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Surgeon Pod

Wednesday, June 13 - Thursday, June 14

The surgeon-staffed pod returns with R&D themes related to technology, care delivery and device design. The session format calls for 15-minute presentations from surgeons, with the majority of the time allocated for Q&A. These interactive conversations will generate device development ideas and make you smarter about the challenges that your colleagues and surgeon customers face. The Surgeon Pod experience is ideal for new engineers seeking opportunities to speak one-on-one with surgeons.


Wednesday, June 13 - Beyond the Device 

Robotics and Sensors: The Future of Operating Room Tech
10:00 am – 10:45 am
Speaker: Martin Roche, M.D., Founder & Chief Medical Officer, OrthoSensor; Director of Robotics and Joint Reconstruction Fellowship, Holy Cross Orthopaedic Institute

Attendee Takeaways

  1. Importance of robotics and sensors in orthopaedic surgery today
  2. Future uses of robotics and sensors

Martin Roche, M.D. is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon and Director of Robotics and Joint Reconstruction Fellowship at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He performed the first Makoplasty robotic-assisted unicompartmental knee in 2006 and the first robotic-assisted total knee replacement in 2012. He is also the Founder and CMO of Orthosensor, Inc., specializing in musculoskeletal sensors, microelectronics and data management. 

Surgeon Metrics: Quality & Performance Measures

11:15 am – 12:00 pm
Speaker: Adolph J. Yates Jr., M.D., Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at UPMC-Shadyside Hospital

Attendee Takeaways

  1. Understanding of how surgeon performance is rated
  2. Overview of changes to evidence-based healthcare

Adolph J. Yates Jr., M.D. is a graduate of Harvard College and completed his M.D., internship, and residency at Johns Hopkins. He is an Associate Professor and the Vice Chairman for Quality Management within the UPMC Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Yates is currently serving on the Surgical Committee for the National Quality Forum, as well as CMS technical expert panels involving PhysicianCompare, MACRA Measure Development, MACRA Cost Measures, and co-chairs the MACRA Episode of Cost Measure for Total Knee Arthroplasty for MACRA. He previously served on the Device Panel for both FDA and MEDCAC. His research interests include cartilage restoration, performance measures and patient access.

Clinical and Economic Impact of Value-Based Implants in Orthopaedic Trauma

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
Speaker: Peter Althausen, M.D., Chairman and Treasurer, Orthopaedic Implant Company; Trauma Surgeon, Reno Orthopaedic Clinic 


Attendee Takeaways

  1. Market forces driving value-based care
  2. Clinical outcomes and economic impacts of value-based implants

Peter Althausen, M.D. received his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. While in medical school, he also received an MBA in healthcare administration from the same institution. Special areas of interest include pelvis and acetabular fractures, periarticular fractures and complex polytraumatic injuries. Dr. Althausen serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada School of Medicine, where he teaches and mentors medical and college students. Dr. Althausen is the Chairman and Treasurer of the Orthopaedic Implant Company, a value-based device company that was started in 2010 and has over 20 FDA cleared products.

Stem Cells and the Momentum of Regenerative Medicine

2:45 pm – 3:30 pm
Speaker: Matthew L. Jimenez, M.D., Trauma Surgeon, Illinois Bone & Joint Institute

Attendee Takeaways

  1. Current and potential impact of stem cells and biologics in orthopaedics
  2. Opportunities and challenges for surgeons and device companies in biologic development

Matthew L. Jimenez, M.D., FACS is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, fellowship-trained in joint and pelvis reconstruction, specializing in fracture care and joint reconstruction. He has a special interest and expertise in the Direct Anterior Approach for total hip arthroplasty. Dr. Jimenez received his M.D. from the University of Iowa’s College of Medicine in 1989 after completing his undergraduate training at the University of Utah. Dr. Jimenez then completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at Northwestern University. Following that, he completed a one-year post graduate fellowship in orthopaedic trauma and joint reconstruction at the University of Toronto’s Sunnybrook Medical Center under the direction of Dr. Marvin Tile. Dr. Jimenez is a member of the AAOS Board of Councilors, as well as many AAOS committees. He maintains faculty appointment as Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago and holds leadership roles within Illinois Bone & Joint Institute, where he has been the Chairman of the Physician Assistant Orthopaedic Residency Training Program since 1997, and Site Director of the UIC Orthopaedic Residency Training Program. Dr. Jimenez developed and chairs the Chicago Trauma Symposium, which is a four-day multidisciplinary trauma course in its 19th year. He has also published several articles, along with presenting numerous scientific presentations and exhibits, and is the founder and CEO of the Foundation for Education and Musculoskeletal Research (FEMR).

Thursday, June 14 - Device Design

Coatings: The Power of Bone Integration to Aid Recovery

10:00 am – 10:45 am
Speaker: Michael Gentile, DPM, Westside Foot & Ankle Specialist


Attendee Takeaways

  1. Future coating technologies
  2. Ways to engage coating’s important role in a device

Michael Gentile, DPM, is Founder and Director of the Portland Foot and Ankle Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship and is an attending surgeon/teacher for the Legacy/Kaiser Portland Hospital’s Podiatric Surgical Residency Program. Dr. Gentile is a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, member of the Highland Foot and Ankle Institute and a co-designer of a foot and ankle plating system. He serves on the Surgeon Advisory Board for Flower Orthopedics and Tyber Orthopedics, and is a consultant for DePuy Synthes. Clinical areas of interest include all aspects of foot and ankle surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Gentile graduated with honors from the California School of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco, California. He completed a three-year residency in Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Surgery at HealthOne Presbyterian/St.Luke’s Medical Center in Denver, Colorado.

Considerations for Your Minimally Invasive Device

11:15 am – 12:00 pm
Speaker: Patrick Sweeney, M.D., Spine Surgeon and Founder, Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery; Founder, Flow-Fx and ConnectSx


Attendee Takeaways

  1. Product needs for minimally invasive surgery
  2. Future of orthopaedic minimally invasive surgery

After starting his professional life as a CPA, Patrick Sweeney, M.D. received his medical training at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, and was a fellow at the University of Louisville’s Leatherman Spine fellowship. In addition to being a practicing surgeon, Dr. Sweeney founded the Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery in Mokena, Illinois in 2002, and holds more than 30 patents in the United States, Germany, France, and England, many of which form the basis for Flow-FX’s revolutionary technologies. He also founded ConnextSx, which provides a platform of SaaS solutions to decrease waste and improve visibility in the surgical value chain.