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November 11, 2021

Dr. Sharon Hame and Dr. Kodi Azari marched in the NYC Veterans’ Day 2021 parade for Operation Mend. Dr. Hame and Dr. Azari, in partnership with other UCLA Health providers, helped heal many veterans seeking care through Operation Mend. Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is proud to support and give back to those, who have served our country.


November 1, 2021

American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine selected Dr. Thomas Kremen as its traveling fellow. The fellowship offers a unique four-week experience of visiting five sports medicine centers around the world to exchange knowledge of the treatment of sports medicine injuries.


October 27, 2021

Dr. Don Young Park had successfully performed the first L5-S1 dual portal endoscopic discectomy at UCLA on October 27, 2021. This is the first dual portal endoscopic surgery performed at an academic institution in California and one of the first in the US.


September, 2021

Dr. Adam Sassoon appointed to the Diversity Advisory Board (DAB) for American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS). The goal of the Board is to increase diversity among AAHKS membership, build mentorship programs for under-represented students, residents, fellows, and attending surgeons, and prepare diverse leaders and members of AAHKS by providing a venue for academic and personal growth in total joint arthroplasty.


August 30, 2021

Dr. Rachel Thompson discusses Removing anxiety from trips to the doctor for kids with cerebral palsy. Published in the UCLA Heath blog.


July 23 - August 8, 2021

Dr. Thomas Kremen, chair of USA Swimming’s Sports Medicine and Science Committee, spent four weeks with the USA Olympic Swimming Team at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. The Team won 30 medals, including 11 gold, 10 silver, and 9 bronze.


July 20, 2021

Dr. Nelson SooHoo and Dr. Akash Shah received a grant from the Oracle in Research program for the development of risk calculators to predict outcomes after hip and long bone fractures. The grant provides enhanced storage and computational resources to facilitate development of predictive models. The calculations will help predict major perioperative complication, re-operation, re-admission risks.


March 16, 2021

Innovations and renewed interest emerge regarding Lapidus bunion correction. Authors: Nelson SooHoo, MD; A. Holly Johnson, MD; Scott J. Ellis, MD.


February 13, 2021

Book publication. Pericytes, Methods and Protocols. Editor: Bruno M. Peault, PhD. Includes cutting-edge methods and protocols, provides step-by-step detail essential for reproducible results, contains key notes and implementation advice from the experts. ISBN: 978-1-0716-1055-8.


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