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Media Contact: Ron Sauder 15 January 2004
  rsauder@emory.edu    
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Scott Boden Named Director of New Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center
Scott D. Boden, MD, a leading orthopaedic surgeon and researcher, has been named director of the new Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center. Located in Executive Park South at the intersection of I-85 and North Druid Hills Road, the 95,000-square-foot center offers patients of all ages one-stop access to the full range of specialists involved in diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal problems.

Dr. Boden has been director of the Emory Spine Center for 10 years. In his new role, he will preside over a larger and more complex institution which includes 13 spine specialists as well as more than 30 other physicians and professionals in orthopaedics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, sports medicine, physical therapy, pediatrics, psychology, podiatry, family practice, pain management, and occupational medicine.

Clinical services in the new center will be phased in during January and February, with a grand opening currently scheduled for March 18-19.

"For many years now it has been common in the U.S. to offer comprehensive centers for the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease and cancer," says Dr. Boden. "It turns out, though, that musculoskeletal problems are a far more common reason for people to visit a doctor than either cancer or heart disease. Musculoskeletal conditions and injuries account for more than 102 million physician office visits per year. We believe the time has come for the same comprehensive approach to musculoskeletal conditions that medicine has long offered for heart disease and cancer."

The new Center brings together a wide range of imaging services, screening for osteoporosis, physical therapy, and ambulatory surgery for spine and joint conditions. Some 60 percent of all surgical procedures for orthopaedic conditions are now offered on an outpatient basis, and that percentage will likely increase in the future. The center includes two orthopaedic surgical suites and two suites that will be used by physiatrists for nerve blocks, steroid injections, and other pain relief procedures.

"We place a lot of emphasis on non-operative treatments as a first priority, and we are known for exhausting all non-operative possibilities before we proceed to surgery," says Dr. Boden, noting that the center is open to patients without a physician referral. He explains that the new center has been designed to provide maximum convenience and efficiency for patients. Problems that previously may have required visits to three separate facilities over a 10-day period may now be managed in a single coordinated visit to the new center in one day.

"Most of what we take care of are common, everyday injuries and problems," he says. "Knee injuries and back problems are probably the two most common conditions we see, followed by hand problems, hip problems and neck problems. We are capable of handling even the simplest complaints. We can also handle the most complicated of conditions. We have a number of clinical trials going on at any given time, allowing us to provide the latest and greatest technology for the benefit of our patients, before it is widely available to the general public."

James Roberson, MD, chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics in the Emory University School of Medicine, says Dr. Boden is well suited to the challenge of overseeing and coordinating operations in this major new clinical center.

Media Contact: Ron Sauder 15 January 2004
  ron.sauder@emory.edu    
  (404) 727-4499   Print  | Email ]
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Scott Boden Named Director of New Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center
Scott D. Boden, MD, a leading orthopaedic surgeon and researcher, has been named director of the new Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center. Located in Executive Park South at the intersection of I-85 and North Druid Hills Road, the 95,000-square-foot center offers patients of all ages one-stop access to the full range of specialists involved in diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal problems.

Dr. Boden has been director of the Emory Spine Center for 10 years. In his new role, he will preside over a larger and more complex institution which includes 13 spine specialists as well as more than 30 other physicians and professionals in orthopaedics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, sports medicine, physical therapy, pediatrics, psychology, podiatry, family practice, pain management, and occupational medicine.

Clinical services in the new center will be phased in during January and February, with a grand opening currently scheduled for March 18-19.

"For many years now it has been common in the U.S. to offer comprehensive centers for the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease and cancer," says Dr. Boden. "It turns out, though, that musculoskeletal problems are a far more common reason for people to visit a doctor than either cancer or heart disease. Musculoskeletal conditions and injuries account for more than 102 million physician office visits per year. We believe the time has come for the same comprehensive approach to musculoskeletal conditions that medicine has long offered for heart disease and cancer."

The new Center brings together a wide range of imaging services, screening for osteoporosis, physical therapy, and ambulatory surgery for spine and joint conditions. Some 60 percent of all surgical procedures for orthopaedic conditions are now offered on an outpatient basis, and that percentage will likely increase in the future. The center includes two orthopaedic surgical suites and two suites that will be used by physiatrists for nerve blocks, steroid injections, and other pain relief procedures.

"We place a lot of emphasis on non-operative treatments as a first priority, and we are known for exhausting all non-operative possibilities before we proceed to surgery," says Dr. Boden, noting that the center is open to patients without a physician referral. He explains that the new center has been designed to provide maximum convenience and efficiency for patients. Problems that previously may have required visits to three separate facilities over a 10-day period may now be managed in a single coordinated visit to the new center in one day.

"Most of what we take care of are common, everyday injuries and problems," he says. "Knee injuries and back problems are probably the two most common conditions we see, followed by hand problems, hip problems and neck problems. We are capable of handling even the simplest complaints. We can also handle the most complicated of conditions. We have a number of clinical trials going on at any given time, allowing us to provide the latest and greatest technology for the benefit of our patients, before it is widely available to the general public."

James Roberson, MD, chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics in the Emory University School of Medicine, says Dr. Boden is well suited to the challenge of overseeing and coordinating operations in this major new clinical center.



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