Orthopaedic Residency


The University of Hawaii Orthopaedic Residency Program is an ACGME-accredited five-year orthopaedic training program under the auspices of the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine. The program is accredited for ten resident positions. The Program offers 2 Categorical positions per year with two entry tracks: the traditional 5-year Track and a 6-year Research Track which includes a research year between PGY-2 and PGY-3.

The University of Hawaii Program operates in a community hospital system in which patients are admitted and treated by private surgical attending physicians. The training of orthopaedic residents takes place at The Queen’s Medical Center – Punchbowl (Primary Training Site, only Level I trauma center in Hawaii) along with other major participating sites. The Orthopaedic Residency Program seeks to prepare residents to become orthopaedic surgeons of the highest caliber by providing a rich educational experience in a variety of clinical settings. The three main program components: curriculum, research, and patient care are structured to offer the knowledge, skills, attitudes/behaviors, and clinical judgment needed for the practice of orthopaedic surgery.

To educate and prepare qualified individuals to fulfill his/her personal and professional goals as an orthopaedic surgeon. To provide the best orthopaedic care available to the people of Hawaii with a special emphasis on the underserved populations.

The program’s educational philosophy emphasizes a collegial, non-threatening atmosphere where residents are given all of the tools needed to become superior orthopaedic surgeons able to practice safely and independently. The program emphasizes early and active operative participation with gradually increasing responsibility to provide safe and efficient patient care in the community.

Graduate competent general orthopaedists able to secure high-tiered subspecialty fellowships and return to Hawaii to live, practice, and teach in the community.

Core Faculty & Staff

Lorrin Lee, MD
Program Director

Orthopaedic Trauma

Kyle Mitsunaga, MD
Division Chief

Orthopaedic Spine Surgery

Jeffery K. Harpstrite, MD
Associate Program Director

Adult Reconstructive Orthopaedics

Scott N. Crawford, MD
Associate Program Director

Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

Program Details


The educational program and overall training experience is designed to follow the tenets of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS). The program, via the Institution (the John A. Burns School of Medicine & Hawaii Residency Programs, Inc.) provides the full scope of operative, clinical, and research opportunities required to produce orthopaedic surgeons capable of practicing competently and independent of supervision after five years of training. 


Our strong didactics program consists of dedicated teaching days with conferences scheduled primarily on Tuesday mornings protected from clinical duties. Residents direct and manage the Queen Emma Clinic which cares for the indigent after didactics on Tuesdays. Grand Rounds or Morbidity & Mortality conferences are held on Wednesdays mornings. Fracture conferences are held on Friday mornings. Skills Training Modules and cadaver labs are held longitudinally throughout the academic year.

Misc. Info

Our residents attend several out-of-state conferences and “hands on” educational courses during their training.

Out-of-State Conferences for PGY-2 through PGY-5 residents (subject to change)

PGY-2 AO Basic Principles & Techniques of Operative Fracture Management

Research Fellow Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) Annual Meeting

PGY-3 AANA Fundamentals in Arthroscopy

PGY-4 Enneking Musculoskeletal Pathology Course – Fall/Spring

PGY-5 Board Review Course

Rotation Schedule


The resident’s first year of training includes three 4-week blocks of general surgery rotations including general surgery trauma and surgical intensive care. The resident’s first year also includes three months on non-orthopaedic surgery rotations: neurosurgery, musculoskeletal radiology, and plastic surgery. The remainder of the first year is spent on orthopaedic surgery rotations designed to enhance the resident experience in the care and management of orthopaedic patients (inpatient and outpatient). Formal instruction in basic surgical skills, implemented longitudinally over the course of the first year of training, is also included in the PGY-1 year. The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery surgical skills modules experience is designed to integrate with skills training in subsequent post graduate years. 


The resident’s second year of orthopaedic training includes eleven months of adult orthopaedics and fracture/trauma at the Queen’s Medical Center (ACS Level I Trauma Center). The resident has on-call duty approximately every fourth night. PGY-2 residents work closely with the Chief Residents and the attending physicians. Physician extenders (PAs) are available to assist – this ensures that the resident experience maintains a high education over service value. Six-weeks of the PGY-2 year is spent on a subspecialty hand rotation. The resident does not have on-call duties during this subspecialty rotation.


The resident’s third year of orthopaedic training includes a two-month rotation spent at Tripler Army Medical Center where the resident is exposed to extensive outpatient orthopaedics, including foot and ankle and orthopaedic oncology. Two months of pediatric orthopaedics training is also included in the third year at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children. During the PGY-3 year, the resident has multiple six-week clinical specialty rotations including spine, foot and ankle, total joint and adult reconstruction, as well as a subspecialty elective of choice. Electives at host institutions outside of the University of Hawaii are allowed with Program Director and DIO approval. The resident also returns to the Trauma Service at Queen’s to allow the PGY-2’s to participate in the above-described subspecialty rotation. *Subject to change


The resident’s fourth year of orthopaedic training includes three months each of pediatric orthopaedics at Shriners Hospital for Children – Honolulu and at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children. The PGY-4 year also includes a six-month sports medicine rotation under the direction of subspecialty trained attending physicians at Queen’s Medical Center, Straub Medical Center, Pali Momi Medical Center, and Kaiser Foundation Hospital – Moanalua.


The resident’s final year of orthopaedic training, as Chief Resident, includes six months on the General Orthopaedic and Trauma Service at Queen’s Medical Center and three months each on both the Hand and Spine Services. A one-month elective rotation is permitted during the subspecialty rotation months upon Program Director approval. The Chief Residents assume administration of specific program functions and total patient care responsibility for clinic patients under the direction of the Program Director. Chief residents participate in institutional and medical center committees which address residency training, patient safety and quality improvement issues. Upon successful completion of the PGY-5 year, residents are considered safe and competent to perform orthopaedic surgery in an unsupervised setting. The great majority of program graduates go on to subspecialty fellowship training.


How to Apply

Applications are accepted through NRMP ERAS exclusively.

Applicant Requirements

  1. Standard ERAS Application
  2. Personal Statement
  3. At least 3 letters of recommendation
  4. Dean’s Letter
  5. Medical School transcript
  6. Transcript of USMLE scores
  7. ECFMG certification, if applicable

Interview Info

The Program looks at the entire applicant and his/her ERAS application

package – there is not one singular component that weighs heavier than

others. Applicants are invited to interview with our program via the AOA/CORD

Universal Offer Day. In-person interviews are held on one day in January.

information on drug testing requirements


John Livingstone, MD, PGY-5 Chief Resident
Western Michigan University School of Medicine

Collin Walsh, MD, PGY-5 Chief Resident
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine

Matthew Burnham, MD, PGY-4
University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix

Thomas Keola Kane, IV, MD, PGY-4
University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine

Morgan Hasegawa, MD, PGY-3
Creighton University School of Medicine-Phoenix

Jonathan Horng, MD, PGY-3
Medical College of Wisconsin

Wade Banta, MD, PGY-2
University of Washington School of Medicine

Sean Chan, MD, PGY-2
University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine

Kenneth Kato, MD, PGY-2
University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine

Gregory Latta, MD, PGY-1
University of California Riverside School of Medicine

Julian Rimm, MD
University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine

Salary & Benefits

summary of salary & benefits


University of Hawaii Orthopaedic Residency Program
1356 Lusitana Street, 6th Floor
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
PHONE: (808) 586-8233
Email: ortho@hawaii.edu

Program Administrator: Jamie Castelo

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