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What’s New at
UVA Orthopaedics?

By Quanjun (Trey) Cui, MD
UVA Orthopaedics Department

As autumn arrives in Charlottesville, the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at University of Virginia, under the leadership of Dr. Bobby Chhabra, is celebrating a great year of success:

  1. U. S. News & World Report ranked the UVA Department of Orthopaedic Surgery as the “High Performing” Top 25 percent of programs in the country again in 2013-2014. 
  2. Becker’s Hospital Review guide listed the Department as one of the top 125 Orthopaedic departments in the country.
  3. Increased volume of outpatient visits and surgical cases.
  4. Expansion of faculty: new hire of a foot & ankle surgeon (Dr. Cooper) and a sports surgeon with hip arthroscopy expertise (Dr. Gwathmey) in FY14, and two spine surgeons (Drs. Hassanzadeh and Singla) (see below introduction of new faculty).
  5. The SOM Strategic Business Committee and UPG approved the UVA Sports Center for implementation after seven years of planning and discussion.
  6. Research:
    1. Dr. George Christ joined the faculty as the Director of Orthopaedic Basic Science and Translational Research and Director of Regenerative Medicine. 
    2. Dr. Joe Hart joined the faculty as Director of Orthopaedic Clinical Trials Research. He will develop the department’s clinical trial research infrastructure, and help the orthopaedic faculty expand their clinical trial awards. 
    3. Dr. Shawn Russell has joined the orthopaedic team to serve as the Director of Motion Analysis and Performance Lab. 
    4. 162 Publications by Faculty/Residents this academic year
    5. 137 national and regional presentations this academic year

    Education:
    1. FY13-14 saw a dramatic increase in both applications and the number of interviews offered for the orthopaedic residency program and all of its fellowships. We had 800 applications submitted for our five residency positions.  This is the highest number of applications we have ever received. 
    2. We were ranked in the top 40 Best Orthopaedic Residency Programs by Doximity/US News & World Report for excellence in resident training and education.
    3. Creation of a state-of-the-art surgical services fresh cadaver lab to meet the growing needs of providing surgical simulations for GME trainees. Dr. Chhabra serves as Director of the Fresh Tissue Lab opening in January 2015.
    4. Creation of low cost simulation stations for interns and PGY-2&3 Orthopaedic residents so that they can practice their surgical skills and fulfill ACGME requirements.
    5. Implemented a Curriculum Competency Committee and a Performance Evaluation Committee for each fellowship to make certain that the Orthopaedic fellows are meeting their milestone requirements.

    Awards and Service:
    1. Dr. James Browne was selected as the recipient of the John Insall Award for the best work on a clinical subject or outcomes report for his study titled “Morbid Obesity Alone Effects Total Knee Arthroplasty Complications, Mortalities, and Resource Utilization.”
    2. Dr. Steve Brockmeier was selected for the prestigious AOSSM European Traveling Fellowship program.
    3. Dr. Eric Carson was the keynote speaker at the John J. College of Criminal Justice 24th Annual Malcolm/ King Scholarship Breakfast.
    4. Dr. James Browne was selected as the Hip Society’s British Traveling Fellow. He is the youngest surgeon to receive this honor.
    5. The following physicians were named the 2014 Best Doctors: Drs. Abel, Browne, Chhabra, Diduch, Kahler, Miller, and Romness.
    6. Dr. Mark Miller was recognized as one of the Top 28 Sports Knee Surgeons in North America.
    7.  Dr. Bobby Chhabra served as Program Chair for the 2014 American Society for Surgery of the Hand Annual Meeting.
    8. Dr. Mark Miller served as Program Chair for the 2013 American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.
    9. Justin Griffin was awarded the UVA Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award for 2014.

 

Introduction of New Faculty Member:

Dr. Gwathmey

F. Winston Gwathmey, MD
 

What’s New at
VCU Orthopaedics?

By Seth Cheatham, MD
VCU Orthopaedics Department

The VCU Medical Center was once again recognized by US News and World Report as one of the best hospitals in the state. We were the #1 hospital in Richmond and Central Virginia and #3 in Virginia. Last year, we had 31,143 admissions and 85,700 visits to the Emergency Room. In the OR, we performed 10,625 inpatient and 9,881 outpatient surgeries.

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery continues to grow and prosper. This past year, Greg Domson, Victoria Kuester, and Seth Cheatham were all promoted to Associate Professor.  Jonathan Isaacs was promoted to the rank of Professor. We also recently welcomed three new additions to the department. Ryan Graves joins us after completing a trauma fellowship at VCU Medical Center. Joanna Horstmann joins us after completing a pediatric fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Ilvy Cotterell joins us after completing a hand fellowship at Duke University Medical Center.

We were sad to see John Cardea retire from clinical duties at VCU Medical Center, although he still remains on staff and teaches residents at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center. He is a founding member of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons and the International Society for Fracture Repair. In addition to being a founding member, he served as president of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association in 1988. Also in 1988, he served as president of the Virginia Orthopaedic Society. For more than 20 years, he has served as the oral examiner for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. John also served as our chairman for over 20 years and was instrumental in our growth and development as a department.

Our graduating residents continue to do well on their boards and receive competitive fellowship positions. We were recently notified that all of our residents passed both the written and oral exams given this year. Below is a list of our recently graduated chief residents and their current fellowships:

Keith Fehring - Adult Joint Reconstruction at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Lindsay Hickerson - Trauma Fellowship at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, NY

Colin Mudrick - Adult Joint Reconstruction Fellowship at OrthoCarolina, Charlotte, NC

Tejas Patel - Foot and Ankle Fellowship at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA