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OREF Resident Award

Gregory Lopez, MD has been selected for the OREF Resident Award for his outstanding Resident Paper,"A Cost-Effective Junior Resident Training and Assessment Simulator for Orthopaedic Surgical Skills via Fundamentals of Orthopaedic Surgery(FORS)". Dr. Lopez will have the honor of presenting his paper for six minutes at the California Orthopaedic Association's 2015 Annual Meeting, scheduled for Saturday, April 25 at 9:32 am. Dr. Lopez and his program will each receive a cash award of $1,000. As an OREF Resident Award recipient, Dr. Lopez will also receive an award certificate, complimentary registration, travel expenses, one ticket to the Gala Dinner and three night's hotel stay. The 2015 Annual Meeting is a three day conference, April 23-26, 2015 at the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, CA.

Young Investigator Award

The Young Investigator Award was established in 2012, and is presented to the three top papers by orthopaedic surgeons under the age of 45 who, if at an academic institution, are assistant professors or clinical instructors. WOA has created these awards in recognition of young investigators' efforts to advance the science of orthopaedic surgery through research and mentorship.

Ran Schwarzkopf, MD, MSc
Patients’ Willingness to Contribute to Cost of Novel Implants in Total Joint Ar throplasty. Read more..

Harold and Nancy Willingham Award

C. Harold Willingham, MD graduated at William and Mary College then went on to attend Baylor Medical School. He completed his Orthopaedic Residency at the University of Michigan. After completing his residency he went on to serve as the Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at Ft. Huachuca Army Hospital, before entering private practice.
Dr. Willingham is a long-time member of WOA. He was WOA President in 1991 and served on the Board as Secretary for a number of years as well as Treasurer. In addition he has served on numerous Committees and was Chairman of several of them.
Dr. Willingham is a long time resident of Tucson, AZ. He has been married to his wife Nancy for over 50 years and has two children and five wonderful grandchildren. The Willinghams made a contribution to the WOA Endowment Fund for Resident education to be named the Harold and Nancy Willingham Award.

2014 Winner

Duy Phan, MD, Mentor Ran Schwarzkopf MD MSc
Do Patients with Income-Based Insurance Have Access to Total Joint Arthroplasty?

Nick Jain MD, and Ran Schwarzkopf  MD MSc

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Congratulations to Drs. Kain, Bederman, and Schwarzkopf for their exceptional contributions in the June Issue of AAOS Now, focussing on the Peri-Operative Joint Surgical Home Project at UC Irvine. Read more..

UC Irvine Health has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for its hip and knee joint replacement programs by demonstrating compliance with the organization’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. Read more...

Thay Q. Lee, Ph.D, Senior Research Career Scientist, and Professor and Vice Chairman for Research, is selected to be the featured guest speaker at the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Arthroscopy Association of North America, May 1-3, 2014 in Hollywood, Florida. Physicians and researchers from around the country as well as Italian orthopaedic surgeons from the Guest Nation Italy will offer their expertise. It is the premiere scientific and educational event for AANA, which provides cutting edge research, symposia and case presentations along with extensive Instructional Course Lectures designed to enhance and impact one’s practice in the field of arthroscopy. Dr. Lee, a highly acclaimed biomechanics researcher from UC Irvine Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, will offer his lecture from a scientific standpoint about “The Top 5 Knee and Top 5 Shoulder Biomechanics Studies You Need to Know that Directly Translate to Your Practice.” Dr. Lee’s contribution will undoubtedly be one of the highlights at the 2014 AANA 33rd Annual Meeting. Congratulations, Dr. Lee, on your accomplishments. Click to download a program.

UC Irvine's Department of Orthopaedic Surgery wins the award for the best scientific exhibit at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery in New Orleans for the project "Cost-Effective Training and Assessment Simulators for Orthopaedic Surgical Skills. Drs. Greg Lopez, Peter Hahn, and James Jung presented and developed Dr. Ranjan Gupta's idea of creating a tool to assess and teach Fundamentals of Orthopaedic Surgery in realistic, but affordable manner for all orthopaedic programs in the country. This tool was subsequently used at Washington University with assistance from Dr. Rick Wright and at Wake Forest University with assistance from Dr. David Martin. This work will be showcased later this year at the annual meetings for both the Association for Bone and Joint Surgery as well as the American Orthopaedic Association.

The annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons was held from March 11 to 15 in New Orleans. The conference highlighted recent advances in the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal conditions.

Ran Schwarzkopf, M.D., of the University of California Irvine Medical Center, and colleagues evaluated the effects of metabolic syndrome (MetS) on patients undergoing total joint replacement surgery. The investigators found that MetS produced an increased rate of short-term complications, found likely to have longer term implications because the impact of MetS on all surgical complication rates (in hospital and/or within one year post surgery) was significant.

The Hip Society, 2014 Rothman-Ranawat Traveling Fellowship
Dr. Ran Schwarzkopf

Each year the Hip Society Rothman-Ranawat Traveling Fellowship selects four emerging orthopaedic surgeons to visit with some of the world’s most prominent specialists in adult joint replacement surgery. This year UC Irvine Orthopaedic Surgery is proud to announce, Dr. Ran Schwarzkopf, as the recipient of the 2014 Hip Society Rothman-Ranawat Traveling Fellowship. Dr. Schwarzkopf is the only orthopaedic surgeon selected from North America out of four fellows throughout the world for this tremendous honor. Due to his outstanding qualifications in the specialty field of joint replacement and hip surgery, commitment and documented interest in advancing hip surgery through his publications, presentations and research, Dr Schwarzkopf will take part in the exchange of knowledge and skills with some of the world’s most prestigious specialists in their state-of-the-art facilities, which offer exemplary surgical care specializing in joint replacement and hip surgery throughout North America. This fellowship and recognition as a future leader in the field of hip and joint replacement surgery will place Dr. Schwarzkopf in the forefront of adult reconstruction, both scientifically and surgically.

Congratulations, Dr. Schwarzkopf, on a well deserved traveling fellowship!

For the second time in three years, the Orthopaedic Research & Education Foundation (OREF) has chosen one of UC Irvine Orthopaedic residents to receive their prestigious OREF Resident Clinician Scientist Training Grant. The 2014 recipient of this award is Dr. Minal Tapadia. Research grant and award recipients are selected through OREF's independent, peer-review process, supporting musculoskeletal research and education-seeking clinically relevant advancements which orthopaedic surgeons can apply in daily practice to improve their patient’s lives. The OREF grant will afford Dr. Tapadia, also a lawyer by trade, to pursue her interest as an academic orthopaedic surgeon, teaching and conducting clinical research and potentially developing new therapeutic and diagnostic techniques, which may lead to the discovery of new therapeutic agents. Dr. Tapadia defended her proposal against rigorous competition and met strict peer review standards, earning her a grant for research and innovation in orthopaedic surgery. Congratulations, Dr. Minal Tapadia, on a job well done!"

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Valentine's Day in a hospital? No problem
UC Irvine Health makes hospital room home for knee replacement patients. Read More...

OrthoBuzz: Q & A with Dr. Ran Schwarzkopf and His Experience Using Google Glass.

After reading our item about Google Glass in the January OrthoBuzz, Dr. Ran Schwarzkopf, assistant clinical professor of orthopaedics at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), wrote us to explain briefly how teams of surgeons, nurses, and anesthesiologists use the technology at UCI. Dr. Schwarzkopf kindly responded to our follow-up questions in the following interview. Read More...

Dr. Nitin Bhatia was selected as one of the top twenty notable spine surgeons in America who has focused his care on spinal trauma cases.

Dr. Bhatia serves as chief of the spine service and associate professor of clinical orthopaedics at UC Irvine as well as co-director of the UC Irvine Spine Center and residency program director. He has a professional interest in spine trauma, as well as spinal stenosis, disc herniations, scoliosis and complex cervical and lumbar reconstruction. He performs percutaneous fusions, X-Stop lumbar stenosis treatment and kyphoplasty and has an active interest in research.

