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Earl Warren Brien, MD, Cedars-Sinai

Dr. Earl Warren Brien, MD, serves as a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Surgical Director of the Sarcoma Service at CedarsSinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Brien has a wealth of knowledge, first-hand experience in treating patients with soft tissue sarcomas coupled with years of providing strategic counsel to both biotech and medical device companies. He has been a Director at CytRx Corporation since December 2, 2016. Dr. Brien is a Board Certified Orthopedic and Sarcoma Surgeon. Over his more than 20-year career, Dr. Brien has received numerous research grants, given over 140 scientific presentations and been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and books.

Susan Bukata, MD, UCLA Health System

Dr. Susan Bukata, MD is an orthopedic surgeon who practices in Santa Monica. She has been practicing for 22 years. Dr. Bukata is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Among her primary interests are bone cancer treatment, joint cancer, limb salvage, metabolic bone disease, muscle cancer, osteoporosis and clinical trials.

Lawrence D. Dorr, MD, Keck Medicine of USC

Lawrence D. Dorr, MD, is Founder and Medical Director of The Arthritis Institute. He has performed more than 3,500 hip and knee replacements in the past decade. Dr. Dorr served as President of the Hip Society this year. The Hip Society is the most prestigious organization for hip surgeons and researchers and has 100 members. Dr. Dorr also has been President of the Knee Society, the sister Society of the Hip Society which has membership of 100 of the leading knee replacement surgeons and researchers; and of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons which has a membership of 1000 hip and knee replacement surgeons in the United States. He is the only surgeon to be a member of all three organizations.

Thomas J. Grogan, MD, Pacific Coast Sports Medicine

Dr. Grogan is a practicing pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Pacific Coast Sports Medicine in Los Angeles. Dr. Grogan graduated cum laude from Princeton University with a degree in Biology and received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. Grogan’s orthopedic training has included an orthopedic residency at UCLA plus several orthopedic fellowships in pediatric orthopedics, trauma, and NIH sponsored joint replacement surgery. Following his orthopedic training he returned to Los Angeles, spending six years at Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children, including serving as Assistant Chief in 1996 and 1997. In addition to his clinical practice, he spent several years involved in managed care consulting as an orthopedic surgeon and has developed special expertise in this area.

Eric E. Johnson, MD, UCLA Health System

Dr. Johnson graduated from the University of Utah School of Medicine in 1976. He works in Los Angeles and specializes in Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Johnson is affiliated with the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He has a number of specialized interests, including complex trauma, osteotomy, adult hip dysplasia, adult leg lengthening, tertiary trauma reconstruction and pelvic-acetabular fractions, among other interests.

Jay R. Lieberman, MD, Keck Medicine of USC

Dr. Lieberman is professor and chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, the Director of the Institute of Orthopaedics at the Keck Medical Center of USC, and the President of USC Care. Dr. Lieberman is internationally recognized for his expertise in primary and revision total hip and knee replacement and treatment of osteonecrosis (bone death) of the hip and knee. He is interested in improving outcomes after total hip and knee replacement and how pain management, aggressive physical therapy and preventing deep vein blood clots affect the results of total joint replacement surgery. Dr. Lieberman aims to assess the influence of spirituality on the results of total joint replacement.

William Long, MD, St. Vincent Medical Center

William T. Long, MD completed his orthopaedic training at Martin Luther King/Charles Drew Medical Center, The Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic and The University of Southern California. Dr. Long is a world leader in the use of computers and robotic technology during hip and knee replacement surgery. Computer Assisted Surgery (CAS) allows the surgeon to see a virtual image of the patient’s anatomy during surgery. Since 2005 he has performed more computer assisted hip and knee replacement operations than perhaps any surgeon in the USA. Approximately 100 times each year Dr. Long uses this technology correct failed hip and knee operations. Most of these patients would not need revision operation if CAS were used during the first operation.

Joel Matta, MD, Providence St. John’s

Joel Matta is an Orthopaedic Surgeon practicing Hip and Pelvic Reconstruction. He has been in practice for 34 years. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is also a charter member of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association and has been elected into the International Hip Society and American Hip Society. He is the Founder and Director of the Hip and Pelvis Institute at St John’s Health Center and is a recognized national and international lecturer regarding hip and pelvis surgery.

