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Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman – “Dr. Brian Cole”

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We have the one and only Dr. Brian Cole for this episode. Dr. Brian Cole is an orthopedic sports medicine surgeon at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush and a Professor of Orthopaedics, Anatomy and Cell Biology at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Cole is Managing Partner of Midwest Orthopaedics and is the Department’s Associate Chairman and the Section Head of the Cartilage Research and Restoration Center.

He’s one of the most prolific and most influential sports medicine surgeons in the world. Dr. Cole is the head team physician for the Chicago Bulls and co-team physician for the Chicago White Sox. He’s a member of every society for sports medicine orthopedics with a vast history of experience with a passion for education. This is one you’re going to enjoy!

Topics include:
-He discusses what made him decide to become a physician and the influence going into orthopedics, including residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery at Cornell Medical Center, and a Sports Medicine fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Cole talks about how he made his way back to Chicago after fellowship at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush and helping to build the cartilage restoration program.

-He talks about the “private-demic” model of Rush, running it as a private practice with the benefits of being in the academic world. It’s a private independent practice that fosters entrepreneurialism.

-Dr. Cole has a passion for fellowships and can hear his devotion for the importance of mentorships. He discusses how it’s essential to positively influence the next generation through fellowships.

-We also hear about what is his work//life balance like with all of his responsibilities.

Find out more about Dr. Brian Cole here.

Also, find out more about Zynrelef here:

ZYNRELEF utilizes a novel synergistic mechanism of action that combines bupivacaine with a low dose of meloxicam to overcome the challenges of the inflammatory process at the surgical site. ZYNRELEF is the first and only extended-release dual-acting local anesthetic™ (DALA™) and delivers 72 hours of postoperative pain relief via a single needle-free application. It has been clinically proven to better manage pain than standard of care bupivacaine HCl solution over 72 hours and to significantly reduce opioid utilization following surgery.

-ZYNRELEF was initially approved by the FDA in May 2021 and in December 2021, the FDA approved an expansion of ZYNRELEF’s indication.

-Limitations of Use: Safety and efficacy have not been established in highly vascular surgeries, such as intrathoracic, large multilevel spinal, and head and neck procedures.

WARNING: RISK OF SERIOUS CARDIOVASCULAR AND GASTROINTESTINAL EVENTS

See full prescribing information for complete boxed warning.

• Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) cause an increased risk of serious cardiovascular thrombotic events, including myocardial infarction and stroke, which can be fatal. This risk may occur early in treatment and may increase with duration of use

• ZYNRELEF is contraindicated in the setting of coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery

• NSAIDs cause an increased risk of serious gastrointestinal (GI) adverse events including bleeding, ulceration, and perforation of the stomach or intestines, which can be fatal. These events can occur at any time during use and without warning symptoms. Elderly patients and patients with a prior history of peptic ulcer disease and/or GI bleeding are at greater risk for serious GI events

ZYNRELEF is contraindicated for:

• Patients with a known hypersensitivity (e.g., anaphylactic reactions and serious skin reactions) to any local anesthetic agent of the amide-type, NSAIDs, or to any of the other components of ZYNRELEF OR history of asthma, urticaria, or other allergic-type reactions after taking aspirin or other NSAIDs. Severe, sometimes fatal, anaphylactic reactions to NSAIDs have been reported in such patients

• Patients undergoing obstetrical paracervical block anesthesia OR coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery

WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS include –

Cardiovascular (CV) Thrombotic Events with NSAID Use; Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Ulceration, and Perforation with NSAID Use; Dose-Related Toxicity; Risk of Use in Patients with Impaired Cardiovascular Function; Hepatotoxicity; Hypertension; Heart Failure and Edema; Renal Toxicity and Hyperkalemia; Anaphylactic Reactions; Chondrolysis; Methemoglobinemia; Exacerbation of Asthma Related to Aspirin Sensitivity; Serious Skin Reactions; Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms (DRESS); Hematologic Toxicity; Masking of Inflammation and Fever.

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Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman – “Brian Hodorek”

This episode is brought to you by TrackableMed. Find out more about TrackableMed here.

Brian Hodorek is the CEO and Co-Founder of Ignite Orthopedics and joins us for his great entrepreneur story. At 37 years old with his friend, they broke away from their career to start their own orthopedic implant company. He goes through the process of starting this company with his partner, the formation of the surgeon advisory board and going through the process of getting the business off the ground.

