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DEPARTMENT OF Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation ~
2015 Annual Report

Claude E. Nichols III, M.D., Chair

The Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation experienced a very productive academic year in 2015. Recruitments, promotions, and awarded grants reflect the ongoing excellence within the department.

David Halsey, M.D., and Adam Shafritz, M.D., were promoted to the rank of Professor in the Clinical Scholar Pathway. Jennifer Lisle, M.D., was promoted to Associate Professor in the Clinical Scholar Pathway. These individuals have distinguished themselves nationally, and continue to focus a spotlight on the academic excellence of the department.

S. Elizabeth Ames, M.D., our Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program Director, has assumed the post of chair of The American Orthopaedic Association’s Council of Orthopaedic Residency Directors (CORD). This is a position that will significantly influence Orthopaedic Surgery Graduate Medical Education. Dr. Ames continues to refine the evolutionary first-year resident curriculum at The University of Vermont Medical Center. The residency program continues to draw from a national pool of highly qualified candidates.

We have been fortunate to recruit two new junior faculty. Nathan Morrell, M.D., (hand and upper extremity) and Patrick Schottel, M.D., (orthopaedic trauma) will complement the growing cadre of young faculty members who represent the future of the department.

Timothy Tourville, Ph.D., was awarded a K08 award from the National Institutes of Health. Along with his co-investigators, Michael Toth, Ph.D., and Bruce Beynnon, Ph.D., he will investigate skeletal muscle size after ACL injury. James Slauterbeck, M.D., was awarded a research grant from the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) to evaluate the efficacy of the FIFA 11+ injury prevention program on lower extremity injuries in high school athletes.

Clinically, the Physical Medicine outpatient services have been consolidated with the Orthopaedic Surgery practices at the Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Center in South Burlington. This move serves to further exploit the clinical synergies within the department.

The department is thriving. Educationally, we are on the cutting edge of resident education. Clinically, we anticipate working within the University of Vermont Health Network to define a strategy and tactics to optimize and coordinate care with our partners. We will continue to engage in inquiry to move the field ahead.

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