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Orthopedic Trauma Initiative Launched

Mark Vrahas, MD is the Chief of Partners Orthopaedic Trauma Service and Vice Chairman of the MGH Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.


In March 2014, Harvard Medical School welcomed the Harvard Medical School Orthopedic Trauma Initiative as part of an elite group of twenty-two Institutes, Centers, Divisions and Initiatives. We are proud to be part of this group and our new name is reflected in our updated masthead. The primary purpose of this Initiative is to foster collaboration amongst the orthopedic trauma services at all four Harvard Teaching Hospitals in Boston: Mass General, Children’s, Brigham and Women’s, and Beth Israel Deaconess. This effort (and a long effort it was) formalizes our dedication to ensuring excellent educational opportunities in musculoskeletal trauma for HMS students, our HCORP Residents, and Fellows in the Harvard Orthopedic Trauma Fellowship Program. As a group, our trauma surgeons will work together to develop clinical pathways, collaborate on clinical research, and be – in large part because of our size – the premier research center nationally and internationally. Continue reading

25th Annual Smith Day & Inaugural Jupiter International Forum

25th Annual Smith Day; May 30, 2014
Inaugural Jesse B. Jupiter International Hand Forum; May 31 – June 1, 2014
Royal Sonesta Hotel, Cambridge

Organized by: Hand & Upper Extremity Service,
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Written by: Teun Teunis, MD,PhD student from The Netherlands


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Achilles Tendonitis: Moderation and Stretching can Keep it at Bay

If you are active in sports, you may have experienced discomfort or soreness in your Achilles (uh-KIL-eez) tendon at one time or another, or you may have heard one of your friends complain about Achilles tendonitis. The Achilles tendon connects the large calf muscles to the back of your heel. If you trace your finger along the back of your leg staring at the heel and moving upward toward the knee, you will appreciate both the Achilles tendon as well as the calf muscles, which pull on it from above.
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Anthony Romeo: Innovations of Shoulder Arthroplasty

Grand Rounds Video of Dr Tony Romeo Orthopaedics at Mass General Hospital, Boston, MA
Innovations of Shoulder Arthroplasty: What’s changed” What will we do about it?

Anthony Romeo, MD
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
Grand Rounds presented on March 27, 2014 at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
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Orthopaedic Perspective of the Boston Marathon Bombing

Orthopaedic Perspective on the Boston Marathon Bombing by Mitch HarrisMitchel Harris, MD Chief of Orthopedic Trauma at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA.


Michael Weaver, MD is an is an attending traumatologist on the Orthopedic Trauma Service at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA.


First run in 1897, the Boston Marathon is the oldest, continuous running marathon in America. It is generally considered the most prestigious annual running event that is open to the public, once qualifications are met. Prior to its 117th consecutive running, it had not been generally viewed as a target for a “terrorist attack”. However, on April 15, 2013, two brothers allegedly placed explosive filled backpacks with remote detonator switches within yards of each other and the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The following essay will highlight the extraordinary response by the medical community of Boston. Continue reading

Matt Provencher: Shoulder Instability, Lessons Learned

Grand Rounds Video of Dr Matt Provencher Chief of Sports Medicine, Orthopaedics at Mass General Hospital, Boston, MA6th Annual Augustus Thorndike, MD Lecture:
Shoulder Instability – Lessons Learned and Where are we in 2013?

CDR Matthew Provencher, MD MC USN
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Massachusetts General Hospital,
Boston, MA
Grand Rounds presented on November 21, 2013 at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
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Thomas Cha: Role of Specialists in Accountable Care Organizations

Grand Rounds Video of Dr Tom Cha at Mass General Hospital, Boston, MARole of Specialists in Accountable Care Organizations:An Example of Spinal Stenosis
Thomas Cha, MD
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Massachusetts General Hospital,
Boston, MA
Grand Rounds presented on March 28, 2013 at the O’Keeffe Auditorium, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
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