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The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery has centers focused on Pediatric Orthopaedics, Hand and Upper Extremity, Musculoskeletal Tumors, Foot and Ankle, Joint Replacement and Adult Reconstructive Surgery, Sports Medicine, and Spine Health. All centers have active programs in translational and clinical outcomes research in the areas of cartilage, tendon and bone tissue engineering through multiple funding mechanisms, including the AFIRM (Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine) program and National Institute of Health. These centers are also very active in prosthetic design and performance, knee ligament research, athletic performance and wound healing.

The Department of Rheumatology has centers focused on Vasculitis, Osteoporosis and Metabolic Bone Disease, Clinical Immunology and Immunodeficiency. All the centers have active clinical trials programs that include national and international multi-center trials as well as single-site in our patient cohorts. The R.J. Fasenmeyer Center for Clinical Immunology is a national leader in continuing medical education. The Center for Vasculitis Care and Research cares for one of the largest cohorts of patients with granulomatosis with polyangiitis (Wegner’s) and has trained vasculitis fellows who have established centers in the United States, Europe and South America. The Center for Osteoporosis and Metabolic Bone Disease has established a bone density registry that enrolls 16,000 patients per year.

This mission of Cleveland Clinic’s Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Institute is to provide world-class, compassionate care and service to all patients seeking bone, muscle and joint care. Our institute is also dedicated to the education and training of residents and fellows, as well as colleagues both within and outside of Cleveland Clinic. We are also devoted to the development of new knowledge and innovation through both basic science and clinical research activities.

Joseph P. Iannotti, MD, PhD

Chairman, Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Institute
Maynard Madden Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Joseph P. Iannotti, MD, PhD, Chairman, Orthopaedic and Rheumatologic Institute at Cleveland Clinic. He is Co-Director of the Orthopaedic Research Center and has a joint appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Dr. Iannotti joined the Cleveland Clinic in 2000 having been on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania for 20 years. He left the University of Pennsylvania as a tenured Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, and Head of the Shoulder and Elbow Service.

He received his medical degree from Northwestern University in 1979 and his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987. He did his orthopaedic residency training at the University of Pennsylvania from 1979 to 1984.

Dr. Iannotti's clinical practice is focused on the treatment of the shoulder, and his primary interest is in the management of complex shoulder problems in joint replacement and rotator cuff tears. His practice includes both open and arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder. His clinical and basic science research program also focuses on innovative treatments for tendon repair and tendon tissue engineering. His research program involves the study of shoulder biomechanics and prosthetic design.

Dr. Iannotti has published two textbooks (both in their second edition) on the shoulder and has authored 210 peer-reviewed articles, as well as book chapters. He has won numerous awards for his academic work from the American Orthopaedic Association and the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons. He has served in many leadership roles at the national level, which include Chair of the Academic Affairs Council and the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery. In addition, he has served and chaired several committees of the Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons and is Past President (2006-2007) of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons.


Richard Parker, MD

Chairman, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Richard D. Parker, MD, is currently Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Interim Center Director for Sports Health and a Professor of Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.

He is from Youngstown, Ohio and a graduate of Walsh College in Canton, Ohio. He earned his medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and completed his Orthopaedic Residency at The Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Parker then continued his training with subspecialization in Sports Medicine through a Clinical Research Fellowship in Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Knee and Shoulder Surgery in Salt Lake City, Utah. Prior to joining the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Cleveland Clinic in 1993, Dr. Parker acted as Head of the Section of Sports Medicine at The Mt. Sinai Medical Center.

He has authored more that 120 peer reviewed articles and is involved in many Academic Sports Societies. He participates in numerous committees including the AOSSM Education and Program Committees, the AANA By-Laws Committee and, formerly, the ACSM Program (Abstract) Committee. He is a member of both national and international professional societies including that of AAOS, AOA, Herodicus, ABJS, ISAKOS, ESKA, and the Mid-American Orthopaedic Society. His current research program is focused on meniscal transplantation of the knee, PCL of the knee, and the MOON ACL registry.

Currently, Dr. Parker serves as the Head Team Physician for the Cleveland Cavaliers and currently is the President of the NBA Physician Society.

He lives in the Chagrin Falls area with his wife Jana, and enjoys biking, golfing and swimming in his free time.


Abby Abelson, MD, FACR

Chair, Department of Rheumatic and Immunologic Diseases

Dr. Abby Goulder Abelson is a very familiar face within the Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University where she has served as the Co-Course Director since 2005. She is also a Physician Advisor to the students, the Rheumatology Elective Rotation Coordinator and a Basic Science Education Committee member.

