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By Joey Johnson, MD and Bryant Oliphant, MD, MBA The OTA will sponsor its second ever Future Trauma Leader (FTL) position on the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Central Committee on Trauma (COT). This position is a unique opportunity for an early career (first five years of practice) orthopedic trauma surgeon to be introduced to the highest levels of national trauma care and policy development. The COT is responsible for trauma center verification, education (ATLS), political advocacy for regional and national trauma care and the development of best practice guidelines. The FTL spot is a 5-year commitment: 2 years as an FTL and a further 3 years on ...
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By Meir Marmor, MD During the 2023 OTA annual meeting in Seattle, the OTA launched an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Task Force. Recognizing the profound changes that AI and emerging digital technologies are having on the entire medical profession, the OTA BOD has decided to put in place a task force that will assess the implementations of AI in orthopaedic trauma and make recommendations to the BOD and Strategic Research Initiative (SRI) Committee on appraisal of these technologies and their evidence-based adoption for the benefit of OTA members and the patients that they care for. Specific tasks for the task force include making recommendation on: Implementing ...
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2023 - Year in Review

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By Emil Schemitsch, MD Dear OTA Membership, OTA’s course in 2024 will be marked by numerous exciting and impactful plans and events. These include the implementation of the recently approved 2024 – 2026 Strategic Plan (PDF) and continued innovation and growth of our foundational mission of research and education. We will also incorporate a focus on promoting a culture of collaboration. This includes collaboration among our membership, committee members, and leadership as well as with IOTA Society members, our Colombian Guest Nation, and other organizations who will have a presence at the OTA 40th Annual Meeting in Montreal, in October of 2024 (currently ...
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The following awards were presented during the Leadership Dinner at the 2023 OTA Annual Meeting: OTA Lifetime Achievement Award Michael J. Bosse, MD; Ellen J. MacKenzie, PhD The Lifetime Achievement Award honors an OTA member who has dedicated their career to orthopaedic trauma and whose overall contributions to the profession have made outstanding, long-lasting and impactful improvements to orthopaedic trauma education and research, and patient care. DEI and Health Disparities Research and Leadership Award Damayea Hargett, MD Awarded to an individual who has made substantial contributions to advancing diversity, equity, and ...
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Emil H. Schemitsch, MD, FIOTA OTA 2024 Board of Directors President: Emil H. Schemitsch, MD, FIOTA President-Elect: Douglas W. Lundy, MD, FIOTA 2nd President Elect: Thomas F. Higgins, MD Immediate Past President: Brendan M. Patterson, MD, FIOTA 2nd Past President: Michael T. Archdeacon, MD, FIOTA Chief Financial Officer: Hassan R. Mir, MD, MBA, FIOTA Secretary: Anna N. Miller, MD, FIOTA Member at Large: Kelly A. Lefaivre, MD Member at Large: Kyle J. Jeray, MD Member at Large: George V. Russell, MD Annual Meeting Program Chair: Nirmal C. Tejwani, MD 2024 Ex-Officio Board Members IOTA Steering ...
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Please submit abstracts to pollack@ota.org by Jan. 31, 2024. The following was emailed to OTA committee chairs on behalf of OTA International editors Emil Schemitsch and Andrew Schmidt… As you may know, OTA International supports the work of OTA committees through publication of committee-written manuscripts. As an open access journal, publication in OTAI incurs a production fee. In the past, the process for supporting committee manuscripts has largely been handled ad hoc, based on interest and budget availability. At times, committees have proposed manuscripts, but publication has been delayed due to annual budget limits. With ...
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Roy Sanders, MD is the editor of the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma ( JOT ) . He is also the president of the Florida Orthopaedic Institute, the chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of South Florida, and a past president of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association. In this edition of the OTA Member Spotlight, we talk with Dr. Sanders about how he came to orthopaedics and became editor of one of the leading journals in the field. Can you talk a little bit about how you got into orthopaedics? I hated everything about medical school. My first two years were just awful. I showed up for the tests, but I also worked full-time with my uncle, ...
