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Timothy Damron, MD receives Chancellor's Award for Excellence
Five from Upstate receive Chancellor's Awards for Excellence

Five members of Upstate Medical University have received 2016-17 State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor Awards of Excellence for outstanding service to SUNY, their campus and their community. SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher announced the recipients June 17.

Cheryl Brown, Timothy Damron, MD, Sharon Huard, Jennifer Moffet, PhD, and Lisa Moore, HCT, are among 361 faculty and staff from throughout the university system to receive the awards, comprised of a certificate and a Chancellor's Excellence Medallion. Upstate's recipients will receive their awards at the university's 2017 Fall Faculty Convocation in September.

"The strength and impact of SUNY is powered by expert faculty and staff from throughout our 64-campus university system, and the 361 individuals receiving this year's Chancellor's Award for Excellence are the best among the best," said Chancellor Nancy Zimpher. "They are at the top of their game in providing their institution and students with the highest quality of instruction, professionalism, and support. It is my great honor to celebrate the achievements of this year's recipients."

Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities

Timothy Damron, MD, professor and vice chair, Department of Orthopedic Surgery; David G. Murray Endowed Professor; director, Orthopedic Oncology and Adult Reconstruction, Department of Orthopedic Surgery. Damron is recognized as a leading clinician, researcher and educator. He conducts clinical trials in orthopedic oncology, conducts basic, translational and clinical research on effects of radiation on bone, preservation of bone quality and prevention of late fractures in cancer patients, gene expression in bone tumors, joint reconstruction and others. He currently is working on a $1.88 million NIH-NIAMS grant to examine the biochemical and biomechanical changes to bone following radiotherapy. His efforts in orthopedic oncology have led to the development of an active clinical orthopedic oncology service that provides a level of care comparable with other major cancer centers around the country. He is a sought-after speaker and his numerous publications have appeared in pre-eminent journals such as the Journal of Orthopaedic Research, the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, and others. He is a mentor to medical students and residents in basic bench and clinical research and has taught physician assistants and allied health professionals. Orthopedic surgery residents say that his conference presentations are among the highlights of their experience in the residency program.

Stephen Albanese, MD elected VP of POSNA
Stephen Albanese, MD, elected Vice President of the 
Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Stephen Albanese, MD, Chairman of Upstate Medical University Department of Orthopedic Surgery, was elected to the presidential line of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA), at the organization’s annual meeting in May. POSNA is a professional society of more than 1,200 surgeons, physicians and allied health professionals dedicated to improving the care of children with musculoskeletal disorders.  Albanese is currently Vice President of POSNA and will serve as president of the organization for one year, beginning in 2019.

Albanese has held other national leadership posts, including President of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS), the national certifying body for orthopaedic surgeons. Albanese also chaired the Oral Examination Committee for 2 years during his 10 year term as an ABOS Director.  Albanese is a member of the Board of Directors of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), where he currently serves as chairman of the Program Requirements Committee.

Albanese earned his medical degree from SUNY Buffalo. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Upstate and pediatric orthopedic fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

When Robots Enter the Operating Room: How MAKOplasty Total Knee Replacement is changing the surgical landscape.
Click on the link to read about how Upstate Orthopedics Total Joint surgeon, Robert Sherman, MD, is using state-of-the-art technology to perform Total Knee Replacements.

Fellowship Granted to MD/PhD Student at Upstate
Upstate Orthopedics just received notice that Karen Howard, MS received a $165,000 Fellowship from the National Institutes of Health to fund her research. Karen is an MD/PhD student here at Upstate. Kenneth Mann, PhD serves as her Research Advisor, Megan Oest, PhD serves as a Co-advisor, and Tim Damron, MD serves as her clinical mentor. These are highly competitive awards and the National Institute Of Arthritis And Musculoskeletal And Skin Diseases (NIAMS) of the NIH with only 5% of applications receiving the award. The title of her research project is: "Supraphysiologic Fluid Shear Stress as an Alternative Cause of Short-term Aseptic Loosening in Total Knee Replacements".

Eldercare Foundation "Gift of Age" Cabaret Honors Dr. David G. Murray

Eldercare Foundation’s “Gift of Age” Cabaret Honors Dr. David Murray & Mattie Campbell

The 8th annual “Gift of Age” Cabaret was held on Saturday, May 2, 2015 to benefit the Eldercare Foundation, a division of VNA Homecare.  Funds raised by the Foundation support the important work of Home Aides of Central New York, a not-for-profit home healthcare agency affiliated with VNA Homecare that has been serving the aging members of our community since 1966.

