MedStar Orthopaedic Institute to Host Facebook Live Orthopaedic Webcast

Interactive Event Provides Consumers Real Time Access to Experts

BALTIMORE—(March 21, 2019)—MedStar Orthopaedic Institute will host The Future of Orthopaedics is Here webcast, on Facebook Live, Wednesday, March 27, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Moderated by WMAR ABC news anchor Kelly Swoope, the live interactive forum will stream from MedStar Orthopaedic Institute in Timonium and will feature top orthopaedic surgeons and therapists for discussions on the latest innovations in joint replacement, robotic surgery, rehabilitative approaches and more.

Viewers and in-house audience members will interact with a panel of five orthopaedic surgeons: Drs. Henry Boucher, Allison Fillar, Bradley Moatz, Robert McKinstry and Jason Stein, as well as physical therapists Tony Viglione and Pat Miller from MedStar National Rehabilitation Network. Topics include robotic hip, knee, and spine surgery, pain management, and outpatient sports medicine and hip, knee and shoulder replacements.

The audience will get a primer on robotic devices that are reshaping the landscape of orthopaedic surgery. They’ll learn about robotic-arm assisted technology available to map a hip or knee for minimally-invasive replacement surgery. Robotic advancements are advancing spine surgery too. Using ExcelsiusGPS, surgeons are performing less invasive procedures with greater precision in hardware placement.

MedStar Union Memorial Hospital is the only hospital in the state using robotics for both joint replacement and spine surgery.

Viewers will learn about outpatient joint replacement surgeries that allow patients to go home to recover on the same day.

The live webcast will be streamed from the lobby of MedStar Health’s orthopaedics, sports medicine and rehabilitation center in Timonium, which opened in August 2017. The 46,000-square-foot building offers services including orthopaedics, spine, sports medicine, physiatry, pain management, outpatient surgery and rehabilitation. The site also has a surgery center for same-day joint replacements and other outpatient procedures.

Viewers at home can watch the webcast live and pose questions to the experts on the MedStar Health Facebook page. On Twitter, use hashtag #AskMedStar to send your questions. Visit medstarortho.org/webcast2019.

Meet the panelists

Henry Boucher, MD: Dr. Boucher is fellowship trained in joint replacement of the hip and knee. Dr. Boucher specializes in primary, revision and partial knee replacements, robotic joint replacements using MAKOplasty, as well as primary (anterior, posterior and anterolateral approaches) and revision hip replacement and hip resurfacing. Dr. Boucher also offers non-surgical stem cell treatments for degenerative diseases of the hip and knee.

Allison Liefeld Fillar, MD: Dr. Fillar is fellowship trained and board-certified in orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine. She specializes in reconstructive knee and shoulder surgery. Dr. Fillar has cared for high school, collegiate and professional athletic teams in New York and Maryland. She has conducted research on meniscal root injuries and analyzed varying techniques for ACL reconstruction. Dr. Fillar is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and the Arthroscopy Association of North America.

Bradley Moatz, MD: Dr. Moatz is a board-certified, fellowship trained spine surgeon. Dr. Moatz’s clinical interests include spinal stenosis and degenerative spine conditions. Dr. Moatz’s current research includes studies on multi-level cervical discectomies and fusions and on the biomechanics of a modular nucleus replacement system. He is a member of the North American Spine Society, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and Maryland Orthopaedic Association.

Robert McKinstry, MD: Dr. McKinstry is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, fellowship-trained in total joint replacement and reconstruction. He performs robotic joint replacement using MAKOplasty. In addition to his medical degree, Dr. McKinstry earned a master’s degree in physiology. He has also completed a medical device fellowship with the Center for Devices and Radiologic Health, part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Dr. McKinstry is a member of the American Academy of Hip and Knee Surgeons and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Jason Stein, MD: Dr. Stein is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, fellowship trained in shoulder and elbow surgery. Dr. Stein has vast experience in the latest surgical techniques, from arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder and elbow to total shoulder and reverse shoulder replacement. He specializes in all disorders of the shoulder and elbow including arthritis, instability, rotator cuff tears, and throwing injuries.

