More About Our Residents
Class of 2019
R David Graham, MD
About Me: Born in the great white north in Edmonton Alberta Canada on a bitter cold and snowy day. Spent enough time there to decide I wasn't a huge fan of cold weather and so moved down to sunny Florida. Happily married for 8 years and am the proud father of 3 children. Enjoy watching and playing any sport and spending time with the family. Bought an old pop up camper that I have been restoring in my free time. Also enjoy attempting to fish. Spend more time than I would probably like working on my 1996 Ford Ranger "Rufus". Orthopaedics.
Why I Chose SIU Ortho: I chose SIU for the operative experience. I wanted to have a hands on experience from day one and felt that the preceptorship model that SIU provides does just that. The comradery of the residents was infectious. Springfield provides a great place to raise a family and allowed me to be present and engaged at home. SIU has been very supportive of allowing me to be involved in multiple AAOS committees.
John V Horberg, MD
About Me: I was born and raised in rural Illinois. My wife and I have two beautiful daughters who I spend most of my time chasing around. We all love the outdoors and spend as much time as possible hiking, rock climbing, hunting and fishing as possible. I love lifting weights, like biking and hate running but try to do as much of all three as I can. I also have a passion for making things and will take any excuse to play with power tools.
Why I Chose SIU Ortho: I chose to come back to SIU for residency because I couldn’t see myself training anywhere else. I wanted to train under a preceptorship model residency; SIU buys into this philosophy and pairs residents, one on one, with attending faculty dedicated to teaching from day one. I wanted to train somewhere where leadership skills were cultivated; SIU prides themselves on training future leaders in the field of orthopaedics and allows the residents to take ownership of their training. I wanted to become a high volume community surgeon; SIU offered the highest surgical volume and earliest surgical autonomy of any program I rotated or interviewed at. Most of all, I chose SIU because of the culture. The residents at SIU are a close knit family who spend time together outside of work and support one another to a degree I didn’t experience anywhere else.
Allison E Mayfield, MD
About Me: I grew up in a river town in central Illinois. I love being outside, petting other people’s dogs because I don’t have my own yet, and drinking wine. When I’m not at work, I enjoy spending time with my husband, going horseback riding, and fly-fishing.
Why I Chose SIU Ortho: I went to medical school here and got to work with the Ortho residents closely. Even after some fantastic away rotations, I saw what an awesome operative experience they had here, as well as the great working relationships they had with all of the attendings. The attendings all truly care about the education of the residents, and the camaraderie of the entire group was something I was looking for in a residency.
Class of 2020
Andrew J Mitchelson, MD
About Me: Food. Carpentry. Wine. Camping. Orthopaedics. These are the things I like, though not necessarily in this order.
Why I Chose SIU Ortho: During my medical school rotations, I was continually impressed by the quality of education and the hands-on approach to learning orthopaedics. The community-based faculty provide exposure to high volume, practical orthopaedic surgery that prepares graduates for real world practice. The support from the hospitals is meaningful. And finally, the tight-knit residency made SIU a great fit.
David C Tapscott, MD
About Me: I’m a local resident. I grew up in Christian County. I got a degree in mechanical engineering from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. After that I went to medical school at Mizzou. From there I transitioned into the orthopedic residency here at Southern Illinois University. My wife and I have one beautiful daughter. I enjoy sports, motorsports, and mountain biking and kayaking. I hunt and fish on a regular basis. I’m very lucky to be in my home area and have my family around me during my residency.
Why I Chose SIU Ortho: I did my medical training at a midwestern program with a good orthopedic surgery residency. However, when I rotated at Southern Illinois, I noticed that their young residents scrubbed more cases, and did more surgery than their counterparts at my home program. I wanted the autonomy and one to one surgical training that was offered here. I feel that the chief residents at Southern act, think, and operate at the level of young attendings due to their good training. Double scrubbing cases, even as a junior resident, is extremely rare. We have more attendings than we do residents, so our case availability is amazing. I’ve been very happy with my choice to come here. At Southern we enjoy a very supportive and engaged faculty who have a high volume of cases. We are very well supported both by our residency classmates and our town faculty. I would recommend our program to anyone.
Craig Wilson, MD
About Me: I’m very intelligent, athletic, handsome, and humble.
Why I Chose SIU Ortho: I went to SIU for medical school and saw first hand the excellent training the residents received. The attendings and community are very invested in the program and the residents as individuals. The surgical experience here begins early as interns leading to competent surgeons graduating our program
Class of 2021
Kory Blank, MD
About Me: I was born and raised in Southern Illinois. I have a three and a half year old son that looks exactly like me, unfortunately for him. When not working, I enjoy running and watching the latest Paw Patrol episode to see what hijinks Cat Boy, Gecko, and Owlette have gotten themselves into.
Why I Chose SIU Ortho: I chose SIU because it was immediately clear that the residents I spoke with at the interview had very similar goals to my own. I would like to practice in a small Southern Illinois town after graduation, and no other program I interviewed at was as tailored to that goal as SIU.
Christine DiPompeo, MD
About Me: I majored in English in college and had a less traditional path into medicine. I enjoy weekend getaways to the mountains for hiking. I have three dogs and I am always looking to rescue one more. I am interested in Spine and Sports Medicine.
