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Hospital for Special Surgery Hosts Training Seminar for Greek Surgeons with the SNF’s Support

Dec 04, 2017
Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), with the SNF’s support, hosted 16 surgeons from Greece for an annual symposium dedicated to teaching the latest techniques and innovations in complex primary total hip and knee replacement.

Last year, the HSS received a grant from the Foundation to support professional development programs for Greece’s orthopedic surgeons. HSS and the Foundation have had a longstanding relationship lasting over a decade.

Initiated in 2006, the annual HSS Stavros Niarchos Foundation Orthopaedic Seminar Program consists of two days of didactic sessions, case consultations, roundtable discussions, hands-on workshops and operating room observation at HSS. The following three days will include attendance at the 29th Annual HSS Holiday Knee & Hip Course, a CME-accredited professional education course.

Moderated by Michael Cross, MD, and Peter K. Sculco, MD, both hip and knee surgeons at HSS, this year’s seminar will be held November 28 through December 2, 2017.
The program aims to immerse visiting Greek surgeons, typically those with under 10 years of experience, in the high-volume joint replacement environment at HSS.

“This seminar exposes participants to the complexities that come with joint replacement surgery,” said Dr. Sculco, knee session moderator. “Surgeons will leave with an understanding of the decision-making process that can only come from an operating room observation of a skilled surgical team.”

“Our vision at HSS includes being the most trusted educator in the field of orthopedics,” said Dr. Cross, hip session moderator. “This seminar offers hands-on training that the surgeons take directly back to Greece to be able to provide high-quality patient care for those needing joint replacements.”

Over 30,000 surgeries are performed at HSS each year, with HSS physicians performing more hip surgeries and knee replacements than any other hospital in the United States. People travel to HSS for medical care from more than 100 countries.

Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. HSS is nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics and No. 3 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2017-2018), and is the first hospital in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. HSS has one of the lowest infection rates in the country. HSS is an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College and as such all Hospital for Special Surgery medical staff are faculty of Weill Cornell. The hospital's research division is internationally recognized as a leader in the investigation of musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases. HSS has locations in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

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