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James D. Baker, MD
Dr. James D. Baker completed his undergraduate work in biomedical engineering at Washington University in St. Louis and received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. His orthopaedic surgery training was at the University of Illinois in Chicago. He completed an additional fellowship year of subspecialty training for hand and upper extremity surgery at the Hand Center of San Antonio.
Dr. Baker performs his surgeries at St. Elizabeth Healthcare facilities. He is a... Read More
A native of Syracuse, NY, Dr. Bilbo received his undergraduate education at Colgate University. He then pursued graduate education in biochemistry and his Doctorate in Medicine at the State University of New York, Upstate Medical University, in Syracuse. His post-doctoral education included two years of general surgery residency and four years of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Residency at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and... Read More
Dr. Matthew J. Connolly graduated from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine and completed his podiatric residency at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Huntington, WV. He is board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Orthopaedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Connolly specializes in nonsurgical foot care including heel pain, diabetic care and custom orthotics (insoles). He is a past president of the Kentucky Podiatric Medical Association and is a member of the American Board of Podiatric... Read More
A native of Michigan, Dr. Matthew T. DesJardins received his B.S. from the University of Michigan and completed medical school at Wayne State University. After he completed residency training in family medicine at Wake Forest University, his interest in athletic medicine led him to complete a fellowship in sports medicine at the University of Utah. He served as a physician for the 2002 Winter Olympics and as a team doctor for the University of Utah.
Dr. DesJardins is board-certified and fellowship trained in... Read More
Dr. Thomas M. Due received his B.G.S. degree from the University of Kentucky and his M.D. degree from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He completed his internship in general surgery at the University of Kentucky and his residency in orthopaedic surgery at Albany Medical Center Hospital in Albany, NY.
Dr. Due became the first fellowship trained orthopaedic specialist to practice in Northern Kentucky, after completing a fellowship in hand surgery at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, TX. He... Read More
Foot and Ankle Surgery and Sports Medicine
Dr. Gates’ practice has been dedicated to Foot and Ankle Surgery and Sports Medicine since 1998. Following graduation from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Dr. Gates completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at Mt. Carmel Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. He then completed a fellowship in foot and ankle surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. He is the only orthopaedic surgeon based in Northern Kentucky (and one of only a few in Greater Cincinnati) who... Read More
Dr. Michael A. Grefer received his B.S. degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH and his M.D. degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He completed his internship in general surgery and residency in orthopaedic surgery at Cincinnati General Hospital. He was certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery in September 1978 and became a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons in October 1981.
Dr. Grefer has served as a past president of Surgery at St. Luke Hospital, and he is a... Read More
Dr. R. Michael Greiwe attended the University of Notre Dame, where he won the prestigious Knute Rockne Award for excellence in academics and athletics. He completed his orthopaedic surgery training at the University of Cincinnati Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine. In 2010, Dr. Greiwe completed a fellowship in shoulder, elbow and sports medicine at Columbia University where he trained with the head team physician for the New York Yankees, Dr. Christopher Ahmad. Dr. Greiwe is Board Certified in... Read More
Dr. Matthew S. Grunkemeyer grew up in suburban Cincinnati, but he studied pre-med and Spanish at the University of Kentucky. He completed his medical training at Baylor Medical Center in Houston, Texas, graduating with honors, followed by orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Texas-San Antonio Health Science Center. He joined OrthoCincy in 2006.
Dr. Grunkemeyer specializes in general orthopaedic surgery and treats both pediatric and adult patients. He tackles everything from fracture care and joint... Read More
Dr. Forest T. Heis was raised in Cincinnati, OH. He received his B.A. degree from Stanford University and his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He completed his internship in general surgery and a residency in orthopaedic surgery at Duke University. He also completed a fellowship in sports medicine at the Orthopaedic Specialty Hospital in Salt Lake City, UT. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.
Dr. Heis is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic... Read More
Dr. Richard M. Hoblitzell received his B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Cincinnati College of Engineering and his M.D. degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. His internship in general surgery and residency in orthopaedic surgery were completed at the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo. He was certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery in 1992.
