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March 20, 2017
Miho Tanaka Named American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Traveling Fellow
In April, Miho Tanaka, M.D., will visit Asia as a traveling fellow with the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM). Each year, three orthopaedic sports medicine physicians from the United States are selected to represent AOSSM in a program of scientific and cultural exchange in Europe, Latin America or Asia.
February 21, 2017
Recruiting Adolescents with Scoliosis for Participation in a Clinical Trial
Mild scoliosis may or may not progress with adolescent growth. Researchers in the Johns Hopkins Department of Orthopaedic Surgery are conducting research as part of the in the Evidence for Exercise Trial on the effect of scoliosis-specific exercise on the natural history of small curves. This is a multicenter, IRB-approved study supported by the Scoliosis Research Society. The study is recruiting adolescents with mild scoliosis for a randomized controlled trial. Children may be randomized to either an observation or treatment group. Those randomized to the treatment group will learn scoliosis-specific exercises by a Schroth-certified physical therapist and perform these exercises 15 minutes per day, five days per week, for one year. Participants must be between 10 and 17 years old, with a single scoliosis curve of 15 to 20 degrees and skeletal immaturity diagnosed as Risser 0. The lead researcher on this study is Dr. Paul Sponseller. To be considered for the trial, please contact Kristen Venuti at email@example.com or 410-955-3136.
January 11, 2017
Dr. Andrew Cosgarea Named One of 106 Knee Surgeons to Know | 2017
Andrew Cosgarea, M.D. was recognized as one of Becker's ASC Review's 10 knee surgeons to know in 2017.
December 20, 2016
Dawn LaPorte Mentors Girl Scout through Distinguished Women’s Shadow Program
High school student and Girl Scout Michela plans to become a pediatric trauma surgeon. Last year at the Girl Scout’s annual Distinguished Women’s Award Celebration, Michela met Catherine Boyne, chief administrative officer for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, who invited Michela to shadow Dawn LaPorte, M.D.. This one-time shadow opportunity grew into a year-long internship with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.
November 11, 2016
Lynne Jones and Dawn LaPorte Introduce Young Women to Orthopaedics
It’s been the third year Dawn LaPorte, M.D., and Lynne Jones, Ph.D., faculty members and researchers in the Johns Hopkins Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, have participated in the Perry Initiative and introduced many young women to orthopaedics.
October 12, 2016
Doing The Marathon? Dr. Tanaka's Tips For Healthy Training, Running, Recovery
In advance of the Baltimore Running Festival, National Public Radio-affiliate station WYPR 88.1 FM hosted Dr. Miho Tanaka as a guest speaker on Midday with Tom Hall to answer listers' questions and share advice about sports injuries and prevention.
September 26, 2016
Dr. Andrew Cosgarea on Why the Colts Can't Stay Healthy
Indystar.com, a member of the USA Today network, asked Dr. Andrew Cosgarea, chief of the Division of Sports Medicine at Johns Hopkins, to comment on the unfortunate streak of injuries that have been plaguing the Indianapolis Colts since 2012. Dr. Cosgarea explains that a recurrence of one particular type of injury could be telling, but it wasn't the case for the Colts. “It’s human nature to see a spike in injuries and worry if it’s a trend," says Dr. Cosgarea. But sometimes there is no clear pattern or explanation, and it could be just "bad luck."
September 8, 2016
20 Women Who Are Changing The Sport Of Running (And The World)
Women’s Running Magazine named Miho Tanaka, M.D., director of Women’s Sports Medicine at Johns Hopkins, one of “20 Women Who Are Changing The Sport Of Running (And The World).” Dr. Tanaka established the Women’s Sports Medicine program at Johns Hopkins to provide female athletes with comprehensive, coordinated care from sports medicine experts who understand the unique needs of women in sports.
August 9, 2016
Dr. Andrew Cosgarea on The Most Common Injury at the Olympics
CNN Health interviews Dr. Andrew Cosgarea, chief of the Division of Sports Medicine at Johns Hopkins, about the most common sports injuries during the 2016 Olympic Games. Dr. Cosgarea explains that overuse injuries are more common than severe traumatic injuries. "Overuse just implies that the amount of stress that the body is seeing in any given period of time is more than it's capable of accepting or dealing with, without having a negative effect on that tissue," says Dr. Cosgarea. In some cases, traumatic injuries may result from existing overuse injuries not healing completely or properly.
