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  • Breaking News Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation

    for alumni & friends of the University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation

    New simulator will further strengthen the department’s residency program A virtual reality-based simulator will provide additional training in knee and shoulder arthroscopy for orthopaedic residents

    by Philipp Streubel, M.D., assistant professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation

    Orthopaedic resident education is facing challenging times. Work hour restrictions have reduced the amount of time available for surgical skill development. Furthermore, as our understanding of musculoskeletal pathology continues to evolve, subspecialty training has continued to re�ne surgical techniques. With a persistent evolution towards minimally invasive techniques, trainees are frequently faced with steep

    learning curves.

    Surgical simulation has long been a part of education in orthopaedic surgery and continues to play a key role in providing a launching platform for training surgeons. For generations, orthopaedic surgeons have bene�ted from cadaver and synthetic bone labs to learn about fracture �xation and arthroplasty.

    Dr. Paul Esposito appointed International Ambassador for the Bone and Joint Decade

    Paul Esposito, M.D., professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Pediatrics at UNMC and clinical service chief of Orthopaedics at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center

    In October, Dr. Paul Esposito was named as an international ambassador of the Bone and Joint Decade (BJD).

    The ambassador’s role is to support the Bone and Joint Decade and work with the International Coordinating Council and with the National Action Network (NAN) of their country to achieve the vision and mission of the decade.

    The mission of the BJD is to reduce the burden and cost of musculoskeletal disorders, as well as promote musculoskeletal

    Breaking News | Winter 2014

    see SIMULATION pg 5 see ESPOSITO pg 8

  • Message from the chair A year of change.

    As we enter the new year, we are excited about the many changes that took place in 2014 on both a department and campus-wide level. Most visibly, you may have noticed that our UNMC logo has changed. UNMC has strengthened its alignment with our clinical and hospital partners, now known as Nebraska Medicine, which includes the entities previously known as The Nebraska Medical Center, Bellevue Medical Center and UNMC Physicians.

    Although still two separate entities, UNMC and Nebraska Medicine now share one emblem designed to more closely unite the face of academics and medicine in Nebraska. This emblem symbolizes the longstanding commitment by UNMC and Nebraska Medicine to join forces and provide state-of-the-art patient care.

    UNMC not only has a new look, but new leadership as well. Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D., brings a rich history of leadership in academic medicine, is a board- certi�ed thoracic surgeon, and also serves as chairman of the Nebraska Medicine Advisory Board. We welcome Dr. Gold and are very excited to have him as part of the UNMC and Nebraska Medicine team.

    In 2014, the department also announced the ground-breaking of the Lauritzen Outpatient Center which, when completed in 2016, will bring the orthopaedic clinic, academic of�ces and research facilities together in one location for the �rst time in several years. This new space and cutting-edge technology will allow the department to continue to grow and realize our mission of outstanding research, education and patient care.

    Alumni, please note that our annual alumni gathering will be held March 26th, during the 2015 AAOS annual meeting in Las Vegas. Detailed information is listed on the following page and formal invitations will be arriving soon.

    Also, be sure to save the date for this year’s graduation ceremonies, which will be held June 12-13th. As always we hope that you can join us.

    From everyone at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation we wish you a new year �lled health and happiness.

    Sincerely,

    Breaking News | Winter 2014

    Breaking News is published three times a year for alumni and friends of the UNMC Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation.

    For additional printed copies, please contact: Dana Meyer dmeyer@unmc.edu 402.559.4380

    Department of Orthopaedic Surgery 981080 Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE 68198-1080

    www.unmc.edu/orthosurgery

    This publication is available online.

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    Kevin L. Garvin, M.D. Professor and Chair L. Thomas Hood, M.D., Professorship

  • Dr. Hani Haider honored by the International Standards Organization (ISO) First Committee Chairman’s Award presented at the 2014 ISO annual meeting in South Korea

    Hani Haider, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation and director of the Biomechanics and Advanced Surgical Technology Laboratory, was presented the International Standards Organization (ISO) Committee Chairman’s Award at the 2014 ISO Annual Meeting in Seoul, South Korea.

    The award was presented by John Goode of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), who chairs the International ISO TC 150 Committee which develops testing standards for all medical devices.

    Dr. Haider was recognized as the award’s �rst recipient for his “personal contributions (to the committee) and international standards development.” He has previously been recognized internationally for his expertise in ortho- paedic implant simulation and for developing testing standards through two awards from the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International in 2005 and 2010, and others for advanced surgical technology development.

    Hani Haider, Ph.D., professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, Director of Orthopaedics Biomechanics and Advanced Surgical Technologies Laboratory

    Breaking News | Winter 2014

    AAOS Annual Meeting

    March 24-28, 2015 Venetian/Sands EXPO Las Vegas, Nevada

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    Nebraska Orthopaedic Surgery Alumni Reception

    Thursday, March 26, 2015 Time: 6:00-8:00 PM Location: db Brasserie, The Venetian 3355 Las Vegas Boulevard South Lower Level (Restaurant Row) Las Vegas, Nevada

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    Nebraska Orthopaedic Surgery Resident Graduation

    June 12-13, 2015 Resident presentations: Friday, June 12, 2015 8:00 AM - Noon Banquet: Omaha Country Club Saturday, June 13, 2015 6:00 PM

    Save the date!

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    Osvaldo “Andres” Barrera graduated with a Ph.D. of Medical Sciences from the University of Nebraska Medical Center on December 19, 2014.

    Dr. Barrera is a long-time employee of the orthopaedics biomechanics lab. We are honored to have played a role in the education of an exceptional researcher and esteemed colleague.

    Dr. Barerra earned his bachelor degree from El Universidad Nacional de Entre Rios (Argentina) in 1999. He joined the department in 2001 as a research associate, working under Professor Hani Haider in the Orthopaedics Biomechanics and Advanced Surgical Technologies Laboratory. While working on the development of a computer- assisted orthopaedic surgery and free- hand navigation system in the lab, he pursued his M.S. degree in computer science at UNO, and graduated in December of 2003.

    Dr. Barrera’s extensive work with Dr. Haider on the creation of the in-house, Nebraska-born navigated freehand bone cutting technology will change the way orthopaedic surgeons worldwide perform total joint arthroplasty (TJA), and has played a significant role in helping to elevate the department’s biomechanics lab into what is rapidly becoming one of the leading orthopaedic research centers in the world.

    The computer-aided surgical technique and “smart” devices facilitate TJA with similar precision as manual alignment instruments (jigs) allow, but with much more utility. The software creates an accurate 3-D model of patients’ bones using computer tomography (CT) scans. From the computer, a surgeon can then plan a joint replacement procedure according to his/her operating preferences and a patient’s unique case.

    In October 2013, after years of design, testing and refinement, Drs. Haider and Barrera received a United States Patent for “Method and Apparatus for Computer-Aided Surgery.”

    This international award-winning technology is now being configured and documented for submission for U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, clinical trials and commercialization through a Nebraska-based startup company.

    After 13 years with the orthopaedic department, Dr. Barrera has moved on to pursue other interests. We expect many great things to come from Dr. Barrera in the future and are proud to have had him as a member of our team!

    Osvaldo Andres Barrera received Ph.D.

    Left: Drs. Osvaldo Andres Barrera and Hani Haider, following the formal graduation ceremony of Dr. Barrera, held at the Joslyn Art Museum on December 19, 2014. Dr. Barrera, a long-time research associate in the department’s biomechanics lab, received his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

  • Breaking News | Winter 2014

    The acquisition of arthroscopic skills poses special challenges. The learning curve for even basic skills, such as triangulation and knot tying, can be