Trauma Research

Seeking to Speed Recovery, Restore Function

Campbell Clinic physicians are engaged in several clinical studies that seek to improve healing and restore function for patients with orthopaedic injuries due to trauma. Research currently underway includes the following studies:

  • Evaluation of a New Medication to Accelerate Bone Growth/Bone Healing

    Campbell is participating in a multi-center, prospective study to evaluate whether the median healing time in a closed fracture of the tibial shaft can be reduced by 25%.

  • Gait Analysis

    Campbell researchers are gathering information regarding patient gait as healing progresses after surgical intervention following a traumatic injury to an extremity.

  • Study of the Treatment Outcomes of Intra-Articular Gunshot Injuries

    Gunshots are the second most common cause of injury-related death in the U.S. A high number of gunshot injuries are linked with fractures or joint penetration.

    Guidelines for the treatment of civilian low velocity intra-articular gunshot wounds have not been standardized, and the options for treatment are not always well defined. Campbell physicians are conducting an observational study at The MED, evaluating the optimal care of gunshot injuries in order to establish more reliably uniform treatment standards.

Synthes Trauma Fellowship Supports

Surgeon Training

Synthes, the leading skeletal fixation company in North America, has demonstrated its commitment to the education and training of orthopaedic surgeons with a generous grant to The Campbell Foundation to establish the Synthes Trauma Fellowship.

The grant provides funding over a three-year period and enables a trauma fellow to receive 12 months of surgical and clinical training in associate with Campbell Clinic in trauma-related problems.

The first Synthes Trauma Fellow is Dr. Rakesh Mashru, who completed his fellowship in June 2006. Dr. Mashru is a graduate of UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and completed his orthopaedic residency at Drexel University.

The Synthes fellow will spend time with the Campbell Clinic trauma faculty and will be exposed to multi-trauma surgical problems, acute and reconstructive surgery, and clinical non-surgical trauma situations. Dr. George W. Wood, II, a trauma specialist who has been on staff at Campbell Clinic since 1980, is chairman of the fellowship.

The Campbell Clinic trauma fellow spends one day each week at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis (The MED), one of the nation's busiest Level I trauma centers. The fellowship also requires that the recipient conduct trauma research, with the expectation that the research will result in a presentation, publication, or both.

Tim Akers, Synthes Regional Manager, said, "Synthes and the Campbell Clinic share a common goal and emphasis on education and research at all levels. This commitment will help lead to solutions that offer improved patient outcomes."

Formed in 1974, Synthes provided instruments and implants to many U.S. hospital, including almost all of the nation's medical school residency training facilities.

Synthes has committed significant resources to assist medical schools in conducting comprehensive post-graduate training programs for orthopaedic surgeons. These courses emphasize practical work in a laboratory setting and enable surgeons to learn how to use Synthes instruments and implants, as well as related surgical techniques.

Taken from the Campbell Foundation Momentum

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Department of
Orthopaedic Surgery and Biomedical Engineering

1211 Union Ave. Suite 520
Memphis, TN 38104

Pat Goedecke
Phone: (901) 448-5879
Fax: (901) 448-3208

Campbell Foundation Education Office
1211 Union Ave Suite 510
Memphis, TN 38104

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Renee Poe
Education Coordinator
Phone: (901) 759-3275

Fellowship Program

Rosemary Bankston
Education Coordinator
Phone: (901) 759-3274