School of Medicine

Wayne State University School of Medicine

Faculty and Staff

Lawrence G. Morawa, M.D.
Chairman, Professor of Orthopaedics

Dr. Lawrence G. Morawa received his medical degree from University of Michigan and completed his post-graduate training at Wayne State University and Oakwood Hospital. He practices primarily within the Oakwood Healthcare System specializing in General Orthopaedic Surgery, Adult Reconstruction, with an emphasis on Hip, Knee, and Shoulder Disorders. In addition to being a skilled surgeon and scholar, Dr. Morawa has authored numerous articles and has been invited to speak nationally and internationally on orthopaedic practices.


Richard Krugel, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics

Dr. Richard Krugel received his medical degree from University of Michigan and completed his orthopaedic training at Jewish Hospital and Medical Center and Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. He specializes in General Orthopaedic Surgery, with as emphasis in Hip and Knee Disorders in Adults. Dr. Krugel practices in Dearborn and Troy.



Richard L. Needleman, M.D.  
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics

Dr. Richard L. Needleman is an Orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in foot and ankle problems (including sports medicine injuries) in adult and pediatric patients.  Dr. Needleman received his medical degree from University of Vermont College of Medicine and orthopaedic surgery residency training at George Washington University.  He also received orthopaedic foot and ankle fellowship training at Medical College of Wisconsin.  He is a reviewer for Foot and Ankle International, the journal of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society.  Dr. Needleman’s research interests include flat feet and ankle fractures.

Abdullah Omari, M.D., F.R.C.S. (Tr&Orth)
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics

Dr. Abdullah M. Omari received his medical degree in Iraq and orthopaedic training in England, with a majority of his training at the Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Centre in Exeter. He also received fellowship training in adult reconstruction at University of Maryland in Baltimore. Dr. Omari specializes in Lower Limb Reconstruction, Hip and Knee, Primary and Revision Joint Arthoplasty, including Hip Resurfacing and the Management of Osteoarthritis in Young Adults using Hip Preserving Surgery. He also practices at John D. Dingell VA Medical Center in Detroit.

Vani J. Sabesan, M.D.
Associate Professor of Orthopaedics, Program Director

Dr. Vani J. Sabesan received her medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed her orthopaedic surgery residency training at Duke University Medical Center. She received her fellowship training in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, in addition to completing a Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Iowa. 

Dr. Sabesan serves as associate professor of orthopaedic surgery with a subspecialty in Sports Medicine and Shoulder and Elbow surgery, and also serves as associate program director for the residency program.  She was previously full-time faculty at Western Michigan University School of Medicine and Michigan State University. 

Dr. Sabesan’s clinical practice is focused on shoulder, elbow and sports medicine problems, and her primary interest is in the management of complex shoulder problems in joint replacement, rotator cuff tears, and revision shoulder surgeries. Her practice also focuses on the female athlete and women’s bone health.  She has extensive  clinical and translational science research experience focusing on innovative treatments for shoulder problems, osteoporosis and the study of shoulder biomechanics and prosthetic design.  Dr. Sabesan serves on the board of Michigan Orthopaedic Society and lectures both nationally and internationally in her area of expertise.


Ephraim M. Zinberg, M.D.
Professor of Orthopaedics

Dr. Zinberg received his medical degree from the State University of New York Downstate School of Medicine. He completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY, a fellowship in hand surgery at the University of Louisville, and a fellowship in microvascular surgery at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Zinberg is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, with a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery.


Additional Faculty to Program Include:

Adjunct Professor
Albert I. King, Ph.D.

Clinical Professor
Arthur Manoli II, M.D.

Clinical Professor Emeritus
Gino Salciccioli, M.D.

Adjunct Associate Professor
Michelle J. Grimm, Ph.D.

Clinical Associate Professor
Richard M. Singer, M.D.

Clinical Associate Professors Emeritus
Maxwell Bardenstein, M.D.
Daniel E. Schechter, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professors
Alan M. Afsari, M.D.
Alfred M. Faulkner, D.O.
Christopher L. Lee, M.D.
Marc J. Milia, M.D.
Nilesh M. Patel, M.D.
Richard T. Perry, M.D.
Henri Pierre-Jacques, M.D.
Samson P. Samuel, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor Emeritus
Milton M. Green, M.D.

University of Michigan Orthopaedic Faculty:
Frances A. Farley, M.D., Director of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
J. Sybil Biermann, M.D., Orthopaedic Oncology



Research Faculty:

John M. Cavanaugh, M.D., P.E.
Professor and Associate Chair 
Wayne State University Department of Biomedical Engineering
Director of Orthopaedic Surgery Research
Wayne State University School of Medicine

Phone: (313) 577-3916 
Fax: (313) 577-8333 

Dr. John M. Cavanaugh received B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil engineering and completed his medical degree at Michigan State University in 1984. He joined the research staff of the Wayne State University Bioengineering Center in 1985 and has conducted research in impact biomechanics and neurophysiology since that time. Dr. Cavanaugh also serves as Orthopaedic Surgery Director of Research. In impact biomechanics, he has published papers on the effects of side impacts on the human shoulder, thorax, abdomen, and pelvis and the ability of padding to mitigate these injuries. In addition, Dr. Cavanaugh has studied axonal injury, concussion, and the mechanical properties of shoulder ligaments. His laboratory has also studied mechanisms of low back pain, neck pain, sciatica, and axonal injury using neurophysiologic techniques. Dr. Cavanaugh and the research team received the 1995 Kappa Delta Award of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons for low back pain research.


Therese Bou-Akl, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Phone: (313) 375-7218
Fax: (313) 375-7225

Dr. Bou-Akl is Research Associate for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.  She received her Ph.D. in BioMedical Engineering from Wayne State University in 2006.  Dr. Bou-Akl is also trained as a medical doctor in Bulgaria, and completed a residency in Pediatrics in Lebanon.  She holds a part-time faculty position in the BioMedical Engineering Department.  Dr. Bou-Akl’s research interests include musculoskeletal tissue engineering and stem cell characterization and differentiation.



Clinical Staff

Kelli L. Beaudoin, PA-C

Wayne State University Orthopaedics
18100 Oakwood Blvd., Suite 300
Dearborn, Michigan 48124
Phone: (313) 438-7970
Fax: (313) 438-7975