"Expanding access to evidence-based primary and specialty care is one of the central tenets of enlightened health care," says Thomas Vail, M.D., chair of the UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. "Innovative collaborations between academic medical centers and their surrounding communities help advance this goal."
The collaborations began a decade ago, when pediatric orthopaedic specialist Mohammad Diab, M.D., set up an outpatient clinic in Greenbrae (Marin County). There, he sees any child with musculoskeletal problems.
Spine specialist Shane Burch, M.D., and sports medicine physician Carlin Senter, M.D., also practice at the Greenbrae clinic. The department provides similar services at clinics in Pleasanton, San Ramon and Santa Rosa. "It's important to support and work cooperatively with local orthopaedic surgeons and primary care physicians in the communities where my patients live," says Diab.
Other important community collaborations are the department's sports medicine initiatives. For example, the PlaySafe program offers local high schools expert sports medicine services. "We translate and integrate the protocols we use to treat professional and collegiate athletes to provide the highest standard of care for high school athletes," says Anthony Luke, M.D.
These best practices get integrated in multiple ways.
Finally, says Luke, the department's Human Performance Center at Mission Bay offers a health and wellness focus where community athletes can take advantage of interdisciplinary, individualized testing and analysis to prevent injuries and achieve peak performance. "All of this work is driven by a desire to make things better for the communities where we live, work and play," says Luke.
Dr. Mohammad Diab, Dr. Anthony Luke and Dr. Thomas Vail can be contacted at (415) 353-2808.
Surgeon Heads to Olympics with Taekwondo Team
Dr. Christina Allen, a UCSF orthopedic surgeon, is the team physician for the U.S. Olympics Taekwondo Team and will accompany the team to the 2012 London Olympics this summer. Allen is also the orthopedic doctor for Cal athletics at the University of California at Berkeley and the U.S. national soccer team.
UCSF Doctors Awarded Fellowships to Improve Health Quality
Dr. Kevin Bozic is one of three UCSF physicians awarded fellowships from the University of California's Center for Health Quality and Innovation for projects to improve the quality and value of health care. Bozic, an orthopedic surgeon, was one of 13 recipients of the awards from six UC campuses.