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Dr. William "Bill" Hamilton Receives Dorr Award

William Hamiliton, MD
William Hamilton, MD

During the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS), Dr. Bill Hamilton received the Lawrence D. Dorr Surgical Techniques and Technologies Award for his study titled, “Running Two Rooms Does Not Compromise Outcomes or Patient Safety in Total Joint Arthroplasty.” This study was motivated by recent scrutiny from the media and federal government regarding the practice of doing cases in a staggered fashion using two operating rooms as opposed to performing cases consecutively in the same room. Examining the outcome of over 16,000 primary hip and knee replacements that he and five of his partners at the Anderson Orthopaedic Institute executed over an 11-year period from 2006 to 2016, the study found no difference in the incidence of component revisions within 90 days of surgery (both the consecutive and overlapping groups had revision rates of less than 1%). There was also no difference in the rate of complications that did not require a component revision among the consecutive and overlapping cases. The results led Dr. Hamilton and his colleagues to conclude that there was no compromise in patient safety or outcomes when comparing cases done in either consecutive or overlapping rooms. The paper summarizing Dr. Hamilton’s study will appear in a future edition of the Journal of Arthroplasty.

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Robert P. Nirschl, MD, MS Receives 2017 Mayo Clinic Distinguished Alumni Award  

Robert P. Nirschl, MD, MS

Robert P. Nirschl, MD, MS

The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor Mayo Clinic bestows on members of the Mayo Clinic Alumni Association. It was established in 1981 by the Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees to acknowledge and show appreciation for the exceptional contributions of Mayo alumni to the field of medicine, including medical practice, research, education and administration. Individuals receiving this award are recognized worldwide by their peers and have demonstrated professional integrity throughout their careers.

Also honored at the Mayo Clinic Distinguished Alumni Award Dinner were:

Stephen J. Challacombe, PhD, Professor of Oral Medicine, University of London and Honorary Consultant in Oral Medicine, Blackheath, London

Donald E. Greydanus, MD, Professor, Founding Chair and Program Director, Department of Pediatrics, Western Michigan University School of Medicine, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Thomas C. Spelsberg, PhD, Emeritus George M. Eisenberg, Professor of Biochemistry, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

Robert R. Waller, MD, Emeritus Professor of Ophthalmology, Department of Ophthalmology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

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