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THE BIG PICTURE

Stuart Weinstein, MD

Sylvia I. Watkins-Castillo, PhD (Supporting author for multiple chapters)

Edward Yelin, PhD

SPINAL DISORDERS: Low Back and Neck Pain

Gunnar B.J. Andersson, MD, PhD

Kern Singh, MD

SPINAL DISORDERS: Spinal Deformity

Michael Daubs, MD

ARTHRITIS AND OTHER RHEUMATIC CONDITIONS

Charles Helmick, MD

JOINT DISEASE:  ARTHRITIS IN PATIENT POPULATIONS

Marc Hochberg, MD, MPH, MACP, MACR

OSTEOARTHRITIS

Marc Hochberg, MD, MPH, MACP, MACR

Miriam G. Cisternas, MA

INFLAMMTORY ARTHRITIS

Marc Hochberg, MD, MPH, MACP, MACR

Miriam G. Cisternas, MA

RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

Marc Hochberg, MD, MPH, MACP, MACR

Miriam G. Cisternas, MA

SPONDYLOARTHROPATHIES

Marc Hochberg, MD, MPH, MACP, MACR

Miriam G. Cisternas, MA

CONNECTIVE TISSUE DISORDERS

Marc Hochberg, MD, MPH, MACP, MACR

Miriam G. Cisternas, MA

GOUT

Marc Hochberg, MD, MPH, MACP, MACR

Miriam G. Cisternas, MA

JOINT INFECTION

Marc Hochberg, MD, MPH, MACP, MACR

FIBROMYALGIA

Marc Hochberg, MD, MPH, MACP, MACR

JUVENILE ARTHRITIS

Aimee Hersh, MD

JOINT PAIN AND JOINT REPLACEMENT

Marc Hochberg, MD, MPH, MACP, MACR

OSTEOPOROSIS AND BONE HEALTH

Marc Hochberg, MD, MPH, MACP, MACR

Nicole C. Wright, PhD, MPH

INJURIES

Jaimo Ahn, MD, PhD, FACS

Arvind D Nana, MD 

Gudrun Mirick, MD 

Anna N Miller, MD, FAAOS, FACS, FAOA

SELF-REPORTED

Jaimo Ahn, MD, PhD, FACS

Arvind D Nana, MD 

Gudrun Mirick, MD 

Anna N Miller, MD, FAAOS, FACS, FAOA

TRAUMATIC INJURIES

Jaimo Ahn, MD, PhD, FACS

Arvind D Nana, MD 

Gudrun Mirick, MD 

Anna N Miller, MD, FAAOS, FACS, FAOA

FALLS

Jaimo Ahn, MD, PhD, FACS

Arvind D Nana, MD 

Gudrun Mirick, MD 

Anna N Miller, MD, FAAOS, FACS, FAOA

WORKPLACE INJURIES

Jaimo Ahn, MD, PhD, FACS

Arvind D Nana, MD 

Gudrun Mirick, MD 

Anna N Miller, MD, FAAOS, FACS, FAOA

SPORTS INJURIES

Kenneth L. Cameron, PhD, MPH, ATC

Haley A. Bookbinder, Med, ATC

Bret Owens, MD

MILITARY INJURIES

Michelle M Gosselin, MD, LT US Navy 

Lt Col Christopher T. LeBrun, MD

SPECIAL AND RARE CONDITIONS TUMORS

William Ward, MD

David J. Sheedy, MPH

Elaine G. Russell, PhD, RN

NEUROMUSCULAR

Jonathan S. Kirschner, M.D. RMSK 

Se Won Lee, MD

SPECIAL POPULATIONS

AGING

Beatrice Edwards, MD

CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS

Scott Rosenfeld, MD

Brielle Payne Plost, MD

ETHNIC AND RACIAL DIFFERENCES AND DISPARITIES

Obinna Adigweme, MD 

Charles L. Nelson, MD

ECONOMIC COST

Edward Yelin, PhD

Miriam Cisternas, MA

Obinna Adigweme, MD

Obinna Adigweme, MD, is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive and robotic-assisted hip and knee surgeries. He is also specially-trained in hip and knee revisions, orthopaedic trauma, and knee arthroscopy. Dr. Adigweme enjoys working with patients of all ages, especially those 60 and older, to improve their joint function and restore their quality of life.

