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Las Amigas Luau Charity Gala

Las Amigas de Las Lomas, an auxiliary of the Charitable Children's Guild of Orthopaedic Institute for Children (OIC) in Los Angeles requests your presence on October 8th at 6 o'clock in the evening to support our worthy fundraising efforts where 100% of the proceeds raised go directly to Orthopaedic Institute for Children.

Help us, help them during an elegant evening in Rolling Hills Estates with a luau and live auction.

For event and ticket information, please visit www.lasamigas.org/luau-fundraiser-for-oic.html.

OIC Swing for Kids Golf Classic 2016

Proceeds from the OIC Swing for Kids Golf Classic will support the OICare for Kids Fund. This year’s tournament will celebrate OIC’s worldwide efforts, highlighting our International Children’s Program and OIC’s research, education and patient care globally. With your participation and support, we will continue to care for kids in need and pay for 100% of a child’s care when needed. To date, OIC has helped over 2 million patients - 150,000 of them (from over 15 countries) through ICP. For more information or to register, please visit www.swingforkidsgolf.org.

 

It's World Clubfoot Day at OIC

It's World Clubfoot Day at OIC

Celebrate World Clubfoot Day at OIC. A very special event to raise funds for clubfoot braces for children to grow well, play well.

Saturday, June 1
10 AM - 1 PM
403 West Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007

  • Join us in recognizing Dr. Lewis Zionts for his many years of service and dedication to children with clubfoot.
  • Meet our new clubfoot specialist, Dr. Mauricio Silva.

Also:

  • Meet our lead researchers to learn about the latest developments in clubfoot.
  • Food and drinks
  • DJ
  • Face-painting
  • Games
  • Giveaways

Please RSVP to oicfoundation@mednet.ucla.edu or call 213-742-1500.

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Orthopaedic Institute for Children’s Rachel Thompson, M.D., Travels to Colombia to Treat Children and Give Them a Chance to Grow and Play Well

(LOS ANGELES – April 29, 2019) — As part of its commitment to advancing pediatric orthopaedics worldwide, Rachel Thompson, M.D., of Orthopaedic Institute for Children, has traveled to Colombia to give children in that country the chance to grow well and play well as all children should. Dr. Thompson is associate director of the UCLA/OIC Center for Cerebral Palsy.

On her just-concluded trip, Dr. Thompson was part of an orthopaedic team of the Silver Service Children’s Foundation, a group of orthopaedic surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists and pediatricians who travel to the Colombian city of Buga biannually to evaluate and treat children with orthopaedic diseases. Since the organization’s founding in 1992 it has made more than 50 trips to Buga.

During this most-recent visit, they evaluated more than 200 children and performed 50 procedures on 36 children. “Many of these procedures gave children who did not have the ability to walk for more than a few steps at a time the ability to run and jump and play,” said Dr. Thompson. “Among those we treated were children with neglected clubfoot, untreated hip dysplasia, Rickets deformities and neglected cerebral palsy cases. In one case we constructed an ankle where there was none.

“It was truly an honor to have joined this team for the third time,” Dr. Thompson continued. “Each trip reminds me why I am a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon—to make kids better.”

Dr. Thompson’s visit to Colombia is but one example of OIC’s commitment to advancing pediatric orthopaedics worldwide. Through its acclaimed International Children’s Program, OIC has provided free, high-quality care to more than 150,000 children from Mexico and other countries who have orthopaedic conditions (the program includes physicians from OIC making multiple visits to Calexico and Mexicali each year to see children in need). Furthermore, Jennifer Beck, M.D., associate director of OIC’s Center for Sports Medicine, recently traveled to Singapore, Malaysia and South Korea as a recipient of a prestigious traveling fellowship; and throughout the year physicians from OIC speak at international conferences, share best practices around the world, host physicians from other countries, and go where it is needed to enhance orthopaedic care for children.

Dr. Thompson joined OIC in 2017 as part of an expansion of the cerebral palsy program on OIC’s downtown Los Angeles campus to complement its center housed at UCLA in West L.A. It is the only interdisciplinary clinic in Southern California that evaluates and treats people with cerebral palsy throughout their lifespan and is also heavily involved in research in the field. In addition to her role as associate director of the center, Dr. Thompson is also an assistant clinical professor-in-residence in the Department of Orthopaedics at UCLA. Her clinical and research interests are in cerebral palsy muscular pathology and in using gait analysis to improve surgical decision making and clinical outcomes.

