News & Events
Dr. George Branche recently had the honor of being the keynote speaker for the Student National Medical Association meeting held at the University of Colorado Medical School. Dr. Branche’s familial history in medicine runs deep– he represents the 4th consecutive generation to practice medicine. He discussed his families multi-generational achievements and difficulties in becoming a physician and practicing as a minority. This meeting provided him the opportunity do to what he loves in academia, inspire the next generation of physicians. Following his talk, he put on a seminar for the computer-generated, virtual arthroscopy lab which was just opened at the University of Colorado Medical School.
Over the summer, in collaboration with the Potomac Nationals, we sponsored a promotional statue for one of their home games. The statue, “Ode to Tommy John Surgery”, has already been written up in Sports Illustrated and has now been nominated for a MiLBY award. We are so proud of our partnership with the P-Nats and excited at the possibility of winning a MiLBY.
Dr. Sameer Nagda will be travelling to North Carolina from October 20-22 as team physician with the United States Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNT) for a friendly match versus South Korea. Dr. Nagda has been one of the team physicians since last summer. He also traveled with the team to the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics and worked with the team through the She Believes Cup in March 2017. Dr. Nagda shared, “It’s always an honor to be asked to travel with this team. It’s an amazing group of athletes and women who inspire so many people.” 2017 is a relatively quiet year for the USWNT. They have played a series of friendly matches this year as they evaluate new team members and formations. World Cup qualifying will start in 2018.
Dr. Sameer Nagda will be presenting a research paper titled “Value in Shoulder Surgery: The Patients Perspective” at the Annual Meeting of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, October 11-14, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. This meeting is for members only of this exclusive society. There are less than 400 members worldwide and Dr. Nagda is the only member of this elite group to practice in Northern Virginia. Dr. Nagda’s research paper was a collaborative effort between him and surgeons from Duke University, University of Virginia, and The Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University. Upon finding out that his paper had been chosen, Dr. Nagda said, “It’s an honor to have a research paper selected for presentation at this prestigious meeting. I look forward to the feedback from the other members in the society to our paper.” Many of Dr. Nagda’s patients participated in this study. Their responses to the survey was the basis for the research paper. The paper will soon be submitted for publication in an Orthopaedic medical journal.
A recent question and answer session featuring our very own, Dr. Nitin Goyal, has been published in Forbes Magazine. The article, “4 Trends In Digital Health To Keep An Eye On In 2018“, discusses the digital trends in population health. Dr. Goyal is a leader in digital health thought.
Great work, Dr. Goyal!
Recently, Dr. Wallach was interviewed for INhealth Magazine – Inova Mount Vernon Hospital Edition.
O-arm Mobile Surgical Imaging System Offers Superior Technology
Many ingredients comprise a great surgical program. The technical skills of the surgeon and the surgical team certainly are key components. The team of nurses and other clinicians who provide bedside care is also critically important, as is the support staff that makes for a positive patient experience. This has been the recipe for success for Inova Mount Vernon Hospital’s (IMVH’s) high-quality, highly reliable surgical program. In February, the hospital added another important element to a winning formula that has already yielded many awards and accolades. It added a new spine surgery imaging system in the operating room, called the O-arm. The O-arm is the gold standard of intraoperative spinal imaging that can be used for a wide range of spinal surgeries, including lumbar, thoracic and cervical procedures. For these cases, IMVH is now able to offer the latest “device of choice” for its surgeons. “It’s an exciting technology that helps me deliver better care to the patients I serve,” says Corey Wallach, MD, an orthopedic spine surgeon and Medical Director of Inova Neuroscience and Spine Institute. “The O-arm is a device that not only provides intraoperative imaging but allows for real-time navigation of spinal instrumentation in three dimensions. It provides me with the information I need the most, precisely when I need it.”
O-ARM IN ACTION
Before a procedure, a full, 360-degree scan can be performed in just a few minutes, and the best viewing positions for the surgical team can be established at the beginning of surgery. Then, with its neuronavigation system, the O-arm can demonstrate the proposed position of spinal instrumentation before they are even applied, and then confirm their position once placed. As a result of this technology, the effectiveness of the surgery improves, there are fewer complications, and the patients and surgical team are exposed to less radiation. Throughout the surgery, images are displayed on a large digital flat-screen mobile viewing station, providing the surgical team with excellent visibility of the operative field. “This technology improves my surgical workflow, enhances my visualization and gives me real-time verification throughout each procedure,” Dr. Wallach says. “In the end, this technology allows me to focus on what matters most: the patient.” The first procedure at IMVH using the O-arm was performed in February, and the results have been positive. “With any spinal procedure, success is determined by patient satisfaction and their return to an active lifestyle,” explains Dr. Wallach. “So far, our patients and I have been pleased with their results, and I am thrilled to have at my disposal this powerful new tool. It perfectly complements and magnifies the skills of our team. I am thrilled that Inova Mount Vernon Hospital has invested in this technology to better serve our community.”
Dr. Sameer Nagda and Dr. Jeffrey Lovallo were invited speakers at the 6th Annual Mid Atlantic Shoulder and Elbow Society Meeting. The meeting was held on September 9th in Washington, DC. The esteemed faculty included surgeons and therapists representing the best and most respected clinicians in the Mid-Atlantic region. In addition, Dr. Anthony Romeo from Rush University in Chicago and the current president of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons was an invited speaker. The meeting was attended by almost 200 clinicians and was very well received. After the meeting Dr. Nagda said, “It’s always great to be invited to speak at this meeting. The discussions were fantastic and I always come away learning something new. It’s a great meeting with lots of great speakers.” Topics included shoulder instability, shoulder replacements, rotator cuff injuries, and complex elbow injuries.
Dr. Bill Hamilton just returned from the annual Knee Society Members Meeting. The mission of the Knee Society is to promote outstanding care to patients with knee disorders through innovative research and education. Membership is by invitation only and the Society consists of the most prominent knee specialists in the world. As a recently-inducted member, Dr. Hamilton was honored to present research that examined the outcome of joint replacements performed at the Anderson Clinic over a 10-year period. Dr. Hamilton’s study specifically looked for differences in outcome among cases that were done consecutively in the same operating room and those that were done in different operating rooms (sometimes called overlapping surgeries). This is currently a hot topic in joint replacement surgery and the Anderson Orthopaedic Institute is proud to be involved in this research.
This year’s meeting was held in the hometown of the current society President, Dr. Adolph Lombardi, who was trained by our very own Dr. Jerry Engh. Dr. Jerry previously held the position of president of this elite society of knee surgeons several years ago.
Drs. Nigel Azer and Sameer Nagda appeared recently on WUSA-9’s Great Day Washington. Dr. Azer discussed the anterior approach to hip replacement and Dr. Nagda discussed new advances in shoulder replacement including the reverse total shoulder replacement. Both did a great job!
We are excited to welcome Dr. Oliver Schipper to our fantastic team of surgeons. Dr. Schipper is a foot and ankle specialist with a special interest in ankle replacement surgery and the treatment of ankle arthritis. Dr. Schipper completed his undergraduate work at Bucknell University. He went to medical school right down the road from us at Georgetown University. He headed to the University of Chicago for residency and completed his medical training with a Fellowship in Foot and Ankle Surgery at OrthoCarolina Foot & Ankle Institute.
Dr. Schipper will be seeing patients in all three of our office locations. Please join us in welcoming him!
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