The Marshall University Orthopaedic Surgery Residency is a comprehensive, five-year, ACGME-approved training program. 

  • Available positions: Three
  • Length: Five years
  • ACGME accredited: Yes
  • Application deadline: November 1. We accept applications through ERAS. Learn how to apply. 
  • Residency Program Director: Ali Oliashirazi, MD
  • Associate Residency Director: Matthew Bullock, DO
  • Benefits: See stipend and benefit information below. 

Beginning in PGY-2, all clinical rotations are at least three months and, with the exception of the trauma service, each resident is paired with one attending on the service. This one-on-one training allows every resident to act as a senior level resident. This provides a consistent mentor-style learning experience for all residents. The faculty are able to evaluate all aspects of a resident's performance in this setting and provide exceptional feedback to them. Residents are taught how to teach as a life-long career tool.

The only away rotation is the four-month Pediatric Orthopaedic rotation at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, during the PGY-3 year. We maintain a fully furnished apartment close to the hospital for residents to use during this rotation.

Each resident in our program has the unique privilege of attending three away courses each year during PGY-2-5. In addition we provide funding for any resident to attend a conference in which they have a paper, poster or podium presentation accepted.

Mission Statement

Marshall Orthopaedics is a family oriented, close-knit residency. Our mentorship model of education allows the faculty to identify each resident’s individual strengths and weaknesses allowing each resident to improve rapidly and gain mastery of their operative and clinical skills. Our residents operate early and often, and this early exposure to the OR drastically improves case volume. Graduates leave this program with life-long friends, strong mentors and unparalleled confidence in their operative skill and ability to care for patients.

Paid Vacation 3 weeks paid vacation
  • Malpractice: Provided by the State of West Virginia's "Comprehensive Liability Insurance Policy"
  • Group Term Life :  One and one-quarter percent ( 1 1/4 % )of annualized stipend with a minimum of $50,000 plus a $10,000 basic life insurance policy for a total of at least $60,000. Additional life insurance can also be purchased for the resident/fellow and their dependents.
  • Health: Variety of plans/costs ranging from $85/month to $520/month depending upon coverage and tobacco use status
  • Flexible Benefits: Dental/Vision.  All are pre-tax dollars.
  • Social Security: Employee and Employer pay social security taxes. International medical graduates who provide a copy of his/her J-1 Visa to administration will be exempt from social security taxes
  • Workers' Compensation: Coverage is provided.
  • Long Term Disability Insurance: Provided to resident at no charge.
Sick Leave Residents accrue 15 days of sick leave annually.
Parking Free
Book Fund

$1,000 annually




PGY1 - $55,000.00    

PGY2 - $56,000.00      

PGY3 - $57,000.00 

PGY4 [F1] - $58,000.00          

PGY5 [F2] - $59,000.00          

PGY6 [F3] - $60,000.00

PGY7 [F4] - $61,000.00

Plus a $2,000 Signing Bonus for Categorical Positions NRMP Matched

Other Benefits
  • Marshall Rec Center membership with optional discounted rate for spouse.
  • 10% Off at Victor’s Dry Cleaners
  • YMCA 25% off membership fees.
  • Orange Theory Fitness Discounted rates
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There are two goals for research projects:

  • Foster resident development of a personal experience with Orthopaedic clinical or basic science research.
  • Generation of a manuscript of publishable quality by PGY 4.

Every resident will be expected to follow the approved timeline below in their research activities with yearly performance evaluations with the Director of Orthopaedic Research (Franklin D. Shuler MD, PhD).

Identification of mentor/project Research grant application, IRB submission, etc. Meeting abstract submission Publication revision Documented research experience
Completion of project selection by end of PGYI Consistent effort for project completion Publication preparation and submission Goal: Accepted publication by PGYIV interviews JBJS 2012; 89:2084-8
Yearly assessment with Research Director Yearly assessment with Research Director Yearly assessment with Research Director Yearly assessment with Research Director  

As a department, we strongly believe that we owe others much more than we think we do. We have been given an incredible gift of opportunity; the opportunity to give back to our community and to our fellow citizens. This effort also helps residents learn the difficulty and reward in fund raising.

Each resident is expected to complete a community project. Projects completed by residents include:

  • Weekly support to the Harmony House, including food and clothing items for this local provider of services to the homeless population.
  • Joints Jog annual 5K run for charity. Last year's recipient was the Huntington Area Food Bank.
  • Fundraising for Haiti earthquake victims
  • Resident-based clinic for Ebenezer Medical Outreach

This is an era where patient outcomes are ultimately the most important measure of quality. HealthGrades is the largest independent evaluator of hospitals in the U.S. and their results are published online. Marshall University's Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, along with Cabell Huntington Hospital, has received the following recognitions from HealthGrades:

  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement
  • Overall Excellence in Joint Replacement
  • # 1 hospital in WV, KY, and OH(tie)* for Joint Replacement (*Orthopaedic Specialty Hospitals)
  • # 1 hospital in Tristate for Joint Replacement
  • Top 5% of country in Joint Replacement (highest rating)
  • 5/5 stars Total Knee Replacement
  • 5/5 stars Total Hip Replacement
  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopaedics
  • Overall Excellence in Orthopaedics

Our orthopaedic team has also worked to consistently sustain the above results:

  • HealthGrades’ Joint Replacement Excellence Award - 12 years in a row
  • Five-Star Recipient for Knee Replacement - 12 years in a row
  • Top 5% in the Nation for Joint Replacement - 8 years in a row
  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement - 8 years in a row

Primary facilities

Marshall University Medical Center

The Marshall University Medical Center provides a technologically advanced focal point for the clinical teaching, outreach and service programs of the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. The 185,000-square-foot center is connected to Cabell Huntington Hospital and the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center through a shared atrium and multiple connectors.

The Medical Center is a comprehensive, state of the art center offering both primary and specialty care outpatient services. The center houses the main outpatient clinics and clinical education support facilities for seven of the school's major clinical departments: Family & Community Health, Neuroscience, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Orthopaedics, Pediatrics, Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine and Surgery.

For medical students, resident physicians and fellows in advanced training, the Medical Center provides a cohesive clinical education environment, allowing them to cross specialty lines to follow patients through all stages of care. In addition to a modern health science library and learning center, the center houses the academic and administrative offices of the School of Medicine. 

Cabell Huntington Hospital

Cabell Huntington Hospital is a regional, 313-bed referral center that serves as the primary teaching hospital for the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. Cabell Huntington cares for patients from more than 29 counties throughout West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and southern Ohio. The hospital’s emergency/trauma service is a designated Level 2 Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center. It has the highest patient trauma volume of any Level 2 trauma center in West Virginia. The hospital offers specialized care centers such as the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Burn Intensive Care Unit and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. These units offer the latest in medical technology and individual treatment for critically ill newborns, children and adults. Specially equipped air and ground transport services are always ready for patients requiring immediate attention.

Hershel "Woody" Williams VA Medical Center

The mission of the VA Medical Center in Huntington, West Virginia is to provide Veterans with the highest quality healthcare services to promote healing, diminish suffering, and encourage a healthy lifestyle. The VAMC also provides education and training through academic institution affiliations and to further medical research. Since 1932, VAMC Huntington has been improving the health of the men and women who have so proudly served our nation. We consider it our privilege to serve your health care needs in any way we can. Services are available to veterans living in southwestern West Virginia, southern Ohio and eastern Kentucky.

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