S. Robert Rozbruch, MD
Austin Fragomen, MD
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.
Rachel Da Cunha, MD, FRCSC
Dr. Da Cunha was born and raised in northern Alberta, Canada. She attended the University of Alberta for a Bachelor of Science with a specialization in Chemistry. Dr. Da Cunha obtained her medical education at the University of Calgary where she completed both medical school and orthopeadic surgery residency. After graduating from her residency in 2016, Dr. Da Cunha pursued further fellowship training in Foot and Ankle Surgery at the Hospital For Special Surgery. She has continued to pursue further subspecialty training in deformity correction and limb reconstruction surgery and is now one of two Fellows with the Hospital For Special Surgery’s Limb Lengthening and Complex Reconstruction Service. Dr. Da Cunha will begin her practice at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada in September 2018, where she will hold an academic position primarily specializing in Foot and Ankle Surgery, as well as Trauma Reconstruction Surgery and Complex Deformity Reconstruction.
Asim Mhakdom, MD, MSc, FRCSC
Asim obtained his medical school degree with first honor from King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He then travelled to Canada to join McGill Orthopaedic Residency Program in Montreal. He received his Board Certification of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada in 2016 and then pursed one year fellowship training in hip and knee arthroplasty at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Asim completed a masters degree in experimental surgery during his residency at McGill and developed a strong interest in scientific research publishing numerous peer-reviewed papers. Now, he is spending one year training at the HSS Limb Lengthening and Complex Reconstruction to further strengthen his skillset and also to explore NYC. Asim is a proud father of Miryam and owes all his success to his supportive wife and his parents.
Eugene A. Borst
Gene 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 clinical research projects. In addition, he spent a summer working in the hospital’s Biomechanics Department assisting in a motion capture study involving the Taylor-Spatial/Ilizarov Frame. Through his hard work and dedication he earned the hospital’s Mary Ryan Student Award which is given to only two student volunteers each year. Gene graduated with honors in history from CUNY Hunter College in the spring of 2010 and is currently enrolled at Hunter part time as a biology major in preparation for medical school. He became the department Research Coordinator in the summer of 2011 and has been involved in numerous exciting studies since then. His outside interests include Paleontology, hiking, and paddle tennis. Gene hopes to continue to follow his passion for medicine and to attend medical school in the near future
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>