MOORESVILLE, Indiana – Culture, language and 12,000 miles might separate this Hoosier town and China, but they pose no barrier in the quest to provide a continuum of care for orthopedic patients wherever they might reside.
That’s one of the reasons why surgeon Robert A. Malinzak, MD, is among a team of experts traveling to the Far East March 25 to April 2. They will participate in lectures with orthopedic physicians at Chinese hospitals and a similar institution in Bangkok, Thailand.
“More than anything, this is an opportunity to share ideas – to teach and learn from one another,” said Dr. Malinzak, a member of Franciscan Physician Network Joint Replacement Surgeons (JRSI) at Franciscan St. Francis Health-Mooresville. “Sharing our findings with professionals in our common field enables us to change and improve patient outcomes for years to come.”
As the only orthopedic surgeon on his team, Dr. Malinzak will teach at hospitals and lecturing at various locations.
Dr. Malinzak, who practices at the internationally recognized Center for Hip & Knee Surgery (CHKS), said much of their discussions will focus on partial knee, total knee and hip replacement procedures. Studies suggest that implant technology such as partial knee implants provide more natural motion and faster recovery times for patients.
“Ultimately, our goal is to find ways to deliver better and safer care to our patients and to improve the quality of their lives,” said Dr. Malinzak, who has led collaborative teams between the JRSI Research Foundation, CHKS and the Orthopaedic Biomedical Engineering Laboratory at Rose Hulman Institute of Technology.
This isn’t the first time the orthopedic surgeon has traveled abroad to share his expertise. He has participated in several Operation Walk medical missions alongside CHKS founder Merrill A. Ritter, MD, to treat patients with orthopedic disorders.
Dr. Malinzak, who joined CHKS in 2004 after completing a fellowship in joint reconstruction and sports medicine, was inducted last fall into the European Hip Society, a prestigious, nonprofit scientific association based in Innsbruck, Austria. The organization focuses on advancements in hip surgery, traumatology of the hip, prosthetic surgery, biomechanics and basic science topics relating to the hip.
A Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Dr. Malinzak also has been widely published in professional medical journals and holds editorial leadership roles with Current Orthopaedic Practice and Journal of Arthroplasty. He is the lead author of a peer-reviewed book, First Aid for the Orthopaedic Boards.
In 2012, he was honored with his selection for the Knee Society John N. Insall Travelling Knee Fellowship. Each year, four physicians are selected and visit elite medical centers such as the CHKS to learn about the latest innovations in orthopedic surgery.
More recently, Dr. Malinzak has been invited to participate in the Global Oxford Knee Masters Symposium in the United Kingdom next fall. This gathering brings together surgeons, engineers and faculty who have contributed to the continued success of the Oxford Mobile Bearing Partial Knee Replacement implant device.
Founded in 1986, CHKS became one of the first orthopedic centers of excellence in the United States. Since then, CHKS surgeons have performed more than 40,000 total joint replacements and has become one of the leading joint replacement centers in the world.