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About MedStar Orthopaedic Institute

In Central Maryland, MedStar Orthopaedic Institute 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 15 community locations, giving you convenient access to the area's top orthopaedic, spine and sports medicine care. Our physicians treat the Baltimore Ravens, Baltimore Orioles, Washington Wizards, Washington Capitals, Baltimore Blast, Baltimore Brigade, US Lacrosse, and the majority of collegiate, high school and recreational teams in the region. Visit MedStarOrtho.org 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 largest hand center in the world, focused on the treatment of the hand and upper extremities; 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 Sports Medicine, which includes 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.

For more information, visit MedStarUnionMemorial.org.

Debra Schindler
Regional Director, Media & Public Relations, MedStar Health Baltimore
410-274-1260
[email protected]


Carrie Wells
Media Relations Specialist, MedStar Health Baltimore
443-613-1569
[email protected]

MedStar Union Memorial Unveils New Musculoskeletal Simulator

System is One of a Kind in the World

BALTIMORE—MedStar Union Memorial Hospital unveiled this month a custom-built, cutting-edge robotic simulator that replicates musculoskeletal motion, allowing researchers to study the forces on muscles, bones and joints, and improve surgical methods utilized in orthopaedic reconstructive surgery.

The system, which is the only one like it in the world, will help anchor the MedStar Musculoskeletal Education and Research Institute, a system-wide research initiative in collaboration with the MedStar Health Research Institute, which has expanded and enhanced existing research efforts in the areas of degenerative, deformity, traumatic, and congenital pathologies of the musculoskeletal system. Bryan W. Cunningham, PhD, a seasoned research leader with more than 30 years experience, was hired earlier this year to lead the institute.

“This device will help us to better understand how certain surgical techniques influence the biomechanics of musculoskeletal motions,” Dr. Cunningham said. “It’s an exciting technological advancement that will help us better understand the dynamics of the musculoskeletal motion and improve upon existing technologies in an effort to enhance the surgical care and quality of life for patients with musculoskeletal pathology. That’s what it’s all about – advancing patient care.”

The musculoskeletal simulator is known as a six-degree-of-freedom simulator, so called because it’s capable of replicating multidirectional motions: forward, backward, up and down, and side to side.

The fundamental application of the technology allows for surgeons to perform surgical reconstructions in a laboratory setting to determine how a specific technique (e.g. spinal fusion) affects motions and forces at the operative site and adjacent levels.

The team at the MedStar Musculoskeletal Education and Research Institute will use the device to establish and maintain a premier musculoskeletal research and teaching center, while developing a collaborative worldwide network of research colleagues dedicated to the treatment of patients with musculoskeletal disorders.

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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 largest hand center in the world, focused on the treatment of the hand and upper extremities; 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 Sports Medicine, which includes 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.

For more information, visit MedStarUnionMemorial.org.

About MedStar Orthopaedic Institute

In Central Maryland, MedStar Orthopaedic Institute 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, Baltimore Orioles, Washington Wizards, Washington Capitals, Baltimore Blast, Baltimore Brigade, US Lacrosse, and the majority of collegiate, high school and recreational teams in the region. Visit MedStarOrtho.org or call 877-34-ORTHO for an appointment.

About MedStar Health Research Institute

MedStar Health Research Institute (MHRI), founded in 1963, is the research division of MedStar Health. MHRI provides scientific, administrative, and regulatory support for clinical research throughout the MedStar Health system. Led by Dr. Neil Weissman, MHRI supports more than 1,000 associates dedicated to advancing health through research.

MHRI’s core services include a biostatistics and epidemiological center, clinical research centers, a research pharmacy, two accredited pre-clinical laboratories, biochemistry and biomarker core laboratories, a core platelet center, a cardiac and vascular pathology center, a genetics/genomics/proteomics research core, a cardiovascular core imaging center, an institutional review board, and an office of research integrity. In the last year, more than 1,000 active studies, involving thousands of patients, resulted in nearly 1,000 peer-reviewed publications. MHRI is in the top 20% of U.S. institutions receiving funds from the National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies, with approximately 60% of its studies being federally funded.

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute Expands Robotic Surgery Program

BALTIMORE—(June 19, 2018)—MedStar Orthopaedic Institute added spine surgery to its portfolio of advanced surgical robotics last week when Dr. Paul Asdourian, co-director of the spine program, used a revolutionary robotic guidance and navigation system at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, to perform lumbar decompression and fusion surgery on a 67-year old woman.

In a five-hour procedure, Dr. Asdourian used a 3-D, GPS guidance system with a rigid robotic arm to help orient placement of instruments and spine implants along a guided pathway. Robotic navigation provided continuous visualization and feedback during the placement of the fusion hardware.

