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April, 2017

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I am delighted to announce that the ACGME Orthopaedic Residency Review Committee has granted us a permanent increase in resident complement. That means we will now have 5 residents per year, for a total of 25 orthopaedic residents. Our request for approval has been a 5 ½ year process and represents positive steps toward realizing our vision toward growth for the Department.

In March, we matched five outstanding orthopaedic surgery applicants who will join us in July, 2017:

  • Sam Bhimani – Mercer University
  • Caleb Davis – University of Tennessee
  • Justin Givens – University of Louisville
  • Lauren Protzer – University of Louisville
  • Austin Smith – University of Kansas

We are looking forward to their arrival and contributions to the Department. Here are a few other recent highlights:

  • The Department held a Knee/Shoulder Arthroscopy Boot Camp on Saturday, March 4th, at the Arthrex facility for our PGY-1, PGY-2 and PGY-3 residents. This hands-on teaching experience emphasized tips and tricks as well as fundamentals of surgical arthroscopy.
  • On March 16, 2017 the Department hosted the 6th Annual Alumni Reception at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting in San Diego, California. Graduates from many decades were represented, where the most senior alumnus at the reception was from the Class of 1966.
  • Two of our PGY-4 residents presented papers at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting in March, 2017. Drew Garber, MD gave a podium presentation on "Total Hip Arthroplasty in Patients with Previous Lumbar Spine Fusion: Are There More Complications and Revisions?" and Brian Dilworth, MD had a poster presentation on "Risk of Re-infection After Irrigation and Debridement for Treatment of Acute Periprosthetic Joint Infection Following TKA".
  • Our Department was well represented by Darlinda Smith, APRN and Hollis Edwards, APRN at a community outreach event at the Parkland Health and Wellness Fair on March 18, 2017. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer was among the visitors to play a game at the orthopaedic booth. "Playing this game reminds me why my wife is the doctor in the family!" Mayor Greg Fischer said. "Still I was happy to stop by the Parkland Health and Wellness Fair to encourage the great work being done to encourage healthy behaviors in our community."
    Hollis Edwards, ARNP (left) and Mayor Greg Fischer (right). (Photo by Mayor’s office staffer, Nicole Yates)
  • Two PGY-4 residents gave podium presentations in Amelia Island, Florida, at the Mid-America Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting in April, 2017. Ikem Onyekwelu, MD presented "Surgical Wound Classification and Surgical Site Infection in the Orthopaedic Patient." Brent Sinicrope, MD presented "Cementless Total Knee Arthroplasty in Morbidly Obese Patients: Outcomes and Complications."
  • Brent Sinicrope, MD was also selected as our new Administrative Chief Resident for the 2017-2018 academic year. Congratulations, Dr. Sinicrope!


Meanwhile, we continue to make
excellent progress towards our vision of a
vibrant Department with a strong clinical
enterprise, multiple endowed
professorships and divisions, and broad
regional outreach and influence.
Thank you for your support!

Craig S. Roberts, MD, MBA
K. Armand Fischer Professor and Chair
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

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