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Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman – “Dr. Kevin Plancher”

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Kevin Plancher, MD, MPH is the Founder of Plancher Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. Dr. Plancher is a Clinical Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine and an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, at Cornell University in New York. In addition, Dr. Plancher is the Fellowship Director of an ACGME accredited sports medicine program in NYC and CT.

Dr. Plancher is a leading orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine expert with extensive knowledge in knee, shoulder, elbow, and hand injuries. He specializes in treating anterior cruciate ligament tears and shoulder injuries, which he sees frequently as a physician for the U.S. Ski Team and as a League Physician for Major League Lacrosse. He specializes in minimally invasive procedures including: partial knee replacements, arthroscopic rotator cuff repairs, arthroscopic Bankart repairs, and endoscopic elbow release for severe tennis elbow. He is also an expert in total and reverse shoulder, and knee replacements procedures. Dr. Plancher developed the arthroscopic technique for releasing a nerve for posterior shoulder pain. He has a paticular interest in adolescent sports injuries and injury prevention for young female athletes.

Topics include:

-Dr. Plancher’s story of becoming an orthopedic surgeon, along with shared experiences and overlap with Dr. Sigman.

-We hear about his sports medicine fellowship, including stories with previous fellow, Dr. Shariff Bishai.

-We discuss Dr. Plancher’s responsibilities being named chair of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ (AAOS) Board of Specialty Societies (BOS). The BOS brings together the leaders of the 23 musculoskeletal societies to address advocacy, continuing medical education, research, and membership, residency, and fellowship issues. It also serves as an advisory body to the AAOS Board of Directors and promotes unity and collaboration between specialty societies and the Academy.

-Dr. Plancher lectures globally on issues related to orthopaedic procedures and sports injury management. He is the founder of the “Orthopaedic Summit: Evolving Techniques”, (OSET) a national conference. Tune in to hear about the intriguing “Journal of Retraction” session held at OSET. Find out more about OSET here.

Find out more about Dr. Kevin Plancher here.

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Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman – “Dr. Brett Sanders”

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Dr. Brett Sanders is an orthopedic surgeon with subspecialty training in shoulder, sports medicine, and upper extremity with a special interest in complex arthroscopic and open shoulder surgery at the Center for Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics in Chattanooga, TN.

We hear about Dr. Sanders path to becoming an orthopedic surgeon. A native of Nashville, Dr. Sanders attended college at the University of Virginia and subsequently attended the University of Tennessee College of Medicine and performed an Internship in general surgery and a Residency in orthopaedic surgery, both at Emory University. While at Emory, he was elected to the AOA Leadership Conference and provided sports medicine care for Georgia Tech and professional athletes.

Dr. Sanders completed fellowship training in shoulder and sports medicine at Harvard University with complementary training at the ALPS Institute in Annecy, France. He then performed a second fellowship in hand and upper extremity surgery at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

Topics include:

-Dr. Sanders is the Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Tensor Surgical. Tensor Surgical was founded on the principle of “For Surgeons By Surgeons.” Tensor’s goal was to develop an instrumentation set with an emphasis on reproducible gold standard results while reducing overall time and cost in the OR. Tensor has sought and incorporated surgeon’s feedback, to continually improve and expand the capabilities of the Rotator Cuff Repair System, consisting of the reusable Tensor Tunneler and Suture Passer tools. Find more information on Tensor Surgical here.

-We also have an interesting discussion on orthobiologics and its use with patients.

Find out more about Dr. Brett Sanders here.

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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 – “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- “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 – “In the Trenches”

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Continuing to bring you the best of the best in orthopedics. Our guest this week has 27 peer-reviewed publications and he’s still in residency. We have Dr. Dhanur Damodar joining this episode. He’s currently the Chief Resident at University of Miami and prepping to join the Windy City at Rush University/Midwest Orthopedics to do his sports medicine fellowship next year. He gives us insight and perspective on what training is like now and his passion in becoming an orthopedic surgeon.

1.) In addition to his plethora of peer-reviewed publications, he has many other accolades including the AANA Ortho-Regeneration Resident Scholar winner and AANA Resident Scholarship winner

2.) His entrepreneurial desire outside of orthopedic surgery, including branching into the digital health space

3.) The importance of professional brand, including presence on social media. He discusses a paper in-submission with OJSM on “The impact of social media presence, age, and patient reported wait times on physician review websites for sports medicine surgeons.” Physicians with a professional social media account had better wait times and reviews. It increases patient engagement with an online presence and helps make an orthopedic surgeon more relatable

4.) Schooling us on the new app, Clubhouse. Join this new fad and listen to The Bone Club

5.) Solid advice for those young listeners considering a career in orthopedics

Find out more about Dr. Dhanur Damodar here.

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Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman – “Regenerative Medicine”

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Regenerative medicine is a complicated space and we get key questions answered for our listeners during this episode.

