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Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - Orthopaedic Surgery Resident Research Day 2014

Image (left to right): Scott Barbash, MD, James Lachman, MD, Frank Liporace, MD (visiting professor/guest judge), Richard Tosti, MD

Temple's Department of Orthopaedic Surgery held its annual Resident Research Day on Saturday April 26, 2014, showcasing the investigative research talents of Temple's orthopaedic residents. Frank Liporace, MD, Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at New York University, gave the keynote lecture and served as a guest judge for the presentations.

First Place went to James Lachman, MD, PGY-2, for his biomechanical investigation of meniscal repair techniques used to treat knee injuries. His project, a collaboration between Temple's Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery and Mechanical Engineering, found that there was no significant difference between newer, more expensive technologies and current suture methods for their particular injury model.

Second Place went to Richard Tosti, MD, PGY-4 for his work entitled "Emerging multi drug resistance in hand infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)." His group found that increasing bacterial resistance to commonly-used antibiotics may warrant new approaches to antibiotic treatment of hand infections. Dr. Tosti's work was also selected for publication in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.

Third Place went to Scott Barbash, MD, PGY-5, for his work entitled "Optimal differentiation of tissue types using combined mid- and near- infrared spectroscopy," done in collaboration with the Department of Bioengineering at Temple. The project showcased an IR spectroscopy technique to verify the successful transplantation of tendon grafts to repair anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears.