There is increasing recognition in both the health care community and the general public that the more we coordinate care along the entire continuum – from the research bench to primary and specialty care and, ultimately, to patient's homes and communities – the better our chances to improve patient's lives.
This issue of Orthopaedic Surgery News explores a few of the things our department is doing in this regard. We highlight our ongoing efforts to strengthen ties with you, our partner providers in the communities where our shared patients live and work. Outreach efforts through UCSF satellite clinics, community-based research and program development to prevent pediatric injuries, and initiatives to facilitate smoother transfers of patients from the community to our specialty trauma team all exemplify these efforts.
Other stories highlight our effort to share clinical advances informed by research. One story focuses on new joint-preserving treatment options for hip impingement and injuries. Another describes how our concerns about the limited options for full recovery in severed hand tendons have led to collaborative research to enhance understanding of how tendons form and heal, leveraging the unique expertise in our research laboratories.
All of this work stems from the same simple but essential principle: the more we work together, the better it is for our patients.
Thank you for being our partners in this effort.
Thomas Parker Vail, M.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
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.