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Welcome to Alumni Relations

Welcome to Alumni Relations

Our mission is to engage you in the life of UCLA/Orthopaedic Hospital, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery by offering unique alumni stories, keeping you up with university happenings, and helping you reconnect with classmates.

Chair's Message:   Jeffrey Eckardt, MD, Professor & Chair

Dr. Jeffrey J. EckardtI welcome you to the 2014 AAOS UCLA/OH Alumni Reception and hope that you enjoy this 4th addition of our Alumni Bulletin. I thank Dr. Seth Gamradt (UCLA residency class of 2006) who conceived our first edition in 2011 and continued with the 2nd and 3rd editions in 2012 and 2013. I credit Jackie Cohen, my academic assistant, for completing last year's edition and for producing this year's as well.

In the last 3 years we have started resident rotations at Olive View Medical Center, Kaiser Panorama City and, this year, an international rotation in Ethiopia with Dr. Nick Bernthal (UCLA residency class of 2012 and now Assistant Professor) and Dr. Casimir Dowd (UCLA residency class of 2014) as the inaugural participants. In 2012 we moved most of the faculty to the new Santa Monica Hospital and opened up a combined orthopaedic and neurosurgical spine center in Santa Monica, in addition to further integrating ourselves with our Alliance partner, the Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital, now referred to as the Orthopaedic Institute for Children. Twelve new full time faculty members have been added to the Department and eleven new community faculty members have been added to man the new Martin Luther King Hospital that will open in 2015. Photos of all new faculty are displayed within the bulletin. In 2011 the residency passed a 5-year accreditation review without any citations, awarded to only 3% of orthopedic programs by the RRC, and Dr. Kodi Azari, with substantial help from Dr. Prosper Benhaim, performed the first free tissue hand transplant.

Our philanthropy efforts have doubled and we encourage you to please donate in support of our education programs. Donations can be made online at giving.ucla.edu/orthopaedicsurgery. We also have a section in our bulletin for Alumni news and ask that you send us pictures and updates of how you're doing, including honors, awards and exciting announcements, for future bulletins. It is also my hope that you will all keep in touch and come to visit us if in Los Angeles. Please help us strengthen our Alumni network by updating your Alumni Profile. | Alumni Bulletin | Alumni Reception

—Dr. Eckardt

2015 Alumni Reception
Reception Invitation
2014 Alumni Bulletin
Alumni Bulletin (PDF)

Upcoming Alumni Events

Save the Date! Alumni Reception: March 27, 2015
Department Chair Jeffrey Eckardt, MD and Executive Vice Chair Anthony Scaduto, MD Cordially Invite you to the:

  • UCLA/Orthopaedic Hospital Alumni Association Cocktail Reception
  • AAOS Annual Meeting - Las Vegas, NV
  • Friday, March 27, 2015, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Meeting Room - Caesars Palace 3570 Las Vegas Blvd, NV 89109 Conference Room: Pompeian II
  • RSVP to: Bryan Neal


The generosity of our donors has been essential to making the UCLA/Orthopaedic Hospital, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery one of the nation’s leading centers for orthopaedic research, training, and treatment.

Contributions to the UCLA/Orthopaedic Hospital, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. If you are interested in learning more about making a gift targeted to a specific project or division within the UCLA/Orthopaedic Hospital, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, hearing about our endowment opportunities, making a bequest or other estate gift, or discussing how to you can give in a way that provides you or a beneficiary with tangible financial benefits, please contact the UCLA Health Sciences Development at 310-267-1835 or email us at UCLAOrtho@mednet.ucla.edu.

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