Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation

Wright State Physicians Orthopaedics to offer educational session about spine conditions

spine x-ray(Nov. 12, 2014) Wright State Physicians Orthopaedics will offer an educational session, “Common Spine Conditions,” on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m., in Classroom 1 on the second floor of the Wright State Physicians Health Center (725 University Blvd.) on the campus of Wright State University. The session is free and open to the public. The speaker is Mark Kayanja, M.D., Ph.D., a fellowship-trained orthopaedic spine surgeon with Wright State Physicians Orthopaedics and associate professor of orthopaedic surgery, sports medicine and rehabilitation. He specializes in cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine surgery and treats several conditions, including spinal deformity, degenerative spinal conditions, spine fractures, spine infections and spine tumors. He will speak about back pain, disc prolapses and spinal stenosis.


Wright State Physicians Orthopaedics to offer educational session about rheumatoid arthritis at Wright State Physicians Health Center

arthritic hands(Oct. 9, 2014) Wright State Physicians Orthopaedics will offer an educational session, “New Insights into Diagnosis and Management of Rheumatoid Arthritis,” on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m., in Classroom 1 on the second floor of the Wright State Physicians Health Center (725 University Blvd.) on the campus of Wright State University. The session is free and open to the public. The speaker is William E. Venanzi, M.D., FACP, assistant professor of internal medicine and chair of the Division of Rheumatology at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine.


Wright State Physicians Orthopaedics to offer educational session about ankle arthritis at Wright State Physicians Health Center

ankle arthritis image(Sept. 4, 2014) Wright State Physicians Orthopaedics will offer an educational session, “Ankle Arthritis,” on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m., in Classroom 1 on the second floor of the Wright State Physicians Health Center (725 University Blvd.) on the campus of Wright State University. The session is free and open to the public.


Wright State Physicians Orthopaedics to offer educational session about forefoot injuries at Wright State Physicians Health Center

foot xray(August 8, 2014) Wright State Physicians Orthopaedics will offer an educational session, “Forefoot Injuries,” on Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 7 p.m., in Classroom 1 on the second floor of the Wright State Physicians Health Center (725 University Blvd.) on the campus of Wright State University. The session is free and open to the public.

The speaker is Gregory L. Barbour, D.P.M., a podiatrist with Wright State Physicians Orthopaedics.


Photo of Mark Kayanja, M.D.Orthopaedic spine surgeon Mark Kayanja, M.D., Ph.D., is joining Wright State Physicians on campus of Wright State University

(July 21, 2014) Orthopaedic spine surgeon Mark Kayanja, M.D., Ph.D., is joining Wright State Physicians Orthopaedics and will begin seeing patients on Aug. 11 at the Wright State Physicians Health Center, Miami Valley Hospital and Atrium Medical Center.

Kayanja, formerly of CORE Institute in Phoenix, Ariz., is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic spine surgeon specializing in cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine surgery. In his new role with Wright State Physicians Orthopaedics, he will treat several conditions, including spinal deformity, degenerative spinal conditions, spine fractures, spine infections and spine tumors.


Wright State Orthopaedics will offer an educational session about rotator cuff tears & repairs at the WSP Health Center

rotator cuff(June 9, 2014) Wright State Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation will offer an educational session about “Rotator Cuff Tears and Repairs” on Tuesday, June 17, at 7 p.m., in Classroom 1 on the second floor of the Wright State Physicians Health Center. The speaker is L. Joseph Rubino III, M.D., associate professor of orthopaedic surgery, sports medicine and rehabilitation. Rubino is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery in orthopaedic surgery and in the orthopaedic sports medicine subspecialty and serves as a team physician for the University of Dayton Flyers and Miami University Middletown.


plastic surgeryWright State Orthopaedics to offer educational session about sun protection, skin care at Wright State Physicians Health Center

(May 7, 2014) Wright State Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation will offer an educational session, “Sun Protection and Skin Care,” on Tuesday, May 20, at 7 p.m., in Classroom 1 on the second floor of the Wright State Physicians Health Center (725 University Blvd.) on the campus of Wright State University. The session is free and open to the public.


Wright State Orthopaedics to offer concussion information session at the Wright State Physicians Health Center non April 15

volleyball player(March 27, 2014) Wright State Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation will offer an educational session, “Concussion Update,” on Tuesday, April 15, at 7 p.m., in Classroom 1 on the second floor of the Wright State Physicians Health Center (725 University Blvd.) on the campus of Wright State University. The session is free and open to the public.

Corey J. Ellis, M.D., director of the Wright State Physicians Concussion Clinic and assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery, sports medicine and rehabilitation, and family medicine at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, will speak about concussions and Ohio’s Return to Play law.


