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The mission of the Boston Sports and Shoulder Center Research Foundation is to conduct and foster research in musculoskeletal disorders, promote interdisciplinary education about orthopedic conditions, and support patients with musculoskeletal disorders.

August 2022: The BSSC Research Foundation has over 30 ongoing projects across multiple areas of orthopedics:

  • Sports Medicine
  • Hip Preservation
  • Shoulder Arthroscopy
  • Shoulder Arthroplasty
  • Total Ankle Arthroplasty
  • Clinical Trials
  • Cost Analysis Using Time-Driven Activity-Based Costing
RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT
Spotlight

The BSSC Research Foundation would like to congratulate Tessa Lilley, second year Physician Assistant student at Northeastern and previous medical assistant/research assistant at BSSC, for winning the Susan Lindahl Memorial Scholarship! This scholarship was established to cultivate and attract young physician assistant students into the field of orthopaedics. Tessa’s case study titled Preserved Lower Extremity Alignment using a Novel Meniscus Implant, guided by Dr. McKeon and Jason Rand, was one of two case reports accepted for the scholarship out of sixty applicants. She presented her research at the Physician Assistants of Orthopaedic Surgery Conference in Denver, and you can listen to Tessa discuss her report on the orthoPA-c podcast, available here on Apple Podcasts!

 
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The BSSC Research Foundation had the pleasure of working with Nth Dimensions Scholar Jalen Thomas, a second year medical student from Meharry Medical College. Over the course of eight weeks, Jalen shadowed our physicians to expand his knowledge of Orthopedics. Under the guidance of Dr. Jacob Kirsch and Dr. Andrew Jawa, Jalen researched the effect of rotator cuff fatty infiltration and muscle atrophy on the clinical outcomes following anatomic total shoulder replacement. Recently, Jalen presented his research at the National Medical Association Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. We were thrilled to have Jalen with us this Summer, and wish him the best of luck with his studies!

Interested in getting involved in research?

We believe research should be collaborative and welcome those who wish to join us on our mission to continue improving orthopedic care. Whether you're interested in collaborating or gaining a summer research experience, please reach out us at: [javascript protected email address]

RECENT PUBLICATIONS & ACCEPTANCES

Outcomes After Anatomic and Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty for the Treatment of Glenohumeral Osteoarthritis: A Propensity Score-Matched Analysis. Jacob M. Kirsch, Richard N. Puzzitiello, Daniel P. Swanson, Kiet Le, Paul-Anthony J. Hart, Ryan Churchill, Bassem Elhassan, Jon JP Warner, Andrew Jawa.
Published in JBJS
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35867705/

Baseplate Retroversion does not affect Postoperative Outcomes following Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty. Randa Elmallah, Daniel P Swanson, Kiet Le, Jacob M. Kirsch, Andrew Jawa.
Published in JSES
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35429631/

Neighborhood Socioeconomic Disadvantage Does Not Predict Outcomes or Cost after Elective Shoulder Arthroplasty. Michael A. Moverman, Suleiman Y. Sudah, Richard N. Puzzitiello, Nicholas R. Pagani, Paul-Anthony J. Hart, Daniel P. Swanson, Jacob M. Kirsch, Andrew Jawa, Mariano E. Menendez.
Accepted to JSES, Pre-Proof available online.
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35671927/

Arthroplasty Costs Excluding Implants: Anatomic Total Shoulder vs Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty. Christopher J. Fang, Jacob M. Kirsch, Paul-Anthony J. Hart, Daniel P. Swanson, Jonathan M. Shaker, Eric L. Smith, Jonathan C. Levy, Andrew Jawa.
Published in Seminars in Arthroplasty: JSES
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1045452722000396

Patients with Limited Health Literacy Have Worse Preoperative Function, Pain Control and Experience Prolonged Hospitalizations Following Shoulder Arthroplasty. Richard N. Puzzitiello, Eileen M. Colliton, Daniel P. Swanson, Mariano E. Menendez, Michael A. Moverman, Paul-Anthony J. Hart, A Edward Allen, Jacob M. Kirsch, Andrew Jawa.
Published in JSES
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35671931/

Are the best anatomic total shoulder arthroplasties better than the best reverse total shoulder arthroplasties? Daniel P. Swanson, Kuhan A. Mahendraraj, Ryan Lohre, Christopher J. Fang, Matthew P. Veale, Jacob M. Kirsch, Andrew Jawa.
Published in Seminars in Arthroplasty: JSES
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1045452722000529

Abstract: High Prevalence of Early Stress Shielding in Stemless Shoulder Arthroplasty. Accepted for Podium Presentation, Orthopedic Summit 2022, Encore Boston Harbor.

