American Academy of Physician Assistants
Physician Assistants in Orthopaedic Surgery
Marci, a Tennessee native, is a board-certified physician assistant who is 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.
Ceramic Bearings with Titanium Adapter Sleeves Implanted During Revision Hip Arthroplasty Show Minimal Fretting or Corrosion: a Retrieval Analysis. Koch CN, Figgie M Jr, Figgie MP, Elpers ME, Wright TM, Padgett DE. HSS J. 2017 Oct;13(3):241-247. doi: 10.1007/s11420-017-9566-4. Epub 2017 Jun 22.
Oxidised zirconium versus cobalt alloy bearing surfaces in total knee arthroplasty: 3D laser scanning of retrieved polyethylene inserts. Anderson FL, Koch CN, Elpers ME, Wright TM, Haas SB, Heyse TJ. Bone Joint J. 2017 Jun;99-B(6):793-798. doi: 10.1302/0301-620X.99B6.BJJ-2016-1281.R1.
Assessment of Damage on a Dual Mobility Acetabular System. D’Apuzzo MR, Koch CN, Esposito CI, Elpers ME, Wright TM, Westrich GH. J Arthroplasty. 2016 Aug;31(8):1828-35. doi: 10.1016/j.arth.2016.01.039. Epub 2016 Jan 30.
Comprehensive Analysis of a Recalled Modular Total Hip System and Recommendations for Management. Nawabi DH, Do HT, Ruel A, Lurie B, Elpers ME, Wright T, Potter HG, Westrich GH. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2016 Jan 6;98(1):40-7. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.N.01121.
Posterior Stabilized Polyethylene Inserts in Total Knee Arthroplasty: A Retrieval Study Comparing Conventional to High-Flexion Designs. Schnaser EA, Elpers ME, Koch CN, Haas SB, Westrich GH, Wright TM. J Arthroplasty. 2016 Feb;31(2):495-500. doi: 10.1016/j.arth.2015.09.011. Epub 2015 Sep 21.
Otto Aufranc Award: Large Heads Do Not Increase Damage at the Head-neck Taper of Metal-on-polyethylene Total Hip Arthroplasties. Triantafyllopoulos GK, Elpers ME, Burket JC, Esposito CI, Padgett DE, Wright TM. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2016 Feb;474(2):330-8. doi: 10.1007/s11999-015-4468-6.
Suboptimal Component Position Leading to Severe Wear of an Alumina-Alumina Total Hip Coupling: Biomechanical Analysis and Documentation of Limited Tissue Response.Carvajal Alba JA, Elpers ME, Rosenberg AE, Robinson RP. HSS J. 2015 Jul;11(2):166-71. doi: 10.1007/s11420-015-9443-y. Epub 2015 May 27.
Corrosion and Fretting of a Modular Hip System: A Retrieval Analysis of 60 Rejuvenate Stems. De Martino I, Assini JB, Elpers ME, Wright TM, Westrich GH. J Arthroplasty. 2015 Aug;30(8):1470-5. doi: 10.1016/j.arth.2015.03.010. Epub 2015 Mar 14.
Hip dislocation increases roughness of oxidized zirconium femoral heads in total hip arthroplasty: an analysis of 59 retrievals. Moussa ME, Esposito CI, Elpers ME, Wright TM, Padgett DE. J Arthroplasty. 2015 Apr;30(4):713-7. doi: 10.1016/j.arth.2014.10.036. Epub 2014 Nov 11.
Ceramic liner fractures presenting as squeaking after primary total hip arthroplasty.Abdel MP, Heyse TJ, Elpers ME, Mayman DJ, Su EP, Pellicci PM, Wright TM, Padgett DE. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2014 Jan 1;96(1):27-31. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.M.00737.
Oxidized zirconium versus cobalt-chromium in TKA: profilometry of retrieved femoral components. Heyse TJ, Elpers ME, Nawabi DH, Wright TM, Haas SB. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2014 Jan;472(1):277-83. doi: 10.1007/s11999-013-3078-4.