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DEPARTMENT OF Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation ~
2013 Annual Report

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

The Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation continues to adapt to the changing faces of health care delivery and the academic mission. The faculty is actively involved in state and national healthcare reform. David Halsey, M.D., has been elected to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Board of Specialty Societies Presidential Line. Both he and Adam Shafritz, M.D., serve on the Vermont Green Mountain Board Advisory Panels to help that body develop tactics to guide state healthcare reform.

The Graduate Medical Education Program has taken advantage of recent ACGME rules to develop an innovative orthopaedic surgery residency program that attracts candidates from all over the country. Under the leadership of S. Elizabeth Ames, M.D., the program continues to thrive. At the national level, Dr. Ames serves as chair of the American Orthopaedic Association/ Council of Residency Directors Communications Committee. The PGY1 curriculum in our program has been designed to focus on Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education requirements, plus early introduction to skill sets that will enhance their subsequent residency experience.

Several faculty members serve their subspecialty societies in various capacities. James Michelson, M.D., serves as topic chairman for the Foot and Ankle Section of the Orthopaedic Research Society. Craig Bartlett, M.D., sits on the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Trauma Program Subcommittee. Dr. Shafritz has been invited faculty for educational offerings of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. David Aronsson, M.D., serves as secretary and sits on the Board of Directors of the International Federation of Pediatric Orthopaedic Societies. He has also been selected as an associate editor of the American Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.

In the research realm, Bruce Beynnon, Ph.D., continues to pursue his National Institutes of Health-funded research on anterior cruciate ligament injury risk factors and post-traumatic arthritis. Along with James Slauterbeck, M.D., Dr. Beynnon’s research group is evaluating both immediate and long term structural and biologic changes to the knee that result from disruption of the ACL. The importance of this work lies in gaining an understanding of the process that leads to joint degeneration in this injury that affects so many active young people.

Professor Emeritus Ian Stokes, Ph.D. was awarded the Scoliosis Research Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award, this year, which recognized Dr. Stokes’ consistent and important contributions to the field of spinal deformity.

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