A Look Back: 100 Years of Innovation in Orthopaedic Surgery
Brendan Patterson, MD, Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Cleveland Clinic, reflects on the department’s most noteworthy achievements.
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Cleveland Clinic’s rich, patient-centered history began 100 years ago. Even then, innovation was the cornerstone of our academic healthcare mission. It has enabled us to create a culture that drives improvements in patient care, leads breakthrough research and provides exemplary training.
In orthopaedic surgery, specifically, this culture of innovation gave rise to several notable accomplishments in the last century — from early work in carpal tunnel diagnostics and the advent of sports medicine to surgical innovations that became the gold standard, and more.
Some of our most meaningful accomplishments include:
In this same spirit of innovation, last year we increased utilization of virtual visits, created a self-scheduling platform and expanded our centers of excellence and robotic-assisted surgeries. We are exceedingly proud of our history and are heartened by the future possibilities in delivering care.
Dr. Patterson is Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in Cleveland Clinic’s Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Institute. His specialty areas include limb salvage, complex fractures, adult reconstruction, hip and knee replacements.