  • Ethnic and Racial Differences and Disparities 

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Jaimo Ahn, MD, PhD

Jaimo Ahn, MD, PhD, is an orthopaedic surgeon-scientist dedicated to the progress of human health from optimizing the care of the individuals and their families that he cares for to those of his local, regional and international communities.  To these ends, he participates in research to understand human disease and the effectiveness of care as well as in organizational and educational efforts. As part of his professional activities, he studies the education and development of physician-scientists, co-manages a laboratory with a focus on bone regulation/regeneration and fracture healing and a clinical research program with a focus on prospective orthopaedic trauma outcomes and surgical decision-making. Additionally, he is active in medical education locally and nationally, serving as educational director locally and as Board member of the American Physician Scientists Association and educational leader for AO Foundation. He enjoys reviewing for journals as varied as JAMA, Science Translational Medicine, Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma and consulting for the FDA as well as industry. When not working, he loves to travel, eat, drink and run with his wife, family and friends. 

  • Injuries – Self Reported
  • Injuries – Traumatic Injuries
  • Injuries – Falls
  • Injuries - Workplace

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Gunnar B.J. Andersson, MD, PhD

Gunnar B.J. Andersson, MD, PhD, is The Ronald L. DeWald, MD Professor and Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. He was chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery from 1994 to 2008. Dr. Andersson has been at the forefront of spine surgery research and education for more than 30 years. He is a member of 17 editorial boards, editor-in- chief of Spinal News International, a deputy editor for Spine, founding editor of Contemporary Spine Surgery and an associate editor of Clinical Biomechanics. He is the author of over 360 original publications, 170 books and book chapters and 555 abstracts. His focus has been spinal disorders. Dr. Andersson is a past president of the Orthopaedic Research Society, the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery and the American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians.

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Kenneth L. Cameron, PhD, MPH, ATC

Kenneth Cameron, PhD, MPH, ATC, currently serves as the Director of Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Research at Keller Army Hospital, West Point, New York, where he holds faculty appointments with the John A. Feagin Jr. Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship and the US Army-Baylor University Sports Physical Therapy Doctoral Program.  Dr. Cameron also serves as a Professor in the Departments of Surgery and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.  He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise and Sport Science from Oregon State University in 1993, his Master of Arts Degree in Exercise Science from San Jose State University in 1996, and Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy Degrees from the University at Albany in 2001 and 2004, respectively.  Dr. Cameron also completed a Master of Public Health Degree from The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2011. Dr. Cameron’s primary research interests are in the areas of injury prevention, musculoskeletal injury and disease epidemiology, and outcomes associated with the treatment of these injuries, specifically in physically active and military populations.  He also has specific research interests in knee and ankle injuries, shoulder instability, biomarkers associated with post-traumatic osteoarthritis, and sports related concussion.

Dr. Cameron was competitively selected to participate in the U.S. Bone and Joint Decade Young Investigator’s Initiative in 2007 and he has subsequently obtained research funding support as a principal investigator from The Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation, The National Athletic Trainers’ Association Research and Education Foundation, and The U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command’s Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury Research, Peer Reviewed Medical Research, and Peer Reviewed Orthopaedic Research programs, respectively.  He has also obtained research funding through the Military Operational Medicine Research Program (JPC-5). Dr. Cameron has also obtained research funding support as a co-investigator/site principal investigator on projects funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIAMS) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).  Dr. Cameron currently serves as the site principal investigator for the NCAA-DoD funded Concussion Assessment, Research and Education (CARE) Consortium research activities at the United States Military Academy at West Point.  Dr. Cameron has authored over 100 peer reviewed manuscripts and has presented his work nationally and internationally.

