AAOS Accepts 8 Original Research Studies

FORE will present 8 original research studies at the 2014 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) annual meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana March 12-14. Of the studies accepted, 6 are podium presentations and 2 are posters.

The AAOS annual meeting is among the largest medical gatherings in the nation with attendance exceeding 30,000 physicians and healthcare providers. FORE will be exhibiting again this year. They will occupy booth 5712 during the conference.


Local Nonprofit Hosting A Fundraiser To Benefit Metropolitan Ministries

Tampa, FL. — In January, the Foundation for Orthopaedic Research and Education (FORE) will host its annual International Current Solutions in Shoulder and Elbow conference in Tampa, Florida. The course, directed by Drs. Mark Frankle and Mark Mighell of Florida Orthopaedic Institute, is designed to provide orthopaedic surgeons with a comprehensive update on treatments for various shoulder and elbow disorders. It will feature a lecture from New York Times bestseller David Epstein author of “The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of extraordinary Athletic Performance.” In conjunction with the course, FORE is hosting the second annual Orthopalooza Fundraiser to benefit Metropolitan Ministries.

“The Fundraiser is about raising money to help Metropolitan Ministries build a handicap accessible ramp at their Outreach Center,” said Derek Pupello, CEO of FORE “it will grant access to individuals with disabilities to the two-story building on their main campus.” In the last year, 18,635 of those seeking assistance from Metropolitan Ministries are physically disabled.
The fundraiser will take place January 18, 2014 at the Hilton Tampa Downtown from 7pm – 10pm. FORE aims to raise $30,000 or more to build the handicap accessible ramp. The event will feature live music, dancing, karaoke and a silent auction. There will be a special guest appearance and photo opportunity with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders. Cash bar and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Tickets to the event are $40 in advance and $50 at the door.

FORE to Present 8 Original Research Studies at ISTA

Eight original research studies conducted at FORE will be presented this week  at the 26thInternational Society for Technology in Arthroplasty (ISTA) Annual Congress in Palm Beach, Florida. The five podium presentations and three e-poster/short talks will be presented by FORE research staff, Florida Orthopaedic Institute affiliate physicians or Fellows.

Dr. Mark Frankle will present on “Biomechanics of the RSA: Influence of Prosthetic Design,” and “Factors That Predict Postoperative Motion in Patients Treated with Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty.”  Dr. Peter Simon will deliver a presentation on “Scapular Neck Length Measurement and Distribution in the Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty (RSA) Patient Population,” and “Glenoid Subchondral Bone Density Distribution in the Male Total Shoulder Arthroplasty (TSA) Subjects.” Past Fellow, Dr. Matthew Teusink will speak on “Results of Closed Management of Acute Dislocation Following Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty,” and “What Is the Effect of Postoperative Scapula Fractures on Outcomes Following Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty?” Dr. Ioannis Pappou will present the “Effects of Morbid Obesity on RSA: a Case Control Study on Outcomes, Complications, Disposition and Cost.” Andres Cabezas will deliver a presentation discussing the “Quantification of the Existing Glenohumeral Relationships in Patients Undergoing Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty.”

For the full program schedule, visit ISTA Online.

Derek Pupello: Tech Incubator Evolving Surgical Training Lab

Why Derek is a big deal: As Tampa Bay economic development executives hone in on disruptive health technology as a key driver of future local growth, Pupello and his foundation will likely be key players in the process. His organization employs 22 and had $3 million in revenue last year.

What are you most proud of about opening the first private surgical training lab in Tampa?

It was a huge undertaking but I knew there was a need for this so I convinced my board back in 2007 to give me the go-ahead. We opened a relatively small lab funded through some donations and reserve funds. It was bootstrapped and I did what I could to keep the costs down without sacrificing quality.

You have an entrepreneurial effort under way. Can you tell us more?

The nature of having a research lab and working with so many brilliant physicians has led to several patentable ideas that we intend to pursue and develop. We are in the process of setting up a tech incubator of sorts to house and develop these technologies. This is something that I’ve thought about for a while. As the new company gets off the ground we will eventually need to hire some support staff and additional engineers and programmers.

What inspires your team at the Foundation?

One of the most effective things is for our staff to see our research that gets presented at national conferences first-hand. They see that real impact our work makes on medicine. I also try my best to empower my employees to be as successful as they can be in their job by giving them autonomy, removing roadblocks and supporting their development.

What is your best recruiting resource when you need to hire?

We usually post ads on various sites like Indeed.com but we’ve had recent success with LinkedIn.

What is the most impressive thing you have seen one of your employees do in the past year?

Working with surgeons means we get many requests and the word “no” does not typically work. One of our course directors wanted to do a fundraiser for wounded soldiers within the course we put on for him this year. It was new territory. This also happened to be our largest course, which is a huge undertaking itself, and now we had to figure out a way to incorporate a fundraising concert within the course. My education director Mindy Gregory somehow figured out a way to keep all the plates spinning and she and her staff executed it flawlessly.

How did you get started in your current career?

I started as an intern in the research department of the Florida Orthopaedic Institute in 2002. Dr.Mark Frankle offered me a job after the internship to help him with some groundbreaking research, which is where I cut my teeth, and learned a lot about orthopaedics.

What would you do if you weren’t doing what you do?

Probably something more in the creative realm. I love film and I used to be more involved in producing short films with a couple buddies of mine and it was a blast.
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Brandon Santoni & Derek Pupello

Brandon Santoni, director of research and Derek Pupello, CEO, Foundation for Orthopaedic Research and Education, setting up the Bionix test machine for a biomechanical experiment.

