Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Pitt Ortho and Nth Dimensions Scholars at the Society of Black Academic Surgeons Meeting, April 28 – 30, 2016

Dr. MaCalus V. Hogan and his two Nth Dimensions Medical Student Scholars, Justin J. Hicks, MSIII [Wake Forest School of Medicine] and Jorge L. Rocha, MSIV [Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School], had a strong representation in the Orthopaedic Section of the Annual Scientific Assembly of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons held in Columbus, Ohio in April 28 – 30, 2016.  Justin Hicks had two podium talks at the conference from research he performed in the Musculoskeletal Growth and Regeneration Lab co-directed by Drs. MaCalus V. Hogan and Hongshuai Li. Justin presented his work entitled A Novel Tissue Engineered Approach for Osteoarthritis Treatment and Partial P65 Blockade Improves Bone Quality Without Inhibiting Fracture Healing. Jorge presented the following three posters: The Impact of Value-Based Healthcare on Orthopaedic Residency Education, The Development and Implementation of an Orthopaedic Service Line in an Integrated Medical Financial System and Patient-Reported Outcomes: Surgical Fixation of Jones Fractures with Biological Augmentation in the Elite Athlete.

Nth Dimensions is an educational non-profit organization, which develops and facilitates scholarship programs focused on increasing diversity in medicine, decreasing gender and health disparities, and promoting professional development of aspiring physicians. It was founded in 2004 by orthopaedic surgeon Bonnie Simpson-Mason, MD to address the dearth of women and underrepresented minorities in orthopaedic surgery. Both Dr. Simpson-Mason and Dr. Fu were awarded the prestigious AAOS Diversity Award in 2015 and 2011, respectively. Drs. Fu and Hogan have supporters of the Nth Dimensions program since its inception with Pitt Ortho serving as research site for the program. Dr. Mason was the Grand Rounds Visiting Professor on Wednesday, January 20, 2016.