Dr. Hoblitzell is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Kentucky Medical Association and... Read More
Dr. Bruce R. Holladay graduated from the Medical College of Toledo and completed his general and orthopaedic residency at Akron City Hospital. He completed a year of fellowship training in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery with the Bone and Joint Institute at The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, OH. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Holladay was named a "Top Doctor" by Cincinnati Magazine in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015... Read More
Dr. Matthew T. Hummel received his B.A. degree at Centre College and his Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Kentucky. He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the Greenville Hospital System in Greenville, SC and his fellowship in joint replacement at the University of Louisville.
Dr. Hummel is board-certified and specializes in total joint reconstruction and replacement, as well as general orthopaedics. Dr. Hummel is trained in MAKOplasty robotic-assisted surgery.
Cincinnati Magazine named... Read More
Dr. John B. Jacquemin completed his undergraduate work in electrical engineering at the University of Dayton and received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. His orthopaedic surgery training was at the State University of New York in Syracuse. He completed an additional fellowship in Spinal Surgery at the New England Baptist Hospital. He specializes in adult degenerative spinal disorders with a special interest in minimally invasive surgery.
Dr. Jacquemin is... Read More
Dr. Langenderfer graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1986 and served as an officer in the U.S. Army reaching the rank of Captain. After leaving the service, he attended the University of Virginia School of Medicine. A Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, he completed his Orthopaedic training at the University of Cincinnati and joined OrthoCincy in 2000.
Dr. Langenderfer has subspecialty interest in sports medicine and joint replacements. He has extensive experience, having performed... Read More
Dr. John J. Larkin graduated Magma Cum Laude from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He did his general and orthopaedic surgery training at Yale University, where he was also a clinical instructor. He did a year of fellowship training in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery. He then taught at the University of Chicago for four years, where he also practiced orthopaedic surgery. He returned to Cincinnati in 1991.
Dr. Larkin is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon who has treated occupational and... Read More
Dr. Lawley specializes in sports medicine, arthroscopy and total joint arthroplasty. He received his medical degree from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1979 and completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at Garden City Hospital in Michigan.
Fellowship-trained, Dr. Lawley is certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Ohio University and has privileges in the TriHealth, West Chester and Mercy hospital systems. Dr... Read More
Dr. McConnell graduated from James Madison University in 1992 and received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in 1997. He completed his internship in general surgery and residency in orthopaedic surgery at Boston University Medical Center.
He is currently only one of five active members in the Orthopaedic Trauma Association in Greater Cincinnati. In 2001, he received the Edwin G. Bovill Award for the most outstanding international scientific paper in orthopaedic trauma from the Orthopaedic... Read More
A native of Fairfield, Ohio, Dr. Adam V. Metzler received his M.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine where he received the Robert E. Ott Award as Valedictorian of his class. Dr. Metzler subsequently completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at UC where he earned the Peter J. Stern, M.D. Chief Resident Leadership Award, the Chief Resident of the Year Peer Award and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Chief Resident of the Year.
Dr. Metzler completed a Sports Medicine Fellowship and was Team... Read More
Dr. Murphy is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive hip and knee replacement. Dr. Murphy graduated with honors from Northern Kentucky University in 2003 where he was four-year letter winner with the Men’s Basketball Team. He went on to graduate from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 2008. Dr. Murphy completed his orthopaedic residency training at the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor in 2013. During his final year at Michigan, he was honored by being selected to... Read More
Dr. Rebecca E. Popham, a native of Northern Kentucky, received her D.O. from Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Louisville. She then completed a Sports Medicine Fellowship at the University of Louisville.
Dr. Popham is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the American Academy of Family Physicians. She is Board Certified in Sports Medicine and Family Medicine.
Dr. Popham is accepting new patients in... Read More
Dr. Sammarco is a fellowship trained, board-certified orthopaedic surgeon whose practice includes subspecialty care in disorders of the foot and ankle, musculoskeletal trauma and general orthopaedics. Dr. Sammarco is licensed to practice in the states of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.
