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Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman – “Dr. John Keggi”

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Dr. John Keggi is an attending orthopaedic surgeon in private practice at Orthopaedics New England. As a renowned expert in adult hip and knee reconstruction and with 30 years’ experience, Dr. Keggi is a frequently invited course instructor, lecturer, and presenter at universities and medical conferences around the country and internationally. He is also the author of book chapters and numerous articles published in peer-reviewed journals.

Topics include:

-Dr. Keggi and Dr. Sigman’s philosophy of putting patients first with opioid sparing strategies post-operatively.

-What is better in total hip replacements, anterior or posterior approach?

-Dr. Keggi’s utilization of computer navigation and robotics. He’s involved in a multi-center, prospective study on total knee replacements with 200 patients where 96% patients are satisfied after two years post-operatively using robotics and computer navigation surgeries.

-Advice to patients contemplating joint replacement. A surgeon’s experience is key with specialization.

Find out more about Dr. John Keggi here

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Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman – “Surgeon Coach”

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Bringing you a unique episode with Erin Whitehead. Her expertise is as a surgeon coach and is CEO of Kick the Ceiling. Erin provides a concierge executive coaching service and is a prolific messenger on LinkedIn with over 25,000 followers. By coaching, she helps ambitious people actively engage in a high performance mindset by sharing how they consistently push past their next highest level.

Topics include:

-What does a certified executive coach do? She gets you from where are you now and where you want to be. Erin’s coaching gets you to the point of “why is there a gap getting there?” She coaches you to double down on your ambitions.

-Here are the three questions she asked prior to coaching someone: Why do you want to be coached? Are you coachable? Will you put in the work?

-Coaching is not consulting. This is not about telling people what to do.

-Hear about why she hates the term “physician burnout?”

Find out more about Erin Whitehead here.

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Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman-“The Bod Meets The Fro”

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Dr. Russell Bodner joins us for this episode, a fellowship trained sports medicine orthopedic surgeon with specialties in joint replacement and adult reconstruction surgery. Dr. Bodner has been in practice for over 30 years and currently at Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Center in Sycamore, IL. We hear about his passion for innovation and wanting to make a difference in orthopedics.

Topics include:

-We hear his story with medical school at UCLA, residency at University of Pennsylvania and half-year fellowship in Austria and the other half with Dr. Steadman in Lake Tahoe.

-We discuss his practice with a recent partnership in private equity.

-We hear his remarkable story working with Dr. Larry Dorr, titan and legend in arthroplasty, on their breakthrough research on finding the appropriate location of the acetabular component in hip replacements. By utilizing Dr. Dorr’s patient database and Dr. Bodner’s postural science and biomechanics, they were able to pioneer new technology to innovate in the hip arthroplasty space.

Find out more about Dr. Russell Bodner here.

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Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman- “Helping Private Practices Maintain Independence”

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Take out a pen and paper with this tangible advice to improve physician private practice. Omar Khateeb, Head of Growth for Gentem, joins us to discuss how practices can make data driven decisions to help scale their business.

Gentem transforms the reimbursement experience by not only handling the end-to-end billing and revenue cycle processes, but also reimbursing physicians upfront. Leveraging automation, data science, and the latest financial technologies, Gentem is able to increase cash flow while reducing receivable days and uncovering opportunities to increase revenue. Topics include:

-Special offer for our listeners: Get a free billing and revenue analysis from the team at Gentem. Go to gentem.com/orthoshow to submit your information. For MD’s, you can also get 1 CME credit.

Find your niche and focus on it. Pick something where you want to be the known brand.

Medicine is a business: What is the workflow, process and environment like in your practice? Put yourselves into your patient’s shoes from the moment they call for an appointment, walk into the office and all the way through their departure. Customer experience is key for patient retention.

Ancillary revenue streams: You need to diversify and expand on multiple sources of income. Investigate cash pay treatments with positive clinical results to help add revenue streams to practices. It also helps provide options for your patients that are not available under their insurance plan.

Billing analysis is important for any successful practice. Orthopedics is in the top 5 of claims declined and many practices don’t have the reporting needed to make changes when needed. Ask you billers: a.) How much is in our accounts receivable? b.) What is the average time for things in accounts receivable? c.) What is our net collections rate? d.) What is our charge lag?