Wright State Orthopaedics will offer an educational session on appropriate footwear on March 18

shoes(March 11, 2014) Wright State Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation will offer an educational session about appropriate footwear on Tuesday, March 18, at 7 p.m., in Classroom 1 on the second floor of the Wright State Physicians Health Center (725 University Blvd.) on the campus of Wright State University. The session is free and open to the public.

Justin Lodge, P.T., D.P.T., a physical therapist with Wright State Orthopaedics, will present “Walk Wright: Putting Your Best Foot Forward.” The educational session will cover foot type and anatomy; appropriate footwear; fads, high heels and barefoot running; and training tips.


Wright State Orthopaedics will offer an educational session about minimally invasive shoulder surgery at Wright State Physicians

shoulder X-ray(Feb. 7, 2014) Wright State Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation will offer an educational session about minimally invasive shoulder surgery on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m., in Classroom 1 on the second floor of the Wright State Physicians Health Center (725 University Blvd.) on the campus of Wright State University. The session is free and open to the public.

Matthew DiPaola, M.D., assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery, sports medicine and rehabilitation at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, will discuss minimally invasive shoulder surgery at the Feb. 18 educational session. DiPaola is fellowship-trained in reconstructive shoulder and elbow surgery. He is board certified with the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons.


people exercisingWright State Orthopaedics will offer an educational session about back pain Jan. 21 at the Wright State Physicians Health Center

(Jan. 7, 2014) Wright State Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation will offer an educational session about back pain on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m., in Classroom 1 on the second floor of the Wright State Physicians Health Center (725 University Blvd.) on the campus of Wright State University. The session is free and open to the public.


Orthopaedic symposium to focus on acute management of injuries on Nov. 15 at WSU Nutter Center

(Nov. 5, 2013) The Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, in conjunction with Wright State Physicians Orthopaedics, is hosting a symposium, “Acute Management of Orthopaedic Injuries,” on Friday, Nov. 15, 7:30 a.m. to noon, at the Wright State University Nutter Center. The symposium will address lacerations and minor burns, foot and ankle injuries, common athletic shoulder injuries and common knee injuries.


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shoulder pain and youWright State Orthopaedics will offer an educational session about shoulder pain on Nov. 14

(Oct. 20, 2013) Wright State Orthopaedics will offer an educational session about shoulder pain on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m., in Classroom 1 on the second floor of the Wright State Physicians Health Center on the campus of Wright State University (725 University Blvd.). The session is free and open to the public.


Wright State Orthopaedics will offer an educational session about common conditions of the front part of the foot on Oct. 15

(Oct 4, 2013) Wright State Orthopaedics will offer an educational session about common conditions of the front part of the foot on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m., in Classroom 1 on the second floor of the Wright State Physicians Health Center on the campus of Wright State University (725 University Blvd.). The session is free and open to the public.


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Wright State Orthopaedics will offer an educational session about exercise on Sept. 17 at Wright State University

(Sept. 6, 2013) Wright State Orthopaedics will offer an educational session about exer/whatsnew/cise on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m., in Classroom 2 on the second floor of the Wright State Physicians Health Center on the campus of Wright State University (725 University Blvd.). The session is free and open to the public.

 


Wright State Orthopaedics to offer session on shoulder arthritis on Aug. 20

shoulderWright State Orthopaedics will offer an educational session about shoulder arthritis on Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m., in the Family Medicine Conference Room in the Wright State Physicians Health Center on the campus of Wright State University (725 University Blvd.). The session is free and open to the public.

Matthew DiPaola, M.D., assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery, sports medicine and rehabilitation at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, will discuss different types of shoulder arthritis. He also will explain how arthritis can be a source of shoulder pain.

DiPaola is fellowship-trained in reconstructive shoulder and elbow surgery. He is board certified with the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He also serves as a board member on the Great Lakes Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation.

In addition to the August educational session, Wright State Orthopaedics will offer its next educational session on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Wright State Physicians Health Center. For more information and to register for the Aug. 20 event, contact Cindy Dempsey at csdempsey@premierhealth.com or (937) 208-2128.


Wright State Orthopaedics to present a Concussion Update on July 16

football gameCorey Ellis, M.D., director of the Wright State Physicians Concussion Clinic and assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery, sports medicine and rehabilitation and family medicine at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, will speak about concussions and Ohio’s Return to Play law on Tuesday, July 16, at 7 p.m., in the Family Medicine Conference Room in the Wright State Physicians Health Center on the campus of Wright State University (725 University Blvd.).

He is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine in primary care sports medicine subspecialty and completed a pediatric sports medicine fellowship. He also serves as a team physician for Wright State University Athletics and sports medicine physician for Beavercreek High School.

Under the new law, which went into effect in April, coaches and referees are required to pull young athletes out of practices or games if they show signs or report symptoms of a concussion. They cannot play until they are cleared by a physician or authorized licensed health care provider.

