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Members from the Hospital Attend 26th Annual Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Scientific Meeting

This week, members from our Center for Excellence in Limb Lengthening are attending the 26th Annual Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society (LLRS) Scientific Meeting in Park City, Utah. This organization brings together medical professionals from around the country to discuss the latest research and techniques for the treatment of limb reconstruction, limb lengthening, extremity deformity correction and complex fracture treatment.

Scottish Rite Hospital has several medical staff and researchers who are members of this group, including orthopedic medical staff John Birch, M.D., Lori Karol, M.D., Karl Rathjen, M.D., David Podeszwa, M.D., and Lane Wimberly, M.D. Additionally, researchers Marina Makarov, M.D.*, Alex Cherkashin, M.D., and Mikhail Samchukov, M.D., contribute to the success of LLRS. Assistant Chief of Staff, Karl Rathjen, M.D., has served as this year’s president of the organization. Rathjen is leading the two-day meeting while several of the hospitals’ doctors, researchers and past fellows are making presentations.

This year, our staff has been selected to present on the latest research conducted in the Center for Excellence in Limb Lengthening. “The LLRS annual meeting is a great opportunity to showcase our research to specialists in this field from around the world,” says Rathjen. “Scottish Rite Hospital has become well-known for our work with this patient population and we are honored to be able to share our knowledge.”

The Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society allows our staff to collaborate with fellow medical professionals to continue learning the latest techniques and treatments for these patients. Scottish Rite Hospital is dedicated to conducting ongoing research in this area not only to provide the best care possible to patients at our institution, but also to children everywhere.

* Medical Degree from Omsk Medical School, Russia
† Medical Degree from Novosibirsk State Medical School, Russia
‡ Medical Degree from Khabarovsk State Medical School, Russia

Scottish Rite Hospital Attends the 24th International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST)

Doctors from Scottish Rite Hospital are in Cape Town, South Africa attending the 24th International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST), an annual conference sponsored by the Scoliosis Research Society. This three-day international meeting brings together spine surgeons and other medical professionals from around the globe to discuss leading-edge spine research. IMAST allows attendees to discuss and debate the latest spine techniques to ultimately improve patient care.

This year, Scottish Rite Hospital’s Chief of Staff Dan Sucato, M.D., M.S., has been selected to present on the spine team’s most recent work in neuromonitoring for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS).This project, “Neuromonitoring for AIS: A 20-year Analysis of AIS Patient Incidence of Critical Changes and Predictive Factors to Define Patients at Risk,” reviews a single institution’s experience of neuromonitoring in spinal deformity surgery in a series of adolescent patients with idiopathic scoliosis in order to describe predictive factors for intraoperative neurologic injury. Authored by Dan Sucato, M.D., M.S., Kiley Poppino, B.S., Alex Thoveson, B.S., Ali Parsa, M.D., Steven Sparagana, M.D., and Patricia Rampy, M.S., C.N.I.M., the presentation is one of the top scoring abstracts at the conference.

The various conferences the hospital attends allow our doctors and researchers to not only share their knowledge, but also learn from fellow medical professionals across the world. “It is a privilege and an honor to be selected to present our research on an international stage,” says Sucato. “Although it brings light to the innovative work we conduct, it is more fulfilling to know that we are bringing better care and treatment to our patients and other children globally.”

Scottish Rite Hospital Staff in Beijing for International Meeting

Scottish Rite Hospital is known around the world for its expertise in treating children with orthopedic conditions. Our doctors and researchers travel the globe to educate and share their latest research with fellow medical professionals in order to bring better treatment to children everywhere.

This week, two members from the hospital are in Beijing at the 3rd China International Forum of Pediatric Development (CIFPD). This conference brings together pediatric specialists from across the world to advance international pediatric development and collaboration. The meeting includes keynote speakers and presentations on various topics in pediatric health.

Our Medical Director of Ambulatory Care, Brandon Ramo, M.D., and researcher Johnny Zhang, M.D.* were invited to give presentations regarding scoliosis. Ramo, Zhang and other spine experts from across the globe are discussing their latest innovations for the treatment of children with severe spinal deformities.