“This is technology we are truly proud to offer our patients who require complex spine surgery,” said Dr. Asdourian. “Robotic surgery of the spine is one of the most significant advancements I have witnessed in 30 years of practice.”

In some cases, robotic surgery can be performed in a less invasive manner, which means less trauma to the muscles of the spine, smaller incisions, potentially shorter hospital stays and less risk of tissue damage and nerve injury.

Since 2017, MedStar Union Memorial has offered patients robotic technology for hip and knee replacements, ensuring precise and customized placement of the joint implants. Surgeons there have more experience using the robotic technology for joint replacement than any other orthopaedic program in the state, and MedStar Union Memorial is the only hospital using robotics for both joint replacement and spine surgery. 

About MedStar Orthopaedic Institute

In Central Maryland, MedStar Orthopaedic Institute 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, Baltimore Orioles, Washington Wizards, Washington Capitals, Baltimore Blast, Baltimore Brigade, US Lacrosse, and the majority of collegiate, high school and recreational teams in the region. Visit MedStarOrtho.org 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 largest hand center in the world, focused on the treatment of the hand and upper extremities; 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 Sports Medicine, which includes 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.

For more information, visit MedStarUnionMemorial.org.

Media Contacts

Debra Schindler
Regional Director, Media & Public Relations, MedStar Health Baltimore
410-274-1260
[email protected]


Carrie Wells
Media Relations Specialist, MedStar Health Baltimore
443-613-1569
[email protected]

Bryan W. Cunningham, PhD, Will Lead MedStar Orthopaedics Spinal Research Efforts

BALTIMORE, Md.(March 26, 2018)—Bryan W. Cunningham, PhD, has joined MedStar Health to lead the newly formed MedStar Musculoskeletal Education and Research Institute, a system wide research initiative in collaboration with the MedStar Health Research Institute, to expand and enhance existing research efforts in the areas of degenerative, deformity, traumatic, and congenital pathologies of the musculoskeletal system.

Based at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, Dr. Cunningham will oversee a team of researchers who will delve into key questions and issues facing the musculoskeletal research field. The multidisciplinary research center will include a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines, including biomechanical testing, histology, radiography, in-vivo biological modeling, and clinical research.

A seasoned research leader with 30 years experience, Dr. Cunningham was previously director of Orthopaedic Research Institute at The University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center; and director of spinal research in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital.

“The size and scope of the existing musculoskeletal research efforts will provide a great base for Dr. Cunningham to build upon,” said Paul J. Tortolani, MD, director of the MedStar Union Memorial Spine Program. “He is experienced in leading research programs at MedStar Health and at other institutions. We are thrilled to have him on board.”

Dr. Cunningham will establish alliances to collaborate on research with academic leaders, institutions and private industries on a national and international basis.

He will also manage pre-clinical trials to support basic research and oversee regulatory submissions for private industry. Dr. Cunningham will develop a non-clinical research fellowship program to enhance the learning experience for foreign medical graduates and provide guidance to medical students, orthopaedic residents, fellows, and attending surgeons in their related research projects. He will also generate and oversee the submission process for high-quality peer-reviewed journal publications and abstracts.

Dr. Cunningham has published more than 130 articles in peer-reviewed research journals and 13 book chapters on current topics in spinal reconstructive surgery, biomechanical fixation, and surgical techniques. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at the School of Medical Science at Griffith University in Gold Coast, Australia. He earned a master’s degree in neuroscience from The Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. in musculoskeletal spinal research from Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. He is associate editor of Spine Deformity, and he reviews manuscripts for Spine, Journal of Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, The Spine Journal, European Spine Journal, and the Journal of Orthopaedic Research.

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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 largest hand center in the world, focused on the treatment of the hand and upper extremities; 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 Sports Medicine, which includes 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, CARF-accredited in inpatient rehabilitation and Curtis Work Rehabilitation Services, 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.

For more information, visit MedStarUnionMemorial.org.

Debra Schindler
Regional Director, Media & Public Relations, MedStar Health Baltimore
410-274-1260
[email protected]


Carrie Wells
Media Relations Specialist, MedStar Health Baltimore
443-613-1569
[email protected]

Shoulder Replacement Program First in Maryland to Earn the Joint Commission Certification

BALTIMORE, Md.—(March 16, 2018)—In a first for the state of Maryland, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital’s shoulder and elbow program, part of MedStar Orthopaedic Institute, has earned The Joint Commission’s advanced subspecialty certification in shoulder replacement surgery.

