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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 (PME) 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 – “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 – “The 6%”

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Dr. Nancy Yen Shipley is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, fellowship-trained in sports medicine and arthroscopy of the shoulder and knee. She is passionate about sharing her path to medicine with others, in particular the next generation of future physicians. She writes and speaks on these topics in addition to bone and joint issues, and produces and hosts the top podcast The 6% with NancyMD. As a mother and a surgeon, she is a mentor and champion for women and diversity in surgical specialties, and brings awareness to this through speaking engagements and an active online presence.

We hear her story of taking a 6-year hiatus before applying to medical school. She had an interesting path working in sales and marketing in the snowboarding industry and dabbling with a family company in Chinese medicine, including course work in acupuncture, before making the decision to go to medical school.

Topics include:

The 6% with NancyMD podcast: The 6% is a podcast dedicated to women thriving in traditionally male-dominated fields. As a female orthopaedic surgeon, she belongs to the 6% that are women in this field – and thus the inspiration for the title. She’s in season 3 of the podcast and focuses on inspiring stories of women who are thriving in male-dominated fields, and how they were able to realize their goals and overcome the challenges that they’ve faced.  Listen to The 6% wherever you find podcasts.

-Her involvement in SpeakUp Ortho. It’s a platform that shares anonymous stories of bias and inequity. They also share positive stories of where good efforts have been made on making the workplace equitable in orthopedics.

-Her work with AAOS PR and their Social Media Task Force.

-Importance of your personal brand as an orthopedic surgeon. It’s also important to identify your personal core values to maintain a healthy work/life balance.

Find out more about Dr. Nancy Yen Shipley here.

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Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman – “The Bearded Brand Man”

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We’re pivoting this episode from the classic orthopedic surgeon story and we’re moving into value for the surgeon and medical device reps. We have on Matthew Ray Scott, also known as The Bearded One and The Brand Man. He is Managing Director and Principal of FEED. The Agency. He helps surgeons and medical device companies differentiate themselves from the sea of sameness. Topics include:

-How he formed FEED. The Agency. At FEED, they align with specialty surgeons who want to avoid the money pit of traditional marketing. They encourage doctors who are trying to prove they are the better to pivot to prove how they are different to attract more ideal patients. One aspect is through their Brand Rx audit. Brand Rx helps deliver outcomes that matter most through brand awareness, new patients, more referrals, more five-star online reviews, and more repeat patients.

-We discuss the 6 P’s: Pain, Perspective, Problem Solving, People, Process and Place.

-Matthew’s time in the U.S. Army where he learned formative leadership experience and moved outside his comfort zone to be able to embrace discomfort.

-PitchPro: It’s like Shark Tank, but for orthopreneurs. Both Matthew Ray Scott and Dr. Scott Sigman are panelists on PitchPro and discuss the view from their side. PitchPro is an opportunity for early development or growth stage companies to pitch their innovation to a panel of experts. The expert panelist role is to provide key questions, advice and guidance to the companies. Companies will get recognized quickly from the panelist reach to amplify key messaging. The panelists want to keep engaging with the companies after the video stops rolling to continue to offer advice and follow how they’re doing. Find out more about PitchPro here.

Find out more about Matthew Ray Scott here.

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Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman – “Holistic Approach to Athletes”

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Dr. Sutton is a board certified sports medicine surgeon with expertise in arthroscopy of the shoulder, knee and hip. She is an Associate Attending Orthopedic Surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery and a member of the Sports Medicine Institute and Women’s Sports Medicine Center at HSS. She is also Chief Medical Officer for World Lacrosse and Team Physician for US Ski & Snowboard. She has an amazing passion for fitness and practices what she preaches in the holistic approach to the athlete. We discuss unique challenges in treating female athletes.

Other topics include:

-Treating the whole athlete as Chief Medical Officer for World Lacrosse. Providing support such as strength and conditioning, nutritional and mental support to get athletes through injuries.

-She’s a fitness fanatic. Her life message is about movement, getting outside and inspiring others to keep moving.

-She is on the AAOS Diversity Advisory Board whose goal is to create more opportunities for a diverse orthopedic group and recently joined the Board of Directors for AAOS. We hear her story on her introduction into this role on the Board.

Find out more about Dr. Karen Sutton here.

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Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman – “Joint Replacements”

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Dr. Sigman and our latest guest, Dr. Ran Schwarzkopf, recently met and through this episode, we hear they share a lot of connections. Orthopedics is such a large profession and is a small world with so many common threads.