Dr. Cameron earned the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service in recognition of exemplary service to the United States Military Academy in 2004 and the Department of the Army Superior Civilian Service Award in 2014.  Dr. Cameron’s work has resulted in several research awards.  These awards include the Arthritis Foundation’s New Investigator Award (2010), The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health MPH Capstone Research Award (2011), the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons Founders’ Award for the best scientific paper with military relevance (2011), the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Research Award for the Best Scientific Research Paper presented at the AMSSM annual meeting (2013), and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s Best Scientific Poster Award (2011), Aircast Award (2013, 2014, 2015) for the Best Clinical Science Paper submitted by a sports medicine fellow, and O’Donoghue Award (2012) for the best overall paper which deals with clinical based research or human in-vivo research.   In 2015 Dr. Cameron earned designation as a Fellow in the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (FNATA) for exemplary scholarship and service and in 2017 he earned the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer (MDAT) award recognizing exemplary professional service at the district and national levels.  Dr. Cameron also earned the United States Sports Academy Dr. Ernst Jokl Sports Medicine Award in 2017.

  • Injuries - Sports Injuries

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Haley Bookbinder

Haley A. Bookbinder, PA-S, MEd, ATC is currently attending Bryant University’s Physician Assistant Program in Rhode Island. Haley completed her Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training at Springfield College in 2016. She also completed a Master’s of Education Degree in Post-Professional Athletic Training at the University of Virginia in 2017. While at UVA, she completed a master’s thesis on “Return to Play Following ACL Reconstruction”. Haley worked for The Geneva Foundation at West Point Military Academy as a Program Manager from 2018-2019 where she participated mainly in concussion and ACL research. Haley is set to graduate from her Physician Assistant program in March of 2022.

  • Spinal Disorders: Spinal Deformity

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Miriam Cisternas, MA

Miriam Cisternas, MA, has over 25 years of experience researching the epidemiology and cost of chronic diseases through innovative use of primary and secondary data sources. Her specific experience in the musculoskeletal area includes more than ten years of analytic support to the CDC Arthritis Program, where she provided technical assistance and training to Program staff and as served as co-PI and principal analyst on a number of research studies. She has also analyzed clinical trial data for lupus treatments and served as the epidemiologist and analyst for the California Lupus Surveillance Project.  Earlier in her career, Ms. Cisternas managed longitudinal panels of chronic disease patients (e.g., rheumatoid arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome). She has been a coauthor of the economic cost chapter in all editions of BMUS

  • Economic Cost

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Michael Daubs, MD 

Michael Daubs, MD, professor and chairman of the Department of Surgery at the UNLV School of Medicine, treats disorders of the neck and back including fractures, herniated discs, stenosis, spondylolisthesis, scoliosis and other complex spinal curvatures. He specializes in surgery of the spine in both children and adults.

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Beatrice Edwards, MD 

Beatrice J. Edwards, MD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of General Internal Medicine at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX.

  • Aging

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Michelle M. Gosselin, MD, LT US Navy

Michelle Gosselin, MD, LT US Navy!! was born and raised in Milford, CT before attending Yale University in New Haven, CT. She graduated with an intensive B.S. in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology in May 2007.  She went on to earn her Medical Degree from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, RI where she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.

Dr. Gosselin completed her internship and residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University in Saint Louis.  Upon completion of residency in June 2018, she began her first tour at Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, NC where she serves as a Staff Orthopaedic Surgeon.  She completed a 7 month deployment lto Helmand Province, Afghanistan in support of Task Force Southwest in April 2019. She will begin her fellowship training in Orthopaedic Trauma at the University of Texas-Houston in August 2020. 

  • Military Injuries

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Charles Helmick, MD

Charles G. (Chad) Helmick, MD, Captain (ret.) of U.S. Public Service Medical Epidemiologist, Arthritis Program National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, GA.

  • Arthritis

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Aimee Hersh, MD

Aimee Hersh, MD, received her medical degree from Brown Medical School and completed her residency and clinical fellowship in Pediatric Rheumatology at University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Hersh is currently an Assistant Professor in Pediatric Rheumatology at the University of Utah School of Medicine and Primary Children’s Medical Center. As a pediatric rheumatologist she treats children with rheumatic diseases including juvenile idiopathic arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, juvenile dermatomyositis and vasculitis. Additionally, she evaluates children with musculoskeletal and joint pain. Her research focuses on understanding the long-term medical and psychosocial outcomes of patients with childhood-onset systemic lupus erythematosus.

