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School of Medicine announces two new GME program directors

Amelia Sorensen, M.D., (left) and Devika Maulik, M.D. (right)

The School of Medicine and the Office of Graduate Medical Education have announced the appointment of two new program directors for the school’s Orthopaedic Surgery Residency program and the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship.

Amelia Sorensen, associate professor of surgery, began serving as the new program director for the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency on Sept. 1. Devika Maulik, an associate professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, will serve as the new Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship director beginning Nov. 1.

Sorensen joined the orthopaedic surgery staff at Truman Medical Centers in 2015 and has represented the School with numerous publications and presentations.  She received her medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis. She remained in St. Louis to complete her orthopaedic surgery residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, then went to the University of California-San Diego to complete her hand and microsurgery fellowship. She has worked nationally and internationally with the National Institutes of Health and has served as a HIVCorps Fellow.

Maulik has been a member of the School of Medicine faculty since 2015, during which time she has received numerous honors and awards from organizations including the National Institutes of Health. She has represented the school nationally and internationally through multiple publications, presentations and invited lectures.

A graduate of Weill Medical College at Cornell University, Maulik completed her residency at the University of California-Los Angeles and moved to Kansas City where she did a fellowship in maternal fetal medicine at UMKC School of Medicine before joining the faculty.

Dr. Akin Cil Appointed Interim Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery

The School  of Medicine has announced that Dr. Akin Cil has accepted the appointment as interim Department and Academic Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery.

A member of the School of Medicine faculty since 2008, he has served since 2012 as the Franklin D. Dickson/Missouri Endowed Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Research in recognition of his collaborative research with colleagues in the Department of Civil & Mechanical Engineering in UMKC’s School of Computing and Engineering.

A 1999 graduate of the Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine,  Cil completed his orthopaedic residency in Turkey. He then emigrated to the United States where he completed a fellowship in adult lower extremity reconstructon at Baylor University and a fellowship in upper extremity reconstruction at the Mayo Clinic. He also added a sports medicine fellowship at Children’s Hospital Boston-Harvard Medical School before coming to UMKC.

Board certified in orthopaeidc surgery, he has served as the vice chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and has been a member of the staff at Truman Medical Center Health Sciences District for the past 12 years. A mentor to more than 100 students, residents and fellows, his clinical and research emphases focus on shoulder and elbow injuries.

Medical students receive orthopaedic surgery research awards

Corey Wells and Sanju Eswaran
Corey Wells and Sanju Eswaran

Two UMKC medical students have won new research awards for students interested in orthopaedic surgery.

Corey Wells, a fifth-year B.A./M.D. student, is the first recipient of the University Orthopaedics Trauma Research Opportunity and Scholar Award. The award is given to an outstanding UMKC medical student intent on pursuing a career in orthopaedic surgery who demonstrates an interest in fracture care or management of traumatic injuries.

The $1,500 award is designed for B.A./M.D. and M.D. students in the final three years of their respective programs. Recipients are expected to commit two consecutive elective months to a research project.

The UMKC Department of Orthopaedic Surgery sponsors the award. Jonathan Dubin, M.D., assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery, said the department started the award in response to student interest in research opportunities.

“A lot of them are really great students, and we wanted to be able to set something up where we give them dedicated, actual time to do the research and a reward for their achievements,” Dubin said.

The scholar award will be drawn from a charity fund supported by orthopaedic surgery faculty members. Wells will work with Dubin, who specializes in orthopaedic trauma.

Sanju Eswaran, a fifth-year B.A./M.D. student, will receive the University Orthopaedics Hand Surgery Research Opportunity and Scholar Award. She will assist Amelia Sorensen, M.D., assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery, with research projects relating to informed consent and infections.

Sorenson, a hand surgeon, said she created the $500 award after seeing the quality of the applications for the University Orthopaedics Trauma Research Opportunity and Scholar Award. “I thought it would be a good use of my research money right now,” she said.

