Doing What it Takes to Keep the Community Moving
|Bronx-Lebanon’s Department of Orthopaedics, under the leadership
of Dr. Ira H. Kirschenbaum, is providing a wide range of
general and subspecialty clinical services, including hip and
knee reconstructive surgery, surgery of the hand and upper
extremities, sports medicine, foot surgery, spine surgery,
and orthopaedic trauma.
2009 saw the completion of BronxCare Orthopaedics at Grand
Concourse, a new outpatient orthopaedic facility designed with
direct input from the surgeons. It includes a state-of-the-art
electronic medical system, with dedicated direct radiography
imaging, as well as an expert team of orthopaedic physicians, fel
lowship trained in advanced procedures, with the ability to cover
all the needs of patients in the ER, inpatient, and outpatient areas.
|The department’s popular “Game Day Same Day” sports program
was also expanded. This unique service enables high school and
college athletes, and others to be seen and definitively treated
on the same day their sports injury occurred.
“Our department is involved in an aggressive program aimed at
developing a true musculoskeletal Center of Excellence that will
be unparalleled in the Bronx, and on par with similar centers
across the nation,” stated Dr. Kirschenbaum.
The faculty boasts
seven Attendings, with regional and national
reputations. It consists of Dr. Kirschenbaum, who aside from his role as Chairman,
directs the Joint Replacement program, Dr. Joshua
Auerbach, Chief of Spine Surgery, Dr. Sepideh Baghian, Chief of Hand Surgery,
Dr. Neal Blitz, Chief of Foot Surgery and Wound
Management, Dr. Colleen Fay, Special Consultant in Sports Medicine, and Dr. Margaret
Meyer, Chief of Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic
|Recruitment of top level surgical talent is a cornerstone of the
department. Dr. Kirschenbaum credits his management team
led by Chrissy Manning, Practice Administrator, Gabriella Iodice,
Physician Assistant/Director, Clinical Services, and Elizabeth
Sanchez, Office anager, as key contributors to the Orthopaedics
As a group, the orthopaedic department has authored more than
two hundred articles, abstracts, and presentations. Dr. Auerbach
has published more than forty peer-reviewed articles, including
two under the Bronx-Lebanon banner in the journal SPINE
(recognized internationally as the leading journal in its field).
He has also published multiple chapters in major spine textbooks,
and is the recipient of major research grants and awards, including the prestigious Russell S. Hibbs award from the Scoliosis
Research Society. Dr. Blitz published several articles this
year on topics ranging from pediatric and adolescent flatfoot
reconstruction, to complex bunion surgery, in the nationally
renowned Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery.
|He is also the
guest editor of Clinics in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, and
is involved in collaborative research with surgeons at the Mayo
Clinic. Dr. Baghian is taking the comprehensive treatment of
hand anomalies and injuries to a new level. As the hospital
systems only full-time fellowship trained hand surgeon, she
is treating a complete array of diverse conditions that come
through the orthopaedic outpatient practice and ER.
Dr. Kirschenbaum, aside from developing the Department of
Orthopaedics’ flagship clinical program, the Center for Hip and
Knee Replacement, completed a five-year term as the community
health editor of orthopaedics for WebMD, appeared as
a health expert on WPIX-TV Morning News, and was featured
in a 2009 MD News cover story.