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One-of-a-Kind Residency Training // New Study of Stem Cell Treatment for Knee OA // and More!

Source: Wikimedia Commons
Source: Wikimedia Commons

How important is communication? A novel program at NYU Langone Medical Center’s residency program is putting it front and center. New research from OrthoIndy and Brigham & Women’s studies the effects of amniotic stem cells in arthritic knees. Robert L. Mauck, Ph.D. and colleagues from the University of Pennsylvania have been honored with the 2015 Kappa Delta Young Investigator Award.

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Former U.S. Olympic Chair New Executive Director at Andrews Institute // Bioengineer Named Senior Scientist at TissueGen // and More!

David M. Joyner, M.D. / Source: The Andrews Institute
David M. Joyner, M.D. / Source: The Andrews Institute

David Joyner M.D. is new executive director at Andrews Institute. Johnny Huard, Ph.D. is the new chief researcher at Steadman Philippon and UT. Microvascular training may be the missing link for many orthopods.

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Did BCBS Cause a 500% Leap in Total Knee Surgery Rates?

Knee Prosthesis / Source: Wikimedia Commons and Jordiferrer
Knee Prosthesis / Source: Wikimedia Commons and Jordiferrer

Oh my! 500% increase in TKA rates among the newly insured in Kansas. According to the Society of Actuaries, that is exactly what happened. But why? In all likelihood two factors did the trick. More insured courtesy of Obamacare and a BCBS policy change regarding HA injections. Is this the perfect storm for TKA?

Hand Surgeon to Lead AMA? // Leesa Galatz, M.D. New System Chair at Mount Sinai // and More!

Andrew W. Gurman, M.D. and American Medical Association
Andrew W. Gurman, M.D. and American Medical Association

Andrew W. Gurman, M.D., orthopedic hand surgeon will take the helm of the AMA in 2016…we have his plans! Leesa Galatz, M.D. discusses her new role as System Chair at Mount Sinai…and James Kang, M.D. is named as the next Chair of orthopedics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

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SeaSpine Goes Public

Courtesy of SeaSpine Holdings Corporation
Courtesy of SeaSpine Holdings Corporation

SeaSpine is days away from becoming the 8th public spine company. At first glance, this looks like a corporate fixer upper. Down sales. Losses last year. But former NuVasive President Keith Valentine is in charge and, peeling back the layers, we see what attracted him—solid and scalable foundation with a biologics play. If Valentine’s excited, then we are too.

Parvizi, Scott Debate Simultaneous Bilateral TKA

Image created by RRY Publications, LLC
Image created by RRY Publications, LLC

“There are higher complications and mortality with simultaneous bilateral total knee surgery (SBTKA),” argues Jay Parvizi, “it is for a select group of patients.” Richard Scott counters, “SBTKA is indicated in 10-15% of patients, patient and family satisfaction is high, and recent reports indicate a cost savings and the overall morbidity is less compared to staged procedures.”

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