  • Juvenile Arthritis

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Marc Hochberg, MD, MPH, MACP, MACR

Marc Hochberg MD, MPH, MACP, MACR Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology and Public Health, Head, Division of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology and Vice Chair, Department of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine and Director, Medical Care Clinical Center, Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System. He matriculated at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed residency training in internal medicine and fellowship training in rheumatology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He has published over 450 peer-reviewed articles and is Editor-in-chief of Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism and an Editor of Rheumatology, the leading specialty textbook in the field. He is a Master of both the American College of Physicians and the American College of Rheumatology and immediate Past-President of the U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative.

  • Joint Disease:  Arthritis in Patient Populations
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Inflammatory Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Spondyloarthropathies
  • Connective Tissue Disorders
  • Gout
  • Joint Infection
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Juvenile Arthritis
  • Joint Pain and Joint Replacement
  • Osteoporosis and Bone Health

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Jonathan Kirschner, MD, RMSK

Jonathan Kirschner MD is from and currently lives in New York City. He is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine, Electrodiagnostic Medicine and is a registered musculoskeletal sonographer. He is an Associate Attending Physiatrist at the Hospital for Special Surgery, where he serves as Fellowship Director for the Interventional Spine and Musculoskeletal Medicine and Sports Medicine fellowships. He sees patients with neck, low back and radicular pain, osteoarthritis, tendinopathy, sports injuries and performs sonographic and fluoroscopic guided injections. He holds a faculty appointment as Associate Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine and is on the board of the United States Bone and Joint Initiative.  His research interests include outcomes of interventional procedures and orthobiologics. Current studies involve the use of PRP for tendinopathy and glenohumeral osteoarthritis.

  • Neuromuscular

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Lt. Col Christopher LeBrun, MD

Colonel Christopher LeBrun, MD is an instructor at the United States Air Force Center for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills (C-STARS) at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.  Dr. LeBrun serves as an orthopaedic traumatologist and an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, chair of the military committee for the Orthopaedic Trauma Association and is a past president of the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons. He has produced numerous trauma related research publications with multiple podium presentations and is currently actively involved with numerous funded and unfunded collaborative studies to improve outcomes for extremity wounds. Colonel LeBrun represents the Air Force in the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs’ Peer Reviewed Orthopaedic Research Program (PRORP) as a Programmatic Panel Member.  He is a veteran of three combat deployments to Afghanistan.

  • Military Injuries

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Anna Miller, MD, FAAOS, FACS, FAOA

Anna N. Miller, MD, FAAOS, FACS, FAOA, is a Vice Chair for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Chief of the Orthopaedic Trauma Division at Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Miller has particular interests in the improvement of orthopaedic trauma care on a national level and is the Chair of the Orthopaedic Subgroup for the American College of Surgeons' Committee on Trauma. She is involved in numerous multicenter national studies including co-investigating on several federally funded grants with a focus on traumatic injury and how it relates to the treatment of United States soldiers in combat situations and automotive crash injury investigation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. She is involved with the AOA and AAOS regarding fragility fractures of elderly patients and serves on the National Quality Forum Trauma Outcomes Steering Committee. She is active in the Orthopaedic Trauma Association and serves as an Associate Editor for The Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma.

  • Injuries – Self Reported
  • Injuries – Traumatic Injuries
  • Injuries – Falls
  • Injuries – Workplace

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Gudrun Mirick, MD

Gudrun E. Mirick Mueller, MD, is an orthopaedic trauma surgeon at Hennepin County Medical Center and an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Minnesota. She is the current president of the Minnesota Orthopaedic Society and active in committees in the Orthopaedic Trauma Association. She is a graduate of Bates College and obtained her medical degree at New York Medical College.  She then completed an orthopaedic surgery residency at George Washington University and a trauma fellowship at the University of California-San Francisco and San Francisco General Hospital. Dr Mirick Mueller specializes exclusively in fracture care and rehabilitation with particular interest in bone health and nutrition and the care of poly-traumatized patients.

  • Injuries – Self Reported
  • Injuries – Traumatic Injuries
  • Injuries – Falls
  • Injuries - Workplace

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Arvind Nana, MD 

Arvind D Nana, MD, is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Fort Worth, TX and has been practicing for 22 years. He graduated from University of Texas Medical Branch - Galveston in 1991 and specializes in orthopedic surgery.