Abstract: Arthroscopic In-Situ Biceps Tenodesis for the Treatment of Massive Irreparable Rotator Cuff Tears. Accepted for Podium Presentation, Orthopedic Summit 2022, Encore Boston Harbor.

Abstract. Fixed Bearing Total Ankle Arthroplasty: Clinical Results at a Mean of 11 Years. Accepted for Podium Presentation, Orthopedic Summit 2022, Encore Boston Harbor.

Abstract. Predictors of Dislocations after Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty: A study by the ASES Complications of RSA Multicenter Research Group. Accepted for Podium Presentation at the ASES 2022 Annual Meeting, Atlanta GA.

Abstract. Risk Factors of Acromial and Scapular Spine Stress Fractures Differ by Indication: A Study of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Complications After Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty Multi-Center Research Group. Accepted for Poster Presentation at the ASES 2022 Annual Meeting, Atlanta GA.

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RECENT & UPCOMING TALKS
  • OSET 2022
    Andrew Jawa, MD
      Deciding Between Total Shoulder & Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty: The Many Indications
      Why I Incorporate Preop Planning Into My Practice
      Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty for Malunions, Revisions & Understanding How To Avoid Complications
      60-Year-Old Electrician With A Massive Irreparable Superior Rotator Cuff Tear Seeking 5 Opinions: I Need To Get Back To Work, Please Help Me
      Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty: When & Why
      Optimizing Outcomes Following Rotator Cuff Repair and Total Shoulder
  • NEBH Research Symposium 2022
    Daniel Swanson, BS
      Podium Presentation - Predictors of Dislocations after Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty: A study by the ASES Complications of RSA Multicenter Research Group.
      Podium Presentation - Risk Factors of Acromial and Scapular Spine Stress Fractures Differ by Indication: A Study of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Complications After Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty Multi-Center Research Group.
  • ASAP 2022
    Andrew Jawa, MD
      Video presentation - removal of a well fixed cemented glenoid
      Metal Allergies - Fact or Fiction
  • ISHA / Orthosummit 2021
    Thomas Wuerz, MD
      Evolving Technique Video Update: Capsule Preserving Techniques For The Prominent AIIS
      Evolving Technique Update: Tips From The Training Room To Help Keep Athletes In The Game
  • ASES 2021
      Paper presentation - Functional Somatic Syndromes are Strongly Associated with Suboptimal Outcomes and High Cost after Shoulder Arthroplasty
        Menendez, Jawa, Moverman, Puzzitiello, Pagani,Moon, Hart, Kirsch
      Paper Presentation - Predictors of Poor and Excellent Outcomes after Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty
        Jawa, Forlizzi, Puzzitiello, Hart, Churchill, Kirsch
  • OSET 2021
    Andrew Jawa, MD
      Pro: RSA for Proximal Humerus Fractures: Say Goodbye To The Hemi-Arthroplasty - Please Jump On Board
      Evolving Technique: Risk Stratification For Successful Outpatient Shoulder Arthroplasty: Is It Necessary & Why?
  • AOFAS 2021
    Kurt Hofmann, MD
      Ankle Pain? It could be arthritis.

Click here to see Dr. Hofmann's Talk!

Why Support the BSSC Research Foundation?

Our physicians perform research, not only to improve care for their own patients, but to educate and improve the care provided by their peers. To perform such high-caliber research, we are seeking funding to continue our:

  • Cutting edge and explorative research
  • Recruitment of top-class research staff
  • Educational outreach - high school orthopedic workshops; continuing education courses; etc.
  • Developing the infrastructure of our Foundation

Our Board of Directors

John C. Richmond, MD
John C. Richmond, MD

Dr. Richmond is a recently retired orthopedic surgeon and considered to be one of the pioneers of modern arthroscopy in the U.S. He was the Head Team Physician for Tufts University Athletics for 25 years, president of the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA), president of the Eastern Orthopedic Association (EOA), and was a founding member of Boston Sports and Shoulder Center. He has also received numerous awards including the O’Donaghue Sports injury Research Award (1995) and the Cabaud Memorial Basic Science Research Award (2007).

Although Dr. Richmond is no longer actively seeing patients, he remains an active researcher and consultant for Boston Sports and Shoulder Center. He was selected to be the President of the BSSC Research Foundation because of his incredibly impressive research and education background. He has published over 70 articles, has received numerous teaching and research awards, has been a reviewer and/or editor for 8 different journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine.