The certification is the latest honor for MedStar Orthopaedic Institute, which is ranked Top 10 in the nation for the number of shoulder replacement procedures. Clinicians at the institute also perform more shoulder replacement procedures than anywhere else in the Baltimore region for those suffering from arthritis, trauma or other conditions.

“MedStar Orthopaedic Institute has long been a leader in shoulder surgery, allowing patients greater mobility and function, and returning them to an active life without pain,” said Stuart B. Bell, MD, vice president of medical affairs for MedStar Union Memorial Hospital. “To be recognized for our quality program by The Joint Commission is truly a proud achievement.”

Anand Murthi, MD, chief of shoulder and elbow surgery at MedStar Union Memorial said the certification affirms patients acquire excellent care at the highest level of technology and physician expertise.

“The TJC certification means that our shoulder service has passed the requirements of high volume, low to nonexistent infection rate and excellent outcomes in shoulder replacement surgery,” Dr. Murthi said. “Our physicians, nurses, and therapists all make up this outstanding team.”

MedStar Health’s fellowship-trained specialists are nationally renowned for performing complex and routine shoulder surgical procedures using the latest equipment and techniques. They specialize in reverse shoulder replacement, a relatively new procedure for patients with severe shoulder damage.

Dr. Murthi is a leader in advancing the use of minimally-invasive stemless shoulder replacements, which preserve bone and have a faster recovery time and Dr. Jason Stein leads in outpatient shoulder replacements in which patients go home the same day.

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute is also certified by The Joint Commission for spine surgery, hip replacement and knee replacement.

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 largest hand center in the world, focused on the treatment of the hand and upper extremities; 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 Sports Medicine, which includes 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, CARF-accredited in inpatient rehabilitation and Curtis Work Rehabilitation Services, 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.

For more information, visit MedStarUnionMemorial.org.

About MedStar Orthopaedic Institute

In Central Maryland, MedStar Orthopaedic Institute 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, Baltimore Orioles, Washington Wizards, Washington Capitals, Baltimore Blast, Baltimore Brigade, US Lacrosse, and the majority of collegiate, high school and recreational teams in the region. Visit MedStarOrtho.org or call 877-34-ORTHO for an appointment.

Media Contacts

Debra Schindler
Regional Director, Media & Public Relations, MedStar Health Baltimore
410-274-1260
[email protected]


Carrie Wells
Media Relations Specialist, MedStar Health Baltimore
443-613-1569
[email protected]

MedStar Union Memorial Ortho-Biologic Lab Research Wins International Award

Zijun Zhang, MD, PhD

BALTIMORE, Md.—(February 23, 2018)—New research from MedStar Union Memorial Hospital that found injecting stem cells into the bloodstream may help bone grafts heal better with fewer fractures and infection, earned first place recognition in the 13th World Stem Cell Summit (WSCS) in Miami, Jan. 26th, where 1500 attendees from 35 countries represented the science of regenerative medicine.

MedStar Union Memorial’s investigative team, led by Zijun Zhang, MD, PhD, the director of the Orthobiologic Laboratory in the Department of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, and Lew Schon, MD, chief of Foot and Ankle Services, discovered that injecting stem cells intravenously into mice that had received bone grafts, led to nearly twice as much formation of callus, the healing tissue that forms around the ends of broken bone.

“I’m very encouraged,” Zhang said. “The big advantage of this approach is that it’s not very invasive and the cells can be given multiple times.”

Dr. Zhang’s team used a bone allograft, or bone from living or deceased donor. Bone allograft is used in more than 1 million cases annually in the United States and Europe and is especially useful when a large portion of bone is needed.

Lew Schon, MD

Most allograft comes from cadavers. The bone undergoes a vigorous wash and sterilization before being stored in a deep freeze of -80 Celsius, to destroy all living cells. The allograft then is effectively dead, a consequence that increases the risk of the bone not bonding to the patient’s bone, fractures, infections and poor healing.

The treatment with the stem cells helps regenerate new bone on top of the donor bone, Dr. Zhang said.

Stem cells are often spread on the bone allograft before it’s transplanted into the body, but the researchers wanted to explore whether continuing to introduce stem cells into the body as it healed slowly over weeks or months would be more effective.