Brian’s background includes being in the orthopedic industry since 2001, with experience in R&D including Product Development Engineer, Group Manager, and Director of R&D for large and mid-size companies. Brian has focused on Upper Extremity for most of his career with a majority of work concentrated on shoulder and elbow arthroplasty.

Topics include:

-Find out why Warsaw, Indiana is important in the orthopedic implant world.

-Why Brian decided at the age of 37 to put it all on the table, take a risk and start a new company.

-How the team decided to choose their orthopedic surgeon design team to help validate their products and ideas.

-Their first product launch through DePuy Synthes with the Inhance Shoulder System, a First-to-Market, Fully Integrated Shoulder Arthroplasty System.

-Advice for those who are considering orthopreneurship.

Find out more about Brian Hodorek here.

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Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman – “Dr. Michael Ast”

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This is a fantastic episode with Dr. Michael Ast, who has amazing energy and an infectious personality, you can’t help but listen to what he has to say.

Dr. Michael P. Ast is an Orthopedic Surgeon and Chief Medical Innovation Officer at HSS focusing on rapid-recovery, short-stay and outpatient joint replacement surgery including primary, complex and revision total joint replacement. His training includes minimally invasive hip and knee replacement, partial knee replacement, robotic surgery and computer assisted surgery.

Topics include:

-He was born and raised on blue-collar Staten island. He was a gymnast, starting at 5 years old, and attended a Division I school at Temple University. It was in his time in gymnastics when he decided to become an orthopedic surgeon. He was accepted into medical school right out of high school and was part of a 7-year program. He completed his Medical Degree at Temple University School of Medicine and returned to New York for his residency training in orthopedic surgery at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Medical Center and a fellowship in Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement surgery at HSS. Before returning to HSS, he previously developed and directed one of the largest and most successful outpatient joint replacement programs in the northeast.

-Dr. Ast says life is all about relationships. Don’t be afraid to network and meet people. Learn from mentors in the community and do behind-the-scenes things to elevate your game.

-How did he make the decision to go back to NYC? He initially thought they were kidding when they asked him to join HSS. Joking aside, Dr. Ast stayed in touch with his mentors to make the connection to get him back to NYC. Tune-in to hear how he was able to build his patient base after feeling like a ” teeny-tiny fish in the largest pond in the universe.”

-Dr. Ast describes his role as the Chief Medical Innovation Officer at HSS. Dr. Ast helps surgeons, who are by nature innovative, harness their ideas and figure out how to get it across the finish line to improve patient care. He describes “inside-out and outside-in” with homegrown innovation or inversely, someone bringing an idea to HSS to help get it to market.

-He closes out the interview with great advice to listeners thinking about innovation. For any back of a napkin ideas, snap pictures on your phone since it has timestamp.

Find out more about Dr. Michael Ast here.

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Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman – “Dr. Arun Hariharan”

Dr. Arun R. Hariharan is a fellowship-trained pediatric orthopedic surgeon with particular expertise in pediatric spine surgery. His main passions are in caring for children with spine-related problems such as scoliosis from a variety of conditions.

Topics include:

-Dr. Hariharan has a true passion for spine and refining his skills for pediatrics. We hear about his desire and pathway to becoming a pediatric orthopedic surgeon.

-He discusses his gratification of helping pediatrics patients and the ability to care for children with goals to get better without secondary gain. It’s interesting to hear about the differences between kids and adults with orthopedic issues. Kids just want to be fixed and go home.

-Dr. Hariharan provides advice for young orthopedic surgeons who are choosing their specialty.

Find out more about Dr. Arun Hariharan here.

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Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman – “Dr. Alexander Sah”

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This episode is brought to you by Heron Therapeutics. Please see full Prescribing Information, including Boxed Warning or visit www.ZYNRELEF.com.

Dr. Alexander Sah joins for this episode from Sah Orthopaedic Associates at the Institute for Joint Restoration in Fremont, CA. He is an orthopedic surgeon, specializing in minimally invasive hip and knee replacements, knee arthroscopy, as well as complex hip and knee revision surgeries.  

Topics include:

-We hear about his patient-first emphasis with thorough and compassionate care. He has a deep commitment to the Bay Area community going home to practice at the same hospital he was born, Washington Hospital.

