Dr. Berger has pioneered minimally invasive hip and knee replacement, allowing patients to recover faster with less pain than with traditional hip and knee replacement surgery. His degree in mechanical engineering from MIT has helped him design specialized instruments which allow the surgery to be done without cutting any muscle, tendons, or ligaments. These advances allow most of Dr. Berger’s patients to walk independently and leave the hospital the day of surgery. His mechanical engineering background has also helped him to design gender-specific implants that fit and perform better for active patients.
Dr. Berger was fellowship trained in adult reconstruction at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Berger also conducts research on hip and knee replacements.
Dr. Berger, as part of his pioneering role in minimally invasive surgery, has developed specialized instruments, techniques for surgery, as well as knee and hip implants. As the developer, Dr. Berger receives royalties and payments from the manufacturers of these devices.
Kevin Cmunt, President/CEO for Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network and Shannon Wyatt, Donation Specialist for Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network discuss the role of tissue grafts in sports medicine as well as the how we can all participate in honoring ‘The Gift of Donation’.
It’s often said that a single person who is willing to donate his or her organs after death can save up to eight different people. That’s because there are eight major organs that can be donated: the liver (which can be split and used to save two people), the heart, the pancreas, a pair of kidneys and a pair of lungs.
Needless to say, signing up to become an organ donor may be one of the most impactful decisions a person can make in his or her lifetime. Consider the fact that every 20 minutes someone is added to the national transplant list, and that around 20 people die every day waiting for a transplant that never arrives. Hopefully this crystallizes just how important such a gesture of generosity is in helping people who are suffering from all kinds of illnesses.
What Kinds of Organs Can Be Donated?
As we said earlier, there are eight major organs (the lungs and kidneys are counted twice since they come in pairs) that can successfully be transplanted. Click here for closer look and see what characterizes each type of transplant.
Kevin Cmunt is President/CEO of Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network. In that role, he provides overall leadership for the organization, guides its strategic direction and ensures that the organization stays true to its mission — to save and enhance the lives of as many people as possible through organ and tissue donation.
This regular segment of ‘Ask the Doctor’ addresses questions submitted by Sports Medicine Weekly followers. Dr. Charles Bush-Joseph is sitting in for Dr. Brian Cole from Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush and will be discussing:
The difference between Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis.
The possibility of increasing lung capacity thru supplements.
The difference in recovery between shoulder replacement vs. shoulder repair surgery and how physical therapy benefits and speeds healing.
Safely bringing little league and youth pitchers into a new season.
A graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School in 1983, he is currently a Professor at Rush University Medical Center and the Associate Director of the Rush Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. Dr. Bush-Joseph is a respected educator of medical students, residents, fellows, and practicing orthopedic surgeons lecturing at numerous national educational meetings. He serves on the editorial board of several national orthopedic journals, including the prestigious American Journal of Sports Medicine.
Long involved in the care of high school, collegiate, and recreational athletes, Dr. Bush-Joseph is a team physician for the Chicago White Sox Major League Baseball Club and Associate Team Physician for the Chicago Bulls. Through his experience with high-profile professional athletes, Dr. Bush-Joseph was elected to the Major League Baseball Medical Advisory Board and president of the Major League Baseball Team Physician Association for 2012.
This exclusive group of team physicians advises the Major League Baseball Commissioner on medical policy and emerging trends in training and the medical care of the elite athlete. Academically, Dr. Bush-Joseph is nationally renown with leadership roles in several national orthopedic societies and president of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. He has authored over 140 published manuscripts and book chapters.
TJ Sullivan, Director of Instruction and Center Manager of GOLFTEC in Oak Brook, Illinois, discusses how best to prepare for the upcoming golf season.
T.J. has taught for over 11 years and given over 18,000 lessons with GOLFTEC. He is a Certified PGA Member in Teaching and Coaching and a Proponent Group Associate Member. He is a 5 time “Outstanding Achievement in Instruction” winner. Coastal Carolina University Alumni.