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February 17, 2015
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
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.
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,
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.
June 24, 2014
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
June 12, 2014
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...
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,
1-3, 2014 in Hollywood, Florida. Physicians and researchers
from around the country as well as Italian orthopaedic surgeons
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.
March 20, 2014
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.
March 05, 2014
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!"
February 22, 2014
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February 3, 2014
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.
October 11, 2013
It is an honor to announce that Neil
Jones MD was elected into the Presidential line of the
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
Dr. Neil Jones completed his undergraduate and
medical education at Oxford University with additional training
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
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.
October 11, 2013
UC Irvine’s Dr. Neil Jones elected
vice president of American Society for Surgery of the Hand
Orange, California — Neil
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
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
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
October 9, 2013
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
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,
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
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
click here for more information on the CSRS.
here to learn more about Dr.
October 8, 2013
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".
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
The AOA is the only orthopaedic organization that
so strongly emphasizes a single theme of purpose: leadership
The quality the AOA's programs demonstrates that the organization
is committed to nothing less than perfection in addressing
Please click here to learn more about the AOA.
click here to learn more about Dr.
April 26, 2013
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
- Basic Science Education in Orthopaedic Residency
February 2, 2013
Dr. Nitin Bhatia was
selected as an Orange County Physician of Excellence
It's an honor voted on by other physicians. Read
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...
Dr. Douglas Kiester won an award for one of the best research posters at
the 2012 Western Orthopaedic Assocation meeting in Portland,
Dr. Ranjan Gupta
featured in the Orange County Register to discuss Joint Arthropplasty
UC Irvine. Read
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,
- 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.
May 23rd, 2012
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
March 8th, 2012
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 http://www.vumedi.com/cme/orthopedic/17 or http://www.vumedi.com/webinar/296312
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
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.
Doctors can be found online at superdoctors.com 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
- 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
- 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
August 15, 2011
MUD HENS MANAGER INSPIRES CRASH SURVIVOR
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
July 20, 2011
UC Irvine’s Bhatia to discuss spine
surgery, robotics on Healthy OC
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 used SpineAssist to
perform the first robot-assisted spine surgery on the West
"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."
more about SpineAssist...
April 12, 2011
Dr. Nitin Bhatia has
conducted the first robot-assisted spinal surgery on
the West Coast. READ
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 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
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.
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
March 3rd, 2011
In March, Dr.
Stuart Green will be speaking at a Plastic Surgery meeting
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
In June, Dr. Green will be presenting a paper at
the Dublin meeting of the
Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons titled: "Benjamin
Sojourn in Ireland."
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:
OCMA physician of excellence
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