Montefiore Einstein Orthopedic Surgery
Despite continued challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, our department was unwavering in its mission over the course of 2021. Through flexibility and innovation, we continued to provide high-quality musculoskeletal care to every patient we served.
Neil J. Cobelli, MD, Chairman and Professor, Montefiore Einstein Orthopedic Surgery
Note from the Chair
This past year has proven to be one of both challenge and opportunity. Despite yet another COVID-19 wave, the department managed to pivot, adapt and even grow. We continue to maintain our commitment to providing outstanding orthopedic care during these unprecedented times and take pride in our many notable accomplishments.
DATA & STATISTICS
2021 by the numbers
Joint replacement surgeries
Notable innovations and achievements
U.S. News & World Report recognition
U.S. News & World Report recognized Montefiore Orthopedics as a High-Performing Hospital in Knee Replacement.
Sports medicine research highlights
The Division of Sports Medicine is investigating minimally invasive alternative treatments for adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder. In conjunction with the Pain Medicine Department, we are working to improve patients’ range of motion and pain with minimally invasive techniques. The division is also investigating trochanteric pain due to iliotibial band tendinopathy using a novel, minimally invasive technique to alleviate pain and return patients to full activity.
Hutchinson Campus welcomes state-of-the-art EOSedge system X-ray imaging machine
Montefiore is now one of the first academic medical centers in the region to have this new low-dose, high-quality imaging machine for orthopedic care. It enables rapid acquisition of high-quality images with 3D capability to aid in surgical planning while greatly reducing radiation exposure to our patients.
Dr. Kamara accepted to Health Policy Fellowship Program
The American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) accepted Dr. Eli Kamara to the Health Policy Fellowship Program for 2022-2023.
"Super Doctors" recognizes members of our sports medicine faculty
Several of our junior sports medicine faculty were recently recognized by "Super Doctors." Ferdinand Chan, MD, and Pramod Voleti, MD, were each selected as Rising Stars, and Michael Hossack, MD, was recognized as a Super Doctor. David Gonzalez, MD, was selected as Top Doctor.
Shoulder Service awarded prestigious fellowship education grant
Montefiore’s Shoulder Service, along with its American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons' Accredited Shoulder Fellowship, was awarded a $23,000 fellowship education grant from the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES) Foundation in support of fellowship education. This prestigious honor continues to help financially support our ongoing fellowship efforts.
Dr. Weiser leads Adult Reconstruction Fellowship to a successful inaugural year
Our Adult Reconstruction Fellowship, led by Dr. Mitchell Weiser, was a success in its first year. Our first fellow from Rutgers Medical School, Dr. Andres Zorrilla, participated in over 450 cases and presented at various meetings. Our current fellow, Dr. Gerald Andah, is a graduate of Penn State University.
Diversity and outcomes
The Department of Orthopedic Surgery continues to evaluate disparities in delivering orthopedic care to minority populations. As a high-volume joint replacement center serving a diverse patient population, we examined outcome disparities following total joint replacement surgery. This year, we presented a paper titled ”Post-Operative Complications after Outpatient Total Joint Arthroplasty in a Health Disparate Community” at the European Orthopaedic Research Society annual meeting in Rome, Italy.
Patient-reported outcome scores now embedded within electronic medical records
Patient-reported outcome scores (PROs) allow us to objectively assess the outcomes and effects of our surgical and nonsurgical treatment on the function and quality of life of our patients. The PROs also let us analyze our results and perform studies that contribute to pediatric orthopedic literature.
Dr. Seref-Ferlengez awarded Young Female Investigator Travel Grant
Dr. Zeynep Seref-Ferlengez was awarded the Young Female Investigator Travel Grant by the Orthopaedic Research Society and Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society.
Hand Service resident Megan Mizera, MD, awarded first prize at prestigious New York conference
Hand Service resident Megan Mizera’s paper, “Validation of Two Novel and Complementary Training Platforms for Small Joint Arthroscopy,” took top honors at the Residents and Fellows Conference of the New York Society for Surgery of the Hand.
The Joint Commission recertification in Advanced Total Hip and Knee Replacement
This advanced certification recognizes the care provided to patients undergoing joint replacement surgery throughout their stages of treatment. Having only been awarded to 11 institutions within New York State—and to only four in New York City—Montefiore's program is the only one in both the Bronx and Westchester to receive this national certification. It demonstrates our extraordinary commitment to patient safety and surgical excellence.
Improving care and outcomes through research
Over the course of 2021, our department published on a wide variety of topics, including oncology, sports medicine, COVID-19 and others.
