Akron Children’s orthopedic research recognized


A team from Akron Children’s Hospital received a first place award at the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America’s annual meeting May 11 – 14 in Quebec.

The prize was for an e-poster presentation exploring the surgical management of children and teens with Ellis-Van Creveld Syndrome, a form of skeletal dysplasia seen in the Old Order Amish of Lancaster County, Pa., but rare in the general population.

The e-poster, authored by orthopedic department chairman Dennis Weiner, MD; Jason Tank, MD; medical illustrator David Jonah; the late Steven Kopits, MD; and William Schrader, MD; describes a six-step surgical approach in treating the limbs of children with Ellis-Van Creveld Syndrome.

After observing 59 patients and surgically managing 10 limbs, the authors concluded that their surgical approach – combining radical soft tissue release and bony osteotomy - appears promising.

The e-poster, entitled “Operative Management of the Severe Genu Valgum Deformity in the Ellis-Van Creveld Syndrome,” was one of four from Akron Children’s accepted at the meeting. Akron Children’s orthopedic surgeons also had a podium presentation accepted at the highly competitive POSNA meeting.

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