The UMKC Department of Orthopaedic Surgery worked with Larry Dall, M.D., and Michael Wacker, Ph.D., assistant deans for student research, to develop the scholar awards.

Wacker invited other UMKC academic departments interested in creating research awards for students to contact him or Dall. “We want to make inroads into every specialty that has interest in it,” he said.

Orthopaedic Surgical Skills Laboratory

IMG_2554Established in 2014, the Orthopaedic Surgical Skills Laboratory affords residents the opportunity to practice basic and advanced surgical motor skills in a simulated environment. The laboratory was funded by grants from the Diveley Resident Education Fund at St. Luke’s Hospital Foundation and Children’s Mercy Hospital.

The lab is equipped with a full range of skills simulators, specific to orthopaedic surgery.  During the PGY-1 year, residents complete 17 basic surgical skills modules, as suggested by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.  These modules have been integrated into the department’s core curriculum, and residents have protected time to complete them.

The laboratory is open to all residents 24 hours a day/7 days per week with key-card access.


Arthoscopic Equipment

The lab is equipped with a capital equipment arthroscopic tower, which includes a camera, light source, arthroscopic shaver, and fluid pump. This setup allows “dry lab” experiences with models and the AANA FAST system, as well as the ability to perform arthroscopic procedures on cadaver specimens.  The lab has both 30° and 70° arthroscopes available.


The lab also has 2 complete FAST (Fundamentals of Arthroscopic Surgery Training) systems allowing simulated arthroscopic skills that build hand-eye coordination for arthroscopic surgery.  Included is a laptop, which functions as camera and light source, a 30° scope, all eight FAST modules, and a FAST knot tester.

Orthopaedic Trauma

The lab houses several orthopaedic implant tools for residents to become familiar with and to practice proper technique.  These include: two complete Stryker Operating Room power hand pieces, a small fragment fixation set, external fixation set, traction bows and pins, Gardner-Wells tongs, and K-wires. The lab is also equipped with a variety of simulated bones which can be used for tactile feedback.


The lab is equipped to teach the basic principles of microsurgery using fine suture and latex tissue analog. Residents are provided surgical loops during their PGY-1 year for microsurgery training and surgery.

Operating Room Equipment

Residents can practice prepping, draping, casting, and suturing in the lab. The lab has an OR table and the availability of C-arm fluoroscopy.

Joint Injections

Available in the lab are joint injection models for shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, and ankles. There is also a compartment syndrome tester to develop the ability to correctly place a needle in each of the four compartments of the lower leg.  A Stryker intra-compartmental pressure monitor is available to obtain accurate pressure readings.


Chief Residents
Held, MichaelMichael Held
Born and raised in Detroit, Michael graduated with honors from the University of Michigan. Following a brief stop in Baltimore where he obtained a Master’s degree at Johns Hopkins, Michael attended Creighton University for medical school. While at Creighton he developed and presented research on the long-term complications of reverse total shoulder replacements. His interests outside of medicine include spikeball as well as baseball, hiking and hockey. He would like to thank his parents, Mike and Sherry, along with his siblings, Andi, Casey and Matthew, for their continuous guidance and support.
Mitchell, GarrettGarrett Mitchell
Garrett grew up all over California, but mainly lived in the Sacramento area. He majored in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavioral Science at the University of California- Davis, with a minor in history. He decided that California was no longer for him and wanted to leave for medical school, landing at the University of Missouri- Columbia for that. The Midwest has been a great fit for him, and he’s very excited to be able to remain in Missouri for another 5 years. He and his fiancée love to go on new adventures, whether that is a nearby hiking trail or another country. They want to do more medical mission work in the future. He loves learning and is a very curious person, especially about WWII and ancient civilizations. He enjoys going fishing, hunting, and camping whenever possible, anything to get him outside.
De Ruyter, MattMatt De Ruyter
Matt was born in Rochester, Minnesota but moved to Jacksonville, Florida and then to Kansas City during middle school. He attended the University of Oklahoma for his undergraduate degree in Biology and returned to Kansas City for medical school at the University of Kansas. In his free time, Matt enjoys trail running, hiking, reading, traveling, and going to Chiefs games.
Watkins, AndrewAndy Watkins
Andy was born and raised in Bossier City, Louisiana and attended LSU in Baton Rouge for his undergraduate studies. He then moved back home for medical school at LSUHSC-Shreveport. He is a diehard Louisiana sports fan, including LSU (Geaux Tigers) and the New Orleans Saints (Who Dat). In his free time he enjoys all things related to the outdoors including hunting, fishing, golf, and snow skiing. He also enjoys cooking, especially Louisiana foods like gumbo and crawfish boils.