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The following 2022 OTA Specialty Day videos are now available in the OTA Video Library: Session I - Getting It Done During Your Call Night: Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting Session II - Highlights from the OTA 2021 Annual Meeting Session III - Current Controversies Session IV - Ballistics Session V - Case Presentations Session VI - Firearm Injuries and Mitigation Session VII - Case Presentations: Upper Extremity, Lower Extremity Session VIII - Mass Shooting Experiences: How to Prepare for and React to an Active Shooter ...
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OTA International, the official open access journal of the OTA, has published a special supplement on soft tissue coverage techniques. Manuscripts include: Introduction: Soft tissue coverage: techniques for the orthopaedic trauma surgeon Stinner, Daniel J.; Hsu, Joseph R.; Blair, James A. The use of xenogenic dermal matrices in the context of open extremity wounds: where and when to consider? Chintalapudi, Nainisha; Rice, Olivia M.; Hsu, Joseph R. How to get the most out of your gastrocnemius and soleus flaps Matuszewski, Paul E.; Ulrich, Gary L. Preventing biological waste: Effective use of viable tissue in traumatized ...
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OTA International, the official open access journal of the OTA, has published a special supplement drawn from the International Orthopaedic Trauma Association. The supplement is edited by Theodore Miclau, MD. Manuscripts include: Introduction: Secondary fracture prevention: global approaches Miclau, Theodore Editorial: The fracture liaison service: its history, current state, how it works, and future directions Kates, Stephen L.; Miclau, Theodore Fragility Fracture Systems: International Perspectives - Asia & Australia Tarrant, Seth M.; Kim, Ji Wan; Matsushita, Takashi; Minehara, Hiroaki; Noda, Tomoyuki; Oh, Jong-Keon; Park, Ki Chul; Yamamoto, ...
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OTA International, the official open access journal of the OTA, has published a special supplement drawn from presentations at the Basic Science Focus Forum during the 2021 OTA Annual Meeting. The supplement is edited by Aaron Nauth, MD. Manuscripts include: Introduction: Basic Science Focus Forum Supplement Nauth, Aaron MD, MSc Great debates in trauma biomechanics Glatt, Vaida PhD; O'Toole, Robert MD; Mehta, Samir MD; Ricci, William MD; Nauth, Aaron MD; Schemitsch, Emil MD; Hast, Michael W. PhD Orthopaedic infections: what have we learned? Lee, Christopher MD; Mayer, Erik MD; Bernthal, Nicholas MD; Wenke, Joseph PhD; O'Toole, Robert V. MD ...
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George S.M. Dyer, MD is an associate professor of orthopaedic surgery at Harvard Medical School and an attending upper extremity surgeon on both the Hand and Upper Extremity Service and the Orthopedic Trauma Service at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. He graduated from Harvard Medical School, the Harvard Combined Orthopedic Residency Program and the Upper Extremity Fellowship of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Children's Hospital, and has served in both the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy. Please talk a little bit about your career. You started in the U.S. Air Force. Did you serve as a doctor? I was not a doctor in the Air Force; medicine ...
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OTA International , the official open access journal of the OTA, has published a special supplement on Managing Periprosthetic Fractures - International Perspectives. The supplement is produced in concert with the International Orthopaedic Trauma Association (IOTA), and edited by Theodore Miclau III, MD. Manuscripts include: Periprosthetic fracture management: global approaches Miclau, Theodore Evaluation and treatment of postoperative periprosthetic humeral fragility fractures Kobayashi, Evangeline F.; Namdari, Surena; Schenker, Mara; Athwal, George S.; Ahn, Jaimo Periprosthetic fracture management of the proximal femur Padilla-Rojas, Luis G.; ...
