Dr. Romeo was featured on last week’s Sports Medicine Weekly. He discussed shoulder injuries and surgeries with Dr. Brian Cole and Steve Kashul.
Bleacher Report recently published an article entitled “Meet the 10 Super Surgeons Tasked with Putting MLB’s Broken Arms Back Together”.
The article includes Dr. Romeo and some entertaining comments, including, “Anthony Romeo should be a fictional character. Down to his name, his story sounds more like a Grey’s Anatomy character than a respected surgeon. He’s brash, experimental and willing to go out on limbs that even other surgeons shy away from. Knee implants? Sure. Aggressive new shoulder techniques? Why not?”
US News & World Report has named Rush University Medical Center one of the top orthopedic hospitals in the United States. Rush’s US News score is 65.8.
The data for the report are mostly derived from information provided by the American Hospital Association using a metric U.S. News & World Report called an ‚Äúindex of hospital quality,‚ÄĚ based on structure, process, outcomes and patient safety. Structural measures include the amount and types of technology provided, the availability of nursing staff, and other patient services. The process of care measures the ways care is delivered, from diagnosis to treatment, prevention and patient education. Outcomes are based on risk-adjusted overall survival. Because mortality is a key factor in the complex weighting system employed by U.S. News & World Report, ophthalmology, psychiatry, rehabilitation and rheumatology are judged using a reputation metric.
To be eligible for inclusion in the report, a hospital must be a member in the council of teaching hospitals, be affiliated with a medical school, or have at least 200 beds and associated staff or at least 100 beds and at least four ‚Äúkey technologies‚ÄĚ such as advanced imaging devices, a cardiac ICU and robotic surgery. Other criteria include statistics related to volume and discharge.
Dr. Romeo’s latest commentary for Orthopedics Today has been published. Entitled, “Orthopedic surgeons should address challenges of youth sports from a team approach”, the article discusses the benefits of youth sports and the responsibilities of those involved in the care of young athletes.
Dr. Romeo writes, “Orthopedic surgeons need to address the most significant challenges from a team approach. Orthopedic surgeons know the benefits of sport, not only as a child or young adult, but also as part of a life-long commitment to better health and a greater sense of responsibility for our own well-being. We need to find the time and take the opportunities to lead the team in the prevention of sports-related injuries. The benefits of sport can be taken away from a child with one serious injury ‚ÄĒ an injury that may be prevented with the current knowledge available.”
Dr. Romeo’s June commentary in Orthopedics Today is now online. As the Chief Medical Editor, Dr. Romeo publishes a new commentary in each issue.
The topic of the June commentary is the concept of ‘benefit to patients’. Dr. Romeo begins the commentary by saying, “Every day we manage patients based on what we have learned and experienced in clinical practice. We are obligated to provide the best care available based on our knowledge as well as consider many clinical factors, including the shared decision-making process with patients.” The article then discusses the challenges, limitations and guidelines that can effect how the benefit to a patient is determined.
Later in the article he says, “Hands-on care, sense of empathy, positive response to intervention even for a limited period of time, and the development of trust are essential aspects of successful medical care.”
Dr. Romeo enjoys weight lifting as part of his fitness routine. He recently provided some advice on the Midwest Orthopedics at Rush web site to help weight lifters avoid injury.
In the article, Dr. Romeo says, “People should absolutely continue weight training as part of their workout. However, it is critical to receive good instruction and use proper technique in order to avoid injuries.”
The article details some common weight lifting injuries, including Shoulder Impingement Syndrome and rotator cuff injuries. It also provides symptoms, treatments and preventative tips for each.
Dr. Romeo was recently featured in a WebMD article regarding the benefits of shoulder replacement surgery for people with rheumatoid arthritis. Like hip or knee joint replacement, shoulder replacement can minimize pain and improve movement for patients.
Dr. Romeo is quoted as saying, “I try to reassure my patients that this operation is as effective as hip or knee replacement. Shoulder replacement has moved …to become a very predictable, reliable operation.”
Pioneer Press recently interviewed Dr. Romeo, asking him to provide advice to young baseball pitchers. In the interview, Dr. Romeo discusses injury prevention and common mistakes made by young athletes.
Dr. Romeo’s latest commentary for Orthopedics Today is entitled “Orthopedic surgeons need to set expectations, provide patients with hope after poor results”.
In the article, he discusses the importance of effectively providing support to patients after poor results from a procedure. At the end of the article, Dr. Romeo writes “Some may criticize my comments and strategies to discuss poor results as too idealistic. In today‚Äôs medical and legal climate, there is even more pressure to redirect or displace blame for poor results or results that do not achieve patient expectations. Maybe evasive, defensive and even deceptive strategies could be endorsed to deal with poor results. However, we all have internal moral compasses that help us follow a path in life and I cannot endorse such methods. Rather, I suggest orthopedic surgeons provide patients with a strategy. Give patients hope that you will sincerely do all you can to help them achieve a better result.”
As the Chief Medical Editor for Orthopedics Today, Dr. Romeo publishes an editorial article in each issue. We have been featuring these articles over the past few weeks.
One of his recent articles is entitled “Team Physicians Must Balance Conflict of Interest”. The article discusses conflicted decision-making, moral concerns, controversy, quality of care, and the ‘duty’ of team physicians.
In writing about the ‘duty’ of team physicians, Dr. Romeo says, “To be effective clinicians, we must persuade our athletes, and the people who counsel them, that they can trust us with their care. We can look at the principles of persuasion as written by Aristotle, and summarized by the motto, ‘Ethos, Logos, Pathos.’
‘Ethos’ is about character. We must have a strong moral and ethical code to keep an athlete‚Äôs health at the center of our decision-making. ‘Logos’ is about achieving and maintaining competence. We must stay current with methods of nonsurgical and surgical care, and we need to organize and maintain the competence of the entire medical team. For ‘Pathos,’ we need to be passionate about the care we provide our athletes, with a conviction to do what is best for them, as well as maintain compassion for their human spirit.”
Dr. Romeo is a team physician for the Chicago Bulls and Chicago White Sox.