Orthopedic Visionary to Lead Newly-Launched Education and Research Program at HOI
IRVINE, Calif. (May 13, 2013)
– Hoag Orthopedic Institute (HOI) announced this week that Michael
J. Patzakis, M.D., professor emeritus and former Chairman of the Department
of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine at USC, has been
appointed as the Medical Director of the Orthopedic Education & Research
Institute at Hoag Orthopedic Institute in Irvine, California.
Dr. Patzakis will be overseeing the development and growth of the recently
launched Orthopedic Education & Research Institute which will operate
out of Hoag Orthopedic Institute (HOI). In addition to supervising the
Total Joints Research and Fellowship Program which is currently operational,
Dr. Patzakis will be managing the inauguration of the clinical and research
programs in Sports Medicine and Spine, and a comprehensive education and
research program for HOI.
“Hoag Orthopedic Institute is a fruitful environment for research
and education, with a reputation for providing high-quality patient care
and industry-leading outcomes,” said Dr. Patzakis, who has been
the principal investigator on more than 60 research studies and has authored
more than 170 abstracts, book chapters and scientific papers. “Orthopedic
research and education has been a major component of my career for many
years now, and I’m honored to be joining the team at HOI as we begin
this important undertaking,” he added.
In addition to implementing numerous orthopedic fellowships while serving
at USC, Dr. Patzakis has received hundreds of accolades in both the medical
community and the private sector throughout his 43 year career in academic
“Dr. Patzakis’ prestigious reputation precedes him,”
said Dr. Carlos Prietto, Chief Executive Officer of Hoag Orthopedic Institute.
“He has been and always will be a collaborative, forward-thinking
leader, which is precisely why we are so honored to have him join us as
our inaugural Medical Director of Orthopedic Education & Research.”
About Hoag Orthopedic Institute
When Hoag Orthopedic Institute opened in November 2010, it brought together
many of Southern California’s most respected orthopedic surgeons
in a partnership with the leading healthcare system in Orange County,
Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian.
Hoag Orthopedic Institute and its 320 medical specialists and 80 board-certified
orthopedic surgeons operate one of the highest volume specialty hospitals
in the United States. Care at its three Orange County locations is exclusively
for orthopedic patients requiring inpatient and outpatient surgical care.
HOI’s primary hospital in Irvine has 70 beds and nine operating
rooms designed and equipped specifically for orthopedic surgical procedures.
HOI is also composed of Orthopedic Surgery Center of Orange County in
Newport Beach and Main Street Specialty Surgery Center in Orange –
two well-respected outpatient surgical facilities dedicated to the care
of orthopedic patients.
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