Physicians should be in a constant state of education to keep their skills and knowledge at the forefront so that their patients get the best care possible. At the same time, I personally have devoted over 40 years to integrating patient care with research and education be it directed to joint replacement, and for the past four years, to postponing and at times, avoiding joint replacement. As the vast majority of health professionals, I strive on a daily basis to meet the need of my patients. Each and every patient for whom I provide care is entered into a HIPAA compliant outcomes database. From time to time, results are extracted from that data-base and presented at Cellular Orthopedic meetings. Soon we will be submitting the outcomes of several clinical trials for statistical analysis and publication. Almost every therapeutic intervention I recommend is based on science and statistically significant outcomes; rarely on anecdote.

The emerging field of regenerative medicine aims to deal with arthritis and cartilage injury by providing the required elements (cells, inductive molecules, and local environment) to promote true joint and cartilage regeneration. Cellular Regenerative Medicine is rapidly evolving and changing on an almost weekly basis. This is both good news and bad news as there are those who would try to prosper through marketing rather than science. Witness the invitation I received last week to travel to the Bahamas for stem cell care based on anecdote; or the advertisement for the “opportunity” to attend a weekend course to teach me how to use adipose tissue for every malady in the human body. How is it possible to track outcomes from medical tourism or to teach adipose related cellular orthopedic intervention when the latter is not FDA approved?

To assure you that I remain in the forefront of Cellular Orthopedics, from March 31-April 2, 2016, I will be participating in a Continuing Educational course, Articular Cartilage Restoration: The Modern Frontier, sponsored by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. This is a premier skills course that provides hands-on exposure and practice for the most updated techniques in cartilage restoration while allowing for a contemporary overview of established and new procedures to treat the entire knee joint for cartilage damage ranging from focal defects to arthritis.

Although I no longer am involved with orthopedic resident education, as Professor Emeritus at Rush, I have taken the Interventional Orthopedics Foundation pledge to continue to integrate my clinical interventions with outcomes surveillance. Several scientific presentations at the early March meeting of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons resulted because of my ongoing initiatives. I am the orthopedic surgeon who four years ago, exchanged a scalpel for a stem cell.

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