Pediatric orthopedic research recognized


Orthopedic research conducted at Akron Children’s Hospital was recently recognized at the Cleveland Orthopedic Society’s Resident Competition.

Jason Tank, MD, a Summa Health Care System resident, earned a first place award for his paper, "The Effects of Hypothyroidism on the Proximal Femoral Physis in Miniature Swine." Dr. Tank’s study explored a disorder of the growth plate in animals that is similar to a condition called slipped capital femoral epiphysis that can lead to severe disability in children.

Dr. Tank worked closely with Dennis Weiner, MD, chairman of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery at Akron Children’s, and William Landis, PhD, professor of biochemistry and molecular pathology at the Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy (NEOUCOM). His research was funded in part by the Akron Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Akron Children’s Women’s Board.

Vivek Sahai, MD, an Akron General Medical Center resident, earned a second place award for his paper, "Second-Hit Phenomenon in Pediatric Blunt Polytrauma Patients Undergoing Orthopedic Surgery."

Dr. Sahai, working closely with Mark Adamczyk, MD, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon and assistant director of orthopedic research at Akron Children’s, and Michael Forbes, MD, a pediatric intensivist at Akron Children’s, conducted a retrospective review of pediatric patients who underwent orthopedic surgery after suffering a trauma. In particular, they were looking to see if the patients had different physiologic responses ­– and better outcomes – if they had the surgery before or after 72 hours following the trauma. They concluded that timing of the surgery did not have a significant effect on the physiologic parameters they analyzed or the rate of complications.

The competition was held Jan. 16 at the W.O. Walker Health and Wellness Center at the Cleveland Clinic.

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