July 29, 2016
Johns Hopkins Bone Health Clinic Provides Comprehensive, Coordinated Care
Johns Hopkins Bone Health Clinic, spearheaded by orthopaedic surgeon Barbar Shafiq, M.D. and Andra Love, PA-C, will provide comprehensive, coordinated care for patients with fragility fractures and osteoporosis, in partnership with endocrinologist Kendall Moseley, M.D. As a participating institution in the American Orthopaedic Association’s Own the Bone program, the Johns Hopkins Bone health clinic will offer patients validated educational materials and document long-term care in a centralized database. "Identification and management of metabolic bone disease and fragility fractures is important to the health of our patients and to our community,” says Dr. Shafiq. “We are very excited to have Own the Bone and its many resources to draw from, as we care for this ever growing group of patients."
July 6, 2016
Look-Back Study Suggests Some Major Scoliosis Surgeries Can Be Avoided
In a look-back study of medical records, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine concluded that a major operation to fuse the spines of children with a rare form of severe, early-onset scoliosis can be eliminated in many cases. “We have long thought this big final fusion surgery, after years of spine straightening treatment, was always necessary, and now we have found that that’s not true,” says Paul Sponseller, M.D., a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and an author of a report on the study
June 29, 2016
Rx for Better Orthopaedic Surgeons: Track Their Errors as Well as Their Skills
In a small study to determine the best way to assess the operating skills of would-be orthopaedic surgeons, Johns Hopkins researchers found that tracking the trainees’ performance on cadavers using step-by-step checklists and measures of general surgical skills works well but should be coupled with an equally rigorous system for tracking errors. Dawn LaPorte, M.D., professor of orthopaedic surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and an author of a report on the study explains that "checklists of procedural steps are a good way to assess the technical skills of these surgical residents. But they don’t measure quality."
February 5, 2016
Doctors Patients Rave About
Bashir Zikria, Johns Hopkins orthopaedic surgeon and director of the Sports Medicine Arthroscopy Lab at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, has a very satisfied and loyal patient base, reflected in consistently stellar patient satisfaction scores.
Operation Walk Maryland—established by Paul Khanuja, M.D., chief of adult reconstruction for the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and chief of orthopaedics at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center—recently provided 59 joint replacement surgeries on 47 needy residents during a 10-day trip to Ludhiana, India. The trip consisted of 49 volunteers, including many Johns Hopkins clinicians, who all donated their time and services to provide quality care to patients in need.
November 12, 2015
Study: Too Much Foot Traffic in and out of Operating Rooms
Researchers at Johns Hopkins recently conducted a “secret shopper”-style study to find out if foot traffic in and out of the OR had an impact on patient safety. Senior author Stephen Belkoff, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, states, “Our findings add to a growing body of evidence of a relatively common practice that could be a potential safety concern …. ”
October 27, 2015
Why Can (and Should) Push Through the Pain During Your Workout
Orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine expert Andrew Cosgarea explains the difference between good pain and bad, and why good pain is beneficial for strength training.
ACL Tear: It Can Happen to Anyone
Andrew Cosgarea, Johns Hopkins orthopaedic surgeon and director of the sports medicine division, discusses the diversity among patients who sustain ACL injuries and the goal of surgical treatment, while one of his former patients explains why she continues to play soccer after having multiple ligament repairs.
September 11, 2015
Collisions at Home Plate May Not Be Baseball Catcher's Biggest Injury Risk
Home-plate collisions are not the worst injuries faced by baseball catchers, finds a new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “While dramatic when they occur, the collision injuries were actually a minority of what injuries keep catchers out of the game,” says Edward McFarland, senior investigator and a professor of orthopaedic surgery.
September 9, 2015
Darrell Revis Has a Training Camp Secret You Shouldn't Try at Home
Should younger football players train the same way as the pros? Sports medicine expert Sameer Dixit comments on Darrell Revis’ preseason routine and advises younger football players to stick to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s recommendations to avoid heat-related illnesses.