Medical School

  • Tufts University School of Medicine

Residency

  • General Surgery – University of Pennsylvania (1976-1978)
  • Combined Orthopedic Residency Program at Tufts Medical Center (1978-1981)

Awards & Distinction

  • Member of the Arthroscopy Journal Board of Trustees, President of AANA (2016-2017)
  • Vice President of AANA (2014-2016), Treasurer of EOEF (2014-2017)
  • Chairman of the AANA Education Overview Committee (2012-2013), President EOA (2010-2011)
  • Vice President of the EOA (2008-2010), NEBH Kirkby Memorial Service Award (2015)
  • Cabaud Memorial Basic Science Research Award (2007)
  • O’Donaghue Sports injury Research Award (1995)
  • Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine, Head Team Physician of Tufts University Athletics Department (1982-2008)
Andrew Jawa, MD
Andrew Jawa, MD

Dr. Andrew Jawa is the open shoulder specialist at Boston Sports & Shoulder Center. He specializes in primary (Anatomic and Reverse) and revision total shoulder replacement, latarjets for chronic shoulder instability, and proximal humerus fractures.

Dr. Jawa is very active in clinical research, as well as in the education of orthopaedic residents and fellows. His research focuses on optimizing outcomes following shoulder arthroplasty and cost-analysis of shoulder arthroplasty using time-driven activity-based cost accounting methodologies. As an assistant clinical professor at Tufts University School of Medicine, he trains Tufts orthopedic residents, sports fellows from the New England Baptist Hospital, and shoulder and elbow fellows from the Harvard Shoulder Fellowship Program. He has won both resident and fellow teaching awards for best instruction by an attending surgeon. Additionally, Dr. Jawa has published over 50 peer reviewed scientific papers, and presented at more than 50 national conferences. He is very active in the national orthopaedic community where he is a member of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES), the New England Shoulder and Elbow Society (NESES), and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).

Medical School

  • Perelman School of Medicine at UPenn

Residency

  • Harvard Combined Orthopaedics Residency at Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s hospitals

Fellowship

  • Hand and Microsurgery, Shoulder and Elbow Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital

Awards & Distinction

  • Associate Editor of the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
  • Vice President of the BSSC Research Foundation
  • Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Vice President of the New England Shoulder and Elbow Society (NESES)
  • Top Doctor in Boston (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)
  • Teacher of the Year Award (Tufts Orthopaedic Residents, 2018)
  • Teacher of the Year Award (NEBH Sports Fellowship, 2017)
  • Best Podium Presentation (NESES Annual Meeting, 2016 & 2017)
  • Robert E. Leach Resident Teaching Award, Boston University Orthopaedic Dept. (2011)
Kai Mithoefer, MD
Kai Mithoefer, MD

Dr. Kai Mithoefer is double board-certified in Orthopaedic surgery and Orthopaedic sports medicine in the U.S. and Germany. After completing his medical school at Heinrich-Heine University in Düsseldorf, Germany he received his residency training in the Harvard Orthopaedic Residency Program. Following residency Dr. Mithoefer completed a fellowship in Orthopaedic Trauma at Harvard Medical School and the prestigious Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Dr. Mithoefer has more than 15 years of clinical expertise and is an internationally recognized specialist for sports medicine, joint preservation and regenerative orthopedics. He has extensive experience caring for athletes at all levels including as team physician of the New England Revolution, U.S. National Soccer Team, World Team Tennis, U.S. Davis Cup Team, and U.S. Open Tennis tournament, and has served as Assistant Medical Director for Major League Soccer (MLS).

Dr. Mithoefer’s clinical and scientific interests lie in the application of non-operative as well as state-of-the-art minimally invasive and regenerative surgical techniques to facilitate recovery and return to athletic and work activities following injuries of the knee and shoulder. He has published more than 100 scientific articles and book chapters and is a frequent speaker at national and international orthopedic meetings.

