December 2018

Surgical Simulation at the Orthopaedic Research Institute at the University of Chicago

Orthopaedic surgical training and education has been significantly impacted by limitation of house staff work hours and ACGME case volume and distribution requirements.

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Letter From The Chair

As we now approach the sixth anniversary of the creation of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Chicago, there is much exciting news to share.

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Teacher of Teachers and Leaders: Spotlight on a Master Surgeon-Educator in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery: Daniel P. Mass

This quarter, I would like to place the spotlight on a faculty member whose current work in the Department does much to keep that tradition alive: Daniel P. Mass, whose continuous service on our faculty has entered its 39th year.

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OPRI has become part of Department of Orthopaedics

Since 2016, University of Chicago’s Operative Performance Research Institute (OPRI) has become part of Department of Orthopaedics.

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Faculty Development

I officially began my new role as Vice Chair for Faculty Development and Diversity in the summer of 2018. The goal of this position was to work with faculty on academic activities, providing mentoring and making all aware of the many opportunities at the University of Chicago.

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Residency Program Update

The start of the 2018-2019 Academic year brought about a number of exciting changes to the Orthopaedic Residency Program.

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Our First Eight Months As A Level I Trauma Center

As we enter the winter months and reflect back on our first 8 months as a Level 1 trauma center we have a chance to appreciate the tremendous growth and opportunities we have uncovered.

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September 2018

Teacher of Teachers and Leaders: A Historical Look at Our Development

In the last four decades, I have witnessed a period of dramatic positive change in orthopaedic surgery at The University of Chicago. We may take pride in the fact that our Department is once again a distinguished teacher of teachers and leaders.

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Residency Program Update

As Brian Toolan passes the torch, Residency Program Director Tessa Balach reflects on recent highlights and new educational opportunities for Orthopaedic Surgery residents.

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Trauma Center spurs growth in orthopaedic surgery

The new trauma center has brought new faculty to the Orthopaedic Surgery program and an enhanced trauma experience for the residency program.

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BMP9 found as the most potent bone forming factor

Engineering bone tissue can significantly improve human health by restoring bone and skeletal tissue functions that have been compromised by diseases or injuries.

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Taking it to Another Level: Level 1 Trauma Adds Value to Resident Experience

Bryan Scott (PGY-3) articulated what many residents are feeling: “I actually think the trauma center is a great addition to the program.”

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The Growth of the Hand Fellowship Program

With an expanded faculty, a new partnership with Plastic Surgery, and an enhanced didactic program, the Hand Fellowship is poised to continue its tradition of pedagogical excellence and maintain its trajectory of growth in the years to come.

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Becoming the Strongest Program in the Country: Residents' Gym Introduced in Laros Library Renovation

A new Residents’ Gym installed in the Laros Library has sparked additional camaraderie among Residents, while also improving their physical and mental health.

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August 2018

Journal Club Grant Brings Bhandari to UChicago

UChicago's Orthopaedic residency hosted Dr. Mohit Bhandari for two days. Dr. Bhandari is widely recognized as the world’s foremost authority in the translation of orthopaedic research into clinical practice.

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May 2018

University Of Chicago Trauma Center Treats More Than 270 Patients In First Month

The University of Chicago Medicine’s new South side trauma center has been open for one month and is already one of the busiest in the city.

The hospital opened its new level one trauma center on May 1 in Hyde Park to treat adults with severe injuries.

Wednesday, hospital leaders announced statistics, saying 274 patients have been treated at the trauma center in the past month.

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U. of C. Medicine’s trauma center treats over 250 in first four weeks

In its first four weeks, U. of C. Medicine treated 274 adult trauma patients, making it one of the the busiest trauma centers in Chicago, officials said Wednesday.

Though that figure is in line with estimates made during the planning process, the South Side trauma center also saw a surge over Memorial Day Weekend, treating 44 adult trauma patients over the course of the three-day weekend.

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University of Chicago's new trauma center sees more than 250 patients in first month

It's been a very busy first month at the University of Chicago's new level-one trauma center in Hyde Park.

Staff trained for the anticipated case load. In their first month those skills were put to use immediately.

"We have been very busy," said Dr. Selwyn Rogers, trauma center director.

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A month in, new U. of C. trauma center already among the city's busiest

Less than one month after opening, University of Chicago Medicine’s new Level I adult trauma center is busy, to say the least.

Since May 1, the Chicago Fire Department has transported 177 patients to the trauma center — more than to any other trauma center serving the city. In all, U. of C.’s trauma center treated 274 patients during its first four weeks. That number includes people transported by the Fire Department, private ambulance companies and “walk-in” patients.

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2018 Resident Research Symposia Winners

2018 Resident Research Symposia Winners

On May 4, 2018, our chief residents and Rav Khazai presented their research at the OREF/ORS Midwest Resident Research Symposium held downtown at UIC.

Noelle was awarded first place in the Basic Science category for her presentation entitled, “The Incidence of Skip Lesions in Acute Hematogenous Osteomyelitis in Pediatric Patients”.

Jon was awarded first place in the Clinical Science category for his presentation entitled, “Impact of Variation of Corticosteroid Dose, Injection Site and Multiple Injections on Blood Glucose Measurement in Diabetic Patients”.

