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University Orthopedics Taps Dr. Alan Daniels as Spine Surgery Division Chief

orthopedic and spine Surgeon - University Orthopedics - Dr Alan Daniels - Rhode IslandEAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (May 27, 2020) — University Orthopedics is pleased to announce Dr. Alan Daniels has been appointed to Chief of the Division of Spine Surgery.

Dr. Daniels has been a member of the University Orthopedics family for years - completing both his residency training and his Trauma and Spine Fellowships here. He has been serving as Interim Chief since August of 2019 - helping to guide the Department of Orthopaedics through a very difficult time after the untimely passing of his predecessor, Dr. Mark Palumbo

"In his time as Interim Chief, Dr. Daniels has worked diligently with the Spine Service physicians and we could not be any more thrilled that he has agreed to take on this role permanently," said Dr. Edward Akelman, President of University Orthopedics. "In addition to the wealth of knowledge and insight he brings to his specialty, Dr. Daniels is committed to a higher level of patient care - a mission that is at the very heart of our practice. "

Dr. Daniels is a board-certified Spine surgeon who specializes in complex spinal disorders. He serves as the Chief of the Adult Spinal Deformity Service at Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital. He is also the Director of Spine Surgery Research, an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and Co-Director of the Brown Spine Surgery Fellowship.

Dr. Paul Fadale of University Orthopedics joins Yianni Kourakis

Dr. Paul Fadale of University Orthopedics joins Yianni Kourakis to discuss on how the Orthopedic world is impacted by the pandemic. He also discusses the impact of injuries and surgeries with high school, college and professional athletes during coronavirus.

Injuries During the Pandemic

Dr. Jonathan Schiller from University Orthopedics discusses what you should consider if you are injured while staying at home, and when you should seek medical attention.


R.I. doctor takes role urging value-based care

Dr. Matthew Smith spends most of his time working with patients, helping them heal from painful conditions that affect muscles and bones.

A physiatrist at University Orthopedics Inc. for the past three years, Smith rehabilitates his patients with back, neck and other problems in an effort to return them to a normal life.

He’s also taken on another role as an ambassador of sorts to his peers. Smith was named a “clinician champion” by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in the fall, a position that comes with two goals.

First, he’s expected to provide feedback to CMS on its Quality Payment Program and how it is working day to day in the health care field. In addition, Smith serves as an educator to physicians, explaining how value-based care works down to the most basic levels...

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University Orthopedics’ Dr. Kleinhenz Only Surgeon in RI Performing Breakthrough Surgery for Treatment of Cervical Disc Degeneration

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (FEBRUARY 12, 2020) — Continuing the tradition of using the latest and best technology to provide the highest quality care possible for its patients, University Orthopedics is proud to announce one of its renowned surgeons recently became the first in Rhode Island to perform a cutting-edge surgery to treat patients with cervical disc degeneration.

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Health Check: Outpatient total joint replacements gaining traction

Outpatient total joint replacements is gaining traction.

In Rhode Island, University Orthopedics began offering outpatient hip and knee replacements at its Kettle Point location in East Providence in June of 2019, joining more than 350 outpatient surgical centers across the nation...

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Blue Cross, University Orthopedics partner on joint replacement bundled payment plan

EAST PROVIDENCE – University Orthopedics Inc. and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island have agreed on a new payment model for outpatient joint replacement surgeries.

The bundled payment plan, available only to Blue Cross commercial members, is designed to shift some joint replacements from an inpatient or hospital setting to University Orthopedics’ Kettle Point Ambulatory Care Center in East Providence...

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Sports Medicine Experts Discuss Safety on the Slopes

Ski and snowboard enthusiasts Dr. Michael Staebler and Dr. Michael Belanger tell you just about everything you need to know about safety on the slopes so you can be prepared when you hit the snow. The two University Orthopedics sports medicine orthopedic surgeons were slope side at Yawgoo Valley in Exeter, RI as the ski area was getting set to open for the season.

Everyone came to see me in Westerly.

With more than 200 acres of property in Wood River Junction, and miles of trails to explore, Kelly Gilligan has always enjoyed long walks with her dog, Maggie. 

Increasingly, however, degenerative disc disease caused the vertebrae in Gilligan’s spine to pinch off nerves and create extreme pain. 

“It was to the point that I couldn’t go grocery shopping,” she said. “To walk to the garage was excruciating.” 

Today, Gilligan is happily back outside, walking with Maggie and free from pain; her return to the life she loves followed a complex spine operation at Westerly Hospital. 

Her surgery in late August 2019, performed by Dominic Kleinhenz, MD, an orthopedic surgeon, marked a personal triumph for Gilligan – and also a milestone for Westerly Hospital. Gilligan’s spine surgery was the first of its kind, thanks to the arrival of Dr. Kleinhenz and other new members of the Westerly Hospital medical staff... 

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Health Check: Using strategic surgery to avoid opioids in recovery

THE RHODE SHOW - EOS System at University Orthopedics

Health Check: New thumb implant device fixes arthritis

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WJAR) — A new implant is getting the thumbs up from patients.

"The thumb is the third most common joint in the body to get arthritis," said Dr. A. Peter Weiss, a hand surgeon at University Orthopedics. "You don't think about it, but if you don't have it, it's really hard to do anything."

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Same day spinal surgery right here in RI

Suffering from back pain or severe discomfort? You’re in luck.

Will Gilbert recently visited the new University Orthopedics building at Kettle Point to meet Dr. John Czerwein, a spine surgeon specializing in same-day spine surgery. As Will discovered, the work they are doing is remarkable. Patients can receive the highest-quality spine care, minimally invasive spine care right here in Rhode Island. 

University Orthopedics Opens New Facility in Westerly, Expanding Specialized Care to Southern Rhode Island

From left to right: Drs. Michael Hulstyn, Stephen B. Gross, Dominic Kleinhenz, and Thomas Barrett

WESTERLY (August 29, 2019) — University Orthopedics is excited to announce that they are expanding services in southern Rhode Island and this month opened their newest location adjacent to the Westerly Hospital campus.

Appointments at the new location at 11 Wells Street are available immediately.  

“University Orthopedics is pleased to be able to provide the same level of high quality service to residents of Westerly,” said Dr. Edward Akelman, President of University Orthopedics. “We recognized the need for specialized orthopedic care in Westerly and we have finally laid down the groundwork to better serve these patients.”

Operating out of Westerly Hospital, physicians in this location will provide a full spectrum of services including sports medicine treatment, spine care, and adult reconstruction surgery. 

“We welcome these physicians to the Westerly Hospital medical staff,” said Patrick L. Green, president and CEO of Westerly Hospital. “The expansion of orthopedic care at Westerly Hospital will greatly enhance access for our patients seeking the highest quality care close to home.” 

