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June 29, 2018 | You Asked: What’s the Best Way to Treat Plantar Fasciitis?
Casey Humbyrd, M.D., and other experts comment on the common and less common causes of plantar fasciitis and discuss treatment options.

May 30, 2018 | What Hurts Today? Ask Dr. Miho Tanaka!
Miho Tanaka, M.D., answers radio listeners' questions about how to avoid serious injuries on race day and minimize some of the inevitable aches and pains that follow a long run.

May 24, 2018 | 5 Ways Exercise is Even Healthier than You Thought
Several Johns Hopkins experts discuss how exercise functions as medicine.

May 11, 2018 | 6 Knee Pain Causes That Have (Almost) Nothing to Do With Getting Old
Miho Tanaka, M.D., explains common causes of knee pain and how to address them.

May 1, 2018 | 5 Upper Back Pain Causes You Can Easily Fix
Miho Tanaka, M.D., comments alongside other experts on several lifestyle, posture and workout habits that may lead to upper back pain.

February 9, 2018 | Olympic Athletes Patch Together Elite Health Coverage
Miho Tanaka, M.D., explains the unique health care coverage needs of elite athletes.

January 22, 2018 | This is Medicine and Caring in Its Purest Form
Orthopaedic surgery residents Louis Okafor, M.D., and Jay Reidler, M.D., perform operations in high-need areas around the world, following in the footsteps of faculty members Paul Sponseller, M.D., and Harpal Paul Khanuja, M.D.

November 25, 2017 | Shoulder Dislocation Podcast with Drs. John Tokish and John Wilckens
AMSSM member Dr. Scott Young speaks with shoulder dislocation experts Drs. John Tokish and John Wilckens about evaluating shoulder injuries, approaches to rehabilitation and much more.

November 16, 2017 | Transformative Technology At Hopkins Allows Boy With Scoliosis To Live Normal Life
New technology being used by Johns Hopkins orthopedic surgeon Dr. Paul Sponseller is changing the way early onset scoliosis is treated

October 18, 2017 | Dr. Miho Tanaka: Fitness & Safety Tips For The Baltimore Running Festival
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 listeners' questions and share advice about sports injuries and prevention.

October 10, 2017 | The Children's League helps three generations with inherited disease.
Three generations of the Sharen Lepley family have all been helped and treated via the Children's League, which includes pediatric orthopaedic surgeon John Tis, M.D., for the same inherited disorder known as Charcot-Marie-Tooth.

August 17, 2017 | A cautionary tale for pitching through pain: former No. 2 pick attempts a comeback
"Pitching is such a violent delivery. It’s not a natural thing to do 80 times in a game,” says orthopaedic surgeon Bashir Zikria, M.D. “You only have a certain number of reps in that shoulder before you start tearing it apart."

August 4, 2017 | Concussion in Women's Sport
Sports medicine expert Miho Tanaka, M.D., emphasizes the importance of individualized care when it comes to treating women with concussions.

May 31, 2017 | Dr. Miho Tanaka On Reducing The Aches & Pains of Exercise
Sports medicine expert Miho Tanaka, M.D., explains what runners training for the Baltimore 10 Miler and other athletes can do to prevent sports injuries. 

May 27, 2017 | Why Do Men Run Faster Than Women?
Sports medicine expert Miho Tanaka, M.D., discusses gender differences in biomechanics and running.

May 5, 2017 | Helping Your Patients Beat the Summer Heat
Raj Deu, M.D., discusses how physicians can help patients prevent potentially deadly heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses.

April 26, 2017 | 11 TV Hill: State of Addiction - Treating pain without opioids
Raj Deu, M.D., comments on how the understanding of pain changed over the recent years and what can be done to treat it without opioids.

April 12, 2017 | Andrew Cosgarea Named Recipient of Drew Family Professorship in honor of Alec John Cosgarea
Andrew Cosgarea, M.D.'s new professorship — funded by more than 180 friends, family, and former patients — is a special part of his son Alec's legacy

April 10, 2017 | Miho Tanaka Blogs from Asia as American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Traveling Fellow
Follow along with Miho Tanaka, M.D., as she tours academic and medical centers in as a traveling fellow with the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM).

March 29, 2017 | Jonathan Forsberg Awarded Ellis Island Medal of Honor
The National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations has selected Jonathan A Forsberg, M.D., Ph.D., as a 2017 Recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. The Medal recognizes individuals who have made it their mission to share with those less fortunate their wealth of knowledge, indomitable courage, boundless compassion, unique talents and selfless generosity; all while maintaining the traditions of their ethnic heritage as they uphold the ideals and spirit of America.

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 or 410-955-3136.

January 11, 2017 | 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 listeners' questions and share advice about sports injuries and prevention.

September 26, 2016 | Andrew Cosgarea on Why the Colts Can't Stay Healthy, 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 | 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.

January 2016
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.

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.

October 2015 | 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 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.

June 2015 | 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.


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