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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.


Dr. Nagda to present research at American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Annual Meeting

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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.


Dr. Goyal Published in Forbes Magazine

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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!


Dr. Wallach Discusses His Use of New and Superior Surgical Techonology in the Operating Room

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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.”


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.”



Anderson Surgeons speak at the Mid-Atlantic Shoulder and Elbow Society Meeting 2017

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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. Nagda presenting at the Annual Meeting