At the time, three orthopedic residents a year would learn under the watchful eyes of members of the UOA staff. The program has progressively grown in the passing years from four to now twenty residents annually. Dr. Joseph Leddy was Dr. Zawadsky’s successor and with Dr. Leddy as chairman, orthopedic surgery became a separate department at the medical school. Now, Dr. Charles Gatt has been serving as the chairman for the past seven years.
As UOA has expanded the number of surgeons in its practice, it has maintained a high level of certification and credentials for each doctor. This commitment to excellence places the group on the top tier of orthopedic practices. One of the qualities that is expected of prospective surgeons is a dedication to teaching. Each doctor is required to impart their knowledge onto the next generation of orthopedic surgeons. Teaching at the medical school is done on a volunteer basis, ensuring that the doctors are doing it purely out of the passion to enlighten residents.