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Doctor & Staff Disclosures

We want to share information regarding our relationships with orthopedic device and pharmaceutical companies. Each of our doctors is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) or the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Both organizations hold members to extremely high ethical standards to ensure that even the appearance of a conflict of interest does not jeopardize the trust that you place in our doctors. Our center adheres to the AAOS Standards of Professionalism that require doctors to identify and disclose potential conflicts of interest to their patients, the public and colleagues. You can learn more about these Standards of Professionalism at the AAOS website.

We receive financial support from companies for our annual educational course, the Baltimore Limb Deformity Course. Companies also provide financial support for our annual fundraiser, the Save-A-Limb Ride, Walk and Festival. The proceeds from this event benefit the programs and patients of the International Center for Limb Lengthening and the Center for Joint Preservation and Replacement at Sinai Hospital. The proceeds also help our international outreach missions to the developing world.

Our physicians have been active in their careers with the research and development of new devices, surgical instruments and techniques. We use research funding from companies to conduct studies that help us improve patient care. Some of our physicians work under contract with orthopedic companies, providing consulting services on new products and input on research and development. In return for this time and expertise, some of our physicians receive compensation in the form of a consulting fee, stock options or royalties.

We use products from these companies in the care of patients, but we also use similar products from other manufacturers. We want to assure you that the selection of which product to use in your care – and the care of all of our patients – is based only on what is best for you, not on which company makes the product. It is important that you are aware of these relationships with device manufacturers, understand that we put the interests of patients first, and know that we are available to answer any questions that you may have.

The disclosures listed below have occurred within the last 12 months:

  • The following companies supported our institution’s annual course (the Baltimore Limb Deformity Course) for orthopedic surgeons:
    • Biocomposites
    • DePuy Synthes Companies
    • MHE Coalition
    • Orthofix
    • OrthoPediatrics
    • Pega Medical
    • Smith+Nephew
    • Stryker
    • Zimmer Biomet
  • The following companies supported our institution’s non-profit organization (the Save-A-Limb Fund), which provides financial assistance to our patients:
    • Arthrex
    • Metro Prosthetics
    • OrthoPediatrics
    • Stryker
    • Supreme Orthopedic Systems
    • Vilex
  • Disclosures that are specific to members of our medical team:
    • Dr. John E. Herzenberg:
      • Bonus BioGroup (clinical advisor)
      • OrthoPediatrics (consultant)
      • Orthofix (consultant)
      • OrthoSpin (consultant)
      • NuVasive Specialized Orthopedics (consultant)
      • Smith+Nephew (consultant)
      • WishBone Medical (consultant)
    • Dr. Shawn C. Standard:
      • NuVasive Specialized Orthopedics (consultant, royalties)
      • Pega Medical (royalties)
      • Smith+Nephew (consultant, royalties)
    • Dr. Philip K. McClure:
      • Novadip (consultant)
      • Orthofix (teaching consultant)
      • Smith+Nephew (teaching consultant)
    • Dr. Janet D. Conway:
      • Bonesupport (consultant)
      • Smith+Nephew (consultant)
      • Zimmer Biomet (consultant)
      • Biocomposites (fellowship support)
      • University of Florida (spouse receives royalties)
    • Dr. Michael J. Assayag:
      • No disclosures
    • Dr. Christopher Bibbo:
      • No disclosures
    • Dr. Noman A. Siddiqui:
      • Orthofix (consultant)
      • Arthrex (consultant)
      • Stryker Trauma (consultant)
    • Anil Bhave, PT:
      • CyMedica Orthopedics (consultant, stock ownership)
      • Stryker Orthopaedics (consultant)
      • Joint Active Systems (speakers bureau)
      • Amgen, Mirror AR, and Pfizer (stock ownership)