He joined Reconstructive Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine after practicing in the Cincinnati area for 12 years. Dr. Sammarco was raised in Cincinnati and graduated cum laude from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine in 1989. During that... Read More
Dr. Howard J. Schertzinger, Jr., received his M.D. from The Ohio State University College of Medicine, and he completed an internship in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Schertzinger completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine at the University of North Carolina and is board certified.
Dr. Schertzinger joined Commonwealth Orthopaedic Centers after many years in his own practice treating sports injuries, arthritis, spine disorders, and osteoporosis. He serves as Adjunct... Read More
Dr. Shaw is certified as a sports medicine specialist by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is the former president of Reconstructive Orthopaedics where he has practiced orthopaedics since 2004. Dr. Shaw is a 1991 honors graduate of Duke University and a 1995 graduate of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey. He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at University Hospital of Cincinnati. Dr. Shaw served in the United States Army for four years, becoming Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery... Read More
Dr. Jonathan B. Slaughter completed his undergraduate work at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio. His orthopaedic surgery training was at the Hospital of University of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He also completed an additional fellowship year of subspecialty training for hand and upper extremity surgery at the University of Cincinnati.
Dr. Slaughter is a... Read More
Jonathon M. Spanyer, MD, a native of Cincinnati, attended Lakota West High School, and subsequently the University of Cincinnati where he earned a degree in Biomedical Engineering. He went on to receive his M.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, completed residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Louisville, and subspecialized with a Fellowship in Adult Reconstruction for Knee and Hip Replacement at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard University Medical School in... Read More
Dr. Swank is a pioneer in computer-assisted and minimally invasive hip and knee surgery. He completed his fellowship training at the Anderson Orthopaedic Research Institute in Alexandria, Virginia. He completed his residency training at the Northwestern University Department of Orthopaedics. He received his M.D. degree from Northwestern University, and his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University. He is certified in orthopaedic surgery by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.
Dr. Swank is the President... Read More
Dr. Charles E. Whalen received his M.D. from the University of Louisville and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati. He practiced Emergency Medicine in Cincinnati from 1984 to 2001, serving regularly as an instructor/preceptor for medical students, residents, paramedics and nurses.
Dr. Whalen also served in the US Army Reserves/Army National Guard from 1985-2012. He served in Iraq and Afghanistan for four combat tours, and held the rank of Colonel in the Medical... Read More
The general orthopaedics team at OrthoCincy treats a variety of orthopaedic conditions and sports-related injuries of the bone, joint and musculoskeletal system.
A general orthopaedic surgeon does not focus on one specific area or body part. Instead, they determine the best course of action for injuries and diseaes of the entire musculoskeletal system. Your appointment with a general orthopaedic surgeon may include the following:
Diagnosis of your injury or condition
Determination of the course of treatment
Rehabilitation recommendation, including physicial therapy
Prevention techniques, including providing information and treatment plans
Sports Injuries Dubytren’s Contracture Fractures
See below for a list of our physicians who treat patients with general orthopaedic conditions.
Dr. Gates and Dr. Sammarco and OrthoCincy have put together a team of professionals dedicated to the care of foot and ankle problems. Whether you sprained your ankle, or suffer from chronic ankle arthritis, we have the ability to help get you back on your feet.
Our foot & ankle team includes several sports medicine physicians, an orthopaedic surgeon, a podiatrist and an onsite orthotic group. Our radiologist has specialty training and experience in the evaluation of your ankle MRI, and our physical therapists are trained to handle the special needs involved in ankle rehabilitation. From an ankle sprain to turf toe, an arthritic ankle to a torn Achilles, we have the surgical and nonsurgical professionals to help you recover quickly.
Foot & Ankle Pain
See below for our physicians who treat foot and ankle conditions.
The hand & wrist team at OrthoCincy treats a variety of conditions and injuries specific to the hand and wrist.
