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Monday, August 6, 2012

St. Francis Health orthopedic surgeon receives prestigious fellowship

MOORESVILLE, Ind. – Robert Malinzak, MD, an orthopedic surgeon with Franciscan St. Francis Health’s Center for Hip and Knee Surgery, has been chosen to participate in this year’s prestigious Insall Traveling Fellowship.

Only four knee replacement surgeons in the world are chosen annually for this honor, sponsored by The Knee Society.

The fellowship is named for John Insall, MD, whose legendary contributions to knee surgery were based on an academic pursuit of excellence in research, surgical techniques and patient care. Inherent in his life's work was the importance of educating knee surgeons throughout the world.

The chosen surgeons visit internationally recognized joint replacement and knee surgery centers.  Malinzak’s month-long fellowship will begin Sept 30 in Boston and end Oct. 31 in Denver, with stops in Charlotte, N.C.; Philadelphia; Ontario; New York City; Columbus, Ohio; Chicago and his own facility in Mooresville, Ind., which annually is a featured location for the fellows.

Malinzak and his colleagues in Mooresville have hosted Insall Fellows ever since the fellowship was created 10 years ago.

The candidates must undertake a project during the four-week course of their travels and subsequently present their data at selected international meetings and for publishing in appropriate journals.

Malinzak is not the first from his practice group, St. Francis Medical Group Joint Replacement Surgeons, to be chosen as an Insall Fellow. Michael Berend, MD, served his fellowship in 2004.
Malinzak is a graduate of the Duke University School of Medicine where he also completed his orthopedic internship and residency training. He is board certified in orthopedic surgery, with special interest in shoulder, hip and knee replacements.

Malinzak is a former team physician for athletes at Duke University and North Carolina Central University and has served as consultant for the U.S. Soccer teams. He is the author of the acclaimed orthopedic board review book First Aid for the Orthopaedic Boards.

He and his partners perform more than 2,500 knee, hip and shoulder replacements each year. Their work at the Center for Hip and Knee Surgery has been ranked number one in Indiana for joint replacement surgery five years in a row (2007-2011) by HealthGrades, a leading independent health ratings organization.

The center also has received a five-star rating for total hip and knee replacement for nine consecutive years (2003-2011) and earned HealthGrades’ Joint Replacement Excellence Award for 2011. The ratings are based on patient mortality and complication rates.