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Keynote | Innovation in Orthopedics:
Surgeon Perspectives

When: Thursday, June 13 | 7:30 am - 9:00 am (Breakfast served at 7:30 am, Opening Remarks at 7:45 am, Keynote at 8:00 am)
Where: Room 51
All OMTEC participants are welcome to attend.


How can orthopedic manufacturers capitalize on the next wave of innovation?
Which advancements will experience the greatest adoption in orthopedics, and why?

The future of orthopedics is happening now. Progress is being made on materials that increase implant longevity, designs that improve patient outcomes and speed recovery, robotic and computer-assisted technologies that enhance accuracy, reliability and speed. This panel boasts future-minded surgeon entrepreneurs and researchers who have varied practical experience from the leading edge of tomorrow’s solutions. They will share perspective on what’s working in orthopedics, what gaps remain and how orthopedic manufacturers can develop new, relevant products that solve problems and alleviate pressures for surgeons and hospitals.



Robert A. Poggie, Ph.D.,
 has worked in the orthopedic industry since 1992, with experience in applied research, regulatory and clinical affairs and medical education.
Dr. Poggie was instrumental in the research and development of Smith & Nephew’s OXINIUM technology and Implex’s Hedrocel biomaterial, which later became known as Zimmer’s Trabecular Metal technology (TMT). Since 2009, Dr. Poggie has been President of BioVera, an industry consultancy for strategy and execution of commercialization of new orthopedic devices, with a focus on regulatory affairs, device testing and applied research. Dr. Poggie has published numerous peer reviewed papers and presented globally as invited faculty for conferences and education courses. He earned a BE in Mechanical Engineering and MS and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science & Engineering, all from Vanderbilt University.


Joshua J. Jacobs, M.D., is Professor and Chairman, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Rush University Medical Center.
Dr. Jacobs concentrates his practice on total hip and total knee replacement. He is especially interested in the materials used for prosthetic devices and has conducted research and published extensively on this topic. Dr. Jacobs is the recipient of several awards for his work in research. He serves on the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons Board of Directors and is a Past President of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Orthopaedic Research Society, as well as Past Chair of ASTM’s Committee F04. Dr. Jacobs received his doctorate in medicine from the University of Illinois. 

Kornelis Poelstra, M.D., Ph.D., is a spine surgeon specializing in long-construct minimally invasive surgery, adult deformity, revision and oncologic conditions, fracture treatment and cervical disc replacement.
He is a world leader in robotic surgery and has performed more than 700 complex robotic cases. He has an extensive research background in implant-associated wound infections, novel material sciences for spine and orthopedic implant designs, and has worked on stem cell implantation for spinal cord injury. The mechanical and cellular processes salient for the formation of a stable arthrodesis and implant incorporation into the human body interest him. He holds orthopedic and spine surgery training certificates and received a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. He is the Founder and Director of the Spine Center of Excellence at Sacred Heart Hospital in Northwest Florida.

Douglas Unis, M.D., is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip and knee replacement, with affiliations at Mount Sinai hospitals.
He has extensive experience in the muscle- and tendon-sparing anterior hip replacement technique, and was among the first to perform the procedure in New York City in 2006. Dr. Unis actively participates in clinical research related to hip and knee reconstruction, including anatomic knee alignment, 3D printing of implants and robotics. As Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Monogram Orthopaedics, he is leading a team that intends to disrupt the industry with a just-in-time, clinically superior solution that cost-efficiently normalizes patient outcomes. He received his doctorate in medicine from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.