In anticipation of the practice’s newest location, University Orthopedics welcomed several highly-esteemed doctors to its team of specialized physicians. 

Newly hired and current physicians that will be providing care at the Westerly site include Drs. Thomas Barrett, a fellowship-trained adult reconstructive surgeon with advanced training in the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis; Stephen B. Gross, an experienced orthopedic surgeon who can treat a variety of muscle, joint and bone injuries; Michael Hulstyn, who specializes in adult and pediatric sports medicine surgery, shoulder and knee surgery; and Dominic Kleinhenz, an orthopedic surgeon with a specialization in treating neck and back problems. 

“Patients will no longer need to drive to East Greenwich or Providence to receive the highest standard of orthopedic care available. Our newest location will ensure that patients at the farthest points of southern Rhode Island will have access to the same level of high quality care and service that our patients have come to expect from us,” Akelman added.

Preparing for Fall Sports

2019 Fall Sports Exam Day

University Orthopedics Makes $20,000 Donation to Local Make-A-Wish® Chapter 

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (July 11, 2019) – When the final numbers were tallied, University Orthopedics (UOI) raised $20,000 during its inaugural 5k Road Race to benefit Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Leaders from University Orthopedics presented the donation to Make-A-Wish Coordinator Hillary Muntz this week.

“It was a great day but the most important thing is that we raised enough money for two or three wishes for local children and their families,” said Dr. Aristides Cruz, a Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon at University Orthopedics and the first participant to burst through the finish line.

Nearly 400 runners and walkers arrived ready to test their stamina, and endurance at the fundraiser. Participants raced along the Providence River, completing a 5k course that ended at University Orthopedics’ new Kettle Point Campus in East Providence.

“University Orthopedics hosted a lovely event that highlighted the meaningful work of our charity. The excitement of the participants could be felt, and the event was made even more impactful by one of our wish moms, who spoke on behalf of her daughter’s experience as a wish child,” said Muntz, a special events coordinator at Make-A-Wish MA/RI. “Thank you, University Orthopedics, for organizing such a successful event.” 

Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 500 children in Massachusetts and Rhode Island are diagnosed with critical illnesses each year.
Event sponsors included:

Gold sponsors
Hilb Group, Cameron & Mittleman, Sansiveri, Kimball & Co., LLP, Washington Trust, and American Tele-Connect Services, Inc.

Silver sponsors
Image First Healthcare Laundry Specialists, XRIT/Canon, Michael Integlia & Company Dion Signs, W.B. Mason, DePuy Synthes Joint Reconstruction, Athena Health, and WPRI TV.

Bronze sponsors
Surgical Care Affiliates, Cox Business, Smith & Nephew, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Envision, Shields Brokerage, Rhode Island Medical Imaging, and Zimmer Biomet.

“Thank you to our generous sponsors and to everyone who came out to make this day a great success,” Dr. Cruz said.

Road race held to benefit The Make-A-Wish Foundation

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Hundreds of people laced up their shoes Saturday morning for a road race to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The Inaugural University Orthopedics 5K was held in East Providence, with more than 300 runners and walkers taking part.

One of the speakers at the event was Marilena, a Make-A-Wish parent. Her daughter’s wish to go to Australia was granted this year by Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

After the race, participants were able to enjoy several other events, including a post-race vendor market, with local cuisine, a children’s face painter and a raffle that included prizes from the New England Revolution, Pawtucket PawSox, Josh Groban concert tickets, gift cards from local restaurants and vendors and more.

Eyewitness News Meteorologist Michelle Muscatello was an emcee at the race.

All proceeds from the raffle and event will be donated to Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

- Carl Sisson

University Orthopedics makes strides to benefit Make a Wish

University Orthopedics is getting set to host their inaugural 5K Run and Walk, to benefit Make a Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island, on Saturday June 22nd at 9am at 1 Kettle Point Avenue East Providence, RI

Dr. Aristides Cruz from University Orthopedics and Meteorologist Michelle Muscatello joined us on set to discuss how you can get involved.

Register online today!

Dr. Thomas Barrett Joins Growing Team at University Orthopedics

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (June 10, 2019) — University Orthopedics is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Thomas Barrett to its growing team of skilled orthopedic surgeons. With advanced training in the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis, Dr. Barrett will help support University Orthopedics’ mission to deliver the highest quality orthopedic care in the region. 

“Over the course of his career, Dr. Barrett has demonstrated a high level of commitment to the orthopedic profession and to Rhode Island patients by participating in the surgical treatment of hundreds of patients in need of care,” said Dr. Edward Akelman, MD, President of University Orthopedics. “His devotion to helping patients return to their regular lifestyles will be an asset to University Orthopedics.” 

A fellowship-trained adult reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Barrett performs first-time and revision replacements of the hip and knee, including partial knee replacements. He is also skilled in performing an arthroscopy of the knee for the treatment of torn cartilage. 

“I look forward to treating patients at University Orthopedics, and joining an impressive team of doctors that are leading the way in orthopedic care,” Dr. Barrett said.

Dr. Barrett has written extensively on orthopedic surgery with his work appearing in numerous publications and book chapters. He has also presented his research nationally. 

Dr. Barrett earned his medical degree at Albany Medical College, and completed a residency in orthopedics at the same institution. He later completed a fellowship in adult reconstructive orthopedics at the Baylor College of Medicine. In 2016, Dr. Barrett was named an Emerging Leader in Orthopaedics by the American Orthopaedic Association.

Dr. Barrett resides in East Greenwich, R.I., with his wife, three children and their yellow lab.

Announcing the University Orthopedics 5K Road Race

Rhode Island’s newest running event will benefit Make-A-Wish Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

East Providence, RI – University Orthopedics is pleased to announce the launch of a new 5K in East Providence. The event, which is open to runners and walkers, will be held on June 22nd, 2019. All of the proceeds from the 2019 University Orthopedics 5K will be donated directly to Make-A-Wish Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The event is produced by Gray Matter Marketing.

“University Orthopedics is thrilled to host the inaugural 5K to benefit Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island,” says Aristides I. Cruz, Jr., Pediatric Orthopaedic surgeon with University Orthopedics. “We look forward to showcasing our new location at Kettle Point and believe participants will enjoy the scenic route along the East Providence waterfront. Most importantly, we are doing it to benefit a great cause."  

“We are so pleased that University Orthopedics has selected Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island as the beneficiary of this 5K,” says Sara Masri, Regional Director for Make-A-Wish. “They are longtime supporters of our work and their generosity will help us grant life-changing wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses.”