What is PRP? What are stem cells? Does it work? Does it not work? Is it worth the extra money? Who do I go to? We discuss these key questions with Dr. Steven Sampson, one of the nation’s pioneers in regenerative medicine. He’s a top sports medicine doctor in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills and is internationally recognized in the field of non-surgical orthopedics. Dr. Sampson is the physician founder of the Orthohealing Center and physician to Olympic athletes and Los Angeles Clippers. He is also the founder of TOBI, The Orthobiologic Institute, an annual conference which has grown to 1000+ doctors in 40 countries. Discussion topics include:

-Why is regenerative medicine like The Grateful Dead or black licorice? You either love it or hate it. Dr. Sampson discusses how regenerative medicine is changing the way we are doing things and embracing new approaches to care

-Discussion on patient pay model on regenerative medicine. Pricing depends on region, quality, preparation and physician experience. His suggestion is to do your research and reviews on physicians in your area for individuals considering regenerative medicine

-Regenerative medicine crosses multiple specialties and the TOBI conference includes attendees such as plastic surgeons, neurologists, orthopedic surgeons and veterinarians who share best practices to advance the field. TOBI 2021 is slated October 7-9, 2021 as an interactive virtual experience. Check out the conference here

-Wild West claims about what regenerative medicine can do vs. scientific evidence. Dr. Sampson is passionate about the potential of cell based therapies and discusses along with it comes opportunists or rogue physicians taking care of vulnerable patients

-Various types of regenerative medicine with PRP and bone marrow concentrate. His theory is bone marrow is loaded with anti-inflammatory proteins and bone marrow concentrate can neutralize the inflammation. He’s continuing on publishing the outcomes

Find out more about Dr. Steven Sampson here.

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Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman – “Trauma Injuries and Rehabilitation”

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Dr. Nirav Amin is an orthopedic surgeon at Restore Orthopedics Spine and Sports Center in Southern California. We discussed a timely topic on potential challenges with Tiger Woods fractures and injuries suffered in a car accident on February 23rd. Dr. Amin and Dr. Sigman are not treating physicians to Tiger Woods and discuss their past history treating these type of injuries and potential challenges in recovery.

Find out more about Dr. Nirav Amin here

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Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman – “Superhero of Opioid Sparing”

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Dr. Asif Ilyas is an orthopedic surgeon, partner and board member at the Rothman Institute, Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University, President of the Rothman Opioid Foundation and Program Director of the Hand Surgery Fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University. He is also a Team Physician for the Philadelphia Eagles and 76ers. Have we mentioned we bring you the best of the best in orthopedics? Topics include:

-Mentorship inspired his career path in hand surgery. We hear this a lot on the importance of mentorship and how mentors help build future mentors

-Changing the paradigm with opioid sparing surgeries. There’s an impact to the patient and those around them when opioids are prescribed

-Mission of Rothman Opioid Foundation with education, research and advocacy

-Participating in the Health Policy Committee on opioids

-Utilizing wide awake, local anesthesia no-tourniquet (WALANT) for hand surgeries

Find out more about Dr. Asif Ilyas here.

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Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman – “Chutzpah Episode”

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We’re talking shoulder’s with Dr. Paul Favorito, Clinical Director of Shoulder and Upper Extremity service line for Christ Hospital. It’s the chutzpah episode since if Dr. Favorito isn’t happy with his results, he’ll go learn a new operation. Hot topics include:

-His philosophy on being a shoulder surgeon of learning, practice and execution. Constant learning from peers is part of his mantra

-Indications for tendon transfers including irreparable posterosuperior rotator cuff tears and substantial external rotation deficiencies

-Liposome bupivacaine scalene block is the single most impactful thing he’s done to help patients with pain and taking an opioid-sparing approach

-Shout-out to the importance of industry, “How important are reps for surgical intervention as far as safety, efficacy and process.” 80% of physicians who responded said reps are necessary and vital part of the surgical process

Find out more about Dr. Paul Favorito here

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Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman – “Orthopedics On Demand”

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Tune in to hear Dr. Alejandro Badia discuss these insightful topics including:

-OrthoNOW locations that support orthopedics on-demand. It’s a network of orthopedic urgent care centers that revolutionized the delivery of healthcare to patients for shorter wait times, decreased cost of care and better outcomes

-Staying up-to-date on innovative techniques through education and travel

Healthcare From The Trenches, Dr. Badia’s book about how to do things better in the healthcare world and incorporating his passion from decades of practicing medicine


Find out more from Dr. Alejandro Badia here. Check out his video on “How Can You Help Affect Meaningful Change for Healthcare Delivery in America?” here and order Healthcare From The Trenches on Amazon.

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Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman – “Invest in Plexi”

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Dr. Redler and Dr. Sigman wax lyrical on the orthopedic return to play and they have some advice for you, “Invest in Plexi.”

Find out more about Dr. Michael Redler here.

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