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Dr. Branche participates in the Society for Tennis Medicine and Science Meeting

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Dr. Branche recently had the honor of being a keynote speaker at the Society for Tennis Medicine and Science (STMS) meeting in Miami.  STMS is an international organization of healthcare professionals who study the medical aspects of tennis science and conduct research. Dr. Branche’s talk outlined his 27 year experience of being a physician on the professional tennis tour.





It’s Spring Training Time for Dr. Nagda!

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This is the 9th consecutive year that Dr. Sameer Nagda has gone to Washington Nationals spring training as part of the medical staff.  While there he performed pre-season physicals on players and coaches.  Dr. Nagda is very honored to participate in assuring the Nationals are in tip top shape for the 2019 season.  Let’s go Nats!!

Dr. Nagda with hockey legend Bobby Orr at Spring Training.

Dr. Nagda trying out some new gadgets to help pitchers arms recover after an outing.



Conversations on Youth Sports with Dr. Nagda

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Dr. Nagda was recently interviewed by Michael Tyman for the Finger Lakes Times.


Point Blank: Conversations on youth sports (Part 1)


Feb 17, 2019

In the lead-up to the 2018-19 school sports calendar year, two orthopedic and sports medicine doctors, a state legislator, and a nationally ranked tennis amateur opened up to share their views on the status quo, problems and solutions, and the culture of youth sports today.

Dr. Sameer Nagda is an orthopedic surgeon and a sports medicine and shoulder specialist at the Anderson Clinic in Arlington, Va. Dr. James Mark is an orthopedic sports medicine specialist in Geneva. Combined, they have over 43 years’ experience in dealing with sports-related injuries and complications.

FLT: What do you see as the biggest problems in youth sports right now?

  1. NAGDA: With the possibility of college scholarships, the potential for kids and parents for playing one sport, and skipping the other sports to play one and get better at that one is increased. With that, I see a kid who has thrown a thousand pitches as an 8-year old, and that’s not right.
  2. MARK: There is one problem that we are seeing in today’s sports world — multiple sports kids are never resting. What has become a bigger and a more focused problem is the one-sport injury. That’s the new hot topic, one-sport injury, and the kind of mantra on that is that doctors can treat them, parents and coaches can prevent them.

FLT: What can be done to change the culture?

  1. MARK: If you remember every old coach — “Oh yeah I broke my finger and I popped it in place, I put tape around it and I played the rest of the season,” and now that guy can’t close his hand around the door knob. That has gone away.
  2. NAGDA: The change really has to come in through education and to some extent rules. I think Little League Baseball has put some good rules into pitching limits — that’s a good start but also that only holds well if the kid is only on one team. And it also only holds well if the coaches communicate with the parents and with the kid and say, “Okay we are going to follow these rules.”

FLT: What are some of the conditions and injuries that parents should know about?

  1. MARK: The one thing I always used to talk about was Little League elbow, or Little League shoulder, but that’s not the only one now. It’s knees from soccer players or from lacrosse players and these kids are still growing. There was no such thing back in the day as AAU, these basketball kids are not getting seen by colleges by playing in high school. They are getting seen by colleges at these AAU tournaments, and that’s basically year round.
  2. NAGDA: I just did a talk with one of (my friend’s) teams and it was the All-Star team, and I went out there and talked to the parents and I said the parents have a homework assignment. I need you to go and I need you to look up Little League shoulder and Little League elbow and know about it. Because if your kid is going to come down with anything, that’s what they are going to come down with. You need to know the signs and symptoms so when you kids start telling you hey this starting to hurt, you won’t just think, hey he’s sore.

FLT: What is your opinion on the current state of a professionalized youth culture?

  1. NAGDA: When you look at all the money and time spent on these travel teams in hopes of getting a scholarship I wonder for some of them if it would be more time efficient and cost efficient to just not get a scholarship and just pay for school. But when that mom or dad has a child with that potential they are going to say, “Well, if I don’t do all this then the kid isn’t going to meet their potential,” and they are unfortunately right because in this day and age that’s what it takes to get there.
  2. MARK: If you look at statistics, something like 12 percent of high school football players play college football at all levels. Of all the levels of college football players something like 4-percent play professional football. Parents and coaches need to know the odds.

FLT: How have youth sports impacted you personally?

  1. MARK: I’ve been practicing sports medicine now for 24 years. If you look back at the years that I grew up, I played three sports. I played football, basketball, and when baseball was over, I was a kid in the summertime. I rode a bike, I had whiffle-ball tournaments, I swam, I climbed trees, but I wasn’t doing a sport. I was basically doing multiple fun things that a 12-18 year-old does. That culture has changed in many ways.
  2. NAGDA: My kids don’t play anything year round. My kids swim, my son plays baseball, basketball, and swims, my daughter swims, plays soccer, and she just started rock climbing. We throw them into all different things and say, “Hey what do you enjoy?” and that’s basically what it comes down to. You see a lot more injuries now because there is a lot more emphasis on sports at an earlier age. For me, I liked sports and I knew I wasn’t going to be an athlete so I figured this is probably the next good way to do things.

Bishop Ireton wins fourth girls’ lacrosse state title in five years, topping St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes

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Congratulations to the Bishop Ireton Girls Lacrosse team for winning their 4th state title.

A well executed play resulted in an 8-7 victory over St. Stephens and St. Agnes with just a minute left in the 4th sudden-death overtime period. The team has won 4 titles in the last 5 years.

Anderson Orthopaedic Clinic is proud to serve as team medical staff for the Bishop Ireton Girls Lacrosse team.