The University Orthopedics 5K is timed and will start on June 22nd at the University Orthopedics campus at 1 Kettle Point Avenue, before turning onto Veteran's Memorial Parkway, then down Squantum Road and onto the East Bay Bike Path. From there, the race heads north on the bike path with beautiful waterside views of the Providence skyline, before turning back onto Veteran's Memorial and heading south for a finish on the Kettle Point campus.

Registration is open at with early bird pricing available through the end of May. For more information on the event, as well as information on how to sponsor the University Orthopedics 5K, visit www.universityorthopedics.com/5K

57th Murray S. Danforth Oration

Mary O'Conner, M.D, Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, and Director, Center for Musculoskeletal Care at Yale University, was the 57th Murray S. Danforth Orator. In 1957, Mrs. Danforth established the Murray S. Danforth Orthopaedic Fund for resident training and research as a living memorial to her husband. Dr. Danforth organized the fracture service at Rhode Island Hospital in 1931- one of four oldest and continuously functioning fracture residencies in the country. 

Stay Moving, It's World Spine Day!

University Orthopedics Chief Division of Spine Surgery Dr. Mark Palumbo joined the Rhode Show on CBS Ch12 on World Spine Day to discuss the importance of creating awareness for those suffering with back pain. 

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University Orthopedics Welcomes Dr. Joseph Izzi, Jr., to Expanding Orthopedic Care Team

University Orthopedics (UOI) has strengthened its team of orthopedic surgeons with the addition of Joseph Izzi, Jr., M.D., to its specialty practice. Dr. Izzi’s appointment at University Orthopedics will help to ensure that patients continue to receive the highest quality orthopedic care available. 

Edward Akelman, M.D., president of University Orthopedics, is pleased to have Dr. Izzi join the UOI team, stating, “In addition to the wealth of knowledge and insight he brings to his position, he is also committed to a higher-level of patient care. This dedication to enhanced patient outcomes is at the heart of our practice and we are pleased to welcome Dr. Izzi to our group.”

Dr. Izzi, a fellowship trained orthopedist with a special concentration in hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder disorders, has been practicing orthopedic surgery in Rhode Island since 2003. Between 2007 and 2008, he also practiced at Tufts Medical Center and served on the faculty of Tufts University School of Medicine. 

An orthopedic specialist who has treated a wide range of upper extremity injuries through surgical and nonsurgical procedures, Dr. Izzi completed an orthopaedic residency through the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University’s program at Rhode Island Hospital. He also completed a fellowship in adult and pediatric trauma at Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital, and an additional fellowship in hand and microvascular surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery, which is affiliated with the Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University. 

Dr. Izzi, who resides in Rhode Island, holds an undergraduate degree from Boston University and a medical degree from the Boston University School of Medicine. He has professional affiliations with The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, Our Lady of Fatima Hospital, and Roger Williams Medical Center.

Health Check Kids: Avoiding collision sports injuries

Each year, more than 300,000 children in the United States go to the emergency room for sport and recreation-related concussions. They are not just football injuries. Concussions are prevalent in several other sports, like lacrosse, rugby, hockey and even water polo.

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Doctor becomes friend after he saves local fisherman's arm

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (WPRI) -- A Narragansett fisherman, Capt. David Tyrrell, nearly died after a serious onboard accident three years ago. Thanks to a miraculous medical procedure from Lifespan orthopedics surgeon Dr. Christopher Got, as well as a fighting sprit, Capt. Tyrrell is back on the water.

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University Orthopedics is proud to support AmpSurf.

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (WJAR) — AmpSurf, also known as the association for amputee surfers, is scheduled to host a free surf clinic for individuals with disabilities at second beach in Middletown on Sept. 15. Click here to read more.

State of the art care with University Orthopedics

University Orthopedics recently opened a new location at 1 Kettle Point Avenue in East Providence. The gorgeous, 90,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art medical offices and surgery center offers the latest in orthopedic treatments.

University Orthopedics Provides Free Fall Sports Exams for 210 Local Student Athletes 

University Orthopedics doctors volunteered their Saturdays to giving free fall sports exams for students in elementary school to college.

In their twenty-first year of hold this event, University Orthopedics had the largest turnout yet, with 210 kids receiving exams that are required to play fall sports.

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Hand Specialist Dr. Julia Katarincic was recently interviewed by Providence Business News

Fellowship-trained in hand and microvascular surgery, Hand surgery, Upper Extremity, Microvascular Pediatric Orthopedics rhode island, Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic SurgeryDr. Julia Katarincic, a University Orthopedics surgeon, specializes in the care of the hands and microvascular surgery for children and adults, with particular expertise in pediatric upper extremity problems. 

Katarincic regularly treats arthritis of the hand, congenital hand anomalies, brachial plexus injuries and peripheral nerve injuries, including carpal tunnel syndrome and fractures. 

Click here to read Five Questions With: Dr. Julia Katarincic by Rob Borkowski from PBN.

Eric M. Cohen, M.D. joins University Orthopedics

PROVIDENCE, RI (June 25, 2018) — University Orthopedics has announced that Eric M. Cohen, M.D. has joined the growing practice as an orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Cohen’s extensive research and experience in orthopedic surgery will help University Orthopedics continue to raise the standard of orthopedic medicine.

Dr. Eric M. Cohen is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in adult reconstruction surgery of the hip and the knee. He received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. He then completed an orthopedic residency and hip and knee arthroplasty fellowship at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and the Lifespan Health System. In addition to his specialized training in hip and knee arthroplasty, Dr. Cohen has completed a fellowship in Orthopedic Trauma.

Dr. Cohen has multiple research interests including those in orthopedic trauma and hip and knee replacement surgery. He has volunteered at orthopedic centers throughout the world, teaching and learning about the latest surgical techniques and innovations in direct anterior total hip replacement. Dr. Cohen treats adult hip and knee disorders, hip and knee osteoarthritis, avascular necrosis of the hip and knee, periprosthetic joint infections, periprosthetic fractures, as well as lower extremity fractures.

"University Orthopedics is very proud to have Dr. Cohen on board," said President of University Orthopedics: Edward Akelman, M.D., "His level of experience in the field will greatly benefit our team, and most importantly, our patients."

Dr. Cohen emphasized the esteemed reputation of University Orthopedics in a statement regarding his joining the center, "I'm excited to join such a dynamic practice, University Orthopedics is a leader in the field. I am honored to apply my robust training to help patients in our community thrive," Dr. Cohen said.

Dr. Cohen will also join the faculty of the Department of Orthopedics at the Warren Alpert Medical School as an Assistant Professor of Orthopedics. Dr. Cohen will treat patients at the Total Joint Center at the Miriam Hospital, at the Rhode Island Hospital, and at all University Orthopedics’ locations.

