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Orthopaedic Trauma

Orthopaedic Trauma

Chief: William M. Ricci, MD

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2020 Surgical Volume: 989
2020 Published Studies: 23

DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS, the Orthopaedic Trauma Service became a tertiary care referral center, supporting many local hospital systems whose resources were at that time overwhelmed. Our team routinely operated on COVID-positive patients with a variety of urgent and emergent orthopaedic injuries, including many underserved populations.

Recent Achievements
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Fellows practice techniques in the HSS Bioskills Education Laboratory

Training future leaders in orthopaedic trauma remains a core mission for the service. To maximize the clinical experience for our orthopaedic trauma fellows, the fellowship program has been reduced from three to two fellows for the 2020-2021 academic year. This reorganization provides an ideal breadth of exposure for our trainees, ranging from high-energy to low-energy trauma as well as complex reconstructive cases.

We were also fortunate to recruit two outstanding orthopaedic traumatologists in the past year: Daniel Dziadosz, MD, and Sean T. Campbell, MD. Dr. Dziadosz is an outstanding surgeon with more than seven years of experience managing complex orthopaedic trauma patients. His practice will be primarily at NewYork-Presbyterian as part of our HSS @ NYP program. Dr. Campbell recently completed his orthopaedic trauma fellowship at Harborview Medical Center, one of the premier fellowships in North America. He joins both the HSS and HSS @ NYP teams. Additionally, seven new practitioners have been added to the HSS @ NYP program since its inception. New practices in Trauma, Foot and Ankle, Metabolic Bone Disease, Orthopaedic Oncology, Sports Medicine, and Hand surgery allow the program to provide comprehensive subspecialty care in orthopaedics.

Notable Studies

Locking Hole Inserts Effect of Insertion Torque on Fatigue Performance and Insert Loosening in Locking Plates. Zhang, JY; Tornetta P; Jones B; Zheng Y; Whitten A; Cartner J; Ricci W. Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma: March 2019; 33(3):120-124. PMID: 30768531

Clinical Practice Guidelines in Action: Differences in Femoral Neck Fracture Management by Trauma and Arthroplasty Training. Stambough JB, Nunley RM, Spraggs-Hughes AG, Gardner MJ, Ricci WM, McAndrew CM. J Am Acad Orthop Surg 2019 Apr 15;27(8):287-294. PMID: 30278016

Looking Ahead

We anticipate going live in the coming months with an outcomes research tool to help us collect valuable patient-reported outcomes. The sophisticated and highly efficient computer adaptive testing system, known as PROMIS CAT, will be applied to every patient at every post-operative visit. This will allow us to collect a tremendous volume of data to be used for state-of-the-art orthopaedic trauma outcomes research as well as aid in point-of-care decision-making. This effect was largely enabled by philanthropic support.

We are also working to optimize our geriatric fracture program. We are seeking to leverage collaborations with colleagues in medicine, cardiology, and anesthesia to minimize delays to surgery and maximize post-operative care pathways. Shorter length of hospital stays, improved patient satisfaction and fewer complications are among the goals.

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