Nation’s Leading Experts from The Curtis National Hand Center at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital Address Common—and Uncommon—Hand and Elbow Conditions in Live Online Forum

The Curtis National Hand Center Webcast will feature five of Baltimore's top hand experts in an engaging question and answer session.

September 10, 2014

The Curtis National Hand Center at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, recognized as the largest, most experienced hand center in the nation, will host a free online forum tonight, Wednesday Sept. 10 from 7 to 8 p.m. Moderated by WMAR-TV news anchor Kelly Swoope, The Curtis National Hand Center Webcast will feature five of Baltimore's top hand experts in an engaging question and answer session. Tune in to learn about the latest treatments for common—and uncommon—hand and elbow conditions, from arthritis and carpal tunnel to transplantation.

As the only hand center designated by Congress as The National Center for the Treatment of Hand and Upper Extremity, The Curtis National Hand Center is the nation's premier center for treating hand and upper extremity injuries. From repairing traumatic injuries to treating repetitive motion injuries, arthritic conditions and congenital differences, the experts at The Curtis National Hand Center have a long history of experience in restoring the patient's use of the hand, wrist, arm, elbow and shoulder to the greatest degree possible.

 Meet the panelists:

James Higgins, MD, is chief of The Curtis National Hand Center at MedStar Union Memorial. He is recognized as a leading surgeon in two disciplines: hand surgery and reconstructive microsurgery. Dr. Higgins earned the prestigious Sterling Bunnell Fellowship - one of the highest honors in hand surgery. This fellowship, awarded by the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, enables him to lecture and teach his techniques internationally. He has likewise been designated the Marko Godina Travelling fellow for the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery. His contributions to hand surgery have led him to serve as a visiting professor at numerous universities nationally and internationally.

Kenneth Means, MD, is the clinical research director of The Curtis National Hand Center and has published several research articles, textbook chapters and professional reviews. He is a fellowship-trained, board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, and holds the Certificate of Added Qualification for Surgery of the Hand from the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Michael Murphy, MD, holds appointments as assistant program director of Hand Fellowships at The Curtis National Hand Center at MedStar Union Memorial and assistant professor, Department of Orthopaedics at Johns Hopkins Medical School. He is the author of orthopaedic book chapters, and numerous research studies in peer-reviewed medical journals. He is a sought after national presenter.

Neal Zimmerman, MD, is a surgeon and faculty member at The Curtis National Hand Center, MedStar Union Memorial  and clinical instructor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He has published a significant amount of research in peer-reviewed journals and has presented nationally.

Lauren Davis, MS, OTR/L, CHT, a hand therapist at The Curtis National Hand Center at MedStar Union Memorial. She is a graduate of Towson University and has earned the Certificate in Advanced Practice in Hand and Upper Extremity Rehabilitation from Drexel University. Lauren specializes in the rehabilitation of upper extremity injuries.

Meet the moderator:

Kelly Swoope, an award-winning TV news anchor, has been with WMAR, ABC 2 News in Baltimore, MD since 2003, when she started as a medical reporter and weekend anchor. Prior to that, she spent nine years in Tampa-St. Petersburg, Florida at WFTS. Kelly has a demonstrated commitment to the community and is an active member on the Susan G. Komen Maryland board.

 

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About The Curtis National Hand Center
Since 1975, people all over the world have placed their hands in ours – The Curtis National Hand Center. From repairing traumatic injuries to treating repetitive motion injuries, arthritic conditions and congenital differences, our goal is to restore the patient's use of the hand, wrist, arm, elbow and shoulder to the greatest degree possible. Our long history of experience, outstanding medical staff, and state-of-the-art facilities combine to create a treatment center that is the first choice in caring for the hand or arm, no matter how common or complex.

Today, The Curtis National Hand Center is recognized as the largest, most experienced hand center in the nation. In fact, the hand center was designated by Congress as the National Center for the Treatment of the Hand and Upper Extremity.

About MedStar Union Memorial Hospital

MedStar Union Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit, 249-bed acute care teaching hospital with a strong emphasis on cardiac care, orthopaedics and sports medicine. As one of the region's top specialty hospitals, MedStar Union Memorial has been caring for members of the community for more than 160 years.

 We are renowned for The Curtis National Hand Center, Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Heart Institute, and our Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine program. In addition, we offer a comprehensive range of inpatient and outpatient services including diabetes and endocrinology, eye surgery, general surgery, oncology, thoracic surgery, vascular surgery and palliative care.

MedStar Union Memorial was among the highest rated Maryland hospitals based on Consumer Reports rankings in 2013, and is the only hospital in Maryland to receive the Delmarva Foundation’s highest honor, the Excellence Award for Quality for Hospitals, for six years in a row.

MedStar Union Memorial has ranked among the nation’s top 50 “Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report, earning national recognition for seven consecutive years. Our excellence in care also has been recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Award), the American College of Cardiology (ACTION Registry Award) and Thomson Reuters (Top Hospitals®: Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success).

MedStar Union Memorial is accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC). We are the first hospital in Baltimore to receive spine certification by TJC, and the first in the state of Maryland to receive advanced certification for palliative care. MedStar Union Memorial also is designated as a Primary Stroke Center and the Hand Trauma Center for the state of Maryland.

MedStar Union Memorial is a proud member of MedStar Health, a non-profit, regional healthcare system with 10 hospitals and more than 20 other health-related services in the Maryland and Washington, D.C. area.

 

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