The presentation is free and open to the public. To register, contact Julie Knauff at JRknauff@premierhealth.com or (937) 208-2741.


Joint Ventures

Read the latest issue of Joint Ventures, the newsletter of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Learn more about the advancement of musculoskeletal education in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation newsletter, Joint Ventures.


Matthew W. Lawless, M.D., receives Team Physician Award

Matthew Lawless, M.D.The Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association recognized Matthew W. Lawless, M.D., with its Team Physician Award.

The award is given annually to physicians nominated by athletic trainers in recognition of their work with high school and collegiate athletes and their support for the profession of athletic training.

Lawless is an associate professor of orthopaedic surgery, sports medicine and rehabilitation in the Boonshoft School of Medicine and is affiliated with Wright State Physicians Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery in orthopaedic surgery and is also is certified in the orthopaedic sports medicine subspecialty. He is fellowship-trained in sports medicine and focuses on all knee problems.

Lawless serves as a team physician for Wright State University Athletics and Fairborn High School.


Wright State Orthopaedics to offer an educational session on osteoporosis and bone health

spineWright State Orthopaedics will offer an educational session about osteoporosis and bone health on Tuesday, June 18, at 7 p.m., in the Family Medicine Conference Room in the Wright State Physicians Health Center on the campus of Wright State University (725 University Blvd.). The session is free and open to the public.

Thomas M. Koroscil, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of medicine and chief of the division of endocrinology, is the featured speaker.  

His clinical expertise includes thyroid disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and disorders of calcium metabolism, pituitary and other endocrine diseases. He practices with Wright State Physicians and maintains staff privileges at Good Samaritan Hospital and Miami Valley Hospital. He is a member of the medical school admissions committee and is vice chair of the WSU Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Koroscil served 24 years in the military and was appointed White House Physician to the President, serving the families and staff of President George H.W. Bush and President Bill Clinton from 1991-1993.

For more information and to register for the June 18 event, contact Julie Knauff at jrknauff@mvh.org or (937) 208-2741.


Wright State Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine offers sports performance camps at WSU

weight liftingWright Way Sports Performance and Rehabilitation is offering two camps this summer at its state-of-the-art facility in the Wright State Physicians Health Center, conveniently located on the campus of Wright State University (725 University Blvd.).

The first camp, which is June 17-19, 3-6 p.m., helps coaches develop their strength and conditioning routines with correct technique and new ideas for how to teach and train their athletes. The camp also features implement training (tractor tires, chains and kettlebells) and Olympic lifts. The cost of the camp is $100.

The second camp, which is July 1-3, 3-6 p.m., teaches middle and high school athletes proper technique and works on flexibility, strength, power, agility and speed. The camp costs $100.

Wright State Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine recently opened Wright Way Sports Performance and Rehabilitation to better meet the needs of area middle and high school athletes who want to improve their overall athletic performance or need physical therapy and rehabilitation services.

Wright Way physicians, physical therapists and certified athletic trainers can develop a program to meet an athlete’s individual needs. The program will be designed to improve flexibility, strength, power, agility and speed. Wright Way also can help athletes who need physical therapy or rehabilitation services with sport-specific training to avoid injuries and improve athletic performance.

To register for either camp, contact Siobhan Fagan at siobhan.fagan@wright.edu or (937) 245-7620. For more information about the camps, visit the Wright Way website.


Wright State Orthopaedics to offer an educational session on painful disorders of muscles, bones, joints and nerves on May 21

X-rayWright State Orthopaedics will offer an educational session about the common problems of the musculoskeletal system on Tuesday, May 21, at 7 p.m., in the Family Medicine Conference Room in the Wright State Physicians Health Center on the campus of Wright State University (725 University Blvd.). The session, which is free and open to the public, will address common painful disorders of muscles, bones, joints and nerves.

Gregory L. Stover, D.O., associate professor of orthopaedic surgery, sports medicine and rehabilitation at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, will speak about lower back pain, joint pain, numbness and tingling of hands or feet, tendonitis, stress fractures and carpal tunnel syndrome.  

Stover is board certified in orthopaedic surgery and provides operative and non-operative orthopaedic care in the Wright State Physicians Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine offices in Sidney and Troy, in addition to the Wright State Physicians Health Center.

For more information, contact Julie Knauff at jrknauff@mvh.org or (937) 208-2741.


Wright State Orthopaedics will offer an educational session on concussions on April 23 at Wright State

Soccer player head butting soccer ballWright State Orthopaedics will offer an educational session about concussions on Tuesday, April 23, at 7 p.m., in the Family Medicine Conference Room in the Wright State Physicians Health Center on the campus of Wright State University (725 University Blvd.). The session, “Concussion Update,” is free and open to the public.