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The following slate of nominees was presented, and approved by the OTA membership at the March 11, 2023 OTA Business Meeting: OTA 2nd President Elect: Thomas F. Higgins, MD CFO-Elect: Michael Suk, MD, MBA, JD Member-at-Large: Kelly A. Lefaivre, MD Membership Committee member: Thuan V. Ly, MD The 2023 Nominating Committee: Represented you faithfully Prepared carefully Discussed and considered all member nominations Shared unique perspectives and insights Committed to disclosure of relationship and conflicts Committed to confidentiality of selection and deliberations Conducted democratic participation and discussion I would ...
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The work of the 2023 Nominating Committee is underway! We would like to thank all members who voted and took the time to nominate candidates for the open positions of 2 nd President Elect, CFO-Elect, Member-at-Large, and 1 Membership Committee member. 2023 Nominating Committee Michael T. Archdeacon, MD – Chair Mai Nguyen, MD John A. Scolaro, MD Adam J. Starr, MD Emily Wagstrom, MD As this year’s Nominating Committee Chair, I am fully committed to following a process that ensures the Committee will: represent you faithfully, and prepare carefully discuss and consider all member nominations commit to review of disclosure of ...
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Deadline: June 2, 2023 OTA seeks members interested in nomination to the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma (COT) orthopaedic specialty section. The COT develops programs that support injury prevention and ensure optimal patient outcomes across the continuum of care. Interested candidates should have demonstrated expertise and commitment to the care of injured patients and must be Fellows of the American College of Surgeons. The COT values dynamic individuals who will be energetic participants and interact well within its structure, which is organized into sub-committees that address the areas of education, quality and ...
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It is with extreme sadness, that we inform the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA) that Dr. David Segal passed away on January 16, 2023, following a courageous struggle with cancer. Dr. Segal was one of the founding members of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association. David was born on May 22, 1937, in Romania. As a child, together with his family, he survived the Holocaust in Europe; immigrating to Israel after the war. David studied medicine at the Hebrew University – Hadassah Faculty of Medicine, following which he served as a physician in the Israel Defense Forces. His diverse orthopaedic career spanned the world between the US and Israel. David started ...
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OTA has posted six new videos to the Procedures & Techniques Video Library: Monitored Anesthesia Care and Soft-Tissue Infiltration with Local Anesthesia-An Anesthetic Option for High-Risk Patients with Hip Fractures Posteromedial Surgical Approach for Fixation of Haraguchi Type 2B Posterior Malleolar Fracture Acute Total Hip Replacement for Geriatric Acetabular Fracture - Anterior Intrapelvic Approach + Posterolateral Approach Tibiotalocalcaneal Arthrodesis Using Hybrid Plate-Nail Construct Dorsal Approach to the Wrist-ORIF of Dorsal Intra-articular Distal Radius Fracture Single-Incision Four-Compartment Fasciotomy and Application ...
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1st IOTA Triennial Meeting: A Major Success The long-anticipated First Triennial Meeting of the International Orthopaedic Trauma Association (IOTA) in Amsterdam this past December was a major success and great step forward for the global academic orthopaedic trauma community. The success of an academic meeting can be measured by attendance, participation, content, and camaraderie. This first meeting excelled in all these categories. The IOTA member societies, including the OTA, are extremely grateful to our Dutch Trauma Society partners for co-hosting this first meeting with their Annual Meeting, including Victor de Ridder, the main content organizer from ...
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Carla Smith, MD is an orthopaedic trauma surgeon at St. Luke’s Health System in Boise, Idaho. She is also a board member of both SIGN Fracture Care and Orthopaedics Overseas, and has traveled extensively helping to bring orthopaedic care and education to low resource environments around the world. In this inaugural edition of OTA Member Spotlight, we talk with Dr. Smith about her experiences and her approach to medicine. How did you get started in orthopaedic trauma? I did my residency in Seattle at the University of Washington, and had quite an extensive exposure to trauma there. Almost until the end of my residency, I was undecided what my focus should ...
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