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2013

  • January

    • Dr. David Marshall and Dr. Bill Primos will volunteer as medical doctors for the Atlanta Crown Gymnastics Invitational held at the Gwinnett Center of Duluth on January 12-13, 2013.
    • Dr. Cliff Willimon is invited by Smith & Nephew and Dr. Marc Philippon to serve as faculty at the 8th Annual 2013 Vail Hip Symposium on January 17-19, 2013.


  • February

    • Dr. Tim Schrader will be lecturing on the topic of Safe Swaddling at the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric & Neonatal Nurses Metro Atlanta Chapter Meeting on Tuesday, February, 19.

    • Dr. Jorge A. Fabregas will be speaking on Musculoskeletal Infections at the Georgia Chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) February 22-23 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Atlanta. Dr. Cliff Willimon will also lecture on General Sports Injuries in the Primary Care Setting.


  • March

    • David L. Marshall, M.D. and S. Clifton Willimon, M.D. will provide medical coverage for the 2013 Southeastern Conference (SEC) Women's Basketball Championship in Duluth, Georgia.


  • April

    • On Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013, COA physicians Dr. Marshall, Dr. Kroll and Dr. Primos were all present as Governor Nathan Deal signed a new concussion bill named the Return to Play Act. House Bill 284 creates new protocols for informing parents about the dangers of concussions and for identifying and treating players with head injuries. To read the bill in its entirety, click here

    • Dr. Michael Schmitz will be giving a poster presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Children's Prosthetic-Orthotic Clinics (ACPOC) held on April 10-13, 2013, at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead, Georgia.

    • COA New HorizonsOn April 20-21, three orthopaedic surgeons from COA will hold a panel discussion at the New Horizons in Pediatrics conference presented by Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Michael Schmitz will discuss Primary Care Evaluation of Pediatric Fractures: Urgen or Emergent. Dr. Jill C. Flanagan will discuss Primary Care Evaluation of Musuloskeletal Infections. And Dr. Clifton Willimon will discuss Evaluation of Sports Injuries of the Knee.

      For more information, please visit Conferences and Events.

      To register for this conference, visit New Horizons in Pediatrics.



    • Children's Orthopaedics of Atlanta will open a new office in Dacula. John Buchanan, DO and John Alsobrook, MD both established providers in the Dacula area, will join Cliff Willimon, MD and our Sports Medicine team at the new location. We look forward to welcoming our new providers and bringing our services closer to your neighborhood.

    • For big fun and to stay in shape, many of the COA physicians and staff will be competing in the Atlanta Tough Mudder event April 6 & 7, 2013. Tough Mudder is known as the premier obstacle course series in the world. Have fun team COA!


  • May

    • Dr. Michael Schmitz and Dr. Jill Flanagan co-authored a presentation that will be given at the Annual Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) Meeting in Toronto, Ontario held May 1-4, 2013. The presentation is titled "Is Age The Best Predictor For Non-Accidental Trauma In Pediatric Patients With Femur Fractures?"
  • June

    • Dr. Michael Schmitz, COA surgeon and Chief of Orthopaedics at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, is proud to announce that our physicians helped CHOA rank in the Top 10 in the 2013-2014 US News Best Children’s Hospitals rankings. Dr. Schmitz said the ranking "is a testament to the commitment to excellence at Children's Orthpaedics of Atlanta.

    • Children's Orthopaedics of Atlanta will open a new office in Stockbridge. Dana Olszewski, MD, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon, who is completing her training in Texas, will join our surgical team at the new Stockbridge location. We look forward to welcoming our new providers and bringing our services closer to your neighborhood.
  • July

    • Dr. Marshall was featured on Fox 5 News discussing backpacks and their effect on our children's health. View the video here:

  • August

    • Dr. Willimon received acknowledgement of passing his American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery oral boards.

    • Dr. Primos and Dr. Kroll passed their Sports Medicine Recertification Boards.

  • September

    • Dr. Busch's paper titled "Arthroscopic synovectomy for hemophilic joint disease in a pediatric population" has been listed as one of the world's top one percent of papers. It has been cited more than 30 times.

    • Dr. Cliff Willimon was invited to the 2013 Fall Fellowship Meeting to discuss the topic of hip arthroscopy. Our two fellows, Dr. Faust and Dr. Whitesell were also in attendance. This meeting is held on an international scale and hosts 75 fellows from around the globe. The Fall Fellowship Meeting took place September 6-8, 2013.

    • Dr. Busch, Dr. Schrader and Dr. Willimon will all be in attendance at the Georgia Orthopaedic Society's annual meeting. Dr. Busch will be presenting on the topic of Child Abuse reporting.

  • October

    • Dr. Tim Schrader attended the annual The International Perthes Study Group meeting in Dallas, TX. IPSG is a group of over 45 pediatric orthopaedic surgeons and researchers looking to advance the knowledge and care of patients with Perthes disease. As a result of the meeting, Dr. Schrader and his COA hip team are beginning various research projects that will help IPSG in its goals of helping those children with this hip disorder. As a result of the meeting, Dr. Schrader and his COA hip team are beginning various research projects that will help IPSG in its goals of helping those children with this hip disorder.