Senior Residents
Brent AnsleyBrant Ansley
Brant Ansley was raised on a family ranch near Joplin, Missouri. He played baseball at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas where he received his bachelor’s degree.  Ansley began his medical career as an orthopedic physician assistant before attending medical school at the University of Kansas. He enjoys playing golf, and spending time with his wife and three children.
Kyle BroughamKyle Brougham
Kyle was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He has a passion for hockey and continues to play in the position of goalie. He obtained his undergraduate degree in biological sciences at Mizzou, and his medical degree at Drexel University College of Medicine. He’s a foodie that loves exploring new eateries with friends and loved ones.
Cyrus EtabariCyrus Etebari
Cyrus is from Scottsdale, Arizona. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Pennsylvania, and then returned home to attend medical school at the University of Arizona. Cyrus enjoys good food, the outdoors, and spending time with friends and family. He is a huge football fan, following the USC Trojans, the Arizona Cardinals, and now he can continue to root for the Chiefs and his favorite player Patrick Mahomes! Cyrus also loves to read, watch movies and weightlift.
Clayton LinkClayton Link
Clay was born and raised in the suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri. He attended the University of Alabama (Roll Tide) for his undergraduate degrees in Biology & Psychology. Following college, he decided to return to Missouri for medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. When outside of the hospital, Clay enjoys spending time with his girlfriend and their rambunctious puppy, Louie. He also enjoys playing ice hockey, cheering on all St. Louis Sports (Let’s Go Blues!) and frequenting all the local BBQ restaurants and breweries.



Sheena Amin
Sheena was born and raised in Edison, New Jersey. She attended Drexel University in Philadelphia for her undergraduate and graduate education. Outside of the hospital, she enjoys traveling, going to the shore, boxing, and exploring the local food scene.


Katherine Branche
From Mclean, Virginia, Katherine attended Washington University in St. Louis for undergraduate education, studying Global Health and Archaeology. She received her medical degree from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She is passionate about health equity and social justice for marginalized populations as well as mentoring. When she is not in the hospital, she loves tennis, spending time with friends and family, cooking, and watching animated movies.

E.L. Domingo-Johnson
E.L. was raised in Cleveland, Texas. He received his Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) from Lonestar Community College while working as a pharmacy technician. E.L. worked for three years as a nursing supervisor while completing prerequisites for medical school at Prairie View A&M, then received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from the University of Texas at Arlington. He attended Texas Tech for medical school and is excited to follow in the footsteps of his favorite player, Patrick Mahomes, in making the move from Lubbock to Kansas City. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing sports, working out, fantasy football, and volunteering with the underserved population locally and globally.

Kenneth Furlough
Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Kenneth is passionate about his community and interested in making a difference in healthcare using art, sports, entrepreneurship, and value based healthcare principles. He graduated and played football at Georgetown University and earned his medical degree at Chicago Medical School. Outside of medicine Kenneth is interested in sneakers, artificial intelligence/predictive analytics, and hip-hop culture.



