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Orthopedic Team Breaks New Ground

The first crack of the St. Louis Cardinals’ bats on opening day couldn’t compete with an evening spent with some of the top orthopedic specialists in the country. Nearly 100 people heard several Washington University Orthopedics team members share their expertise April 5 at The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital’s Leading Edge Medicine event at The Cheshire.

Under the umbrella of “Orthopedics: Empowering Lives Through Innovation,” the orthopedics team offered multiple perspectives on advances during three presentations followed by a panel discussion. Regis O’Keefe, MD, PhD, chair of the department of orthopedic surgery, led off the evening followed by Rick Wright, MD, executive vice chair; and John Clohisy, MD, chief of Adult Reconstructive Surgery.

“We were honored to be part of Leading Edge Medicine so we could spotlight the incredible work our team is doing across the spectrum in orthopedics,” O’Keefe says. “We have been working closely with The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital over the past year to build support for our research, patient care and medical education so we can have even more impact in improving orthopedic care. We’re on the horizon of some incredible breakthroughs in orthopedics that will dramatically improve the quality of life for so many people. Research support will take us there faster. And as Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital expands, so will our ability to care for more patients.”

The panelists at the event included Martin Boyer, MD, co-chief, hand and microsurgery service; Jacob Buchowski, MD, interim chief, spine surgery; Farshid Guilak, PhD, co-director of the Center of Regenerative Medicine; and Heidi Prather, DO, director of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Program.

The Foundation’s Leading Edge Medicine series showcases the most impactful and groundbreaking areas in medicine to donors and potential donors. The orthopedic-focused Leading Edge Medicine was sponsored by Barnes-Jewish Hospital Auxiliary.

The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital raises funds for Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, as well as Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Siteman Cancer Center, Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College, BJC Home Care and Hospice, and Washington University School of Medicine.

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