3rd Year Residents

Alex Burnikel, M.D.

University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville

I grew up in Greenville SC and went to Clemson University for undergrad, majoring in microbiology while playing on the men’s soccer team. I then went to medical school here in Greenville at USCSOMG. Greenville is a beautiful city with close proximity to the lakes, mountains and beach all just a short drive away. I enjoy spending time on lake Keowee, golfing and going to Clemson football and soccer games in the fall. Our residency program offers an incredible operative experience with a tight knit group of residents, attendings and staff who make coming into work everyday a fun and educational experience.

Michael Colello, M.D.

University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville

I’m originally from Cleveland, OH but moved to South Carolina to attend the University of South Carolina for undergrad then the University of South Carolina School of Medicine-Greenville for Medical School. What I love about Greenville and our program is that we are one big family; always helping each other out inside and outside of the hospital. We have great relationships with all the attendings and most of our services are truly resident-run giving us a lot of responsibility early on. We also have amazing support staff and the hospital really takes care of its residents (ex: food stipend to help cover your meals while on service).

Russell Stewart, M.D.

Wake Forest School of Medicine of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

I’m originally from Elkin, NC, and attended Wake Forest School of Medicine. My wife and I with our 2 dogs enjoy Greenville with the as there are tons of restaurants, bars, and outdoor activities, but it’s still a very affordable, clean, and convenient place to live. In my spare time, I enjoy hunting, Greenville Church League Basketball, and backyard farming with our garden and 3 chickens. What I love about our program is that all the residents and attendings truly “buy in” to the teaching-focused culture of the program. Attendings at Greenville are here because they want to train residents, and there is an expectation that teaching takes place at all levels in the program.

Jeremy Wise, M.D.

University of Mississippi School of Medicine

Hi, I’m Jeremy, and I’m excited you’ve taken the time to navigate our website, explore the program, and learn a little more about us as individuals. I grew up in rural South Mississippi, attended The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg and completed medical school in Jackson, MS at UMMC. I’m married to a beautiful wife that also works as an ICU nurse here at Greenville Memorial hospital, and we’ve got two small girls. Moving to Greenville to begin residency was honestly one of the best decisions I could’ve made for me and my family. To begin with, this orthopedic residency truly remains a gem with an outstanding reputation nationally for many reasons. Significant early operative experience with excellent one-on-one mentorship throughout most of our rotations. Our attendings take the time and effort to ensure our understanding as residents when it comes to clinical decisions down to individual surgical steps in any given operation. I would describe our culture as “work hard, play hard”, but even more so it’s an entire organization that loves to take care of people and do what’s right no matter the circumstance presented. With that said, no matter what your background is, if your desire is to gain comprehensive orthopedic experience in all subspecialty groups while enjoying resident and faculty camaraderie then this program deserves a close look. Not to mention, the city and surrounding region is a blast to enjoy during your spare time. It’s not a massive concrete jungle with terrible traffic like where many other well-known residency programs are located. Rather, it’s an ideal size for raising a family, has an explosively popular and energetic downtown with much to see and do, and the green space for outdoor living here is truly incredible. Mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, gorgeous freshwater lakes, are just a few things I enjoy during down time. My faith in Christ is a top priority for me and my family and we were able to find Grace Church, which is a strong group of community and international mission-minded believers that we enjoy weekly fellowship with. Cost of living is low in Greenville compared to the majority of the United States and stands as another benefit of being in this program while living on a resident salary. Additionally, we have access to a deeply discounted membership at The Life Center as residents, which is a large multifaceted fitness facility, located directly across the street from Memorial Hospital; the majority of us here utilize its amenities several times weekly. Overall, this orthopedic residency program located within the dynamic, thriving city of Greenville, South Carolina is a combination quite difficult to find as a medical student looking towards their next step in training. We sincerely hope that you will give our program a closer look and reach out to us if we can be of any assistance in your endeavors.