Dr. Abelson is the Chair of the Department of Rheumatic and Immunologic Diseases at the Cleveland Clinic. She is also Vice Chairman for Education for the Orthopaedic and Rheumatologic Institute, as well as Rheumatology Fellowship Program Director.

Dr. Abelson grew up in Shaker Heights, and received her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Abelson completed her Residency in Internal Medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Cleveland, where she was chosen to be Chief Resident. She stayed within the Cleveland area, and completed her Rheumatology fellowship training locally at University Hospitals.

2014 News Archives

February»

Figure skating's high-flying beauty blurs a hazardous side effect

Cleveland Clinic ice skater patient shares her experience and recovery of suffering a concussion after falling while skating. Dr. Rick Figler comments.

Kent State names new dean of College of Podiatric Medicine

Kent State University has named Dr. Allan Boike as the new dean of their College of Podiatric Medicine.

Cleveland Clinic, CWRU researchers harvest stem cells from joints discarded after hip replacement surgeries: Discoveries

Dr. Ulf Knothe and team of researchers recover stem cells from parts of the joint that are normally discarded after a hip replacement.

January»

Westlake’s Belmonte receives Cleveland Clinic Sports Health Courage Award

Westlake High School senior Courteney Belmonte receives Cleveland Clinic Sports Health Courage award.

A lot of luck: How teen survived parachuting accident

Teen survives parachuting accident, Dr. Ryan Goodwin comments.

Psoriatic arthritis doesn't take the same path in every person. Find out how it's likely to progress and how you can slow it down and prevent possible joint damage.

Psoriatic arthritis doesn't take the same path in every person. Dr. Elaine Husni comments.

She's worth cheering; Westlake's Courteney Belmonte to be honored for courageous struggle and comeback after surgery to correct severe scoliosis

High school cheerleader is honored with the Cleveland Clinic Sports Health Courage Award for her courageous struggle and comeback after spine surgery. Dr. Ryan Goodwin comments.

Inspirational cheerleader overcomes spinal surgery to correct scoliosis to get back in the gym after only six months

Westlake High School cheerleader earns the Cleveland Clinic Sports Health Courage Award after overcoming spinal surgery. Dr. Ryan Goodwin comments.

Inspirational cheerleader overcomes spinal surgery to correct scoliosis to get back in the gym after only six months

Westlake High School cheerleader earns the Cleveland Clinic Sports Health Courage Award after overcoming spinal surgery. Dr. Ryan Goodwin comments.

Westlake cheerleader, Courteney Belmonte, to receive Cleveland Clinic 'Courage Award'

Westlake High School senior earns Cleveland Clinic Sports Health Courage Award for her determination to continue as a competitive cheerleader after spine surgery. Dr. Ryan Goodwin comments.

Pedal with Power

Exercise physiologist, Heather Nettle, explains tips for training for long endurance bicycle rides.

Arthritis Patients: Get Your Flu Shots

New treatment guidelines advise flu and pneumonia shots for people with a chronic inflammatory disease. Dr. Elaine Husni comments.



2013 News Archives

December»

100 Hospitals with Great Orthopaedic Programs - 2013

Cleveland Clinic is named to list of “100 Hospitals with Great Orthopedic Programs for 2013”.

November»

Rheumatologist shortage causing patients to travel long distances; care is impacted, study says

Study finds the lack of practicing adult rheumatologists in less-populated cities and rural areas is affecting patient care. Dr. Chad Deal discusses the findings.

Promising cell therapy applications pose more questions than answers

Dr. George Muschler, Lerner Research's Department of Biomedical Engineering and Orthopaedic Surgeon discusses the use of cell therapy in orthopaedics.

9 Solutions For Rotator Cuff Pain

Experts share nine solutions for rotator cuff pain. Dr. Eric Ricchetti comments.

Joint Replacement May Help the Heart

Study finds knee and hip replacements lower the risks for heart attacks and strokes. Dr. Trevor Murray comments.

Adding Pounds, Then New Knees

Study finds younger obese patient opt for total knee replacement surgery prematurely to preserve and active lifestyle. Dr. Elaine Husni comments.

October»

Partial knee replacement proves to be good solution for Chardon woman suffering from osteoarthritis

Hillcrest Hospital patient shares story of successful partial knee replacement after years of suffering from osteoarthritis. Dr.Bernard Stulberg comments.

Kids with concussions may need break from school in addition to sports, pediatric doctors say

Research finds children suffering from a concussion may need a break from school work during recovery. Dr. Rick Figler comments.