Focused on the patient experience, University Orthopedics opens state-of-the-art facility at Kettle Point

From left to right: Edward Burman, Jr., president of EW Burman, Inc., Kathy Snelgrove, COO of University Orthopedics, Michael Integlia, president of Michael Integlia & Co., Mark Palumbo, MD, University Orthopedics, Edward Akelman, MD, president of University Orthopedics, Weber Shill, CEO of University Orthopedics, Mehdi Khosrovani, president of NEMD Architects Inc., East Providence Mayor James Briden. Photo credit: Shane Photography.

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (May 24, 2018) — University Orthopedics hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday to celebrate the opening of its most recent location at 1 Kettle Point Avenue in East Providence, RI. The 90,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art medical offices and surgery center offers the latest in orthopedic treatments. 

Local dignitaries as well as physicians and staff from University Orthopedics were on-hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony, where speakers delivered brief remarks. Tours of the facility were provided as guests enjoyed appetizers and refreshments on the building’s fourth floor overlooking the Providence River and skyline.  

“It has been a long time in the making and we are pleased to add this state-of-the-art facility for our patients in the Southern New England area,” said Edward Akelman, M.D., president of University Orthopedics. “At University Orthopedics, we remain committed to enhancing the patient experience, and this innovative facility offers expanded access to the specialized care our patients deserve."

Featuring professional design aesthetics, the new facility showcases Smart Building Technology integrated with the highest level of interior fit-out and finishes available in the market. Each suite is designed to reflect the particular needs of the orthopedic specialty area it serves.  An Ambulatory Surgical Center, state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging (MRI, X-ray and EOS low radiation X-ray) and physical therapy/rehabilitation facilities feature prominently in the extensive scope of services offered. With spacious free parking available and other onsite amenities, the new location will be ideal for University Orthopedics’ rapidly growing practice. 

Focused entirely on the patient experience, this innovative facility offers comprehensive orthopedic care, including access to physicians across all sub specialties of orthopedic care: cartilage replacement, foot and ankle, hand and wrist, joint replacement, pediatrics, orthopedic oncology, spine, sports medicine, shoulder and elbow, trauma and fractures.

Weber Shill, chief executive officer at University Orthopedics, praised the efforts of individuals and others that made the project possible. “We would like to thank Michael Integlia and Company, EW Burman, Washington Trust and NEMD Architects for turning this vision into a reality,” Shill said.  “We would also like to thank the city of East Providence and the Waterfront District Commission who have gone above and beyond to welcome University Orthopedics into the local business community."

Health Check Kids: X-rays and EOS treatment

For children who require frequent X-rays, less is more. That’s why University Orthopedics has invested in an ultra-low dose imaging machine, known as EOS. Zachary Durant, 9, of Carver, Massachusetts, was the first to benefit from it. Click here to watch the NBC Turn To 10 news corverage.

5 Questions with Dr. Daniels

Spine surgeon Dr. Alan Daniels was featured in Providence Business News "5 Questions". Dr. Daniels discusses Kettle Point and East Greenwich expansion, new EOS imaging and the affiliation with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Click here to read the full article. below. 

Newport Hospital elects new president of medical staff

NEWPORT — Dr. James O. Maher III, an orthopedic surgeon, has been elected as the new president of the medical staff at Newport Hospital. He will serve a two-year term as president beginning Monday, Jan. 1.

“I’m happy to give something back to the community and to Newport Hospital,” Maher said. “It’s increased responsibility, but I’m looking forward to continued work with the talented staff at Newport Hospital.”

As president of the medical staff, he will lead a team of more than 300 affiliated physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and psychiatrists at Newport Hospital. Click here to read more.

Dr. Patricia Solga Named Senior Advisor at University Orthopedics

PROVIDENCE, RI (November 28, 2017) — Today, University Orthopedics (UOI) announces that Dr. Patricia Solga has been named senior advisor to the Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery on matters concerning diversity and education, beginning on December 31, 2017, and transitioning from clinical practice to administration.

Dr. Solga joined University Orthopedics and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in 1990, in helping to create the Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics. She is a fellowship-trained pediatric orthopedic surgeon with a special interest in pediatric trauma. Dr. Solga is also the Orthopedic Director of the Child NeuroDevelopment Center. In addition to her teaching responsibilities she represents the Brown University Orthopaedic Surgery Department as a member of the Post-Graduate Referral Committee and is a board member of the Office of Women in Medicine and Science at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

“Dr. Solga has been a pioneer in the field of pediatric orthopedics and we are pleased to have her join the administrative team in the Department of Orthopaedics,” said Edward Akelman, M.D., president of University Orthopedics and Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics at the Warren Alpert Medical of Brown University.

Reflecting on her time in clinical practice, Dr. Solga recalls the many patients she has helped throughout the years, stating: “It has been a pleasure to provide care and establish relationships with so many people from different walks of life.”  

Dr. Solga received her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine and her undergraduate degree from New York University. She completed her orthopedic residency at Yale School of Medicine and her pediatric orthopedic fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital.

Dr. Paxton discusses innovative techniques in shoulder surgery with Providence Business News.

Providence Business News recently asked Dr. Scott Paxton to talk about some of the new surgeries he has begun performing, including the Tornier Simpliciti shoulder implant and the allograft dermis shoulder reconstruction, and how the procedures benefit younger patients, as well as his approach to various new orthopedic procedures.

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University Orthopedics Welcomes Dr. Raymond Hsu to Expanding Orthopedic Care Team

Providence, RI – University Orthopedics (UOI) today announced the addition of a new physician to their expanding team. Dr. Raymond Hsu, M.D. has joined the practice as an Orthopedic Surgeon specializing in foot and ankle surgery.

The physicians of University Orthopedics’ Foot and Ankle division specialize in a variety of surgical and nonsurgical problems. Dr. Hsu will join Dr. Brad Blankenhorn, helping to ensure that all patients continue to receive the highest quality orthopedic care available.

Edward Akelman, M.D., president of University Orthopedics, believes Dr. Hsu is a tremendous addition to the expanding Foot and Ankle division: “Dr. Hsu is an experienced surgeon with extensive expertise in the treatment of foot and ankle injuries,” he said. “At University Orthopedics, our team is comprised of sub-specialized surgeons, which ensures that all patients are treated by truly the best in their field.”