Corey Ellis, M.D., director of the Wright State Physicians Concussion Clinic and assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery, sports medicine and rehabilitation and family medicine at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, will speak about the Return to Play law, which goes into effect on April 26.

Under the Return to Play law, coaches and referees will be required to pull young athletes out of practices or games if they show signs or report symptoms of a concussion. They will not be allowed to play until they are cleared by a physician or authorized licensed health care provider.

“If an athlete has a concussion, his or her brain needs time to heal,” said Dr. Ellis, who completed a pediatric sports medicine fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and is board certified in primary care sports medicine and family medicine. “A health care professional experienced in evaluating for concussion will be able to create a personalized treatment plan allowing for safe return to sports.”

For more information, contact Julie Knauff at jrknauff@mvh.org or (937) 208-2741.


Wright State Orthopaedics offers March 19 educational session on plastic surgery at Wright State

Woman's faceWright State Orthopaedics will offer an educational session on plastic surgery on Tuesday, March 19, at 7 p.m., in the Family Medicine Conference Room in the Wright State Physicians Health Center on the campus of Wright State University (725 University Blvd.). The session, “Plastic Surgery: It Is More Than Just Cosmetics,” is free and open to the public.

Salim N. Mancho, D.O., assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery, division of plastic surgery at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, will speak about types of breast reconstruction, pediatric craniofacial surgery and how to safeguard or minimize the complications of cosmetic surgery at the March 19 session.

Mancho completed a craniofacial fellowship at the University of Southern California. He is the chief of craniofacial/pediatric plastic surgery at the Boonshoft School of Medicine.

For more information, contact Julie Knauff at jrknauff@mvh.org or (937) 208-2741.


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Wright State Orthopaedics offered an educational session on shoulder pain on Feb. 19, at Wright State University.

Michael A. Herbenick, M.D., associate professor of orthopaedic surgery, sports medicine and rehabilitation at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, spoke about common causes of shoulder pain at the session.

Herbenick is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery in orthopaedic surgery and in the orthopaedic sports medicine subspecialty. He is fellowship-trained in sports medicine. He also serves as residency program director and as a team physician for the University of Dayton Flyers.

For more information, contact Julie Knauff at jrknauff@mvh.org or (937) 208-2741.


Wright State Physicians Concussion Clinic opens

football playersUnder a new law signed by Gov. John Kasich, beginning this spring coaches and referees will be required to pull young athletes out of practices or games if they show signs or report symptoms of a concussion. They will not be allowed to play until they are cleared by a physician or authorized licensed health care provider.

Locally, these athletes can be seen at the new Wright State Physicians Concussion Clinic on the campus of Wright State University at 725 University Blvd. The clinic is now accepting new patients. Student athletes who are experiencing symptoms of a concussion can call the clinic at (937) 208-2091 for an appointment.

“A concussion is a brain injury resulting in physiologic changes in how the brain works. It is a blow to the head or body that then transmits force to the brain,” said Corey Ellis, M.D., director of the Wright State Physicians Concussion Clinic and assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery, sports medicine and rehabilitation and family medicine. “Even what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious and should be evaluated to determine an appropriate treatment plan.”


Wright State Orthopaedics offers educational session on knee pain on Jan. 15

X-ray of a kneeWright State Orthopaedics offered an educational session on knee pain on Tuesday, Jan. 15. L. Joseph Rubino, III, M.D., associate professor of orthopaedic surgery, sports medicine and rehabilitation at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, was the presenter.

Rubino is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery in orthopaedic surgery and in the orthopaedic sports medicine subspecialty. He is fellowship-trained in sports medicine. He also serves as director of resident education and as a team physician for Miami University Middletown and the University of Dayton Flyers.

For more information, contact Julie Knauff at jrknauff@mvh.org or (937) 208-2741.


Wright State Orthopaedics to offer public educational sessions beginning Nov. 20

foot x-rayWright State Orthopaedics is offering public educational sessions on common orthopaedic problems in the Family Medicine Conference Room in the Wright State Physicians Health Center on the campus of Wright State University. The sessions are free and open to the public.

At the first session on Nov. 20, Richard Laughlin, M.D., department chair, spoke about common problems in the adult foot, including tendon problems and soft tissue injury to the foot and ankle. Laughlin is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and has completed fellowships in foot and ankle surgery and musculoskeletal infection. “As faculty in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, we are constantly updating our skills and knowledge, providing you with the latest in orthopaedic care.”

For more information, contact Julie Knauff at jrknauff@mvh.org or (937) 208-2741.


