Ryan Scott Ottney
PDT Staff Writer
Dr. Gerardo Trinidad of Portsmouth has accepted a position as clinical assistant professor at Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va. He also will continue seeing patients for Southern Ohio Medical Center and King’s Daughters Medical Center in his office on Kinney’s Lane and teaching at Shawnee State University.
Trinidad played baseball at the University of North Dakota where he was originally studying biology to become a teacher and sports coach. After a sports injury he spent time with in the orthopedic surgeon’s office and discovered a real love for the field and quickly changed his study. He attended medical school and completed his orthopedic surgery residency with a fellowship in sports medicine. He opened in practice in Portsmouth in 1999 on the main campus of Southern Ohio Medical Center.
Last year, Trinidad moved his practice to a new building on Kinney’s Lane and continues working with both SOMC and KDMC in Portsmouth. He also consults for surgical companies, teaches and has lectured all over the world and even right here at home as a faculty member in the Shawnee State University athletic training program.
Now Trinidad adds another title to his name — clinical assistant professor at the Marshall University School of Medicine Department of Orthopedics, working with the department director Dr. Ali Oliashirazi. As part of his work at Marshall, Trinidad will teach orthopedic residents at his office in Portsmouth.
“Part of being the faculty of the orthopedic surgery department, not only will I have residents come here to rotate, but I will go there and give lectures and give talks to the residents there in Huntington,” he said. “I think right now I’m the only non-university doctor they have on faculty in the department of orthopedics. So this is a first for them to have someone out in private practice be faculty and be part of the Department of Orthopedics training program.”
He said the program at Marshall will be different from the classes he teaches at Shawnee State University.
“At Shawnee State, there’s no medical school, no residency program. I’m mainly associated with the athletic trainers and help them as far as athletic injuries and how we treat those. Also I’ve been their team doctor for the past several years,” Trinidad said. “As far as Marshall, it’s more dealing with future orthopedic surgeons in their training process.”
He said he’s excited to rekindle his early interest in teaching, and said his new office has excellent features that will help them learn.
“I think by bringing these residents here, there’s an opportunity to keep some of these guys in the community. We’ve had difficulty trying to recruit good, quality orthopedic surgeons in our community. I think with these young, newly trained residents that come here,hopefully they’ll get to know our area, get to know the town and maybe they’ll like it. Maybe they’ll decide this is a place they could practice and raise their family,” Trinidad said.
For more information about Trinidad’s practice in Portsmouth, visit their office located at Kinney’s Lane in Portsmouth. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Trinidad’s office is also available by phone at 740-351-0980 and online at www.trinidadortho.com.
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