MedStar Orthopaedics Hosts Live Online Forum to Highlight Role of Research and Innovation in Orthopaedic Care

Join us on Wednesday, September 16 from 7 to 8 p.m. when MedStar Orthopaedics will host the Dr. Lew C. Schon Innovation Fund Webcast: Understanding OrthoBiologics.

September 10, 2015

Baltimore—(September 10, 2015)—MedStar Orthopaedics will host the Dr. Lew C. Schon Innovation Fund Webcast: Understanding OrthoBiologics on Wednesday, September 16 from 7 to 8 p.m. Moderated by WMAR-TV news anchor Kelly Swoope, the free webcast will feature world-renowned foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeon, teacher and orthobiologics researcher, Lew Schon, MD, and a panel of experts, in an engaging question and answer session.

Focused on the important role research and innovation plays in the future of medicine, the webcast will offer a look into the OrthoBiologic Lab at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, a 1,000 square foot facility equipped with state-of-the-art molecular and cell biology equipment.  Founded by Dr. Schon, he and his team work together toward the singular goal of improving patient care and outcomes through research, education and discovery.

Orthobiologics plays a key role in transforming orthopaedic care. The lab at MedStar Union Memorial aims to advance orthopaedic surgery through research on the applications of biologics for bone regeneration, cartilage repair and other musculoskeletal disorders. The laboratory also participates in the education of orthopaedic residents and fellows, and graduate and undergraduate students through research.

The scientific efforts, as well as the education training programs provided in the OrthoBiologic Lab are supported by the Dr. Lew C. Schon Innovation Fund. Charitable funding for scientific and medical innovation allows researchers, residents, fellows and other collaborators to be efficient and productive.

During the webcast, participants can click here to watch streaming video and chat live with the experts. Viewers also can participate in the event on Facebook and on Twitter, by following the hashtag #AskMedStar.

Meet the panelists:

Lew Schon, MD, FACS, is chief of the Foot and Ankle Division, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. He is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in disorders of the foot and ankle, directs the Foot & Ankle Fellowship and is founder of the Orthobiologic Lab that focuses on musculoskeletal translational biology and biomedical engineering. Dr. Schon is a faculty member and has been at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital since 1990. He is an associate professor at both Johns Hopkins and Georgetown universities where he takes an active role in training future orthopaedic surgeons. He also works with undergraduates at The Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland, Goucher College and Towson University.

Dr. Schon’s work on biomechanics, orthobiologic and clinical studies have resulted in over 140 peer-reviewed papers and numerous other publications. His work has earned him awards: The 2015 Inaugural Johns Hopkins University Biomedical Engineering Clinical Innovator Award, 2012 Johns Hopkins University Professor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Humana Award, Mann Award, Goldner Award and MedStar Union Memorial Hospital Golden Apple Award. Additionally, Dr. Schon has received multiple honors as visiting professor of named lectureships throughout the country and featured speaker on programs worldwide. He just completed his seven-year term as president of the board of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society. Dr. Schon is also a co-inventor of several devices including the Stem Cell Suture, the Tornier WAVE calcaneal plate, the DJO Airlift brace, the Arthrex ProStop, Darco’s Toe Guard and night splint and the Zimmer TM Artificial Ankle Replacement.

His special interests include all aspects of reconstructive surgery of the foot and ankle and he is a consultant to several professional and collegiate sports teams and dance companies.

Anand Murthi, MD, is the chief of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital and director of the Shoulder and Elbow Fellowship and Research programs.

He is the current editor for the shoulder and elbow sections of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Orthopaedic Knowledge Online and international journal “Current Orthopaedic Practice.” Dr. Murthi has published and presented numerous research papers on a national and international stage. He is currently a journal reviewer for the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery and Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. As a teacher he has been involved in teaching physicians around the country surgical techniques in shoulder and elbow surgery. He is a founding member and past president of the Association of Clinical Elbow and Shoulder Surgeons (ACESS) and was elected to the prestigious American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Society (ASES), an international group of shoulder and elbow surgeons dedicated to the mission of teaching and research.

