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UK Sports Medicine’s Performs First MACI Cartilage Repair in Kentucky and Midwest

Posted: 3/2/2017

Dr. Christian Lattermann, director for Cartilage Repair and Restoration in the University of Kentucky Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, recently became the first person at UK HealthCare — as well as in Kentucky and in the Midwest — to perform a Matrix Associated Chondrocyte Implantation (MACI). The technology for this new procedures constitutes the first, and only new, cartilage technology to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 1996.

The new MACI technology utilizes the patients’ own cartilage cells to create the MACI scaffold which, unlike preceding technology, can be glued into the cartilage defect. This technique can therefore be done through smaller incisions with a significant improvement in operating time and an easier path to recovery, said Latterman. This technology is new in the United States but has an almost 10 year track record in Europe with excellent results.

On Feb. 15, Victoria Long was the first patient to receive this treatment at UK. An 18-year-old student who had suffered from a cartilage loss in the knee as a consequence of multiple falls onto her knee cap, Long had been experiencing pain for over a year and had been receiving non-operative treatment during that time. At her follow-up... FULL STORY

Tags: Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine
 

Orthopaedic Research Helps Patient Regain Mobility and Grow as a

Posted: 1/26/2017
Working as a bedside nurse requires extensive physical effort — pushing wheelchairs and beds, twisting and lifting, and long periods on your feet. Jennifer Thomas, who's been a nurse at UK HealthCare for six years, can attest to this. In fact, it was while assisting a patient from a wheelchair that she badly injured the cartilage in her knee. "The... FULL STORY
Tags: Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine
 

Johnson, Latterman Ranked Among Top Knee Surgeons by Orthopedics

Posted: 9/27/2016
Drs. Darren Johnson and Christian Latterman, both professors in the University of Kentucky Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, have been ranked as two of the “16 Standout North American Sports Knee Surgeons” by the publication Orthopedics This Week, the most widely read publication in the Orthopedics industry. “I am truly... FULL STORY
 

UK Sports Medicine to Provide Team Physicians for Georgetown College

Posted: 9/1/2016
A new partnership with Georgetown College Athletics will provide sports teams at Georgetown College with team physicians from the University of Kentucky Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine. The team physician’s first responsibility is the health and safety of each athlete they work with. They assess each athlete for previous injuries and review athlete’s medical histories for medications, hospitalizations surgeries and other information. The team physician also supports athletic trainers as they work with athletes to ensure they have injury free seasons or, if they have sustained an injury, receive proper care and are able to return to their sport... FULL STORY

Calipari, Johnson Speak at Annual Southern Orthopaedic Association Meeting

Posted: 8/10/2016 - Tags: Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine, Orthopaedic
his year’s Southern Orthopaedic Association meeting brought a lot of the Big Blue Nation to gator country. The annual meeting gives orthopaedic and sports medicine doctors the opportunity to meet and learn about advancements in the field. The meeting took place July 27-30 in Naples, Florida. Dr. Darren Johnson, chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, is currently serving as the president of the association, the first orthopaedic surgeon from Kentucky to be elected to the position. “It’s exciting for our state, its nice to be recognized, said Johnson. Dr. Scott Mair, UK professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, also served as the association... FULL STORY

UK HealthCare Physicians Named to 2015-16 Best Doctors List

Posted: 10/7/2015
by Kristi Lopez LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 7, 2015) – UK HealthCare has more than 125 physicians practicing medicine with UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital, Kentucky Children's Hospital, UK Good Samaritan Hospital and Shriner's Hospitals for Children who appear on the Best Doctors in America list for 2015-16 – more than any other hospital in Kentucky. Only 5 percent of doctors in America earn this honor, decided by impartial peer review. The Best Doctors in America list, assembled by Best Doctors Inc. and audited and certified by Gallup, results from polling of more than 40,000 physicians in the United States. Doctors in more than 40 specialties and 400... FULL STORY

Johnson Named President of Southern Orthopaedic Association

Posted: 8/5/2015 - Tags: Faculty, Awards and Recognition
Dr. Darren L. Johnson, professor and chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Kentucky, was elected the 33rd Southern Orthopaedic Association president. Johnson is the first president from the state of Kentucky. There are more than 1,400 orthopaedic physicians who are members of the SOA. Johnson earned his medical degree at UCLA and began his UK career in 1993. He currently serves as director of sports medicine and head orthopedic surgeon for the Kentucky Wildcats. Johnson has been awarded several honors during his career, including 2012 SEC Physician of the Year and being selected for Castle Connelly America's Top Doctors List... FULL STORY

Shriners announces new outpatient facility across Limestone

Posted: 10/31/2014
An agreement to lease UK land on South Limestone will enable Shriners Hospitals for Children® to bring their highly regarded services closer to Kentucky Children’s Hospital. The move builds upon a collaboration between UK HealthCare and Shriners that has existed for many years. In 2017, Shriners Hospitals for Children - Lexington will move from Richmond Road to a new five-story medical office building they will build on South Limestone across from Chandler Hospital (see map below). The new facility, which will include an ambulatory surgery center, will be called Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center. The new state-of-the-art ambulatory care... FULL STORY

