News and Media

J. Abbott Byrd, III, M.D. appointed to the Board of Directors of the Scoliosis Research Society

J. Abbott Byrd, III, M.D., a spinal surgeon with Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Scoliosis Research Society for 2010. Since completing his Spine Surgery fellowship at the prestigious Twin Cities Scoliosis Center in Minneapolis, Dr. Byrd has dedicated over 21 years of practice experience to the treatment of patients with scoliosis and other spinal conditions.

The Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) was founded in 1966 as a professional organization dedicated to providing continuing medical education for spine specialists and increasing support for the research of spinal deformities. Today this premier spine society includes over 1000 of the worldís leading spinal surgeons and specialists in the field of spinal deformity research and treatment.

Mark A. Bewley, M.D. to take part in “Targeting Shoulder and Elbow Pain” seminar on Tuesday November 10, 2009

Dr. Mark A. Bewley, Joint Surgeon with Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists, will be featured on Tuesday November 10, 2009 in Bon Secoursí ìTargeting Shoulder and Elbow Painî seminar. His presentation entitled “Rotator Cuff Tears & Current Techniques in Arthroscopic Repair” will conclude with a question and answer session. This orthopaedic seminiar will run from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Since seating is limited, please make your reservations now by calling (757) 889-5524.

Drs. J. Abbott Byrd, III and Chad R. Manke to take part in “Bones, Moans & Groans: Women and their Joints” panel discussion on Wednesday September 30, 2009

Drs. J. Abbott Byrd, III (Spine Surgeon) and Chad R. Manke (Hand/Upper Extremity Surgeon) with Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists, will be featured this coming Wednesday September 30, 2009 in Bon Secoursí ìBones, Moans and Groansî orthopaedic seminar series. This ìSpirit of Womenî program will answer participant questions on joints, bones, aches & pains in a panel of experts format. Orthopaedic injuries from the spine to the foot will be addressed and attendees will learn the latest in injury prevention, treatment options and the latest trends in womenís orthopaedic care. The program will take place at the Bon Secours In Motion Physical Therapy located at 300 Newport Ave., Suite 300 in Norfolk from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Admission is free, but seating at this seminar is limited. Please make your registration today by calling (757) 889-CARE.

Wilford K. Gibson, M.D. to take part in “Bones, Moans & Groans: Women and their Joints” panel discussion on Thursday September 24, 2009

Dr. Wilford K. Gibson, Joint Surgeon with Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists, will be featured this coming Thursday September 24, 2009 in Bon Secoursí ìBones, Moans and Groansî orthopaedic seminar series. This ìSpirit of Womenî program will answer participant questions on joints, bones, aches & pains in a panel of experts format. Orthopaedic injuries from the spine to the foot will be addressed and attendees will learn the latest in injury prevention, treatment options and the latest trends in womenís orthopaedic care. The program will take place at the Bon Secours Health Center located at 828 Healthy Way in Virginia Beach from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Admission is free, but seating at this seminar is limited. Please make your registration today by calling (757) 889-CARE.

Chad R. Manke, M.D., Hand Surgeon, authors chapter in recently published text on Arthritis and Arthroscopy

Dr. Chad R. Manke, Hand Surgeon with Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists recently had his chapter on “Arthroscopic Treatment of the Arthritic Elbow” published in the new text “Arthritis and Arthroplasty: The Hand, Wrist and Elbow”. Chapter 17 focuses in on minimally invasive techniques used to treat osteoarthritis of the elbow. It discusses arthroscopic set-up and treatment of elbow problems ranging from minor surgery such as loose body removal to more complex procedures such as radical capsulectomies.

The 416 page hardcover text by Drs. A. Bobby Chhabra and Jonathan E. Isaacs was published in September 2009 by Elsevier, Inc. It is now available online, in print and in DVD form.

“Orthopaedics for the PCP: Management of Common Musculoskeletal Disorders of the Hand, Foot, and Extremities” CME Conference to be held on Saturday October 10, 2009

On Saturday, October 10th, Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists and Eastern Virginia Medical School will co-host a Continuing Medical Education program entitled “Orthopaedics for the Primary Care Physician: Management of Common Musculoskeletal Disorders of the Hand, Foot, and Extremities”. The conference will be held at the SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Norfolk from 8:00 a.m. until 12:50 p.m. and offers participants 4 AMA PRA Category 1 credits in CME. Physicians from throughout the Hampton Roads area are invited to hear presentations on Tendonitis, Nerve Compression Syndromes, Degenerative Joint Conditions, Common Injuries of the Hand & Foot, Overuse Syndromes, Hand Therapy and Splinting, select case presentations and two panel discussions. Faculty for the program include Drs. Donald A. O’Neill, Samuel C. Kline, JoAnn W. Dervay, Chad R. Manke, Paul N. Krop, J. Alexandra Dale, Lawrence E. Donato and Wilford K. Gibson, all board certified orthopaedic specialists with AOS.