It is an honor to announce that Neil Jones MD was elected into the Presidential line of the prestigious American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) at this year’s annual ASSH meeting in San Francisco. At the end of the meeting, Dr. Jones will start in this role by serving as Vice President of the ASSH. The mission of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand is to advance the care of patients with hand and upper extremity disorders by supporting education, research and outreach.

Dr. Neil Jones completed his undergraduate and medical education at Oxford University with additional training at Harvard University and the University of Michigan. He rapidly rose through the academic ranks as a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh until he was recruited to UCLA in 1993, where he served as Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and as Director of the Hand Center for 15 years. In 2008, Dr. Jones joined the faculty at UC Irvine’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery to build a world-class hand & upper extremity surgery program with one of the best clinical, research and training programs in the country.

He has fulfilled many leadership roles within the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and has also served as the President of the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery in 2008-2009. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Neil Jones for his new role as President of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand for 2015-2016. His leadership, world-renowned achievements and vision will contribute to the advancement of science, clinical practice and education in hand surgery.

UC Irvine’s Dr. Neil Jones elected vice president of American Society for Surgery of the Hand
Orange, CaliforniaNeil Jones, MD, Jones, chief of hand surgery and professor in the UC Irvine Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and division of plastic and reconstructive surgery, was elected vice president of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand at the society’s annual meeting in October.

A renowned hand surgeon, Jones is among the world’s foremost experts in the reconstruction of children's hand deformities with microsurgical toe-to-hand transfers and complex microsurgical reconstruction of the forearm, wrist, and hand.

After his year-long term as ASSH vice president, Jones will become president-elect next year and president in 2015.

Jones came to UC Irvine from UCLA in 2008 to direct the UC Irvine Health Center for Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery. He specializes in hand surgery and reconstructive microsurgery, with a major emphasis on nerve problems, tendon injuries, tendon transfers, arthritis, children’s hand deformities and microsurgical reconstruction of the upper extremity. His research has focused on limb transplantation and nerve transplantation, areas that may potentially lead to improved techniques for reconstruction of severe upper-extremity injuries.

Jones graduated from Trinity College, Oxford University and Oxford University Medical School in England. He trained in general surgery and orthopaedic surgery in England, becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons. After completing a further residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Michigan, he returned to England for a fellowship in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Royal London Hospital and St. Bartholomew's Hospital. He completed a second fellowship in orthopedic hand surgery and microsurgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

About the ASSH: The mission of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand is to advance the science and practice of hand surgery through education, research and advocacy on behalf of patients and practitioners. Founded in 1946, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand is the oldest medical specialty society in the United States devoted entirely to continuing medical education related to hand surgery.

UC Irvine Health comprises the clinical, medical education and research enterprises of the University of California, Irvine. Patients can access UC Irvine Health at physician offices throughout Orange County and at its main campus, UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange, Calif., a 412-bed acute care hospital that provides tertiary and quaternary care, ambulatory and specialty medical clinics, behavioral health and rehabilitation. U.S. News & World Report has listed it among America’s Best Hospitals for 13 consecutive years. UC Irvine Medical Center features Orange County’s only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, high-risk perinatal/neonatal program, Level I trauma center and Level II pediatric trauma center, and is the primary teaching hospital for UC Irvine School of Medicine. UC Irvine Health serves a region of more than 3 million people in Orange County, western Riverside County and southeast Los Angeles County.

Dr. Nitin Bhatia was the one of a select group of international surgeons selected to lead an Instructional Course lecture at the Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS) annual meeting in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Bhatia was also the only surgeon in Orange County chosen for this honor, and he is one of a rare group of surgeons to be selected for this honor three or more times.

