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Michael Hawk Cronin, DO
Orthopaedic & Spine Surgeon

Employment:

Feb 2021- Present

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Melbourne, FL Orthopaedic Spine Surgery
Michael Hawk Cronin, DO  

Education:

Aug 2019- July 2020 Florida Orthopedic Institute, Tampa, FL
Spine Orthopedic Surgical Fellowship
Aug 2014 - Jun 2019 Larkin Community Hospital, Miami, FL
Orthopedic Surgical Residency
2018-2019 Chief resident
2016- 2018 Assistant chief resident
Aug 2010- May 2014 Midwestern University, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, Glendale, AZ
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
Sigma Sigma Phi Osteopathic Honors Society
GPA: 3.9
  Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Summa Cum Laude
GPA: 4.0
Aug 2005- May 2009 B.S. Biomedical Engineering with Mechanical emphasis
Orthopedic Surgical Residency
Aug 2005- May 2009 Capstone Design Project: Electromechanically Assisted Patient Transfer Device
Barrett Honors College
Honors Thesis: Nursing Shortage: A Threat to Quality Healthcare

Honors/certifications:

  • AOA Podium presentation Oct 2019
  • 1st Place Nationally AOAO research (Spine category) June 2019
  • 2nd place Nationally AOAO research (Adult Recon category) June 2019
  • NASS Podium presentation Oct 2017
  • AAOS Podium presentation Mar 2017
  • FOS 1st place resident research for Florida May 2016
  • Sigma Sigma Phi Osteopathic Honors Society 2011-2014
  • John C. Lincoln Hospital North Mountain Auxiliary Scholarship 2011-2014
  • WICHE Professional Student Program 2010-2014
  • MWU Financial Literacy Scholarship 2012
  • Entrepreneur Advantage Program Grant for Engineering Design 2009
  • Phi Kappa Phi Bioengineering Honors Society 2006-2009
  • ASU Deans Honors List 2005-2009
  • ASU Presidents Provost scholar- Full 2005-2009
  • Maroon and Gold Scholar Athlete award: ASU Cross country, Track & Field 2005 & 2006

Leadership & Community Service:

2018-2019 Chief Orthopedic Resident at Larkin Hospital, Miami, FL
May 2016 Orthopedic Resident Representative at FOS, Orlando, FL
2015-2016 Resident Liaison Blood transfusion review board, Miami, FL
Feb 2016 Miami Marathon Medical support, Miami, FL
Oct 2016 Miami Half Ironman Medical support, Miami, FL
Oct 2012 Representative at AOAO National Conference, Colorado Springs, CO
2011-2012 Student Ambassador, Midwestern University
2011-2012 Treasure and Secretary for Wilderness Medicine Club
2010-2012 Event Committee, University Cycling Club 1ST and 2ND Annual Charity Auction
Supporting American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure
2010-2011 Volunteer with TOPS, Team of Physicians for Students
Medical sports physicals for underserved high school students
2010-2012 HOME, Health Outreach through Medicine and Education
Basic medical care at local homeless shelter
2010-2011 Pediatrics Club “Cuts for Kids” 11th Annual Charity Event
2005-2010 Swim Safety Captain and Coordinator: Arizona Ironman Triathlon

Publications/written Works:

“Prolonged Conservative Management in Total Joint Arthroplasty: Harming the Patient?”

Lavernia CJ, Heiner AD, Cronin MH, Villa JM, Rossi MD. The Journal of Arthroplasty. 2017 Sep; 32(9S):S81-S85. doi: 10.1016/j.arth.2017.03.034. Epub 2017 Mar 23.  PMID: 28455176

“Post- Vertebral Fracture Osteoporosis Management: An Opportunity For Improvement”, David Barton, MS3, Michael Cronin, DO, PGY-4, Caleb Behrend, MD, Jonathan Carmouche, MD, written and will be submitted to The Spine Journal after NASS in October, 2017

“The parallelogram effect: how central band failure can cause ulnar impaction syndrome”

O Orbay JL, Levaro-Pano F, Vernon LL, Cronin MH, Orbay JA, Tremols EJ. The Journal of Hand Surgery, Volume 43, Issue 9, September 2018, Pages 827-832. Epub 2018 May 24. PMID: 29804695

“Tibio-Femoral Mismatch In Primary TKR: Does It Matter?”, Michael H. Cronin, DO, Michele R. D’Apuzzo, MD, Jesus M. Villa, MD, Carlos J. Lavernia, MD, submitted to AAOS under review

“Evaluation of Limited Pedicle Screw Density Constructs for Anterior Posterior Lumbar Fusions,” Michael Cronin DO, Alireza Nazemi MS, Anirudh Gowd BS, Jonathan Carmouche MD, Caleb Behrend MD