September 9, 2015
Not Base Runners: Bats and Balls Cause Worst Injuries to Major League Catchers
Senior investigator and shoulder surgeon Edward McFarland says the results of a new study question whether Major League Baseball’s current efforts to protect catchers from contact injuries may be overlooking other, more harmful types of trauma.
September 8, 2015
Bats and Balls, Not Base Runners, Cause Worst Injuries to Major League Catchers
A new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine finds that bats and foul balls, not base runners, cause baseball catchers’ worst injuries. Senior investigator and orthopaedic surgeon Edward McFarland says: “Our results indicate that while well-intended, the league’s current efforts to reduce contact injuries among catchers may be overlooking other types of trauma among this subgroup that tend to inflict more physical harm and lead to more loss of game time.”
September 1, 2015
Para/Medic: Total Shoulder Replacement in Wheelchair Users
Johns Hopkins orthopaedic surgeon Edward McFarland discusses how a reverse shoulder replacement may be more beneficial for wheelchair users compared to a standard total shoulder replacement.
August 9, 2015
Back on the field: How to avoid youth sports injuries this school year
Andrew Cosgarea, head of the Division of Sports Medicine in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, provides tips on how parents can help their children avoid sports injuries during the school year.
July 16, 2015
Sparing the Growth Plate in ACL Reconstruction
Pediatric orthopaedic surgeon R. Jay Lee uses innovative technology to minimize the disturbance to the growth plate during ACL reconstruction in young patients.
June 13, 2015
Ed McFarland, M.D., guest stars on "Aches and Gains" radio show
Shoulder expert Ed McFarland discusses what people need to know about the causes and treatments of shoulder pain on "Aches and Gains," a radio show on Sirius XM Family Talk channel.
Every Guy's Guide to Healing Your Knee Tendon
Dr. Bashir Zikria, director of the Sports Medicine Arthroscopy Lab at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and head of sports medicine for Johns Hopkins Orthopaedics at Good Samaritan Hospital, sheds light on his experience as both a patient who has had a torn patellar tendon and a surgeon who performs the operation to correct it, as Dr. John Wilckens, medical director of the Johns Hopkins Orthopaedic Surgery at White Marsh, reiterates the importance and need for repair and rehabilitation of the injury.
March 31, 2015
Study: Phone Counseling Reduces Pain, Disability After Back Surgery
New research by Johns Hopkins scientists suggests that phone counseling can substantially boost recovery and reduce pain in patients after spinal surgery.
January 8, 2015
Lynne C. Jones, Ph.D., Honored for Outstanding Achievements by The Society For Biomaterials
Lynne Jones, Ph.D., of John Hopkins University, is the recipient of the Society For Biomaterials Award for Service for her significant service to the Society by establishing, developing, maintaining and promoting its objectives and goals.
November 19, 2014
Harpal “Paul” Khanuja, M.D., Receives Humanitarian Award
Dr. Harpal “Paul” S. Khanuja, chief, adult reconstruction, hip and knee replacement, Department of Orthopaedics received the inaugural Humanitarian Award from the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS).
November 19, 2014
Dr. David S. Hungerford Given Professor Emeritus Title in Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Johns Hopkins University Board of Trustees has given Dr. David S. Hungerford the title of Professor Emeritus in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.
November 1, 2014
Johns Hopkins Orthopaedic Surgery Fosters Girls’ Interest in Medical and Engineering Careers
Thirty-nine area high school girls interested in exploring careers in orthopaedics or engineering gathered at the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center for an event sponsored by the school of medicine’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and The Perry Initiative.
March 21, 2013
American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons Humanitarian Award Presented to David S. Hungerford, M.D.
Dr. David S. Hungerford was presented with the 2013 AAOS Humanitarian Award for his more than 30 years of helping the medically needy and the underprivileged.
Paul D. Sponseller, M.D., Appointed as Deputy Editor for Pediatrics for Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery
Dr. Paul D. Sponseller has been named Deputy Editor for Pediatrics for Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.
Edward G. McFarland, M.D., Awarded Professional Recognition by The Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons
Dr. Edward G. McFarland is the first Johns Hopkins' faculty member selected to lead The Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons.
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