This will be the first attempt at starting a new way to educate patients regarding sports, and foot and ankle problems. My goal is to create a new blog on a weekly basis, ranging from orthopaedic topics, such as knee, hip, shoulder, and ankle problems, to total ankle replacements, and bunions.
I will discuss recent injuries to sports personalities and Hollywood tycoons. The goal is to educate my readers. I will not be providing medical advice or guidance over the Internet.
Here is a little about me. I joined the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery at Duke University on April 1, 2009. Prior to this, I was a foot and ankle surgeon in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. There I was a consultant to many well-known UNC athletes. A graduate of the Boston University School of Medicine, I completed my internship and residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and my fellowship in foot and ankle surgery at the University of Pennsylvania.
Prior to graduating from medical school, I completed a Masters in Business Administration. This was supplemented by a one-year healthcare entrepreneurship fellowship at the Wharton School of Business. My experiences led to the development of the Business of Orthopaedics Conference, the first of its kind in the United States. The course exposes orthopaedic surgeons to a breadth of topics from practice management to product development and entrepreneurship, to personal financial management, to leadership in negotiations. At Duke University, I serve as an Adjunct Faculty Member at the Fuqua Business School.
Currently, my research interests encompass the clinical and basic science aspects of orthopaedic foot and ankle. Mainly interested in athletic foot and ankle disorders and total ankle arthroplasties, I am involved in new product developments. In the laboratory, I am hoping to find new ways to address foot and ankle fractures and ankle arthritis.
My clinical practice includes but is not limited to the treatment of the following foot and ankle disorders: Achilles tendon ruptures, osteochondral defects of the ankle, posterior tibial tendonitis, hallux valgus/bunions, complex reconstructions of the foot and ankle, dance injuries, athletic injuries, and total ankle replacements.
While in North Carolina, I established the Research Triangle Park Orthopaedic Society. This organization was formed with the goal of fostering education and camaraderie amongst the practicing orthopaedic surgeons in the community, the residents in training, and the fellows. The Research Triangle Park Orthopaedic Society holds a regional Grand Rounds on a monthly basis, inviting prominent orthopaedic surgeons from around the country to serve as Grand Rounds speakers.
My awards include the winner of the 2005 Ranawat Award at the Eastern Orthopaedic Association meeting, the 2002 Clinical Orthopaedic Society Wyeth Resident Award, and the American Association of the Physicians of Indian Origin Most Distinguished Resident Award. I am a reviewer for the Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research journal, the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, and the American Journal of Sports Medicine.
Thanks and stay tuned! I welcome suggestions, comments, and discussions.
All material published through this blog/website is for informational purposes only. Readers are encouraged to confirm the information contained herein with other sources. Patients and consumers should review the information carefully with their professional health care provider. The information is not intended to replace medical advice offered by physicians. Dr. Parekh and Duke University will not be liable for any direct, indirect, consequential, special, exemplary, or other damages arising from the discussions in this blog.