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Honors and Awards
  • Oral Examiner for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
    2020, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2011
  • Chosen as a member of Best Doctors
    2011 - 2020
  • Charles S. Neer Award from America Shoulder & Elbow Surgeons
    2019
  • Faculty Teaching Award from the UC Irvine Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
    2017, 2016
  • Weiland Medal for Outstanding Research in Hand Surgery ($20,000) from American Society for Surgery of the Hand
    2016
  • Vernon Thompson Award from Western Orthopaedic Association (Role : Mentor)
    2016
  • Best Student Paper from International Society for Ligament & Tendon Research (Role : Mentor)
    2016
  • Orthopedic Institute for Children Resident Award from California Orthopaedic Association
    2016
  • Joseph H. Boyes Award - Best Scientific Presentation at Annual Meeting from American Society for Surgery of the Hand
    2015
  • Best Scientific Exhibit “Cost-effective Arthroscopic Surgery Training and Assessment Tool for Resident Education” from American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
    2015
  • Orthopaedic Research & Education Foundation Resident Award from California Orthopaedic Association ($2000)
    2015
  • Best Scientific Exhibit “Cost-effective Surgical Simulation” from American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
    2014
  • Accelerated Merit Increase Professor Step II to Professor Step IV
    2013
  • 15th International Symposium on Neural Regeneration Poster Finalist Award in recognition of excellence in research "Schwann Cell Derived Desert Hedgehog provides a Neuroprotective Effect against the Mechanical Stimuli from Compressive Neuropathies"
    2013
  • American British Canadian (ABC) Traveling Fellowship from American Orthopaedic Association
    2013
  • Best Basic Science Paper from American Society of Peripheral Nerve
    2013
  • Lloyd Taylor Award from Western Orthopaedic Association (Role : Mentor)
    2012
  • AAHS Outstanding Paper from American Association for Hand Surgery
    2012
  • ASPN Outstanding Paper from American Society of Peripheral Nerve
    2011
  • Orthopaedic Hospital Resident Award from California Orthopaedic Association ($1000)
    2011
  • Lloyd Taylor Award from Western Orthopaedic Association ($2000) (Role : Primary Mentor)
    2010
  • 1st Place Research Award Resident/Fellow from Cervical Spine Research Society ($2000) (Role : Primary Mentor)
    2008
  • Sterling Bunnell Traveling Fellowship in Hand Surgery from American Society for Surgery of the Hand
    2007 - 2008
  • Accelerated Merit Increase Assoc. Step II to Professor Step I
    2007
  • Kappa Delta Young Investigator Award ($20,000) from AAOS/ORS/OREF
    2006
  • UCI nominee for the Burroughs Wellcome Fund for the Clinical Scientist Award in Translational Research
    2006
  • Finalist Russel Hibbs Award from Scoliosis Research Society
    2005
  • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Fostering Undergraduate Research
    2005
  • Marshall Urist Young Investigator Award ($5000) from Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons
    2005
  • Accelerated Merit Increase Asst. Prof. Step V to Assoc. Step II
    2005
  • Selected to be Co-Councilor for Zeta Chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha (UCI)
    2004
  • Selected for ASSH Young Leaders Program
    2004
  • AOA Emerging Leaders Program
    2004
  • Neer Award Finalist from American Shoulder & Elbow Surgeons
    2004
  • Best Shoulder/Elbow Poster at the AAOS
    2004
  • Physician/Scientist Award ($5000) from University of California, Irvine
    2003
  • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research
    2003
  • Accelerated Merit Increase Asst. Prof. Step II to IV
    2003
  • Selected as a member of Advisory Board to the Arthritis Foundation
    2001
  • University of California ARISE Award for Academic Achievement
    2001
  • North American Traveling Fellowship – Alternate
    2000
  • NIH Career Development Award
    2000
  • AO/ASIF Orthopaedic Faculty Member – Selected to be a member of the North American Musculoskeletal Trauma Education Committee
    1999
  • AO International fellowship to study with Drs. Uhli Buehler and Diego Fernandez
    1998
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
    1991
  • Dean’s Award for Outstanding Research Endeavors for the paper (“A Preliminary Study of Ligamentous Structures in the Occiputo-Atlanto-Axial Region with an Evaluation of Three Posterior Fusion Devices”)
    1990
  • Letter of Commendation for Academic Excellence in Medical School
    1989
  • Summa Cum Laude Graduate from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    1990
  • Elected to Alpha Epsilon Delta Junior Honor Medical Society - Rensselaer Chapter
    1989
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • Orthopaedic Research Society
  • American Neurological Association