Why I Chose SIU Ortho: I chose SIU due to the large community presence and the early operative experience. I also liked how well the residents got along with one another. The program is the perfect size and we all get along well and are able to have a good time outside of work.
Ryan O’Rourke, MD
About Me: Grew up in a southwest suburb of Chicago; Chicago sports fan; collegiate soccer player; proud father of four children; enthusiast for craft beer, grilling, and smoking meat.
Why I Chose SIU Ortho: I chose SIU because of the extraordinary surgical experience. It is a very hands-on program for the residents with early exposure in the OR, even as interns. Rarely, do we "double scrub". It is also a smaller learning environment and we build a strong repoire with the attending faculty.
Class of 2022
Paul Al-Attar, MD
About Me: I'm a native of the great state of Michigan. I love watching Michigan football (Go Blue!) and Detroit sports. I played soccer in college and am a big follower of international soccer. I also can read, write, and speak Arabic. My hobbies include tailgating, working out, traveling, and eating Middle Eastern food.
Why I Chose SIU Ortho: SIU is a humble, busy Midwest program which offers a multitude of exposure to standard as well as complex Orthopedic care. We have more attendings than residents which gives us the opportunity to work in an apprenticeship model during our different subspecialty rotations. We get into the OR early and often starting intern year and are often one-on-one with our attendings.. SIU offers the opportunity to be trained as a confidently skilled surgeon and clinician who is ready to go immediately into practice, if not to pursue additional training in a top fellowship program.
Brian Kurcz, MD
About Me: I'm a Chicago native, in the past I had a career as an engineer for Samsung, but made the change to medicine and orthopaedics as my passion. I enjoy hockey, biking, the outdoors and skiing.
Why I Chose SIU Ortho: I chose SIU for the mentorship, community model based on exposure and operative abundance at all levels.
Hamadi Murphy, MD
About Me: Hamadi Murphy is a member of the SIU Orthopaedic Surgery class of 2022. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He then obtained a Masters in Physiology at the University of Cincinnati before matriculating into medical school there as well. He completed medical school in 2016 and started residency at SIU in 2017. In his free time he enjoys traveling, playing basketball, and the outdoors.
Why I Chose SIU Ortho: I chose SIU because they have a great reputation for training competent and skilled orthopaedic surgeons. I believe the apprenticeship model here allows us to participate in all aspects of patient care from day one, and this enables us to develop our skills both inside and outside the OR from the very start. In addition the camaraderie amongst the residents makes this a great place to train. The attending’s are also very supportive and approachable which makes residency here a good experience.
Class of 2023
Austin Beason, MD
About Me: I enjoy playing basketball, craft beer and live music.
Why I Chose SIU Ortho: SIU has a proven track record for graduating technically-skilled, well-rounded orthopaedic surgeons. This reputation, the collegial atmosphere, and the robust operative exposure (even as junior residents) made SIU an obvious first choice for me. The early, hands-on experience as a junior resident is unmatched and our one-on-one training with attendings provides us with a personal and effective surgical education experience. We continue to match graduating residents into top-ranked fellowship programs and our training, research opportunities and community engagement prepare us well for both private and academic practice. On top of that, Springfield is a perfect place to live. Housing is economical, traffic is minimal and there's always something going on to entertain you for an evening. Also, if you're into Abe Lincoln - we've got all the sites and history you can handle.
Avinash Inabathula, MD
About Me: I enjoy hiking, carpentry, working with computer hardware, playing baseball and watching the Colts and/or Pacers win. I was born in India and raised in Indiana. My interest in orthopedics stemmed from growing up using power tools for home construction as a hobby, playing baseball in high school, and from my experiences during medical school.
Why I Chose SIU Ortho: What I want out of residency is a solid but adaptable foundation on which I could build my practice as a future surgeon. At the same time, I wanted to be able to adapt th SIU really stood out to me as a program where residents were able to start honing their skills early and emerge from the program ready for general practice or fellowship. This is all within the framework of a one-on-one teaching system for each rotation, meaning every rotation fully immerses residents in a particular style of practice. No one leaves the program having been exposed to only one method of treating a problem. Because of this, I knew I would be able to adapt to changes in the field if I trained here. For me, SIU seemed like an excellent fit.
Erlena (Lena) Josifi, MD
About Me: I was originally born in Albania and my family immigrated to the US when I was in first grade. I go back any chance I get and love that I get to call someplace so beautiful and unique home. In college, I was a walk on cross country and track athlete and now I run marathons. My goal is to run all 6 World Marathon Majors. I’ve got Tokyo and Berlin left. Boston has by far my favorite experience! When I’m not running, I’m watching Cubs baseball, practicing yoga, hiking/outdoors, drinking coffee, and controlling my wanderlust.
Why I Chose SIU Ortho: I chose SIU because for the early operative experience and the fact that it is a community program with a family feel. I was looking for a place where I’d have an abundant opportunity to hone operative skills in a collegial environment. With two level 1 trauma centers and both supervised and graduated autonomy, this program will set me up for a successful career after residency.