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Articles published in March, 2010

Doctor With Ideas, or Doctor Who’s Intoxicated?

by Scott Humphrey, M.D. | Mar 2010

DWI, the acronym that commonly stands for “Driving While Intoxicated,” took on a new meaning for me back in medical school. That’s when I overheard an orthopaedic implant sales representative use DWI to describe one of his surgeon clients. The rep was on the phone arranging a meeting for the s ... Read more »

Adverse Effects of Ritalin on the Adolescent Skeleton

by Michelle N. Mary, M.S.; David E. Komatsu, Ph.D. | Mar 2010

IntroductionAttention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common childhood disorder, with a prevalence of six to nine percent in the U.S. (Dopheide and Pliszka 2009). It is most often treated with psychostimulants of which methylphenidate (MP), sold as Ritalin, accounts for upwards of 90 perc ... Read more »

Jeffrey Gelfand, M.D., Founder and President, Suspension Orthopaedic Solutions, LLC

by Jeffrey Gelfand, M.D. | Mar 2010

Jeffrey Gelfand is an upper extremity surgeon who practices in Annapolis, Maryland, at Anne Arundel Medical Center. He is the Founder and President of Suspension Orthopaedic Solutions (SOS). He also founded The Helping Hands Foundation (, a nonprofit organization provid ... Read more »

Distractor for Correction of Fractures That Have Healed with Overlapped Fragments

by Lewis G. Zirkle, Jr., M.D., Jeanne E. Dillner | Mar 2010

The need for a fracture distractor is common in developing countries. Many fractures are treated initially by bonesetters or in hospitals that do not have orthopaedic surgeons. The need for this distractor is accentuated during a disaster, because all closed fractured femurs and tibias cannot be tre ... Read more »

Is My Advisor Worth the Money I Am Paying? Does Pricing Equal Value?

by Mark Germain | Mar 2010

How do I know if my advisor provides value for the fee he charges? This is a perpetual question on the minds of our clients. As with the attractiveness of one person to another, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. In this case, value is based upon what is received, and as importantly, on one’s e ... Read more »

A New Pilot Program: Patent Application Backlog Reduction Stimulus Plan

by Perry E. Van Over, Esq. | Mar 2010

In November 2009 at the 14th Annual Independent Inventor’s conference in Alexandria, Virginia, the Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced another pilot program designed to reduce the growing backlog of patent applications awaiting examination. This new pilot program, th ... Read more »

Bedside Manners for Communicating Online

by Rajiv Doshi | Mar 2010

In the last article, we addressed the benefits of using Facebook to build relationships and communicate with your patients. If building an online presence on Facebook or any other social network is now a priority, it’s important to have proper bedside manners for communicating online.Here are ten ... Read more »

We’re In This Together: A Story of Partnership in the Midst of the Earthquake Crisis in Haiti

by Raymond Cloutier; Dr. Bernard Nau | Mar 2010

Tragedy has a way of bringing people together. For those who devote their lives to serving the medical needs of others, a disaster such as the Haiti earthquake brings into focus their calling. This is the story of two such individuals who strengthened their unlikely bond and their dedication to the ... Read more »

Are Royalties In or Out? As Usual, It Depends.

by Teresa Ford | Mar 2010

It has been two and a half years since the unveiling of the Deferred Prosecution Agreements  (DPAs) implemented against the five largest manufacturers of total joints and the landscape of physician collaboration with industry has changed dramatically. The “Big Five”  as I will call the ... Read more »

Will Healthcare Reform Kill Surgeon Ownership?

by Victor Moldovan | Mar 2010

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as the “Healthcare Reform Bill” in some circles and or the “Bill from #?#?” in other circles) was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on November 7, 2009 by a vote of 220 – 215 and was passed by the U.S Senate with som ... Read more »

Creating Surgeon-focused Solutions

by Walter J. Humann, President; Toby Miles, Vice President of Marketing, OsteoMed | Mar 2010

Walter J. Humann is President of OsteoMed, a leading global innovator, developer, manufacturer and marketer of specialty medical devices, surgical implants and powered surgical instruments. Mr. Humann has led OsteoMed for ten years after managing other successful companies in the surgical device and ... Read more »