FORE Pelvic Fracture Fixation

Foundation for Orthopaedic Research and Education, with doctors from around the world in an orthopedic surgical training simulation. They are performing a pelvic fracture fixation.

FORE Debuts on ABC Action News’ “Positively Tampa Bay”

On Friday Derek Pupello, CEO and Brandon Santoni, Ph.D. Director of Research at the Foundation for Orthopaedic Research and Education, (FORE), made a guest appearance on ABC Action News’ “Positively Tampa Bay” segment, as part of its Taking Action For Your Parents campaign.

Lissette Campos, Director of Community Affairs at ABC Action News, invited Pupello and Dr. Santoni to speak about FORE. They discussed the local non-profit research institute and its goal to improve the diagnosis, treatment and care of individuals affected by musculoskeletal disorders.

FORE Derek Pupello ABC Action News

“We focus typically on surgical treatments. We want to study current treatments to figure out how they can be improved. We provide information to doctors who are treating these patients that are suffering from a traumatic injury or a chronic condition” said Pupello.

The station set up a calling center for viewers to call in and ask questions pertaining to the care and welfare of their elderly parents. In correlation to the segment’s theme Pupello and Dr. Santoni discussed common fractures in the femur that could occur from falling. “So many of the callers were concerned about their parents falling or incurring very bad injuries.” said Campos. Dr. Santoni referenced a femur model to explain that “unfortunately, over ninety percent of [femur] fractures are actually in patients over 65. These are our parents and grandparents.”

FORE Derek Pupello ABC Action News

FORE provided great information about common femur fractures, developing orthopaedic devices, and the organization as a whole. The Foundation’s dedication to improving orthopaedic medicine through research and education has helped advanced the field of orthopaedics.

To watch a recap of Friday’s segment, click here.

A Memorable 7th Annual Fellows Day

On June 21, 2013 FORE held its 7th annual Fellows Day. The Fellowship program, is a joint venture between the Foundation for Orthopaedic Research and Education (FORE) andFlorida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI). While training with physicians in their sub-specialties, Fellows work to complete a research project that they present at Fellows Day. These projects are expected to be of exceptional quality and worthy of submission to peer-reviewed journals.

Each year FORE invites a keynote speaker. This year the keynote speaker was Daniel J. Berry, MD, Chair, Orthopedic Surgery Mayo Clinic. Dr. Berry not only spoke on “The Challenging Primary Total Hip Arthroplasty:  THA in Patients with Posttraumatic Conditions, Femoral Deformity, and DDH” he also judged the research projects.  This year fifteen Fellowspresented their hard work to their peers, attending surgeons, and other medical professionals. This year first place went to Matthew Teusink, MD for his  research project on “What is the Effect of Postoperative Scapula Fracture on Outcomes of Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty”. Second place went to Michael Beltran, MD for his research project on “Intramedullary Rodding with an Internal Compression Device for Transverse Tibial Shaft Fractures Decreases Time to Union When Compared to Traditional ‘Backslapping’ and Dynamic Locking”.  Third place went to Coy Wright, MD for his research project on “Autoclaving the Infected Femoral Component for Use in a Temporary Articulating Spacer: Confirming Sterility and Evaluation of the Biofilm”. Ioannis Pappou, MD and Brett Lewellyn, MD received honorable mention for their  research projects.

Congratulations to all of our Fellows, each gave an exceptional presentation of their research projects. A special thank you to Daniel J. Berry, MD and all of those who attended for making Fellows Day so memorable.

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Tampa City Councilman Mike Suarez tours FORE

FORE Derek Pupello & Mike SuarezOn Wednesday June 5, 2013, Derek Pupello, CEO of FORE, gave a  tour of the facility to city councilman Mike Suarez. Throughout the tour, the two discussed the need for funding, research, and education in order to create easy access and excellent care for physicians and patients throughout Tampa Bay.

“The great thing about FORE is that we’ve been able to publish a tremendous amount of research and we’ve educated thousands of healthcare professionals through our conferences and our surgical training lab. This has allowed us to make a substantial impact on orthopaedic medicine around the world from the work we are doing right here in Tampa” said Pupello.

The facility’s location offers easy access to University of South Florida orthopaedic residents to do all of their anatomical dissection courses in the surgical training center. Additionally, all third-year USF orthopaedic residents spend three months in the FORE biomechanics lab doing research.

FORE, which is a non-profit organization founded in 1999, has 22 employees that are focused on carrying out FORE’s research and education programs. Many of FORE’s programs are done in collaboration with the Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) which is also headquartered in Tampa. FORE has recently begun developing intellectual property that has emerged from their research. This is an exciting new endeavor that will soon be launched as a separate technology accelerator company. One successful technology could not only benefit medicine, but could make a positive impact on Tampa’s economy in terms of local job creation.

FORE Surgical TrainingCity councilman Suarez offered advice and possible opportunities for research funding while encouraging Pupello to continue leading FORE in the direction that is best for the community.

“We need companies and organizations who are leaders, who know how to connect our community, and who can create jobs. You’re really doing something great here” said Suarez.


The Florida Orthopaedic Institute is one of the nation’s top centers of orthopedic care, education, and research. FOI serves the greater Tampa Bay area and is home to dozens of highly trained physicians specializing in a variety of orthopedics services.

For more information on FOI visit their website here.

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