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One Overseas Spine Meeting Beckons Above Them All

Kuala Lumpur / Source: Wikimedia Commons and Muffin Wizard
Kuala Lumpur / Source: Wikimedia Commons and Muffin Wizard

For spine surgeons who are more than ready to break away from their demanding practices, breathe and with some of the top deformity surgeons of the U.S. and Asia, contemplate and learn — the IMAST meeting in Kuala Lumpur is a must go.

SpineFrontier and the Firing of a Whistleblower

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Image created by RRY Publications, LLC

SpineFrontier, Inc. sent Patricia Katz, a company accountant, for compliance training. After checking with the FDA, Katz told company officials they were out of compliance with FDA regulations. The company disagreed and fired Katz for unrelated reasons. Now she’s suing and claiming retaliation as a whistleblower. Read the lessons here.

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

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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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Gehrke, Cameron Debate Use of Cement in Small Canals

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Image created by RRY Publications, LLC

When it comes to small canals, with cemented stems you get better outcome and survival, fewer dislocations, fewer periprosthetic fractures, and fewer revisions!” argues Thorsten Gehrke. Hugh Cameron says, “Small stems are short and lucency will develop. And with cement in small canals you are reaming heavily and most of the cancellous bone is removed, thus the bone-cement interlock is poor.”

Stuart Weinstein, M.D. Wins OREF Award // Study: Skip Rehab, Go Home! // and More!

Stuart Weinstein, M.D. and Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation
Stuart Weinstein, M.D. and Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation

Stuart Weinstein, M.D. is recognized for his lifetime dedication to individuals with scoliosis. New research shows that readmission rates are 25% lower when patients skip rehab and go home directly from the hospital. And a new study finds that patients have no idea how much their surgeons are reimbursed.

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