Lost revenue calculator: Go to gentem.com/lostrevenue. Plug in monthly and quarterly collection information to get guidance and advice.

Find out more about Omar Khateeb here and Gentem here.

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Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman – “Dr. Andrew Chen”

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Dr. Andrew Chen is a sports medicine orthopedic surgeon at Littleton Regional Healthcare in Franconia, NH. He is also the Medical Director and Head Team Physician for USA Nordic Sports. He will be at the Beijing Winter Olympics in February, 2022 to support the team.

Dr. Chen and Dr. Sigman had the opportunity to travel together for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and hear their fond memories from that trip.

We also discuss Dr. Chen’s time in undergrad at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and his residency at NYU Langone Hospital for Joint Diseases. He talks about his passion for sports medicine and completing his fellowship at Steadman-Hawkins Sports Medicine Clinic. We also discuss his position as the Medical Director and Head Team Physician for USA Nordic Sport.

Find out more about Dr. Andrew Chen here.

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Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman – “Olympic Gold: Dr. Chris Lee”

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Dr. Christopher Lee is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine, arthroscopy, joint and cartilage preservation as well as shoulder and knee replacements. He is in private practice in Burbank, CA. Dr. Lee is also the team physician for men and women’s USA National Indoor Volleyball Team. He traveled with the team’s to Tokyo for the 2021 Summer Olympics, where he was on the court with the women’s team gold medal win.

Topics include:

-We continue to bring you the best of the best in orthopedics, including those with unique experiences. We hear about Dr. Lee’s experience as a violinist since an early age.

-He is part of the “Tufts University Triple Jumbo.” Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, Dr. Lee attended Tufts University where he received awards for both academic and artistic achievements. Dr. Lee subsequently attended the Tufts University School of Medicine where he participated in the MD/MBA program. After completing the Tufts Combined Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery, he then received his fellowship training at the San Diego Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine Fellowship where he trained with international pioneers in sports medicine, arthroscopy and shoulder replacement surgery.

-Dr. Lee discusses the long, arduous road to becoming the lead physician for the USA National Indoor Volleyball for both men’s and women’s teams. He gives us the insights going to Tokyo for the Olympics, the challenges while there and ultimately, being there for the women’s team big gold win.

Find out more about Dr. Christopher Lee here

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Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman – “Trendsetter: Dr. Matt Barber”

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We’ve gone south to interview Dr. Matt Barber, an orthopedic surgeon in private practice at Alabama Orthopaedic Clinic in Mobile, Alabama. Dr. Barber is a fellowship-trained specialist in joint replacement surgery of the knee and hip. His commitment to continuous learning and education helps him to select the best techniques and technologies to achieve great outcomes for his patients. Because of his experience with advanced technologies such as custom implants, robotics and computer navigation; Dr. Barber is sought out by patients throughout the Southeast region. Topics include:

-You’re missing out if you don’t follow him on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn! He provides educational information to patients, along with engaging on platforms, such as LinkedIn, with peers on challenges or problematic cases.

-We discuss his perspective of what’s happening in technology in total knee replacement.

-We hear about his Ortho Real podcast. Check it out here.

Find out about Dr. Matt Barber here.

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Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman – “Laser Show with Dr. Marc Pietropaoli”

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We’re pivoting back to telling the great stories of orthopedic surgeons for this episode. Marc Pietropaoli, MD is a brother from another orthopedic laser mother, as the one who turned Dr. Sigman onto utilizing laser as an alternative treatment modality for acute and chronic orthopedic conditions. We discuss how laser has changed their practice and impacting patients in a positive way.

Dr. Pietropaoli is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, fellowship trained in sports medicine. He is recognized as one of the leading sports medicine and orthopedic surgeons in Upstate New York. As the founder of Victory Sports Medicine & Orthopedics in Skaneateles, NY, Dr. Pietropaoli has built an innovative clinical practice that is driven by outstanding customer service.  

Topics include:

-Dr. Pietropaoli’s fellowship at The Andrews Institute and learning about the teamwork needed to optimize patient and athlete outcomes.

-Dr. Pietropaoli influenced Dr. Sigman in utilizing laser in clinical practice. We discuss how lasers work on acute and chronic orthopedic conditions by decreasing inflammation, increasing blood flow to the area, inhibiting nerve fibers and stimulating the powerhouse cells of mitochondria. There are more and more studies coming out on lasers, along with a recommendation for laser therapy in the AAOS Guidelines for Osteoarthritis of the Knee released earlier this month. 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. Marc Pietropaoli here.