The researchers first gave the mice femur bone allografts. The allografts were coated with three different substances, alone or in combination with each other, to draw the stem cells to the new bone.

The researchers then gave the mice mesenchymal stem cells, which are adult stem cells found in bone marrow, intravenously at weeks one, two and three post-surgery. They found that the most effective therapy involved the intravenous stem cells and two substances that helped attract them to the bone, stromal cell-derived factor 1 (SDF-1) and platelet-derived growth factor BB (PDGF-BB).

The research is supported by a grant from the Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund.

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, CARF-accredited in inpatient rehabilitation and Curtis Work Rehabilitation Services, 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.

For more information, visit MedStarUnionMemorial.org.

Media Contacts

Debra Schindler
Regional Director, Media & Public Relations, MedStar Health Baltimore
410-274-1260
[email protected]

Carrie Wells
Public Relations Specialist, MedStar Health Baltimore
443-613-1569
[email protected]

MedStar Orthopaedics Program Enhances Clinical Expertise in Baltimore Area

Baltimore, MD—(November 10, 2017)— Three new physicians specializing in hand surgery, spine surgery and trauma surgery, have joined the nationally recognized MedStar Orthopaedics team in Baltimore.

 The Baltimore MedStar Orthopaedics program is comprised of over 80 physicians to ensure best patient access to the quality, safety and clinical excellence synonymous with MedStar Health.

Patients can see physicians at multiple locations, including the new MedStar Health at Timonium site, 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.

“We are proud to welcome Drs. Giladi, Moatz, and Richardson to the MedStar Orthopaedic team.  Their backgrounds are a testament to the caliber of providers we have on this nationally recognized team and they will continue the long standing mission of MedStar Health to provide the highest quality and most accessible care to our communities.”

Giladi_ Aviram M. Giladi, M.D., is a fellowship trained hand and upper extremity surgeon at MedStar Union Memorial’s Curtis National Hand Center, where he treats patients and coordinates medical studies as the center’s research director. His clinical specialties are upper extremity trauma, nerve and vascular problems and arthritis care.

Fluent in Hebrew, Dr. Giladi has extensive research experience in surgical outcomes, post-traumatic impairment and disability, the delivery of upper extremity surgical care and its impact on care giving and policy. He is currently an instructor at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital’s Department of Plastic Surgery.

 Dr. Giladi earned his master of science degree in health and healthcare research at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and his medical degree at Vanderbilt University. He completed a residency program at the University of Michigan, where he focused on plastic and reconstructive surgeries, and completed fellowship training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Training Program, with a focus on hand and upper extremity surgery.

 To make an appointment with Dr. Giladi, call: 410-554-6877.

Moatz-Spine surgeon Bradley Moatz, M.D., will see patients at MedStar Union Memorial, Dorsey Hall Medical Center in Ellicott City and MedStar Health at Hunt Valley. Dr. Moatz specializes in spinal stenosis and degenerative spine conditions, with a focus on restoring functional movement and improving quality of life.

 Dr. Moatz is currently researching multi-level cervical fusions and the removal of herniated disc material, known as discectomies.  He studies the biomechanics of a modular nucleus replacement system, which replaces problematic discs.

 Dr. Moatz earned his medical degree at The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. He completed the orthopaedic residency program at MedStar Union Memorial and Emory University’s top-ranked spine fellowship.

 As an undergraduate, Dr. Moatz was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. He was also accepted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, which indicates superior academic performance, leadership, professionalism, a firm sense of ethics, future promise and a commitment to service during medical school.

 To make an appointment with Dr. Moatz, call 410-554-3861.

RichardsonMark Richardson, M.D., a board certified orthopaedic trauma surgeon, is also a decorated war veteran. Dr. Richardson served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Shining Hope (Kosovo), before retiring from the US Air Force in 2008. He has instructed students in war surgery and now teaches advanced trauma life support and fracture surgery around the world. He sees patients at MedStar Union Memorial.

Dr. Richardson has served as chairman for the Center of Orthopaedic Trauma Advancement (COTA), part of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, for eight years, with a goal to advance the field by funding trauma fellowships. He is also a scientific reviewer for the Peer Reviewed Orthopaedic Research Program.

Dr. Richardson earned his medical degree at Uniformed Services University. He completed a residency program at Geisinger Medical Center in Pennsylvania, focused on orthopaedic surgery, and completed an internship at Malcolm Grow Medical Center, a U.S. Air Force hospital on Joint Base Andrews. He also completed a fellowship at Carolinas Medical Center with a focus on orthopaedic trauma.