Explore our latest
Treatment of Valgus-Impacted and Nondisplaced Femoral Neck Fragility Fractures in the Elderly
Are Perioperative Complications and Clinical Outcomes Following Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty Adversely Affected by Obesity? A Systematic Review.
The Relationship Between Musculoskeletal Health Literacy and Upper Extremity Patient-Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) in the Setting of Atraumatic Shoulder Pain
Advances in the Development of Gene Therapy, Noncoding RNA, and Exosome-Based Treatments for Tendinopathy
CORR Insights®: In-Hospital Complications Are More Likely to Occur After Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty than After Locked Plating for Proximal Humeral Fractures
The Association of Elevated Body Mass Index (BMI) with Complications and Outcomes Following Anatomic Total Shoulder Arthroplasty: A Systematic Review
CORR Insights®: What Are the Functional Outcomes and Pain Scores after Medial Clavicle Fracture Treatment?
Magnetically Controlled Growing Rods (MCGR) Versus Single Posterior Spinal Fusion (PSF) Versus Vertebral Body Tether (VBT) in Older Early Onset Scoliosis (EOS) Patients...
Clinical Assessment of Generalized Ligamentous Laxity Using a Single Test: Is Thumb-to-Forearm Apposition Enough?
Assessing the Impact of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) Visiting Scholar Program
How Low Can You Go? Implant Density in Posterior Spinal Fusion Converted from Growing Constructs for Early Onset Scoliosis
50 Years Ago in The Journal of Pediatrics: How the Milwaukee Brace Shaped the Treatment of Scoliosis
Dissociation of a Femoral Intramedullary Magnetic Lengthening Nail During Routine Hardware Removal: A Case Report
Can Rapid Progression in Nonambulatory Cerebral Palsy Scoliosis Be Predicted Using Humeral Head Ossification?
Prognostic and Therapeutic Utility of Variably Expressed Cell Surface Receptors in Osteosarcoma
Can Crafted Communication Strategies Allow Musculoskeletal Specialists to Address Health Within the Biopsychosocial Paradigm?
A Multidisciplinary Spine Surgical Indications Conference Leads to Alterations in Surgical Plans in a Significant Number of Cases: A Case Series
Advancing care through clinical trials
Montefiore Einstein Orthopedic Surgery participates in both national and clinical trials, a selection of which are highlighted below.
Surveillance After Extremity Tumor Surgery (SAFETY)
Surveillance After Extremity Tumor Surgery (SAFETY) is a multinational and multi-institutional effort led by researchers at McMaster University that seeks to identify the most effective method for monitoring soft tissue sarcoma patients who are at risk for developing pulmonary metastases. Montefiore’s Division of Orthopedic Oncology is a participating site that enrolled its first patient this year.
Prospective Cohort Study on Current Treatments of Legg-Calvé-Perthes Disease
Dr. Eric Fornari
Updates and additions to our world-renowned faculty
Alex S. Ha, MD
Assistant Professor, Orthopedic Surgery
Steven Koehler, MD
Assistant Professor, Orthopedic Surgery
Arnold Wilson, MD
Attending Physician, Joint Replacement
Leila Alvandi, PhD
Lead Research Assistant Professor, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
Orthopedic Surgery Residency 2021 Highlights
The Orthopedic Surgery Residency program enjoyed a prosperous 2021. January 2021 saw the Orthopedic Residency emerging from the impact of the initial waves of COVID-19, and by March our biomechanics lab was up and running with projects again, allowing our first data points to be delivered in the fall. Our residents designed, presented and are publishing an award-winning platform they have developed for teaching small-joint arthroscopy, with another award-winning and published resident project, teaching micro-anastomosis, fully incorporated into the skills program as a six-week micro course. In June, we held a hybrid Graduation Day that included presentations and the initiation of our Guest Lectureship with Dr. William Levine. In July, the PGY1 class once again started orthopedic surgery in the Alumni Skills Laboratory and visiting medical students were able to return on a limited basis to participate in away rotations. Unfortunately, the realities of the Delta and Omicron variants forced all interviews to be done virtually; however, we successfully adapted to the virtual environment, interviewed nearly 100 candidates and have six outstanding PGY1 residents to show for the effort. Across 2021, our residents were able to stay busy doing scientific work with more than 20 peer-reviewed publications and 19 national presentations, with six winning awards. And the year's coming PGY4 projects on early review are remarkable.
At Montefiore Einstein Orthopedic Surgery, we know that providing patients with the best possible care includes teamwork and trust. We work closely with our valued referring physicians to ensure open communication and reliable expertise.