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International Knowledge Sharing: HSS Hosts Greek Orthopedic Surgeons, Hope for Worldwide Impact on Patient Care

Hospital for Special Surgery’s International Learning and Training Center is helping Greek surgeons continue their medical education

NEW YORK, N.Y.—April 21, 2007

In an effort to help orthopedic surgeons working in underserved areas in Greece continue to expand their medical knowledge and improve patient care, New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is hosting a group of 25 Greeks in a two-day interactive symposium focused on state-of-the-art knee replacement.

As demand around the world for total knee replacements continues to grow, this educational program provides an opportunity for HSS orthopedic surgeons to share their specialized knowledge with fellow physicians from Greece. Funded by the Stavros S. Niarchos Foundation, the knee replacement continuing medical education program will cover the full spectrum of knee replacement surgery with the patient in mind. Topics expected to be covered include innovative surgical techniques, pre- and postoperative care, treatment of infection and rehabilitation.

“I can’t put a value on the surgical skills that I’ve learned at HSS,” said Panagiotis Koulouvaris, M.D., PhD, a resident of Greece, who has been a fellow funded under grants from the Arthritis Foundation and the Stavros S. Niarchos Foundation at HSS since September 2004. Dr. Koulouvaris sees a real need for knowledge sharing with other orthopedic surgeons in Greece. “I’ve really gained the confidence I need to operate on patients and feel as though I’m learning from the best orthopedic surgeons in the world.”

While the symposium is open to all Greek orthopedic surgeons, the goal was to involve surgeons who are early in their practicing career to encourage them to take advantage of the type of educational program that isn’t always available to them in their native country. “By attending a program like this, young doctors will have a chance to develop relationships with leading physicians in the area of orthopedics,” said Dr. Koulouvaris. “These relationships can serve as an important resource when they return to Greece by giving them an outlet to share ideas and seek additional professional opinions.”

The two-day symposium, taking place on Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28, will be co-chaired by Richard S. Laskin, M.D., attending orthopedic surgeon and chief of the Division of Arthroplasty at HSS, and Thomas P. Sculco, M.D., surgeon-in-chief at HSS, and will include a live minimally invasive total knee replacement surgery.

HSS, recognized for pioneering total knee replacement, developing new imaging protocols for MRI evaluation of cartilage and leading the way in the development of minimally invasive procedures that reduce hospital stays, has continuously opened their doors to international physicians. In the past, the hospital has hosted Japanese and Italian orthopedic surgeons in similar efforts to share knowledge.

While this is the hospital’s first educational program specifically with Greek orthopedic surgeons, Dr. Koulouvaris hopes that educational opportunities like this will continue to be offered to help improve patient care and services in Greece.


About HSS | Hospital for Special Surgery
HSS is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. At its core is Hospital for Special Surgery, nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics (for the eighth consecutive year) and No. 3 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2017-2018). Founded in 1863, the Hospital has one of the lowest infection rates in the country and was the first in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. The global standard total knee replacement was developed at HSS in 1969. An affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS has a main campus in New York City and facilities in New Jersey, Connecticut and in the Long Island and Westchester County regions of New York State. In 2017 HSS provided care to 135,000 patients and performed more than 32,000 surgical procedures. People from all 50 U.S. states and 80 countries travelled to receive care at HSS. In addition to patient care, HSS leads the field in research, innovation and education. The HSS Research Institute comprises 20 laboratories and 300 staff members focused on leading the advancement of musculoskeletal health through prevention of degeneration, tissue repair and tissue regeneration. The HSS Global Innovation Institute was formed in 2016 to realize the potential of new drugs, therapeutics and devices. The culture of innovation is accelerating at HSS as 130 new idea submissions were made to the Global Innovation Institute in 2017 (almost 3x the submissions in 2015). The HSS Education Institute is the world’s leading provider of education on the topic on musculoskeletal health, with its online learning platform offering more than 600 courses to more than 21,000 medical professional members worldwide. Through HSS Global Ventures, the institution is collaborating with medical centers and other organizations to advance the quality and value of musculoskeletal care and to make world-class HSS care more widely accessible nationally and internationally.


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