-We discuss his family influence in becoming a physician with his uncles, grandfather, and father practicing medicine.  He completed his orthopedic training at Harvard in Boston and specialized fellowship training in minimally invasive and revision hip and knee surgery at Rush University in Chicago.

-Dr. Sah has built his brand with minimally invasive surgery where patients seek him out as a destination practice at Sah Orthopaedic Associates.

-We talk ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and answer these questions: Is it safe? Is it cost effective? What is the patient satisfaction?

-Dr. Sah discusses his interest in orthopedic research and remains active in publishing articles and presenting this work at national meetings. He worked with Heron Therapeutics as an expert in total knee replacement as the company developed the pivotal clinical study program to help inform FDA submissions and meet FDA guidelines for ZYNRELEF. ZYNRELEF utilizes a novel synergistic mechanism of action that combines bupivacaine with a low dose of meloxicam to overcome the challenges of the inflammatory process at the surgical site. ZYNRELEF is the first and only extended-release dual-acting local anesthetic™ (DALA™) and delivers 72 hours of postoperative pain relief via a single needle-free application. It has been clinically proven to better manage pain than standard of care bupivacaine HCl solution over 72 hours and to significantly reduce opioid utilization following surgery.

-ZYNRELEF was initially approved by the FDA in May 2021 and in December 2021, the FDA approved an expansion of ZYNRELEF’s indication.

-Limitations of Use: Safety and efficacy have not been established in highly vascular surgeries, such as intrathoracic, large multilevel spinal, and head and neck procedures.

WARNING: RISK OF SERIOUS CARDIOVASCULAR AND GASTROINTESTINAL EVENTS

See full prescribing information for complete boxed warning.

• Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) cause an increased risk of serious cardiovascular thrombotic events, including myocardial infarction and stroke, which can be fatal. This risk may occur early in treatment and may increase with duration of use

• ZYNRELEF is contraindicated in the setting of coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery

• NSAIDs cause an increased risk of serious gastrointestinal (GI) adverse events including bleeding, ulceration, and perforation of the stomach or intestines, which can be fatal. These events can occur at any time during use and without warning symptoms. Elderly patients and patients with a prior history of peptic ulcer disease and/or GI bleeding are at greater risk for serious GI events

ZYNRELEF is contraindicated for:

• Patients with a known hypersensitivity (e.g., anaphylactic reactions and serious skin reactions) to any local anesthetic agent of the amide-type, NSAIDs, or to any of the other components of ZYNRELEF OR history of asthma, urticaria, or other allergic-type reactions after taking aspirin or other NSAIDs. Severe, sometimes fatal, anaphylactic reactions to NSAIDs have been reported in such patients

• Patients undergoing obstetrical paracervical block anesthesia OR coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery

WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS include –

Cardiovascular (CV) Thrombotic Events with NSAID Use; Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Ulceration, and Perforation with NSAID Use; Dose-Related Toxicity; Risk of Use in Patients with Impaired Cardiovascular Function; Hepatotoxicity; Hypertension; Heart Failure and Edema; Renal Toxicity and Hyperkalemia; Anaphylactic Reactions; Chondrolysis; Methemoglobinemia; Exacerbation of Asthma Related to Aspirin Sensitivity; Serious Skin Reactions; Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms (DRESS); Hematologic Toxicity; Masking of Inflammation and Fever.

Find out more about Dr. Alexander Sah here.

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Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman – “Dr. Atiba Jackson”

This episode is brought to you by Heron Therapeutics. Please see full Prescribing Information, including Boxed Warning or visit www.ZYNRELEF.com.

If you like happy vibes with a positive patient track record, we’ve got the orthopedic surgeon for you. Meet Dr. Atiba Jackson from Dayton, OH. He is a Board-Certified Orthopedic Sports Medicine specialist, with fellowship training in sports medicine so he can provide the highest level of care for this brand of injuries. He treats complex shoulder injuries including rotator cuff, labrum, SLAP tears, instability, and dislocations. In addition to treating difficult knee injuries, including ACL tears, ligamentous injuries, meniscus tears, cartilage injuries, he also treats elbow injuries and performs elbow arthroscopy. He cares for arthritis patients, performing replacements of the shoulder, knee, and hip.