 To make an appointment with Dr. Richardson, call 410-554-6679.

Media Contacts

Debra Schindler
Regional Director, Media & Public Relations, MedStar Health Baltimore
410-274-2496
[email protected]

Carrie Wells
Public Relations Specialist, MedStar Health Baltimore
443-613-1569
[email protected]

MedStar Health Orthopaedic Experts to Panel Live Webcast Discussion

BALTIMORE—(April 21, 2017) —Five of the region’s most experienced orthopaedic experts will empanel the Retool, Regenerate, Restore webcast Wednesday, April 26th from 7-8:00 p.m., hosted by WMAR anchor Jamie Costello.  The free event will stream live from the Inn at the Colonnade on University Parkway, where the highly specialized orthopaedic surgeons will answer real-time questions and engage in an interactive dialogue with both a studio and internet audience.

The webcast will address topics including innovations in robotic joint replacement surgery, sports related injuries and injury prevention, shoulder arthritis, pain management, research, stem cell regeneration, cervical neck pain issues and what MedStar Orthopaedics is doing to bring care closer to the communities it serves.

“What’s great about this event is that viewers from anywhere in the country have access to the full spectrum of orthopaedic expertise across multiple platforms,” said Brian Cawley, vice president of MedStar Orthopaedics. “Viewers can not only learn more about what’s the latest way of treating issues that most concern them, but they control the content of the dialogue. We can share what’s going on in the ever-changing world of medicine and they can put questions to five experts at once. We are very pleased to offer this progressive forum.” 

Tune into the Retool, Regenerate, Restore webcast, by going to MedStarHealth.org/Webcast. Guests may also participate via Facebook and Twitter using #AskMedStar.

About the Panelists:

Henry Boucher, MD - Dr. Boucher specializes in primary, revision and partial knee replacements, robotic joint replacements using MAKOplasty, as well as primary and revision hip replacement and hip resurfacing. He recently performed the first robot-assisted, total knee replacement in the state of Maryland. He was named one of Baltimore magazine’s “Top Docs” in 2016.

Zeena Dorai, MD - Dr. Dorai is the chief of Neurosurgery at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital. She is board certified in neurological surgery and has authored articles and chapters in spine reconstruction, brain tumors, and cerebrovascular surgery. She has given numerous local and national presentations and served as faculty for surgical courses at national neurosurgical meetings. She was named one of Baltimore magazine’s “Top Docs” for neurosurgery in 2015.

Lew Schon, MD – Director of MedStar’s Foot and Ankle Service and Fellowship Program, Dr. Schon is an award-winning orthopaedic surgeon, researcher, and investigator. He founded the Orthobiologic Laboratory, supported by the Innovation Fund, where he and his team work together toward the singular goal of improving patient care and outcomes through research, education, and discovery.  He is an internationally recognized expert and innovative designer of new surgical techniques and orthopaedic devices.

Jason Stein, MD – Dr. Stein is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, fellowship trained in shoulder and elbow surgery who specializes in joint preservation surgery for both the shoulder and elbow. A large portion of Dr. Stein's practice includes shoulder and elbow trauma including clavicle fractures, shoulder separations, proximal humerus fractures, humeral shaft fractures and complex elbow fractures and dislocations. Dr. Stein treats patients with the spectrum of the latest techniques including non-operative treatment, open reduction internal fixation and reverse total shoulder for fracture and elbow replacement for fracture.

Kenneth Means, MD – Dr. Means is an award-winning, board-certified orthopaedic surgeon who currently serves as the hand/upper extremity consultant for sports teams including the Baltimore Ravens, Baltimore Blast, Towson University, and Morgan State University. He is also the clinical research director at The Curtis National Hand Center and has published several research articles, textbook chapters, and professional reviews. He is currently involved in numerous clinical and academic activities including surgical and non-surgical care of patients with hand, wrist, and elbow conditions, research, lecturing, book and journal publication, and the education of fellows and residents. He holds the Certificate of Added Qualification for Surgery of the Hand from the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

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 CARF-accredited in Curtis Work Rehabilitation Services, 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.

For more information, visit MedStarUnionMemorial.org.

