practical Nursing Program. Chandra comes from a background of Geriatric and long term care and aspires to be a Nurse Practitioner. She enjoys various activities and learning new things. Chandra is currently working on her associate’s degree in nursing.
Executive Assistant and Office Manager for Dr. Rozbruch
Omaira Dean is Dr. Rozbruch's Executive Assistant and Office Manager at the Limb Lengthening and Complex Reconstruction Service. Ms. Dean attended NYCT in Brooklyn NY. She began working at HSS in 1998 and joined Dr. Rozbruch at the Limb Lengthening and Complex Reconstruction Service (LLCRS) in 2001. She is an essential member of our team.
Office Manager for Dr. Fragomen
Kathiria Rodriguez (Kathy) is the Office Manager for Dr. Fragomen at the Limb Lengthening and Complex Reconstruction Service. She attended St. John’s University with a business major. She joined Dr. Fragomen in the Limb Lengthening and Complex Reconstruction Service (LLCRS) in 2007. She plays a significant role in Dr. Fragomen’s practice.
Medical Secretary for Dr. Rozbruch
Rosa Mora is the medical secretary for Dr. Rozbruch’s team at the Limb Lengthening and Complex Reconstruction Service. Rosa attended John Jay College of Criminal Justice with liberal arts major. She then transferred to Hostos Community College to continue her education in liberal arts. She joined LLCRS in July of 2008 and has remained devoted to providing excellent service ever since.
Medical Secretary for Dr. Fragomen
Hennessy is the Medical Secretary for Dr. Fragomen in the LLCRS. She previously worked for Dr. Rozbruch for almost three years. She attended Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie and majored in Human Services; graduating in May of 2015. Hennessy majored in Human Services because she enjoys working with people by being able to help them and fulfill their needs to the best of her abilities. On her free time Hennessy enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys listening to music and shopping.p>
Wilma Cortez is the Billing Manager for the NY Limb Lengthening & Complex Reconstruction Surgery PLLC. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration Summa Cum Laude in Business Management and has worked as a billing professional since 2000. Ms. Cortez takes pride in her job and the service she provides, working with the patients and insurance to get the best possible reimbursement.