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The Law of Unintended Consequences in Surgical Care - Doug Dirschl

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The Law of Unintended Consequences in Surgical Care: The Next Shoe to Drop or the Next Big Opportunity?

Lowell T. Coggeshall Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery Chairman, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine

Dr. Dirschl is a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine here at the University of Chicago, where he is also the chair of the department. Since coming to UChicago in 2013, the service line has tripled in size and has expanded to numerous off-campus locations under Dr. Dirschl’s leadership. He was named Physician-in-Chief of the UChicago Medicine Musculoskeletal Center in 2018.

Prior to his time here in Chicago, Dr. Dirschl served for 10 years as Chairman of the University of North Carolina Department of Orthopaedics, and was a member of the UNC Department of Orthopaedics for 20 years. From 2001-2003, Dr. Dirschl served as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at the Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU).

Dr. Dirschl has substantial experience with healthcare system leadership. At UNC, Dr. Dirschl led a healthcare system-wide task force charged with assessing the existing culture and making recommendations for creating a culture of patient service and effectiveness. He chaired the Clinical Systems Productivity Project, a program for enhancing operational effectiveness, throughput, and patient satisfaction in the ED, ORs, and the admission and discharge processes. He also chaired the Surgical Operations Governance group and spearheaded a reorganization of OR governance to better assure shared goals among surgeons, anesthesiologists and OR staff and improved efficiency and effectiveness of operations and policies

In 2001Dr. Dirschl was chosen as an ABC Traveling Fellow by the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA), an honor given every two years to 5 US orthopaedists under the age of 40. Dr. Dirschl served as the 124th President of the American Orthopaedic Association from June 2011 to June 2012 and is now serving as the President of the Foundation for Orthopaedic Trauma. Dr. Dirschl research interests include the areas of bone mineral density, effects of fracture irrigation on healing, evaluating and improving the reliability of orthopaedic classification systems, long-term outcomes of tibial plafond fractures, evaluating and improving the process of selecting orthopaedic residents, imaging processing and neural networks, and tissue engineering for fracture healing and bone reconstruction.


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