The Cervical Spine Research Society is a multidisciplinary organization that provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and promotes clinical and basic science research of the cervical spine. The organization values collegial interaction and strong scientific principles. As an expert in treatment of issues such as cervical spinal stenosis, disc herniations, neck pain, and spinal cord problems, Dr. Bhatia is one of a select group of surgeons who have been admitted for membership to the CSRS. Dr. Bhatia provides cervical spine care for local Orange County communities including Irvine, Orange, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Anaheim, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Westminster, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo, and we also provide care for patients from further away including Los Angeles, San Clemente, San Diego, Visalia, Bakersfield, Hanford, Tulare, Fresno, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and Reno. International patients frequently travel to see Dr. Bhatia to receive the highest level of cervical spine care available. As a provider of care to professional atheletes, Dr. Bhatia has the knowledge and skills to get you, whether young and older, to the highest quality of life possible

Please click here for more information on the CSRS.

Please click here to learn more about Dr. Nitin Bhatia.

Dr. Nitin Bhatia was elected into membership for the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA), the world's oldest orthopedic society.At the AOA's core are the solid and consistent ideals of its mission: "To identify, develop, engage and recognize leadership to further the art and science of orthopaedics".

Founded in 1887, the AOA is the oldest and most distinguished orthopaedic association in the world. It has been the parent of several major orthopaedic organizations.

Membership in the AOA is achieved by those who have made a significant contribution to education, research, and the practice of orthopaedic surgery.

The AOA is the only orthopaedic organization that so strongly emphasizes a single theme of purpose: leadership in orthopaedics. The quality the AOA's programs demonstrates that the organization is committed to nothing less than perfection in addressing this focus.

Please click here to learn more about the AOA.

Please click here to learn more about Dr. Nitin Bhatia.

AAOS Now features orthopaedic oncologist’s work from UC Irvine:
Dr. Bang Hoang’s research in osteosarcoma from the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery was featured in the June 2013 issue of AAOS Now, the official publication of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Since 2011, Dr. Hoang has been a recipient of the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation Career Development Grant to conduct studies on how a common bone cancer in children called osteosarcoma develops and metastasizes. Read more...

UC Irvine orthopaedic oncologist spoke at an international symposium on sarcoma (May 2013):
Dr. Bang Hoang of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery delivered two lectures at the Seoul Sarcoma Symposium (Korean Orthopaedic Association), along with musculoskeletal oncology experts from Canada, Japan, Korea, and the U.S. His lectures were entitled: “Future Directions in Bone Sarcoma Surgery” and “Wnt Signaling in Osteosarcoma”.

Dr. Thay Lee has the honor of being Guest Professor at the 21st Annual Orthopaedic Research Seminar for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Loma Linda University, School of Medicine on May 17, 2013. He will be presenting three lectures.

  • Rotator Cuff Repair: Biomechanical Perspective
  • Academic Perspective on Biomechanics Research for Shoulder & Knee Arthroplasty
  • Basic Science Education in Orthopaedic Residency Training

April 15, 2013
Dr. Ran Schwarzkopf: Total Hip Arthroplasty Periprosthetic Femoral Fractures - A Review of Classification and Current Treatment. Read more...

March 18, 2013
Dr. Ran Schwarzkopf was elected to the AOA ELP (American Orthopaedic Association - Emerging Leaders Program)

At the AAOS Academy next week Dr. Schwarzkopf will be presenting:

February 2, 2013
Dr. Nitin Bhatia was selected as an Orange County Physician of Excellence for 2013. It's an honor voted on by other physicians. Read more...

February 2, 2013
Dr. Nitin Bhatia was also selected as a 2013 Super Doctor which is also selected by other doctors and includes less than 5% of physicians. Read more...

February 1, 2013
Dr. Bang Hoang’s patient, Lan Zentil, a young and active woman who was diagnosed with a chondrosarcoma in her shoulder. After delicate surgery and physical rehab, Lan is once again paddle boarding, playing tennis and even rock climbing. She was so grateful for the expertise of everyone at the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, she raised funds for fellow patients by enlisting sponsors for a challenging paddle boarding endeavor. Read more...

December 4th, 2012
Dr. Douglas Kiester
won an award for one of the best research posters at the 2012 Western Orthopaedic Assocation meeting in Portland, Oregon.

