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Winter 2017 Issue

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By Josh Barney
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UVA Orthopaedics Welcomes Dr. Joshua Li, Division of Orthopaedic Spine Surgery

Dr. Joshua Li
Dr. Joshua Li

Dr. Li has a dual appointment as an Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia. He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Virginia, where he was honored with multiple prestigious awards including the Eastern Orthopaedic Association Founder’s Award, the Kappa Delta Young Investigator Award and AAOS/OREF/ORS Clinician Scholar Career Development Award. He followed his internship and residency with a comprehensive spine surgery fellowship at the world renowned Columbia Spine Hospital (Mentors: Drs. Lenke, Riew and Lehman).

Dr. Li has advanced expertise in a wide range of spinal procedures from microscope-assisted cervical artificial disc replacement to the most complex spinal reconstruction for scoliosis. His clinical interests include degenerative disorders; spinal deformities (scoliosis, kyphosis, flatback syndrome, etc.), spinal tumors, minimally invasive spine surgery, robotic-assisted spine surgery, and motion-sparing technology (artificial disc replacement). His research interests include intervertebral disc biology, cervical spinal surgery, scoliosis surgery, and clinical outcomes and epidemiology of spinal surgery.

Dr. Li is very active in both basic science and clinical research and has presented at national and international meetings. He has developed a renowned laboratory focusing on intervertebral disc degeneration pathology and treatment with stem cells, nanotechnology and gene therapy. He has been the recipient of 20 grants as the principal investigator including three NIH (National Institute of Health R03, R21 and R01) grants. Perhaps the greatest recognition that an orthopaedic researcher can receive in our field is the Kappa Delta Award. Recipients of this award are judged based on the sum total of all of the work that the individual has accomplished to date. Dr. Li received the Kappa Delta Young Investigator award in 2012.


UVA Orthopaedics Intensifies Collaboration with Chinese Hospitals and Universities

Led by Dr. Bobby Chhabra, Lillian T. Pratt Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, a group of orthopaedic surgeons from University of Virginia School of Medicine, including Dr. Quanjun (Trey) Cui, Gwo-Jaw Wang, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Vice Chair for Research, Dr. Francis Shen, Warren G. Stamp Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Division Head of Spine Service, Dr. David Weiss, Associate Professor and Division Head of Trauma Service, and Dr. Eric Carson, Associate Professor, Division of Sports Medicine, visited Tangshan People's Hospital, Xinxiang Medical University and Zhengzhou University School of Medicine from September 16-24, 2017, to expand and strengthen collaboration in education and research.

UVA Orthopaedics has been active in collaboration with Chinese hospitals and universities since the early 1980s. In 2014, The University signed a formal agreement with the Tongkang Institute for academic cooperation and exchange to foster international cooperation in education and research. Since then UVA Orthopaedics has hosted six Chinese orthopaedic surgeons for academic exchange and training, and during this time, faculty members from UVA Orthopaedics have traveled to China visiting universities and hospitals and participating in joint meetings and clinical grand rounds/case discussions.

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UVA Orthopaedic’s team gave presentations at the Third Sino-American Orthopaedic Forum at Tangshan People's Hospital. This is the third time that UVA Orthopaedics participated in this conference. The new conference facility was amazingly modern and impressive.
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This visit was added to the travel schedule right before departure.  XinXiang Medical University, originally established in 1888 by United Church of Canada, now the second largest medical university in the Henan Province: 7,000 students (more than 1,000 foreign students have graduated since 2001), invited  UVA Orthopaedics to visit for discussion of formal collaboration in education and research. The UVA Ortho team participated in the opening ceremony of their new Trauma Center and Research Institute. President Wenjie Ren met with UVA surgeons and expressed his willingness to start collaboration, not only at department level, but also at the university level.

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Drs. Chhabra, Carson, Cui, Shen, and Weiss visited inpatient units and participated in case discussions, which was a great opportunity to exchange current knowledge and to explore variations and similarities in the treatment of common orthopedic problems in the U.S. and China.

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