Researcher Catherine K. Kuo, Ph.D. focuses on tendons and ligaments injured due to aging, athletic endeavors, or everyday activities. After they heal they are weaker, and she seeks to understand “why they don’t heal normally, and how we can enhance the healing process or grow new tendons using a combination of stem cells and engineered biomaterials.”
Orthopaedic spine surgeon Addisu Mesfin, M.D. is passionate about caring for patients with metastatic spine tumors – as both clinician and researcher interested in clinical outcomes. To him a patient is not “a person with back pain.” Instead, he tells residents, treat patients as you would “your mom, your grandmother, your brother.”
Osteoarthritis and a torn meniscus didn’t stop Beth Mandyck, a labor and delivery nurse, from returning to training and competing. She went on to accomplish something no man or woman her age had ever done: she became the oldest person—by a decade—to win the overall title of “Ms Buffalo Bodybuilding”.
David Murphy wasn’t supposed to survive, let alone walk again. On July 6, 2013, David was hit by an SUV while riding his motorcycle. He had a severe leg injury, broken ribs, fluid in his lungs, and a severe spinal cord injury. Thanks to our orthopaedic trauma and spine teams, three years after his accident David walked in a 5K event for his community, receiving their cheers and applause as he crossed the finish line.