News & Events
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!
Dr. Craig McAsey originally hails from Chicago, Illinois where he completed his medical training at Loyola University Medical School. After the completion of his residency training, he came to Northern Virginia for a Fellowship in Joint Reconstruction right here at the Anderson Clinic. He went back to Loyola to work as an orthopaedic surgeon and serve as Assistant Professor. He also served as Section Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at Hines VA Hospital.
We are excited to welcome Dr. McAsey back to the Anderson Clinic. He specializes in hip and knee replacement and revision surgery and will be seeing patients in all three of our office locations.
Dr. Sameer Nagda was an invited guest speaker at a recent Sports Medicine meeting hosted by Duke University Sports Medicine and The American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists (ASSET). The meeting, attended by many medical professionals on the Duke campus, focused on complex problems of the shoulder and elbow. Dr. Nagda was asked to deliver a talk on the “Surgical Management of the Throwers Shoulder.” After the meeting, Dr. Nagda said, “It was a great meeting with lots of great speakers and discussions. It was fun to be a part of it.” During the trip, Dr. Nagda was also able to tour the campus and the athletic facilities including the historic, Cameron Indoor Basketball Arena.
The Joint Replacement Team of the Anderson Clinic hosted the 2017 Hip Society Rothman-Ranawat Traveling Fellows. This is our fourth year participating with this program which was created with the goal of fostering the talents of young hip surgeons by providing them with a unique, inspiring, and educational 4-week tour of outstanding centers for hip surgery in North America. We are honored to be one of those centers.
This years team consisted of:
- Dr. Carlos Higuera-Rueda from the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio
- Dr. Sujith Konan from University College Hospitals London NHS Trust in London, England
- Dr. Christopher Pelt of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah
- Dr. Takahito Yuasa from Juntendo University Urayasu Hospital in Urayasu-city, Chiba, Japan
Pictured below from left to right: Drs. Kevin Fricka, Bill Hamilton, Takahito Yuasa, Sujith Konan, Carlos Higuera-Rueda, Christopher Pelt, Nitin Goyal and Andy Engh.
The Anderson Clinic and Dr. Sameer Nagda are excited to welcome Marci Elpers, physician assistant, who will be joining the clinic this week. Marci, a Tennessee native, is a board-certified physician assistant who will be working with Dr. Nagda. She graduated Magna Cum Lauda from Clemson University with a B.S in Bioengineering. While at Clemson, she was a member of the Division I women’s soccer team and team captain during her senior season. Marci was also an active member of the Society for Women Engineer’s and Tau Beta Phi, an engineering honor society during her time at Clemson. Having coursework related to biomechanics and biomaterials, she developed a particular interest in orthopedics, specifically the performance of total joint replacements that she was able to pursue with her undergraduate research.
She continued this interest in orthopedics as a research engineer in the Biomechanics Department at the Hospital for Special Surgery prior to PA school. Marci attended Yale University and earned a Masters of Medical Science as a Physician Assistant. She is a current member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and Physician Assistants in Orthopaedic Surgery (PAOS). Outside of work, Marci enjoys baking, finding new coffee shops, hiking, backpacking and other outdoor activities.
For the second year in a row, surgeons of the Anderson Clinic have had the honor of being presented with The Hip Society’s Otto Aufranc Award. In 2016, Dr. Nitin Goyal along with Dr. Bill Hamilton, Sarah Padgett PA and Dr. Robert Hopper with our research institute received the award for their presentation of “A Multi-Center, Prospective, Randomized Study of Outpatient Versus Inpatient Total Hip Arthroplasty.” In 2017, Dr. Andy Engh along with members of our fantastic research staff – Henry Ho, Supatra Sritulanondha, Ann Williams and Dr. Robert Hopper – received the award for their presentation of “A Prospective, Randomized Study of Crosslinked and Non-Crosslinked Polyethylene for Total Hip Arthroplasty at 15-Year Followup.” These awards join four other Hip Society awards on our walls. Previous awards are:
2013 Hip Society Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Charles Engh in recognition of his dedication and contributions to further the health and treatment of the hip
2008 John Charnley Award to Dr. Andy Engh along with Dr. Charles Engh on their presentation of “A Comparison of Three Total Hip Arthroplasty Bearing Surfaces: A Randomized Trial
1996 Otto Aufranc Award to Dr. Charles Engh on his presentation of “Femoral Bone Remodeling After Total Hip Arthroplasty: The Skeletal Response to Well-Fixed Cemented and Cementless Components as well
1992 John Charnley Award to Dr. Charles Engh on his presentation of “Quantitation of Implant Micromotion, Strain Sheilding and Bone Resorption with Porous Coated AML Cementless Femoral Prostheses Retrieved at Autopsy
Dr. George Branche has been on the board of the NFL’s Player Care Foundation for three years. He recently returned from their quarterly meeting which was held in Los Angeles. This is a great organization which was created in 2007 and is “dedicated to helping retired players improve their quality of life.” The foundation is administered by an eight member board of directors who all have different specialties. Four of the directors are appointed by The National Football League, NFL Players Association, Pro Football Hall of Fame and the NFL Alumni Association. In addition, four outside directors share their expertise in foundation management, mental health, social welfare issues, and healthcare. Dr. Branche is the healthcare director.
Through a partnership with Tulane University, the foundation provides a comprehensive screening program for retired players which includes blood work, EKG, history and physical, as well as any needed specialty imaging such as ultrasound and CT scan. Based on the results of these tests the foundation facilitates the players getting into the right hands for any necessary treatment. Since its inception, the foundation has screened nearly 5,000 players.
“I enjoy working on such a rewarding cause with a great group of people.” — Dr. Branche, March 2017
The excellence of the Anderson Clinic physicians has helped drive Inova Mount Vernon Hospital to its #1 overall ranking in the Commonwealth of Virginia for Major Orthopaedic Surgery and its ranking of 21st in the nation within the same area of specialty. Your Anderson Clinic surgeons care for more than 95% of the patients in this clinical category.
The top spot ranking was based on 70 hospitals statewide. Nationwide, Inova Mount Vernon also was awarded the 52nd spot out of almost 5,000 hospitals. When it comes to Joint Replacement, Inova Mount Vernon was ranked 19th Nationwide out of 297 hospitals. The total survey included 40 million patient discharges. The rating is based on Quantros’ CareChex© 2017 Hospital Quality Ratings Analysis. Hospitals are selected and ranked without payment or application.
Your decision to see an Anderson Clinic Physician for major or minor orthopaedic surgery is the best choice you can make for you and your family.
The Washington Post printed an article in yesterday’s paper entitled, “Before getting a joint replacement, consider these factors”. The article was originally published in Consumer Reports on February 3rd. The article addresses some very real concerns. For instance, how many joint replacements does your surgeon do per year? The article suggests finding a surgeon who performs greater than fifty.
The hip and knee replacement surgeons of the Anderson Clinic performed greater than 2, 600 surgeries in 2016 which is greater than any other practice between North Carolina and Philadelphia. What are your chances of a post-surgical infection? Our infection rate is very low at about 0.5%. Most importantly, our patient satisfaction rate is very high at 95%.
Rest assured that you will be in great hands at the Anderson Clinic. Our six hip and knee replacement surgeons have a combined total of 112 years of experience in dealing with the most complex situations in this very specialized field.
Sports Medicine diagnosis, nonsurgical and surgical treatment, PT and rehabilitation
Joint Replacement replacement of the worn and arthritic surfaces, total hip & knee
Upper Extremity experts in conditions involving the shoulder, elbow, hand & wrist
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