Fellowship Program, Class of 2011-2012

Adam W. Anz, M.D.

Dr. Anz spent his first 18 years of life in Auburn, Alabama. He graduated summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University with a degree in mathematics and was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Chi. He was awarded an Alabama Merritt Scholarship for medical education and attended the University of South Alabama College of Medicine where he graduated Alpha Omega Alpha and second in his class. His orthopaedic residency training was performed at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with research including 3-D CT reconstruction for identification of mild hip dysplasia and a biomechanical project involving pitchers and elbow injury. Dr. Anz's strongest interest has been in cartilage regeneration, for which he traveled to Malaysia for 3 weeks and aided a recent publication of a case series utilizing a novel method with peripheral blood progenitor cells. He has been working at Wake Forest to initiate a randomized controlled trial involving this method including the acquisition of safety and quality data for preparation of an Investigational New Device application from the FDA.

His wife, Candace, is a physician who recently finished a fellowship in allergy and immunology. They have two furry, four-legged children of the canine variety. As an ardent skier who has been coming out yearly to the Rockies with his family for over 20 years, Dr. Anz is excited about living in the area for a year. His other interests include mountain biking, fly-fishing, kite boarding, and learning how to snow kite.

B. Christian Balldin, M.D.

Dr. Balldin graduated summa cum laude and a Brother Daniel Lynch Scholar from St. Edward's University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He also graduated magna cum laude from University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelor of Science degree. He played NCAA soccer his entire collegiate career and was involved in developing youth soccer talent throughout his college years. He attended the University of Texas Medical School in Houston where he was named a Merck Scholar, and then performed his orthopaedic residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. During his time in Dallas, Dr. Balldin covered many local schools and teams during athletic events. His research interests have included the biomechanical testing of fixation techniques in tendon transfers.

As a tremendous fan of all sports and outdoor activities in general, Dr. Balldin is very excited to spend the year in Vail, from both a professional and personal standpoint. He will be joined by his wife Dominique and their two energetic children, Landon and Cecilia.

Robert E. Boykin, M.D.

Dr. Boykin graduated as a Morehead Scholar with highest distinction and Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. While an undergraduate, he completed an Outward Bound Course in Colorado and Utah focusing on mountaineering and canyoneering. He then received his medical degree from Vanderbilt University, where he was elected president of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and vice-president of his medical school class. Dr. Boykin completed residency training in the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program where he served as administrative chief resident for the Massachusetts General Hospital. His research interests include nerve injuries and trauma of the shoulder which have yielded numerous publications and presentations. After fellowship in Vail, he plans to travel to Annecy, France to work with Dr. Laurent Lafosse studying shoulder surgery at the Alps Surgery Institute.

An avid outdoorsman, Dr. Boykin is looking forward to enjoying the mountains with his wife, Emily, during their time in Vail.

Mark R. Geyer, M.D.

Dr. Geyer graduated summa cum laude from Baylor University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and membership in Phi Beta Kappa. He then graduated medical school from Baylor College of Medicine. He completed an orthopaedic surgery residency at Duke University where he helped provide team coverage for local high school athletes and collegiate athletes at Duke University and North Carolina Central University. Dr. Geyer has published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons among other journals as well as co-authored two book chapters. His interests include open and arthroscopic shoulder reconstruction as well as ACL reconstruction and rehabilitation.

Dr. Geyer is joined in Vail by his wife, Sarah, and their two children, Madeline and Will. He enjoys golf, mountain biking, running and spending time with his family. They look forward to all of the outdoor activities that the Vail Valley has to offer.

Jeffrey R. Padalecki, M.D.

Dr. Padalecki graduated magna cum laude from St. Mary's University where he was named a presidential scholar and was captain of the basketball team in his final season. He completed medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. During his orthopaedic residency at the University of Texas Southwestern, he acted as assistant team physician to local high school, collegiate and semi-professional athletes. While in residency, he was elected by Southwestern faculty to attend the American Orthopaedic Association Resident Leadership Forum. Dr. Padalecki has co-authored publications in the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma and the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. His research efforts have been presented at American and Canadian Orthopaedic Trauma meetings as well as at the Texas Orthopaedic Association annual meeting.

Dr. Padalecki is excited about enjoying all that Vail has to offer with his wife Veronique, who is also a skier. They have two children named Juliette and Henry and will welcome their third child in October of 2011.

Benjamin M. Petre, M.D.

Dr. Petre graduated from Colgate University where he earned a degree in biology and studied for a semester at the National Institutes of Health. Following his undergraduate training, Dr. Petre performed biophysics research in the department of cell biology at Harvard Medical School. He attended medical school at University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and then went on to complete his internship and residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital. While at Hopkins, Dr. Petre was selected as the Administrative Chief Resident by his faculty and peers, and was also honored by the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma as the "Best Orthopaedic Teaching Resident" in 2009. His research has been broad including geriatric outcomes, the biomechanics of triceps tears and microprocessor applications in orthopaedics.

Dr. Petre will be joined in Vail by his wife Kristen, and his two daughters, Gracie and Hannah.

Norman E. Waldrop, III, M.D.

Originally from Mobile, Alabama, Dr. Waldrop earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from the University of Virginia. Following graduation, he returned to Alabama where he earned his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham. He completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dr. Waldrop's research interests include Damage Control Orthopaedics, as well as applications and complications of circular thin wire external fixation frames used in Foot and Ankle Surgery. He has presented research at the AAOS, OTA, and AOFAS national meetings. His other research interests include sports related injuries of the Foot and Ankle. After completing his fellowship at The Steadman Clinic under Dr. Clanton, he will return to Birmingham, Alabama, where he will join Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center.

Dr. Waldrop enjoys golf and saltwater fishing but is looking forward to learning how to fly fish during his time in Vail. He will be joined in Vail by his wife Meredith and their son Cort.

Eric K. Fitzcharles, M.D.

Dr. Fitzcharles is a graduate of the University of Kansas, earning a BS in Chemical Engineering, with highest distinction, in 1988. He competed on the Kansas Crew rowing team during college. Following two years of work as a consulting engineer in Washington, DC, he attended medical school at the University of Virginia, graduating in 1994, and completed his diagnostic radiology residency at the University of Iowa in 1998.

Following residency, Dr. Fitzcharles worked in a Lexington, KY private practice for nine years as an outpatient radiologist specializing in MRI, PET-CT, and the other cross-sectional imaging modalities. Four years ago, he founded Lexington Radiology, PLLC, a consulting office-based and teleradiology business with clients from around the country. He is a voluntary faculty member in the department of Neurology at the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Fitzcharles is an avid runner and also enjoys mountain biking and coaching kids' teams. He is very happy to bring his wife Melinda and sons Evan (11), Adam (8), and Ethan (8) to the Vail area for an interesting and exciting year in the mountains.

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