Dr. Murthi has been involved in the design of shoulder replacements, shoulder fracture repair systems, elbow repair systems and arthroscopic equipment. His research has led to over 75 publications and he has authored/co-authored over 20 book chapters. His research has led to numerous local and national awards. His focus lies on outcomes of shoulder replacement surgery, rotator cuff repair and advancing surgical techniques through biomechanics, tissue engineering and biomarkers of shoulder arthritis.

Jacob M. Wisbeck, MD, is an attending physician of the Foot and Ankle Division, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital. He is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in disorders of the foot and ankle, and is a faculty member of the Foot and Ankle Fellowship, and the Orthopaedic Residency program at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital. Dr. Wisbeck’s research interests include biomechanical research, as well as research on allograft augmentation.

Dr. Wisbeck's clinical interests include sports-related foot and ankle injuries, ankle instability, foot and ankle trauma, degenerative arthritis, flat foot deformities, bunions, hammertoes, and tendon disorders. He has been involved in the care of athletes from several local universities and professional sports teams.

Zijun Zhang, MD, PhD, serves as Director of the Orthobiologic Laboratory at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, and conducts research in the fields of bone regeneration, cartilage repair, tissue engineering, stem cell biology, and cartilage biology. His work focuses on the translation of stem cell technology and biologics to regenerative medicine and orthopedic surgery. 

Dr. Zhang’s research has been funded by several agencies, including Department of Defense and the State of Maryland. He received numerous national awards and has produced many peer-reviewed publications. He serves on the editorial boards of several journals and reviews manuscripts for more than ten professional journals and funding agencies.

He is actively involved in several professional societies, including the Orthopedic Research Society, Osteoarthritis Research Society International, International Stem Cell Research Society, American Bone and Mineral Research Society.

Dr. Zhang received training in orthopedic surgery in China and Australia and worked for several world-renowned institutions, including the Bernard O’Brien Institute of Microsurgery, University of Auckland, the National Institutes of Health, and Johns Hopkins University. Before joining MedStar Health, Dr. Zhang was a tenure-track assistant professor at Saint Louis University, where he established the school’s orthopedic laboratory research program.

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.

For more information or to pre-register for the webcast, click here.

About MedStar Orthopaedics
MedStar Orthopaedics combines the skill and expertise of more than 80 physicians at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, MedStar Harbor Hospital, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, The Curtis National Hand Center, and more than 20 community locations, giving you convenient access to the area's top orthopaedic, spine and sports medicine care. Our physicians treat the Baltimore Ravens, Washington Nationals, Washington Wizards, Washington Capitals, Baltimore Blast, US Lacrosse, and the majority of collegiate, high school and recreational teams in the region. Visit or call 877-34-ORTHO for an appointment.

About MedStar Union Memorial Hospital
MedStar Union Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit, 223-bed acute care teaching hospital with a strong emphasis on cardiac care, orthopaedics and sports medicine. With roots stemming back to 1854, MedStar Union Memorial has provided high quality care for 160 years.

As one of the region's top specialty hospitals, MedStar Union Memorial is home to: The Curtis National Hand Center, the only hand center designated by Congress as The National Center for the Treatment of Hand and Upper Extremity; MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute, a premier cardiovascular program in the mid-Atlantic, aligned with Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute, the nation’s #1 heart program; and MedStar Union Memorial Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, the oldest hospital based Sports Medicine Program in Maryland (founded in 1979).

In addition, MedStar Union Memorial offers a comprehensive range of inpatient and outpatient services including oncology, diabetes and endocrinology, general surgery, thoracic surgery, vascular surgery and palliative care.

MedStar Union Memorial is accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC). It is 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 is also TJC-certified in hip and knee replacement and has been designated as a Primary Stroke Center and the Hand Trauma Center for Maryland.

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

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