Dr. Francis Y. Lee, Columbia Orthopaedics, Vice Chair of Research and Chief of the Tumor and Bone Disease Service, successfully hosted the October 7-9, 2012, AAOS/OREF/ORS Clinician Scholar Development Program (CSDP) at the Rosemont Hyatt Hotel, Illinois. Dr. Lee is an orthopaedic surgeon with clinical expertise in musculoskeletal tumors and pediatric orthopaedics. He has simultaneously developed a clinical practice and successful departmental research program; securing 3 NIH R01 grants, 1 DOD grant, as well as foundation grants totaling nine million dollars. Dr. Lee has been the CSDP Chair since 2010.
Sixteen faculty were invited to attend the CSDP meeting. Faculty included Dr. Bostrom (Academic ProgramDirector at HSS), Dr. Thomas Einhorn (Chair,Boston University), Dr. Denis Clohisy (Chair, U Minnesota), Dr. Randy Rosier (Past Chair, U Rochester), Dr. John Healey (Chief, Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Tumor Society President), Dr. Bechtold (ORSPresident), Dr. Peter Amadio (Associate Dean, Mayo Clinic), Dr. Mike Yaszemski (Brig General, Mayo Clinic), Dr. Kristy Weber (Johns Hopkins U, President Elect Tumor Society), Dr. Richard Terek (Brown U, Presidential Line, Tumor Society), and others. There were 29 participants consisting of residents, fellows and junior faculty, who were chosen through a competitive selection process.
Dr. Oladapo Babatunde (Columbia Orthopaedics, PGY4 Resident) attended the workshop as a recipientof the AAOS traveling award. According Dr. Babatunde, “The CSDP is an extremely valuable and amazing opportunity to learn from and interact with leaders in the orthopaedic research community. Not only did the program motivate everyone in attendance, but it also highlighted the importance and need for orthopaedic surgeons to be committed to advancing research in our field. The program also illustrated ways of initiating and developing individual academic programs”.
Program topics included Academic Promotion, Compensation Model, Departmental Infrastructure, Grantsmanship, Clinical Trials, Career Paths, Collaboration, and Balancing Life. Dr. Lee said “On October 8, 2012, Dr. Shinya Yamanaka received a Nobel Prize in Medicine. He introduced a revolutionary concept on induced Pleuripotent Stem (iPS) cells. iPS technology will surely benefit many patients suffering from incurable diseases. I listened to his lecture 3 years ago and learned that he was an orthopaedic surgeon in Japan. Dr. Yamanaka’s research career began during his orthopaedic residency. This year’s workshop has been truly meaningful as I remarked on Dr. Yamanaka during the program introduction. I mentioned that he surely will receive a Nobel prize one day and then I heard the announcement.” “So far, 200 orthopaedic surgeons, about 1% of AAOS members, including three orthopaedic surgeons from Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) have attended this course. It is time we as orthopaedic surgeons implement meaningful research strategies to conduct NIH and DOD funded research at CUMC.”