September 2, 2019 | Issue 7
To respect and improve the national academic landscape by freely providing best practice in business and leadership content to as many academic faculty leaders and administrators as possible to optimize their performance and that of the musculoskeletal enterprises they manage."
Please join us in welcoming the following members who joined the AOC within the last month:
  • Faranah Belgrave, Clinical Operations Manager, Columbia University
  • Molly Boyce, Hospital Service Line Manager, Partners HealthCare
  • Anny Cabral, Regional Practice Manager, Columbia University
  • Christopher Cordero, Clinical Operations Manager, Columbia University
  • Kevin Coupe, MD, Vice Chair, University of Texas McGovern Medical School
  • Bob Dorman, Clinical Operations Manager, Partners HealthCare
  • Shellian Elliott, Clinical Operations Manager, Vanderbilt University
  • Samantha Figliolia, General Admin Team, Hofstra University
  • Deb Gaisford, Hospital Service Line Manager, Columbia University
  • Katie Grillo, General Admin Team, Hofstra University
  • William Horton, Chief Administrative Officer, University of Alabama Medical Center Program Birmingham
  • Anna Karavangelas, Project Manager, Columbia University
  • Kate McKiernan, General Admin Team, Harvard University/Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Chan Roush, Chief Administrative Officer, Atrium Health
Rick W. Wright, MD, joins Vanderbilt University Medical Center as chair of Orthopaedic Surgery
Rick W. Wright, MD, one of the nation’s leading orthopaedic surgeons and sports medicine specialists, has been named chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He will join the faculty Sept. 1.

Wright comes to VUMC from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis where he is the Jerome J. Gilden Distinguished Professor and executive vice chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is also head team physician for the National Hockey League’s St. Louis Blues, who are currently battling the Boston Bruins in this year’s Stanley Cup finals.
Stephanie Blaney assumes role as Department Administrator for the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Columbia
We would like to congratulate Stephanie Blaney, who was promoted from Executive Director of Operations for the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Columbia to Department Administrator effective July 1, 2019. Since joining the department in July 2015, Stephanie has been instrumental in virtually every major initiative undertaken by the department since she arrived, helping to restructure and re-energize all of the department's key administrative areas. During this time of continued growth for the department, and the transition to EPIC, it will be a tremendous asset to have someone with Stephanie's depth of experience and institutional knowledge leading the team. 
Bonnie Hewson, JD, leaves her position as Department Administrator and Chief Financial Officer of Columbia Orthopedics at NYP/Columbia University Irving Medical Center to take on role as Executive Director for Development for Orthopedic Surgery
We would like to recognize Bonnie Hewson, JD, who left her position as Department Administrator and CFO of Columbia Orthopedics effective June 30, 2019. Bonnie will be moving on next year to a position as Executive Director for Development for Orthopedic Surgery, working with the CUIMC Development Office and colleagues in NYP Development.

During her six-year tenure as chief executive officer of Columbia Orthopedics, working with Chairs Louis U. Bigliani, MD and following, William N. Levine, MD, the department saw incredible growth in the number and diversity of its faculty, revenue from the clinical practice, market share, and NIH grant rankings.

Bonnie is particularly proud of participating for the past four years on the planning committee for the AOC annual meeting; of helping with the formation of the Department Administrator Council at CUIMC, comprising all service lines; and for having had the opportunity to work with Mike Gagnon, colleagues in other orthopedic departments in New York and the outstanding AOC leadership to host the annual AOC meeting in New York City in 2017, and is looking forward to staying in touch with AOC members in the future.
Doug Easler to serve as Executive Director, Business Affairs for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine
We would like to congratulate Doug Easler, who will serve as the Executive Director, Business Affairs for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine effective October 7, 2019.  This position, held by Ron Faulbaum for over 20 years, provides oversight of department finances, clinical operations, educational and research programs, and strategic initiatives.
Doug is currently the Senior Department Administrator for the Ohio State University Department of Surgery. In his current position, Doug is responsible for all strategic and operational aspects of the Ohio State Department of Surgery’s  activities in clinical care, community engagement, education, and research. 

