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Spring 2009

Chair's Message

Bringing together specialty teams in one central, state-of-the-art and readily accessible location will better meet your needs — and those of your patients. That is the thinking behind the August 2009 opening of our new Orthopaedic Institute at Mission Bay. This issue of Orthopaedic Surgery News highlights one of the services you will find there: the Division of Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery.

As practicing physicians, you know well that rare congenital conditions and more common injuries of the hands and upper extremities negatively affect quality of life in both adults and children. Simple solutions performed by experts and complex reconstructions — often a combination of skeletal, muscle, nerve, tendon and ligament procedures — can be the only way to restore proper motion to fingers, wrists, elbows or shoulders. Specialized surgical skills and techniques offer new hope to children born with conditions such as missing fingers, cerebral palsy or brachial plexus injuries.

As with so much in medicine, having a readily available team of expert, experienced physicians is essential, and this is what our Division of Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery offers. Led by orthopaedic surgeon Lisa Lattanza, M.D., we work closely with colleagues in plastic surgery, neurology and neurological surgery at UCSF to provide a full range of expertise for complex conditions in both adults and children.

The accomplishments and collaborations that make up the hand and upper extremity group are a source of great pride for our department. Please enjoy this issue of Orthopaedic Surgery News, and call on us if we can help you to better serve the patients we share.

Thomas Parker Vail, M.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

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