At its most recent board of director's meeting, the Arthroscopy Association of North America decided to co-sponsor, with the Patellofemoral Foundation, a hands-on cadaver surgery course on patellofemoral surgery for orthopedic surgeons January 20-21, 2012 at the Orthopedic Learning Center in Rosemont, IL. Dr Peter Jokl spearheaded this project. Drs Jack Farr and Jason Koh are the program directors and will join Drs Anthony Schepsis and John Fulkerson as master surgery instructors.
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8th Biennial ISAKOS Congress • Rio De Janeiro, Brazil • May 15-19, 2011
The purpose of this study was to explore the patellofemoral joint in 3 dimensions, looking at its geometry, motion and stability.
The Patellofemoral Tavelling Fellowship started in 2005, with Fred Almqvist and Ryosuke Kuroda travelling in 2005, and Elvire Servien and Christina Stukenborg-Colsman in 2007, began under the aegis of the Patellofemoral Foundation, and the selection committee of the Scientific Committee of the ISAKOS. The very first Travelling Fellow was Jason Koh, before ISAKOS was involved. Until this year, only one Travelling Fellow was selected.
At the 2009 ISAKOS Meeting, in Osaka, Japan, there was the much welcome surprise that three Travelling Fellows were to travel with a Godfather. On this occasion, the Fellowship was to take place in the spring of 2010. The four Patellofemoral Traveling Fellows 2010 made their way to San Francisco from different parts of the world. Dr. Petri Sillanpää from Tampere, Finland and Dr. Philip Schöttle from Zurich, Switzerland met the Godfather, Prof. Nicola Maffulli from London, England, at Heathrow Airport, and proceeded together to San Francisco. Petri and Nicola travelled in economy, and Philip exerted his charm on the check in ladies to get an upgrade to business class. This was a sign of things to come!
The aim of the Patellofemoral Travelling Fellowship is to promote better understanding and communication regarding patellofemoral pain. A stipend is provided by the Foundation to permit visits to several centres worldwide that offer opportunities to learn about the complexities of patellofemoral pain. This year four surgeons will be given the opportunity to benefit from this fellowship. Philip Schoettle from Germany, Petri Sillanpaa from Finland and Christian Lattermann from the USA will travel with Nicola Maffulli from England acting as their “godfather.”
On April 25th 2009, Ronald Grelsamer, MD and James Gladstone, MD hosted a Patella course at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. It was standing room only, as over 130 orthopedists, physical therapists and allied health professionals listened to a panel of experts taken mostly from the International Patellofemoral Study Group. These included Vicente Sanchez-Alfonso and Fred Almqvist (who flew in from Spain and Belgium respectively), Rick Cautilli from Philadelphia, Jack Farr (Indianapolis), Wayne Leadbetter from Baltimore, Anthony Schepsis (Boston), as well as Elliot Hershman and Eveline Erni (PT) from New York. John Fulkerson, MD, founder of the International Patellofemoral Study Group and of the Patellofemoral Foundation was the Keynote Speaker. (Submitted by Ronald Grelsamer MD)