Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons in Oregon

The Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons meeting took place in beautiful Eugene this year. One of the highlights of the meeting was Bernard Chazelle’s lecture on Bach’s life and music. This is especially fitting for this meeting, since this is where the Oregon Bach Festival takes place. Outside of…

American Orthopaedic Association in Providence

The week in Providence started out with the Emerging Leaders Forum and the Resident Leadership Forum. I chaired this year’s program, along with Bob Hart. Another highlight from this year’s meeting: Gary Botimer was inducted into AOA. Learning about the city of Providence was fascinating, especially after touring Roger Williams’s…

Western Orthopaedic Association 2014

The Western Orthopaedic Association meeting took place on the Kona Coast, at the Fairmont Orchid. The Loma Linda University group had several papers that were presented over the days of the meeting. Thursday Robert Quigley: Comparison of bupivacaine and liposomal bupivacaine toxicity in articular chondrocytes Friday Krysten Bell: Comparison of…

Dinner for SBCMS Staff

It’s a sultry day—perfect for sitting by the pond, sipping iced tea from mason jars. Because of the enormous amount of work that went in to the Installation of Officers’ dinner, I’m having the San Bernardino County Medical Society staff members over for dinner as a thank you. On the menu:…

SBCMS Installation of Officers 2014

It was great to catch up with Dr. Ken Lane, who, along with Dr. Bangasser, introduced me to San Bernardino County Medical Society when I was a student. Tonight, I felt honored to be joined by my family, colleagues from Loma Linda University Health, and representatives from the medical community.…

Montreal AOA/COA Meeting

There was little time to explore the city during this year’s combined American and Canadian Orthopaedic Associations’ meeting. From the reviews, the Emerging Leaders Program was another success. I also learned a lot from the Council of Orthopaedic Residency Directors (CORD), where there were many take-home messages on resident assessments,…

California Orthopaedic Association in Monterey

This year’s California Orthopaedic Association took place in beautiful Monterey. Hutch Huddleston and Leslie Kim put together a nice program, beginning with practice management topics. The Saturday night gala at the Poppy Hills Golf Course featured guitar and steel drum—Caribbean Extravaganza. On Sunday, we participated in the “What’s New in…

Zhao Xing Completes Special Fellowship

Having been here for just over a year, Dr. Jay Zhao completes fellowship training in orthopaedic surgery. In last twelve months, he gained a well-rounded experience in all the subspecialties with special emphasis on sports medicine. Also, he developed a deeper understanding of graduate medical education in the United States,…

The 100th School of Medicine Commencement

Congratulations to the Class of 2014! This is the 100th School of Medicine graduation. Richard Hart, Roger Hadley, and Ron Carter presented the awards. Distinguished Service Award: John W. Mace, Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics, LLUSM Class of 1978 Distinguished Service Award: Clifton Reeves, Professor of General and Trauma Surgery, CME/LLUSM…

Baccalaureate Service

This church service featured the graduating school of medicine class. Pastor Charles White, great grandson of Ellen White, relayed personal stories of his family and of how Loma Linda University came to be.

Consecration and Hooding Ceremony

Another special year and congratulations to all the graduates! The tradition of baby cups continues, but this year, Roger and Donna Hadley updated the rule to include babies that are in the third trimester. Scott Nelson and Elaine Hart coordinated the hooding while Henry Lamberton and Tami Shankel read student…

Through A Doctor’s Lens

The Redlands Art Association Gallery opened the “Through A Doctor’s Lens” exhibition with a reception this afternoon. Barbara Hernandez, Director of Physician Vitality, painstakingly put together this collection of photographs taken by doctors at Loma Linda University. “Both creative and altruistic endeavors have long been known to enhance physician resilience…

2014 Match Day

“Congratulations, you have matched!” That’s what every senior medical student wanted to see this week, and indeed, it has been a chaotic week filled with anticipation, hope, and dreams. This morning, starting with the ceremonial handing out of envelopes, a toast, and a countdown, the graduating class opened their envelopes…

Senior Farewell Banquet

This year, Jon Allen, Ben Chen, and Adeel Husain finish residency. Jon and Ben will be starting fellowship in Spine Surgery, at UC Davis and UC San Diego, and Adeel will fellowship in Adult Reconstruction at the University of Pennsylvania. Research award recipients went to Adeel Husain and Kenny Jahng.…

Montana and Colorado

Even though I had gotten up at 3:30 am and arrive at ONT on time, I’m too early; the plane has a mechanical problem, and the airline takes an hour to fix it. It would have been nice to sleep in. Luckily, I make it to Denver just in time…

School of Medicine Graduation Weekend

This weekend’s events, with the Baccalaureate sermon by Leslie Pollard and Commencement address by Jeff Cao, and the story of the Good Samaritan, were a wonderful reminder and challenge to live a life of service. Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked…

Post-Meeting Sightseeing in Istanbul

Part 3 I visit the church in Beyoğlu on Saturday morning, enjoying the fellowship and the lunch. I even tried out the organ in the balcony. Back at the Çırağan Palace, a wedding is taking place out along the Bosphorus while we party at the ABJS banquet. Ed hands the…

ABJS Meeting in Istanbul

Part 2 At the Çırağan Palace, we hold the first business meeting that afternoon and the welcome reception that evening. The sponsors introduce the new members. The next day starts the scientific session. I got my paper out of the way. Then, a group of us went on the Ottoman…

Istanbul Pre-Meeting Tours

Part 1 My first full day takes me into the heart of old town, Sultanahmet, to visit the Underground Cistern, the Hippodrome with the Egyptian Obelisk and the Column of Constantine, and the Blue Mosque. Originally, my plan was to visit the Hagia Sophia first, but the lines are too…

California Orthopaedic Association 2013

This year’s California Orthopaedic Association was held at the Terranea Resort and Spa. The COA sponsored two residents from our program: Jon Allen and Wendy Wong. Amy Ladd invited me to speak on Carpal Injuries and Hand Infections.

Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital 7th Academic Week

Having arrived in Hangzhou on the high speed train Wednesday afternoon, which was delayed by a few minutes, Drs. Cai Hongxin and Liu Chao picked me up at the station and got me situated at the Foreigners’ Residence. My parents arrived from Hong Kong and joined us at the warm…

Visit to Huashan Hospital

From Shantou, I flew to Shanghai. Before coming to China, I had written Dr. Chen Shiyi, and I told him that I will be giving a shoulder talk at Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital, which will quote a paper he published a few years ago. He insisted that I visit…

Leoni Meadows and San Antonio

This past week involved a lot of traveling. Instead of lugging around my dSLR, I decided to use my iPad. It generally took good pictures, but the dynamic range seems much lower than I’d like. I left Tuesday afternoon, after surgeries, and flew to Sacramento. From there, I rented a…