Faculty and Staff

Rahul Vaidya headshot

Rahul Vaidya, M.D
Chairman, Professor of Orthopaedics

Dr. Vaidya received his bachelor's of science degree from Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia) in 1987 and his medical degree from McGill University Faculty of Medicine in 1981, followed by an Orthopaedic Surgery residency at McGill, a fellowship with the Royal College of Surgeons Canada, a fellowship in Orthopaedic Traumatology at the University of British Columbia and a fellowship in Spinal Surgery at McGill University.

A fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, he is a member of the American Orthopaedic Association, the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, the Michigan Orthopaedic Society and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Dr. Vaidya has received numerous awards, including the Howard Rosen AO Trauma NA Teaching Award, the WSU Excellence in Teaching Award and the DMC/WSU Teaching Award for best educator as selected by residents in 2019. He has taught and mentored numerous fellows, residents and medical students. He is a widely-sought speaker and prolific author, and he holds 12 medical patents. Dr. Vaidya is also a major in the Canadian Army Reserves.

Dr. Vaidya, a professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, is chief of Orthopaedic Trauma and fellowship director at Detroit Receiving Hospital, and the service chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Karmanos Cancer Center. He is a former specialist-in-chief of Orthopaedic Surgery for the Detroit Medical Center.

A member of our faculty since 2009 and the DMC since 2006, Dr. Vaidya is the site director of the Wayne State University School of Medicine clerkship surgery rotation and director of the Orthopaedic Trauma Rotation in the WSU Department of Emergency Medicine.


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.

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.

Additional Faculty to Program Include

Position Name

Adjunct Professor

Albert I. King, Ph.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.
  • 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
kcrawfo@med.wayne.edu Wayne State University Orthopaedics
18100 Oakwood Blvd., Suite 300
Dearborn, Michigan 48124
Phone: (313) 438-7970
Fax: (313) 438-7975