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
Benjamin Best, DO

Dr. 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 & Chair of Orthopedic Surgery
Alan Afsari, MD

Dr. Afsari completed his undergraduate training at the University of Michigan. He then completed medical school at American University of the Caribbean, School of Medicine. Dr. Afsari then completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Wayne State University.  He went on to complete a fellowship in Orthopedic Trauma at the Florida Orthopedic Institute under the direction of Dr. Roy Sanders. He also completed additional training as an AO/ASIF international fellow studying complex hip and pelvic reconstruction at Inselspital, University Hospital of Bern, in Switzerland.

Program Director Emeritus
Christopher Najarian, DO, 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.