Massachusetts General Hospital

Harry E. Rubash, MD

Harry E. Rubash, M.D.

Edith M. Ashley Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Harvard Medical School

2012-13 Chief's Report

42st Annual Advances in Arthroplasty Course

“Registries in Action: Your Best World-Wide Source of Evidence-Based Orthopaedics for Biological and Prosthetic Solutions”


42st Arthroplasty Course, MGHThe 2012 Annual Advances in Arthroplasty Course marked the 42nd presentation of the course, making it the longest running Continuing Medical Education Course at Harvard Medical School. It highlighted the use of evidence-based medicine in effectively dealing with challenges in the field. This year’s focus was the use of Arthroplasty Registries as the best source of evidence-based medicine in optimizing clinical outcomes and quality of life for patients with hip and knee arthroplasty. In addition, a separate day was devoted to early treatment of hip disease in young adults. Integration of clinical expertise from outstanding local, national and international faculty with the best available clinical evidence from research and the national joint arthroplasty registry was presented to address clinical challenges relevant to everyday practice. The clinical challenges discussed included femoroacetabular impingement, sepsis, optimization of DVT prophylaxis, metal-on-metal bearings with edge wear and tribocorrosion, other alternate bearings materials in contemporary use, dislocation and the use of navigation and emerging implant designs.


The program also included the 11th Annual Harris Oration by Dr. David Lewallen, keynote addresses, symposia, and the very popular video vignettes and “live surgeries.” As always, there was ample time during the Meet the Faculty Sessions for discussions of challenging cases and important issues with expert faculty in the field. The course was a tremendous success and we look forward to hosting it for years to come!


MGH Primary Care Orthopaedics Course

The 2013 annual MGH Primary Care Orthopaedics Course, under the direction of David Ring, M.D., Ph.D., and Co-Directors Drs. Thomas Gill IV, Brian Grottkau, A. Holly Johnson, R. Malcolm Smith, and George Theodore was held in May at the Eliot Hotel in Back Bay. This Harvard Medical School accredited program has been offered by the MGH Department of Orthopaedic Surgery for 25 years and teaches the fundamentals of musculoskeletal medicine to primary care providers in interactive sessions. This year’s program, which included a casting and splinting workshop run by John Burns, was a great success and we plan to return to the Eliot Hotel on May 5 and 6, 2014.

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