Newswise — NYU Langone Medical Center’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery announced today the appointment of Richard Iorio, MD, as the William and Susan Jaffe Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and chief, Division of Adult Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Iorio will oversee the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery’s total joint replacement programs and clinical research studies.
The US Census Bureau estimates that by the year 2030, nearly one in five US residents will be 65 years or older. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), most patients who undergo total knee replacement surgery are between 50-80 years old – a population that is increasing with the aging baby boomer generation.
“New research and treatment advances will be needed to address an aging population and obesity trends that are driving significant increases in the demand for hip and knee replacements,” said Joseph D. Zuckerman, MD, the Walter A. L. Thomson Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, NYU Langone Medical Center. “Dr. Iorio is a welcome addition to our team and his experience as a surgeon, scientist and health policy expert will be invaluable as we continue to design programs to enhance patient outcomes.”
As chief of the Division, Dr. Iorio will also oversee the Department’s participation in the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR), an independent U.S. registry for the compilation of patient treatment and outcome data throughout the total joint surgery process. NYU Langone was one of the first institutions to collaborate in the registry. According to the AAOS the AJRR now has data on more than 19,000 procedures – information that will help monitor the performance of existing and new implants, provide more timely data to enhance patient outcomes and save health care costs associated with replacements. In 2011, NYU Langone’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery performed more than 20,000 orthopaedic musculoskeletal procedures, including more than 3,000 knee and hip replacements.
Previously, Dr. Iorio was professor of orthopaedic surgery at Boston University and director of adult reconstruction surgery, Department Orthopaedic Surgery at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington, Massachusetts. He also held key association leadership positions, including chairman of the American Orthopaedic Association’s exchange fellowship committee, past-president of the New England Orthopaedic Society and former education committee chair and executive board member of the Knee Society.
A frequent speaker at medical conferences and symposiums, Dr. Iorio is the current and past recipient of several NIH, AHRQ and private grants. He has published extensively on clinical outcomes, health care cost effectiveness and his research has appeared in peer reviewed journals such as Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, and the Journal of Arthroplasty.
Dr. Iorio is a graduate of Harvard University and received his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Hahnemann University hospital in Philadelphia and his post-doctoral fellowship at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center’s Hip and Knee Service.
NYU Langone Medical Center’s musculoskeletal disease specialists are ranked among the nation’s top 10 in the 2012-2013 U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey of “Best Hospitals” in America, and the only hospital in New York to receive top 10 rankings for orthopaedics (ranked #6), rheumatology (ranked #7) and rehabilitation (ranked #8). Inpatient orthopaedic surgery is performed at the Hospital for Joint Diseases (HJD), a uniquely specialized facility whose surgeons are leaders in minimally invasive and complex bone, joint and spinal surgery. Outpatient services are provided at NYU Langone’s state-of-the-art Center for Musculoskeletal Care (CMC), the largest freestanding facility of its kind in the country to offer the full spectrum of outpatient bone and joint care, from degenerative and congenital conditions of the hip, knee and spine to sports injuries or pain associated with arthritis.
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NYU Langone Medical Center, a world-class, patient-centered, integrated, academic medical center, is one of the nation’s premier centers for excellence in clinical care, biomedical research and medical education. Located in the heart of Manhattan, NYU Langone is composed of four hospitals – Tisch Hospital, its flagship acute care facility; the Hospital for Joint Diseases, recognized as one of the nation’s leading hospitals dedicated to orthopaedics and rheumatology; Hassenfeld Pediatric Center, a comprehensive pediatric hospital supporting a full array of children’s health services; and the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, the world’s first university-affiliated facility devoted entirely to rehabilitation medicine– plus NYU School of Medicine, which since 1841 has trained thousands of physicians and scientists who have helped to shape the course of medical history. The medical center’s tri-fold mission to serve, teach and discover is achieved 365 days a year through the seamless integration of a culture devoted to excellence in patient care, education and research. For more information, go to www.NYULMC.org.