Dr. Hsu has been practicing orthopedic surgery for seven years. He is a fellowship trained, and American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery certified orthopedist, with a special concentration in trauma and foot and ankle. Dr. Hsu treats a wide range of injuries, both surgical and nonsurgical, including, foot and ankle injuries, acute and chronic conditions including fractures, ligament injuries, cartilage injuries, Achilles and other tendon injuries, ankle arthritis, foot arthritis, ankle/hindfoot/midfoot/forefoot deformity, posttraumatic deformity/arthritis, flatfeet (planovalgus), high arched (cavovarus) feet, and bunions. He holds an undergraduate degree from University of Pennsylvania and an MD from Cornell University.  Additionally, he completed his medical residency at Brown University, his Orthopedic Trauma Fellowship at Brown University, and his Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Fellowship at the University of Utah.  Dr. Hsu’s professional affiliations include: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery; American Orthopaedic Association; American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society; Orthopaedic Trauma Association; Assistant Professor of Orthopedics at Brown University. Dr. Hsu resides in Providence, RI and will be seeing patients at University Orthopedic’s Kettle Point and new East Greenwich, RI locations.

University Orthopedics First in Rhode Island to Offer Revolutionary Treatment to Regrow Knee Cartilage

Procedure Utilizes MACI® Implant to Treat Patients with Cartilage Damage

Providence, RI – University Orthopedics today announced that Dr. Brett Owens is among the first in the country, and first in Rhode Island, to treat patients suffering from knee cartilage damage with an innovative therapy recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The University Orthopedics Cartilage Repair Center offers state-of-the-art treatment of joint cartilage lesions. This new, advanced treatment involves regrowing a patient’s own cartilage cells in a laboratory and then implanting them to repair the defect. MACI (autologous cultured chondrocytes on porcine collagen membrane) is an autologous cellular scaffold product that is indicated for the repair of symptomatic single or multiple full-thickness cartilage defects of the knee with or without bone involvement in adults.

Dr. Owens believes that treatment options, such as MACI, will allow University Orthopedics to continue to provide the best patient care and outcomes after surgery, stating: "With MACI, we have an FDA-approved product in which the patient's own cells can be reproducibly delivered using less invasive techniques. We are excited to be able to provide patients with this type of state-of-the-art care.” 

About MACI 

The FDA approval of MACI was supported by the results of SUMMIT trial, a Phase 3 two-year, prospective, multicenter, randomized, open-label, parallel-group study that enrolled a total of 144 patients, ages 18 to 54 years, with at least one symptomatic Outerbridge Grade III or IV focal cartilage defect on the medial femoral condyle, lateral femoral condyle, and/or the trochlea. The co-primary efficacy endpoint was change from baseline to Week 104 for the subject's Knee injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score (KOOS) in 2 subscales: Pain and Function (Sports and Recreational Activities [SRA]. At Week 104, KOOS pain and function (SRA) had improved from baseline in both treatment groups, but the improvement was statistically significantly greater in the MACI group compared with the microfracture group. In a responder analysis, the proportion of subjects with at least a 10-point improvement in both KOOS pain and function (SRA) was greater in the MACI group compared with the microfracture group. The most frequently occurring adverse reactions reported for MACI in the 2-year randomized, controlled clinical trial were arthralgia, tendonitis, back pain, joint swelling, and joint effusion. Serious adverse reactions reported for MACI were arthralgia, cartilage injury, meniscus injury, treatment failure, and osteoarthritis. 

University Orthopedics Hosts Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Ceremony for New East Greenwich Location

East Greenwich, RI – University Orthopedics hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony today to celebrate the opening of its most recent location, 1598 South County Trail, Suite 101 in East Greenwich, RI. The 22,000 square foot, state-of-the-art Orthopedics Center will offer the latest in orthopedics treatments.

Local dignitaries as well as physicians and staff of University Orthopedics were on-hand for the ceremony. Following a brief speaking program, tours were provided of the facility. Additionally, as guests enjoyed refreshments, the University Orthopedics’ team was available to answer questions from attendees.

The building has been completely renovated and will include: five exam pods (with a total of twenty exam rooms); an injection suite (with two procedure rooms); four x-ray rooms; two cast rooms; and over 5,000 square feet of therapy space, as well as support and staff areas.

Focused entirely on the patient experience, this innovative facility will offer comprehensive orthopedic care, including access to physicians across all sub specialties of orthopedic care: cartilage replacement, foot and ankle, hand and wrist, joint replacement, pediatrics, orthopedic oncology, spine, sports medicine, shoulder and elbow, trauma and fractures. Additional services at the East Greenwich location will include: hand and physical therapy, x-ray, and spine injections.

“We are pleased to add this new location for our patients in the East Greenwich area,” said Edward Akelman, M.D., president of University Orthopedics. “At University Orthopedics, we are committed to enhancing the patient experience, and this state-of-art, innovative facility will offer expanded access to the specialized care our patients deserve."

Mark Palumbo, MD, a long time East Greenwich resident and Director of Spine Surgery for University Orthopedics addressed attendees with the following message,
“University Orthopedics has been committed to East Greenwich for the past two decades. We are reaffirming this dedication to the town and people of the West Bay area through this investment in the community.  We also appreciate the support that Caroleen Jones (CEO of the Poliquin Group) has provided with the assimilation of our practice into the Poliquin building."

Five Questions With: Dr. Ramin Tabaddor

With fall sports getting into full swing, University Orthopedics, Inc. sports medicine surgeon Dr. Ramin Tabaddor was featured in Providence Business News Five Questions this week. Dr. Tabaddor addresses several topics including what sports tend to see the most orthopedic injuries, concussion issues and prevention and why teaching future orthopedic surgeons is important to him.

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Dr. Paul Fadale Talks Edelman Injury, Brady’s age, Isaiah Thomas’ Hip

When will New England Patriots Julian Edelman return to action? How does Tom Brady defy age? and what is going on with Isiah Thomas's health? University Orthopedics's Director of Sports Medicine Dr. Paul Fadale caught up with WPRI/CBS Ch12's Ruthie Polinsky to answer these questions. Click here to read the article.

Fireworks to Falls

From fireworks to falls, the summer season means more opportunity to injure your hands. University Orthopedics's hand surgeon, Dr. Gwynne Bragdon, pens this week's "Health Matters" in the The Newport Daily News.

How to get rid of the pain in your neck known as ‘text neck’

University Orthopedics Spine Surgeon Dr. Alan Daniels was interviewed by WPRI/ CBS Channel 12 reporter Susan Campbell about "text neck" and what smart phone users can do to avoid this condition. Click here to read the article.

The Intersection of Medicine, Art and Engineering

University Orthopedics hip and knee reconstructive specialist Dr. Derek Jenkins was featured by Rhode Island Hospital Foundation's Breakthroughs publication.

The article details Dr. Jenkin's use of engineering, art and medicine in the treatment of patients.

Click here to read the entire article. Reprinted in its entirety with permission from Lifespan Health System.

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University Orthopedics, Inc. recently launched the Cartilage Repair Center to provide world-class care of cartilage injuries. Providence Business News interviewed Brett Owens, MD about the center and the new techniques and procedures that help University Orthopedics improve patient care in New England.

