May 2019 Health Matters

The latest news on the health and wellness issues that matter most • May 2019 Health Matters

• Scott Thompson, MD - sports medicine and joint replacements Undergraduate in chemistry at Harvard University. Medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Residency in orthopedic surgery and fellowship in cartilage regeneration at UC San Diego. Fellowship in joint replacement and sports medicine at Mayo Clinic. Undergraduate degree in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University. Medical Degree from Harvard Medical School. Residency in Orthopedic Surgery at Columbia University Medical Center, New York City. Fellowship at Boston University in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery of shoulder and knee. • Christopher Adams, MD – shoulder Medical degree from State University of New York. Residency in orthopedic surgery at Mayo Clinic and arthroscopic shoulder fellowship at the San Antonio Orthopedic Group. Senior vice-president and medical director of the global education program at Arthrex, in Naples. • Howard J. Kapp, MD – total joint replacements Magna Cum Laude from Harvard. Medical degree from Case Western Reserve University. Completed a combined orthopedic residency program at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham &Women’s Hospital in Boston. former Director of the Foot & Ankle Orthopedic Division at Massachusetts General Hospital and was the hospital’s first surgeon to perform a total ankle replacement in 2010. • Richard J. de Asla, MD – foot and ankle Fellowship at the prestigious Hospital For Special Surgery in New York City, former Harvard Medical School faculty member, • Jon S. Dounchis, MD – sports medicine and joint replacements

NCH Orthopedic Program From Shoulders to Toes, and Everything in Between

T he NCH Healthcare System is the only hospital in Southwest Florida to receive the highly coveted Joint Commission Certification for Total Knee and Total Hip Replacement Surgery. In 2016, NCH earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for its Orthopedic Program with a perfect score and was recently re-certified by The Joint Commission as an Orthopedic Center of Excellence. That means NCH Orthopedics offers the highest quality care and patient satisfaction for total hip and total knee replacement in the region. The NCH Orthopedic Program includes a stellar line-up of highly trained orthopedic surgeons providing surgeries and treatments in a variety of sub-specialties as well as highly- trained physician assistants, nurses and physical therapists who complete the team. The collective expertiseof this groupof orthopedic specialists is unmatched anywhere in Southwest Florida, and offers the same clinical techniques, high quality of surgical efficiency and surgeon academic training and background as you would find in large metropolitan hospitals. “NCH orthopedic care is about more than just fixing bones and joints; it’s about getting people back to the lives they knew before pain,” says Zach Bostock, Chief Administrative Officer, NCH Physician Group. The NCH board certified orthopedic surgeons specialize in treating a broad range of operative and non-operative injuriesandmusculoskeletal conditions. “Wealso have pain management and sports medicine services to cover a wide range of patients’ needs

with the mission of returning them to good health and productivity,” he adds.

Bostock shares that future plans for the Orthopedic Program include adding one or two additional orthopedic surgeons and opening a new orthopedic office in Fall 2019 at the NCH Downtown Baker Hospital. Physician leader for NCH’s Orthopedic Division, RicharddeAsla,MD,adds that theNCHCreekside Orthopedic location will double its current space to accommodate additional practitioners. “Presently, orthopedic surgeries are performed at the NCH Downtown Baker Hospital and at the NCH North Naples Hospital and we just opened an outpatient surgery center at NCH Healthcare Bonita,” he says. “A second outpatient surgery center in the Medical Plaza on the Downtown Baker Hospital campus is also in the plans.” “In my field, we are doing more total ankle replacements as the implants improve,” says Dr. de Asla. “For many decades, we used fusion operations for patients with unremitting pain secondary to ankle arthritis. We are now on the third to fourth generation of ankle joint replacements,whichhaveadvancedsignificantly as evidenced by the improved longevity of the implants.” Dr. de Asla shares that he is excited to assist in the growth of the evolving NCH Orthopedic Program and is proud of the superior services that have earned NCH Orthopedics a perfect score as a Joint Commission certified orthopedic Center of Excellence.

• Magid Al-Kimawi, MD - physical medicine, rehabilitation and interventional pain medicine

Residency at Tufts-New England Medical Center and fellowship at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center of Boston in physical medicine and rehabilitation.

• Gregory Rubin, DO – primary care sports medicine Trained in internal medicine, with fellowship training in sports medicine at the University of Kentucky. Sees patients with non-operative orthopedic issues, concussions, and ultrasound-guided injections.

NCH Orthopedic Program specializes in: • Total knee and total hip replacement surgery • Foot and ankle • Shoulder • Sports medicine • Interventional pain management

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