Residency and Fellowship

Crystal Clinic Orthopedic Center physicians are part of the teaching staff of the Summa Orthopedic Residency Program. The orthopedics residency program at Summa Health System has established itself as one of the elite community-based residency programs in the country.


Residents work in a collegial atmosphere that focuses on collaboration and hands-on learning. Residents work closely with highly skilled orthopedic surgeons from across the country, many of whom specialize in the latest minimally invasive techniques.

In 2011, the orthopedic residency program grew from three to four residents. The expansion, which was granted by the Accreditation Council for Medical Education, is a testament to Summa’s commitment to Northeast Ohio.


Fellowships allow residents to work both in the lab and in clinical areas at Crystal Clinic Orthopedic Center or Summa Health System.

In 2010, Summa Foundation received a $1 million gift from Robert and Joyce Rice and family to establish the Robert F. Kepley, M.D. Orthopedic Fellowship at Summa Health System. Named in honor of Robert Kepley, M.D., known for both his surgical expertise and compassionate care of patients, the fellowship will provide ongoing support to enhance the medical education of orthopedic residents at Summa Health System. The research fellowship is for a Summa Health System orthopedic resident with a particular specialty focus on the needs of patients who undergo and recover from hip, knee, hand, spine, foot, ankle and shoulder care, as well as joint replacement, oncology, sports medicine, pain management, rehabilitation and reconstruction.