The M.E. Mller Foundation of North America

Reports from Past Fellows.

Paul Kuzyk - 2009
My European Hip Reconstruction fellowship sponsored by the M. E. Müller Foundation of North America was a fantastic experience. I spent the majority of my time working with Prof. Klaus Siebenrock at the Inselspital in Bern, Switzerland. I had the opportunity to observe and assist with complex hip cases including Bernese periacetabular osteotomies, surgical hip dislocations, acetabular fracture fixation, revision hip arthroplasty and tumor surgery. There was also some minimally invasive hip surgery, including primary hip replacement through an anterior approach and hip arthroscopy for impingment and labral pathology. The orthopaedic faculty is very innovative and active in research and I was able to collaborate on several research projects.

The Inselspital is a world-renowned hospital and I met other fellows from all over Europe and North America. I made friends that I will continue to keep in contact with both on a professional and personal level.

I visited Prof. Martin Beck at the Kantonsspital in Luzern, Switzerland. The drive from Bern to Luzern through the Alps is absolutely breathtaking and well worth the trip in its own right. Martin Beck was very welcoming and I observed an intertrochanteric ostetotomy for avascular necrosis among other interesting hip surgeries.

My wife accompanied me to Europe and we both enjoyed living in a 300 year old apartment (recently renovated) as well as hiking in the Bernese Alps. We took advantage of the opportunity to travel to Italy, France, Germany and Austria. I highly recommend this fellowship.
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Dr. Michael Kain 2008 - 2009 
I started my fellowship in Zurich and spent a little over two months with Dr. Michael Leunig at the Schulthess Klinik. Dr. Leunig is very busy both clinically and academically and was an invaluable person to spend time with to learn about femoracetabular impingement.  Because he performs both surgical dislocation and arthroscopic approaches, I gained a greater appreciation and insight as to the indications for surgical management of FAI. Additionally, his growing experience with the direct anterior approach for total hip arthroplasty was a wonderful experience and allowed me to get involved with several interesting projects. 
After Zurich, I relocated to Bern, where I spent three months with Professor Sibenrock at Inselspital.   In Bern, the hip team is busy with hip disorders of all sorts, from trauma to complex revision total arthroplasty and of course hip preservation.  It was great to interact with the entire department and see everything from Periacteabular osteotomies to acetabular and pipken fractures to hip arthroscopy.  While in Bern, I was able to attend the international hip arthroscopy meeting and could easily travel to Zurich for interesting cases with Dr. Leuing and Professor Ganz, or travel to Italy for a weekend get away or go to the swiss alps for recreation day.
Throughout my time in Switzerland, I also had the tremendous opportunity to work with Professor Ganz.  Occasionally, he would visit Zurich for complex cases or I would met him in various cities such as Vienna, Verona, Milan, Portograuro, or Turin to assist on some difficult hip preservation cases. Traveling with Professor Ganz, was a unique and wonderful experience and allowed time to get to know an Orthopaedic giant both in and out of the operating room.  
After Switzerland and attending the 2009 hip preservation course, I took a little hiatus to spend time with my wife and our new daughter, and then returned to Europe and headed to the Ospedale de San Luigi in Turin, Italy. There I spent time with Professor Alessandro Massé, a hip surgeon who does Orthopaedic trauma as well as hip preservation surgery. Professor Massé and his team were very genenous with their time and showed me the city of Turin and a wide variety of Hip Surgery both for trauma and arthritis.  This was a great way to end a wonderful experience as a traveling fellow.  
I am very grateful for the M.E. Müller Foundation for allowing me to be apart of this unique fellowship.  It is truly an experience of a lifetime and one that I will cherish forever.
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Dr. Javad Parvizi July 2002 - January 2003 
This is a brief outline of my experience during the M.E. Mueller Foundation/Hip Society Fellowship from July, 2002 - January, 2003.

I was in Berne for six months and two weeks. My wife joined me in the second month of my stay in Berne. The surgical experience that I was exposed to in Berne was unparalleled. Some of the most challenging and complicated cases of dysplasia were treated by Professor Ganz during my fellowship.

One of the most important aspects of my fellowship was the ability to learn about femoroacetabular impingement. I witnessed how surgical dislocation and femoral osteoplasty provided immense pain relief and improvement of function for the majority of the patients that Professor Ganz operated on.

Part of my fellowship involved working with the Reseach Team at the Mueller Foundation. We were able to complete numerous projects together. One of the papers was the winner of the Frank Stinchfield Award in 2003. One of the most exciting times of my fellowship was my Friday meeting with Professor Mueller. This enormous figure in orthopaedics was filled with numerous great ideas and offered invaluable advice. I thoroughly enjoyed my interaction with him.

Another excellent aspect of this fellowship was my ability to interact with previous MEMFNA Fellows including Dr. Daniel Berry and Dr. Robert Trousdale from The Mayo Clinic. Drs. Berry and Trousdale continue to provide guidance and mentorship advice.

In brief, I fully endorse the MEMFNA/Hip Society Fellowship. The six months I spent in Berne were the most fun, educational and rewarding months of my life. I would take this fellowship again in a heartbeat. 
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Dr. Douglas Naudie January - July, 2003 
In my five months in Berne, I studied primarily under Professor Reinhold Ganz. Under Professor Ganz, I witnessed many periacetabular osteotomies and surgical hip dislocations, which are two procedures not commonly performed in North America. I also witnessed a whole array of interesting hip reconstruction cases, varying from rare tumors to complex trauma. When I was not working directly with Professor Ganz, I spent my clinical time in the Trauma Room, where I witnessed unique approaches to acetabular and pelvic trauma, and learned the latest AO techniques of fracture fixation.

Under Professor Ganz, I completed three small clinical research projects, all in areas of clinical interest to me. As part of my time in Berne, I also pursued research at The Maurice E. Mueller Institute.

In my one month in Goteborg, Sweden, I studied under Dr. Henrik Malchau and Dr. Johan Karrholm. My goal with this aspect of the fellowship was twofold. First, I wanted to get a different perspective on arthroplasty documentation and the establishment of a registry database. Second, I wanted to learn radiostereometric analysis (RSA), and its clinical applications to joint
arthroplasty. Both Drs. Malchau and Karrholm allowed me to scrub in on their clinical cases, and showed me how to employ RSA in the clinical setting.

The Mueller Fellowship was not only a rewarding academic experience, however, as my wife and I had the opportunity to travel extensively throughout Europe. I want to take this opportunity to thank the Members of the Board for this remarkable fellowship experience. 

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Dr. Alberto Martinez July 2003 - January 2004 
My fellowship with the M.E. Mueller Foundation of North America has been an unparalleled experience in my career. I hope this opportunity given to me, may reach many other young orthopaedists with a particular interest in hip surgery and academics.

I think the application and selection process was clear in all aspects. The amount of the stipend is sufficient and the way it is delivered is perfect.

The M.E. Mueller Foundation is a niche of basic and clinical science research with a permanent dedication to multiple fields of investigation. In the Inselspital itself, with Professor Ganz and his staff of young surgeons, there are multiple options to join and start new projects.

Professor Ganz is a truly brilliant orthopaedist who is currently developing areas of hip pathology that are fascinating to most hip surgeons. I believe that most fellows that come, would agree that we are living exciting times in the development of the Bernese experience in hip impingement and other hip pathologies like proximal femoral epiphysiolysis, Perthes disease and DDH.
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