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Conferences and Events

The Board of Directors of the Patellofemoral Foundation hosted its annual luncheon on March 9, 2018, in conjunction with this year’s AAOS in New Orleans. Oceana Grill provided a great meal and wonderful New Orleans atmosphere as the PFF awarded the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Robert Teitge of Detroit, Michigan.

Dr. John Fulkerson, President of the PFF, thanked the many guests for their ongoing support of the Foundation’s goals and then introduced Dr. Teitge, while referencing a tremendous career that included many accomplishments that benefited the knowledge and treatment of the patellofemoral joint. Dr. Teitge delivered comments that reflected on his approach to research and use of technology in his practice.

Also in attendance at the luncheon were prior recipients of the PFF Lifetime Achievement Award, Drs. Liza Arendt and Philippe Neyret, as well as numerous representatives from corporate sponsors. One of the goals of the luncheon is to show appreciation to those companies that have consistently and significantly supported the PFF.  

Next year’s luncheon will be at the AAOS meeting in Las Vegas in March 2019.


Dr. John Fulkerson, right, with 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Dr. Robert Teitge.





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The Patellofemoral Foundation partnered with the Arthroscopy Association of North America for the 4th Patellofemoral Surgery: From Instability to Arthroplasty Course at the Orthopaedic Learning Center in Rosemont, IL, on September 11 and 12, 2015. The event was the first patellofemoral-focused course offered at the new, world-class training facility, and marked the foundation’s 4th ”sold-out” instructional course.

Master instructors for the course were PFF founder John Fulkerson, MD (Farmington, CT), Jack Farr, MD (Indianapolis, IN), Jason Koh, MD (Evanston, IL), Andrew Cosgarea, MD (Baltimore, MD), and William Post, MD (Morgantown, WV). An additional 14 instructors from across the United States assisted with the “hands on” lab sessions that allowed participants to learn and demonstrate surgical skills with close guidance from experienced surgeons whose practices include an emphasis on patellofemoral related issues. The agenda featured lectures, case presentations, the surgical skills lab, as well as quality time to interact with world renowned experts on the topic.

Dr Fulkerson commented,” I am impressed with the interest and commitment of surgeons to learn more about the complexities of treating the patellofemoral joint. The discussion, demonstrations, and skills application of the techniques comfirmed the need and interest within the orthopaedic community for ongoing courses focused on identifying problems and treating the patellofemoral joint.”

The Patellofemoral Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization whose goal is to improve care of individuals through targeted education and research. The Foundation strives to achieve their goals through the generous donations of individuals and corporations. Executive Director Eric Dahlinger stated “that the organization has accomplished a great deal as it has grown over the years by sponsoring  travelling fellowships and research to recognizing quality patellofemoral focused research and lifelong accomplishments.”

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2014 Orthopedic Learning Center

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The 2014 Orthopedic Learning Center hands on cadaver surgery course was held February 28-March 1, 2014 in Rosemont IL. 38 participants and over 20 faculty participated and refined PF surgery skills on cadaver knees.

2013 Orthopedic Learning Center

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The 2013 Orthopedic Learning Center course was sold out with 48 orthopedic surgeons attending April 12 and 13, 2013 in Rosemont, Illinois, at the Orthopedic Learning Center. All of these surgeons learned indications and techincal skills for several key patellofemoral surgery procedures. Participants uniformly reported a very favorable experience. The course was co-sponsored by the Patellofemoral Foundation and the Arthroscopy Association of North America

The PF foundation co-sponsored (with the Arthroscopy Association of North America) a hands-on cadaver PF surgery course at the Orthopedic Learning Center in Rosemont, Illinois on January 20 and 21, 2012 for orthopedic surgeons. Despite a snowstorm, 39 participants and 20 instructors showed up for this "first ever" hands on PF Surgery Course. The next course is being planned for April 12-14, 2013.

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