“This is a great opportunity to collaborate with other specialists and share our research”, says Ramo. “It is an honor to be invited to such a prestigious meeting with the sole purpose of bringing better care to children, both in the U.S. and all over the world.”


Presentations from Scottish Rite Hospital include:

  • Halo Traction for the Treatment of Children with Severe Scoliosis
  • Predicting Growth and Curve Progression in the Young Patient with Scoliosis
  • Scottish Rite Hospital’s use of Mehta casting for Infantile Scoliosis
  • Selection of levels in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis

As an institution, it is a privilege to be known as leaders in pediatric orthopedics. We’re committed to traveling the globe in order to share research and innovation. This conference, along with others our staff attend throughout the year, not only allow the hospital to share their expertise, but also gives our staff the opportunity to learn in order to bring the best care possible to each of our patients.

*Medical Degree from Tianjin Medical University, China

Scottish Rite Hospital’s Sports Medicine Team Conducts Research in Young Athletes with ACL Tears

An expert in caring for growing athletes, our pediatric orthopedic surgeon Henry B. Ellis, M.D., was featured in a U.S. News & World Report article addressing the continued rise of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears in kids. This trend raises concern about why this is happening and how best to treat this population.

Since the treatment differs greatly between a child and an adult, Scottish Rite Hospital is conducting research to better understand this condition to determine the best treatment plan for these young athletes. When a child is in sports and an injury occurs, there are many factors to consider before deciding the treatment plan. In regards to an ACL reconstruction, identifying if a child’s bones are still growing is very important in determining the best and safest treatment.

When a young athlete tears his or her ACL, returning to sports may be difficult because the knee may continue to buckle or give way (i.e. the knee is unstable). A young athlete who describes an unstable knee may be a risk of further damage to their knee without consideration for surgical treatment for his or her ACL injury. Our team is evaluating the outcomes and body mechanics in patients who go through certain procedures to reconstruct the ACL in the growing athlete. During this particular procedure, the ACL is stabilized and the growth plates are not affected when the original ACL is replaced completely with a portion of the patient’s own iliotibial band (IT band). Where other studies have evaluated the effect of this procedure on stability of the knee and growth changes, Ellis and his team including Assistant Chief of Staff, Philip L. Wilson, M.D., are evaluating whether removing a portion of the IT band to repair the ACL causes any lasting changes. Ellis says, “We are evaluating the results of the current best practice in young athletes so that we can ensure we are not causing new problems by solving one.” Some changes that have not yet been described may be weakness or functional changes in other areas of the body. Our study uses different tests performed in our Movement Science Lab to evaluate how patients walk and move at different time points after the surgery.

With the continued rise of ACL tears and many other types of injuries in young athletes, prevention, treatment and return to sports timing have all become important research topics. As research continues to move from one question to the next, experts at Scottish Rite Hospital are dedicated to finding answers to provide the best possible care to each of our patients.


Scottish Rite Hospitals Hosts 39th Annual Brandon Carrell Visiting Professorship

Scottish Rite Hospital is hosting the 39th Annual Brandon Carrell Visiting Professorship, June 23-24. This two-day educational course is a culmination of our fellow training program and highlights the research projects of our fellows as well as our orthopedic residents. Our orthopedic trainees are required to complete at least one research project with our medical staff and research team during their rotation at Scottish Rite Hospital. This year’s program is highlighting clinical research studies in the areas of spine, hip, trauma, lower limb deformity, musculoskeletal infection (MSI), sports, and psychology.

Our visiting professor this year is Deborah Eastwood, M.B., Ch.B., F.R.C.S (London). Dr. Eastwood is a consultant orthopedic surgeon and the orthopedic director of the Motor Learning Laboratory at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore, and consultant orthopedic surgeon at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. She has been a member of the Board of Directors for the European Paediatric Orthopaedic Society (EPOS) from 2009 through 2015 and President of EPOS 2013-2014.