Congratulations to Noelle and Jon. This award recognizes the outstanding quality of your work. You were competing not only against the other residency programs in Chicago, but the Midwest region including programs in Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin. I also want to thank you all our residents who attended the symposium in support of the Chiefs and Rav. I also encourage everyone to continue to participate in research projects. It is hard in a busy residency to devote time to clinical or basic science research, but great satisfaction comes from making a contribution to our collective Orthopaedic knowledge.

I have included the link to the OREF website for the symposium.

2018 Resident Research Symposia Winners

April 2018

Sean Pirkle MS1 awarded Best Paper and Presentation at 2018 National Student Research Forum

Sean Pirkle MS1 awarded Orthopaedics Award for Best Paper and Presentation at 2018 National Student Research Forum

Sean Pirkle MS1 earned the Orthopaedics Award for the Best Paper and Presentation at the 2018 National Student Research Forum in Galveston TX! His presentation was entitled, "Cages in ACDF are associated with a higher nonunion rate than allograft: a stratified comparative analysis of 5561 patients." The authors included Sean Pirkle, Alisha Ho, Lewis L Shi, and Michael J Lee.

A list of all of the 2018 NSRF Award Winners is available at The University of Texas Medical Branch website.

Mako Total Hip Replacement Successfully Completed in China

Mako Total Hip Replacement with Professor Hue Luu

The Opening Ceremony of the first Mako Robotic-arm Assisted Total Hip Arthroplasty in China was successfully launched in Shanghai Sixth People's Hospital and Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital on April 11 and April 13, 2018.

Stryker is honored to invite Professor Hue Luu from the University of Chicago as a proctor, supported the opening of the two hospitals. Professor Zhang Xianlong, head of Joint Surgery Department of Shanghai Sixth Hospital, and Professor Wang Qi of Joint Surgery successfully completed three Mako total hip surgeries on 11th April.

Professor Jiang Qing and his team from the department of sports medicine and adult reconstructive surgery of Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital successfully completed 2 Mako total hip surgeries on 13th April, the surgeries were very smooth. We also held the opening ceremony in two hospitals. Both management of those two hospitals and the company participated in the opening ceremony, this event marked a new chapter in the field of robotic orthopedics in China.

For more information, contact Charles Wang :

November 2017

Fellows Selected for 2018 AMSSM Traveling Fellowship to Scandinavia

AMSSM has selected Leonardo Oliveira, MD and Jason Zaremski, MD to serve as Junior Traveling Fellows for AMSSM's 2018 International Traveling Fellowship program tour to Scandinavia. Drs. Oliveira and Zaremski will join AMSSM Founder and Past President John Lombardo, MD, who will serve as Senior Traveling Fellow for the May 16-31, 2018 tour.

The Traveling Fellowship program offers an opportunity for academic exchange and clinical immersion for sports medicine physicians to teach and learn sports medicine on a global level.

During the first half of the exchange, International Visiting Fellow Hilde Moseby Berge, MD, PhD, will spend two weeks in the U.S., from April 24-May 7. She will serve as a keynote speaker at the 2018 AMSSM Annual Meeting and visit sports medicine centers in South Carolina, Virginia and Massachusetts.

The second half of the tour will feature AMSSM Traveling Fellows visiting Sweden, Norway and Denmark and include presentations at sports medicine conferences in Norway and Sweden.

Leonardo Oliveira, MD
Dr. Oliveira is a sports medicine physician at the University of Chicago. He provides skilled non-surgical care for athletic and musculoskeletal injuries in teens and adults, and his specialties include concussion care and ultrasound-guided diagnostic and interventional procedures. Dr. Oliveira treats sports medicine and musculoskeletal injuries in athletes at Concordia University Chicago. He also has experience providing care for runners, including the Chicago and Cleveland marathons in recent years. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Sports Medicine.

"As an AMSSM travelling fellow, I seek to provide the Scandinavian sports medicine physicians and scientists an ethnic diverse background and a multitude of clinical, administrative and research experiences with the goal to enhance collaboration and partnership within our countries and sports medicine societies," said Dr. Oliveira, who completed medical school in Brazil and his residency and fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. "Having been in similar situations at earlier stages of my career, I am certain that now as a faculty and practicing physician I will return from Sweden, Norway and Denmark with a different level of sports medicine knowledge, research acumen and cultural experience which will be invaluable for my career and my roles with the AMSSM."

This program was made possible by generous support the AMSSM Foundation received from DJO Global. AMSSM wishes to thank DJO Global for its educational support of this exchange of ideas and knowledge by world leaders in sports medicine.

December 2015

Dr. Doug Dirschl comments on the new trauma center at University of Chicago Medicine

In a huge victory for Chicago’s southside, University of Chicago Medicine will open a level 1 trauma center

University of Chicago Medicine announces historic community plan to strengthen access to care for Chicago’s South Side

University of Chicago Medicine to build level 1 trauma center at Hyde Park campus

University of Chicago Medicine to open a level 1 trauma center, Dr. Dirschel quoted

Orthopedic APNs run University of Chicago Medicine’s Bone Health Clinic

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