Topics include:

-His family influence in becoming an orthopedic surgeon, as his father is a family practice doctor. Dr. Jackson has strong family ties and we hear the importance of family in this episode. He also became a teenage parent, overcame the adversity and remained focused on becoming an orthopedic surgeon.

-Dr. Atiba Jackson helps train the clinical and surgical techniques at the Grandview Orthopedic Residency (DO) program. We hear about the post-grant research position they’ve developed for those in a bridge year to help them become more of a competitive applicant.

-He has social media following for promoting his private practice, Orthopedic Associates, and educating his patients. Dr. Jackson looks like Usher and uses it to his advantage when creating engaging posts.

Find out more about Dr. Atiba Jackson here.

Also, find out more about Zynrelef here:

ZYNRELEF utilizes a novel synergistic mechanism of action that combines bupivacaine with a low dose of meloxicam to overcome the challenges of the inflammatory process at the surgical site. ZYNRELEF is the first and only extended-release dual-acting local anesthetic™ (DALA™) and delivers 72 hours of postoperative pain relief via a single needle-free application. It has been clinically proven to better manage pain than standard of care bupivacaine HCl solution over 72 hours and to significantly reduce opioid utilization following surgery.

-ZYNRELEF was initially approved by the FDA in May 2021 and in December 2021, the FDA approved an expansion of ZYNRELEF’s indication.

-Limitations of Use: Safety and efficacy have not been established in highly vascular surgeries, such as intrathoracic, large multilevel spinal, and head and neck procedures.

WARNING: RISK OF SERIOUS CARDIOVASCULAR AND GASTROINTESTINAL EVENTS

See full prescribing information for complete boxed warning.

• Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) cause an increased risk of serious cardiovascular thrombotic events, including myocardial infarction and stroke, which can be fatal. This risk may occur early in treatment and may increase with duration of use

• ZYNRELEF is contraindicated in the setting of coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery

• NSAIDs cause an increased risk of serious gastrointestinal (GI) adverse events including bleeding, ulceration, and perforation of the stomach or intestines, which can be fatal. These events can occur at any time during use and without warning symptoms. Elderly patients and patients with a prior history of peptic ulcer disease and/or GI bleeding are at greater risk for serious GI events

ZYNRELEF is contraindicated for:

• Patients with a known hypersensitivity (e.g., anaphylactic reactions and serious skin reactions) to any local anesthetic agent of the amide-type, NSAIDs, or to any of the other components of ZYNRELEF OR history of asthma, urticaria, or other allergic-type reactions after taking aspirin or other NSAIDs. Severe, sometimes fatal, anaphylactic reactions to NSAIDs have been reported in such patients

• Patients undergoing obstetrical paracervical block anesthesia OR coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery

WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS include –

Cardiovascular (CV) Thrombotic Events with NSAID Use; Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Ulceration, and Perforation with NSAID Use; Dose-Related Toxicity; Risk of Use in Patients with Impaired Cardiovascular Function; Hepatotoxicity; Hypertension; Heart Failure and Edema; Renal Toxicity and Hyperkalemia; Anaphylactic Reactions; Chondrolysis; Methemoglobinemia; Exacerbation of Asthma Related to Aspirin Sensitivity; Serious Skin Reactions; Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms (DRESS); Hematologic Toxicity; Masking of Inflammation and Fever.

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Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman – “Andrew Ittleman”

We have an educational episode and slight pivot on the fringe of orthopedics this week with attorney Andrew Ittleman. He is a Founder and Partner of Fuerst Ittleman David & Joseph. He concentrates his practice in the areas of White Collar Criminal Defense, Anti-Money Laundering Compliance and Food and Drug Law. Mr. Ittleman litigates extensively against the United States government in civil and criminal matters. He is an expert in explaining on what is/isn’t kosher is the space of orthobiologics and what is on/off label.

Topics include:

-We discuss stem cell procedures and what you can/can’t say in marketing claims.

-Tune-in to hear a thorough discussion on the status of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and the meaning of on/off labeling.

-Advice for orthopedic surgeons using orthobiologics. If you’re going to do it, be transparent, be careful with marketing claims, and use appropriate claims and testimonials.

-Andrew gives sage advice for patients considering these treatments.

Find out more about Andrew Ittleman here.

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Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman – “Dr. Anand Murthi”

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This episode is brought to you by ModMed. To learn more and see a demo of the #1 EHR system, EMA®, as well as Practice Management, Revenue Cycle Management, Analytics, Patient Engagement tools and more, visit modmed.com/orthopod. ModMed — it’s about time.