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Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman – “Dr. Jaime Garza and Dr. Jim Kovach”

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We have on Dr. Jim Kovach and Dr. Jaime Garza, also both NFL alumni, for this episode who are incredibly passionate about research, orthobiologics and cellular mediated therapies. It’s a perfect dovetail episode after our Dr. Scott Bruder episode on the FDA Consumer alert on orthobiologics. We discuss further what you can/can’t do in orthobiologics and discuss an innovation in pre-market approval.

Jim Kovach is MD, JD, Executive Director, Translational Entrepreneurship, UC Davis School of Medicine, where he supports physician training in entrepreneurship; and industry outreach to support translational science. He identifies products that are consistent in formulation and can developed, scaled and distributed to help solve challenges in medicine. Dr. Kovach received his medical degree with distinction from the University of Kentucky while simultaneously playing in the National Football League. Dr. Kovach played 7 years in the National Football League as a middle linebacker for the New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers.

Dr. Jaime R. Garza M.D., D.D.S., F.A.C.S. is a native San Antonian with a focus on academics and clinical trials. He has academic appointments as a professor at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center and at Tulane School of Medicine. He is also the President of the Texas Center for Cell Therapy and Research, LLC. A former college football player before entering medical school, Dr. Garza has served as team or tournament physician for several college and professional teams including the NFL’s New Orleans Saints and the and U.S. Olympic track and field team.

Topics include:

-We hear about their involvement in pivotal investigational device exemption (IDE) studies with GID BIO, Inc.. An IDE allows an investigational device to be used in a clinical study to obtain pre-market approval (PMA) for Class III medical devices. The first study was a safety and feasibility study with the second being a double blind placebo controlled trial at three sites. Tune-in to hear about the technology and the goals of the study outcomes.

-Both are college football and NFL alumni with a passion to educate former players and facilitate outreach to industry. A decade ago, Dr. Garza received emails from NFL alumni about “great stem cell treatments available for free,” yet it wasn’t legitimate.  He has since educated alumni and physicians on how they were being targeted and how to protect the NFL Alumni name. It was a significant organizational wake-up call and is now headed in the right direction with the establishment of NFL Alumni Healthcare Committee, for which Dr. Kovach and Dr. Garza serve as senior medical advisors.

Find out more about Dr. Jim Kovach here and find out more about Dr. Jaime Garza here. Interested in GID BIO, Inc., find out more information here.

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Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman – “Rod Woodson”

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Does Rod Woodson need an introduction?! He played in the NFL for 17 years, with 10 years being with the Pittsburgh Steelers and was a key member of the Baltimore Ravens’ Super Bowl XXXV championship team that beat the New York Giants. He is an NFL superstar as one of the greatest defensive players and named in the Top 100 NFL players of all time.

We discuss his family, faith and humility, amongst these other topics:

-Black and gold runs through his veins from his high school career at Fort Wayne Snider High School, playing college football at Purdue and professionally for 10 years with the Pittsburgh Steelers

-The dreaded three letters for any football player….A-C-L. He discusses his ACL injury while with the Pittsburgh Steelers, chondral defect in the opposing knee and ongoing issues with osteoarthritis now

-Being inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame, part of the Top 100 player list and being a part of the 75th NFL Anniversary Team

Find out more about Rod Woodson here.

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Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman – “BEAR”

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Martha Shadan, President and CEO of Miach Orthopaedics, Inc., joins us for this episode. She has more than three decades of experience in the life science industry as a business leader in a variety of both large and start-up organizations.

We hear about her industry experience as a leader. During 2018, Shadan served as global vice president of marketing at Smith & Nephew, a role she assumed after the company acquired Rotation Medical, where she was president and CEO. Shadan led Rotation Medical through FDA approval and commercialization of the Rotation Medical Bioinductive Implant for rotator cuff tears (now known as REGENETEN™), as well as the company’s acquisition by Smith & Nephew in December 2017. Prior to joining Rotation Medical, she was the president of the Trauma Division at Zimmer where she managed the P&L for the global business. Shadan served at Covidien as vice president/general manager of Vascular Therapies and vice president/general manager of BioSurgery and Sports Surgery.

