Fellowship Program

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Fellowship Program, Class of 2002-2003

Every year six fellows who have completed their orthopaedic residencies come to Vail to expand their surgical and research skills for twelve months. Their focus is on the causes, treatment and prevention of osteoarthritis as well as the treatment and prevention of injuries.


Reed L. Bartz, M.D.

Dr. Bartz graduated from Southern Methodist University with a degree in economics and then went to The University of Texas at Galveston to study medicine. He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at Baylor College of Medicine where twice he was presented with the Paul Harrington Award for excellence in orthopaedic research. Dr. Bartz also received the prestigious Herodicus Society Award for best resident paper at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine for his study of the topographical matching of osteochondral transplant donor and recipient sites. He has been published in Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, American Journal of Sports Medicine, and Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma.

Dr. Bartz will come to Vail with his wife Kristie and children, Claire and James.

Timothy D. Farley, M.D.

Dr. Farley graduated with an honors degree in psychology from the University of Notre Dame. He attended Rush Medical College in Chicago where he served as President of the college's chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. Dr. Farley completed his residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, where his research included studying the prevention of ossification after hip surgery, following cell viability of cryopreserved meniscal allografts in the sheep model, and comparing different types of implants in total knee arthroplasty.

An accomplished hockey player, Dr. Farley will be joined by his wife Barbara and baby son Ryan.

Scott A. Hacker, M.D.

Dr. Hacker earned his undergraduate degree in bioengineering from the University of California at San Diego and also was awarded the Regent's Fellowship for a Master's Degree in Bioengineering concentrating on orthopaedic biomechanics. He then studied medicine at the University of California at Irvine. As an orthopaedic surgery resident at the University of Washington, he pursued his strong interest in clinical and biomechanics research and has been published in Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, Journal of Orthopaedic Research, and Osteoarthritis and Cartilage.

An outdoor enthusiast and talented musician, Dr. Hacker will enjoy Vail to the fullest with his wife Mona.

Michael J. Milne, M.D.

Dr. Milne studied economics and finance as an undergraduate at Southern Methodist University and at the London School of Economics before deciding to pursue a career in medicine rather than in business. He then earned his medical degree and completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. During residency, Dr. Milne received the Texas Orthopaedic Association Award for the Best Resident Paper on "Knee Bridging External Fixation of High Energy Bicondylar Tibial Plateau Fractures."

Recently a member of the physicians' team for men and women's Olympic trials in triathalon, Dr. Milne brings a well-rounded interest in extracurricular activities to his fellowship year in Vail.

Timothy O'Brien, M.D.

Dr. O'Brien graduated cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in government. After working two years with an international law firm, he decided to change direction and study medicine. He attended Brown School of Medicine and became interested in orthopaedics while working on several basic science research projects in the laboratory at Rhode Island Hospital. Dr. O'Brien completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of California at San Francisco where he was involved in researching functional outcome following chronic rupture of the patellar tendon.

A leader in many volunteer and community-based projects, Dr. O'Brien also looks forward to enjoying the mountain biking, hiking and golf in Vail.

James M. Van den Bogaerde, M.D.

Dr. Van den Bogaerde studied biology as an undergraduate at University of California - Los Angeles and attended University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine. While in medical school, he received the Roche Laboratories Award for Excellence in Basic Science Research at the National Student Forum and the National Institute of Health Summer Student Research Award. Dr. Van den Bogaerde completed his residency program at the University of California Davis Medical Center where his research projects included comparing hamstring and patellar tendon grafts for MCL reconstruction, as well as studying approaches to the repair of intercondylar humerus fractures.

Captain of his championship collegiate alpine ski racing team, Dr. Van den Bogaerde will enjoy a year in Vail with his wife Erica and children, Sadie and Nicholas.

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