Dr. Anand Murthi is the Chief, Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, where he also serves as the Director of the Shoulder and Elbow Fellowship and Research. He is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, fellowship trained in shoulder and elbow surgery, who sees patients in Timonium (Baltimore County) and in Baltimore at MedStar Union Memorial.

Topics include:
-Dr. Murthi completed the internationally recognized fellowship in shoulder and elbow reconstruction at the New York Orthopaedic Hospital-Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. He discusses the influence and importance of mentorship.

-He is also an elected member of the prestigious American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Society (ASES), an international group of shoulder and elbow surgeons dedicated to the mission of teaching and research for which he has chaired the Education Committee.

– Dr. Murthi has published and presented numerous research papers on a national and international stage. He has a passion for research, including fragility index (FI) studies. The fragility index (FI) is a method used with statistically significant dichotomous outcomes to assess the number of patients that would change an outcome measure from significant (P ≤ .05) to nonsignificant if the patient outcome changed. 

-He is also passionate about medical device design and part of the explosion of innovation in shoulder replacements. Dr. Murthi discusses some of the innovations he’s worked on.

-He is also a part of the team to develop the first international shoulder data registry (Shoulder JAM by OBERD).

Find out more about Dr. Anand Murthi here.

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Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman – “Dr. Robert Masson”

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This episode is brought to you by ModMed. To learn more and see a demo of the #1 EHR system, EMA®, as well as Practice Management, Revenue Cycle Management, Analytics, Patient Engagement tools and more, visit modmed.com/orthopod. ModMed — it’s about time.

When Matthew Ray Scott says this is the most interesting surgeon in the world, we have them on The Ortho Show. For the episode, we have spine surgeon Dr. Robert L. Masson, M.D., an internationally recognized neurosurgeon specializing in minimally invasive spine surgery and sports spine medicine. As the founder of the Masson Spine Institute, he serves as Medical Director of the Orlando Health Health Central Central Hospital JCAHO accredited Spine Center of Excellence in West Orlando.

Dr. Masson performs surgery at the Masson Spine Institute (MSI) Outpatient Surgery Centers of Excellence in both Orlando, Florida and Park City, Utah, where patients and surgeons travel from all over the world for advanced micro-surgical spine surgery strategies, solutions, techniques, and training.

Topics include:

-Dr. Masson is our first neurosurgeon on The Ortho Show. He is a master marketer who developed a brand that attracts patients to him in a destination center as a sports spine surgeon.

-We discuss how he was inspired to open the Masson Spine Institute to serve his community and how it was a team effort with getting the center’s to where they are today.

-We hear about Dr. Masson’s holistic 360-degree approach with his patients regarding the entire continuum of spine care.

-Dr. Masson is the proud father of five, and has been married for 30 years. His family celebrates athletics and adventure sports, including as an accomplished prototype racer, finishing second place, along with his son, professional racer Kyle Masson in the 2019 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona with Performance Tech Motorsports. Dr. Masson also climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 2014.

Find out more about Dr. Robert Masson here.

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Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman – “Dr. Ramin Modabber”

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This episode is brought to you by ModMed. To learn more and see a demo of the #1 EHR system, EMA®, as well as Practice Management, Revenue Cycle Management, Analytics, Patient Engagement tools and more, visit modmed.com/orthopod. ModMed — it’s about time.

M. Ramin Modabber, M.D. is an experienced, board certified orthopaedic surgeon who, in addition to all other aspects of sports medicine, specializes in conditions of the upper extremity at the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute. In regards to the latter specialization, Dr. Modabber is well-published, is a frequent lecturer, and has undertaken extensive research in addition to developing numerous medical devices to aid. He is the inventor of the Modabber™ Wrist Orthosis and the Modabber™ Thumb Orthosis. Dr. Modabber is in practice at Cedars Sinai Kerman-Jobe Institute.

Topics include:

-Learn more about Dr. Modabber’s path to becoming an orthopedic surgeon including growing up in California and moving to the northeast for medical school, residency and fellowship.

-At 4 years into practice, he was part of the team to help repair President Reagan’s fractured hip. We hear the whole story and the added pressure in the OR with Secret Service in the corner of the room.