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The Other Side of Match Day

Brown Medicine Magazine takes an inside look at Match Day with University Orthopedics, Inc. Dr. Craig Eberson who directs the orthopedic surgery residency program at the the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

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George J. Pasquarello, DO, FAAO Awarded Highest Honor Bestowed by National Osteopathic Medical Organization

Indianapolis—George J. Pasquarello, DO, FAAO, of East Greenwich, Rhode Island, received the highest honor that the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) awards on March 25, 2017 during its Convocation in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Named the Andrew Taylor Still Medallion of Honor, the award is given to AAO members who have exhibited an exceptional understanding and application of osteopathic principles and concepts and for outstanding accomplishments in scientific or professional affairs. The award is named after Andrew Taylor Still, MD, DO, the founder of osteopathic medicine.

Dr. Pasquarello specializes in neuromusculoskeletal medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine (NMM/OMM), prolotherapy and platelet rich plasma injections. He currently practices at University Orthopedics, Inc. in East Greenwich, Rhode Island.

Dr. Pasquarello is a 1993 graduate of the University of New England College Of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM) in Biddeford, Maine. He is board certified in NMM/OMM, and he holds a certificate of added qualifications in Pain Medicine.

Having served as a program director for UNECOM’s NMM/OMM residency and combined NMM and family medicine residency, Dr. Pasquarello was section chief at Mercy Hospital in Portland, Maine, for osteopathic manipulative medicine from 1998 to 2002. He also has served as faculty for the OMM Department at UNECOM for 10 years, and he continues to host student and resident rotations in his practice, including family medicine, internal medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation, sports medicine and pain medicine.

In addition, Dr. Pasquarello has been vitally active in all levels of the osteopathic profession. He was the 2009-10 president of the AAO, and he currently serves on the AAO’s Board of Governors. He also has served on the Academy’s Education Committee and the Postdoctoral Standards and Evaluation Committee, which he chaired from 2000 to 2007.

The founding president of the Foundation for Osteopathic Research and Continuous Education (FORCE), he lead the foundation through its early development.

Dr. Pasquarello is a former president of the Rhode Island Society of Osteopathic Physicians, and continues to serve on its board of trustees. He regularly represents Rhode Island at the American Osteopathic Association’s House of Delegates.

Dr. Pasquarello has also served on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education as a member of the Osteopathic Principles Committee. He served on the American Osteopathic Board of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine for two terms, and he was on the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners’ Standard Setting Committee Level III in 2000.

He continues to be involved in teaching, research and has published articles, book chapters and is a co-author of the medical text Principles of Prolotherapy.

For more information on Dr. Pasquarello, contact Sherri Quarles at the American Academy of Osteopathy at (317) 879-1881, ext. 214, or at SQuarles@academyofosteopathy.org.

The United States currently has approximately 100,000 osteopathic physicians. Also known as DOs, osteopathic physicians are fully licensed physicians, as are MDs. Since 1986, the number of DOs has increased by 276 percent. Osteopathic physicians prescribe medicine and practice in all specialties, including osteopathic manipulative medicine, family medicine, psychiatry, obstetrics and gynecology, and surgery. They are trained to consider the health of the whole person and to use their hands to help diagnose and treat patients.

The mission of the American Academy of Osteopathy is to teach, promote, and research the science, art and philosophy of osteopathic medicine, emphasizing the integration of osteopathic principles and practice in patient care. Founded in 1937, the Academy is a specialty college of the American Osteopathic Association.

Injuries to younger athletes becoming more common

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — After a long winter of being cooped up indoors, many kids are excited to get outside and start playing spring sports. But, it’s important to make sure they don’t overdo it.

Orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist Dr. James Maher said sports-related injuries are becoming more common in younger athletes.

“The kids seem to be doing sports, the same sport, year round, so that just puts a toll on their body parts and they don’t have a chance to rest,” Maher said, adding that the most common spring sport-related injury is found in young baseball players. “That ulnar collateral ligament that sometimes requires Tommy John surgery is a frequent problem nowadays.”

To avoid the injury, pitchers should limit the number of pitches they throw per game. For example, young pitchers can safely throw 40 pitches per game, while older players may be able to double that amount.

“You want to make sure there are several days of rest in between,” said Maher.

While shoulder and elbow injuries are common in softball and tennis players, the doctor said other athletes should pay special attention to different body parts.

“The knee and the ankle are more common with lacrosse and track and field. Golf takes a toll on one’s back, so those are some of the more common injuries,” Maher explained.

"Of course, staying in decent shape and proper nutrition – including plenty of protein and carbohydrates – are common sense ways to help prevent injuries," he said.

Dr. Gwynne Bragdon Joins Surgical Team at University Orthopedics

Gwynne Bragdon, orthopedic surgeon rhode islandProvidence, RI (March 21, 2017) – University Orthopedics (UOI) today announced the addition of Dr. Gwynne Bragdon to its Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Division of Hand, Upper Extremity and Microvascular Surgery at Newport Hospital. Dr. Bragdon specializes in hand, upper extremity and orthopedic surgery. She is board-certified in both Orthopedics and Hand Surgery.

As the leader of comprehensive orthopedic care in the region, UOI is committed to providing enhanced outcomes for all patients experiencing acute and chronic pain and injury. The addition of Dr. Bragdon will serve to expand the University Orthopedics’ Hand Surgery division, ensuring that all patients with hand and upper extremity injuries receive the most specialized care available.

Dr. Bragdon is now a member of the Orthopedic Hand, Upper Extremity and Microvascular Surgery Division of the Department of Orthopedics at Newport Hospital. She specializes in the care of patients with injuries to the upper extremity including fractures of the hand, forearm and elbow fractures, arthritis, tendonitis, and peripheral nerve injuries, and nerve compression problems. Dr. Bragdon did her Orthopaedic training at the University of Rochester, and completed a fellowship in hand and upper extremity surgery at Brown University. Dr. Bragdon has practiced orthopedic surgery and hand surgery in Pittsburgh at both Level 1 trauma centers and community hospitals from 2008-2016. She is a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, as well as the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

“We are thrilled that Dr. Bragdon has joined our upper extremity orthopedic surgical team” said Edward Akelman, M.D., president of University Orthopedics. “She is an extremely experienced orthopedic surgeon, skilled in the latest orthopedic surgical procedures. Dr. Bragdon shares our commitment to superior care and we are pleased to expand the division for our patients.”

Dr. Bragdon resides in Barrington, RI with her husband, Dr. Andrew Evans, a trauma surgeon at University Orthopedics, and their two children.