Adriano DellaPollaAdriano DellaPolla
Adriano was born and raised in the western suburbs of Chicago, IL. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Marquette University in Biomedical Sciences and completed his medical training at Creighton University. He is passionate about service, mentorship, and education. Outside of the hospital he enjoys homebrewing, winemaking, weightlifting, cooking, fishing, hiking, and exploring new restaurants with his fiancée.
LeiLani MansyLeiLani Mansy
LeiLani was born in Pensacola, FL. After moving several times growing up and living in places like Houston, TX, and St. Louis, MO, she landed in Kansas City, MO, where she completed undergrad and medical school at UMKC. She is passionate about mentorship and the pursuit of lifelong learning. During her free time, she loves to try new things, read, explore the outdoors, rock climb, lift weights, and snowboard.
Zachary PodooZachary Podoll
Zach was born in Velva, North Dakota; in Velva, Zach was actively involved in Eagle Scouts and any sport that his small school offered. He went on to play football and obtain a bachelor’s degree in athletic training at the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND before heading down south for a gap year in Denver, Colorado. After a year of snowboarding, hiking, and breweries, his wife, Hannah, and himself made it back up to their home state to begin medical school at the University of North Dakota. Zach has a passion for mentoring pre-medical and medical students, as well as fitness, outdoor activities ranging from kayaking to rollerblading, and any and all things related to his wife Hannah and their dog Ralph.
Morgan WhitmireMorgan Whitmire
Morgan was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She obtained her BS in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where she played rugby and volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters.  She went on to receive her medical degree from East Tennessee State Quillen College of Medicine.  She is passionate about working with underserved populations, especially children.  Outside of medicine, Morgan loves traveling to National Parks, going to baseball games, and spending time with her family.
Dr. Kardarius BurgessKadarius Burgess
Kadarius was born in a small town in Arkansas and moved to Kansas City Missouri midway through his childhood. He grew up with a love of science and playing many different sports; basketball, baseball and football being his favorites. Combining these two loves, orthopedic surgery became a dream career for him. Kadarius always knew he wanted to be a doctor, and is the first doctor in his family. Kadarius hopes to inspire and open doors for people with backgrounds like his to follow in his footsteps. He went to the University of Missouri for undergrad studying biology, then UCLA/Drew for medical school. In his free time, Kadarius enjoys staying active with many different activities including snowboarding and hiking, hanging with friends at music concerts/festivals, and exploring the local brewery scenes.
Dr. Joshua CummingsJoshua Cummings
Josh is from Dallas, Texas. He attended Rice University for his undergraduate degree where he played Division 1 football. He graduated with his MD and MBA degrees from The University of Texas at Austin’s Dell Medical School and McCombs School of Business, where he established a firm commitment to mentorship, particularly with student-athletes and under-represented students. During his free time, he likes to spend time with his friends and girlfriend exploring new food places, breweries, and outdoor locations. Josh is also a major sports person. He watches the NFL(Cowboys), NBA(Mavericks), and Premier League Soccer(Man City), while also playing soccer, tennis, and basketball.

Dr. Alfred KankamAlfred Kankam, Jr.
Alfred grew up in Fort Worth, TX and attended Texas Tech University. During his time at Texas Tech, he worked as a pharmacy technician and became very passionate about service and mentorship. After 4 years in Lubbock, Alfred decided to stay and earned his medical degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. From hosting a St’ Baldrick’s event to raise funds for children cancer research to starting the annual “Melanated Moments in History” newsletter to celebrate Black History Month, Alfred strived to leave an impact in whichever community he was in. Outside of the hospital, Alfred enjoys collecting sneakers, weightlifting, reading, and traveling the world. He enjoys watching the NFL (Go Chiefs!) and the NBA (Grizzles).

Dr. Jack WarrenJonathan “Jack” Warren
Jonathan was born in Springfield, Illinois. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his medical degree at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. With involvement in free medical screening societies at both institutions, he developed a passion for caring for underserved populations. As well, Jonathan has completed two research years in orthopaedic surgery and wishes to conduct research throughout his career. In his free time, Jonathan enjoys weightlifting, playing electric and acoustic guitar, hockey, hiking, good food, as well as spending time with his wife and their corgi, Waffles.

