Dr. Donald Fithian recently gave the 25th Ralph & Mary Wilson Visiting Professor Lecture to orthopaedic staff, residents and fellows at the Erie County Medical Center. Additionally, it was broadcast to the majority of participants via Zoom. Dr. Fithian also participated in a cadaveric lab with residents and fellows held in the surgical simulation suite of UB RISE at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
Fithian is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon with the Senta Clinic. He presented on – “How I Understand (and treat) patellofemoral instability” and “What do I know?” His presentations generated good discussion during a question and answer session, particularly with respect to the trochleoplasty procedure to re-shape the distal femur and capture the patella.
The Ralph & Mary Wilson Gift 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.
This lecture was unique due to COVID-19, however Zoom allowed the department to reach anyone who normally attends these in person. Fithian received the traditional crystal buffalo from Department Chair Leslie Bisson, MD as a memento and to thank him for participating in the lecture series.