For more information about Dr. Mithoefer, please visit www.bostonjointpreservation.com

Medical School

  • Heinrich-Heine University

Residency

  • Harvard Orthopaedic Residency Program

Fellowship

  • Orthopedic Trauma at Harvard Medical School and Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery

Awards & Distinction

  • Team physician for the New England Revolution, U.S. National Soccer Team, World Team Tennis, U.S. Davis Cup Team, and U.S. Open Tennis Tournament.
  • Assistant Medical Director for Major League Soccer.
Jacob M. Kirsch, MDJacob M. Kirsch, MD

Dr. Kirsch is a shoulder and elbow specialist at Boston Sports & Shoulder Center. He specializes in arthroscopic and open treatment of shoulder and elbow conditions, including shoulder arthritis, rotator cuff tears, fractures, and instability. He has advanced training in primary and revision shoulder replacement surgery. He has a particular focus in complex problems of the shoulder requiring shoulder replacement, sports related injuries, shoulder instability with bone loss, irreparable tendon tears, and failed previous surgery.

Dr. Kirsch also received advanced international training in shoulder surgery from world-renowned experts in Lyon, France. Over the course of his career, he has published over 30 peer-reviewed scientific papers, and presented at over 30 conferences. Dr. Kirsch works alongside Dr. Jawa to investigate shoulder replacements, their indications, complications, and postoperative outcomes.

For more information about Dr. Kirsch, please visit www.shouldersurgeryboston.com

Medical School

  • George Washington University School of Medicine

Residency

  • University of Michigan

Fellowship

  • Shoulder and Elbow Reconstruction at the Rothman Orthopaedics Institute

Awards & Distinction

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society (GWSMHS)
  • Julius S. Neviaser Award for Excellence in Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Team Physician for the UMichigan Men’s Basketball Team
  • Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine
Thomas H. Wuerz, MD
Thomas H. Wuerz, MD

Dr. Thomas H. Wuerz is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon at New England Baptist Hospital, specializing in Hip Arthroscopy. On top of his medical degree, Dr. Wuerz also has Master’s degrees in both Health Policy and Economics (from the London School of Economics) and Clinical Research (Tufts Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences). He is the Director of the Hip Preservation Program at the New England Baptist Hospital, an assistant clinical professor at Tufts University School of Medicine, and an adjunct faculty member for Boston Children’s Hospital’s Child and Young Adult Hip Program. He is an active member of the Orthopaedic Research Society, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA), and the International Society for Hip Arthroscopy (ISHA).

Dr. Wuerz’s clinical and research interests lie in sports medicine and hip preservation surgery. He is the Head Team Physician for Merrimack College, a Team Physician for the US Ski Team, and a Hip Consultant for the Boston Ballet, Boston Breakers, and Boston Cannons. He is an active member of the Multicenter Arthroscopic Study of the Hip (MASH) Group. Dr Wuerz has published over 25 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, and instructed over 15 courses and lectures for hip arthroscopy.

For more information about Dr. Wuerz, please visit www.bostonhipcenter.com

Medical School

  • University of Tuebingen (Germany)

Residency

  • Orthopedic Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic

Fellowship

  • Sports Medicine Fellowship at Rush University and Traveling Fellowship of the international Society of Hip Arthroscopy

Awars & Distinction

  • Director of Hip Preservation Program at NEBH
  • Head Team Physician for Merrimack College
  • Team Physician for the U.S. Ski Team, Hip Consultant for the Boston Ballet, Boston Breakers, and Boston Cannons
  • AANA Health Policy fellow
  • Assistant Clinical Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine, and Adjunct Professor at Boston Children’s Hospital.
  • MS in Health Policy and Economics (London School of Economics) and MS in Clinical Research (Tufts Sackler School of Biomedical Sciences).
Suzanne L. Miller, MD
Suzanne L. Miller, MD

Dr. Miller serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine and she is an active member of multiple academic societies, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA), and the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES).

Dr. Miller’s clinical and research interests lie in treating sports medicine injuries of the shoulder, knee, and hamstring. She assists in coverage of the Boston Celtics. She has been published extensively in orthopaedic literature and has several ongoing clinical trials involving shoulder and hamstring injuries. She has published over 30 peer-reviewed publications and chapters and has presented at over 35 national meetings. She has several ongoing studies involving shoulder and hamstring injuries, and is also building her own Hamstring Rupture Intervention Database.

For more information about Dr. Miller, please visit www.suzannemillermd.com

Medical School

  • Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Residency

  • Mount Sinai Hospital

Fellowship

  • University of Pittsburgh, Sports Medicine

Awards & Distinction

  • Assistant Clinical Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine
Morgan Herman ProfileMorgan Herman

Morgan Herman is Executive Vice President, Development for Cure Alzheimer’s Fund. She has more than 20 years of experience, having served in leadership roles at New England Baptist Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. As EVP, she leads a comprehensive Development program to significantly increase philanthropy for the organization. To date, CureAlz has supported over $100 million of grants with the highest probability of preventing, slowing, or reversing Alzheimer’s disease. Morgan and her team are committed to building upon that legacy with the ultimate goal of eradicating this disease.

