Winter 2006

Chair's Message

When I accepted the position of interim chair of the department this past August, I did so with great enthusiasm for the program's future. During this academic year, the department will continue to grow its outstanding clinical services, educational programs and research initiatives.

The department has already added four full-time clinical faculty members and has plans to add three more. The newly hired faculty members are providing additional expertise in the fields of hand and microvascular surgery, spine surgery, trauma surgery and physiatry. Future hires in sports and trauma, foot and ankle, and general orthopaedic surgery will further expand services on the Parnassus and Mount Zion campuses as well as at San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center and San Francisco General Hospital Medical Center.

From an educational standpoint, the residency program remains one of the most desirable and competitive in the United States. As the clinical services grow, so do the residents' learning opportunities. Next spring, the department will sponsor two new continuing medical educational courses — Innovations in Spine Surgery and the first annual San Francisco Orthopaedic Trauma Course. International outreach efforts also continue to expand, as the department has fostered ties to orthopaedic training programs in Uganda and South Africa.

Finally, the department is poised to build on its No. 11 nationwide ranking in NIH funding. With the development of new collaborations with prominent UCSF scientists across the campus, the already successful clinical and basic research programs will benefit from new fields of study. Of major interest to department researchers is developing multidisciplinary studies on bone and cartilage stem cell and tissue biology, which will be facilitated by the historic $3 billion funding of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. These multidisciplinary studies can lead to the type of bench-to-bedside translational research that will enhance the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions.

This edition of Orthopaedic Surgery News features some of the department's recent activities. I look forward to a productive year as interim chair and am excited by the prospect of building upon an already strong program.

Theodore Miclau, M.D.
Professor and Interim Chair
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

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