Denver Health Orthopedic Research Fellow Alumni

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Katya Strage, MD


July 2020 through June 2021

Katya was born and raised in England and Switzerland, and moved with her family to the United States before high school. She received her medical degree from Texas A&M at Baylor Dallas and spent a year as an OB/GYN resident at UT Southwestern/Parkland Hospital in Dallas before realizing her passion was in Orthopedics she is now taking a research year at the Denver Health Ortho trauma department before applying for an Orthopedics residency.

Xiangquan Chu, MD - China

October 2019 through September 2020

Dr. Chu is an attending doctor in the Department of Orthopedics, Shandong Provincial Quinfoshan Hospital affiliated with Shandong University in Jinan, China.  Dr. Chu majored in Trauma Surgery at Shandong University, Jinan, China.

Seongeun Byun, MD, PhD

Republic of Korea (South Korea)

December 2018 through December 2019

Dr. Byun was born in Daegu, South Korea.  He received his MD from Seoul National University, Korea.  Dr. Byun received his Master Degree and PhD from Graduate School of Medicine, Ulsan University and is currently an Assistant Professor of Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at CHA Bundang Medical Center, CHH University in Bundang-gu, Seonnma-si, Gyeonggi-do, Republic of Korea.

Jihyo Hwang, MD, PhD

Republic of Korea (South Korea)

July 2018 through June 2019

Dr. Hwang was born in Gwanju, South Korea.  He received his academic education from Wonkwang University, Graduate School, Iksan, South Korea and is current an Associate Professor o Orthopaedics at Hallym University - Gangnam Sacred Heart Hospital, Hallym University College of Medicine.

David Rojas, MD


2017 through 2019

Dr. Rojas was born and raised in the “Andes” highlands of Ecuador, Cuenca. His father was his role model orthopaedic surgeon is his inspiration behind medicine and surgery. In 2014 Dr. Rojas moved to the US to pursue a career in surgery. He completed his surgical internship at the University of Colorado, followed by a two-year orthopedic research fellowship at DHMC (2017 - 2019). He is currently a second-year surgery resident at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, Brooklyn, NY.  In Dr. Rojas's words, "Everyday I work toward my dream, to help others with compassion and high quality patient care". 

Erik Hasenboehler, M.D.


June 2006 through September 2007

Originally from Switzerland, grew up in Italy. Graduated from the University of Bern Medical School. Completed residency in general surgery and orthopedic trauma surgery in Lugano and Lucerne, Switzerland.

Accomplishments While in Research: Published one book chapter, 10 published papers and one International presentation.

Where now: AO Trauma Fellowship, Harborview Medical Center, Department of Orthopedic Trauma, Seattle, WA. Hospital of Oberengadin Samedan, Switzerland, Department of General Surgery and Orthopedic Trauma.

Giby Philips, MD


August 2005 through February 2007

Born in India, graduated from Christian Medical College, Punjab. Completed Orthopedic training in Russia and an Ilizarov fellowship in Egypt.

Accomplishments while in Research: two published papers, one pending paper, and one pending book chapter.

He is now in Cairo, Egypt - Training in cosmetic limb lengthening, deformity correction and pediatric orthopedics.

Anand Parekh, BM MRCS (Eng)


November 2004 through June 2006

Born in Zambia, brought up in England. Medical school at the University of Southampton and I am a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Accomplishments Research: three published papers, three papers in progress; four podium, four poster presentations at the OTA and WOA; three book chapters, design and implementation of industrial and in-house trials.

Where now: Internship, General Surgery, New Zealand.

Juan Agudelo, MD


November 2003 through June 2005

Dr. Agudelo earned his medical degree from the Health Sciences Institute School of Medicine in Medellín, Colombia. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery and a fellowship in adult reconstruction at the University of Colorado in Denver. He now practices in Florida.

Accomplishments while in Research: four published papers and seven papers in progress; three podium and three poster presentations; one book chapter.