November 8th, 2012
Insurance Status Affects Spine Trauma Treatment Decisions

In a study by Samuel Bederman, M.D., Ph.D., the authors found that patients with acute spinal fractures and insurance coverage had a 30 percent higher chance of undergoing surgery compared to those without insurance coverage. Subset analysis performed by the investigators revealed that, in patients with spinal fractures and spinal cord injuries, the difference between those who underwent surgery versus those who did not was even more pronounced for those who had insurance versus those who did not.

"In our study of over 40,000 patients from the National Trauma Data Bank, insurance coverage accounted for a 30 percent difference in the chance of getting surgery for acute spinal fractures. This discrepancy suggests that economic factors may be influencing treatment decisions," Bederman said. "Surgeons need to maintain the standard of care for all patients; however, improvements in reimbursement for the delivery of care are required."


September 19th, 2012
Dr. Ranjan Gupta

featured in the Orange County Register to discuss Joint Arthropplasty at
UC Irvine.

September 19th, 2012
Dr. Neil Jones gave presentations at the American Society for Surgery of the Hand meeting in Chicago in August:

  • Faculty member for a Precourse on “Congenital hand surgery” and gave 2 presentations entitled “Bilhaut-Cloquet operation for thumb polydactyly” and “When to do toe transfers for congenital hand anomalies.”
  • Member of the panel on “Thumb reconstruction” and spoke on “Decision making for post-traumatic thumb reconstruction.”
  • Chairman of an Instructional Course entitled “Thumb reconstruction - state of the art” and spoke on “Toe-to-thumb transfers in children.”

Recent publications include:

  • Jones NF, Dickinson BP, Hansen SL. Reconstruction of an entire metacarpal and metacarpophalangeal joint using a fibular osteocutaneous free flap and silicone arthroplasty. Journal of Hand Surgery 37A: 310-315, 2012.
  • Jones NF, Ahn HC, Eo SR. Revision surgery for persistent and recurrent carpal tunnel syndrome and for failed carpal tunnel release. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 129: 683-692, 2012.
  • Nguyen ML, Jones NF. Ruptures of both the abductor pollicis longus and extensor pollicis brevis tendons after steroid injection for DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 129: 883, 2012.
  • Lee H, Eo SR, Cho S, Jones NF. The surgical release of Dupuytren’s contracture using multiple transverse incisions. Archives of Plastic Surgery 39; 426-430 2012.

Recent book chapters include:

  • Chi Y, Jones NF. Thumb hypoplasia. In: Hand Surgery Update V. American Society for Surgery of the Hand, 2012
  • Hansen S, Jones NF. Silastic MCP and PIP joint arthroplasty. In: Arthritis of the Wrist and Hand. American Society for Surgery of the Hand, 2012.

In August, along with 4 other surgeons, Dr. Jones travelled to Cambodia on a mission to reconstruct both hand injuries in adults and children born with hand deformities. We also taught 26 Cambodian surgeons in the first course on microsurgery held in Cambodia at Sihanouk Hospital Center for HOPE in Phnom Penh.

July 12th, 2012
On April 14, 2012, Dr. Bang Hoang was invited as the keynote speaker by the Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research at the 24th Annual Meeting of the Surgical Society for Musculoskeletal Sarcoma (SSMS) in Tokyo, Japan. The SSMS Annual Meeting gathers experts in the field of musculoskeletal oncology from cancer centers throughout Japan to discuss the latest clinical research to treat patients with these conditions. Dr. Hoang delivered a lecture entitled: “Bone and Soft Tissue Sarcoma: Where are the New Frontiers?” and served as a visiting professor at the Tokyo Ariake Cancer Institute to discuss new surgical techniques for limb salvage in patients with bone and soft tissue cancers.

May 23rd, 2012
Dr. Jones was an Invited speaker at the 9th World Symposium on Congenital Malformations of the Hand in Dallas in March 2012 and the European Federation of Societies for Reconstructive Microsurgery in Paris in April 2012 and spoke on "A documentation system for congenital absent digits" and "Toe transfers for congenital anomalies of the hand"

Jones NF, Ahn HC, Eo SR. Revision surgery for persistent and recurrent carpal tunnel syndrome and for failed carpal tunnel release. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 129: 683-692, 2012.