Morgan earned her BA in English from Middlebury College and an MBA from Simmons College.

David Passafaro
David Passafaro

David Passafaro is president of New England Baptist Hospital (NEBH), where he is responsible for leading the Baptist into the Beth Israel Lahey Health System and spearheading the effort to grow the brand into new markets. Previously, he served as senior vice president of external affairs overseeing the offices of Community and Government Relations, Philanthropy, Real Estate and Construction.

David has extensive government and political experience, serving as Chief of Staff for the Office of Mayor Thomas M. Menino, and President of Boston 2004 Inc., a single purpose, not-for-profit entity, charged to represent the City in staging the Democratic National Convention. In the early 1980’s, he served in Washington D.C. working for the U.S. Senate and in the early 1990’s as a lobbyist in Washington D.C. and Boston with the firm McDermott/O’Neil & Associates.

Prior to joining NEBH, David served as vice president for business development at Suffolk Construction Company where he was responsible for business development and client relationships for clients in the commercial, hospital, healthcare and higher education sectors in the Northeast. He also served as Vice President for Business Development at William A. Berry & Son Construction and Managing Director for Real Estate at Cambridge Associates Holdings Company.

Previously, David served on several boards and commissions, including: Boston Medical Center, Board of Trustees, Finance Chairman; Chairman of Boston Medical Center Insurance Co., LTD and GMPCI, LTD, both captive insurance companies; Zoo New England Board of Directors; and City of Boston Rent Equity Board.

David holds a BA in Political Science from Marquette University, 1976, and a MA in International Affairs and Foreign Policy from Georgetown University, 1979.

Brian P. McKeon, MD
Brian P. McKeon, MD

Dr. McKeon is currently a member of the Board of Trustees for the BSSC Research Foundation, and serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Tufts University School of Medicine. He is an active member of multiple academic societies, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA), and the NBA Team Physicians Society. Dr. McKeon was the Chief Medical Officer and Head Team Physician for the Boston Celtics from 2005-2017.

Dr. McKeon currently participates in clinical trials and funded research studies related to articular cartilage, synovial inflammation, stem cell therapies, and artificial meniscal implants. He has published over 30 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, and presented at over 30 national conferences. His primary clinical and research interests lie in sports medicine and the treatment of sports-related injuries, with an emphasis on performing minimally invasive surgery on shoulders, knees, and elbows.

Medical School

  • Georgetown University School of Medicine

Residency

  • University of Connecticut Integrated Residency Program

Fellowship

  • New England Baptist Hospital, Sports Medicine

Awards & Distinction

  • Chief Medical Officer and Head Team Physician for the Boston Celtics (2005-2017)
  • Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Boston Magazine Top Doctor (2009-2019)
  • Best Teacher Award – NEBH Sports Medicine Department (2003, 2004, 2007)
Jon Shaker
Jon Shaker

Jon Shaker is the Executive Director of Boston Sports & Shoulder Center. He is responsible for overseeing all administrative and business functions, as well as establishing the practice’s strategic direction. Prior to this role, Jon spent 9 years at New England Baptist Hospital, most recently as the Executive Director of Surgical Business Operations & Patient Access.

His career in healthcare began working as an orderly in the OR at Baystate Medical Center during college breaks. Since then, he has held multiple roles of progressing responsibility in different healthcare settings. Jon is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt who holds a Master of Health Systems Administration from Georgetown University. In 2020, he completed the 10 month Managing Health Care Delivery at Harvard Business School.

Greg DeConciliis
Greg DeConciliis, PA-C, CASC

Greg DeConciliis began his career as a Physician Assistant in Orthopedics in 1999 at New England Baptist Hospital. In May of 2004, he left the Hospital to start-up Boston Out-Patient Surgical Suites in Waltham, MA, an Orthopedic and Pain Management ASC. BOSS, as the Center is known, averages around 450 cases per month, and consistently achieves monthly profit margins over 50%. Greg also works with an additional multi-specialty ASC in Norwood, MA. Greg is also President of the Massachusetts Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers. Greg has been named one of the top Administrators to Know numerous times in Becker’s ASC Review; has authored numerous articles for the outpatient surgery industry, speaks nationally, and he continues to be active as a Physician Assistant, still scrubbing in on complex cases when needed.

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