Grand Rounds

Date: 3/1/2017
Time: 7:30 a.m.
Location: 2ACC Learning Center
Topic: QuIPS (Closed to public)
Facilitator: Dustin Richter, MD


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For more than 40 years, our physicians have provided bone and joint health care to New Mexicans. We specialize in diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal disorders, including bones, ligaments, muscles, joints, tendons, and nerves. Our orthopaedic physicians are experienced in treating patients of all ages who have broken bones, foot/ankle/hand/shoulder problems, spine injuries/deformities, or need joint replacement and reconstruction.

To provide you with the most comprehensive care possible, our faculty specialize in pediatrics, trauma, oncology, rehabilitation, and physical therapy. Each patient visit ends with a discussion of medical findings and treatment options. We look forward to providing you with optimal care and attention.

5th Annual Perry Outreach Program (POP): March 4, 2017

The organization behind the free-of-charge program, the Perry Initiative, arose in 2009 to inspire women leadership in orthopaedic surgery and engineering careers. Now a national enterprise, the Perry Initiative runs more than 30 programs throughout the states. POP Albuquerque—spearheaded by Dr. Christina Salas (who brought the program here!) and Dr. Deana Mercer—lasts from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM. Every year, about 40 female students from high schools throughout New Mexico participate in open discussions and hands-on workshops, ranging from drilling holes in synthetic bones to learning various suturing techniques.

This year, we look immensely forward to working alongside Perry Initiative representatives Nicole Ray (whom we welcome back from last year!) and Sonny Gajjala, who will lead the all-day event alongside our volunteer faculty, residents, medical professionals, medical students, and engineering students. We at POP Albuquerque strive to actively educate the young women of New Mexico on the essential collaboration between medicine, engineering, and pursuing your ambitions.

If you have any questions relating to the program, please email Sahar Freedman. And don’t forget to peruse our previous POPs!

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If you have any questions or would like to RSVP please email Ryan Wood.

3-D Printed Tissue for Joint Replacement Study Underway

Researchers at UNM are hoping to create hybrid bone-ligament tissue through electrospinning and 3-D bioprinting techniques for improved hand and wrist surgery outcomes.

The American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand recently awarded the University of New Mexico Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation’s Research Division a $20,000 grant to use specific patient anatomy in developing bone-ligament adherence systems using a three-dimensional printer ... More>


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The University of New Mexico is participating in a Phase 3 clinical trial evaluating NeoCart®, an investigational tissue implant developed by Histogenics as a possible treatment for certain knee cartilage injuries.

Do you have chronic knee pain or a knee injury that interferes with your day-to-day life or your athletic endeavors? Do your knees ache, swell, lock, or perhaps catch? Maybe your knees don’t, but you know someone who is always complaining of their knee hurting? Well, Dr. Wascher is looking for patients with certain knee cartilage injuries to evaluate NeoCart®, an investigational cartilage tissue implant grown from a patient’s own cells. The procedure uses regenerative medicine technology that could provide an alternative to the standard-of-care microfracture surgery.

Healthy cartilage is crucial to the smooth and painless mobility of most joints, and has limited capacity to repair itself after injury potentially leading to a chronic condition in your knee. The NeoCart®, Clinical Trial is for athletes, weekend warriors, ANYONE between the ages of 18 and 59, who suffers from pain in one knee.

If knee pain is stopping you from living your best life OR stopping a loved one from being active, then this clinical trial may be right for you. To learn more visit, call (505) 545-6777 or Text knee1 to 87888. Std. Msg. & Data rates apply.
Caution: New Biologic. Limited by federal law to investigational use only and is not available for sale.

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