May 20, 2016

Be safe while cycling your way to better bone health

ROSEMONT, Ill. (May 20, 2016)—There are countless benefits of cycling—from increasing bone and muscle strength and flexibility to improving cardiovascular fitness and mental health. It’s also a pastime that people of every age can enjoy. 

May 19, 2016

Administering tranexamic acid both intravenously and directly into the joint significantly reduces post-surgical blood loss following total knee replacement surgery

A new study appearing in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery found that administering tranexamic acid (TXA) both intravenously (IV) and injected at the surgical site (intraarticular administration, or IA)  reduced blood loss by 37 percent, compared to IV alone, following total knee replacement (TKR).  

May 19, 2016

The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Introduces Open Access Option

ROSEMONT, Ill. (May 19, 2016)—The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)—the preeminent provider of musculoskeletal education to orthopaedic surgeons and others in the world—and its publishing partner of the AAOS, Wolters Kluwer—a leading global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry—announced today that the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS) will begin offering an open access publishing option for authors of manuscripts accepted for publication. Authors of manuscripts who opt for the open access choice retain copyright to their work and AAOS will make the work freely available online to anyone wishing to access it. 

May 11, 2016

Access to care improves when orthopaedic surgeons travel to treat rural patients

A new study in the May 4 issue of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery assessed the impact of visiting consultant clinics (VCCs), staffed by orthopaedic surgeons, who routinely travel to meet with patients in rural areas. 

May 11, 2016

Children with swollen, painful knees: Is it Lyme disease or septic arthritis?

A new study in the May 4 issue of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery identifies four symptoms that are predictive of septic arthritis when the condition presents itself in a child’s knee—an important distinction in areas where Lyme disease is prevalent. 

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2015 AAOS Diversity Award: Bonnie Simpson Mason, MD

Bonnie Simpson Mason, MD, is the honoree of the 2015 AAOS Diversity Award for her continuing
commitment to diversity in orthopaedics. Dr. Mason’s personal mission is to teach, facilitate, and empower aspiring physicians to reach their maximum potential as physician leaders.

Over the past ten years, Dr. Mason has served as the founder/director of Nth Dimensions Educational Solutions, Inc. (Nth Dimensions), a non-profit organization whose mission is first, to increase gender and racial ethnic diversity representation in orthopaedic surgery and second, to decrease healthcare disparities and improve patient outcomes.

Nth Dimensions, in the last decade, has introduced more than 2,000 pre-medical and medical students to the world of orthopaedics under Dr. Mason’s leadership. Through unique collaborations between orthopaedic mentors, associations, and orthopaedic industry, Nth Dimensions has been awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships to increase the number of women and underrepresented minorities in orthopaedics. Specifically, the AAOS Nth Dimensions Orthopaedic Summer Internship Program is a longitudinal, clinical, and research pipeline initiative, which has produced an impressive match rate for Nth Dimensions Scholars in competitive orthopaedic residency programs. In 2013, 90% of Nth Dimensions Scholars successfully
matched in orthopaedics.

Inspired by her husband, Dr. Thomas Mason, family, and colleagues, Dr. Mason rallied from an early clinical retirement due to rheumatoid arthritis to create an avenue for innovation in orthopaedic surgery. A dedicated mentor and AAOS fellow, Dr. Mason has served as chair of the J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society Mentoring Committee since 2002. She is a current member of
the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society and the AAOS Leadership Development Committee.

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2015 AAOS Humanitarian Award: John F. Lovejoy Jr, MD

John F. Lovejoy Jr, MD of Jacksonville, Fla., is the honoree for the AAOS 2015 Humanitarian Award for having distinguished himself through outstanding musculoskeletal-related humanitarian activities. For more than 30 years, Dr. Lovejoy selflessly contributed time and resources to benefit the less fortunate. Over the last decade, he’s traveled to Hôpital Sacré Coeur in Haiti—a small, full-service hospital that offers tertiary medical care serving a population of more than 250,000—to provide equipment, skilled personnel, education and surgical services. His goal: give the Haitians the tools, education, and opportunity to serve their own.

Within five days after the Haiti earthquake in 2010, Dr. Lovejoy and his surgical team returned to Hôpital Sacré Coeur to provide medical relief efforts. They transformed the 73-bed hospital into a more than 500-bed facility similar to a MASH unit. The surgical team, which included his son, operated on more than 180 cases that first week and more than 150 cases with approximately 400-500 patients during a second trip two weeks later.

The earthquake made conditions increasingly difficult for the injured to immediately seek/access medical care. Delayed treatment for victims meant an increased number of amputees in the country. Recognizing the needs of all the amputees in Haiti, upon return to Jacksonville, Dr. Lovejoy spent many hours designing, funding and shipping a portable, state-of-the-art orthotics/prosthetics laboratory to Haiti and providing his expertise to Hôpital Sacré Coeur. A physical therapy building and program also was built adjacent to the hospital where amputees at the hospital were fitted with prostheses, and Haitians were training to become certified prosthetist orthotists.

Over the years, Dr. Lovejoy has recruited more than 500 orthopaedic surgeons and many more ancillary personnel to participate in humanitarian efforts. He recruited U.S. orthopaedic teams to teach and correct limb deformities, built a prosthetic shop, and improved their capability and skills so that local orthopaedists would be able to deliver a higher level of care.

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2015 AAOS William W. Tipton, Jr, MD, Leadership Award: Andrew J. Weiland, MD

Andrew J. Weiland, MD, is an attending orthopedist at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. He is currently Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Professor of Surgery (Plastic) at the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, is the honoree of the tenth annual William W. Tipton, Jr, MD Leadership Award for his work as a researcher, mentor, educator, and leader. Established by friends, colleagues, and partner organizations through AAOS and the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF), the Tipton Award honors the qualities exemplified by the late Dr. Tipton, including commitment to mentorship, diversity, bridge-building, and collaboration.

Dr. Weiland has been a visiting professor in almost all 50 states. He is considered an outstanding mentor, and has taught hand and microvascular surgery to fellows and residents for almost four decades. Dr. Weiland has served as President of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH), the American Orthopaedic Society (AOA), the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) and the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (ASRM), and treasurer of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). He is past chairman of the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand (AFSH) and was recently elected to the Board of Trustees of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS) and currently serves as treasurer. He has been recipient of the Kappa Delta Award twice in 1986 and 1991 for microvascular bone and allograft transplantation research.

Most recently, his residents, fellows and colleagues made substantial contributions to establish the Weiland Medal (within the ASSH) to annually recognize a mid-career scientist who has made substantive contributions to hand surgery.

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Building Orthopaedics

Music ‘Progress Express’ by Jack Waldenmaier
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What would you do if a runaway car smashed your plans to walk down the aisle?

What would you do if a runaway car smashed your plans to walk down the aisle?

Eight months after his limb-threatening accident, Ari’s march down the aisle was a testament to what patient determination — and advanced orthopaedic surgery — can achieve. Go, Ari.

Read Ari’s story and find your own inspiration at

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