About Orthopaedic Institute for Children

Orthopaedic Institute for Children (OIC) was founded in 1911 as Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital. Focused solely on musculoskeletal conditions in children, OIC receives more than 70,000 patient visits each year. In alliance with UCLA Health and with the support of the OIC Foundation, we advance pediatric orthopaedics worldwide through outstanding patient care, medical education and research. Our locations in downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Westwood and Calexico treat the full spectrum of pediatric orthopaedic disorders and injuries. For more information, visit us at ortho-institute.org.

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Tigran Avoian, M.D., Ph.D.

Primary Area of Practice:
Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
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Athletic Trainers From Throughout Southern California to Gather at Orthopaedic Institute for Children’s Sports Medicine Conference April 13

(LOS ANGELES – March 21, 2019) — Young athletes present unique challenges to athletic trainers due to the repetitive and high strain they put on their bodies during what is often a year-round schedule of sporting activities in Southern California. To help further educate these trainers with the latest knowledge on how to properly identify and treat the common injuries they see in young athletes, Orthopaedic Institute for Children will host its annual Sports Medicine Conference at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica on Saturday, April 13.

“With an increasing number of children of all ages participating in sporting activities, awareness of how to prevent and care for injuries in young athletes has never been greater,” said Richard Bowen, M.D., director of the Center for Sports Medicine at OIC. “This conference has been specially designed to equip certified athletic trainers who work with young athletes with the innovative assessment, evaluation and rehabilitation solutions they need when confronted with pediatric orthopaedic sports-related conditions.”

As part of the conference, Dr. Bowen, who in addition to his role at OIC is also clinical professor of the department of orthopaedic surgery at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, will present a lecture on shoulder pathologies in sports. His presentation will be preceded by a series of labs conducted by healthcare professionals dedicated to sports injuries. These labs will cover such important topics as assessment and care for sports-related concussions, joint dysfunction, joint mobilization, mobilization of the cervical thoracic spine and cupping for athletic injuries. Rounding out the day will be a lecture entitled “Return to Sports Post-Injury: How Much is All in Your Head?” that will be given by Doug Polster, Ph.D., clinical instructor, UCLA Department of Neuroscience and Human Behavior and Sports Neuropsychologist, UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT program.

OIC’s Center for Sports Medicine is a state-of-the-art facility staffed by a multidisciplinary team, including sports medicine physicians, pediatric orthopaedic surgeons, nurse practitioners, medical assistants, athletic trainers and physical therapists, all focused on helping young athletes return to their sports activities as quickly and safely as possible. The center currently treats nearly 300 children each month—an 18 percent increase in cases over the prior year.

 “Failure to address a sports injury properly and promptly can lead to lifelong problems, which is why our team specializes in treating a broad range of today’s athletic injuries before they damage tomorrow’s opportunities,” said Dr. Bowen. “At the center our highest priority is getting young athletes back in the game—and not just next season but for the long haul. Our treatment approach goes beyond just healing broken bones or helping kids get through physical therapy but is also focused on making sure young athletes understand what it will take to return to their activity and helping them prevent injury or re-injury in the future.”

The Sports Medicine Conference will be held April 13 from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at UCLA Medical Center at 1250 – 16th Street in Santa Monica. Certified athletic trainers can earn up to six Category A CEUs for attending. Registration is $40 per person and includes continental breakfast and lunch. The deadline to register is April 7, and online registration can be completed at https://ortho-institute.org/sportsmedicineconference. For questions contact Summer Runestad at srunestad@mednet.ucla.edu or call 213-910-3526.

About Orthopaedic Institute for Children

Orthopaedic Institute for Children (OIC) was founded in 1911 as Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital. Focused solely on musculoskeletal conditions in children, OIC receives more than 70,000 patient visits each year. In alliance with UCLA Health and with the support of the OIC Foundation, we advance pediatric orthopaedics worldwide through outstanding patient care, medical education and research. Our locations in downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Westwood and Calexico treat the full spectrum of pediatric orthopaedic disorders and injuries. For more information, visit us at ortho-institute.org.

