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Department of Orthopedics

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$3M Grant Awarded to Orthopedics Researcher to Study the Role of the Gut Microbiome on Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis affects the joints, but according to researcher Michael Zuscik, PhD, it may start in the gut.

Community    Publications   

Treating Female Athletes is the Focus of a New Book by Associate Professor of Orthopedics

Orthopedic surgeon Rachel Frank, MD, went straight to the source for her new textbook on treating female athletes: All of the book’s primary authors are women.

Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date August 11, 2021
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Research    Press Releases   

CU Researcher Awarded NIH Grant to Study Genetics of Bone Density

Researchers from the CU School of Medicine Department of Orthopedics have been awarded a $3.4 million National Institutes of Health grant to study the genetics of bone density and to look for therapeutic targets to counter bone loss. 

Author School of Medicine | Publish Date August 09, 2021
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Patient Care    Community   

138 CU Faculty Recognized as 5280 Magazine Top Doctors

Each year, Denver-area magazine 5280 publishes its list of top doctors. On this year’s list, which came out last week, CU School of Medicine faculty members continue to be ranked among the best. We are proud to congratulate the 138 CU School of Medicine faculty members honored with the title Top Doctor.

Author School of Medicine | Publish Date August 04, 2021
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$3M Grant Awarded to Orthopedics Researcher to Study the Role of the Gut Microbiome on Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis affects the joints, but according to researcher Michael Zuscik, PhD, it may start in the gut.

Author Valerie Gleaton | Publish Date April 02, 2021
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‘It’s a New Me’: Amputee Steps Back Into Life with Restored Limb

On a soft August day in 1992, Paul Nozell and his older brother, seated next to him in a single-prop airplane, surveyed the familiar landscape below. They planned to skirt the sky above their dad’s house in upstate New York. Nozell maneuvered the plane into a “lazy 8,” something he’d done many times.

Just then, everything changed.

Author CU Anschutz News | Publish Date May 26, 2020
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Patient Care

Through It All

“I have never been more proud to work alongside you,” said Chancellor Donald Elliman in a recent communiqué to students, faculty and staff at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. “We continue to demonstrate incredible strength in unity as we address this unprecedented challenge together.”

Author CU Anschutz News | Publish Date April 13, 2020
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Innovation    Spine

Dr. Evalina Burger Breakthrough Story

She joined the military to get into medicine. She took the hardest jobs. She led a surgery unit at a time when very few women were even performing surgery. She even overcame her own partial paralysis to become one of the nation’s foremost spinal surgeons. Meet Dr. Evalina Burger, Chair of Orthopedics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. This is Breakthrough.

Author CU Anschutz News | Publish Date January 01, 2020
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Innovation    Trauma and Fractures

Dr. Jason Stoneback Breakthrough Story

Dr. Jason Stoneback, Chief of Orthopedic Trauma and Fracture Surgery at the Anschutz Medical Campus, is driven to push the limits of what’s possible. He’s now enabling amputees to live a higher quality of life using innovative limb restoration techniques. Osseointegration integrates a bone-anchored prosthesis into an amputee’s skeleton. Unlike a traditional socket prosthetic, it allows amputees to feel vibrations and sense pressure through the prosthesis, which is essential for activities like driving. It also allows patients to function at a higher degree and with far less discomfort or pain. Discover how Dr. Stoneback is radically changing what’s possible for limb restoration. This Is Breakthrough™

Author CU Anschutz News | Publish Date January 01, 2020
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Innovation    Patient Care

Transforming Health Care in Orthopedics

For the orthopedics team at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, simply meeting current standards of care is not sufficient. At this week’s Transforming Health Care lecture, titled “Breakthroughs in Orthopedic Treatment and Care,” Chancellor Don Elliman said the orthopedics group at CU Anschutz is actively redefining what health care is going to look like in the future. 

Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date November 07, 2019
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Department of Orthopedics In the News

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‘Simone’s bravery is teaching us all a lesson,’ Colorado doctor and former gymnast commends Olympian

news outletFOX News
Publish DateJuly 31, 2021

Flips and perfect finishes initially made Biles a role model to so many. However, her latest decisions, prioritizing mental health on the world’s center stage at the Olympics is something sports medicine doctors hope young athletes can learn from.

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Osseointegration Is a Beneficial Solution for Amputees

news outletAAOS
Publish DateMay 11, 2021

In December 2020, the FDA approved the Osseoanchored Prostheses for the Rehabilitation of Amputees (OPRA) Implant System—the first implant system in the United States for transfemoral amputees who have difficulty using a conventional prosthesis. OPRA had been previously available and marketed under a humanitarian device exemption (HDE) since 2015.

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How patient outcomes survey helps measure effectiveness of orthopedic procedures

news outletUCHealth
Publish DateMarch 25, 2021

Growing up outside Cleveland in the 1970s, Randy Voss spent plenty of time playing competitive sports on the football field and basketball court. He endured plenty of nicks and dings as a result, and often hobbled about on crutches, both during and after high school.

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Dr. Jason Dragoo operates on Nuggets' Greg Whittington

news outletBecker's Spine Review
Publish DateJanuary 20, 2021

Jason Dragoo, MD, performed a knee arthroscopy on Denver Nuggets forward Greg Whittington, the team reported Jan. 19. Mr. Whittington was on a two-way contract with the team. He'll be evaluated in four to six weeks. Dr. Dragoo performed the procedure at the UCHealth Inverness Orthopedics and Spine Surgery Center in Englewood, Colo. Dr. Dragoo is an orthopedic surgeon at University of Colorado Medicine in Aurora. He primarily practices out of the UCHealth Steadman Hawkins Clinic Denver in Englewood. He is the head team physician for the Denver Nuggets and a team physician for the Denver Broncos.

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