UK Researchers Discover Surprising Differences in How Teen Athletes

Posted: 8/11/2014 - Tags: Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine, Kentucky Neuroscience Institute
With multiple concussions between the two of them, Dan Han and Lisa Koehl's latest research interest isn't surprising. "I played competitive soccer through high school and continue to play recreationally," says Koehl, a doctoral candidate in the University of Kentucky's Department of Psychology, "so I have firsthand experience with the dynamics that come into play when a teen suffers a concussion." As a former high school assistant principal in the Chicago public school system, Han was responsible for overseeing student-athletes' return to school after a concussion. Han left educational administration to pursue his doctorate in neuropsychology. Now director of... FULL STORY

Orthopedics Weekly Names Johnson as One of the Top Sports Knee Surgeons

Posted: 6/5/2014 - Tags: Orthopaedic, Awards and Recognition, Faculty
Dr. Darren L. Johnson, professor and chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and chair of Sports Medicine at the University of Kentucky, was named one of the top 28 sports knee surgeons in North America by Orthopedics This Week, the most widely read publication in the orthopedics industry. The list was compiled from the recommendations of thought leaders in the field of sports medicine. Johnson is considered a physician who follows his patients closely, is very scientific, and is extremely honest about his research results. Johnson earned his medical degree at UCLA and began his UK career in 1993. He currently serves as director of sports medicine and... FULL STORY

Silent Auction Benefits Shoulder to Shoulder Clinic in Ecuador

Posted: 4/2/2014 - Tags: Medical Education, Auction
The University of Kentucky Chapter of the International Federation of Medical Student Associations (IFMSA) will host the 10th annual Art of Healing silent auction on Wednesday, April 2. The auction will be held in Biological and Biomedical Sciences Research Building (BBSRB) atrium from noon to 5 p.m. Winning bidders may pick up their art from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The auction items feature the handiwork of local and international artists and current students, including pottery, paintings, wood carvings, and accessories. Proceeds from the art auction benefit the Shoulder to Shoulder clinic in Ecuador. Shoulder to Shoulder, an initiative supported by many of the... FULL STORY

UK HealthCare Physicians Named to Best Doctors in America Listing for 2014

Posted: 2/20/2014 - Tags: Awards and Recognition, UK HealthCare, Clinical
More than 100 UK HealthCare physicians affiliated with University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital, Kentucky Children's Hospital and UK HealthCare Good Samaritan Hospital appear on the Best Doctors in America® List for 2014 -- more than any other hospital in Kentucky. Only five percent of doctors in America earn this prestigious honor, decided by impartial peer review. The Best Doctors in America® List, assembled by Best Doctors, Inc. and audited and certified by Gallup®, results from exhaustive polling of over 45,000 physicians in the United States. Doctors in over 40 specialties and 400 subspecialties of medicine appear on this year’s List. In a... FULL STORY

Bastos-Carvalho Receives Bayer Grant

Posted: 1/13/2014 - Tags: Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, 490
Ana Bastos-Carvalho, a visiting scholar in the Ambati research group in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, received the Global Ophthalmology Research Award from Bayer HealthCare for her research, "Mechanisms of geographic atrophy expansion in age-related macular degeneration." http://www.bayer-ophthalmology-awards.com/html/b-about-c.html “We are studying age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the disease responsible for most cases of legal blindness in the American elderly population”, Bastos-Carvalho said. “The project awarded by Bayer focuses on unraveling how AMD progresses, which will hopefully... FULL STORY

Creating a Culture of Collaboration for Research at UK and Beyond

Posted: 1/10/2014 - Tags: CCTS, 490, Center for Clinical and Translational Science
There's a proverb in the business world that says, "If you don’t know, hire someone who does." In the world of translational research, the saying might go like something this: "If you don't have the expertise or resources, collaborate with someone who does." The nature of translational science -- the process of turning a basic science discovery into applications for human patients -- is inherently multidimensional. Moving from the "bench to bedside" is a process that runs the gamut of biomedical research, incorporating laboratory and animal studies, clinical trials, drug and device development, regulatory issues, grant writing and more. Each step requires... FULL STORY

Jagger Named 2014 SEC Team Physician of the Year

Posted: 12/5/2013 - Tags: Faculty
The University of Kentucky's Dr. James Jagger has been named the 2014 Southeastern Conference Team Physician of the Year. Jagger is an assistant professor in the UK Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine and serves as the UK chief of athletic medicine and head team physician for all UK sports. The Team Physician of the Year award is chosen by the athletic training staffs at SEC member institutions and is given annually to recognize a team physician who has contributed greatly to both his or her school's teams and to the SEC sports community. Voting criteria includes both reliability to the physician's athletic department and noted involvement in the... FULL STORY