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Fellowship Program, Class of 2006-2007

Dr. Cascio

Dr. Cascio was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He attended Duke University, where he majored in History and Biology and played club football and baseball. He graduated from Louisiana State University Medical School in New Orleans with Honors, where he was president of Alpha Omega Alpha. Dr. Cascio completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was named Administrative Chief Resident. Dr. Cascio is a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves.

Dr. Cascio's two main areas of research are cartilage regeneration and the medicolegal aspects of compartment syndrome. Dr. Cascio has presented his research at several national meetings, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the International Cartilage Repair Society, and has published his work, in journals such as the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research.

Dr. Michael Huang

Dr. Huang graduated summa cum laude with an undergraduate degree in neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania. He attended medical school at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. His orthopaedic surgery residency was completed at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He was involved with the Cedar Rapids Roughriders Hockey team, helping them to win the USHL Clark Cup championship in 2005. His research experience includes evaluation of the role of angiogenesis in osteochondral healing. He is published in journals such as Spine, Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, and the Iowa Orthopaedic Journal.

Dr. Huang and his wife, Lora, come to Vail with their daughter Emma.

Dr. Benjamin Huffard

Dr. Benjamin Huffard graduated from Lehigh University in Bethlehem Pennsylvania for us BS in Civil Engineering. He attended Yale University for the post-baccalaureate Premedical Program from 1995 to 1996. Following his premedical training, Dr. Huffard attended medical school at Yale University School of Medicine, graduating with his MD in 2001. Dr. Huffard completed an internship in General Surgery at the New York Hospital in 2002 and his orthopaedic surgery residency was completed at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

Dr. Huffard's current research is "Comparison of Achilles Tendon Repair strength using the Krackow suture with the Achillon Tendon Repair System: An anatomic in vitro biomechanical study." Additionally, Dr. Huffard spent time as a research assistant at the Young-Penny Lab in Boston, Massachusetts from 1996-1997. He is published in Foot & Ankle International and his publications have been presented at the American Pediatric Society - Society for Pediatric Research, 1999 annual meeting, the Society for Neuroscience, 1997 annual meeting, and has also presented at World Federation of Neurology Research Group on Huntington's disease, 1997.

Dr. Huffard will be joined in Vail by his wife, Bronwyn McCarthy Huffard and his four children (3 boys and a little girl): McCarthy Hathaway (Mac), J. Edward Dearborn (Jed), August Benjamin (Gus), and Alden Robinson (Nini).

Dr. David King

Dr. David King graduated from the University of Virginia where he was an interdisciplinary major in neuroscience. He then obtained a medical degree from Emory University and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Washington University in St. Louis. During his training, Dr. King's research was published in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Seminars in Arthroplasty and Techniques in Sports Medicine.

Dr. King was the recipient of the Leonard Marmor Foundation Award for outstanding resident research for his paper on femoral deformity in tibia vara. His other areas of interest include biologic resurfacing in glenohumeral arthroplasty and meniscal repair devices.

Dr. King comes to Vail with his wife Annie and their daughter Riley and son Gavin. An avid golfer and fly fisherman, he looks forward to enjoying the outdoors with his family

Dr. Colin Looney

Dr. Looney graduated Magna Cum Laude from Washington and Lee University with a bachelor of science in Biology where he was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. He completed his Doctorate of Medicine in 2001 from Duke University School of Medicine, graduating at the top 5% of his medical school class and as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He finished his Orthopaedic Surgical Residency at the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.

Dr. Looney served as the resident team physician for the Duke University basketball and football teams and has also served as the resident physician for the North Carolina Central University. He has been published in numerous journals, presented at several meetings and has been active in research.

Dr. Looney is an avid fly-fisherman, backpacker, biker and kayaker who also enjoys reading books. He will be joined in Vail by his wife, Mary.

Dr. Thomas Blake Viehe

Dr. Viehehails originally from Newport Beach, California. In 1995, he graduated with distinction in all subjects with his BA from Cornell University having majored in History. In 2001, Dr. Viehe graduated from the Medical College of Wisconsin. During his tenure at the Medical College of Wisconsin, he served as the Student Body President from 1999 - 2000. Dr. Viehe comes to Vail after having completed his Orthopaedic residency training at Emory University in Atlanta. Once he completes his fellowship at Vail, he will start a Foot and Ankle Fellowship with Dr. Roger Mann in Oakland, California.

Dr. Viehe has been active in research, with several projects studying femur fractures, which have been presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons annual meeting, the Orthopaedic Trauma Association annual meeting, the Southern Orthopaedic Association annual meeting, and the Georgia Orthopaedic Society annual meeting. Additionally he has been part of a spine infection research project - presented at American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons annual meeting, the North American Spine Society annual meeting, the Southern Orthopaedic Association annual meeting, and the Georgia Orthopaedic Society annual meeting. Dr. Viehe has also published a paper in Arthroscopy on the effects of electrocauterization in the arthroscopic management of chondromalacia of the knee.

Dr. Viehe will arrive in Vail with his wife, Keri Ann Himebauch, a former Beaver Creek ski instructor. The couple comes to Vail with their son, Caden Blake. They enjoy golf, skiing, waterskiing, basketball, sailing, and reading and look forward to their experience in Vail.

Dr. Yi-Meng (Beng) Yen

Dr. Yen graduated cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles with degrees in Chemical Engineering and Economics. He completed his Masters of Science in Engineering before starting in the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of California, Los Angeles. He completed his Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry and was named Alpha Omega Alpha during medical school. He finished his Orthopaedic residency training at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has been published in numerous journals and received awards for both basic and clinical science.

Once he completes his fellowship at Vail, he will start a Pediatric Orthopaedic Fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital.

He will joined in Vail by his wife Kate and sons Joshua and Tyler.

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