BALTIMORE, MD -- (Marketwired) -- 08/04/14 -- MedStar Orthopaedic's James E. Wood, Jr., MD, chairman of the department of Orthopaedic Surgery at MedStar Harbor Hospital, will lead a live broadcast of a partial knee replacement surgery, to be streamed on August 4 at 3 p.m. at the 2014 National Medical Association (NMA) Convention and Scientific Assembly in Honolulu, HI.
The procedure will be live-streamed from an operating room inside MedStar Harbor to an audience of more than 2,500 physicians and healthcare professionals from across the country gathered in attendance at the annual convention. Dr. Wood will demonstrate an effective technique for performing a partial knee replacement, to serve as an educational reinforcement for practicing physicians, related health professionals, trainees and residents representing a variety of medical specialties and health professions.
A partial knee replacement, a surgery beneficial to arthritis patients, replaces only a portion of the knee joint. Less invasive than a full knee replacement, the procedure is designed to replace only the portions of the joint that are most damaged by the disease, leaving the rest of the joint intact. Advantages include less blood loss and a smaller incision, resulting in less pain after surgery and a faster recovery.
The National Medical Association is the nation's oldest and largest organization representing African American physicians and health professionals in the United States. The convention, to be held August 2 to 6, offers a unique venue to allow interaction between leading African American physicians, health professionals, academicians and scientists. Scientific presentations and exhibits highlight state-of-the-art research, new technologies and practice management issues across twenty-five medical specialties.
About MedStar Harbor Hospital
For more than a century, MedStar Harbor Hospital has grown alongside the communities it serves in Baltimore City, and Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Howard counties. The hospital was first established in 1903 as a small community clinic servicing the waterfront community in Baltimore. More than 100 years later, the 179-bed hospital continues to offer the personal touch of a community hospital while incorporating the excellence of a high technology medical center. It has been the recipient of the Delmarva Foundation's highest honor, the Excellence Award for Quality for Hospitals, in 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
With more than 400 physicians representing 30 medical and surgical specialties, and 1,400 employees, the hospital offers a full range of health care services for patients from infancy through the senior years. MedStar Harbor's specialty areas include orthopaedics, women's services, cancer care, diabetes care, fetal assessment, cardio-pulmonary rehabilitation, and treatment of chronic lung conditions. The hospital's continuum of care also includes wellness programs, outpatient services and inpatient treatment.
MedStar Harbor is part of MedStar Health, a non-profit, regional healthcare system with 10 hospitals and more than 20 other health-related services in the Maryland and Washington, D.C. area. MedStar Health's patient-first philosophy emphasizes service, quality and safety, combining compassionate care and clinical excellence. More than a half-million patients trust their care to MedStar Health each year. medstarhealth.org
About MedStar Orthopaedics
MedStar Orthopaedics provides a comprehensive array of non-surgical and surgical treatment alternatives, sports medicine and spine surgery services at MedStar hospitals in the Baltimore region. MedStar Orthopaedics is comprised of experts from MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, MedStar Harbor Hospital, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, The Curtis National Hand Center, and more than 20 community locations. Visit MedStarOrthopaedics.org for more information.
About The National Medical Association
The National Medical Association (NMA) is the oldest and largest nonprofit professional, educational, national and scientific organization representing the interests of 30,000 African American physicians and the millions of multi-ethnic patients they serve. While throughout its history the NMA has focused primarily on health issues related to African Americans and medically underserved populations, its principles, goals, initiatives and philosophy encompass all sectors of the population.
Through its membership, professional development, community health education, advocacy, and research programs and its activities with federal and private-sector agencies and corporations, the NMA is committed to improving the health status and outcomes of minority and disadvantaged people.