Dr. Jeffrey Katz recently delivered the 20th Ralph & Mary Wilson Visiting Professor Lecture to the orthopaedic staff, fellows, residents and physical therapists. His talk, titled “Management of Meniscal Tear in Middle Aged and Older Patients: Making Sense of Recent Randomized Clinical Trials,” was an excellent review of the research that has led to a more conservative approach in patients with meniscus tear and osteoarthritis. His presentation was a compelling chronological review of scientific studies that have been published over the past 20 years that have led to a paradigm shift in management of this common clinical problem.
Jeffrey Katz, M.D. is director of the Orthopaedic and Arthritis Center for Outcomes Research and professor of medicine and orthopaedic surgery at the Harvard Medical School. Dr. Katz was visiting Buffalo as the principal investigator of a randomized clinical trial into which the physicians of UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine are currently enrolling patients. The goal of the study is to determine which method of physical therapy is most effective for non-operative care of patients with meniscus tear and osteoarthritis.
The Ralph & Mary Wilson Visiting Professor Lectures are a biannual symposium sponsored by a legacy grant, originally awarded to the department in 2015 by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation. The grant also supports the educational efforts of the Department of Orthopaedics in the Sports Medicine Instruction Laboratory and is used to foster clinical and translational research.
At the conclusion of his presentation, Dr. Katz was gifted a crystal buffalo memento to thank him for participating in the ongoing lecture series.