Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. SmartTrak adds chief growth officer to spur client expansion

    SmartTrak, a business and market insights company in the orthopedic medtech space, has hired Linda Bernier as its chief growth officer to spur client expansion and investment. 
  2. Unity MSK adds 6-physician Illinois practice

    Management services organization Unity MSK partnered with Chicago-based Midland Orthopedic Associates.
  3. How spine surgery competition is evolving by market: New York, Arizona, California and more

    Big players expanding into new territories, the expansion of telemedicine and patients increasingly demanding more convenient access to care are some of the major trends affecting competition among spine practices.

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  1. Wellstar adds new orthopedic specialist

    Wellstar Health System has welcomed a new orthopedic specialist, Eric Kiskaddon, MD, at its Alpharetta, Ga.-based Orthopedics and Sports Medicine practice, according to an Oct. 25 report from the Alpharetta-Roswell Herald.
  2. Albany Medical Center earns departmental status for orthopedics

    Albany (N.Y.) Medical Center's orthopedic surgery segment was elevated to departmental status giving it additional support and recognition.
  3. 3 leaders to know at Hoag Orthopedic Institute

    Irvine, Calif.-based Hoag Orthopedic Institute is one of the largest orthopedic groups in the nation. Here are three leaders to know:
  4. Medtronic's spinoff, DePuy's new spine platform and more: 5 device company notes

    One-year data on a spinal facet replacement system and four more updates from spine devicemakers in the last week:

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  1. North American Spine Society incoming president Dr. John Finkenberg on advocating for patients and mentoring young physicians

    John Finkenberg, MD, has served on the North American Spine Society Advocacy Council for six years; he also serves as the first vice president on the board of directors and works as an associate editor for the Spine Journal on top of running his own San Diego-based practice. 
  2. Dr. Brian Blackwood hits 3,000th robot-assisted joint replacement

    Brian Blackwood, MD, completed his 3,000th joint replacement using Stryker's Mako robotic arm.
  3. Florida podiatrist charged with abusing patient

    A 77-year-old podiatrist in Palm Beach, Fla. was charged with sexual battery involving a patient, and investigators believe he may have abused others, NBC affiliate WPTV reported Oct. 25.
  4. Bone Biologics, UCLA to begin bone graft substitute trials

    Bone Biologics and the University of California Los Angeles plan to begin their joint venture clinical trial testing the efficacy of their bone graft substitute treatment for spinal fusion, trauma, osteoporosis and other bone-related indications in 2023.
  1. Dr. Laith Jazrawi on untethering orthopedic surgeons with wireless technology

    Wireless surgical cameras can create a safer, more efficient environment for orthopedics, and a "boom" in the technology is on the horizon, said Laith Jazrawi, MD.
  2. Hoag Orthopedic Institute adds 3 surgeons

    Irvine, Calif.-based Hoag Orthopedic Institute added three spine and orthopedic surgeons, reaching a record year for staffing.
  3. Medtronic partners with Australian medtech company for spine sensor

    Medtronic partnered with Australian medtech company DorsaVi to develop wearable sensors for patients with spinal cord injuries, Au Manufacturing reported Oct. 25.
  4. Robot competition ramps up as orthopedic surgeons ponder a new standard of care

    Robots in orthopedics are becoming more commonplace, as major market players including Stryker, Zimmer Biomet, Smith + Nephew and Johnson & Johnson have launched their own products for surgeons. 
  5. Healthgrades names orthopedic surgery excellence award winners for 2023

    Healthgrades has named the recipients of its Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Awards for 2023, using data from patient outcomes and patient surveys. 
  6. Orthopedic surgeons at SSM Health resign, plan to start independent group

    Several orthopedic surgeons at SSM Health Dean Medical Group in Madison, Wis. are resigning, saying they want to start an independent practice, the Wisconsin State Journal reported Oct. 25.
  7. Hospital for Special Surgery launches independent orthopedic company

    New York City-based Hospital for Special Surgery received a $21 million series A funding round to launch RightMove, a company focused on virtual physical therapy.
  8. Why Dr. Adam Kanter joined Hoag after 15 years at a 40-hospital academic system

    After 15 years at Pittsburgh-based UPMC, Adam Kanter, MD, left the 40-hospital academic health system, where he was chief of spine surgery and a tenured professor, to become associate executive medical director of the Hoag Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute in Orange, Calif. 
  9. Healthgrades' best hospitals for spine surgery: 2023

    Healthgrades shared its lists for excellence in specialty care Oct. 25.

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