Faculty and Staff
Rahul Vaidya, M.D
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.
|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.
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
|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|| |
|Clinical Assistant Professors|| |
|Clinical Assistant Professor Emeritus||Milton M. Green, M.D.|
|University of Michigan Orthopaedic Faculty|| |
John M. Cavanaugh, M.D., P.E.
Phone: (313) 577-3916
|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.
|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.|
Kelli L. Beaudoin, PA-C