Jones NF, Dickinson BP, Hansen SL. Reconstruction of an entire metacarpal and metacarpophalangeal joint using a fibular osteocutaneous free flap and silicone arthroplasty. Journal of Hand Surgery (American) 37A: 310-315, 2012.

PyroCarbon implant arthroplasty for degenerative arthritis of the thumb carpometacarpal joint.? Jones NF. January 2010.

Indications and surgical techniques of nerve grafting. Jones NF. April 2011.

Failed carpal tunnel release. Jones NF. January 2012.

March 20th, 2012
Dr. Bang Hoang from UC Irvine Department of Orthopaedic Surgery has been named America's Top Doctor 2012 by Castle Connolly Medical LTD.

The designation is given after a nomination and peer review process and physcians cannot pay to be included in this list. Dr. Hoang's profile will be included in forthcoming Castle Connolly magazine, Top Doctors: Southern California. Read more...

March 8th, 2012
Dr. Jones was an invited panellist at the American Association for Hand Surgery meeting in Las Vegas in January and spoke on "Decision making for the mangled hand."

Our International Hand Fellow at UC Irvine, SuRak Eo MD PhD, also gave a podium presentation at this meeting on "Revision surgery for persistent and recurrent carpal tunnel syndrome and failed carpal tunnel release," co-authored with Dr Jones.

Dr Jones participated in a Webinar in January 2012 on "Carpal tunnel syndrome" and spoke on "Failed carpal tunnel release surgery." This can be accessed on the internet at or

Dr Jones was an invited speaker at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons annual meeting in San Francisco in February 2012 and spoke on "Replantation in the upper extremity."

A paper entitled "Reconstruction of an entire metacarpal and metacarpophalangeal joint using a fibular osteocutaneous free flap and silicone arthroplasty" authored by Dr Jones was published in the February 2012 issue of the Journal of Hand Surgery 37A:310

January 6th, 2012
Doctors Nitin Bhatia, Neil Jones, and Ranjan Gupta at UC Irvine Orthopaedic Surgery have been named by Los Angeles Magazine as Southern California Super Doctors for 2012. The award is given to the top 5% of physicians in their field, and selected and voted on by other physicians.

More than 31,000 doctors were asked to nominate one or more colleagues (excluding themselves) they would choose in seeking medical care. The Super Doctors research team investigated further and searched for exceptional doctors to complement the results. Candidates were evaluated on the indicators of peer recognition, professional status and disciplinary history.

Super Doctors can be found online at where doctors can be searched by practice area and location.

November 21, 2011
Dr Jones was a keynote speaker at the Chang Gung - Mayo Clinic Reconstructive Symposium in Taipei, Taiwan in October 2011 and gave 4 presentations on:

  • Toe-to-hand transfers for congenital hand anomalies
  • Current indication and surgical techniques of nerve grafting
  • Pollicization
  • Compression neuropathies"

November 21, 2011
Dr Jones was the keynote speaker at the Japanese Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery in Niigata, Japan in November 2011 and lectured on

  • The contribution of microsurgery to hand and upper extremity surgery
  • Current indication and surgical techniques of nerve grafting"

October 21, 2011
Drs. Bhatia, Bederman, Lombardo, Malik, Stamos, Pigazzi, Zell, Louie, and Sazgar are featured in stories in the spring/summer issue of our UCI Health newsletter. Click to download newsletter.

August 15, 2011
Dr. Samuel Bederman
and Dr. Nitin Bhatia were featured in “Becker’s Orthopedics” as 2 of the top 10 surgeon in America performing computer assisted and robotic spine surgery. Read more...

August 15, 2011
By Dana Wakiji
Dr. Nitin Bhatia of the UC Irvine Medical Center performed a five-hour surgery to fuse Wilhite's neck and head together with a titanium plate, rod and screws. Read entire article...