Program Overview


The UMKC School of Medicine’s Orthopaedic Surgery program is a five-year orthopaedic residency as required by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS), with four residents in each year.


The faculty are dedicated to the active education of our residents. We use interactive techniques in conference and rounds which will require all residents in attendance to participate. Residents are expected to develop treatment plans for their patients and be able to defend their thought processes in developing the plan. High academic achievement and the ability to utilize a fund of knowledge is emphasized.

Educational Benefits
  • Female Resident SurgeonsPGY-1 residents receive personalized surgical loupes and OR lead.
  • Resident with highest OITE score each year receives a monetary prize.
  • All residents PGY2 an above scoring over the 80th % on the OITE are fully funded to attend AAOS.
  • PGY2s attend AO Basic
  • PGY3s attend an Orthopedic Pathology Course
  • PGY5s attend the Miller Review and AAOS
  • Optional industry-sponsored meeting or conference yearly
  • Access to Clinical Key
  • Access to the Resident Orthopedic Core Knowledge Program
  • Access to AAOS ResStudy question bank
  • Access to an Orthopedic Skills lab with simulators in Trauma and Arthroscopy
  • Stipend for travel to present research at local, regional or national meetings
  • Protected time to work on basic surgical skills and research.
  • Intern bootcamp encorporating the  ABOS’s 17 basic surgical skills modules

The bulk of the formal teaching conferences are held at University Health on Wednesday mornings, 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday morning conferences include orthopaedic faculty presentations, resident presentations, and other invited speakers including alumni. The majority of conferences focus on board testable topics and include case and question review.  Additional conferences on the Business of Medicine, DEI topics and skills, Patient Safety and Wellness occur throughout the year,

Once a month the Wednesday conferences are held at Children’s Mercy Hospital for pediatric orthopaedic surgery grand rounds. At Children’s Mercy, the hospital’s faculty present a review and update of cogent topics covering the gamut of pediatric orthopaedics over a two-year period.

PGY-3 and 4 residents present one formal grand rounds presentation per year. PGY-1 residents are able to attend the department’s formal teaching conferences during their internship.

Additional journal clubs and skills labs are held approximately every 6 weeks.

Regular departmental research meetings occur covering all active projects within the department and allowing the residents on their research rotations to present their progress.

A regular Saturday morning case conference is held on the first and third Saturdays of each month, August through May, at Saint Luke’s, 7:00 – 8:00 a.m. The senior residents and sports medicine fellow present cases for review by the faculty to help become better prepared for their oral board examinations. This is required for the presenter and those residents already assigned to work that day.


PGY-1 residents are assigned to a series of rotations which fulfill the ABOS requirements including critical care, vascular surgery, radiology and neurosurgery and six months of orthopaedic surgery (three months at UH and six weeks each at Saint Luke’s and Children’s Mercy).

The PGY-2 residents are assigned three-month rotations including pediatrics, trauma, hand, sports medicine, and spine.

The PGY 3 rotations include arthroplasty, foot and ankle, research, pediatrics and oncology.

PGY-4 rotations include sports medicine, arthroplasty, trauma and foot and ankle

PGY-5 rotations include pediatrics, hand, shoulder and elbow, trauma, sports and arthroplasty

Our residents graduate with exceptional surgical experience. Most graduates will have more than 2500 major surgical cases during their time as a resident. Our residents become talented in the OR, with good technique and surgical judgement.

Resident Research

All residents are expected to complete a research project prior to graduation. By the end of the PYG-2 year, a research topic and faculty research collaborator are to be selected. There is a dedicated continuous 6 week block for research during the PGY3 year with additional protected research time during the PGY4 year with anticipated submission or presentation during  the PGY-5 year.  The research project must be submitted, ready for publication or presented at an orthopaedic meeting as a requirement for graduation.

