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Meet our Founding Board of Directors

2022 Board of Directors


President

Qusai Hammouri, MD


Vice President

Jaime Bellamy, DO


Treasurer

Mark Schultzel, MD MBA


Secretary

David Fralinger, MD


Chair of Mentorship Committee

Julie Samora, MD PhD


Chair of Communication Committee

Carla Bridges, MD


Chair of Research Committee

Susan Odum, PhD


Chair of Membership Committee

Joseph Letzelter, MD

Chair of Education Committee

Ashley Rogerson, MD




President

Qusai Hammouri, MD

Dr. Hammouri is the Director of Pediatric Orthopaedics Staten Island University Hospital (Staten Island, NY). They are a native of Jordan where they received their combined undergraduate and medical degree from the University of Jordan. Following that, they worked in international health founding the Jordanian chapter of Operation smile. In 2004, Dr. Hammouri immigrated to the US. They received their orthopaedic training at Yale, then completed a fellowship in spine surgery at New York University, followed by fellowship in pediatric orthopaedics at Columbia University. In 2013, they joined Northwell health to found the Pediatric Orthopaedic Department at Staten Island University Hospital. Dr. Hammouri developed a comprehensive, multidisciplinary pediatric spinal surgery program. They performed the first pediatric spinal surgeries on Staten Island, which is a relatively resource and access poor borough in New York. Dr. Hammouri is the founding president of Pride Ortho Inc, they sit on the Diversity task forces of Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America and Scoliosis Research Society. In 2021, they were chosen as an Atlantic Health fellow for Health Equity for their work on LGBTQ access and advocacy. They are an Emerging Leader and fellow in the American Orthopedic Association (AOA) and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery. They sit on a number of committees in Northwell Health.

Dr. Hammouri is proud to be non-normative. They feel that most labels are too prescriptive. They are an artist, surgeon, immigrant, proud American, Buddhist, Muslim, Arab, non-binary. In their nighttime art practice, they create safe spaces for those who have been othered, those who do not belong. Their work has been critically reviewed.

Email: Q@prideorthopaedics.org

Vice President

Jaime Bellamy, DO

Dr. Bellamy is a Lieutenant Colonel and adult reconstruction surgeon at Womack Army Medical Center. She earned a BS in Chemistry and MS in Biology at Missouri State University and DO at Kansas City University. After a transitional internship, she served as a Flight Surgeon for an Apache helicopter unit and deployed to Iraq. She completed orthopaedic residency at Brooke Army Medical Center and fellowship in adult reconstruction at Emory University. She has deployed twice as an orthopaedic surgeon. She serves on the AAOS Diversity Advisory Board, editorial boards for the Journal of Arthroplasty and Arthroplasty Today, and is a founding member of Pride Ortho. She is the social media editor for the Journal of Arthroplasty and serves on many social media advisory committees. She got married in 2014 after the repeal of DADT & DOMA and lives off grid with her partner in a tiny house on a hobby farm.

Email: Jaime@prideorthopaedics.org

Treasurer

Mark Schultzel, MD MBA

Dr. Schultzel is a shoulder and elbow surgeon at Synergy Orthopedic Specialists in San Diego, California, and Chair of the Sharp Community Medical Group Orthopedic Advisory Board. He received his orthopedic surgery training at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and completed a fellowship in shoulder and elbow surgery at the prestigious Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic. He completed a Bachelors of Science in Biology and Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from UC San Diego, and later returned as a practicing surgeon to earn an MBA from the UCSD Rady School of Management, with specializations in marketing and international supply chain.  Dr. Schultzel is the Chief Medical Officer of Ethos Mask, which sourced PPE during the start of the COVID pandemic, Medical Director of Vital Care Health Services and WellONE Health, and has participated in multiple health-tech related start-ups. He is a member of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES), sitting on their International Fellowship Committee, a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery (AAOS), sitting on their Shoulder and Elbow, and Emerging Professionals Committees, and is serving on their Social Media/Communications Committee. He believes strongly in student and trainee mentorship, and is a volunteer faculty member at the UCSD Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Touro College of Medicine, and Rocky Mountain University. As a founding member of Pride Ortho, Dr. Schultzel is an ally who cares about making orthopedic surgery a welcoming specialty, where we gain perspective in diversity, and where we celebrate anyone who wants to pick up a hammer or an arthroscope and be a part of our team.

Email: Mark@prideorthopaedics.org

Secretary

David Fralinger, MD

Dr. David Fralinger is a Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery fellow at A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE. He earned an undergraduate degree in Biological Chemistry from Tulane University, in New Orleans LA, and continued at Tulane University for his Doctor of Medicine Degree. He completed his residency training at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He has authored nearly a dozen peer reviewed publications and many more abstracts and presentations. His main clinical interests include pediatric spinal deformity and the care of children with cerebral palsy and neuromuscular disorders. He is a founding member of Pride Ortho and currently serves as the group secretary. In 2017 he married his husband. They enjoy traveling together, cooking and watching Marvel movies.

