Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Bulletin

Professor & Chair, Howard A. Chansky, MD
Howard A. Chansky, M.D.
Professor and Chair

Dear Colleagues,

The New Year started with purple! Many of us traveled to Pasadena to support the UW Husky football team in their first Rose Bowl appearance in 17 years. Unfortunately, the team lost in a close game to Ohio State. However, outstanding care was delivered by our team physicians who support all Husky athletes year-round. We are anticipating great things in the 2019 football season and from our orthopaedic team.

I am humbled by the hard work and talent of our faculty, fellows, residents and staff that both contribute to our research efforts and provide excellent and compassionate patient care. I want to share some of the amazing work that continues to be done here at UW Medicine in the Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. Please explore the web links included in this document and contact me at OrthoChair@uw.edu if you have any questions or suggestion about the Department.

- Howard A. Chansky, MD, Chair

Advancing Science

Our faculty continues to advance the science of orthopaedic surgery and musculoskeletal disease in many areas, and many have presented their work locally, nationally and internationally this past year. A few highlights include:

  • Drs. Jason Hsu, Davin Gong and Frederick Matsen received an award from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) for their study on infection in shoulder replacement surgery.
  • Recently graduated resident Dr. Romie Gibly, along with Drs. Thomas Shomaker, Viviana Bompadre and Suzanne Steinman, published a study that guides the efficient and effective treatment of pediatric finger and hand injuries, two common reasons for children to visit an emergency room.
  • Drs. Carlo Bellabarba and Amy Cizik participated in a multicenter collaboration to develop a tool to guide patients and physicians as to which patient population will most likely benefit from lumbar spine surgery.
  • Two of our sports surgeons, Drs. Christopher Kweon and Albert Gee, and our head Husky athletic trainer, Robert Scheidegger, published a position piece supporting the need for orthopaedic surgeons to continue to be on the sidelines caring for football players.

Click here to see a full list of our AAOS accepted materials and recent publications.

Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Expands and Celebrates

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Kenneth Chin, our new foot and ankle surgeon, who will be joining us in March. In addition, we have had the recent good fortune to be joined by Drs. Viral Patel (spine surgery), Will Lack (trauma and general orthopaedic surgery), Jared Harwood (orthopaedic tumor surgery) and Florence Unno (trauma and general orthopaedic surgery).

We will be celebrating the careers and retirements of two of our notable faculty, Dr. Ted Wagner and Dr. David Eyre. Dr. Wagner is a force locally, nationally and internationally in spine deformity surgery. Dr. Eyre is a world-renowned cartilage and collagen biologist with over 40 years of continual NIH funding. More information will follow on the retirement event planned to honor Drs. Wagner and Eyre.

New Endowment in Honor of Dr. Douglas P. Hanel

In June of 2019, Dr. Hanel will be stepping down as the residency program director after 24 years of deft guidance. In honor of Dr. Hanel’s service to the Department and to scores of residents, we have established an endowment in his name. Please visit the Douglas P. Hanel, MD, Endowment for Orthopaedic Training and Research for Resident Education to learn more about this important initiative.


New Stadium Clinic Surgical Director

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Dr. Mia Hagen has been appointed the Surgical Director of the Stadium Clinic. This is a new position that recognizes the importance of the Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in caring for athletes of all ages, and most importantly, Dr. Hagen’s impressive early success as an educator, researcher, and clinical leader. In this leadership position, Dr. Hagen is directly responsible for clinical matters related to surgical patients, faculty and the surgical staff to ensure efficient, safe and high-quality care and services.

Diversity and Inclusion

During this past year we continued to address the important issues of diversity and inclusion in our Department. We had an overwhelming number of staff, faculty and residents accept the invitation to participate in this process. The committee has developed several initiatives, including outreach on a regional and national scale that we will begin implementing in 2019.