Work Hours/Call

Residents’ duty hours are carefully regulated to ensure compliance with the 80-hour work week requirements of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). 2-3 week nightfloat rotations occur during the PGY2 and PGY 3 years. Residents are not on call more often than every third night on average and receive a 24-hour period free of clinical responsibility at least every seven days.


More information on benefits is available here.

  • Three weeks paid vacation (21 calendar days, including weekends)
  • Professional liability coverage
  • Sick leave (1 day per month for each month of employment, up to 72 days)
  • Health insurance (2 plans)
  • Dental and vision benefits
  • Long-term disability
  • Tax deferred annuity program controlled by the resident
  • Accidental death and dismemberment Program
  • Life Insurance, 1x annual salary, at no cost – with options to increase at variable costs
  • Flexible benefits program through health care and dependent care spending accounts
  • Residents can utilize the University Health Truman Medical Center pharmacy and receive employee discount savings

Every six months residents are evaluated on their progress toward the understanding of the 16 orthopaedic surgery milestones, defined by the ACGME and the ABOS. In addition, residents are evaluated four times a year, immediately following each three-month rotation in the following areas, as recommended by the ACGME

    • Medical Knowledge
    • Patient Care
    • Systems-based practice
    • Practice-based learning and improvements
    • Professionalism
    • Interpersonal/communication skills

Faculty are sent an evaluation form and asked to comment on what the resident is doing well and how the resident can improve.  They score the residents from 1-10 in each of the core competency categories.  UMKC participates in the ABOS/ACGME Knowledge, Skills, Behaviors Program which asks for frequent feedback on resident performance.

At the quarterly evaluation meeting, each resident’s performance is discussed in detail. All faculty members are invited to attend the evaluation meeting Comments are recorded and used in combination with the completed evaluation forms by the program director to complete summative and formative evaluations of the resident which are conducted twice a year. .

For complete details on the evaluation rubric and details of what these terms mean, as well as expanded details of each milestone, please visit the ACGME’s website.

Following the final evaluation of the year, the program director determines if the resident will be promoted and/or graduated. All resident appointments are for 12-month periods. Residents not reappointed as a result of poor performance may utilize the grievance process.

Clinical Competency Committee

The UMKC Orthopaedic Surgery Clinical Competency Committee (CCC) is chaired by Associate Program Director Dr. Jonathan Dubin and consists of Program Director Dr. Amelia Sorensen, Department Chairman Dr. Akin Cil, Associate Program Director Dr. Tim Badwey, Associate Program Director Dr. Lisa Berglund, Dr. Charles Rhoades, Dr. Caroline Tougas, and program coordinator, Nicole Larm.  The CCC meets periodically and determines the residents progress in the 16 orthopaedic surgery milestones.

Orthopaedic Surgery

Orthopaedic Surgery group photo at black tie event


The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery welcomes you. We hope you will find our web site helpful as you search for the best residency program suited to your needs. We take great pride in graduating highly qualified orthopaedic surgeons from our program. Our residents train at three Level I trauma centers in Kansas City and receive a broad education in all areas of orthopaedics, treating patients across a spectrum of all age groups with great cultural diversity.

Our application process is highly competitive and we encourage you to apply if you are committed to acquiring the best in orthopaedic education. As you check out our web site, be sure to click on Residents and meet those who are currently working to maintain our exemplary standards. They come from across the country, and when they leave us, they move on to equally competitive, highly-respected fellowship programs.

We look forward to meeting you soon!

Akin Cil, M.D.
Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Amelia Sorensen, M.D.
Program Director


We have designed this web site to give you access to the information you might want to know about our department. We have tried to provide information about each of our associated hospitals and our staff, as well as information about our residency program and the application process for our residency. If you do not find the information you are looking for, please contact Nicole Larm.