Penn Medicine News Blog Archive: Orthopaedics

The Fracture Heard Down Broad Street

By Abbey Anderson | October 12, 2016 | Comments image from

Heading into the weekend of October 1st, the Philadelphia Eagles were on a “bye,” which meant there wouldn’t be a big game for fans to watch on Sunday. Philly sports fans were left wondering, “what will we talk about over the weekend or over coffee on Monday morning?” But before... Read more

Reduce the Use: One Patient’s Experience with Opioids

By Abbey Anderson | August 29, 2016 | Comments Pump

The biggest concern for some patients awaiting surgery is going under anesthesia and the intense and often uncontrollable pain they may experience after the procedure. But for one woman, the concern was about the potential side effects of the post-operative pain medications she would be prescribed. In 2014, south Philadelphia... Read more

The Olympics, Medically Speaking

By Lee-Ann Donegan | July 22, 2016 | Comments image from

The author and her mother in Olympic stadium at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta Citius, Altius, Fortius is the Olympic motto. Translated from Latin this is Faster, Higher, Stronger. Names like Carl Lewis, Michael Johnson, and Michael Phelps and so many more are synonymous with the Summer Olympic Games.... Read more

A Dose of Music

By Greg Richter | July 14, 2016 | Comments Operating-room

The world of music has been embraced by medicine since 4000 BC, when "hallelujah to the healer" was played as a contribution to payment for medical care. The ancient Greeks referred to Apollo as the father of healing and music. While music as payment stopped long ago, it continued to... Read more

Precision Medicine Takes Center Stage at Penn

By John Shea | June 27, 2016 | Comments image from

What once was called “personalized medicine” at Penn used to be practiced primarily by individuals or small groups of researchers and clinicians drawn to its possibilities. But as the cover story in the Summer 2016 issue of Penn Medicine demonstrates, the ability to harness vast amounts of information and apply... Read more

Bombs, Bugs, and Bodies: A Curious Interview with Mary Roach

By Robert Press | June 20, 2016 | Comments Mary-Roach-(c)-Jen-Siska

Mary Roach | | Photo by Jen Siska Perhaps it’s because I don’t have any specific beat to cover, or perhaps it’s because I just get bored writing about one thing over and over, but going through my post history on this blog reveals a bit of a wandering... Read more

Time Keeps on Slipping

By Robert Press | May 25, 2016 | Comments Untitled-1

Working at Penn Medicine does weird things to your perception of time, and not in the way that involves staring at the clock. When I was very little, I remember walking with my parents through the Shore Mall in Egg Harbor Township and passing over a bronze plaque on display... Read more

Penn Medicine’s New Issue: The Power of Partnership

By John Shea | April 8, 2016 | Comments image from

Although Penn Medicine magazine has often run articles on the work of physicians and researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia who are associated with the Perelman School of Medicine, this issue’s cover story is perhaps the first to look more broadly at the longstanding relationship between the two institutions.... Read more

Hips Don't Lie; Neither do Radiologists (pt. 3)

By Robert Press | March 14, 2016 | Comments Hip_mri

On this blog, we frequently write about what it’s like to work for — or experience life at — Penn Medicine. What we don’t get the chance to write about very often is what it’s like to see the University of Pennsylvania Health System from the other side: as a... Read more

Penn’s Newest Lab Looks to Human Motion for Answers on Musculoskeletal Injuries

By Abbey Anderson | March 4, 2016 | Comments

People with an interest in exercise, or “human performance,” as some would call it, may have seen the recent experiential reporting done by Dan Childs from ABC News, as he “hit the wall”. Childs, in full workout gear, set out to test the capabilities of his body, which included a... Read more

Hips Don't Lie; Neither do Radiologists (pt. 2)

By Robert Press | February 24, 2016 | Comments Hip_xray

On this blog, we frequently write about what it’s like to work for — or experience life at — Penn Medicine. What we don’t get the chance to write about very often is what it’s like to see the University of Pennsylvania Health System from the other side: as a... Read more

Hips Don't Lie; Neither Do Radiologists

By Robert Press | January 20, 2016 | Comments Hip

On this blog, we frequently write about what it’s like to work for — or experience life at — Penn Medicine. What we don’t get the chance to write about very often is what it’s like to see the University of Pennsylvania Health System from the other side: as a... Read more

The Women of Penn Orthopaedics Talk Women in Orthopaedics

By Abbey Anderson | January 13, 2016 | Comments

It’s fairly common for folks to hear orthopaedic surgery and associate it with being a male-dominated field. According to the latest stats from the Association of American Medical Colleges, less than five percent of the nearly 20,000 active orthopaedic surgeons in the United States are female, and orthopaedic surgery residency... Read more

International Impacts: Mission Trip Treats Underprivileged Children in El Salvador (Photos)

By Abbey Anderson | October 23, 2015 | Comments

A majority of the patients seen by the physicians at Penn Medicine come from the Philadelphia region, while many others travel across the country to seek treatment. However, in September, D. Scot Malay, DPM, MSCE, director of Podiatric Research at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, travelled to Central America to help... Read more

Zion Harvey, and the Future of Transplant Surgery

By Katie Delach | August 11, 2015 | Comments image from

Chances are you saw eight-year-old Zion Harvey's story somewhere on the news in the past few weeks and already know that a team of more than 40 surgeons, nurses, and anesthesiologists from Penn Medicine, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and the Shriner's Hospital, came together to do something that had... Read more

Spring and Sports are in the Air

By Katie Delach | March 10, 2015 | Comments image from

We've braved yet another winter of snow, ice and SEPTA delays, and in just a few weeks, we'll be rewarded with the first official day of spring. In fact, spring is so close that we recently celebrated the kick-off of the new Major League Baseball (MLB) season with the beginning... Read more

What We've Been Up To: January and February, in Pictures

By Robert Press | February 21, 2015 | Comments

If you feel like you've seen an awful lot of "Hey, check out some shots from the grand opening of [insert massive medical facility here]!" lately, that's because, well ... yeah, we've been opening a whole bunch of new space. In just the past few months we've celebrated the opening... Read more

When 'Sticks and Stones' Break Your Bones, the PAC is Where You Want to Be

By Katie Delach | January 15, 2015 | Comments Xray1

As we look toward the opening of our new Pavilion for Advanced Care (PAC) and the transition of our trauma center from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, throughout the month of January, the News Blog is highlighting some of the latest news and... Read more

Penn Medicine Unveils New University City Facility

By Katie Delach | August 21, 2014 | Comments image from

Just one month shy of two years since the official groundbreaking ceremony, earlier this month we opened the doors to Penn Medicine University City, our newest outpatient facility that’s taking care delivery to a new level by encouraging patients to be actively engaged in their treatment. A preeminent example of... Read more

Making the Summer Count

By Karen Kreeger | August 15, 2014 | Comments SUIP_Poster Session_1

Every summer, the news is filled with profiles of summer student programs, and those that are aimed at increased participation by minority students in STEM are no exception. The Summer Undergraduate Internship Program at Penn Medicine is one such program. Read more

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