More than 150 guests from the local community enjoyed entertainment by Delfeayo Marsalis, a member of the most celebrated and internationally-renowned jazz families of the past quarter century, and Tom Varano, a painter from Rome, NY known for his captivating Emotion Into Art performances. Additionally, Dr. David G. Murray and Mattie Lee Campbell were honored for their support and commitment to the mission of the Eldercare Foundation.

“The individuals honored at this year’s Cabaret are true advocates for our aging population, and are dedicated to the work done by Home Aides of Central New York,” said Kate Rolf, president and chief executive officer. “They, along with our generous sponsors, advertisers and contributors, allow our agency to serve the aging, ill and frail members of our community.”

Dr. David Murray, Eldercare Champion Award

There are two principals that Dr. David G. Murray has lived by during his lifetime: never answer a question with a question, and never say “no” to a reasonable request. Each day, he has held true to these, whether it be working with patients and families at SUNY Upstate, or donating his time to countless committees and organizations in the community. For his dedication and commitment to Central New York and to the people he has inspired throughout his 40 year medical career, the Eldercare Foundation honored him as a “Champion.”

Dr. Murray brought distinction to SUNY Upstate by building one of the premiere orthopedic surgery departments in the world and by his international recognition as a gifted surgeon, physician-scientist and service to his profession. While at SUNY Upstate, Dr. Murray graduated more than 120 orthopedic surgeons from the Department of Orthopedic Surgery’s residency program.

The Eldercare Foundation also benefited from Dr. Murray’s vision and eagerness to succeed. He chaired the first “Gift of Age” Cabaret Committee in 2008 and served in the same capacity in 2014, helping to raise thousands of dollars for the seniors in our community that wish to be cared for in the comfort of their own homes. Dr. Murray retired from the Eldercare Foundation Board of Directors at the end of 2014.

As a physician-scientist, Dr. Murray designed, developed and patented the variable-axis knee prosthesis, which for many years was referred to as the “Syracuse knee.” Dr. Murray was elected the 50th president of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons in 1982, and the 77th president of the American College of Surgeons in 1998. In between, he served as President of the Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation, the Knee Society, the Onondaga County Medical Society, Patients Choice, Inc., and the Martin Memorial Foundation.

Dr. Murray attended Cornell University and received a medical degree from the School of Medicine of Washington University in St. Louis in 1955. He completed a surgical internship at Vancouver General Hospital in 1956. After service in the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant, Dr. Murray resumed general surgery training at SUNY Upstate from 1958 to 1959. He then completed residency training in orthopedic surgery at the State University of Iowa at Iowa City in 1962. Dr. Murray joined the SUNY Upstate faculty in 1962 and was promoted to professor in 1969. He was named chair of the Department in 1966, a position he held for 30 years.

Dr. Murray has three sons and six grandchildren. He resides in Syracuse with his wife Judith Sayles, who is a practicing attorney.

Mattie Lee Campbell, Eldercare Achiever Award

Mattie Lee Campbell was born in 1918, when silent movies were popular, the world was dealing with an influenza pandemic, women were going to work for the first time to replace men who had been drafted for World War I, trains were the primary form of transportation and communications were done through telegrams. Today, things have certainly changed for 96-year-old Campbell, who says her days are filled with laughter and joy thanks to the people that surround her – including the staff at VNA Homecare.

Campbell is the first recipient of the Eldercare Foundation’s Eldercare Achiever Award, which recognizes a patient of VNA Homecare who sets an example for Central New York’s growing population of aging individuals.
Campbell benefits from several of the services offered by VNA Homecare, including managed long term care services from VNA Homecare Options; socialization at the Eldercare Social Day Program; personal care assistance from Home Aides of Central New York; and registered nurse visits provided by the Visiting Nurse Association of Central New York.

“I have a wonderful life,” she says. “I have everything I want at home – my own room, my own things. And I have everything I want here (at the Social Day Program) – I play bingo, sing and dance, and have great friends.”

And her days are made that much more fulfilling thanks to her daughter Pamela, son-in-law Leroy, her three grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild.

Born and raised in Georgia, Campbell moved to the Syracuse area at the age of 33 and made a career as a personal live-in cook for several families.  She also worked at the psychiatric hospital. Today, she lives with her daughter and son-in-law in Liverpool.

Click here to view video and see pictures from the event.

Get In The Swing Of Golf This Spring

Get in the swing of golf, this spring. Orthopaedic surgeons offer safety tips

ROSEMONT, Ill.—Golf is considered a year-round sport but for many golfers living in
cold-weather states, spring has become the kick-off season to hit the green. Before teeing off, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) encourages participants to ease into the sport and prepare their bodies for those 18 holes.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 114,000 people were treated in emergency departments and doctors’ offices for golf-related injuries in 2013.