Our Hand & Wrist specialists, James D. Baker, M.D. and Thomas M. Due, M.D., are members of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH), The ASSH offers a website of educational information for patients on Hand Safety, Conditions and Injuries, Hand Anatomy, and more. You can visit that site HERE.
See below for a list of our physicians who treat hand & wrist conditions.
Our joint replacement team is trained in the latest techniques and treatment options for total joint replacement. Although hips and knees are the most common joints replaced, this surgery can be performed on other joints, including the ankle, foot, shoulder, elbow and fingers.
Some joint replacement procedures can be performed through Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery, allowing your doctor to make a smaller incision while while maintaining precision in your procedure. The Mako(R) robotic equipment looks like this:
During a total joint replacement surgery, your surgeon will replace your bone with an implant (artificial device). There are many different types of implants, and recommendations are based on several factors including, weight, age and activity level. Your surgeon will discuss the best type of joint implant for you prior to surgery.
Hip pain is a common complaint, and there are many factors that can lead someone to seek medical treatment for problems with their hips. Hip pain can come from a variety of sources including, arthritis, injury, muscle strain, and tendonitis.
The hip team at OrthoCincy is trained in the latest techniques and treatment options available for hip conditions and injuries.
See below for a list of our physicians who treat hip problems.
The shoulder & elbow team at OrthoCincy treats a variety of conditions and sports-related injuries, including rotator cuff tears, tendonitis, labral tears, frozen shoulder and advanced arthroscopic procedures.
Most common shoulder injuries include:
Rotator cuff tendinitis - Inflammation of the rotator cuff tendons and the surrounding tissues.
Rotator cuff tear - Varies from partial tearing to complete tearing of the rotator cuff muscles or tendons.
Labral tears - Labral tissue (surrounding lip of cartilage around the socket which provides the attachment of the ligaments in the shoulder). Usually torn by dislocation, but can sometimes become injured from overuse.
Frozen shoulder - When the shoulder becomes painful and loses motion due to inflammation. No specific injury is required.
In addition, Dr. R. Michael Greiwe has developed a new shoulder replacement procedure, the "Rotator Cuff Sparing Method for Total Shoulder Replacement" - and you can learn more about that procedure HERE.
Spine Surgeon Dr. John B. Jacquemin and the rest of the OrthoCincy Spine Team treat a variety of spine conditions. The doctors listed below each provide a particular approach to spine and back care, giving you a range of treatment options where appropriate.
Dr. Jacquemin now performs Cervical Disc Replacement. This procedure may be appropriate for patients who:
Are between the ages of 21-67;
Haven't responded to non-surgical treatment, including 6 weeks of physical therapy and medicine, or have symptoms that are worsening despite having other treatment;
Documented disc damage upon review of an MRI, X-ray, or other images of the neck;
Have arm pain and/or neurological symptoms such as weakness or numbness - with or without neck pain.
Other factors, which may depend on the individual patient.
For more information, call us at 859-301-BONE (2663).
The Sports Medicine team at OrthoCincy provides surgical and nonsurgical treatment for a variety of sports, exercise or recreational related injuries and conditions, including strains, sprains, fractures, injury prevention and rehabilitation.
We serve as Team Physicians for the following area High Schools, Colleges, and Universities:
Conner High School
Cooper High School
Covington Catholic High School
Dixie Heights High School
Grant County High School
Highlands High School
Holy Cross High School
Newport Central Catholic High School
Notre Dame Academy
Ryle High School
St. Henry High School
Simon Kenton High School
Summit Country Day High School
Northern Kentucky University
Thomas More College (Orthopaedic Surgery Consultants)
Our sports medicine physicians enable patients to safely return to his or her sport or recreational activity as soon as possible after an injury or condition. Your sports medicine physician will use a combination of the following during your visit:
Development of a treatment plan
Recommend rehabilitation options
Share prevention techniques to avoid future injuries
Development of a treatment plan
Recommend rehabilitation options
Share prevention techniques to avoid future injuries
See below for a list of our physicians who treat sports medicine conditions.