In this issue of Orthopaedic Surgery News, we present a look at some of the work at the leading edge of joint replacement being done at UCSF. We are privileged to have an outstanding team of clinician-scientists on the hip and knee service, each bringing an added dimension to the care of our patients.
Both Michael Ries, M.D., and I have degrees in engineering that serve as a platform from which we developed an interest in joint replacement surgery. This background has led to important contributions in the area of joint reconstruction, implant performance and biomechanics. Kevin Bozic, M.D., brings a focus on clinical outcomes, cost-effectiveness and health care economics as a natural extension of his training as both a surgeon and an MBA. Alfred Kuo, M.D., the newest member of our team, has exceptional clinical training as well as established skills in tissue engineering science and cartilage repair.
Together with our patient care teams, nurses, therapists, surgical teams, pain management specialists and support staff, we are able to bring the best available care to our patients. The combined efforts are a great example of science at the bedside.
The environment of collaboration, teamwork and intellectual curiosity at UCSF makes highly effective teams and far-reaching goals a possibility. The framework also provides a naturally fertile territory for education and postgraduate training.
I encourage you to take advantage of these resources by making them available to your patients. You are invited to become engaged by attending our conferences or supporting our mission in any manner. Thanks for your interest in and support of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UCSF.
Thomas Parker Vail, M.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Key Bone-Building Pathway Identified
A biochemical signaling pathway that leads to the formation of abnormally large bones in mice, co-discovered by UCSF researchers, may provide clues to both childhood bone formation and osteoporosis.