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Phillips New Head of Spine at Rush; TKR Complication Rate Higher for Minorities; Innovation MIA for Cartilage Repair?

Frank Phillips, M.D / Rush University Medical Center

Renowned spine surgeon Frank Phillips, M.D. is Rush’s new Director of the Division of Spine Surgery. A new Wash U study finds higher TKR complications for blacks, Native Americans and other minority patients, and a surprising JBJS Study says cartilage innovation has stopped. Cold.

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Jump in Adverse Events Prompts Action From NSPSS

Sources: Wikimedia Commons and Capt. James A. Quehada
Sources: Wikimedia Commons and Capt. James A. Quehada

From the late 1990s to today, the number of annual deaths from preventable medical errors has increased roughly four-fold. What is going on? Former head of patient safety at AAOS tackles this troubling statistic head on and discusses new efforts to stem the rising tide of adverse surgical events in the U.S.

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Inside DePuy Synthes’ Strategic Playbook – Part II

Photo creation by RRY Publications, LLC, Wikimedia Commons and Holger Elgaard
Photo creation by RRY Publications, LLC, Wikimedia Commons and Holger Elgaard

DePuy Synthes’ new U.S. President Juan-José Gonzalez sat down with OTW recently and painted a picture of an invigorated DePuy Synthes. It’s a vision that wraps the implant in a blanket of services and digitized intelligence. Where’s DePuy Synthes heading? Into a most interesting future. Check it out.

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Yet Another Major U.S. Investment Firm Bets on Spine

Sources: Wikimedia Commons and Mondongo
Sources: Wikimedia Commons and Mondongo

Legendary private investment firm Stephens Group, LLC has made the leap into spine. Earlier this year another major private equity firm, Kohlberg & Company also put their considerable resources behind a small spine company. Stephens is investing in CoreLink, a relatively unknown St. Louis based manufacturer. What’s going on?