Topics include:

-Miach Orthopaedics’ proprietary, bio-engineered Bridge-Enhanced® ACL Restoration (BEAR®) Implant. They recently received FDA clearance and are moving towards commercialization in select areas shortly. It is a proprietary bio-engineered implant used to facilitate healing of the torn ACL. Unlike reconstruction, which is the current standard of care, the BEAR Implant does not require a second surgical wound site to remove a healthy tendon from another part of the leg or using a deceased donor’s tendon. The BEAR Implant acts as a bridge between the two ends of the torn ACL.

-We also discuss important advice for medical device listeners in their careers.

Find out more about Martha Shadan here and find out more about Miach Orthopaedics, Inc. here.

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Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman -“Pursuit of Excellence”

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We have Oregon native, Dr. Patrick Denard, on for this episode. He’s an orthopedic surgeon specializing in shoulder surgery at the Oregon Shoulder Institute. Dr. Denard has been voted one of the top shoulder surgeons worldwide by National Library of Medicine Expertscape and is the most widely published shoulder specialist in Oregon. Dr. Denard has advanced arthroscopy training and is able to perform the vast majority of shoulder procedures in a minimally invasive fashion, including all types of rotator cuff repairs and instability repair.

In addition to his position at Southern Oregon Orthopedics, Dr. Denard is an instructor at Oregon Health & Science University, and is the Director of Shoulder and Sports Medicine at Providence Medford. He continues to participate in research, presenting this nationally and internationally and regularly instructs other orthopedists at courses on the shoulder.

Topics include:

-His passion for the pursuit of excellence, including his time at his fellowship with shoulder expert Dr. Stephen Burkhart in San Antonio, TX. Dr. Burkhart ignited Dr. Denard’s passion for academic research and have shared hard work ethics. We hear how Dr. Denard has a strong desire to be as good as he can be and takes one of Dr. Burkhart’s sayings to heart, “a man has never drowned in his own sweat.” Dr. Denard continued on with his training to include arthroplasty and shoulder replacement experience with Dr. Gilles Walch in Lyon, France.

-Dr. Denard is in private practice and continuing to expand upon his research, including telling us about the new fellowship program at Oregon Shoulder Institute.

-We discuss the future of shoulder surgeries and what it can look like to include artificial intelligence.

Find out more about Dr. Patrick Denard here.

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Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman – “Air Traffic Control for Surgical Cases”

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Such a remarkable, entrepreneurial story! Joanna Geisinger Devin has worked in medical device sales for almost 10 years for companies such as Smith & Nephew and Zimmer. Early in her career, she realized the poor communication endemic in surgical scheduling, a problem she faced firsthand as a sales rep. In 2016, she left her position as a medical sales rep to receive her MBA at Babson College F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business. She is now the Co-Founder and CEO of Torq Interface with its mission to revolutionize communication between hospitals and their vendors and to repurpose savings for enhanced patient care.

Topics include:

-Get creative to reach out to surgeons! Joanna had caricatures drawn of surgeons with music to get their attention. She personalized it to her surgeon’s to end the dread of being turned away at the front door.

-She left a fantastic position in medical sales to get her MBA and pursue her desire to be an entrepreneur. Listen to this amazing story!

-Torq Interface is like air traffic control for surgical cases. They are now in over 100 facilities and 24 states using Torq’s EHR-integrated platform to streamline surgical scheduling and eliminate back-and-forth emails, calls, and texts. They also have a simplified loaner tray management feature to gain visibility into the status of loaned equipment and track vendor compliance with pick-up and drop-off windows.

-Her vision with Torq with growing into ambulatory surgery centers to promote efficiencies and goal of 500 facilities in next 12 months.

-Advice for those considering starting a business.

Find out more about Torq Interface here.

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Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman- “Financial Advisor to Orthopedic Surgeons”

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The Beard, Matthew Ray Scott, is continuing to make connections with The Fro, Dr. Scott Sigman, and suggesting our next guest, Kameron Helmuth. Grab you pen and paper for our 15-degree pivot with this episode with key financial advise and counsel. Kameron is a financial advisor for orthopedic surgeons, host of Doctors Eyes Only Podcast and fun personal fact, a competition BBQ pitmaster.

