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Orthopedic Work Injury Conference

Orthopedic Work Injury Conference





Dr. McKeon and Dr. Mithoefer

Welcome, Introduction, Annual Conference


Dr. Kirsch

Massive Irreparable Rotator Cuff Tears: What to do if it can’t be fixed.

Dr. Jawa

Shoulder arthroplasty in the WC population. Do they get back to work and when do they get there?


Dr. Kimball

Elbow Workplace Disorders

Dr. Kim

Complex Reconstruction of Work-Related Hand Injuries


Dr. Mithoefer

Advanced Orthobiologic Treatment Options for Management of Common Work-Related Joint Injuries


Panel Discussion


Dr. Saito

The Future of Occupational Health: Challenges and Opportunities

10:15 – 10:45



Dr. Wuerz

Work related hip injuries - diagnosis, treatment and recovery


Dr. Weitzel

Meniscal Tears - From Therapy to Transplantation and Everything in Between

Dr. McKeon

New Meniscus Options in 2023

Dr. Miller

Graft Options for ACL Reconstruction


Dr. Slovenkai

Ankle Tendon Injuries in The Workplace

Dr. Hofmann

Foot & Ankle Consultation for the Injured Worker


Panel Discussion

12:30 - 1:30



Dr. Ohaegbulam

Navigating the Path to Recovery: Strengthening Spine Care for Injured Workers, and Finding the Role of Surgery

Dr. Kwon

Endoscopic Spine Surgery


Dr. Nairus

Total Hip Replacement Surgery and Its Relationship to Work Injuries and Work Environments

Dr. Braziel

Partial Knee Replacement

Dr. Van Flandern

Total knee replacement after work related injuries

Q & A

Panel Discussion

Dr. McKeon and Dr. Mithoefer

Conclusions-BSSC WC Center


Social Reception

Competency Disclaimer: Information provided should be used within scope of practice

Dr. Mithoefer Interviewed by Orthopedics Today

Dr. Mithoefer Interviewed by Orthopedics Today

September 23, 2022 Although cartilage repair and restoration still pose clinical challenges in orthopedics, the knowledge of cartilage repair and healing gained in the last decade has resulted in advanced surgical techniques and improved outcomes.

Many cartilage repair technologies available today look similar to those from 10 to 15 years ago, Kai Mithoefer, MD, of the Boston Sports and Shoulder Center and co-director of joint preservation at New England Baptist Hospital, said, noting these technologies have evolved into different techniques that provide better outcomes.

“The individual cartilage repair techniques have advanced to the next-generation technologies by reducing technical shortcoming of earlier generation technologies and with resultant improvement of clinical outcomes,” Mithoefer told Healio/Orthopedics Today.

As one of the most frequently used technologies for cartilage repair, microfracture has shown reasonable midterm to long-term results as long as it has been used for chondral defects with lesions less than 2 cm2 and with healthy surrounding cartilage, Mithoefer said. The quantity and quality of the repair tissue has been a factor in the durability of microfracture, with published literature showing decreased function 2 years after microfracture due to the limited amount and quality of repair tissue fillers, he said.

Improvements in microfracture

Mithoefer said recent discussions about the microfracture technique have focused on the awl or pick used to create small holes in the bone and its effect on the subchondral bone.

“Recent studies have shown that overgrowth of the subchondral bone can occur in up to 63% of the cases and the presence of overgrowth has been associated with an eight-times increased failure rate after microfracture,” Mithoefer said.

These findings have led to the development of new tools, such as nanofracture, which can be gentler on the subchondral bone, he said.

“They do not completely avoid the subchondral changes, but they have been shown in clinical studies to improve outcomes in comparison to the first-generation microfracture,” Mithoefer said.

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December 2020 - Dr. Alan Curtis and Dr. Hervey Kimball participated in the Annual NECOEM conference, which was done virtually in December 2020. Dr. Curtis spoke about "Differential Diagnosis and Treatment of Work-related Shoulder Injuries."

Dr. Kimball spoke about "Common Workplace Hand Injuries and Treatment."

During a separate event, Dr. Kurt Hofmann discussed the present and future of Regenerative Medicine during a webinar on December 9.

November 2018 - Dr. Alan Curtis is the course chair of the 23rd Boston Sports Medicine Symposium on November 2 & 3 at the Boston Marriott Hotel in Newton. The course provides orthopedic surgeons, fellows, residents, physician assistants, physical therapists and allied health professionals with a unique opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills in the surgical management and rehabilitation of sports medicine injuries.

Please click here to view the brochure.

July 2018 – Hand Surgical Associates merged with Boston Sports and Shoulder Center and has become The Hand Center at BSSC. This allows us to provide our patients with a more comprehensive upper extremity service. More information about The Hand Center at BSSC can be found at

December 2017 - For the 12th straight year, Boston Sports & Shoulder Center physicians have been named "Boston's Top Doctors" by Boston Magazine. Congratulations!

November 9, 2017 - As of December 4, Dr. Thomas Wuerz will be joining Boston Sports & Shoulder Center full time to treat hips, knees and shoulders. He will see patients every Wednesday in Dedham and every Friday in Waltham. Please call our office for more details.

September 16, 2017 - Dr. Suzanne Miller was featured in the Boston Globe article "Cancer, this Boston orthopedic surgeon and COO are dying to punch you out." Click here to read the article.

May 24, 2017 - Beginning June 1, 2017, Dr. Mark Slovenkai will hold clinics for new patients only at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Thursdays of the month. Please call our office for more details.

May 10, 2017 - Dr. Andrew Jawa was interviewed for an article, "The data you've been missing - provided by patients," which discusses patient-reported outcome measures. Published in athenaInsight, click here to read the article.

October 6, 2016 – Dr. Brian McKeon joined Kim and VB on WRKO radio in Boston to discuss advancement technology in knee surgery. Click here for audio.

March 10, 2016 – Dr. Brian McKeon was interviewed by WBZ-TV regarding a new meniscus implant aimed to at treating knee pain for younger patients. Click here for video and article.


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