Previously, Doug was the Director of Faculty Compensation and Productivity Analysis at the University of Nevada School of Medicine; has served as the Director of Physician Practice Management at Northern Nevada Medical Group in Reno, NV; and was the regional manager at Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital.
Todd J. Albert, MD, Surgeon-in-Chief Emeritus at HSS, receives the 2019 Nicholas Andry Award of the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons (ABJS)
We would like to congratulate Todd J. Albert, MD, Surgeon-in-Chief Emeritus at HSS, on receiving the 2019 Nicholas Andry Award of the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons (ABJS) for outstanding achievement in the field of orthopedic surgery. (Picture courtesy of HSS; L to R: William Macaulay, MD, Chair ABJS Awards Committee; Todd J. Albert, MD; Xavier Duralde, MD, ABJS President)
Frank Petrigliano, MD, named chief of USC Epstein Family Center for Sports Medicine; Head Team Physician for LA Kings (USC)
The USC Epstein Family Center for Sports Medicine at Keck Medicine of USC, which specializes in treating sports-related and recreational injuries affecting the shoulder, knee, hip and elbow, announces the appointment of Frank Petrigliano, MD, as the chief of the center and head team physician for the Los Angeles Kings hockey team. He also will join the Keck School of Medicine of USC faculty as an associate professor of clinical orthopaedic surgery.

OrthoCarolina Periprosthetic Joint Infection Center launched
Dr. Thomas Fehring, hip and knee surgeon with the OrthoCarolina Hip and Knee Center in Charlotte, has launched the OrthoCarolina Periprosthetic Joint Infection Center along with fellow hip and knee surgeons Brian Curtin, MD, Bryan Springer, MD, Keith Fehring, MD, and Jesse Otero, MD.

Best patient experience innovations at 17 health systems
Seventeen hospital and health system executives, including those from UPMC, Mount Sinai, WakeMed, Stanford, HSS, Houston Methodist, and UChicago, talk about the biggest innovations they have implemented to improve the patient experience.

How Cleveland Clinic Innovates
“The Orthopaedic Department at Cleveland Clinic,” says CIO at Cleveland Clinic Florida, Dr. Joseph Iannotti, "has had its share of new technology that has changed clinical care. A research and development engineer embedded within the Department was charged to go to the surgeon’s offices, research labs and operating rooms to understand the areas of greatest need and to help those surgeons find solutions to improve care. In addition, this process led to a joint effort between one of our orthopaedic surgeons and one of our cardiac surgeons to design a new sternal plate for cardiac surgery.”

Orthopedic Building at Rush Renamed for Sofija and Dr. Jorge O. Galante
Rush University Medical Center has renamed its orthopedic building The Sofija and Jorge O. Galante Orthopedic Building in recognition of Dr. Jorge Galante’s leadership, his revolutionary contributions to his field and the Galante family’s lasting legacy of philanthropy. A dedication ceremony took place on Aug. 9 in the building, which is located at 1611 W. Harrison St. in Chicago.

2019 John Insall Award given to Noam Shohat, M.D., an orthopedic resident at the Rothman Orthopaedic Institute, for study, "Fructosamine is a better glycaemic marker compared with glycated haemoglobin (HbA1C) in predicting adverse outcomes following total knee arthroplasty."
Noam Shohat, M.D. an orthopedic resident at the Rothman Orthopaedic Institute at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia and study co-author explained to OTW how the team settled on this study, “While there is an agreement among surgeons that inadequate glycemic control is associated with an increased risk for PJI, the commonly used marker (HbA1c) at various cutoffs that were examined in the past failed to show a significant association.”

Virtual reality, after years of promise, gets some much-needed clinical validation as a surgical training tool (UCLA)
In a pilot study conducted at UCLA and presented recently at a meeting of orthopedic surgeons, medical students who practiced a common procedure in VR significantly outperformed those who used conventional preparation methods.

