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Orthopedics In the News

CHOP concussion expert quoted in The New York Times

October 2013 — Matthew F. Grady, MD, FAAP, CAQSM, a pediatric sports medicine specialist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, discusses when students should return to learning and play after a concussion. In The New York Times' article, Concussions and the Classroom, Grady says students should return slowly to mental activities after a head injury, taking breaks to rest.

Learn more about concussion prevention, treatment and more at Concussion Care for Kids: Minds Matter.

CHOP surgeon discusses increase of overuse sports injuries 

October 2013 — Theodore J. Ganley, MD, attending orthopedic surgeon at The Children's Hospital and director of CHOP's Center for Sports and Performance Medicine, is quoted extensively in "Pivot Point: Conquering the pain and debility of adolescents with osteochondritis dissecans."

The article, appearing in the online version of Advance for Physical Therapy and Rehab Medicine, addresses osteochondritis dissecans (OCD), which mostly affects the femoral condyles of the knee, the rounded end of the femur (lower thighbone). When the bone under the cartilage surface is injured, it can lead to damage to the blood vessels of the bone, which can cause pain and debility. Treatment is for OCD is varied but may include surgery.

Pioneer and inventor selected for national devices panel

September 2013 — Robert M. Campbell Jr., MD, attending orthopedic surgeon at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and director and founder of CHOP’s Center for Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome, was nominated by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons for representation on the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) Medical Advisory Committees’ Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Devices Panel. The CDRH is charged with protecting and promoting public health by assuring that patients and providers have timely and continued access to safe, effective, and high-quality medical devices and safe radiation-emitting products.

Dr. Campbell’s knowledge, experience, and accomplishments in the area of orthopedic devices ensure he will admirably represent the best interests of the panel. He has more than 25 years of experience treating life-threatening pediatric thoracic diseases, has pioneered new surgical treatments for potentially lethal spine and chest wall deformities of infancy, and is the inventor of the device known as VEPTR (vertical expandable prosthetic titanium rib), which is used to treat rare diseases of the spine and chest wall without inhibiting the children's’ growth. Learn more »

CHOP offers low-dose EOS spine imaging

July 2013 — The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has expanded its diagnostic toolkit to include EOS imaging, a newly FDA-approved technology that produces superior quality 3-D images with reduced radiation exposure to patients.

EOS, an ultra-low dose imaging system recently installed in the Division of Orthopedic Surgery at CHOP, provides full-body scans of patients in natural standing positions. The technology produces high-quality, detailed images that enable accurate diagnosis and more informed treatment decisions. Learn more about the benefits of EOS imaging.

New CHOP Specialty Care Center coming to King of Prussia

May 2013 — The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is opening a new 115,000-square-foot Specialty Care Center in a new development on North Gulph Road in King of Prussia, PA. CHOP will break ground this summer on the Center, which will replace an existing one located on nearby Mall Boulevard.

Since opening in 1997, the current Center has expanded clinical services to more than 20 medical and surgical specialties, including a robust Sports Medicine program, pediatric imaging center and a large day hospital for oncology patients. It is comprised of two buildings occupying 70,000 square feet, and is one of more than 50 CHOP Care Network centers in Philadelphia, the surrounding counties and South Jersey offering top-ranked primary and specialty care services to families close to home.

The new space, located in the Village at Valley Forge, will provide an additional 45,000 square feet, with the ability to expand up to a total of 195,000 square feet, to allow for future program growth. Learn more » 

New trauma video highlights orthopedic care

April 2013 — For more than 25 years, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia — the first Pediatric Trauma Center in Pennsylvania accredited by the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation — has provided unparalleled medical and surgical care for all injured children, including those with the most severe injuries.

When Seconds Count is a new video in which experts from CHOP’s Trauma Center present a complete overview of what is entailed in Level 1 trauma care — including the multidisciplinary team and resources necessary.

In the video, John M. Flynn, MD, associate chief of Orthopedic Surgery at CHOP and associate trauma director, highlights advances in orthopedic care of trauma patients that have improved outcomes.

CHOP team leads adolescent idiopathic scoliosis research

March 2013 — The orthopedic surgery team at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has long led research into the causes of and safest treatments for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. As evidence of our expertise in this area, two such studies — Detection of Impending Neurologic Injury During Surgery for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: A Comparison of Transcranial Motor and Somatosensory Evoked Potential Monitoring in 1,121 Consecutive Cases, and A Genome Wide Association Study Identifies IL17RC as an Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Locus — have garnered the Russell A. Hibbs Award for basic and clinical science research, respectively.

The Hibbs Award is given to the preeminent basic science and clinical papers presented at the Scoliosis Research Society Annual Meeting & Course that best exemplify the ideals and philosophy of Russell A. Hibbs, MD, and the Scoliosis Research Society relative to the causes, cures and prevention of scoliosis and related spinal deformities. Dr. Hibbs — an orthopedic surgeon who many credit as the founder of the modern era of orthopedics — introduced innovative surgical interventions for the treatment of spinal deformities in the early 1900s, helping to move the field from the repair of broken bones to the surgical specialty it is today.