First annual orthopaedic surgery symposium set for Oct. 26skeleton

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation, in conjunction with Wright State Physicians Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, presented its first annual orthopaedic surgery symposium, "Current Concepts in Musculoskeletal Care," on Oct. 26 at the Nutter Center on Wright State University’s campus. The symposium covered current best practices for health professionals who care for and come in contact with orthopaedic patients. Presentations covered the areas of orthopaedic surgery, sports medicine, neurosurgery, pain management, radiology and rheumatology, and how all these specialties interrelate.

“This course offered all members of the medical and recovery teams information on caring for a wide range of musculoskeletal patients,” said Richard Laughlin, M.D., professor and department chair. “We invited surgeons, physicians, nurses, athletic trainers, physician assistants, family practitioners, residents, medical students and coaches to the symposium.”


Barbara Brush: An Inspiration to Others

Miami Valley Hospital's website features a story about a clinical nurse specialist in orthopedics who had knee replacement surgery performed by Dr. Matthew Lawless, and then underwent triple arthrodesis surgery on her left ankle performed by Dr. Richard Laughlin. (Triple arthrodesis is a procedure that surgically fuses the joints in the foot to relieve arthritis pain or correct structural issues.)

After the surgery and rehabilitation period, Dr. Laughlin “patted me on the shoulder and said that I’m a star patient,” Barbara Brush recalls. “I looked at him and said, ‘Well, I had a star surgeon.’”


Dr. Richard Laughlin Reconstruction for Deformity of the Forefoot Due to Rheumatoid Arthritis

Miami Valley Hospital has published a case study on surgery to address deformity of the foot due to rheumatoid arthritis written by Richard Laughlin, M.D., chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation. The patient was a 77-year-old woman with a 20-year history of rheumatoid arthritis affecting her feet, hands, knees and hips. She had difficulty wearing shoes due to deformity caused by the condition.


Wright State Physicians Health Center opens, new services available

Wright State Physicians has opened its new building in the developing northeast corridor of Wright State’s Dayton campus. The new building will provide a convenient place for students, faculty and staff of Wright State University, as well as residents of Clark, Montgomery and Greene counties, to receive medical care. To better serve patients, it also will include Wright Health Pharmacy, CompuNet Clinical Laboratories, and an MRI facility operated by Miami Valley Hospital.


Sports Medicine Symposium features four faculty members

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Drs. Michael D. Barnett Jr., Michael A. Herbenick, Matthew W. Lawless and L. Joseph Rubino III will be presenting at a sports medicine symposium on "Surgical Management of Sports Injuries" to be held at the David H. Ponitz Sinclair Center at Sinclair Community College on Tuesday, Sept. 18. The program is designed especially for those who specialize in and refer to the field of sports medicine, including physicians, nurses, physician assistants and physical therapists. Continuing education credit will be available. The 3rd Annual Sports Medicine Symposium is sponsored by Premier Health Partners and the Sports Medicine Centers at Miami Valley Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital. For more information or to register, call CareFinders at (866) 608-FIND or visit the Miami Valley Hospital CME website.


Faculty member named co-chair of Operation Smile Burns Program

Michael Johnson, M.D.Michael Johnson, M.D., director of the Plastic Surgery Residency Program and an associate professor of orthopaedic surgery at Boonshoft School of Medicine, was chosen as co-chair of the Operation Smile Burns Program. In this role, Dr. Johnson will work to grow the program and contribute time, effort and his expertise in plastic surgery and burn care to bring much-needed attention to individuals in developing, underserved areas of the world who suffer from correctable burn-related deformities.

Board certified in plastic surgery, Dr. Johnson sees patients at Wright State Physicians in a large plastic surgery practice. He earned his M.D. at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and completed a general surgery residency at Wright State and a plastic surgery residency at Southern Illinois University. He also sees patients at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.


Dayton Daily News interviews Dr. Laughlin about summer footwear

Dr. Richard Laughlin, board certified and fellowship-trained foot and ankle surgeon, was recently interviewed for a Dayton Daily News article on choosing the right summer sandal. If you are experiencing foot and ankle concerns, please call (937) 208-2091 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Laughlin at our Miami Valley Hospital office or the new Wright State Orthopaedics office on Wright State's campus.


WSU and Premier Health Partners announce clinical research initiative

Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Wright State Research Institute and Premier Health Partners have formed the Wright State University & Premier Health Partners Clinical Trials Research Alliance to increase medical research opportunities for physicians and clinicians and boost access to clinical trials in the Dayton region. Read the news release.


Wright State Physicians group launches online Patient Portal

Wright State Physicians has partnered with athenahealth® to launch an online portal that gives patients a secure, 24-hour, web-based way to schedule appointments, retrieve test results and communicate with their physicians' offices. Read the news release.


Dr. Ellis presents joint health information at women's health conference

Corey J. Ellis, M.D., presented information about maintaining healthy joints and preventing joint pain and damage at the Speaking of Women's Health Conference held in Dayton on Nov. 5, 2011.

