General Orthopaedics; Sports Medicine
My clinical practice has recently changed from traditional arthroscopic and sports related orthopedic surgery to focus on non-operative sports medicine and orthopedics. While I will still see patients with problems and complaints across the musculoskeletal spectrum, I will focus on problems of the shoulder and the knee, referring to my surgical partners when necessary. The time gained from no longer going to the operating room will be used to expand my roles as a teacher and a clinical researcher.
Teaching is a major focus of mine, as I have coordinated and written a curriculum for instruction in the Department of Orthopedics Arthroscopy Lab for the last 8 years. I plan on expanding that role by increasing the time spent with the residents and fellows, and by formalizing the first week of each rotation so trainees can ramp up their skills away from the pressure of the operating room. This should improve the level of knowledge, and enhance the efficiency and speed of our students with respect to arthroscopic anatomy, and acquisition of the psychomotor skills required for surgical arthroscopy. Through a generous philanthropic gift, we were able to purchase a virtual reality arthroscopic surgery simulator. We have now trained four years of resident classes on the simulator, and continue to upgrade the system’s hardware and software. I teach an upper level fourth year medical school course – Anat 801 Clinical Musculoskeletal Anatomy in the spring of each academic calendar.
My research interests in the basic sciences relate to the biomechanics of the shoulder and the knee, with the most recent project sponsored by Carestream Health to investigate the advantages of a new prototype portable 3D cone beam CT scanner. I participate in the Department’s largest clinical trial investigating the relationship of a surgical chondroplasty to clinical outcome when performed or withheld during arthroscopic meniscal surgery. I am active in pursuing clinical questions that can be answered by statistical review of our practice’s ACL database, or by performing metaanalysis on the literature regarding rotator cuff tear. I serve on a committee that supervises and reviews the research projects of our Department’s Orthopedic Residents in training. I have also advised PhD candidates seeking advanced degrees in the Departments of Exercise Science and Anthropology.
I am very fulfilled by participating in the above – the three pillars of activity – clinical medicine, teaching, and research.