“Golfing often places significant stress on the same muscles, tendons, and joints as a result of the repetitive swinging motion used throughout the sport,” said Kevin Setter, MD, Shoulder and Elbow surgeon at Upstate Orthopedics. “To prevent injury, simple exercises during the off-season to build up forearm muscles and strengthen lower back muscles is a good idea for those who enjoy playing the game of golf.”

The AAOS suggests the following exercises to help strengthen arm and back muscles.

Forearm muscles:

Squeeze a tennis ball. Squeezing an old tennis ball for 5 minutes at a time is a simple, effective exercise that will strengthen your forearm muscles.

Wrist curls. Start with your forearm laying on a flat surface, palm up. Use a lightweight dumbbell (a half- pound to one pound weight to start and increase weight as you improve). Lower the weight to the end of your fingers, and then curl it back into your palm, followed by curling up your wrist to lift the weight an inch or two higher. Perform 10 repetitions with one arm, and then repeat with the other arm.

Reverse wrist curls. Use a lightweight dumbbell. Place your hands in front of you, palm side down. Using your wrist, lift the weight up and down. Hold the arm that you are exercising above your elbow with your other hand in order to limit the motion to your forearm. Perform 10 repetitions with one arm, and then repeat with the other arm.

Lower back:

Specific exercises and illustrations are available in the AAOS low back pain exercise guide.

Wall squats. Stand with ball between your low back and wall. Slowly bend knees 45 to 90 degrees. Hold five seconds. Straighten knees. Repeat the process raising both arms over head.

Lying on a ball. Lie on your stomach over ball. Slowly raise alternate arms over head. Slowly raise alternate legs two to four inches from floor. Combine one and two, alternating opposite arms and legs. Bend one knee. Slowly lift this leg up, alternating right and left legs.

Yoga and pilates. These exercise programs focus on trunk and abdomen strength, as well as flexibility.

Remember to stretch your back, shoulders and legs prior to a round of golf.

Provided by the Orthopedic Upper Extremity Surgeons at Upstate Orthopedics, LLP
Brian Harley, MD       Jon Loftus, MD       Josh Pletka, MD       Kevin Setter, MD

Upstate Orthopedics is affiliated with Upstate Medical University and University Hospital. We provide expert and personalized orthopedic care for the bone and joint problems that threaten the comfort and function of thousands of individuals each year.  Upstate Orthopedics is located at the Upstate Bone & Joint Center. The Upstate Bone & Joint Center is the region's most comprehensive center for orthopedic medicine. This facility, located at 6620 Fly Road in East Syracuse.

The Future of Sports Medicine in Central NY

Upstate Orthopedics is proud to announce an exciting collaboration with Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists through Crouse Hospital and the Syracuse University Athletics Program.

Click here to read all about it.

Dr. VanValkenburg uses Shock Wave Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis

Upstate Orthopedics works hard to bring patients the most technologically advanced and minimally invasive treatment options for all types of orthopedic ailments. We are pleased to announce that Dr. Scott VanValkenburg, Foot & Ankle Surgeon, will be offering Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) as a new treatment for plantar fasciitis.

Shock wave therapy was originally used to treat kidney stones. Orthopedic uses for shock wave therapy have now been developed to treat soft tissue injuries and some bone conditions. Plantar fasciitis is a condition that occurs along the bottom of the foot, the plantar fascia, leading to heel pain that can become disabling if not addressed. Fortunately, this conditions can be treated conservatively without surgery.

ESWT benefits patients because their condition can be treated extracorporeally (outside the body). ESWT can also be used to treat many types of tendonitis in the foot/ankle, shoulder, elbow, and knee. At Upstate Orthopedics, Dr. VanValkenburg is using ESWT for plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis.

Shock wave therapy involves no incisions and no down time. A special laser light is applied on the affected area, triggering a chain of responses internally that stimulate and increase the natural healing process. Patients can receive treatment in the office and return to work immediately, and be fully recovered in as little as 2 weeks. The internal healing process can take up to 6 weeks for some people.

Compared to surgical treatment, ESWT offers some significant advantages. Because the procedure is done outside the body with no need for an incision, the risks and expenses of surgery are eliminated. The primary complication associated with this non-surgical method is bruising, which is much better than surgical complications like infection and scar problems. You won’t even have a scar with shock wave therapy!

Thousands of ESWT procedures have been performed since 1999. Dr. VanValkenburg has completed the necessary training with the Excellence Shock Wave Therapy Group. Find out if you are a candidate for this cutting edge procedure – call us today for a consultation! (315) 464-4472

Learn more about Dr. VanValkenburg and plantar fasciitis.

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