Email: David@prideorthopaedics.org

Chair of Mentorship Committee

Julie Samora, MD PhD

Dr. Samora is a pediatric hand surgeon at Nationwide Children's Hospital, where she is Medical Director for Safety for the hospital, and director of quality improvement within the department of orthopaedics. She received her orthopaedic training at Ohio State University and completed a fellowship in hand and upper extremity surgery at Harvard.  She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University, a masters of music at Yale University, and an MD/PhD at West Virginia University, where she concomitantly earned masters degrees in public health as well as public administration.  Dr. Samora is on the board of directors of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, is president of the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society, and is one of the founding members of Pride Ortho. She has published more than 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts and dozens of textbook chapters.  Dr. Samora has dedicated herself to, and is passionate about, crafting a diverse, inclusive, equitable, and culturally sensitive field of orthopaedic surgery.

Email: Julie@prideorthopaedics.org

Chair of Communication Committee

Carla Bridges, MD

Dr. Carla M. Bridges is a Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery fellow at Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Arizona. After graduating from Olympia High School in Orlando, she went on to attend The University of South Florida in Tampa where she double majored in Bio-medical Sciences and Biology. She then moved to Atlanta, Georgia where she received her Doctor of Medicine degree from Morehouse School of Medicine. She attended Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee where she completed her residency. She was an Nth Dimensions summer internship scholar and remains actively involved with the organization. She is also a member of several orthopaedic societies. She is currently the Communications Committee Chair for Pride Ortho Inc. She is interested in pediatric sports medicine and trauma. She loves to travel, has been to 21 countries, and has lived in 7 states. She also enjoys skiing and hopes that the next big trip is Japan.

Email: Carla@prideorthopaedics.org

Chair of Research Committee

Susan Odum, PhD

Susan Odum, PhD, serves as the Director of Statistics and Methods Core at the Atrium Health Musculoskeletal Institute, Professor in the Atrium Health Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and is the Senior Research Scientist at the OrthoCarolina Research Institute. Dr. Odum loves to teach and mentor learners at all levels. She earned her PhD in Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has authored over 145 peer-reviewed publications in all orthopaedic subspecialties including health policy. With her colleagues, she has won the Rand Award, the Ranawat award, the North American Spine Society Value Award and the Cervical Spine Research Society Clinical Award. She has served in national leadership roles with several professional societies including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, North American Spine Society and the Lumbar Spine Research Society. Dr. Odum is passionate about research that advances cost-effective healthcare and supports physicians delivering the right care to the right patient at the right time.

Email: Susan@prideorthopaedics.org

Chair of Membership Committee

Joseph Letzelter, MD


Dr. Letzelter is an orthopaedic surgeon in Washington, DC specializing in adult and pediatric hand and upper extremity surgery. He practices at Children’s National Medical Center, INOVA Fairfax Hospital, and Pediatric Specialists of Virginia. He received his orthopaedic residency training at Georgetown University and completed fellowships in hand and upper extremity surgery at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases and The Hand Institute of New Zealand. He also received fellowship training in pediatric hand and upper extremity surgery at Shriner’s Hospital of Northern California. He earned his Bachelors of Arts Degree from Georgetown University and his Medical Degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Letzelter is a clinical assistant professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine and University of Virginia School of Medicine.  He serves on the Committee on Admissions for Georgetown SOM. He teaches orthopaedic residents from Georgetown University, George Washington University, Howard University, and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He is a member of POSNA and a candidate member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand where he serves on the International Relations and Young Member Steering Committees. He lives in Washington, DC with his husband and their dog, Klaus. He cares about making orthopaedics an inclusive community for all.


Email: Joseph@prideorthopaedics.org

Chair of Education Committee

Ashley Rogerson, MD

Ashley Rogerson is an adult spine surgeon at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA. She completed undergraduate studies in neuroscience and psychology at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA followed by medical school at the Penn State University College of Medicine. Despite absolutely hating the first two weeks of her spine rotation as a PGY2, she eventually saw the light and completed an adult spine surgery fellowship in Boston at Newton Wellesley and Massachusetts General Hospital. She then returned to Tufts to start her career in 2016.  Ashley is passionate about teaching and mentorship and helped found the Resident Wellness Initiative in 2020. Ashley met her wife, Kelly, while playing lacrosse together at Allegheny and they have been married since 2013. They live in just outside Boston with their two children, Tommy and Elliot (Ellie).

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