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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 – “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 – “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 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

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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 – “Ortho Short: UFC”

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This is a knockout! Tune-in to this bite-size edit of Dr. Mora’s episode. Full episode will be released on Thursday and is a must-listen. In this short, Dr. Mora talks about what it’s like to be the ortho surgeon to UFC fighters and his approach to help them with their goals in this physically demanding sport.

Find out more about Dr. Steve Mora 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 – “The Pro Sports Doc”

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Will this year’s MLB season actually work out? Dr. Scott Sigman welcomes his friend, Dr. Amon Ferry, to the podcast to discuss.

Find out more about Dr. Amon Ferry here.

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