-Dr. Modabber is in the mecca of Los Angeles around high-profile celebrities. He discusses how he treats all patients the same with high quality care.

-Immediately after the Haiti earthquake in 2010, Dr. Modabber assembled a team to go to Haiti to help with efforts. This is an amazing, remarkable and impactful story how Dr. Modabber and a team of surgeons volunteered their time to help out in Haiti. Tune-in to hear how the team tapped into celebrity influence to get supplies and the orthopedic group into Haiti.

Dr. Modabber and Dr. Sigman have a rich history with shared experiences and share a lot of laughs in this episode. We know you’re going to like this one.

Intro: Dr. Sigman and Dr. Modabber have known each other since the early days of residency at Tufts in Boston. They are dear friend’s with remarkable history. Dr. Modabber is a unique good soul on the planet and know you’ll like this one.

Find out more about M. Ramin Modabber, M.D. here.

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Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman – “Christy Owenby”

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This episode is brought to you by ModMed. To learn more and see a demo of the #1 EHR system, EMA®, as well as Practice Management, Revenue Cycle Management, Analytics, Patient Engagement tools and more, visit modmed.com/orthopod. ModMed — it’s about time.

Christy Owenby is CEO & HEALTHCARE DIGITAL STRATEGIST at Moxy Company. She founded MOXY Company to assist physicians, medical practices, medical device companies and emerging startups in healthcare with marketing, consulting, social media, public relations, brand development, creative style, and so much more. Her greatest strengths are creativity, drive, and solid determination. Christy thrives on challenges, particularly those with the goal of revolutionizing healthcare marketing.

Topics include:

-Christy’s sage advice includes you can’t start too early as a medical school student or resident and never too old to start growing your social media following.
-We discuss how the different platforms, such as Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn, can be utilized to promote your practice, as well as providing best practices for business etiquette on social media.
-We also discuss the need to be loud and clear in your goals on social media messaging.

Find out more about Christy Owenby and Moxy Company here.

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Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman – “Judy and Sheldon”

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This is a perfect Mother’s Day episode!

Meet Judy and Sheldon! If you are a frequent listener of The Ortho Show you’ll know Judy is Dr. Sigman’s mother and Sheldon is her boyfriend. They’re our #1 and #2 listeners and do our best to make each episode a learning experience for all listeners from novices to orthopedic surgery experts. It’s a fun, light episode to get a glimpse into Dr. Sigman’s family life.

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Hosted by Dr. Michael Redler – “Dr. Scott Sigman”

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We’re turning the tables and bringing you an interview with Dr. Scott Sigman. Dr. Michael Redler is our guest host for this switch-up and was a founding partner of The Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center, which merged with Connecticut Orthopaedics in 2018. He specializes in sports medicine as well as hand and upper extremity surgery.

Dr. Scott A. Sigman is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon providing comprehensive care to patients at Orthopedic Surgical Associates of Lowell since 1996.  Specializing in Sports Medicine, Dr. Sigman possesses the skills and experience to diagnose and treat sports injuries and conditions affecting the knee and shoulder. In addition to his practice duties, he has served as the Team Physician for the US Ski Jump Team, and serves for the last 20 years as the Team Physician at UMASS Lowell, and is the past Chief of Orthopaedics at Lowell General Hospital.

Find out more about Dr. Scott Sigman:

-He graduated cum laude with his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Tufts University, where he played varsity lacrosse and was President of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity.  He then received his medical degree as a cum laude graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and member of the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society.

-Dedicated to furthering his training, he also completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine at the prestigious Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic, during which he was responsible for the orthopaedic care of the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Dodgers, LA Angels, LA Kings, Anaheim Mighty Ducks, LA Galaxy and USC football.

-Dr. Sigman was elected as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Faculty of Sports & Sports Medicine. This certificate is a culmination of his ongoing efforts to change the paradigm of postoperative pain management.

-How does he get it all done? He says it’s all about being efficient and setting reasonable goals. Find out in the episode what he does for 20 minutes every day to recharge.

-Why did he become an orthopedic surgeon? He injured his knee in 10th grade and looked up to local surgeon mentors in his area. There was no looking back after this injury and the rest is history in orthopedics.

-We discuss how private equity is the hot topic in orthopedics.