This year, co-director of the Center for Excellence in Limb Lengthening, David A. Podeszwa, M.D., is the Brandon Carrell conference program director. He is excited for the fellows and residents to present their research. “I look forward to this course each year because it is a great opportunity for our fellows and other staff within the hospital to share their current research and learn from one another,” says Podeszwa. “It is an honor to have Dr. Eastwood at our institution so our staff may learn from her expertise.”

The Brandon Carrell Visiting Professorship is another component of the hospital’s mission of patient care, education and research. We continue to strive for excellence and be a leader in pediatric orthopedics by allowing staff to learn from medical professionals from around the world, as well as each other. The course advances our knowledge of pediatric orthopedics, which will improve the care of our patients.

Scottish Rite Hospital Hosts Charles F. Gregory Memorial Lecture

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital is hosting the Charles F. Gregory Memorial Lecture to recognize the graduates of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School (UTSW) Orthopedic Surgery residency program. This annual lecture was established in honor of Charles F. Gregory, M.D., who was the Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery at UTSW from 1956-1976. Gregory was fiercely committed to excellence in post-graduate medical education and instituted numerous initiatives to create a superior educational experience for orthopedic surgeons in training at UTSW.

Orthopedic surgery residents at UTSW receive a substantial portion of their education during clinical rotations at affiliated hospitals including Scottish Rite Hospital, Children’s Health and Parkland Hospital. All UTSW orthopedic residents complete a six-month pediatric orthopedic surgery rotation at Scottish Rite Hospital where they receive clinical and surgical instruction from world-renowned pediatric orthopedic specialists. During their time at the hospital, residents also have the opportunity to work with our research staff and participate in a research study.

This year’s Charles F. Gregory Memorial Lecture program includes six resident research presentations, three of which were generated from clinical investigations performed at Scottish Rite Hospital. Staff Orthopedic Surgeon, Anthony Riccio, M.D., is the Director of Resident Education at Scottish Rite Hospital and is responsible for overseeing the UTSW orthopedic residents during their pediatric orthopedic rotation. “This is a wonderful opportunity for our graduating orthopedic residents to share their research with fellow medical professionals”, says Riccio. “All of the staff at the hospital are honored to play a role in the academic and professional development of these outstanding residents.”

Research projects from Scottish Rite Hospital include:

  • Efficacy of Injections in Subtalar Coalition Patients to Prevent or Delay Operative Intervention
  • Body Mass Index Affects Brace Wear Compliance in Children with Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
  • Is Anteromedial Drilling Safe in Transphyseal ACL Reconstruction in Adolescents with Growth Remaining

Scottish Rite Hospital is proud of the partnership and collaboration it has with UTSW through the orthopedic residency program. The Charles R. Gregory Memorial Lectureship gives the graduating residents the opportunity to present their work and provides our medical staff with the ability to share their expertise with the local orthopedic community and many future medical professionals.

Scottish Rite Hospital’s Movement Science Team Travels to Annual Gait Meeting to Present Their Most Recent Research

Scottish Rite Hospital’s team in the Movement Science Lab is in Salt Lake City, Utah participating in the Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society (GCMAS) Annual Meeting. The conference brings together professionals from diverse medical backgrounds to improve the quality of life for individuals with any movement disorder through research and collaboration.

Team members from our Movement Science Lab are among other medical professionals from around the country that have the opportunity to present their most recent research. With four podium and two poster presentations accepted, the hospital is presenting on various topics within pediatric orthopedics. Director of the Movement Science Lab and an executive officer for GCMAS, Kirsten Tulchin-Francis, Ph.D., is proud of the representation the hospital has at this year’s meeting. “For our team, this is a great opportunity to showcase our expertise in how we study the movement and function of our patient population,” says Tulchin-Francis. “Our orthopedic staff supports the work we conduct and believe that the research can truly help determine better treatment plans for our patients.”