  • Injuries – Self Reported
  • Injuries – Traumatic Injuries
  • Injuries – Falls
  • Injuries – Workplace

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Charles Nelson, MD

Charles Nelson, MD, is Chief of Adult Reconstruction and Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Nelson graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, where he completed his residency. He completed an Adult Reconstruction fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery. He was an AAOS Leadership Fellow from 2004-2005 and represented the AOA as an ASG Traveling Fellow in 2012. He has received numerous awards and has served in leadership positions for the ABOS, AAOS, AOA, J Robert Gladden Society and Knee Society. He has published more than 100 peer review manuscripts and book chapters. Dr. Nelson has had a long-term commitment to increasing diversity and improving health equity. He served on the AAOS Diversity Advisory Board and was a Co-chair for both the JRGOS Inaugural meeting “Perspectives on Orthopaedic Professionalism, Diversity and Health Disparities” and the AAOS/ORS/ABJS 2010 Musculoskeletal Health Disparity Research Symposium in 2010.

  • Injuries – Self Reported

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Brett Owens, MD

Brett D. Owens, MD, is a board certified orthopaedic sports medicine surgeon. Dr. Owens is currently Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Brown University Alpert Medical School and practices in Providence, RI. He is a retired Colonel is the US Army and previously served as Chief of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine at Keller Army Hospital, West Point, NY, where he cared for Army athletics. He has also served as Team Physician for US Lacrosse Mens National Team. He is currently Team Physician for Brown University Athletics and the Providence Bruins (AHL). Dr. Owens has published more than 250 articles and 4 textbooks in orthopaedics and sports medicine. His research has garnered the O’Donoghue Research Award, Aircast Award, and NCAA Research Awards from the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and the AAOS Kappa Delta Award. Dr. Owens is proud to serve as Associate Editor of the American Journal of Sports Medicine since 2012.

  • Sports Injuries

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Brille Plost, MD

Brielle P. Plost, MD, is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is also a Senior Lecturer for the University of Queensland School of Medicine. Dr. Plost received her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas. Following this she completed her orthopedic surgery residency at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. She completed her fellowship in pediatric orthopedics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. She specializes in pediatric orthopedics and hip disorders in children and young adults.

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Scott Rosenfeld, MD

Scott B. Rosenfeld, MD, associate professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine, specializes in pediatric orthopedics, hip disorders, and sports medicine. His major area of interest and expertise is in childhood, adolescent and young adult hip disorders and hip preservation. He is the Associate Chief of Research and Education for Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at Texas Children's Hospital.  He is the Director of the Texas Children's Hip Preservation Program, a multidisciplinary program focused on the care of hip problems in patients from birth through adulthood. Board certified in orthopedic surgery, Dr. Rosenfeld received an undergraduate degree from Duke University and earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He completed an internship in general surgery and a residency in orthopedic surgery at UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas and a fellowship in pediatric orthopedic surgery at Boston Children's Hospital.

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Elaine Russell, PhD, RN

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David Sheedy, MPH

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Kern Singh, MD

Kern Singh, MD completed his fellowship at Emory University, he joined the faculty at Rush University Medical Center in 2005 where he is currently a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery. In 2013, Dr. Singh was appointed as the co-director of the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute at Rush. This institute focuses on the utilization of minimally invasive procedures in the treatment of degenerative spinal disorders. The practice is a large, multidisciplinary practice representing all orthopedic subspecialties. Annually, Dr. Singh performs over 300 minimally invasive procedures including spinal fusions and decompressions in both the cervical and lumbar regions. Common pathologies that he manages include disc herniations, degenerative spondylolisthesis, isthmic spondylolisthesis, and spinal stenosis. Dr. Singh’s research is clinically focused, examining the risk factors, outcomes, and costs associated with minimally invasive spine surgery.

