June 24th, 2019

For the first time in the history of the CMC Department of Orthopedic Surgery, the visiting professor during Resident Research Day was an alumnus of the Carolinas Medical Center (now Atrium Health) residency program.

Atrium Orthopedic Residents train and perform research under both Atrium Physicians and OrthoCarolina Physician Faculty members each academic year.  The Resident Visiting Professor Program, affectionately called “Resident Research Day”, is a time to showcase research conducted to a group of their mentors and peers.  OrthoCarolina Physician Fellows in both Sports Medicine and Foot and Ankle also presented their research at this well-attended conference on Friday, June 14, 2019.

This year’s visiting professor was Dr. Robert Anderson who was the first CMC visiting professor to also be an alumnus of the residency program. After his fellowship, Dr. Anderson returned to Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) and the Miller Clinic (now OrthoCarolina) where he established the foot and ankle residency program that OrthoCarolina has now in partnership with Atrium Health.

On Friday, June 14,  21 research studies were showcased. The OrthoCarolina Research Institute (OCRI) had a hand in 8 of the presented studies including:

  • Articular Cartilage Defects Found During Posterior Labral Repair: Does it Affect Outcomes or Reoperation Rates: A Case Study- Presented by Dr. Keith Corpus
  • A Hybrid Transtibial Technique Combines the Strengths of AM Portal and Transtibial Approaches: A Prospective Randomized Controlled Trial- Presented by Dr. David Trofa
  • Cost of Ankle/ Hindfoot Nonunion- Presented by Dr. Malick Bachabi
  • Cheilectomy With or Without Cryopreserved Umbilical Cord for Hallux Rigidus: A Prospective Randomized Controlled Trial- Presented by Dr. Sara Heintzman
  • Minimum 5-year Follow-up Evaluation of a Third-generation Fixed Bearing Total Ankle Arthroplasty Implant with an Intramedullary Stemmed Tibial Component and a Talar Component with a Central Sulcus- Presented by Dr. Evan Loewy
  • Carolinas Opioid Reduction Effort: A First Look at the Data- Presented by Dr. Daniel Leas
  • Outpatient Shoulder Arthroplasty at an Ambulatory Surgery Center Using a Multimodal Pain Management Approach- Presented by Dr. Bryan Bean
  • Long Term Outcomes and Alignment following Isolated Fibular Semoidectomy- Presented by Dr. Samuel Ford

Dr. Leas presentation on the Carolinas Opioid Reduction Effort’s preliminary data won “Best Research Presentation” for the day. His talk gave an early update on OCRI’s largest single institution study, the Carolinas Opioid Reduction Effort (CORE) Project. Dr. Daniel Leas gave the audience a first look at data from the CORE study.

That data included 100 randomized study surgeries and provided a very preliminary look into how patients have responded to a unique pain control medication regimen that does not use traditional “opioid” medication. Specific areas of interest included 24-hour post surgery pain scores and comfort levels.

We are trending favorably toward our goal of preventing future opioid abuse at the initial encounter and making a real difference in the opioid crisis. If you want to learn more about the CORE study, we have all the details on Orthocarolinaresearch.org/CORE.

Congrats on a great Resident Research Day to all of this year’s Ortho residents!