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 Wizards, Washington Capitals, Baltimore Blast, US Lacrosse, and the majority of collegiate, high school and recreational teams in the region. Visit MedStarOrtho.org or call 877-34-ORTHO for an appointment.

 

 

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MedStar Union Memorial Performs First Robotic Total Knee Replacement in Maryland

BALTIMORE—(February 7, 2017) —MedStar Union Memorial Hospital became the first and only hospital in Maryland to use robotic arm-assisted technology to perform a total knee replacement, when Dr. Henry Boucher replaced the left knee of a 57-year old Elkridge woman today. It’s the most advanced joint replacement technology available, ensuring a less invasive approach with the precise and customized placement of hip and knee implants.

Robotic arm technology, known as MAKOplasty, has been available for partial knee and total hip replacement surgeries for years, but the Food and Drug Administration only recently approved its use for total knee replacement. No other hospital in Maryland offers the technology to replace the total knee.

“We’re happy to be leading the new direction of joint replacement surgery,” said attending orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Boucher. “I am confident that the features of the robotic approach will lead to better patient outcomes and a better patient experience. This is just another part of our ongoing commitment to provide our community with outstanding healthcare.”

The technology allows surgeons to create a patient-specific 3D plan and perform joint replacement surgery using a surgeon controlled robotic-arm that helps the surgeon execute the procedure with a high degree of accuracy. During surgery, the surgeon can validate that plan and make any necessary adjustments, while the robotic-arm then allows the surgeon to execute that plan with a high level of accuracy and predictability. The implant placement is customized to a patient’s anatomy, for a more precise fit and a better functioning knee.

“We are proud to be the first in the Baltimore region to use this innovative technology. Best of all, at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, MAKOplasty is just one of the advanced treatment options we offer, so if you’re suffering from joint pain, you deserve to be treated here and only here.” said Brian Cawley, vice president of MedStar Orthopaedics.

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, visit medstarunionortho.org or call 877-37-ORTHO. 

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 CARF-accredited in Curtis Work Rehabilitation Services, 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.

For more information, visit MedStarUnionMemorial.org.

About MedStar Health

MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation, and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.

 

 

 

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Raymond Wittstadt, MD Achieves Certificate for Performing Arts Medicine

BALTIMORE — (December 20, 2016) —Dr. Raymond Wittstadt, attending hand surgeon at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital’s Curtis National Hand Center, is the first practicing physician in Maryland to hold a credentialing certificate in performing arts medicine from the Performing Arts Medicine Association and the American College of Sports Medicine. Dr. Wittstadt received the certification at Cornell Weill University in July. It’s the first time in the 40-year history of the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA), that the organization has offered a certificate of expertise in the field of performing arts medicine.

Founded in 1989, PAMA is an organization comprised of dedicated medical professionals, artists, educators, and administrators from all over the globe, whose common goal is to improve the health care of the performing artist.

“Physicians were able to claim PAMA membership,” Dr. Wittstadt said, “but there was never any formal training in performing arts medicine. This certification makes me even more proud of the hard work we do here at MedStar Union Memorial and the Curtis National Hand Center, and it helps the patients understand how dedicated we are to treat and care for them.”

Musicians are known as small muscle athletes, because much like sports players, who are known as large muscle athletes, musicians practice for extraordinary hours each day, year round. Overuse injuries are common among them and they too are “sidelined” with instrument specific tendon, nerve and muscle damage.

 Performing arts physicians and therapists evaluate physical fitness, posture, hand and arm positions, tension on strings and other factors, to teach techniques that will deter injuries. The specific needs of an instrumentalist may dictate potential risks, as well as corrective therapy and surgery, if needed.

For more than 15 years, Dr. Wittstadt, along with physical therapist and certified hand therapist Lauren Valdata, and Karen Guertler, an Alexander Technique therapist, has treated hundreds of patients who attend a monthly musicians’ clinic at the Curtis National Hand Center. Patients include young, old, amateur and professional musicians. Dr. Wittstadt has been the go-to professional for several Baltimore Symphony Orchestra musicians.

Maryland is currently the only state MEDCHI (Maryland State Medical Society) with a performing arts medicine committee.

For more information on the Curtis National Hand Center or the MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, please visit medstarunionmemorial.org.

 

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, 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 CARF-accredited in Curtis Work Rehabilitation Services, 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.

For more information, visit MedStarUnionMemorial.org.

Media Contact:

Debra Schindler
Phone: 410-274-1260
Email: [email protected]