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Dr. Otis Drew Puts Academics Into Action

LAFAYETTE, La. – Sometimes performing a study is just the beginning.

Dr. Otis Drew, Orthopedic Surgeon with Regional Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, located on the campus of The Regional Medical Center of Acadiana, recently made a presentation in front of nearly 800 physicians, physician assistants, physical therapists and other sports medicine practitioners from across the United States, Europe and Asia at the annual Arthroscopy Association of North America meeting held in Orlando, Fla.

Topics included “A Biomechanical Comparison of Shoulder Rotation and Cyclic Loading Between Single-Row, Triple-Loaded Cuff Repairs and Double-Row, Suture-Tape Cuff Repairs Using Biocomposite Anchors” and “A Comparison of Patella Tendon Allograft to Patellar Tendon Autograft Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction in Athletes under 25 Years of Age.”

After presenting, Dr. Drew and others participated in a panel discussion about the presentations, in which members of the audience were able to ask questions and offer comments.

“Many leading sports medicine and orthopedics professionals and experts attend,” Dr. Drew said. “They can comment on your study – what they think is good or bad about it.”

The topics Dr. Drew presented resulted from a one-year sports medicine fellowship he performed at Plano Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center near Dallas before moving to The Regional Medical Center of Acadiana in August of 2011. The studies are part of an ongoing project that began in 2004, so Dr. Drew was able to present several years worth of results and data.

Information Dr. Drew gathered during his fellowship and the panel discussion that followed his recent presentation benefit sports medicine and orthopedic patients he treats in Acadiana.

“You take what you learned and apply it,” he explained. “I have done research and published journal articles beyond using these techniques in the operating room and my practice. In a way, I am able to transform the academics into actions that benefit Acadiana athletes and other patients I treat.”

About The Regional Health System of Acadiana

The Regional Health System of Acadiana is a family of complementary and affiliated healthcare facilities that comprise the Lafayette-based The Regional Medical Center of Acadiana and Women’s & Children’s Hospital, a campus of The Regional Medical Center of Acadiana, and the New Iberia-based Dauterive Hospital. The Health System represents one of the largest concentrations of healthcare providers and services in Acadiana, employing about 1,400 healthcare professionals. The Regional Medical Center of Acadiana and Women’s & Children’s Hospital have a combined 252 licensed beds, 51 NICU beds and 45 bassinets. In addition, two Lafayette-area outpatient facilities are affiliated with the system: the Elaine M. Junca Women’s Imaging Centre and Lafayette Surgicare. The system also contains 16 medical office buildings with over 400,000 square feet of space and 37 employed multi-specialty physicians in eight (8) practices.

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