Topics include:

  1. Evaluating and implementing alternative investment strategies. Kameron analyzes potential private investment alternatives for surgeons and helps source credible investment opportunities available only to accredited investors. He asks the tough questions to make sure you’re making the best, informed decision
  2. Leveraging passive income sources provides some of the best opportunities for planning. This includes tax & financial planning strategies to best use 1099, consulting, royalty or other side hustle income. Kameron says income diversification is one of the top priorities with guidance to his clients
  3. Proactive Tax Planning Strategies: He educates us on a new proposed capital gain tax increase
  4. Coordination of trusted advisory team as the quarterback to existing trusted advisors or if needed, Kameron brings missing advisors to the table

Follow Kameron Helmuth on LinkedIn for more information or visit vestiaadvisors.com.

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Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman – “FRO ALERT: FDA Consumer Alert”

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Dr. Scott Bruder, MD, PhD., joins us for a “FRO ALERT” episode on the significance of the FDA consumer alert on regenerative medicine therapies. Dr. Bruder is the Founder and CEO of Bruder Consulting & Venture Group. He helps breaks down in orthobiologics what is legal, what’s not, what is compliant, what you can/can’t say and what you can/can’t use. Listen to this episode on this important information that is relevant for all our listeners, including medical sales, orthopedic surgeons and patients.

In this episode, Dr. Bruder breaks down the alert on June 3, 2021 from the FDA on “Important Patient and Consumer Information About Regenerative Medicine Therapies.” This latest alert on June 3rd makes physicians, companies and patients aware of which orthobiologics that are not approved. Other topics include:

-Clarification on terminology such as stem cells, regenerative medicine and orthobiologics

-What it means for FDA clearance vs. FDA approval

-Sage advice to surgeons, medical sales reps and patients seeking counsel on orthobiologics

Follow Dr. Scott Bruder on LinkedIn for more information.

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Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman- “Calling All Innovators”

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Thinking about innovating a product in medical device? This is an episode for you. We are joined this episode by Dr. Steven Goldberg, orthopedic surgeon in private practice in Naples, FL. Dr. Goldberg moved to Naples in 2005 as an Orthopedic Surgeon for the Cleveland Clinic, and later served for 5 years as the Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at Physicians Regional Healthcare System. In 2014 Dr. Goldberg founded Catalyst OrthoScience, a medical device company focused on developing less-invasive surgical implants for orthopedic surgeons to help reduce recovery time and improve outcomes for patients. He holds 10 patents for those innovations, and the devices and tools are used daily by surgeons across the United States.

Topics include:

-The process of founding Catalyst OrthoScience with high highs and low lows getting the first products launched. He started making prototypes in his kitchen to get it off-the-ground. We hear about the long, expensive and arduous journey to get approval and product in the market.

-He provides advice for physicians that have new product ideas. Use your network and don’t be afraid to talk to your peers about it. Don’t show up to pitch with a napkin drawing and do the extra work to produce prototypes for pitching.

Find out more about Dr. Steven Goldberg here.

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Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman – “Father/Daughter Orthopedic Surgeon Duo”

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We have the dynamic father/daughter duo of Dr. Michael Redler and Dr. Lauren Redler on this episode, who joined us at AOSSM/AANA in Nashville. Dr. Michael Redler 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. Lauren H. Redler specializes in operative and non-operative treatment of sports medicine injuries in pediatric, adolescent and adult patients. She utilizes advanced, minimally invasive arthroscopic surgical techniques to repair sports-related of injuries of the shoulder, elbow, and knee. We discuss her two orthopedic subspecialty fellowships: one in Sports Medicine at Hospital for Special Surgery and the other in Pediatric Sports Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Other topics include:

-Their differences being in an academic vs. private practice setting

-Being able to compare cases together

-How social media is important in both of their practices

Find out more about Dr. Michael Redler here. Find out more about Dr. Lauren Redler here.

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Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman – “Infectious Positivity”

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We have Dr. Nima Mehran on for this episode, sports medicine orthopedic surgeon at Kaiser Permanente. He did his sports medicine fellowship at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic where he had the opportunity to take care of athletes from the Los Angeles Lakers, Dodgers, Kings, Sparks, the Anaheim Ducks, and the USC Trojans football team. Dr. Mehran is infectious in his positive attitude, has great energy, powerful on social media and upping the game in sports medicine. Topics include:

-His story of wanting to be an orthopedic surgeon since he was a child. He attended USC and received his medical degree from Chicago Medical School. Dr. Mehran completed his orthopedic residency at Henry Ford and for his fellowship, it was KJOC or bust!

