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Health Services and Behavioral Research seminar: “An Orthopaedic Surgeon’s Foray into Population Outcomes for the Dreaded Hip Fracture”
February 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
John Elfar, MD, and Lucas Nikkel, MD, will present “An Orthopaedic Surgeon’s Foray into Population Outcomes for the Dreaded Hip Fracture” as part of the Health Services and Behavioral Research seminar series offered by Penn State College of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences.
Dr. Elfar is the Michael and Myrtle Baker Professor and Vice Chair of Research for the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation and director of the Center for Orthopaedic Research and Translational Science. He grew up in Maywood, N.J., and attended Johns Hopkins University, double-majoring in biomedical and electrical and computer engineering. He then went on to train at Harvard Medical School and conducted research in neuroscience. At the time of his graduation, he pursued orthopaedic surgery residency training at the University of Rochester. While in Rochester, he was engaged in research at the basic science and population outcomes level. He was hired as a faculty member and advanced through an endowed dean’s associate professorship before being recruited to Penn State to build and direct the Center for Orthopaedic Research and Translational Science. Dr. Elfar specializes in upper extremity surgery and has experience with complex revision surgical cases. His research interests include population-based studies and outcomes on orthopaedic trauma as well as mangling limb injury related in neurotrauma.
Dr. Nikkel is an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation. He attended Dartmouth College, majoring in biophysical chemistry, then spent two years teaching eighth-grade science with Teach For America in Henderson, N.C., before beginning his medical studies at Penn State College of Medicine, where he met his wife, Julie. During his medical studies, he spent a year in the prestigious Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship at Columbia University in New York City, where he received multiple national awards for research. He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y., and then joined the faculty and completed a fellowship in hip and knee replacement surgery at Duke University Medical Center, one of the premier joint replacement centers in the world.
Dr. Nikkel has now returned to Hershey to provide quality, minimally invasive, muscle-sparing hip replacement, partial and total knee replacement and complex revision joint replacement care at Penn State Bone and Joint Institute.
In addition to the in-person presented in the Academic Support Building at Penn State College of Medicine, participants may also join the seminar via Zoom webinar or by calling 929-205-6099, meeting ID 353 308 790.
Light refreshments will be served at the in-person presentation.