Director of Research Hiroko Matsumoto, PhD was nominated for the 2018 American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) Gayle G. Arnold Award of Excellence. This was for her work on the abstract “Validation of a Previously Published Risk Severity Score Predicting Surgical Site Infection after Spinal Deformity Surgery in Patients with Cerebral Palsy Utilizing a Large, Separate Cohort.” This award is presented annually at the AACPDM annual convention and is the most prestigious award of the Academy.
Quality, safety, and value — a triad of related and interdependent components — together form the fundamental basis of providing optimal patient care. This is the precept that drives the work of Michael G. Vitale, MD, MPH, Chief Quality Officer for the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia. Dr. Vitale, in collaboration with William N. Levine, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon-in-Chief, and Kevin Wang, Quality Officer for Columbia Orthopedics, is vigorously pursuing the development of protocols and processes that will improve the overall outcomes of patients who seek out orthopedic care.
Most people can reach for a cup of coffee that they are not looking at and successfully bring it to their mouths. But for people with cerebral palsy who have hemiplegia, that proprioceptive skill is missing. They may not reach the cup at all, or if they do grasp it with the involved arm, they may end up tipping the cup over. Moreover, the lack of control on the affected side often gets progressively worse as these patients learn to favor the dominant side. To improve that scenario in hemiplegic children with cerebral palsy, clinical investigators are teaming up with engineers to devise robotic assistance devices to “retrain their brains,” with the goal of enhancing function on the involved side of the body.