-You can take a stone and throw it, you will hit an excellent ortho surgeon in LA. Everyone is great in LA! We discuss the importance of local care for patients within the Kaiser model.

-He has 19,000 followers on Instagram! He has an upcoming AAOS Academy talk with The Ortho Show alum, Dr. Okoroha, on how to integrate social media into your practice. His advice is 1.) Don’t post just to post 2.) Be yourself and be genuine 3.) Don’t give medical advice: it’s a slippery slope 4.) Be respectful and understand perspectives.

Find out more about Dr. Nima Mehran here.

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Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman – “Flying Solo “

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Back to sunny Southern California to Manhattan Beach with Dr. Ronna Parsa. She is a fellow-trained orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine at her surgical practice, Parsa Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Institute, in Manhattan Beach, California. Dr. Parsa, a Southern California native, received her fellowship training under Dr. James Andrews, a world-renowned surgeon for sports injuries. She has been a lifelong athlete and bases her treatment philosophy on her many personal experiences around the world, as both an athlete and a community service volunteer.

Topics include:

-Her time and fellowship with Dr. James Andrews in Florida. She gained a lot of experience with game coverage with the Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Rays spring training and college football with Alabama and Auburn.

-She carved out her niche and set up her solo practice in the middle of the orthopedic mecca of LA, surrounded by major players like KJOC, Santa Monica Orthopedic Group and Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Parsa is starting her own surgical center shortly, the Manhattan Beach Surgical Institute.

-She’s part of the New Breed with regenerative medicine. Dr. Parsa was a Molecular Biology major and spurned her interest after involvement with a phase III trial while at The Andrews Institute on regenerative medicine.

-She provides suggestions to listeners as they are trying to develop their personal and professional brand in orthopedics. She took Dr. Andrews advice that you need to crawl before you walk before you run. It takes baby steps and time to get where you want to be. Also, it takes years to build a reputation and 15 minutes to destroy it. Her advice incudes being cognizant of how you portray yourself.

-Her passion for volunteer work. She has worked with the Silver Service Children’s Foundation with surgical interventions for child deformities, such as club foot, and had a traveling fellowship with Health Volunteers, with a placement in Nicaragua, to teach residents there.

Find out more about Dr. Ronna Parsa here.

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Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman – “Intra-preneur, Podcaster, Motivational Speaker and Orthopedic Surgeon”

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Dr. Vonda Wright is an orthopedic surgeon and internationally recognized authority on active aging and mobility. She is an entrepreneur, motivational speaker, wrote 5 books, has appeared on 200 media interviews on shows such as “Dr. Oz” and “The Doctors,” and has her own podcast.

Dr. Wright specializes in sports medicine and currently serves as the inaugural Chief of Sports Medicine and Orthopedics for Northside Health System in Atlanta. An intra-preneur, Dr. Wright was the Inaugural Medical Director of the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, a 158,000 sq ft integrated sports medicine and performance joint venture between UPMC and the 5x Stanley Cup Campion Pittsburgh Penguins, and the founding director of the Performance and Research Initiative for Masters Athletes (PRIMA). Her pioneering research in mobility and musculoskeletal aging is changing the way we view and treat the aging process.

Topics include:

-Making a difference in patient’s lives by helping people walk again. She discusses how orthopedic surgeons are gatekeepers of mobility to stave out chronic disease.

-We hear about her medical degree from the University of Chicago, residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh and her fellowship in sports and shoulder surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

-Dr. Scott Sigman asks, “How does an orthopedic surgeon in research become a public speaker?” Dr. Wright says surgeons should share their research to consumers and communicate in a way to help make a difference.

-Dr. Wright speaks worldwide and has authored five books; “Fitness After 40: How to Stay Strong at Any Age” and “Guide to THRIVE: 4 steps to Body, Brains & Bliss,” “Younger in 8 weeks,” an “A Parents Playbook for Raising Healthy Athletes,” and “Masterful Care of the Aging Athlete.” Her books are available on Amazon.

Find out more about Dr. Vonda Wright here.

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