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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
April 15, 2013
Schwarzkopf: Total Hip Arthroplasty Periprosthetic
Femoral Fractures - A Review of Classification and Current Treatment.
March 18, 2013
Schwarzkopf was elected to the AOA ELP (American
Orthopaedic Association - Emerging Leaders Program)
At the AAOS Academy next
week Dr. Schwarzkopf will
- Synovial Fluid Differential Cell Count in Wear Debris Synovitis
after Total Knee Replacement
March 19, 2013
- Treatment Failure Among Infected Periprosthetic Patients
at a Highly Specialized Revision TKA Referral Practice
March 20, 2013
Influencing Patient Willingness to Pay for New Technologies
in Hip and Knee Implants
March 21, 2013
- Total Knee Arthroplasty in Patients with Juvenile Idiopathic
Arthritis: A Multi Center Study
March 21, 2013
joint arthroplasty in human immunodeficiency virus positive
Swensen S, Schwarzkopf R.
November 4, 2013
Surgery Patterns of Ligamentous Deformity of the Knee: A
Clinical and Cadaveric Study.
Schwarzkopf R, Hadley S, Abbasi M, Meere PA.
J Knee Surg.
January 2, 2013
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...
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
Dr. Douglas Kiester won an award for one of the best research posters at
the 2012 Western Orthopaedic Assocation meeting in Portland,
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."
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.
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
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 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
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 and colleague Dr.
Samuel Bederman 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...
June 14, 2011
Dr. David Kruse of UCI’s Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine
Center explains how to avoid summer injuries. READ
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
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
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
March 7th, 2011
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
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
in Eilat Israel, warning the attendees not to get involved
leg lengthening. His presentation, "Cosmetic Stature Surgery:
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
Starr-Edwards heart valve and numerous other biomedical products. Dr.
Green's topic, "the Evolution of Medical Technology," will assess
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
Sojourn in Ireland."
March 2nd, 2011
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.
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:
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