His talk, "Healthy Joints for Life," focused on strategies to help all of us maintain good joint health. Easy things like adding walnuts and fish, high in Omega 3 fatty acids, to our daily diets is one example. He presented other strategies, as well as traditional treatment options for early arthritis and the effectiveness of new non-pharmaceutical treatment options.

Sponsored locally by ThinkTV, Speaking of Women's Health is a nationally recognized conference designed to educate women to make informed decisions about their health, well being and personal safety.


Nov. 16, 2011 CME Event

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Common Upper Extremity Problems Seen in the Primary Care Physician’s Office

Michael A. Herbenick, M.D., and L. Joseph Rubino III, M.D., presented an interactive review of commonly seen upper extremity problems Nov. 16, at Bravo Cucina Italiana, 2770 Miamisburg-Centerville Road.

At the conclusion of this CME program, attendees should have been able to:

  • Describe and discuss surgical and non-surgical treatments for upper extremity overuse injuries.
  • Recognize and diagnose commonly seen tendonitis problems.
  • Prescribe treatment regimens for commonly seen upper extremity diagnoses.

This event was hosted by Miami Valley Hospital, an institution accredited by the Ohio State Medical Association to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians. Miami Valley Hospital designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Both Dr. Herbenick and Dr. Rubino are certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery with subspecialty certification in orthopaedic sports medicine. They both serve as assistant professors in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, and are orthopaedic consultants for University of Dayton Athletics. Dr. Herbenick serves as orthopaedic surgery residency program director, and Dr. Rubino serves as director of resident education.


Oct. 5, 2011, CME Event
Heels to Toes — Treatment of Common Foot Ailments in the Primary Care Setting

Dr. BarnettMichael D. Barnett Jr., M.D., assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery, presented an interactive review of advancements in foot and ankle pathologies to area physicians and medical experts on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the Beavercreek Golf Club.

Dr. Barnett is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon with Wright State Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine. He earned his medical degree from Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine and completed his orthopaedic surgery residency training at Akron General Medical Center. Dr. Barnett is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

At the conclusion of this Continuing Medical Education program, participants were able to:

  • Describe and discuss diagnosis and treatment of peroneal tendinosis and Achilles tendinosis.
  • Recognize and diagnose posterior tibial tendon disease.
  • Strategize treatment regimens for tendon problems around the foot and ankle.

This event was hosted by Miami Valley Hospital, an institution accredited by the Ohio State Medical Association to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians.


Ground broken for new medical building at Wright State

Wright State Physicians broke ground Tuesday, June 21, 2011, on a new medical office building on the Wright State University campus. The new building will offer a full array of physician care, including orthopaedic and sports medicine specialties. Wright State Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation is partnering with Wright State Physicians, Boonshoft School of Medicine and the local community to help area athletes enhance performance while preventing and treating injury as well as to further translational research. Read the news release.


WSU hosts Ohio Orthopaedic Research & Innovation Day

Wright State University hosted an Ohio Orthopaedic Research and Innovation Day on June 2, 2011. The free event brought together engineers and orthopaedic clinicians and researchers to exchange ideas and foster innovation in orthopaedic devices and spur economic development in Ohio.

Tarun Goswami, D.Sc., of the Department of Biomedical, Industrial & Human Factors Engineering in the WSU College of Engineering and Computer Science, and Richard T. Laughlin, M.D., of the Boonshoft School of Medicine’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation, expressed hope that the forum would help develop strong academic and industry partnerships within the state.


Department featured in WSP newsletter

Wright State Physicians featured WSU Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation in its Winter 2011 newsletter. Read the article here.


Sports Symposium held

Area athletic trainers, coaches and primary care physicians attended a Wright State Orthopaedics Sports Symposium July 9, 2010, at Wright State University.

Presentations covered:

  • ACL Tears
  • Platelet Rich Plasma
  • Concussions
  • Cervical Spine Trauma
  • Rehabilitation of Patellofemoral Stress Syndrome and Insidious Onset Anterior Knee Pain

June 4, 2010
Wright State undergrads get up-close view of knee surgery

The grinding whir of bone saws and drills filled the air as orthopedic surgeon Matthew W. Lawless, M.D., demonstrated knee-replacement surgery on a set of synthetic bones. Then came the real thing — a taped video of an actual knee operation. All eyes in the class of 50 students were drilled into the screen, watching the flurry of action as clamps, forceps, a chisel and a suction tube worked their surgical magic.

The WSU biomedical engineering class, more than half pre-med students, is taught by Tarun Goswami, D.Sc., who holds a joint appointment in the College of Engineering and Computer Science and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Lawless, assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery, was peppered with questions from the students following the video.