For more information, click here. Appointments can be made through our central scheduling service at 401-457-1500.

Medical offices find home in East Providence

East Providence is emerging as a hot spot for medical-office buildings. The proximity to major hospital centers in Providence and highway access have helped to attract medical offices and new development to the city. Now under construction in the Kettle Point development on the waterfront, off Veterans Memorial Parkway, is the $40 million building to house University Orthopedics.

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Dr. Brett Owens, MD featured on WJARTV/NBC

University Orthopedics, Inc. Brett Owens, MD was featured this week on WJAR TV/ NBC by health reporter Barbara Morse Silva WJAR. Dr. Owens and co-researcher Chat Jayasuria, PhD are looking at using human stem cells to repair knee injuries. This research was funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences through Brown University. Click here to view the entire story.

Drs. Matthew Smith, George Pasquarello and David Bica from East Greenwich Spine & Sport Join University Orthopedics

Providence, RI (February 14, 2017) – University Orthopedics announced the addition of East Greenwich Spine & Sport physicians Matthew Smith, George Pasquarello and David Bica to its organization. With the addition of the non-operative services provided by these physicians, University Orthopedics reinforces its position as the leader of comprehensive orthopedic care in the region.

University Orthopedics and these former East Greenwich Spine & Sport physicians share a vision of providing multidisciplinary care in a comprehensive center of excellence. Founded in 1990, University Orthopedics, Inc., remains a leading center for orthopedic care, research and rehabilitation in Southern New England. Historically, the physicians at East Greenwich Spine & Sport have provided a blend of conventional and innovative medicine to patients with acute and chronic injuries to the musculoskeletal and nervous systems since 2003.

Drs. Matthew Smith, George Pasquarello, and David Bica join the medical team at University Orthopedics to deliver high quality non-operative services. Adding new specialists is part of University Orthopedics’ ongoing effort to improve both patient access and experience.

“We are thrilled to have Drs. Smith, Pasquarello and Bica join our team, on March 1st, at University Orthopedics. The addition of their skill sets in pain management and musculoskeletal care reinforces our commitment to quality care for our patients,” said Edward Akelman, M.D., president of University Orthopedics.Matthew smith, orthopedic surgeon rhode island

Matthew Smith, MD, EMHL, serves as Director of System Integration. Dr. Smith treats patients with cervical, thoracic and lumbar epidural spinal steroid injections, facet injections, medial branch blocks and radiofrequency ablation, sacroiliac joint injections and radiofrequency ablation. In addition, Dr. Smith treats patients with peripheral joint and soft tissue injections, peripheral nerve blocks, medicolegal consultations and electromyography and nerve conduction studies (EMG/NCS). Click here for more information.

George Pasquarello, orthopedic surgeon rhode islandGeorge Pasquarello, DO, brings over 20 years of practice as a clinical specialist in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and Pain Medicine. Dr. Pasquarello provides Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment for all age groups for acute and chronic neuromusculoskeletal conditions such as injuries due to work, sports, trauma and repetitive motion. Dr. Pasquarello performs musculoskeletal ultrasound for the diagnosis of injuries as well as fluoroscopic and ultrasound guided joint and spine injections. Additional treatments provided by Dr. Pasquarello include prolotherapy and platelet rich plasma injections for ligament and tendon injuries, and viscosupplementation with hyaluronic acid injections for osteoarthritis. Click here for more information.

david bica, orthopedic surgeon rhode islandDavid Bica, DO, joins University Orthopedics after practicing three years with East Greenwich Spine & Sport. Dr. Bica serves as an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Bica is board certified in Family Medicine with a certificate of added qualification in Sports Medicine. Dr. Bica performs osteopathic manipulative medicine for the treatment of neck and lower back pain, fluoroscopic spinal injections and both diagnostic and interventional musculoskeletal ultrasound. Click here for more information.


5th Annual New England Sports & Orthopedic Rehabilitation Summit: April 1st, 2017

The New England Sports and Orthopedic Rehabilitation Summit 2017: Advances in Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Surgery, Rehabilitation, and Injury Prevention is a one day conference targeting physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, athletic trainers, nurses, chiropractors, medical students, primary care physicians, and orthopedic/sports medicine physicians. Evidence for optimal surgical and post-operative ACL injury management, and prevention of ACL injury is constantly evolving. Understanding and integrating this evidence is crucial to achieving optimal patient outcomes. This course will provide a comprehensive overview of current and emerging evidence detailing surgical, rehabilitation, and prevention considerations with ACL injury. This program will feature an integrated format combining lectures, open panel discussion, and hands-on breakout workshop sessions offering opportunities for application and detailed exploration of presented concepts.

Click here to download the PDF.

University Orthopedics President, Edward Akelman, MD, joins WJAR Ch10 anchor Frank Coletta

University Orthopedics President, Edward Akelman, MD, joins WJAR Ch10 anchor Frank Coletta on "Business Lunch" to discuss the Kettle Point Development in East Providence.

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"University Orthopedics is excited to be a part of the economic growth and development in the City of East Providence," said Edward Akelman, M.D., the president of University Orthopedics. "This state-of the art facility enables us to provide the highest quality orthopedic care, comparable to the best care available anywhere in the country." Read the complete news article on the Groundbreaking Held for University Orthopedics New Medical Facility, please click here.


IlluminOss: Promising Data on Lightfix, featured in Orthopedics This Week Publication

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Richard Terek, M.D. presented preliminary data on IlluminOss Medical’s LightFix trial at a recent Musculoskeletal Tumor Society (MSTS) Meeting in Detroit. The multicenter study looks at “the IlluminOss System for the treatment of impending and actual pathological fractures in the humerus from metastatic bone disease. Preliminary results from the U.S. trial measured pain and functional improvement, as well as evaluated safety and performance.”

"The preliminary results of the LightFix trial have been extremely positive in that the investigators found that the device was less invasive than many standard orthopedic implants. The early data suggests that the patients achieved a decrease in pain and an increase in return to function through the use of the IlluminOss implant," said Dr. Terek. "We are encouraged with the results of the IlluminOss System and look forward to its availability in the USA. It will offer the U.S. market a new and much-needed alternative for the treatment of patients with metastatic bone disease and other complex fractures."

Dr. Terek is an orthopedic surgeon and musculoskeletal oncologist who specializes in reconstructive surgery and musculoskeletal oncology. He serves also as professor in the department of orthopedic surgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. To read the complete article, please click here.

Dr. Richard Terek Utilizes World’s Only Minimally Invasive, Patient-Conforming Implant to Treat Patient with Impending Cancer Related Fracture

IlluminOss Medical has announced that its first patient at Rhode Island Hospital has been successfully treated as part of its Lightfix clinical trial.

