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A Big THANK YOU to Research Department
"My wife and I have both had the opportunity of being involved with studies at your research department. Dr. Skrepnik and his staff, Jelena Candito, Yvonne Ruiz, and Crystal Placencia are just the best. From our initial consultation, to the conclusion..."
-  Gary and Gloria Schaefer ‚ Marana

2nd Annual Surgeons vs. Chefs


Ghosts and goblins gathered once again to see surgeons from Tucson Orthopaedic Institute take on chefs from local restaurants for the second annual 'Surgeons vs. Chefs - Pumpkin Carving Contest' at the Embassy Suites Tucson-Paloma Village. Many of the surgeons were assisted by their families and members of the Tucson Orthopaedic Institute staff, all to benefit TMC for Children, Children's Miracle Network. The event raised over $3,500 and all proceeds will go to help pay for new equipment in TMC's new pediatric department. Check out how all the participating physicians carved their pumpkins and see who won for the best pumpkins.


Eric P. Anctil, M.D.

Bradley J. Brainard, M.D.


Stephen L. Curtin, M.D.


Joel R. Goode, M.D.


Gerard K. Jeong, M.D.

Edward P. Petrow, Jr., D.O.
Scott V. Slagis, M.D.
Nebojsa V. Skrepnik, M.D., Ph.D.
Research Team
John J. Wild, M.D.

The winning pumpkins were voted for by attendees. The five winners by category are:

Most Creative: Cipriano Camacho, Embassy Suites Paloma Village

"Peter Peter Doctor Eater"

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Scariest: Kevin Handt & Ben Callender, BRIO Tuscan Grill
Ugliest: Joel R. Goode, M.D., Orthopaedic Surgeon
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Best Overall Chef: Jan Ospiowicz, Hilton El Conquistador Resort
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Best Overall Surgeon: Scott V. Slagis, M.D., Orthopaedic Surgeon
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Tucson Orthopaedic Institute honorable mentions:

Can you find "TOI" spelled on the snow pumpkin's face?
Hip implants also work great as pumpkin eyes!


"Brokeback Pumpkin...needs Zofran!"




 The Star Wars Death Star...

May the force be with you Dr. Wild!

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