To view program brochure please see weblink: http://cmetracker.net/EVMS/15233.pdf

Note: Please check our website in the future for information on upcoming Continuing Medical Education programs in 2010.

Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists Commemorates 90th Anniversary

Hampton Roads orthopaedic group honors founder who pioneered specialty in Tidewater area 90 years ago

This year marks the 90th Anniversary of the founding of Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists. In 1919, Foy Vann, M.D. pioneered the specialty of orthopaedics in Hampton Roads by starting his medical practice in the Ghent section of Norfolk. It was in 1928, under the auspices of the Newport News Kiwanis Club, that Dr.Vann began conducting the Crippled Childrenís Clinic. There he treated more than 7,500 pediatric patients with musculoskeletal problems over a 25 year span. Five years later he met with nine other surgeons in Lynchburg for the founding meeting of the Virginia Orthopaedic Society. During World War II, Dr. Vann was the sole orthopaedic consultant in Tidewater and in later years dedicated untold hours to other orthopedic clinics in the area. In 1947, John A. Vann, M.D. joined his fatherís practice located on York Street in Norfolk. Over the years as the practice grew larger, Dr. Vannís legacy has continued to live on. Today, Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists is the largest orthopaedic group in the region.

June designated “National Scoliosis Awareness Month”

This year the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) has partnered with the National Scoliosis Foundation (NSF) in order to promote the 2nd annual National Scoliosis Awareness Month. Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine that that appearing during adolescent growth and affecting about 2-3 percent of the population. It occurs in people of every culture and at approximately the same incidence throughout all socioeconomic classes. Each year scoliosis patients make more than 600,000 trips to specialists for treatment related to their condition. Although there is no known cure, exercise, bracing and spinal fusion surgery can all improve a scoliosis patientís overall quality of life depending on the severity of their condition.

J. Abbott Byrd, III, M.D., Spine & Scoliosis Specialist of Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists has dedicated a large portion of his career to increasing awareness of and promoting research of this disorder. He completed his medical training with a fellowship in Spinal Surgery at the prestigious Twin Cities Scoliosis Center in Minneapolis. Dr. Byrd is an active member of the SRS (2009-2010 Chair of the Bylaws/Policies and the Fellowship Committees), and the North American Spine Society where he is a frequent speaker.

For further information on scoliosis, current treatment options and patient education please visit the NSFís website at www.scoliosis.org or call

1-800-NSF-MYBACK (673-6922).

Wilford K. Gibson, M.D., Sports Medicine Surgeon, gives tips on “Avoiding Sports Related Injuries this Summer” on Bon Secours’ “Medical Matters”

Wilford K. Gibson, M.D., a Sports Medicine Surgeon with Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists is being featured this month on Bon Secours “Medical Matters” radio segments. In these spots Dr. Gibson gives tips on how to prevent sports related injuries from occurring this summer, and treatment options available to those that are injured. ìMedical Mattersî will be featured on WKUS (Kiss) 105.3 FM, WVBW (The Wave) 92.9 FM, WWDE (2WD) 101.3 FM, WXEZ (The Star) 94.1 FM and WNIS 790 AM.

Dr. Gibson is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon with specialized training in Sports Medicine and Trauma. He earned his medical degree from MCV and completed two orthopaedic fellowships before joining AOS. He is currently on the Board of Councilors with the AAOS and is a past-President of the Virginia Orthopaedic Society.

Spine/Hand Specialists’ from Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists scheduled to speak at 2009 Seaboard Medical Association Meeting

The 2009 Seaboard Medical Association Meeting’s agenda will include presentations from two of Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists board certified orthopaedic surgeons. Dr. J. Abbott Byrd, III will give a talk on Friday, June 19th entitled “Low Back Pain-Who Needs Surgery?” and another on Saturday “The Why and When of Anterior Spinal Surgery”. On Saturday June 20th, Dr. Chad R. Manke will present “Management of Common Shoulder Problems” and later that morning “Management of Common Hand and Wrist Problems. This year’s program will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kitty Hawk on North Carolina’s beautiful Outer Banks.