-We talk about he’s orthopreneurship with Ortholazer. It was born out of his desire for opioid-sparing alternatives and was an uphill battle to get the franchise to where it is today. We also discuss how laser therapy is now part of the recommendations in the AAOS Guidelines for Osteoarthritis of the Knee released in 2021. Lasers are listed in the AAOS guidelines as FDA-approved laser treatment may be used to improve pain and function in patients with knee osteoarthritis. The full AAOS Guidelines for Osteoarthritis of the Knee can be found here.

Find out more about Dr. Scott Sigman here.

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Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman – “Dr. Matt Varacallo”

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This episode is brought to you by ModMed. To learn more and see a demo of the #1 EHR system, EMA®, as well as Practice Management, Revenue Cycle Management, Analytics, Patient Engagement tools and more, visit modmed.com/orthopod. ModMed — it’s about time.

Matthew Varacallo, MD, Director of Orthopedic Robotic Surgery, is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and total joint reconstruction, accelerated rehabilitation protocols and functional return to sports after surgeries and procedures. During his Orthopedic Surgery Sports Medicine Fellowship at the University of Kentucky, Varacallo was on the team of physicians caring for the NCAA Division I Collegiate athletes and also worked as team physician for the 2019 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship team at Georgetown College. Today, Dr. Varacallo is team physician/surgeon for the DuBois Dream in the North American Basketball League (NABL) and Premier Basketball League (PBL).

A native of DuBois, Varacallo works alongside his brother, Dr. Christopher Varacallo, and the rest of the Penn Highlands Orthopedics and Sports Medicine team with athletes and athletic trainers from the region’s school districts (DuBois, Brockway, Brookville, Clearfield, and St. Marys), along with the DuBois Dream and Penn State DuBois. 

Topics include:

-Does he sleep? He’s just three years into practice and operates four days a week, in the office one day and keeps things going with 10 physician extenders. He books 30-40 surgeries every week, which includes 10-12 joint replacements.

-We hear about his passion for his patients holistic experience and improving their overall medical conditions, including quitting smoking and weight loss to make them better prepared for surgery. His social media presence is about empowering patients with end-user stories and tools to be mentality prepared for their prehabilitation and intervention.

Find out more about Dr. Matt Varacallo here.

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Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman – “Dr. Daniel Paull”

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Dr. Daniel Paull is an orthopedic surgeon in solo private practice in Colorado Springs, CO. He is the Founder and CEO of Easy Orthopedics, which is disrupting the healthcare status quo by cutting out all the middlemen and delivering relationship-based care that values time. He was frustrated with the way medical care was being delivered and didn’t want an insurance company or hospital administrator telling him what to do, and getting in the middle of the relationships that he builds with patients. It’s a unique story about grit and sweat equity to start something new to help patients.

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-We hear his story of becoming an orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Paull has degrees from NYU and University of Miami and completed residency from University of Toledo in Ohio.

-Dr. Paull is off the beaten path in a solo private practice. Dr. Paull travels to the patient’s house, hotel or office in the Colorado Springs area. He will also take office appointments, sees patient’s at other practitioner’s offices, and also has telehealth visits available. Dr. Paull is a believer in relationship-based medicine and is able to spend more time with his patients.

Find out more about Dr. Daniel Paull here

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Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman – “Dr. Eric Smith”

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Eric L. Smith, M.D., FAOA is an Orthopedic Surgeon specializing in joint replacement, reconstructive surgery and revision surgery of the hip and knee at New England Baptist Hospital (NEBH). Dr. Smith is Chief of Arthroplasty at NEBH where he is involved in the clinical care of patients, research and teaching. Dr. Smith plays an active role in the Otto E. Aufranc Fellowship Program, where he provides advanced training to physicians in adult reconstructive surgery. 

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-He’s a remarkable guest and hear about his time growing up in California, including his love for hunting. He spent 10 years of active duty in the Army and was deployed to Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. We hear about how he received the Meritorious Service Medal and hear about his amazing history in his time of service.

-He’s part of an Orthopedic Surgeon duo and married to Dr. Elizabeth Matzkin. She is the Surgical Director, Women’s Musculoskeletal Health and Chief of Women’s Sports Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

-Dr. Smith tells us what’s new in the world of total knee replacement for patients.

Find out more about Dr. Eric Smith here.

