Keith Bachmann, MD
UVA Health System
Jennifer Vanderbeck, MD
VCU Health System
Sam Robinson, MD
Jordan Young Institute
We want to thank everyone who was able to join us for the Virginia Orthopaedic Society Annual Meeting 2021 held in a virtual format. Thank you especially to our sponsors who provided support to allow the meeting to occur and to Dr. Deal for her fabulous leadership during a challenging year. Hopefully we will be able to toast her at the 2022 meeting! If you were not able to attend the virtual meeting here’s a recap:
Friday night we had a virtual poster session with the poster awards going to First and Second Place posters to Benjamin Hoyt from Walter Reed and Third Place to David Noble from UVA. Dr. Nicole Deal presented Dr. Bobby Chhabra, chairman of the UVA Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Past President of Virginia Orthopaedic Society (among many other accolades) with the Career Award. We then had a fan favorite – the Resident Quiz Bowl. This year the Masters of Ceremonies were Dr. Gregory Domson and Dr. Alexander Vap, both from VCU. Competing teams included VCU, UVA, Walter Reed, and Portsmouth Naval Residency. UVA surged out to a lead by the end of the first round, maintained that lead through the second round and held on to win despite missing the Final Jeopardy. Congratulations to the team from UVA: Jeffrey Ruland, Thomas Moran, and Zachary Burnett.
Saturday morning we were educated beginning with 10 fantastic podium presentations. Ultimately the top three podium presentations were First Place: Robert Putko, MD from Walter Reed who presented A Novel Therapeutic Strategy in the Prevention of Post-traumatic Heterotopic Ossification: Targeting the TGF Pathway. Second place was awarded to Thomas Moran, MD from UVA and Third place to Robert Sershon, MD from Anderson Orthopaedic Clinic. We then began the General Topics portion of the program with a broad set of topics that were entertaining and educational, thanks to engaging speakers. Dr. Thomas Douglas taught us about war wound management and about the overlap of community physicians and military resident education. Dr. Peter Apel gave us an insightful view about Thoracic Outlet Syndrome from a non-vascular compression point of view including a surgical techniques video. Dr. Seth Cheatham recapped the year of sports in the COVID pandemic including some projections moving forward and Dr. Winston Gwathmey got us up to current state of hip arthroscopy. Dr. William Beach gave us an update on orthopedic billing and coding with the new E&M changes to complete the first session.
The second morning session featured Dr. Kristy Weber, past AAOS president giving us AAOS updates featuring future directions and female surgeon engagement. Dr. Aaron Freilich discussed options of distal radius fracture management beyond volar plating, and Dr. Sabrina Dhillon discussed the multimodal pain control for total joint patients. After a lunch break with exhibitors, the day was rounded out with Dr. Robert Sershon discussing outpatient total joint replacement, which is on a lot of practice’s minds, and has been pioneered by some in the state already. In the final session, Dr. David Cinats and Dr. Greg Gaski finally settled clavicle fractures: when to operate and when not to operate through a lively debate. At the end of the session Dr. Deal ended her presidency – the first female President in Virginia Orthopaedic Society history and passed the gavel to Dr. Gautham Gondi who takes over as President leading the Society to the 75th Annual Meeting at the Greenbrier in 2022.
We look forward to seeing you all there and thank you to everyone who was able to join us in 2021.