Favre's 'scary' memory lapses re-open NFL concussion questions

Dr. Richard Figler explains how football legend, Brett Favre’s, memory lapses raise concern of the effects of sustained concussions.

Fish Oil May Promote Remission In RA

Study finds fish oil may promote remission in rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Linda Mileti comments.

Marathon benefit: Eat all you can

Experts discuss the caloric leeway runners have when competing in a marathon. Sports dietitian, Kate Patton comments.

Sonny Gray expected back by spring

Dr. Thomas Graham performs thumb surgery on Oakland Athletics right-hander, Sonny Gray.

Clay Matthews' broken thumb diagnosed as a Bennett's fracture

Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews suffers broken right thumb. Dr. Peter Evans comments.

Cleveland Clinic 2013 Innovation summit attracts bright, inventive minds to the city

Industry experts gather this week at the new Global Center for Health Innovation for Cleveland Clinic’s 11th annual Medical Innovation Summit. Dr. Thomas Graham comments and Drs. Jay Alberts, Joseph Iannotti and Will Morris discuss their innovations.

September»

Healing wounded soldiers goal of Clinic, Case research funded by Department of Defense

With federal funding from the Department of Defense, Cleveland Clinic and CWRU researchers have been working on a project designed to advance treatments for wounded soldiers. Drs. Maria Siemionow and George Muschler comment.

Creatine only modestly helpful in fibromyalgia

Dr. Carmen Gota discusses creatine supplements and effective ways to treat fibromyalgia.

Rate of psoriatic arthritis higher than previously thought

New study finds the prevalence of psoriatic arthritis among psoriasis patients higher than previously thought. Dr. Elaine Husni comments.

5 things your body is trying to tell you right now

Dr. Susan Joy explains possible causes of light-headedness and remedies for dealing with dizziness.

Cleveland Clinic creates national orthopedic network

Cleveland Clinic has joined The CORE Institute, OrthoCarolina and Rothman Institute in creating a first-of-its-kind clinically integrated Orthopaedic PHO. Dr. Joseph Iannotti comments.

August»

Marte able to avoid surgery on right hand

Pittsburgh Pirates, Starling Marte sought a second opinion for a hand injury with Dr. Thomas Graham.

FDA Considers Changes for Three Biologics

The FDA approves new treatment options for people with certain autoimmune forms of arthritis. Dr. M. Elaine Husni comments.

Pirates notebook: Marte receives good, bad news on injury

Dr. Tom Graham met with Pirates left fielder, Starling Marte, to discuss a strained ligament in his right hand.

What your foot really looks like in high heels

Dr. Brian Donley, President of Lutheran Hospital and an orthopaedic foot surgeon comments on a new CT scanner designed specifically for foot and ankle issues.

College football: Answers hard to come by when dealing with concussions

A growing number of schools and colleges are recognizing the severity of concussions and are adopting player concussion guidelines. Dr. Richard Figler comments.

Truth in lateral shoe wedges

A new study finds lateral shoe wedges may not reduce the pain generated on the inside of the knee by osteoarthritis. Dr. Elaine Husni comments.

Brandon Weeden hopes to continue improvement: Five things to watch in Cleveland Browns vs. Detroit Lions

Dr. Mark Schickendantz performs left knee arthroscopic surgery on Cleveland Browns player Montario Hardesty.

Researchers offer inexpensive concussion diagnosis device

Cleveland Clinic is expanding the use of the iPad app for diagnosing concussions. Dr. Jay Alberts comments.

Adjust your workout as you age

Dr. Mark Schickendantz discusses why it is important to change the way you workout as you age.

July»

Exercises that can waste your time

Physical therapist, Michael Bogden shares tips to get the right muscles working during exercise.

As pro sports head injuries rise, Canadian doctors publish new six-step guide to managing concussions

Dr. Rick Figler comments on the importance of treating concussions.

How Cleveland clinched the Senior Games

Dr. Jeffrey Fried had the first Cleveland Clinic Sports Medicine Fellowship 31 years ago. He is returning to Cleveland to compete in the 2013 National Senior Games.

National Senior Games athletes obliterate myths about aging and fitness

Drs. Ronan Factora and Alfred Cianflocco discuss myths about the aging athlete.

Collaborative treatment in the biologic age

Dr. Abby Abelson writes an article on collaborative treatment in the biologic age.

For RA, Triple Therapy Is As Effective As Methotrexate Plus a Biologic

Dr. Abby Abelson comments on results of new arthritis study.

June»

Common Joint Problems Solved

Dr. Abby Abelson discusses fibromyalgia and ways to treat the pain it causes.