The company, a commercial stage medical device company focused on minimally invasive orthopedic fracture repair, said the patient was treated by Dr. Richard Terek.

“IlluminOss’ technology promises to fulfill an important clinical need for patients with metastatic bone disease,” Terek, chief of the Orthopedic Oncology Center at University Orthopedics, attending orthopedic surgeon at The Miriam and Rhode Island hospitals and chief of orthopaedic surgery at the Providence VA Medical Center, said in a statement.

“In cases of metastatic carcinoma the cancer often destroys so much of the bone that it is difficult to achieve stabilization with a conventional rod. IlluminOss offers a less invasive approach designed to make more effective implants possible. I’m very satisfied with the results in this case to date and look forward to offering this treatment option to more patients who qualify,” Terek said.

Click here to read the story on Providence Business News.

Click here to read the release on Becker's Spine Review. Feature entitled "Dr. Richard Terek performs 1st Rhode Island IlluminOss orthopedic fracture case: 5 key notes Featured"


Dr. Richard Terek among team of doctors that help young cancer survivor return to the basketball court

At the age of 11, it was determined that Colin had a cancerous tumor that involved his pelvis and hip joint. He had the surgery to remove the cancerous tumors in January of 2012. Dr. Richard Terek was among a team of doctors involved in the 17 hour surgery.

It has now been two years since the surgery and Colin is cancer free. “He had a tumor that involved the pelvis as well as his hip joint. I had to remove part of his pelvis and hip joint to remove his cancer, and at this point his cancer seems to be cured,” Terek said. “I had to reconstruct his hip joint with some of the socket that was left.”

After a long road to recovery, Colin has been able to return to the basketball courts at the Martin Recreation Center — the Hut, as it’s known by the locals — to play basketball on Saturdays. “It’s great. It’s good to be back, because I haven’t played in a while,” Colin said. There was a time when he thought his days of playing sports were over.

Click here to read more about Colin’s successful return to activity, after surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in his pelvis and hip joint.


Dr. Richard Terek, MD, FACS has been awarded a $1.4 million research grant from the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health to study bone cancer.

terek, rhode island hospital, national institute for cancer research, bone cancer, Rhode Island, ProvidenceThe research will be focused on mechanisms to develop new therapies and strategies to prevent metastasis of chondrosarcoma based on microRNA and nanotechnology. The grant is an R01 grant, the original and oldest grant mechanism used by the National Institutes of Health. “R01 grants from the National Institutes of Health are highly competitive, and there are very few orthopaedic surgeon – scientists who are successful at competing for these grants” says Terek. “The research environment and collaborators in the Orthopaedic Research Laboratories, built and expanded over the years by philanthropy, prior grants, and the department, all contribute to the success of our research program, says Dr. Michael Ehrlich, Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and CEO of University Orthopediccs, Inc. Learn more, click here.


Spine Surgeons at University Orthopedics among first in Rhode Island to use FluoroNav system that pinpoints surgical locations with real-time 3D images

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“This technology allows real time monitoring of hardware insertion using three dimensional models of the spine, so that screws can be safely placed even in the smallest of areas,” said Mark Palumbo, MD, an orthopedic spine surgeon at University Orthopedics / Rhode Island Hospital. “We use FluoroNav in orthopedics for spinal surgeries, but it can also be used for real time imaging in several types of surgeries including tumor resection, pelvic reconstructions, trauma cases and many others.” Read more here.


University Orthopedics would like to announce the addition of Chris Got, MD, and Scott Paxton, MD.

August 1, 2013 — Dr. Got will be joining the Hand Division and Dr. Paxton will be in Shoulder and Elbow. The addition of new surgeons is part of University Orthopedics’ ongoing efforts to improve patient access. Patients can request appointments online by clicking here. Physicians can refer a patient by clicking here. In addition we have made it easier to refer patients and schedule appointments with our central scheduling service at 401-457-1500. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Got and Dr. Paxton to University Orthopedics and University Physicians, Inc. Read more here.


Spine Navigation and 3D Imaging now at University Orthopedics in Rhode Island

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March 25, 2013 — Most people who have watched a 3D movie on a big screen, will agree that it is a pretty cool technology. When it comes to 3D imaging for spine navigation to assist with complex spine surgeries, physicians and patients would both agree that this technology is a welcome addition to the operating room as well.

Dr. Mark Palumbo, Dr. Craig Eberson and Dr. Phillip Lucas at the University Orthopedics Spine Center in Rhode Island now apply the power of navigation technology to spine surgery. The Spine Navigation System places the spine surgeons at University Orthopedics at the forefront of computer assisted surgery for spine in the nation. Read more here.


What can you say to the people who saved your mother’s life?

March 24, 2013 — After Dr. Mark Palumbo removed a cancerous spinal tumor, Pat's mother is looking forward to enjoying her first cruise — with her daughter, Pat, and two granddaughters. Dr. Mark Palumbo is a fellowship-trained spine surgeon in Rhode Island with offices in East Greenwich and Providence. Read more here. dr ehrlich in the news, providence orthopedic surgeon, providence orthopedic surgery, rhode island orthopedic surgeon

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Rhode Island Hospital orthopedic surgeon Edward Akelman, M.D., named president of American Society for Surgery of the Hand
September 24, 2012

Edward Akelman, M.D. becomes president-elect of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.
September 8, 2011

Charity Funds Combat Wound Research
May 18, 2011

Phillip Lucas, MD, Receives Milton Hamolsky Outstanding Physician Award
January 24, 2011

Non-Operative treatment of Dupuytren’s Disease hand and finger flexion contractures
September 7, 2010

University Orthopedics Physicians listed as Top Doctors in Rhode Island
April 22, 2010

UOI Doctors Speak About Experience in Haiti on FOX Providence News
February 17, 2010

UOI Doctors Aid in Haiti Relief
February 4, 2010

Medical Equipment Drive
August 22, 2011

Michael Ehrlich, MD, Featured in Brown Medicine Magazine
March 3, 2011

Medical Equipment Donation Drive
July 27, 2010

RIH and TMH: Blue Distinctions Centers for Knee and Hip Replacement and Spine Surgery
November 3, 2009

Computer Navigation For ACL Reconstruction
April 21, 2008

Exploring New Treatments
April 21, 2008

New Hope For Shoulder Mobility and Pain Relief
April 21, 2008

Computer Navigation for Minimally Invasive Hip and Knee Surgery
January 28, 2008

Anatomy of An Emergency Response That Went Right
January 27, 2008

Michael G. Ehrlich, Physician of the Year
February 2006

University Orthopedic Physician to Head Amputee Research Project
March 14, 2005

University Orthopedics Physician Appointed AOFAS Program Chairman
March 2, 2005