Robotic devicemaker Intuitive adds Stanford (Calif.) University Medical Center's Amy Ladd, MD, to its board
Dr. Ladd has spent nearly three decades as an orthopedic surgeon at Stanford and is an accomplished researcher, holding 10 patents and trademarks for innovation. Read more >>
Drs. Leo Spector and Alden Milam of OrthoCarolina discuss trends in spine patient care
Two fellowship-trained spine surgeons — Leo Spector, MD, and Alden Milam, MD — of Charlotte-based Ortho Carolina Spine Center provided their insight into future spine care trends. Read more >>
OrthoVirginia sells medical office building housing practice to Montecito Medical — 3 insights
Lynchburg-based OrthoVirginia sold the 88,000-square-foot medical office building housing one of its practices to Montecito Medical Real Estate. Read more >>
Episodes of care and bundled payments, a sustainable approach
This article is a portion of a book titled "Challenges, Risks and Opportunities in Today's Spine World " edited by Stephen Hochschuler, MD, and Rush orthopedic surgeons Frank Phillips, MD, and Richard Fessler, MD. Read more >>
How Hospital for Special Surgery prescribed 500K fewer opioid pills in 18 months
In 2017, New York City-based Hospital for Special Surgery implemented a Controlled Substances Task Force to limit the risk of opioid misuse among the roughly 32,000 patients who undergo orthopedic surgeries at the hospital annually. Read more >>
New Academic Delphi Panel Formed to Define Best Practices for Using Bone Marrow Concentrate
A nationwide panel, consisting of experts from Stanford, Mayo Clinic, Harvard, Cornell, Hospital for Special Surgery, Emory and multiple other institutions are using the Delphi consensus building method, developed by the RAND Corporation, to drive consensus and guidelines on the procedural use of bone marrow concentrate. Read more >>
Joint replacement outpatients 'as satisfied' as inpatients, survey says
Surgeon Richard Berger, MD, and his colleagues at Chicago-based Midwest Orthopedics at Rush, surveyed patient satisfaction after being given a choice between outpatient or inpatient total joint replacement. Read more >>
Should residents devote one year for research? Survey says...
New work performed at the University of Pittsburgh found that 81% of residents who took a year (and a cut in pay) for research would do it again. Read more >>
HSS Residency Leadership Group: Fostering the Future
What does one exceptional residency program do to help facilitate the daily lives of its trainees? It provides formal mentorship. Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York, ranked #1 in orthopedics for 10 years by U.S. News and World Report, knows that to create the leaders of the future you have to pay close attention to their present. Read more >>
Managing Oneself: An HBR Classic by Peter Drucker

History’s great achievers—a Napoléon, a da Vinci, a Mozart—have always managed themselves. That, in large measure, is what makes them great achievers. But they are rare exceptions, so unusual both in their talents and their accomplishments as to be considered outside the boundaries of ordinary human existence. Now, most of us, even those of us with modest endowments, will have to learn to manage ourselves. We will have to learn to develop ourselves. We will have to place ourselves where we can make the greatest contribution. And we will have to stay mentally alert and engaged during a 50-year working life, which means knowing how and when to change the work we do. Read more >>
With respect to faculty recruitment, it is apparent that in academics we mainly hire each other’s graduates. And we pay for expensive ads and recruitment firms to make these connections!

The AOC lets all Departments post jobs they are recruiting directly to the AOC Job Listings site at no cost for up to 1 year!

Examples of the job postings include, but are not limited to:
  • Physicians (Orthopaedic, Primary Care, Podiatry, Physiatry)
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Chief Administrative Officers
  • Clinical Operations Managers
  • Finance Managers
Below are current openings posted on the AOC Job Listings site:
Mark your calendar! September 10, 2019 AOC Webinar: NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital's Opioid Reduction Initiative
Presented by Lorraine H. Hutzler, MPA, Associate Program Director, The Center for Quality and Patient Safety, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, NYU Langone Health
The AOC Opioid Committee has actively engaged Administrative leaders and faculty representatives from UCSF, NYU, Cleveland Clinic, Hospital for Special Surgery, Missouri, and Rothman Institute to examine opioid/pain management protocols across the AOC.  Several institutions have come forward to share their work where they have self-identified high functioning protocols that might be considered across the AOC. Postoperative prescription is the most common introduction of opioid medication to otherwise opioid naïve patients. This dynamic webinar will discuss the complex issue of postoperative pain management and the strategy NYU LOH took to design and implement an opioid sparse protocol.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 5pm EST - 1 hr
Meeting number (access code): 730 317 014

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October 1-3, 2019
AOC Annual Meeting for Administrators

Boston, MA
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November 15-16, 2019
Academic Orthopaedic Business & Leadership Symposium for Orthopaedic Faculty

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Tiffany A. Nickel
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