July 20, 2011
UC Irvine’s Bhatia to discuss spine surgery, robotics on Healthy OC

Dr. Nitin Bhatia, UC Irvine’s chief of orthopaedic spine surgery, will appear this week on Healthy OC to discuss back pain, spine surgery and the SpineAssist robotic system.
Healthy OC airs on PBS SoCal, formerly known as KOCE-50. The interview will be rerun during the Real Orange news program at 6:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Thursday, July 21 and at 8 a.m. on Friday, July 22. Please check the PBS SoCal Web site to find the channel on your cable provider.

In March, Bhatia and colleague Dr. Samuel Bederman used SpineAssist to perform the first robot-assisted spine surgery on the West Coast.

"We expect this technology to improve outcomes, shorten surgical times and enhance healing in our spinal surgery patients," Bhatia said. "The system allows us to preplan an operation using CT scans to precisely plot the surgery and program the robot to guide screws in exactly the right spot in the patient’s spine."

Read more about SpineAssist...


June 14, 2011
Dr. David Kruse
of UCI’s Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center explains how to avoid summer injuries. READ MORE...

June 14, 2011
Dr. David Kruse
and the UC Irvine Comprehensive Sports Concussion Program hosted the Concussion in Youth & High School Sports Summit this past Saturday, June 11. See this OC Register article for more information.

June 14, 2011
Dr. Bang Hoang
has been named the recipient of the 2011 Career Development Award by the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation. READ MORE...

June 14, 2011
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
has named Dr. Bang Hoang the 2011 winner of the prestigious Kappa Delta Award.

April 12, 2011
Dr. Nitin Bhatia and Dr. Samuel Bederman have conducted the first robot-assisted spinal surgery on the West Coast. READ MORE...

March 22nd, 2011
Dr. Nitin Bhatia was selected by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery (AAOS) to design and run the Advanced Cervical Spine symposium (ICL) at the AAOS annual meeting in San Diego in February, 2011. The topics covered included Minimally Invasive Cervical Spine Surgery, C1-C2 Posterior Cervical Fusion, Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion, Cervical Total Disc Replacement (Arthroplasty), and Cervical Osteotomy Techniques. Dr. Bhatia is the first Orange County spine surgery selected by his peers to be the director of this course.

Dr. Nitin Bhatia was an invited speaker and faculty member at the Cervical Spine Research Society instructional cadaver lab and annual course in January, 2011. He spoke on “Emergent Cricothyroidotomy and Airway Emergencies after Anterior Cervical Surgery” and was an instructor for techniques on advanced and complex anterior and posterior cervical surgery techniques. Attendees included surgeons from the United States and around the world.

Dr. Nitin Bhatia and Dr. Samuel Bederman performed the first robot spinal surgery in Orange County in March, 2011. As the leading spine center on the West Coast, the UC Irvine Orthopaedic Spine Program uses robotic techniques to perform complex spinal surgery with higher levels of accuracy and safety than other centers can provide. Drs. Bhatia and Bederman are considered world leaders in robotic spinal surgery and are often asked to give lectures and instruction to other physicians on this technology. Robotic spine surgery can be used to improve outcomes for a variety of spinal problems including scoliosis, spinal stenosis, and disc herniations.

March 7th, 2011
Dr. Samuel Bederman has been selected to participate in the 2011 AAOS/ORS Comparative Effectiveness Research Symposium (CER) that will take place May 19-21, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Wahington DC.

March 4th, 2011
In December 2010, Dr. Jones was the Robert H. Ivy Visiting Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and gave two presentations entitled "The contribution of microsurgery to hand and upper extremity surgery" and "Tendon transfers for reconstruction of the wrist and hand."

He was an invited speaker at the American Association for Hand Surgery meeting in January 2011 on two panels on "Congenital hand anomalies" and "Management of the mangled hand," as well as speaking on "Radial tunnel syndrome" in an instructional course on compression neuropathies. In fact two University of California Irvine orthopedic faculty members, Dr. Gupta and Dr. Jones were speakers on the panel on the "Mangled Hand" at this meeting.

Dr. Jones was also an invited speaker for the Masters in Microsurgery Series during the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery meeting in January 2011, presenting a lecture on "Pediatric microsurgery."

