Wound Healing

Innovative research is made possible by gift

A philanthropic gift to the Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Institute supported the work of Shaul Beyth, MD, PhD, a young orthopaedic surgeon and researcher from Israel who spent two years at Cleveland Clinic as a fellow.

“Shaul received his doctorate from Hebrew University in stem cell biology,” says Joseph P. Iannotti, MD, PhD, Chairman of the institute. “He came here to work on targeting stem cells to help wound healing. It’s a very innovative area of research.”

Dr. Beyth’s research was so innovative that it would not have qualified for a grant, Dr. Iannotti says. But thanks to a gift from Will Sukenik, a patient of Dr. Iannotti’s, the young researcher was able to do work that has the potential to advance orthopaedic medicine.

“Philanthropy is important because it supports new ideas,” says Dr. Iannotti, who holds the Maynard Madden Arthritis Chair and Professorship in Medicine. “It allows us to do research that’s a little high-risk but potentially high-yield.”

He says that Mr. Sukenik, who has shoulder problems of his own, is keenly interested in supporting research into rotator cuff surgery, healing and repair. “He’s a great guy, a very humble man,” Dr. Iannotti says.

Gifts from other individuals also have made a difference to the institute, he says. One recent gift is being used to develop an electronic data base management system for collecting and maintaining patient information regarding outcomes of their care. “That type of infrastructure is not fundable through a grant,” he says. But it’s important because an electronic system will be a lot quicker and more user-friendly than the paper-based system in use now.

A user-friendly system will mean that patients will be more likely to answer questions about how they’re doing after treatment and surgery. This will have a positive impact on future patient care, Dr. Iannotti says. “If we understand what goes well and what doesn’t go well, we can improve patient outcomes. If we don’t measure the results, we don’t know how to make someone better.”

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