Awarded 1st place Nationally at AOAO 2019 Best research: Spine category

“Scoliosis School Screening: Analysis of the Cincinnati Metropolitan Area”, Michael Cronin, D.O, Charles T Mehlman, DO, MPH,

Abstract and manuscript written, awaiting approval for submission to NASS

“Scoliosis School Screening in the U.S.A.: What is the Current Lay of the Land?”, Michael Cronin, D.O, Charles T Mehlman, DO, MPH

Abstract and manuscript written, awaiting approval for submission to NASS

“Preoperative Functional Levels And Function After Primary Total Knee Arthroplasty: A Matched Cohort Study”, Michael H. Cronin DO, Carlos J. Lavernia MD,

Abstract and manuscript written awaiting submission

“Mycobacterium bolletii, New nightmare affecting TKA.”, Michael Cronin, D.O., Raúl J. Ramírez MS4, Case Report submitted to JOA.

“Morel-Lavallée lesion: An uncommon result of closed sheering trauma”, Michael Cronin MS3, Michael Steingart D.O., Paper submitted to Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association, January 2013

“Electromechanically Assisted Patient Transfer Device”, ASU Biomedical Engineering Capstone Design Project, completed May 2009

“Nursing Shortage: A Threat to Quality Healthcare”, Barrett Honors College Honors thesis, May 2009

Presentations

“Evaluation of Limited Pedicle Screw Density Constructs for Anterior Posterior Lumbar Fusions,” Michael Cronin DO, Alireza Nazemi MS, Anirudh Gowd BS, Jonathan Carmouche MD, Caleb Behrend MD

Podium presentation: Selby Spine Conference, Feb. 2, 2020, Park City, Utah

“Evaluation of Limited Pedicle Screw Density Constructs for Anterior Posterior Lumbar Fusions,” Michael Cronin DO, Alireza Nazemi MS, Anirudh Gowd BS, Jonathan Carmouche MD, Caleb Behrend MD

Podium presentation: American Osteopathic Association of Orthopedics (AOAO), 2019 National meeting, Oct. 26, 2019, Colorado Springs, Colorado

 

“Post- Vertebral Fracture Osteoporosis Management: An Opportunity For Improvement”, David Barton, MS3, Michael Cronin, DO, PGY-4, Caleb Behrend, MD, Jonathan Carmouche, MD,

Podium presentation: North American Spine Society (NASS), Orlando, Florida, October, 2017

“Prolonged Conservative Management in Total Joint Arthroplasty: Harming the Patient?”,

Michael Cronin, DO, Michele R. D’Apuzzo, MD, Anneliese D. Heiner, PhD, Carlos J. Lavernia, MD, Mark Rossi, PhD,

Podium presentation: AAOS Annual Meeting, March 16, 2017, San Diego, California

Podium presentation: AAHKS Annual Meeting, November 2016, Dallas, Texas

“The Role of the Central Band of the Interosseous Ligaments in Maintaining Ulnar Variance”,

Jorge Orbay, Fernando Levaro, Lauren Vernon, Michael Cronin, Niurka Nunez, Jorge Orbay Jr.,

Podium presentation: Federation of European Societies for Surgery of the Hand (FESSH), Budapest, Hungary, June 23, 2017

“The Role of the Central Band of the Interosseous Ligaments in Maintaining Ulnar Variance”,

Jorge Orbay, Fernando Levaro, Lauren Vernon, Michael Cronin, Niurka Nunez, Jorge Orbay Jr.,

Presented at: 6th Annual Extremity Summit: Greenbrier Medical Institute, Greenbrier, West Virginia, June 4, 2017

 

“The Role of the Central Band of the Interosseous Ligaments in Maintaining Ulnar Variance”,

Jorge Orbay, Fernando Levaro, Lauren Vernon, Michael Cronin, Niurka Nunez, Jorge Orbay Jr.,

Presented at: American Association for Hand Surgery (AAHS), Waikoloa, Hawaii, January 11 2017

“Prolonged Conservative Management in Total Joint Arthroplasty: Harming the Patient?”,

Michael Cronin, DO, Michele R. D’Apuzzo, MD, Anneliese D. Heiner, PhD, Carlos J. Lavernia, MD, Mark Rossi, PhD, Podium presentation at American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS), Dallas, Texas, November 12, 2016

“The Role of the Central Band of the Interosseous Ligaments in Maintaining Ulnar Variance”,

Jorge Orbay, Fernando Levaro, Lauren Vernon, Michael Cronin, Niurka Nunez, Jorge Orbay Jr.,

Presented at: American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH), Austin, Texas, September 28, 2016

“Tibio-Femoral Mismatch In Primary TKR: Does It Matter?”, Michael H. Cronin, DO, Michele R. D’Apuzzo, MD, Jesus M. Villa, MD, Carlos J. Lavernia, MD, Presented at Florida Orthopedic Society, May 20, 2016