Dr. Jennifer Beck of Orthopaedic Institute for Children’s Center for Sports Medicine Awarded Prestigious Fellowship From the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America

(LOS ANGELES – March 14, 2019) — Jennifer J. Beck, M.D., associate director of the Center for Sports Medicine at Orthopaedic Institute for Children, has been selected one of three 2019 Traveling Fellows by the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) and the Asia Pacific Pediatric Orthopaedic Society (APPOS). 

Through this fellowship, Dr. Beck will travel to Asia March 24-April 7, visiting hospitals in Singapore, Malaysia and South Korea and culminating with attending the Asia Pacific Spine Society/APPOS meeting April 4-6. During her trip Dr. Beck will collaborate with local hosts in sharing ideas regarding best practices in caregiving and will also present academic lectures to physicians from the host countries on the topics of “Mentoring in Orthopedic Surgery,” “Pain Management and Opioid Use in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery,” “Youth Marathon Running: Is it Safe?” and “Return to Sport Testing After Pediatric ACL Reconstruction.”

POSNA is a not-for-profit professional organization dedicated to advancing musculoskeletal care for children and adolescents through education, research, quality, safety and value initiatives, advocacy, and global outreach to children in underserved areas. Each year the organization sponsors traveling fellowships in conjunction with other international pediatric orthopaedic alliance societies wherein three POSNA members travel abroad, and three members of an alliance society tour North America to learn new techniques and exchange ideas while deepening POSNA’s international connection.

“I am incredibly honored to be chosen for this fellowship and excited about the chance to exchange ideas and learn new techniques from my colleagues in Asia about how to best care for children with musculoskeletal conditions,” said Dr. Beck. “At the same time I am looking forward to sharing what we’ve learned through the years at OIC regarding best practices that can be implemented by others so that children everywhere can grow well and play well.”

Both a practicing physician and a researcher, last year Dr. Beck joined with her colleagues from OIC to present at the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America’s annual meeting the first study of its kind concerning potential opportunities to reduce the use of opioid pills by patients following outpatient ACLR surgery. Also in 2018 Dr. Beck was one of three members of the OIC medical staff who presented clinical lectures at the 75th annual Brennemann Lectures sponsored by the Los Angeles Pediatric Society.

In addition to her role as associate director of the Center for Sports Medicine at OIC, Dr. Beck also serves as assistant clinical professor, UCLA/Orthopaedic Institute for Children Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles. She is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in Chicago and did a Sports Medicine Fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital as well as a fellowship in pediatric orthopaedic surgery at OIC.

OIC’s Center for Sports Medicine is a state-of-the-art facility staffed by a multidisciplinary team, including sports medicine physicians, pediatric orthopaedic surgeons, nurse practitioners, medical assistants, athletic trainers and physical therapists, all focused on helping young athletes return to their sports activities as quickly and safely as possible. The center currently treats nearly 300 children each month—an 18 percent increase in cases over the prior year.

About Orthopaedic Institute for Children

Orthopaedic Institute for Children (OIC) was founded in 1911 as Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital. Focused solely on musculoskeletal conditions in children, OIC receives more than 70,000 patient visits each year. In alliance with UCLA Health and with the support of the OIC Foundation, we advance pediatric orthopaedics worldwide through outstanding patient care, medical education and research. Our locations in downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Westwood and Calexico treat the full spectrum of pediatric orthopaedic disorders and injuries. For more information, visit us at ortho-institute.org.

New Starlight Fun Center at Orthopaedic Institute for Children a “Game Changer” for Waiting Patients and Families

(LOS ANGELES – Jan. 23, 2019) — Patients waiting for care at Orthopaedic Institute for Children will now have their anxieties replaced with fun thanks to the arrival of a Starlight Fun Center, a mobile entertainment unit especially designed to provide entertainment, distraction and joy to kids.

Powered by the Nintendo’s Wii U and featuring platforms such as Netflix and Hulu, Starlight Fun Centers offer online access to family-friendly video games, movies and other programs through mobile entertainment units that can go anywhere throughout OIC. Through access to such popular games as Mario Kart, Smash Bros, Madden NFL, NBA 2k13 and more, the Fun Center helps combat boredom and provide a great relief for kids and families at a trying time. At OIC, volunteers will bring the Fun Center directly to patients in the waiting areas or wherever they can maximize a child’s joy and minimize a child’s fear.