American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2018 Spring Meeting — New Orleans, Louisiana

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Drs. John Albrigo, George Branche, Andy Engh, Kevin Fricka, Nitin Goyal, William Hamilton, Craig McAsey, Sameer Nagda, and Stephen Saddler as well as one of our Physician Assistants, Marcella Elpers, recently returned from New Orleans after attending the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) meeting.  The meeting typically draws over 25,000 attendees including both domestic and international physicians, exhibitors, and allied health professionals.  This meeting provides a unique opportunity to gain the latest information on advances in orthopaedics including treatments and techniques.

Our surgeons participated in this year’s program on many different levels.

Instructional Course Lectures:

  • Innovative Techniques in Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty – Metal-On-Metal corrosion problems — Fricka
  • The Treatment and Management of Acetabular Bone Loss in Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty — Hamilton

Paper Presentations:

  • Adult Reconstruction Hip III: Complications of Total Hip Arthroplasty — Hamilton (presenter)
  • Early Periprosthetic Fracture Following Partial Knee Arthroplasty — Engh (co-author), Fricka (co-author), Goyal (co-author), Hamilton (co-author)
  • Running Two Rooms Does Not Compromise Outcomes or Patient Safety in Total Joint Arthroplasty — Hamilton (presenter), Engh (co-author), Fricka (co-author), Goyal (co-author)
  • Shoulder and Elbow: Shoulder Instability – Anterior — Nagda (moderator)
  • Outpatient Arthroplasty: Same Day, Home Safe — Hamilton
  • Value of Shoulder Replacement and Rotator Cuff Surgery: The Patients’ Perspective — Nagda (presenter)


  • AAOS Symposium of Revision Total Hip Replacement – Use of large diameter femoral heads — Engh (presenter)
  • AAHKS Specialty Day Session: Management of Revision Surgical Complications — Engh (moderator)

Game Changers Paper Session:

  • Running Two Rooms Does Not Compromise Outcomes or Patient Safety in Total Joint Arthroplasty — Hamilton (presenter), Engh (co-author), Fricka (co-author), Goyal (co-author)


  • The Air Barrier System Does Not Reduce the Incidence of Infection in Total Hip Arthroplasty — Hamilton
  • Is Outpatient Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty Safe to Perform at an Ambulatory Surgery Center? A Comparative Study of Early Postoperative Complications — Fricka


The Anderson Postgraduate Medical Education Foundation provided resources for airfare, lodging and medical education courses that allowed four employees from Inova Mount Vernon Hospital to attend the meeting.


Dr. Engh attended meetings as a Hip Society Board Member as well as a member of the AAOS Evidence Bases Quality and Value Committee which is dedicated to creating evidence based quality guidelines for problems such as management of hip fractures, carpal tunnel syndrome, and management of lower extremity osteoarthritis.  He also represented the Hip Society as the member representative to the AAOS Board of Orthopaedic Specialty Societies.  The BOS combined with the Board of Counselors provide advice and guidance to the AAOS.

Dr. Fricka participated as a judge in abstract review prior to the meeting.  He was part of the team who made the decision on whose abstracts made the meeting.


Dr. Fricka attended a meeting regarding an ongoing, multi-center study that our surgeons are participating in call PEPPER (Pulmonary Embolism Prevention after Hip and Knee Replacement).  He also participated in a group discussion about new techniques in knee replacement surgery where all knee ligaments are saved.


Most importantly, all physicians attended a spectacular cocktail reception welcoming thirty-five years of previous fellows who trained in Hip and Knee Replacement at Anderson Orthopaedic Clinic.  A great time was had by all!


Dr. Nagda Travels with the USA Women’s National Soccer Team for the 2018 SheBelieves Cup

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In early March, Dr. Nagda traveled with the US Women’s National Soccer Team to Orlando, as the team physician, for the final match of the 2018 SheBelieves Cup.  The Tournament included the top four teams in the world: United States, France, Germany, and England.  With the United States’ 1-0 victory over England, US won the Cup.  “It was a great honor and a lot of fun to be a part of the team and such a great win”, said Dr. Nagda.  While there were some injuries to attend to during the time in Orlando, thankfully none were serious.  Go USA!

Dr. Nagda in Orlando for the SheBelieves Cup

Dr. Nagda with the US’ trophy after their SheBelieves win

Hard work pays off!



In Memoriam — Dr. James P. McAuley, FRCSC (1956-2017)

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It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of the passing of Dr. James McAuley.  The Anderson Clinic was very lucky to have him as a partner in our joint replacement practice from 1997-2006.  He was a great teacher and asset to our fellowship program.  We continue to have patients ask about him to this day.  We miss him and his generous heart greatly!

James Patrick McAuley, MD FRCSC – Passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, December 28th, 2017, after a heroic and dignified battle against a brain tumor. Adoring husband to his wife Diane of 36 years. Loving father to Erin (Mark) and Alexander (Lauren). Proud grandfather of Patrick and Sebastian. Cherished friend of his patients and colleagues throughout the world. Jim was a singularly talented and dedicated orthopaedic surgeon who approached the care of his patients with the same love and kindness with which he treated all those he came across. Beyond being a world class surgeon, his family was everything to him and he never let them forget it. A true gentleman in the purest sense of the word, and a devout Catholic, he embodied the virtues of compassion and gentleness. May he rest in the peace he so richly deserves.

Dr. McAuley with his wife of 36 years, Diane, and two, super cute grandchildren.

Dr. McAuley examining x-rays while on a mission trip with Operation Walk Virginia.

Dr. McAuley as his Anderson Clinic patients would remember him – big smile and wire-rimmed glasses.













Dr. Branche was the Keynote Speaker for the Student National Medical Association Meeting

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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.



Ode to Tommy John Surgery statue is up for a MiLBY award

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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. Nagda to travel to North Carolina with the United States Women’s National Soccer Team

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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.