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William Ward, MD 

William G Ward Sr., MD, is an orthopedic surgeon practicing in Winston Salem, NC where he is the local Musculoskeletal Service Line Leader for Novant Health. Dr. Ward is a Past President of the North American Musculoskeletal Tumor Society (MSTS). He completed Duke Medical School in 1978, orthopedic residency at Duke in 1989 and an orthopedic oncology fellowship at UCLA in 1991. He was on the faculty at Wake Forest University School of Medicine until 2012 and remains an Emeritus Professor. He has published approximately 100 scholarly articles.  He has personally performed more than 5000 musculoskeletal tumor surgeries and has been recognized multiple times as a “Best Doctor in Orthopaedics” and as a “Best Doctor in Cancer”. 

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Sylvia I. Watkins-Castillo, PhD (Supporting author for multiple chapters)

Sylvia I. Watkins-Castillo, PhD, has served as coordinator, primary analyst, and support author for the Burden of Musculoskeletal Diseases project since 2006, when work on the first print edition began. Prior to accepting this work on a contractual basis, she spent six years as the Research and Data Manager at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in Rosemont, IL. Before going to AAOS, Sylvia worked as a consultant/planner and research analyst for the public, non-profit, and private sectors. Projects included a broad range of topics, and addressed feasibility studies, strategic planning, needs assessments, evidence-based medicine, best practices, customer satisfaction, benchmarking, program evaluation, market characteristics, and competitor analysis. She received her doctorate in social psychology and research methodology from Iowa State University.

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Stuart Weinstein, MD

Stuart Weinstein, MD, is the Ignacio V. Ponseti Chair and Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Professor of Pediatrics at The University of Iowa. Dr. Weinstein received his A.B. Honors degree in Political Science and History from the University of Illinois, his medical degree (Alpha Omega Alpha) from the University of Iowa, interned in Internal Medicine at the University of California - San Francisco, and completed his orthopaedic residency at University of Iowa. He is an NIH funded researcher, and has published more than 230 scientific articles in peer review journals (including the NEJM, JAMA, The Lancet, Nature) on a wide variety of pediatric orthopaedic conditions. His research work has focused on spinal deformity in children, children’s hip and foot problems, and the natural history and long-term outcome of pediatric musculoskeletal conditions. He has edited three major textbooks — The Pediatric Spine: Principles and Practice; Lovell and Winter's Pediatric Orthopaedics; Turek's Orthopaedics. His many contributions to orthopaedics have been recognized by his receipt of numerous awards for distinguished achievement, service, leadership, and the advancement of orthopaedics and research, by national and foreign orthopaedic societies. Dr Weinstein is past president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Association, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, United States National Action Network of the International Bone and Joint Decade, International Center for Orthopaedic Education (ICOE), Doctors for Medical Liability Reform (DMLR), Past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS) and past Chairman of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons Political Action Committee.

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Nicole C. Wright, PhD, MPH

Nicole C. Wright, PhD, MPH, is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She received a Master of Public Health in 2005 and Doctorate of Philosophy in Epidemiology in 2010 from the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona. Her research focuses on musculoskeletal epidemiology, particularly the distribution, determinants, and outcomes of osteoporosis and fragility fractures, and disparities in osteoporosis management and outcomes using data ranging from the nationwide Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study to administrative claims data of the US Medicare system. She has published numerous papers in prestigious bone and scientific journals, served as the principal investigator and co-investigators on federal research projects grants and industry-sponsored research contracts, and serves the musculoskeletal community on various advisory boards and expert workgroups.   

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Se Won Lee, MD 

Se Won Lee, MD, is a graduate of Catholic University of Korea, College of Medicine and received residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Montefiore/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is a former associate professor, founding director of Sports Medicine fellowship program and director of Rehabilitation Medicine Electrodiagnostic Laboratory at Montefiore/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Lee is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Sports medicine and Neuromuscular medicine.

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Edward Yelin, PhD

Edward Yelin, PhD, has been on the faculty of the Division of Rheumatology and Philip R Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at UCSF since 1980. Dr. Yelin is perhaps best known for his work on employment among persons with arthritis and other chronic diseases. A second major thread to his research concerns studies of the impact of changes in the health care system on persons with arthritis. Finally he has been involved in studies documenting the economic and social impacts of chronic disease and disability. As part of this research, he authored the chapter in several volumes of The Burden of Musculoskeletal Disease in the United States (BMUS) on the economic impact of these conditions. He now serves as Co-Chair of the on-going BMUS project.

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