Research & Policy

Clinician Scholar Career Development Program


The 2020 Clinician Scholar Career Development Program has been postponed until 2021 due to the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Please note, the recipients below have accepted positions in the 2021 program, so there will not be an application period in 2021.

The Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) Clinician Scholar Career Development Program (CSCDP) offers a comprehensive training workshop to encourage and educate future orthopaedic clinician-scientists and investigators. The annual program is open to residents in PGY-2 to PGY-5, fellows, and junior faculty through year three who have the potential and desire to become orthopaedic clinician-scientists.

AOFAS sponsors 1-2 members to participate in the CSCDP each year. The 2021 workshop will take place in September 2021 in Rosemont, Illinois. Visit the ORS website for more information about the program. Congratulations to Daniel D. Bohl, MD, MPH, and Natalie R. Danna, MD!

2021 Participants

Daniel D. Bohl, MD

Daniel D. Bohl, MD, MPH

Dr. Bohl is completing a foot and ankle orthopaedic fellowship at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. Following his fellowship, he will join Rush University Medical Center in Chicago as an academic foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeon. Dr. Bohl was selected by the AOFAS Awards and Scholarships Committee for the Resident Scholarship Program in 2017 and has received numerous awards throughout his orthopaedic career.


Natalie R. Danna, MD

Natalie R. Danna, MD

As an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. Danna is actively involved with clinical research. Prior to serving as an assistant professor, she was chief resident at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York, and completed her foot and ankle orthopaedic fellowship at Baylor Univesity Medical Center in Dallas. Dr. Danna's research was selected as poster presentations at AOFAS Annual Meeting 2016 and 2018.

Past Participants

Niall Smyth, MD

Niall A. Smyth, MD
2019 CSCDP Participant

"The CSCDP allows the attendees extensive insight into what is required to obtain extramural funding, from local grants all the way to federal dollars. One thing made abundantly clear was that it is not easy! That being said, attending this course lays the groundwork to embark on a rewarding academic career."


Christopher Reb, DO

Christopher W. Reb, DO
2019 CSCDP Participant

"The opportunities to gain insights were everywhere... Much time was allocated to encouraging introspection and cultivating peer-to-peer conversations. In these dialogues, I encountered much empathy, new ideas, and opportunities to mentor and be mentored."


Michael C. Aynardi, MD

Michael C. Aynardi, MD
2018 CSCDP Participant

"While I learned a lot about additional opportunities and research tips to help progress my ideas, the most valuable aspects were the networking and connections I developed with the faculty who are all highly accomplished scientists in orthopaedics... I would highly recommend this program."



Jonathan R.M. Kaplan, MD
2018 CSCDP Participant

"As clinician scholars we had the opportunity to hear firsthand experiences from faculty members with a wide array of backgrounds... Upon leaving the CSCDP I have already developed a series of program ideas to take back to my institution and research team."