Dr. Ran Schwarzkopf is an orthopedic surgeon at NYU Langone Health who specializes in hip and knee reconstruction and is a full Professor at the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. Interesting episode to hear his upbringing in Israel and his path to becoming an orthopedic surgeon. He gives great advice to all our listeners, including orthopedic surgeons and patients.

Topics include:

-Dr. Schwarzkopf has a dual citizenship in the U.S. and Israel. He decided to become a doctor after his mandatory service in the Israel Army and traveling the world abroad for the year after his service

Key questions asked:

-Should I have an anterior or posterior approach for my hip replacement?

-Where are we at in 2021 on robotic assisted surgery, navigation and patient specific instrumentation?

-What are three things from evidence-based joint replacement that will improve patient outcomes?

Lastly, he gives advice to patients as they are seeking out physicians for joint replacement surgery.

Find out more about Dr. Ran Schwarzkopf here.

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Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman – “The Professor”

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Continuing to bring you the best of the best on The Ortho Show. Excited to have the official fact checker of our show this week, Dr. William Levine. He listens to each episode and then critiques it to Dr. Sigman. 🙂

He is a nationally and globally renowned specialist in arthroscopic and open shoulder, elbow, and knee surgery, and sports medicine. He is Chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he holds the Frank E. Stinchfield Professorship in Orthopedic Surgery, and serves as Chief of the Orthopedics Service at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Levine also assumed the role as Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons in January 2016.

As Head Team Physician for Columbia University, Dr. Levine is responsible for providing care for 31 Columbia intercollegiate athletic teams. Under his guidance, the department’s surgeons also function as Team Physicians for the New York Yankees, Major League Soccer’s (MLS) New York City Football Club, the Rockland Boulders, Fordham University, City College of New York, as well as over 25 high schools.

Discussion topics include:

1.) Sharing stories of their professional careers

2.) Lasting legacy to have residents and fellows that surpass you in their careers

Find out more about Dr. William Levine here.

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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 – “Healer of Mind & Body”

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“When you get out of bed, give the best you can. By the end of the day, ask yourself if you were meaningful.”

Insightful words from this week’s episode with Dr. Michell Ruiz, a world-renowned sports medicine surgeon who thinks in a meaningful, philosophical and spiritual way. Dr. Ruiz practices in Mexico City at the Department of Surgery in Elbow and Shoulder at the National Institute of Rehabilitation. He is the upcoming Director of their Shoulder and Elbow fellowship and is the current President of the Mexico Shoulder and Elbow Society.

This is an impactful episode discussing Dr. Ruiz’s journey consulting around the world when his son was diagnosed with autism. After intensive research and implementing exercise and immuno-metabolic therapies, his son is thriving in his own way. He’s non-verbal, but loves to write and is a typical adolescent 11-year old with a girlfriend. With his love of writing, he’s publishing his first book on April 2nd, which is Autism Awareness Day. This diagnosis has shaped how Dr. Ruiz practices medicine and how he relates to others.

Other topics include:

-AANA Traveling Fellowship experience that was coast-to-coast in the U.S.

-His drive with research and education continuing on with Master’s in Sciences with tissue engineering and Ph.D. in Tendon Inflammation

Find out more about Dr. Michell Ruiz here.

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Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman – “The Vicious Cycle”

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Bringing you more of the best of the best in orthopedics. Dr. Mary O’Connor is a Healthcare Entrepreneur committed to improving the delivery of musculoskeletal care. She is a thought leader in orthopedics and an innovative orthopedic surgeon. Dr. O’Connor is thinking about orthopedics in a whole new light from the view of a patient level with continuum of care. She is the Founder of Movement is Life, a multi-stakeholder national coalition committed to health equity to help end what she calls the “vicious cycle.”

Dr. O’Connor is now the Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Voya Health, Inc. It’s a stealth-mode healthcare startup with a mission to empower humanity to lead their healthiest life. Voya is creating teams around individual patient’s that focuses on musculoskeletal care and give them easily accessible resources such as a health coach, nutritionist and PT to drive engagement and better outcomes.

Other podcast topics include:

-Her TEDx Talk on Promoting Health-Your Secret SuperPower: Each of us can do something to help those around us

-Bundling in the non-operative space may be in our near future

Find out more about Dr. Mary O’Connor here

Thank you to our partner OrthoLazer for making this episode of The Ortho Show possible.

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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

Thank you to our partner OrthoLazer for making this episode of The Ortho Show possible.

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