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Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman – “Dr. Oke Anakwenze”

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Oke Anakwenze, MD, MBA is an orthopedic surgeon and Chief of shoulder surgery at Duke. He is one of the hardest working surgeons and on top of it all, also recently completed his MBA. We hear about his passion for education and being a mentor, which he learned from his own mentor, Dr. Bill Levine.

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-He grew up in Nigeria until 13 years old. He was told his career options included doctor, lawyer or engineer and is what helped drive him to become an orthopedic surgeon.

-We hear all about how he got to where he is today at Duke. He attended University of California, Davis for undergraduate and went on to complete his medical education at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Anakwenze then spent a year at Columbia University completing a shoulder and elbow fellowship. He then worked within the Kaiser system before venturing out to build his own surgical practice and outpatient joint replacement center. He also obtained a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from UCLA.

-“The Oke Way”: Believe in yourself and go after it. We hear all about his drive, passion for continuous learning and importance of mentorship. He’s already thinking about what he wants his legacy to be in the under 40 club.

Find out more about Dr. Oke Anakwenze here

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Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman – “Dr. Veronica Diaz”

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Dr. Veronica Diaz is a solo private practice orthopedic surgeon at Palm Beach Hand to Shoulder in Jupiter, FL. She has performed thousands of upper extremity procedures and has extensive training and experience in managing degenerative, traumatic, and sports-related conditions of the Shoulder and Upper Extremity.

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-A native of Miami, Florida, we discuss her Cuban fire with family history in the medical field.

-Dr. Diaz graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Molecular Biology. At Princeton, she was a member of The Tiger Inn, as well as the Women’s Varsity Swimming and Water Polo Teams. Dr. Diaz earned her medical doctorate from the University of Florida and completed her Orthopedic Surgery residency at the University of Miami – Jackson Memorial Hospital. She completed a fellowship in Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery in Pittsburgh. Dr. Diaz is a member of the prestigious American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons and American Society for Surgery of the Hand, and an Active Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

-Dr. Diaz is embracing technology as the Medical Director of Orthopedics at Modernizing Medicine where she helps with the development of the orthopedic platform and works with clients to help improve the software solution. She discusses how the EMR software intuitively adapts to your unique style of practice, remembers your preferences and aids clinical collaboration to streamline your entire process.

Find out more about Dr. Veronica Diaz here.

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Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman – “Dr. Jim Williams”

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We’re continuing to share amazing stories of orthopedic surgeons who are passionate about advancing patient care. Dr. Jim Williams joins us for this episode to discuss his recent retirement as Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at Cleveland Clinic (Euclid). During his career he served as assistant team physician for the Cleveland Indians and the Cleveland Cavaliers, and as Head Team Physician at John Carroll University and many Cleveland area high schools. He is now the Chief Medical Advisor for Lazurite, who has developed a proprietary light and camera technology to create the modular ArthroFree™ wireless camera system for minimally invasive surgery.

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-Amazing fact that Dr. Williams is our first guest who has 5 generations of physicians in his family.

-We hear about the talk of the conference hall at AOSSM/AANA with ArthroFree. It also won The Ortho Show’s New Innovation award during the conference. The ArthroFree wireless system—surgical camera + receiver—is equipped with the Meridiem™ Light Engine (MLE™), and requires a fraction of the energy of comparable wired camera systems. The system is designed to simplify sterilization, decrease setup and breakdown times, and eliminate the need for the light source and the power source on the surgical tower. The ArthroFree wireless system will eliminate the hazards of fiber-optic cables, along with the need for camera cable management by surgical assistants. It’s close to hitting commercialization and have no doubt it will hit the stratosphere as soon as it’s available.

Find out more information about Dr. Jim Williams here.

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Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman – “Dr. Lew Schon”

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Lew C. Schon, M.D., FAAOS, is Director of Orthopedic Innovation at The Institute for Foot and Ankle Reconstruction at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. An internationally recognized foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Schon has more than 35 years’ experience in medicine and patient care. He has been recognized as a “Top Doctor” by Baltimore magazine as well as Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd.

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-He’s our first guest who has blown a shofar on the show! We hear about his love for music with his group, The Stimulators, and how he found himself onstage with the Foo Fighters. It’s an incredible story how Dr. Schon was taking care of Foo Fighter frontman, David Grohl, after a nasty leg break and asked him to come onstage with him at Fenway Park. Watch Dr. Schon’s video singing The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army,” with the Foo Fighters here.

Find out more about Dr. Lew Schon here.

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