St. John Providence

Orthopedic Surgery Residency

About Us


Since 1972, The Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program at St. John Providence Health System has been training some of the best and brightest residents to become outstanding Orthopedic Surgeons. Headed by Dr. Christopher Najarian, D.O., our program has 100% pass rates on oral, written, and clinical boards and consistently places residents in desired fellowships. We receive a well rounded orthopedic education with an emphasis on trauma and joints, however, all subspecialties are represented in our alumni.

Program Director
Dr. Benjamin Best, D.O.

Dr. Benjamin Best completed his undergraduate training at Michigan State University and the University of Michigan.  He is a graduate of Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Upon graduation, he completed his orthopedic surgery residency at St. John Providence Health System. Dr. Best then completed an additional fellowship in Trauma surgery at Wake Forest University-Baptist Health System. Dr. Best is an Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon at St. John Hospital and Medical Center, a level 1 trauma center.

Assistant Program Director
Dr. Christopher Najarian, D.O, FAOAO

Dr. Christopher Najarian completed his undergraduate training at the University of Detroit with a BS in Chemistry.  He is a graduate of The Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, class of 1968. Upon graduation, he completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Martin Place Hospital, now known as St. John Oakland Hospital. Dr. Najarian then completed an additional fellowship in hand surgery at Grace Hospital, Detroit. He went on to solo practice at St. John Oakland in 1974. In 1995, he became the program director for St. John Providence Orthopedic Surgery. Through his tireless dedication and commitment to education, he has trained many residents to become outstanding orthopedic surgeons.