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David Wright (PGY4) travels to Ganga Hospital in India for microsurgical training course and clinical observership
In February 2020, with support from UCI Orthopaedic Surgery Department and Dr. Ranjan Gupta, David Wright (PGY4) traveled to Coimbatore, India for 2 weeks to complete a microsurgical training course and clinical observership at Ganga Hospital. Led by Dr. Raja Sabapathy, Ganga Hospital specializes in orthopaedic trauma and reconstructive microsurgery, serving as the quaternary referral center for most of South Asia. The 5-day micro course is run through the Ganga Hospital Microsurgery Training Institute and is founded on Dr. Robert Acland’s University of Louisville Microsurgery Course. Since its inception in 2000, over 1,200 surgeons from around the world have completed the course at Ganga Hospital, including 69 surgeons from the United States.
After completing the course, Dr. Wright stayed on for an additional 1-week clinical observership with a focus on brachial plexus and lower extremity microsurgical reconstruction. Moderate-energy road traffic accidents involving unprotected moped riders are a leading cause of brachial plexus injuries and lower extremity trauma in India. Open fractures are treated at Ganga with early aggressive debridement and expedient soft tissue coverage within 72 hours, if indicated. During his 1-week observership, Dr. Wright observed and participated in procedures ranging from upper extremity replantation, to free functioning gracilis muscle transfers, to osteocutaneous free fibula flaps. Since returning from India, he continues to make use of the microsurgery laboratory on-site at UC Irvine Medical Center to continue practicing and improving his microsurgical skills. He is currently applying to fellowship in Hand and Microsurgery and is interested in incorporating lower extremity reconstruction as part of his future practice.
The University of California, Irvine Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of California, Irvine, is founded on a commitment to the highest caliber of clinical care, cutting edge research, and innovative education. The Department's clinical services have expanded in recent years to include Sports Medicine, Dr. Dean Wang, MD, and Orthopaedic Oncology, Dr. Russell Stitzlein, MD, supporting Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, as well as additional physicians to support care in Hand/Upper Extremity, Dr. Gregory Ra jah, MD, and Dr. Jesse Kaplan, MD, and Orthopaedic Trauma, Dr. Philip Lim, MD.
Representing the only University-based orthopedic providers in Orange County, our faculty have been selected by their peers for membership in exclusive international organizations including the Cervical Spine Research Society, the Scoliosis Research Society, the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, and the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons. As members of these organizations and others, the department presented or published over 50 peer-reviewed research projects in the past year, by far the most of any group in Orange County, and we continue to receive awards and competitive funding for our ongoing work.
Driver Becomes Friends With Cyclist He Hit on PCH in Huntington Beach, Helps With His Recovery
A cyclist who is still recovering from serious injuries months after being hit by a truck in Huntington Beach is getting a lot of help from an unlikely new friend: the driver who struck him.
The crash that altered the lives of Tom Sovilla and Jack Keith happened along the Pacific Coast Highway on May 25, 2019, according to the two men, who shared their unusual story Monday.
Bicyclist hospitalized for 33 days bonds with the driver who hit him
Jack Keith, left, takes a selfie with Tom Sovilla and his wife Jenette Sovilla, before the start of a press conference at UCI Medical Center in Orange, CA, on Monday, Jan 13, 2020. Seven months ago, Tom Sovilla was on a 64 mile bike ride when driver Jack Keith collided with Sovilla on Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach. Sovilla would spend the next 33 days hospitalized.
On a beautiful morning last Memorial Day weekend, two worlds collided on the Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach. What followed would be an act of extraordinary forgiveness – and an accidental friendship.
Tom Sovilla was savoring one of his long bike rides as he reached the Seapoint Street intersection, where the view opens up to the glittering ocean.
La Habra cyclist struck by vehicle offers prayers, forgiveness for driver
It's a rare story of forgiveness between a La Habra cyclist who was hit by a vehicle and the man who was behind the wheel the day of the crash seven months ago in Huntington Beach.
"All I remember is Tom flying through the air like 30 feet and then I just freaked out and, what did I do? Pulled over and called 911," said Long Beach resident Jack Keith.
Doctors discharge teen after reattaching arm severed in Laguna Beach accident
Trauma surgeon Sebastian Schubl, center, speaks during a press conference regarding the successful treatment of a teenage patient at UCI Medical Center in Orange on Thursday, August 9, 2018. Team members included plastic surgeon Wendy Ng, trauma services chief Michael Lekawa, orthopedic surgeon James Learned, anesthesiologist Katherine McCartney and resident physician Staci Sakai, from left. They were able to reattach his right arm after more than seven hours in the operating room that day. The team reattached nerves, rebuilt muscle and blood vessels and stabilized the damaged bone. Since then, the patient has undergone six additional operations. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)
2019 Charles S. Neer Award
Please help UCI's Department of Orthopaedic Surgery to congratulate Dr. Ranjan Gupta on being named the winner of the 2019 Charles S. Neer Award from the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons for recognition of his outstanding clinical investigations contributing to the understanding, care and prevention of injuries to the shoulder. Named after its benefactor Dr. Charles S. Neer, this prestigious award has been presented annually since the first Open Meeting of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons and is chosen after a rigorous selection process by members of both the Program Committee and Research Committee of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons. Recent awardees have been from the Hospital for Special Surgery, the Rothman Institute, UCLA, and the Cleveland Clinic.
Dr. Dean Wang chosen for the ICRS/Vericel Lars Peterson Clinical Travelling Fellowship
Dr. Wang was chosen for the ICRS/Vericel Lars Peterson Clinical Travelling Fellowship, which selects future leaders in the field of cartilage regeneration and joint preservation. He will travel with 2 other selected surgeons and Godfather Dr. Tom Minas to several hospitals around the country to view the latest cartilage restoration surgical procedures and participate in scientific and social events with the hosting expert cartilage surgeons. It will culminate with the ICRS 2019 World Congress in Vancouver, Canada, Oct 5-8, 2019, where Dr. Wang will also present his research on osteochondral allograft transplantation.
Dr. Wang was elected a candidate member of the American Shoulder and Elbow Society (ASES).
The ASES is a society made up of leading national and international Orthopaedic surgeons who specialize in surgery of the shoulder and elbow, and is one of the premier orthopaedic organizations in the country.
The Doctor vs. Device Makers
Dr. Charles Rosen is on a mission to end the conflicts of interest between manufacturers and physicians
In February, spine surgeon Dr. Charles D. Rosen stood before the Senate Special Committee on Aging and chastised the medical device industry for its unethical marketing practices. Rosen, a professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of California at Irvine, told legislators that surgeons often receive huge consulting fees from companies in return for using the manufacturers’ products or promoting them as participants of medical societies and business ventures. "Patients usually don’t know of this conflict, which leads frequently to unnecessary implants and surgery," he told 20 senators.
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A 17-year-old athlete with recurrent ankle sprains
A 17-year-old female high school soccer player with no medical comorbidities presented to clinic with right ankle pain that progressively worsened in the past 6 months. For 4 years, she had been diagnosed by her primary care physician and athletic trainers as having recurrent ankle sprains and ankle instability.
Dr. Steven D.K. Ross Retirement
The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery would like to congratulate Dr. Steven Ross on his retirement after 33 years of dedicated service and care to his patients and the community. We celebrate his prestigious career and wish him the the best during the next chapter of his life. His legacy of teaching, mentorship, and professionalism will always be remembered at UC-Irvine. Dr. Andrew Hsu will be taking over as the head of the Foot & Ankle Surgery section and will continue to provide excellent care to patients in the years ahead.