Shouldering Burdens

Dr. Peter Evans discusses common causes for shoulder joint pain.

NBA Draft 2013: Nerlens Noel's type of growth-plate injury is not a cause for concern, Cleveland Clinic doctor says

Dr. Ryan Goodwin comments on growth plate injuries.

No Strong Links between Fibromyalgia and Weather

Experts find no strong link between fibromyalgia and weather. Dr. Carmen Gota comments.

Ohio's new concussion law for youth sports is fine for now: editorial

Dr. Susan Joy shares her thoughts on the importance of striking down the amendment to the youth concussion law.

Zach McAllister could miss 2-4 weeks with soreness in right middle finger: Cleveland Indians Insider

Dr. Thomas Graham performs surgery on Cleveland Indians pitcher, Zach McAllister.

May»

Smelly Feet

Dr. Georgeanne Botek shares tips to help with smelly feet.

New implants among ways to treat painful hammertoe

Dr. Georgeanne Botek discusses hammertoes.

Bisphosphonates may reduce heart attack risk in RA patients

A preliminary study finds bisphosphonates may reduce heart attack risk in rheumatoid arthritis patients, Dr. Chad Deal comments.

The evolution of the joint replacements

Dr. Wael Barsoum explains how joint surgery has evolved in recent decades.

What are the benefits of running on wet sand?

Dr. Jim Sferra discusses benefits of running on wet sand.

Researchers identify factors that influence surgery success

Researchers identify factors that may influence joint surgery success. Dr. Wael Barsoum comments.

April»

Ohio's Return to Play Law

Dr. Rick Figler discusses Ohio’s return to play law.

What your feet can tell you about your health

Dr. Brian Donley, President of Lutheran Hospital and an orthopaedic foot surgeon discusses what your feet can tell you about your health.

New state law tackles concussion problems

Dr. Richard Figler comments on the new state concussion law.

Ready, set, guide to local 5Ks

Experts share tips to prepare for a marathon, physical therapist Michael Bogden comments.

Sip on this: beet juice lowers blood pressure

Study finds beet juice significantly reduces blood pressure in people with hypertension. Registered dietitian Kate Patton comments.

Ohio State Buckeyes searching for an edge on the football field with new vision training

Ohio State Buckeyes are using new vision training device to gain an edge on the field. Dr. Rick Figler comments.

Dany Heatley out for season

Minnesota Wild right wing Dany Heatley underwent shoulder surgery performed by Dr. Anthony Miniaci.

10 delicious ways to lower blood pressure

Registered dietitian Kate Patton shares one way to lower blood pressure.

Over 40? Extreme sports could lead to extreme injuries

Mark Schickendantz, MD shares fitness tips for men over 40.

March»

New concussion guidelines released for athletes: "If in doubt, sit it out"

The American Academy of Neurology issues new guidelines for handling athletes who suffer a sports concussion. Dr. Richard Figler comments.

Prednisone works well for a range of conditions, but can have many side effects

Study finds Prednisone works well for a range of conditions. Dr. Abby Abelson comments.

February»

Two fibro meds offer little relief for most

Dr. Carmen Gota discusses fibromyalgia and the ineffectiveness of medication to treat it

ACL surgery may not shorten WNBA career

Study finds ACL surgery may not shorten the career length of WNBA a player. Richard Figler, MD comments

Vitamin D appears not to reduce symptoms of osteoarthritis

Dr. Elaine Husni comments on a new study regarding Vitamin D and osteoarthritis

January»

Doctors call Rob Gronkowski's injury bad luck

Dr. Mark Schickendantz comments on Patriots' tight-end, Rob Gronkowski's recent injury



2012 News Archives»

Secretary Clinton's blood clot may have been caused by rest following concussion, experts suspect

Dr. Richard Figler speaks with CBSNews.com about Secretary Clinton's blood clot in relation to her recent head injury.

Cleveland Clinic Orthopaedic Surgeons Receive Research Honors from Peers

Cleveland Clinic Orthopaedic surgeons Richard Parker, MD and Jack Andrish, MD were among the team honored with the 2012 Kappa Delta Ann Doner Vaughan Award.

David Gurd, MD, Named Head of Pediatric Spinal Deformity Surgery

Cleveland Clinic announced that orthopaedic surgeon David Gurd, MD, has been named Head of the Pediatric Spinal Deformity Surgery Program within the Center for Pediatric Orthopaedics.

Mark Schickendantz, MD, Named Director of Cleveland Clinic Center for Sports Health

Mark Schickendantz, MD, been named Director of the Center for Sports Health.

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