“Orthopedics is the one discipline where you have the merger of biomedical engineering and surgery,” Dr. Goswami said. “What I'm trying to do is connect my students with the surgery field so they see what the surgeons are doing and how we can improve the surgical procedures, the instruments, the devices.”


May 24, 2010
Neck injuries focus of major Wright State research effort

The Spine Research Group in the WSU Department of Biomedical, Industrial and Human Factors Engineering is conducting major cervical-spine research under the direction of Tarun Goswami, D.Sc., who holds a joint appointment in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation within the Boonshoft School of Medicine. Other group members include medical students Matthew Binkley and Kelly Estes and orthopaedic surgery resident Chris Gayton, M.D., who is looking into the biomechanics of the spine.


April 2010
Joint Venture – Orthopaedic Trauma

Matthew J. Di Paola, M.D., met with Michael J. Prayson, M.D., to discuss his orthopaedic trauma service at 30 East Apple Street, Suite 2200 in Miami Valley Hospital. Dr. Prayson serves as professor, vice chair, and Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship director for Wright State Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Prayson, please call (937) 208-2091.

Q: Thanks for meeting with me today to discuss your role in orthopaedic trauma for Joint Ventures. Why don’t you start by telling us how you became interested in orthopaedic trauma?

A: Trauma is an intriguing subspecialty because it encompasses a wide variety of injuries — from head to toe. Back in residency training, I had an interest in orthopaedic trauma and decided to pursue additional training in the form of a fellowship. This was an extra year spent focusing on traumatic injuries and related complications. I discovered that I really enjoyed the subspecialty. It is challenging. It can be difficult at times and it keeps you on your toes. I’I've been doing it for approximately 15 years now in practice and still have a keen interest in staying involved.

Q: Describe some of the challenges of orthopaedic trauma you find on a daily basis.

A: Some of it has to do with volume. We happen to be a very busy trauma center here at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, and the volume can sometimes be very difficult to manage. Some would even think of it as overwhelming at times. So that can be challenging on busy days where you’re trying to manage multiple patients who come in, sometimes arriving at the hospital in very close proximity to each other. You have to be intimately involved in the process and prioritize the care and management of all polytraumatized patients. Certain types of injuries we treat are also quite complex. Most notable for trauma surgeons are injuries of the pelvis and the hip ball-and-socket joint (acetabulum). Not many orthopaedic surgeons have an interest or proficiency in taking care of those injuries. Additionally, complex injuries such as significantly damaged joints, infections in bone and bones that don’t heal the first time around are some of the particular complexities that we face as orthopaedic trauma subspecialists.

Q: What do you find most gratifying about being an orthopaedic trauma surgeon?

A: With trauma, you see very active, very functional people sustain serious injuries and their ability to function changes dramatically. You take them through the process of the initial surgery — but that is only a small part of it. You follow them through afterwards and see their progress and their return to their daily lives and near normal function, and that, I think, is very, very gratifying.

Q: Do you treat specific types of cases more commonly than the average orthopaedic surgeon or do you take a particular interest within trauma? Are there particular areas of the body that you see more commonly?

A: I think for the most part all orthopaedic surgeons are qualified to handle fractures — that’s the basis of what we do in orthopaedic surgery. But as a traumatologist, I think your ability to handle more complex fractures — ones that are more splintered, ones that involve the joint surfaces and some areas that I mentioned before, like the pelvic and acetabular regions — certainly those types of injuries fall in the lap of the orthopaedic traumatologist just based on his or her training and proficiency in dealing with those types of fractures.

Q: You attended the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons annual meeting in March. Why is attending that meeting important?

A: The Academy meeting is a large international meeting. It’s one of the best-attended meetings of orthopaedic surgeons across the world, and it’s a great opportunity for us to get together and focus on the latest research in our field. We have several opportunities throughout the year to do that, and this happens to be one of those meetings where we get that opportunity. Second, Specialty Day is one of the focused opportunities during the meeting. This is one full day devoted to each of the orthopaedic subspecialties and for me that’s obviously trauma. There’s a chance to get together, meet up with your colleagues in your subspecialty from across the nation and across the world and catch up on how things are going at other trauma centers and what people are doing to advance trauma care.

Q: Dr. Prayson, what does a typical week look like for you?

A: I take a fair amount of the trauma call here, usually about six or seven days per month. Outside of the trauma call structure, on Mondays I’m in the operating room all day performing surgeries. Tuesday we have a clinic that Miami Valley Hospital sponsors that provides care to the uninsured and underinsured — more so than any other hospital in Dayton — and I’m heavily involved in staffing that clinic. Tuesday afternoon is an open time, which I use for surgeries, meetings or research. Wednesday is another surgery day. Thursday I see patients all day in our Wright State Orthopaedic Surgery office at Miami Valley Hospital in Suite 2200. On Fridays, I am back in the operating room for more surgery. On the weekends, a lot of it depends on the trauma call schedule. This weekend for example, I am on call Friday and Sunday so I will be here most of the weekend performing surgeries and rounding on patients in the hospital.