Lawrence R. Menendez, MD, Keck Medicine of USC

Dr. Lawrence R Menendez is a Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Keck Medical Center of USC where he specializes in the management of malignant and benign tumors of bone and soft tissue. He is one of only a handful of orthopaedic oncologists in Southern California who is experienced in performing complicated limb-sparing surgeries and other orthopaedic cancer techniques such as cryosurgery and radiofrequency ablation. Primary musculoskeletal cancers are rare. Dr. Menendez uses a coordinated, multidisciplinary approach to treatment with his colleagues from medical oncology, radiation oncology, nuclear medicine, radiology, surgical pathology, occupational and physical therapy and social services and pain management.

Justin Saliman, MD, Cedars-Sinai

Dr. Saliman is a sports medicine and arthroscopy-trained orthopaedic surgeon maintaining an active practice at the Cedars-Sinai Orthopaedic Center. He specializes in joint-preserving treatment of injuries to the shoulder, hip and knee. Dr. Saliman completed a sports medicine fellowship at Stanford University where he provided care for the San Francisco 49ers and for the Stanford University and Santa Clara University athletic teams. Dr. Saliman is at the forefront of innovation in developing minimally invasive devices, implants and techniques to repair injured or degenerative joints. His present focus is on designing novel techniques that decrease pain, repair anatomy and improve function in the shoulder, hip and knee.

Thomas P. Schmalzried, MD, Joint Replacement Institute

In addition to the role of Medical Director of the Joint Replacement Institute, Dr. Schmalzried is on the editorial review board of several scientific journals and is the Joint Replacement Section Editor for Orthopedics Today, the most widely read orthopaedic periodical. Dr. Schmalzried attended Stanford University on a basketball scholarship and was a 3-year varsity letterman. Dr. Schmalzried attended UCLA Medical School and did his internship in surgery and residency in orthopaedics at UCLA. In 1985-86, Dr. Schmalzried was a research fellow in joint replacement, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.

David Skaggs, MD, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Dr. Skaggs is the Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, holds the Children’s Endowed Chair of Pediatric Spinal Disorders, and is a Tenured Professor at Keck School of Medicine of USC. Dr. Skaggs received his undergraduate degree from Amherst College and completed his Medical Degree and residency at Columbia University of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Skaggs is internationally renowned for his expertise pediatric spinal deformity and trauma. He edits “Fracture in Children,” the best-selling textbook in pediatric orthopaedics in the world, in addition to two other textbooks that are commonly used in top medical institutions. He is the Co-Editor-inChief of OrthoBullets, likely the most popular orthopaedic educational website in the world.

William B. Stetson, MD, Stetson Powell Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Dr. William B. Stetson attended the USC Keck School of Medicine and completed his Residency at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. He completed his Fellowship in Sports Medicine at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute and is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery (ABOS). He is also Board certified by the ABOS in Sports Medicine. Dr. Stetson has been in private practice since 1995. In 2005 he joined Scott Powell to form Stetson Powell Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. Both Dr. Stetson and Dr. Powell are fellowship trained in sports medicine and arthroscopy and have over 20 years of surgical experience between the two of them. Dr. Stetson specializes in sports medicine with an expertise in arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder, knee, elbow and ankle.

Robert G. Watkins III, MD, Watkins Spine

Robert Watkins III, MD, a board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon, is co-director of the Marina Del Rey Hospital spine clinic, along with his son, Dr. Watkins IV. In addition to advanced spine-surgery techniques in general, he also specializes in treating sports injuries, and he has successfully treated many professional athletes. He has also treated many youth and amateur athletes. Along with his son, Dr. Watkins is a founding member of the North American Spine Society. He has written many books and articles on spine surgery, establishing him as a leading authority in his specialty. Dr. Watkins and his son, Dr. Robert Watkins IV, are the spinal consultants for USC athletic programs, the L.A. Dodgers, and other Los Angeles professional and collegiate sports teams.

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