*1st place resident research award

“Tibio-Femoral Mismatch In Primary TKR: Does It Matter?”, Michael H. Cronin, DO, Michele R. D’Apuzzo, MD, Jesus M. Villa, MD, Carlos J. Lavernia, MD, Presented at Southern Orthopedic Association (SOA) 2016, Naples, Florida, July 29, 2016

“Tibio-Femoral Mismatch In Primary TKR: Does It Matter?”, Michael H. Cronin, DO, Michele R. D’Apuzzo, MD, Jesus M. Villa, MD, Carlos J. Lavernia, MD, Presented at Knee Society Closed Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 28, 2015

“Tibio-Femoral Mismatch In Primary TKR: Does It Matter?”, Michael H. Cronin, DO, Michele R. D’Apuzzo, MD, Jesus M. Villa, MD, Carlos J. Lavernia, MD, Presented at Consortium for Excellence in Medical Education (CEME), Fort Lauderdale, Florida, November, 2015

“Tibio-Femoral Mismatch In Primary TKR: Does It Matter?”, Michael H. Cronin, DO, Michele R. D’Apuzzo, MD, Jesus M. Villa, MD, Carlos J. Lavernia, MD, Presented at American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics (AOAO), Colorado Springs, Colorado, October 15-16, 2015

“Morel-Lavallée lesion: An uncommon result of closed sheering trauma”, Michael H. Cronin, MS3, Michael Steingart D.O., Presented at Centers for Osteopathic Research and Education (CORE) Ohio Osteopathic Symposium Poster Competition participant, May 18 2013

Lectures/grand Rounds

“Spondylolisthesis: Measurements of Severity of Disease and Treatment”, Florida Orthopedic Institute Spine grand rounds, Florida Orthopedic Institute, Sept, 24, 2019

“Morbidity and Mortality” Spine Grand Rounds: Florida Orthopedic Institute, Oct, 1, 2019

 “Cauda Equina Syndrome secondary to Epidural abscess” Spine Grand Rounds: Florida Orthopedic Institute, Sept, 13, 2019

 “Spondylolisthesis: A review”, Orthopedic and Neurosurgery Spine grand rounds, Carillion Clinic, July 28, 2017

“Myelodysplasia/Spina Bifida” Larkin Community Hospital Orthopedic Surgery Grand Rounds, March 22 2017

“Subaxial Cervical Spine” Larkin Community Hospital Orthopedic Surgery Grand Rounds, May 6, 2016

“Supracondylar Humerus fractures in pediatric population” Cincinnati Children’s and Larkin Community Hospital resident lecture with Web EX, June 30, 2017

“Pathologic Fractures in Orthopedics: diagnosis, classification and treatment approach”, Larkin Community Hospital Orthopedic Surgery Grand Rounds, April 19 2017

“Degenerative vs Isthmic Spondylolisthesis in the Adult”, Orthopedic and Neurosurgery Spine grand rounds, Carillion Clinic, Oct 7, 2016

“Distal Radius Fractures: Resident guide to diagnosis and treatment” Larkin Community Hospital Orthopedic Surgery Grand Rounds, June 17, 2016

“Pediatric Forearm Fractures”, Larkin Community Hospital Orthopedic Surgery Grand Rounds, November 16, 2016

Memberships

2014-current American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS)
2010-current American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics (AOAO)
2017-current North American Spine Society (NASS)
2014-current Florida Orthopedic Society
2014-current Miami Orthopedic Society
2010-current American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
2010-2014 Orthopedic Surgery Club (SAOAO), Midwestern University
2010-2014 Student Osteopathic Surgical Association (SOSA), Midwestern University
2010-2014 Neurosurgery and Neurology Club, Midwestern University
2010-2014 Outdoor Medicine Club, Midwestern University
2010-2014 Emergency Medicine Club, Midwestern University
2010-2014 American Medical Student Association (AMSA)

Hobbies

Feb & June 2019 Boston marathon qualifier x 2
2011 & 2019 Full Ironman Triathlon  x 2

 

Half Ironman Triathlon x  4
 2008-2013, 2019 Sponsored Triathlon race team – RACELAB
July 2011 Ironman Triathlon 4th AG, 61st out of 1094 racers, Santa Rosa, CA
March 2012 Las Palomas Triathlon 1st out of 188 racers, Rocky Point, MEX
2006-2010 Expert Category Mountain Bike Racing
2014 24 hours of Old Pueblo – Solo Mountain bike race
2010 Cat 1 series Champion: Arizona
2009 Barn Burner (104 miles) – Solo
2006-2010 ASU White Water Kayak Club Vice President and Instructor
2005-2006 NCAA ASU Cross Country and Track
2003-2009 Welder and Fabricator
2000- 2009 Certified Bicycle Mechanic
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