March 3rd, 2011
In March, Dr. Stuart Green will be speaking at a Plastic Surgery meeting
in Eilat Israel, warning the attendees not to get involved with cosmetic
leg lengthening. His presentation, "Cosmetic Stature Surgery: Goldmine or
Time Bomb
," will emphasize concerns about the development of
osteoarthritis of the knees in such patients, caused by subtle changes in
the mechanical axis alignment of limbs after elongation.

By the end of March, Dr. Green will have finished his modules for an
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons' resident training course on
medical and surgical ethics. The course, consisting of Powerpoint
presentations and a discussion leader's handbook, will eventually become a
required educational program for orthopaedic surgery residents throughout
the United States and Canada (and perhaps the rest of the world as well).

In April, Dr. Green will be the featured speaker at the annual gathering
of the 3000 engineers of Edwards LifeSciences, the manufacturer of the
Starr-Edwards heart valve and numerous other biomedical products. Dr.
Green's topic, "the Evolution of Medical Technology," will assess the
similarity of the evolution of medical devices like total knee
replacements and mechanical heart valves to the evolution of early
life-forms in the Cambrian period one billion years ago. Unlike previous
presentations of this topic (which emphasized the FDA's role in medical
device regulation), The Edwards talk will analyze the importance of sexual
reproduction in responding rapidly to environmental changes, and how such
cross fertilization can benefit a workplace dealing with technological

In June, Dr. Green will be presenting a paper at the Dublin meeting of the
Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons titled: "Benjamin Franklin's
Sojourn in Ireland."

March 2nd, 2011
Dr. Samuel Bederman is a keynote Speaker for the 12th Annual Phillip Zorab Symposium hosted by the British Scoliosis Research Foundation and the Fondation Yves Cotrel - Institut de France. His lecture "Surgical Treatment of Adult Scoliosis: where have we been and where are we going?" will be presented at the Royal College of Surgeons of England in London on March 18, 2011.

January 27, 2011
UC Irvine orthopaedic oncologist earned the
2011 Kappa Delta Ann Doner Vaughn Award.

Bang H. Hoang, M.D., Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and director of Musculoskeletal Oncology at the University of California, Irvine has been named the 2011 winner of the Ann Doner Vaughan Kappa Delta Award by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). Dr. Hoang presented his award-winning lecture, "Toward Novel Therapeutic Intervention for Osteosarcoma: Clinical Implications of the Wnt Pathway” on January 15, 2011 at the 57th annual meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society in Long Beach, CA. Hoang will then travel to San Diego to receive the Kappa Delta Award at the opening ceremony of the AAOS annual meeting on February 16, 2011. Since 1950, the Kappa Delta Awards have been presented to individuals who perform research in orthopaedic surgery that is of the highest impact and significance. Annually, three awards of $20,000 each are given. Two awards are named for national presidents of the Kappa Delta Sorority who were instrumental in the creation of the awards: Elizabeth Winston Lanier and Ann Doner Vaughn. The third is known as the Young Investigator's Award. The Ann Doner Vaughn award represents a career’s work for Dr. Hoang: Since 2002, he and his colleagues from the U.S. and abroad have studied tumor suppressor genes that are abnormally turned off by cancer cells. He and his group found that by blocking a cellular signaling pathway using these tumor suppressors, they can suppress the growth and metastatic potential of bone and soft tissue sarcomas, a group of deadly cancers in children and young adults.

January 13, 2011
Four of our surgeons have been recognized by their peers as clinical leaders. The OCMA has chosen its “Physicians of Excellence” for Orange County, and the highly prestigious national “Best Doctors” has chosen three of our faculty to be included in their list . Our department is proud to announce the following physicians:

Dr. Bhatia
OCMA physician of excellence

Dr. Gupta
Best Doctors

Dr. Jones
Best Doctors
Best Doctors in America - Hand surgery and for microsurgery since 1993
Best Doctors in Los Angeles - Hand surgery and for microsurgery
Best Hand Surgeon in Los Angeles for children's hand deformities

Dr. Ross
Best Doctors