The team is presenting on the following topics:

  • The Periacetabular Osteotomy Improves Radiographic And Gait Functional Outcomes Of Adolescents With Cerebral Palsy
  • Plantar Pressures Following Surgical Intervention For Clubfoot: Intermediate Follow Up At 5 Years Of Age
  • Outcomes Following Treatment For Idiopathic Clubfoot At Age 10yrs: Gross Motor Function, Strength & PODCI
  • The Development And Treatment Of Adolescent Hip Pain In A Patient With Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Differences In Squatting Biomechanics In Individuals With Unilateral And Bilateral Adolescent Hip Dysplasia
  • Rectus Sparing Approach To Periacetabular Osteotomy In Adolescents Preserves Hip Flexion Strength At Short Term Follow-Up

Our state-of-the-art Movement Science Lab brings a unique view into how our patients function to better understand their condition and to determine the best treatment plan. This annual meeting allows our staff to further their knowledge and share their expertise with fellow medical professionals. It is a privilege to be a part of a specialized meeting in order to bring more discussion and groundbreaking innovation back to the hospital to ultimately give patients back their childhood.

Scottish Rite Hospital Staff Return from Spain with Two Major Awards

Last week, our medical staff and researchers attended the 2017 EPOSNA conference in Barcelona, Spain. This inaugural meeting combined two established pediatric orthopedic societies, POSNA (Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America) and EPOS (European Pediatric Orthopaedic Society) to foster education and research on a global scale.

Scottish Rite Hospital had a tremendous showing with presentations throughout the four-day meeting. The hospital returned from Spain with two of the three major awards given at the meeting – Best Quality, Safety, Value Initiative (QSVI) presentation and Best Basic Science Research podium presentation. Staff Orthopedist, Amy McIntosh, M.D., and Director of Performance Improvement, Kerry Wilder, received the QSVI award on their work in quality improvement regarding reductions in surgical site infections (SSI) in patients undergoing spine surgery. This is a great accomplishment as this is the first quality improvement award the hospital has won at an international meeting.

Staff orthopedist, Lawson Copley, M.D., received the award for Best Basic Science Paper for his research work on acute hematogeonous osteomyelitis (AHO), which is a bone infection that is most commonly caused by bacteria called, Staphylococcus aureus. Copley and his team conducted a thorough analysis of bacterial virulence genes (genes responsible for causing infection) isolated from children with osteomyelitis to determine which ones were associated with a severe illness.

The 2017 EPOSNA combined meeting provided a great opportunity for our staff to learn and present their work to fellow medical professionals from around the world. Research and education continues to be at the forefront to help answer the challenging questions we face and is critical in carrying out the hospital’s mission to ultimately provide the very best care to our patients and children everywhere.

Medical Staff and Researchers Attend Inaugural 2017 EPOSNA Conference

Our medical staff and researchers are attending the 2017 EPOSNA meeting this week in Barcelona, Spain, which combines experts in pediatric orthopedics from North America and Europe. This is the first year the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) and the European Pediatric Orthopaedic Society (EPOS) will join in collaboration to highlight pediatric orthopedic education and research. The meeting will begin with the educational pre-course titled “Cutting-Edge Pediatric Orthopedics 2017: A Global Perspective.” Chief of Staff, Dan Sucato, M.D., M.S., states “The combined meeting is very exciting as it brings pediatric orthopedic surgeons from all over the world together to share ideas, experiences and research that will improve the care of our patients. Scottish Rite Hospital is at the heart of all of the activities at this combined meeting.”

POSNA is comprised of over 1,200 members including orthopedic surgeons, physicians, and other medical professionals. EPOS is a European society with over 300 members. Both groups have a purpose of bringing better care to children and adolescents with orthopedic conditions through education and research, a mission which has been supported by Scottish Rite Hospital’s Assistant Chief of Staff, Lori Karol, M.D., who has been part of the leadership of POSNA for the last several years.