“The Starlight Fun Center is an incredible and unique tool that helps turn a sick or injured child’s pain, fear and stress into smiles and laughter by providing them with the best in entertainment, education and one-of-a-kind experiences,” says OIC CEO Anthony Scaduto, M.D. “Their belief that all children deserve to enjoy the magic, wonder and happiness of childhood mirrors our mission of helping children grow well and play well; so we are thrilled and thankful to the Starlight Children’s Foundation for this generous gift.”

Starlight programs are currently in use throughout the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom and over the past 35 years have positively impacted more than 60 million critically, chronically and terminally ill or injured children.

About Orthopaedic Institute for Children

Orthopaedic Institute for Children (OIC) was founded in 1911 as Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital. Focused solely on musculoskeletal conditions in children, OIC receives more than 70,000 patient visits each year. In alliance with UCLA Health and with the support of the OIC Foundation, we advance pediatric orthopaedics worldwide through outstanding patient care, medical education and research. Our locations in downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Westwood and Calexico treat the full spectrum of pediatric orthopaedic disorders and injuries. For more information, visit us at ortho-institute.org.

Local Resident to Compete in the Incredible World Marathon Challenge in Support of Orthopaedic Institute for Children

(LOS ANGELES – Jan. 14, 2019) — Some people run for glory. Some people run for gold. One Southern California woman is running the ultimate challenge for the ultimate good.

Rancho Palos Verdes resident Shirley Parry later this month will board a plane and head to the Antarctic to take part in the fifth annual World Marathon Challenge, running 7 marathons in 7 days across 7 continents. Her inspiration and her reason for undertaking this herculean effort is to support the Orthopaedic Institute for Children and, in her words, “to run for children who can’t.”

“My participation in the World Marathon Challenge is designed to raise money and awareness for OIC, which helps children with orthopaedic trauma injuries and musculoskeletal conditions—such as cerebral palsy and scoliosis—regardless of their families’ ability to pay,” she said. “It is an incredible organization; and in the spirit of the 777 marathon, my goal is to raise $77,700 to support this wonderful institution.”

Parry, who recently completed her Ph.D. in education, has been an active member of OIC’s support group, the Charitable Children’s Guild, since 2012. Through volunteer and financial support, the Charitable Children’s Guild and its auxiliaries significantly strengthen the programs at OIC by focusing their attention on ensuring that children get the orthopaedic medical care they need to get the most out of life.   

The first leg of the 2019 World Marathon Challenge will take place Jan. 31 in Novo, Antarctica, followed by Cape Town, Perth, Dubai, Madrid and Santiago with the final event in Miami on Feb. 6. The event is a logistical and physical challenge as participants run 295 kilometers (183 miles) over the 7-day period and spend about 63 hours in the air flying to the next continent. Only 78 men and 28 women have completed the challenge since the event’s inception five years ago.

Parry started preparing for the mind-boggling feat one year ago when she paid the 35,000-euro entry fee (approximately $40,000) and started training to join the select field of 2019 international runners. It will be the ultimate challenge for this 54-year-old who began running in 2011 as a personal commitment to staying healthy. Since that time Parry has finished 16 marathons, including races in Berlin, Paris, Chicago and Los Angeles. 

“Shirley is an inspiration,” says Mary Beth Perrine, OIC’s assistant vice president of development and outreach. “Her love for our mission to help children has driven her to go beyond what is imaginable. That is the real key behind the amazing feat she is undertaking.”

Those interested in supporting Parry’s challenge and helping fund the work being done at Orthopaedic Institute for Children are invited to visit her page at oic.convio.net/Shirley.

About Orthopaedic Institute for Children

Orthopaedic Institute for Children was founded in 1911 as Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital. Focused solely on musculoskeletal conditions in children, OIC receives more than 70,000 patient visits each year. In alliance with UCLA Health and with the support of the OIC Foundation, we advance pediatric orthopaedics worldwide through outstanding patient care, medical education and research. Our locations in downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Westwood and Calexico treat the full spectrum of pediatric orthopaedic disorders and injuries. For more information, visit us at ortho-institute.org.

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Mark Kriegsman, Senior Director, Marketing, Communications & Strategy