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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.

Boston and Patriots’ Day
Boston is well known as a highly resourced and sophisticated academic medical community. It has 6 Academic Medical Centers (AMC’s): Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC); Boston Medical Center (BMC); Brigham & Women’s Hospital (BWH); Boston Children’s Hospital (CHB); Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH); and Tufts Medical Center (Tufts); each with an American College of Surgeon’s certified level one trauma center. Each of these medical centers provides cradle-to-grave medical services to their respective local communities and function as New England’s regional referral centers. 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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Johnson sets her sights on Sochi

Photograph of Dr Holly Johnson and Katey Stone, coach of the USA Olympics Womens Ice Hockey Team

Holly Johnson and Katey Stone (From the MGH Hotline)

Anne Holland “Holly” Johnson, MD, a Foot and Ankle surgeon in the MGH Department of Orthopædic Surgery, will travel to Sochi, Russia on Feb. 1 to watch – and watch over – the U.S. Women’s Olympic Hockey team. Named team doctor last spring, Johnson, a former hockey star at Harvard University, began actively working with players in September, dividing her time between the MGH and the ice.

Q. How are you and the team preparing for the Olympics?
A. The team is focused on their training and skating daily. They have been skating at the Edge Sports Center in Bedford since September and more recently at the Olympic-size ice-sheet at Belmont Hill School. In addition, they build and maintain strength and conditioning with trainers in Woburn. The athletes are focused on getting enough sleep, maximizing their nutrition and generally staying healthy in these last few weeks before our departure. At this point, I am getting organized to leave – making sure I have everything in place to keep the players safe and healthy and to be prepared for any injury or illness that may come up during our travels. Continue reading