EPOSNA 2017 is the largest pediatric orthopedic scientific meeting with over 1,300 abstracts submitted. Only 200 podium and 200 posters were accepted for presentation at the three-day meeting. Scottish Rite Hospital has a strong presence with sixteen selected podiums and eleven poster presentations, which highlights the work of our current medical staff, researchers as well as our fellow and resident trainees. Director of Research, Harry Kim, M.D., says, “We are very excited to see so many of our research projects come to fruition and be on the program for presentation at this important meeting. We are truly blessed to have a great medical and research staff who value research and who are working hard to improve our understanding and treatment of various pediatric musculoskeletal disorders.” Podium and poster projects in the followings areas will be presented:

  • Spine
  • Hip
  • Trauma
  • Clubfoot
  • Limb Deformity
  • Sports Medicine
  • Basic Science
  • Biomechanics

The conference includes a session dedicated to nominees for best clinical and best scientific paper. Scottish Rite Hospital has a total of five nominations in the two categories. Harry Kim, M.D., has two presentations nominated for best scientific paper. Staff orthopedist, Lawson Copley, M.D., is also nominated for best scientific paper. Both Kim and Copley make up half of the nominations for this category. Dan Sucato, M.D., M.S., and Medical Director of Ambulatory Care, Brandon Ramo, M.D., are nominated for best clinical paper with their respective research in Perthes disease and halo gravity traction for the treatment of scoliosis.

Director of Clinical Orthopedic Research, Adriana De La Rocha, Ph.D., states “We are very proud of all the projects we will present. It’s another example of how our work with our medical staff and researchers at Scottish Rite Hospital continues to drive the innovation for the care and treatment of our patients, which are always at the forefront of our mission.”

This is a unique opportunity for our medical staff and researchers to showcase their work on a global scale. With the meeting being expanded to include the European society, it allows our staff to collaborate with professionals from across the world to ultimately bring better care back to our patients.

For more information on the innovative research and integration with education and patient care at Scottish Rite Hospital, please visit our website.







Scottish Rite Hospital’s Movement Science Lab: Experts in Analyzing How Children Move

The Movement Science Laboratory at Scottish Rite Hospital is an integrated part to the treatment of our patients. The team uses leading-edge technology to evaluate and identify movement to help our doctors make decisions about the best treatment options for the child.

The Movement Science Lab (MSL), also known as the gait lab, has two main focuses: clinical evaluations and research. Clinically, our MSL team works directly with our orthopedic doctors to help provide options to determine the best course of treatment for each child. Doctors are provided with a detailed analysis of their patient’s walking ability including how the joints move, when the muscles are firing, and the power generated through their legs.

Scottish Rite Hospital is one of the few institutions in the area to have a premier movement science lab. During a Movement Science appointment, small reflective markers are placed on the child’s body and special high speed motion capture cameras record the child’s movement in three dimensions while performing certain tasks (walking, running, squatting, etc.). This equipment is the same technology used to make animations, video games, and movie special effects. MSL staff processes and summaries the data so doctors can analyze and help create their treatment plan.

Other tools utilized in the lab include a special plate that is in the floor, which allows the team to measure and evaluate the patient’s footprint as they walk. It shows exactly where and how high the pressure is under different areas of the foot. This device helps with the assessment of children with specific foot problems. Other equipment in the lab measures muscle strength or how efficiently the body uses oxygen with every breath.

The other focus of the Movement Science Lab is research. As an integrated part of the hospital’s mission, the research conducted allows the team to better understand and measure how well the treatment plans our doctors provide to our patients improve their function. The lab will see patients before and after treatment in order to measure the effectiveness of the care. The purpose of the research is to compare patient outcomes following different surgical procedures, assess a specific treatment across varying types of patients, define the improvements of the child’s conditions following physical and occupational therapy, and evaluate the effectiveness of various orthoses and prosthetic limb components. The research continues to educate our staff and allows the team to provide the best possible care to each patient.

Overall, our Movement Science Lab gives our doctors a more in-depth analysis of how a patient’s body moves. Whether it is the child’s hips, knees or ankles, the equipment our lab uses guides our doctors in providing the best treatment plan. It is through the clinical evaluations and dedication to research that our movement science lab is world-renowned.