VA Orthopedist’s Passion Improves Experience and Outcomes for Complex Patients

“If the University of Minnesota is like a crown, then the VA is one of the jewels in the crown,” says V. Franklin Sechriest II, MD, adjunct associate professor and chair of orthopedic surgery at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VA). “When I am asked for my job description, I always reply, ‘I have the privilege of taking care of the best patients, training the best residents and medical students, and positively impacting the largest health care system in the world… I work at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center.’”

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Resident's Passion for Quality Improvement May Lead to System-Wide Change

Increasingly, orthopedic surgeries are being performed in an outpatient setting, yet there is limited knowledge about how many of these patients return to urgent care or the emergency department (ED) before their planned clinic visits. Benjamin Williams, MD, PGY-4, wanted to design a study evaluating the unplanned care utilization rate following these orthopedic surgeries along with potential risk factors. 

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Academic Sports Medicine Specialist, Marc Tompkins, MD, Helps Get Patients Back in Motion

Apart from leading a busy sports medicine practice, Marc Tompkins, MD, associate professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, is combining his passion for clinical care with innovative technologies and research. One of his areas of focus is in patellofemoral instability where he has multiple ongoing studies, including biomechanical studies using 3D printing, radiographic studies improving the understanding of patellofemoral imaging, and clinical outcomes studies involving patellar instability in patients.

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