Q: Thank you, Dr. Prayson for taking the time to discuss your area of expertise within our department.


March 2010
Joint Venture – Foot & Ankle

Matthew J. Di Paola, M.D., sat down with Richard T. Laughlin, M.D., to discuss his foot and ankle service at 30 East Apple Street, Suite 2200 in Miami Valley Hospital. Dr. Laughlin serves as professor, chair, residency program director, and foot and ankle service director for Wright State Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Laughlin, please call (937) 208-2091.

Q: Dr. Laughlin, thanks for joining me to kick off our new series — Joint Venture. Joint Venture is going to be a regular communication between our department’’s surgeons and the community at large. It will provide a more intimate look at what we do on a daily basis and how we think about some of the issues that face us daily. The term Joint Venture is a bit of a play on words in the sense that, we as orthopedic surgeons, treat joint-related problems and endeavor to do so in a combined — or joint — decision-making process with our patients. This process is critical as it underscores the true partnership necessary for the surgeon-patient relationship to function effectively.

You recently became chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. Tell us some of your new and unique responsibilities compared to your previous department role.

A: Obviously, being chairman, you take on more administrative duties. The most important part of my job is developing a vision for the department’s future. I’ve been with the department since 1994 and have seen its growth, which gives me a better perspective for charting a course for the future.

Q: The world is becoming more specialized in general and so is medicine — and orthopaedics. Tell us how you got interested in foot and ankle and what drew you to specialize in that.

A: As a resident in the late ’80s and early ’90s, I didn’t have a lot of foot and ankle training — I had an interest in trauma. I noted as we followed up with patients that a lot of the trauma patients had residual foot and ankle problems that were quite debilitating. Often they recovered from their other injuries, while their foot injuries remained a limiting factor to getting them back to full function. I also watched a few orthopaedic surgeons who concentrated on trauma gravitate towards foot and ankle as they got older, which triggered my interest. As I’ve grown in my career, I’ve realized quite a lot of foot and ankle problems go untreated — mainly deformity cases such as flat feet or forefoot deformities. Often patients are told nothing can be done for their deformities, so there’s a great opportunity to treat these patients. It’s become a niche within orthopaedics because the rest of the field has grown so much. Now with joint replacements, surgeons can completely focus their practice in that area without having to deal with foot and ankle.

Q: Is a general orthopaedist able to handle foot and ankle issues, or are there unique anatomic aspects that make it more complex or give you an advantage in specialization?

A: Probably more so than any other spot on the body, the foot is susceptible to many complications — wound healing problems and the swelling that impedes people from getting back into a shoe. With a lot of experience in treating these issues, you can avoid a lot of these complications with good end results.

Q: What is your general patient care philosophy? How do you approach surgical discussions with patients? What do you want them to know before treating a problem operatively or non-operatively?

A: With the foot — this sounds very obvious — but people have to walk. So anything you do to the foot is going to impede their mobility. It is extremely important for patients to understand their underlying pathology or problem. Second, patients must take an active role in their care. The first time I see a patient, I explain their specific problem and get them to start a foot exercise program, possibly some type of shoe modification, or other efforts to make them more comfortable. This helps them to start understanding what is involved in their treatment. With surgery, I think it’s really important to educate them on what they can expect after surgery, the length of recovery time and how that’s going to affect their daily life.

Q: How important is that pre-operative discussion in their overall patient care? Do you find patients come in with certain expectations that change over time? Is it an educational process?

A: The hardest part is telling patients the magnitude of their specific problem. In general, patients understand — like if someone has knee arthritis and they need a knee replacement, patients generally understand that. That’s usually the focus of our discussion. I try to explain their specific problem, but I also spend a lot of time telling them what to expect after surgery. I think patients really need to know how long it’s going to take to recover from surgery and what their recovery milestones will be: When can they put weight on their foot? When can they get back to work? When can they get back into a shoe? And, of course, How long do they have to use crutches, a walker or other ambulatory aid? Obviously, these are important milestones that impact their daily life a lot more than someone who has hand surgery or upper extremity surgery who can still walk while protecting their upper extremity.

Q: How many days per week do you operate and see patients in the clinic?

A: I see patients twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays in our office at Miami Valley Hospital. I spend half a day weekly in an MVH-run multidisciplinary wound clinic and the rest of the time — Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays — I perform surgeries at Miami Valley Hospital or Far Hills Surgical Center.

Q: Thank you for your time, Dr. Laughlin. I appreciate the time spent discussing your specialty and hope people have a better idea of your clinical focus and where to find you.