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Message from Department Chair: Jeffrey Eckardt, MD, Professor & Chair
I am pleased to present the 2016 Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Alumni Bulletin. This year, I have tried to memorialize most of the original faculty from the 1950s up though the 90’s with a short historical bio-sketch of each. This is in an attempt to properly give credit where credit is due, as they all contributed to the department and help make it what it is today. This is the 6th edition of our Alumni Bulletin.
I took over as Chair in July 2010. During the past six years, we have on-boarded 25 new faculty, reorganized the department into divisions, helped transition the faculty to the new offices and clinics at Santa Monica Hospital, and established the Spine Center in Santa Monica. In addition, we’ve refurbished numerous sections of the buildings, including the gait lab in the Rehab building, and the Westwood Clinic. We have made a tradition of our December holiday parties at the Faculty Center, and the Graduation ceremonies at the Fowler Museum.
We formalized a uniform disclosure policy and revised the bylaws, thanks to the exacting, detailed work of Dr. David McAllister, our Vice Chair of Clinical Operations. In 2012, we started and have maintained the Department’s RAMS (Re-Admission-Mortality-Sepsis) Quality Committee. This critical project could not have been done without the significant efforts of Deborah Winograd, and Drs. Benjamin Bengs, Devon Jeffcoat (Alumni ’09), Brad Aspey (’13), and Peter Alexakis. Dr. Kodi Azari did the first hand transplant in 2011, and is in the process of preparing for abdominal wall and face transplants in the near future, which is no small accomplishment. He and Dr. Sharon Hame have also been a driving force in our Operation Mend Program, serving our veteran heroes.
We continue to attract the best of residents, and they end up going to the best of fellowships. The residency’s national reputation, as reported by US News and World Report, went from 19th in the nation in 2010 to 8th in the nation in 2016. At Dr. Nicholas Bernthal’s (’12) urging, we supported an international resident rotation in Ethiopia. Dr. Sharon Hame was appointed head of the Medical Student Teaching Program, leading to a more comprehensive medical student orthopaedic rotation and experience - something long neglected. Research support has not wavered in the past five years: we funded the research of Dr. Frank Petrigliano (’09) and Dr. Nick Bernthal (’12), both of whom have established their own independent labs, making tremendous strides in becoming true clinician-scientists. We started the successful faculty and resident program at Olive View, re-established the orthopaedic spine presence at the VA, and commenced sending the residents to Kaiser for a two month rotation. A special thanks goes to our Director of Medical Education, Connie Sams, without whose tirelessly long hours the residency would be long lost. My sincere thanks goes out to Nelson Soohoo, M.D., who took over as Program Director from Dr. Jim Luck in 2014. He added Drs. Frank Petrigliano (‘09) as assistant program director for research and Dr. Richard Bowen (’01) as assistant program director for clinical activities. Together they have made tremendous improvements in the educational experience for all the residents.
Anthony Scaduto (’02) serves as current President and CEO of OIC (Orthopaedic Institute for Children). Together, we have solidified the relationship and supported the Orthopaedic Hospital Research Center and the Cerebral Palsy Program. Deborah Krakow, M.D. has been fully integrated into the department and is the current Director of the Skeletal Dysplasia Registry, which originated from Cedars Sinai. With its 450 separate skeletal dysplasias database, including tissue specimens collected over the past three decades, it’s the largest of its kind.
John Adams M.D., Vice Chair of Research, along with Karen Lyons, Ph.D., Daniel Cohn, Ph.D., Deborah Krakow, M.D., and many others, get the credit for rapidly elevating our NIH funding from 14th in the nation in 2010 to 6th in the nation in 2015. We purchased a $150,000 robot for the UCLA Biomechanics Robotic Testing Facility, and brought back Keith Markolf, PhD to supervise the research. Special credit is given to Chia Soo, M.D. and her husband Kang Ting, Ph.D., whose basic research involves sending osteoporotic mice to the International Space Station in April 2017 for studies critical to our astronauts’ well-being.
A special thanks to Drs. Nicholas Bernthal (’12) and Devon Jeffcoat (’09) in responding to a request of the L.A. Zoo’s to repair a fractured femur in one of their prized gorillas. On the financial side, we have continued to receive substantial annual philanthropic gifts and generate substantial net income for the hospital. Since I have been Chair, the annual budget has always been balanced with a sizeable surplus. I have Tonya Allen, our CAO/CFO, to thank for this, as each year she works to ensure this happens.
Finally, and certainly not least, I thank Ashley Lucia, my Administrative Assistant and “Editor in Chief” of the Alumni Bulletin, for she is the one who designs, edits and collates all the material in this bulletin.
A new era will be dawning for the department with the arrival of a new Chair at the end of my term. With its strong financial base and with 40 clinical faculty and 30 PhDs, I have every expectation that this department will continue to be a leader in academic productivity and resident education for many years to come. It has been my privilege to have served as chair for the past six years.
Sincerely yours,Jeffrey J. Eckardt, M.D.
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Save the Date! Alumni Reception: March 17, 2017
Department Chair Jeffrey Eckardt, MD and Executive Vice Chair Anthony Scaduto, MD Cordially Invite you to the:
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