Learn more about the scoliosis research by John P. Dormans, MD, and Struan Grant, PhD

Orthopedic leader recognized for scoliosis spine work

January 2013 — John P. Dormans, MD, FACS, chief of the Division of Orthopedic Surgery at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, was recognized as one of the top 50 spine surgeons focusing on scoliosis development. The list, developed by Becker’s Healthcare which produces Becker’s Spine Review, includes physicians across the U.S. who are focused on scoliosis and spinal deformity surgery and research.

Dr. Dormans has been an attending surgeon at CHOP for more than 20 years and has served as division chief since 1996. He is a professor of orthopedic surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and has previously served as president of both the medical staff at CHOP and Children’s Surgical Associates, CHOP’s surgical group.

A world-renowned surgeon, Dr. Dormans is well known for his pioneering work in the area of limb-sparing surgery for sarcomas, innovative treatment for scoliosis and spinal deformities, as well as ongoing efforts to improve safety and outcomes in spinal surgery. In addition to his clinical and academic appointments, Dr. Dormans is active in a number of national and international organizations. He is currently the vice president of the Scoliosis Research Society and vice president of the International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology (SICOT). Dr. Dormans has published more than 280 peer reviewed articles, 180 abstracts, and 130 editorials, reviews and chapters, and has written or edited five textbooks on orthopedic surgery.

CHOP surgeon named among top inventors

November 2012 — Robert M. Campbell Jr., MD, director of CHOP’s Center for Thoracic Insufficient Syndrome, was selected for the 2012 Becker’s Spine Review “60 Spine Surgeon Inventors to Know” list. Campbell was honored for his contributions toward making a difference in the quality and cost-effectiveness of spinal procedures.

Campbell’s invention, the vertical expandable prosthetic titanium rib (VEPTR) was developed to treat thoracic insufficiency syndrome by providing a way to enlarge and stabilize a deformed chest cavity in pediatric patients in order to enhance lung growth.

During his career, Campbell founded the Center for Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome at Children’s Hospital, the first national multidisciplinary program devoted solely to the treatment and research of thoracic insufficiency syndrome. He also testified to the Senate Committee for Health in support of the 2007 Pediatric Medical Device Safety and Improvement Act.

Learn more about the Center and VEPTR.

Survey highlights need for training, tools to manage kids’ concussions

November 2012 — While general pediatricians and pediatric emergency physicians value their role in concussion management, a study of their self-reported knowledge, practices and attitudes points to the need for improved concussion-specific training and infrastructure to support optimal patient care. The study, released today in the journal Pediatrics, served as a catalyst for The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) to create a new “medical home” model for managing pediatric and adolescent concussion.

“We have seen concussion visits within our emergency department, primary care and specialty care network at CHOP quadruple since 2009 to a current total of more than 6,700 each year,” says Mark Zonfrillo, MD, MSCE, the study’s lead author, a researcher at CHOP’s Center for Injury Research and Prevention and a pediatric emergency medicine specialist. “The emergency department and primary care settings often serve as the entry point of care for children with a suspected concussion, and we know that early diagnosis and treatment of concussion can lead to faster, more complete recovery.”

Learn more about the Concussion Survey.

New guidelines for treating concussion in children

October 2012 — Two CHOP physicians were featured in a Philadelphia Inquirer article about new treatment guidelines for children with concussions. Christina L. Master, MD, and Cheryl Hausman, MD, were both quoted in “A new course for concussions,” that appeared Oct. 10, 2012 in print and online.
To learn more about the new guidelines, see Concussion Care for Kids: Minds Matter.

Honoring a lifetime of achievement in spinal care

July 2012 — Renowned CHOP spine surgeon Denis S. Drummond, MD, FRS(C), was awarded the Scoliosis Research Society’s 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was given in honor of more than 30 years of distinguished service to the Society and significant contributions to spinal deformity care.

Drummond is the emeritus chief of Orthopedic Surgery at Children’s Hospital and professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He currently serves as director of Clinical Research for CHOP’s Division of Orthopedic Surgery. He has a professional interest in congenital anomalies, instability of the cervical spine and scoliosis. Drummond has also shown an interest in new technology for spinal surgery and is a co-holder of five patents.

He previously serves as director, secretary and president of the Scoliosis Research Society and has been active in the Pediatric Orthopaedic Societies as president of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Study Group, one of the two founding groups of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA). Drummond has a longstanding interest in research, publishing more than 175 original studies to referred journals and numerous contributions to textbooks including more than 40 chapters and editorial contributions. 

New CHOP Specialty Care Center at Virtua opens

June 2012 — The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia announces the grand opening of the CHOP Specialty Care Center at Virtua in Voorhees, N.J. This is the latest expansion in the CHOP Care Network, which today has more than 50 locations throughout the region.

CHOP Specialty Care Center at Virtua is a 31,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art, facility specially designed to meet the needs of children with specialized care provided by CHOP physicians. The facility has 50 exam rooms, a wide range of diagnostic testing including a pulmonary function laboratory, extensive rehabilitation services and injury prevention education, nutritional counseling and large gymnasiums for physical and occupational therapy. The facility is adjacent to the Virtua Voorhees Hospital on Route 73.

Learn more about the new Virtua facility and what about orthopedic services at this location.

Reviewed by: Division of Orthopedic Surgery team
Date: October 2013

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