      On October 26,  Dr. Michael Schmitz served as the course director and speaker at the Pediatric Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Seminar hosted by CHOA. Dr. Schmitz will be joined by speakers from our practice including Dr. Busch, Dr. Fabregas, Dr. Flanagan, Dr. Marshall, Dr. Schrader and Dr. Willimon on topics ranging from hip pain, knee pain, shoulder and elbow pain management as well as bone health and concussions. This course was designed for pediatricians and pediatric providers in the area to help inform, diagnose and care for their patients.  Dr. Marshall, Dr. Schrader and Dr. Willimon on topics ranging from hip pain, knee pain, shoulder and elbow pain management as well as bone health and concussions. This course is designed for pediatricians and pediatric providers in the area to help inform, diagnose and care for their patients.

  • November

    • Dr. Marshall and Dr. Flanagan were in Anaheim, CA this weekend giving talks at the American Physical Therapy Association's section on pediatrics annual meeting. Dr. Flanagan presented talks on scoliosis, bone health and an update in pediatric orthopaedics. Dr. Marshall spoke about sports injuries and concussions. iac orthopaedics. Dr. Marshall spoke about sports injuries and concussions. Our doctors enjoy these conferences as a time to not only update their peers on important topics, but to maintain their continued education as well.

  • December

    • Dr. Bill Primos spoke a the Children's Healhcare of Atlanta Sports Medicine Seminar for athletic trainers and school nurses. Dr. Primos presented on the topic of "Sports and Exercise During Illness."

    • Dr. Michael Busch was invited to present on three topics at the prestigious International Pediatric Orthopaedic Symposium in Florida. Dr. Busch presented on topics including foot and ankle injuries in dance and gymnastics, ACL repair, and complex meniscus repairs.

2012

  • September

    • Jill C. Flanagan, M.D. will be lecturing on Bone Health at the Grand Rounds of both Children's at Egleston and Children's of Scottish Rite.
    • Dr. Cliff Willimon is invited as a lecturer and instructor for the 2012 Wider Scope of Arthroscopy Meeting in Andover, Mass. He will lecture on the topic and provide surgical training to other physicians as well.
    • Dr. Michael Busch will serve as faculty for an upcoming medical education activity, Clinical Updates in Pediatrics: Sports Medicine Update, at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. 
    • On September 4, 2012, Children's Orthopaedics of Atlanta at Gwinnett is relocating to better serve you and your children. Our new address is 2270 Hwy 120, Duluth, Georgia 30097-4012. Drs. Devito, Fabregas, Montero, Primos and Willimon will continue providing care to Gwinnett children and adolescents, along with Lynda Palmer, P.A., Veronica Hill, C.P.N.P. and Kirsten Warnock, N.P.-C.




  • August-September

    • McKenzie CoanMcKenzie Coan, a patient of Children's Orthopaedics of Atlanta, will swim for Gold in the 2012 Paralympics Games this summer. McKenzie qualified for London by finishing first in the U.S. in the 1,500 meter freestyle, second in the 100 meter backstroke, second in the 400 meter freestyle and third in the 200 meter individual medley. To learn more about McKenzie, you can follow her on twitter atwww.twitter.com/mckenzie_coan



  • August

    • J. Stephen Kroll, M.D.Dr. Stephen Kroll will join COA and the Sports Medicine team beginning August, 2012. As a pediatrician with specialized training in Sports Medicine, his addition to the practice enhances the sports medicine team approach for specialized non operative and operative care of orthopaedic and sports related injuries. Dr. Kroll will see patients at the Meridian Mark and Forsyth locations.



  • July

    • S. Clifton Willimon, M.D. is an invited lecturer at the 29th Annual Southern Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting July 18-21 at the Greenbriar Inn in White Sulphur Springs, W.V. Dr. Willimon will be lecturing on "Ostechondral Grafting (Cartilage Transplantation) in the Knee" during the cartilage symposium portion of the meeting. He will also lecture on "Pediatric Hip Arthroscopy" and "Management of the Hip Capsule During Hip Arthroscopy" during the hip preservation symposium portion of the meeting.



  • June

    • Michael T. Busch, M.D. has accepted the invitation to join the International Editorial Board of the Journal of Children's Orthopaedics for an initial period of three years. In this role, he will submit his own papers but will also solicit articles from his co-workers and peers for publishing. He will also support the Editors-in-chief by reviewing papers that are in the field of pediatric orthopaedics.
    • Melissa Leake, AT-C, will be presenting a case presentation at the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) annual meeting in St. Louis, June 26-29



  • May

    • Dr. Michael T. Busch gives two lectures and surgical demonstrations in the AAOS DVD publication Standing Room Only: Pediatrics Sports Surgery of Children and Adolescents. The titles are titled "Sports Ankle Injuries and Treatment" and "General Arthroscopy: Portals, Loose Body Removal."
    • Michael T. Busch, M.D. will be lecturing on "Musculoskeletal Problems in Children with Bleeding Disorders" at the Hemophilia of Georgia State Meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
    • The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has invited Michael T. Busch, M.D. to join a national committee focused on preventing sports injuries in children.
    • Michael L. Schmitz, M.D. will be speaking at the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America in Denver and teaching a course on Complex Spinal Deformity in New Orleans. Dr. Schmitz will also be the featured speaker at the 19th Annual John Roberts Visiting Professorship at the Children's Hospital in New Orleans.
    • Stephanie Detamore Athre, P.N.P. will be presenting at the Pediatric Orthopaedic Practitioner Society (POPS) conference in Denver, Colorado. This is the midlevel provider society that was formed under the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA). Her presentation is titled, "The Use of Bier Blocks in the Acute Management of Upper Extremity Fractures in the ER."
    • Wallace E. Wilson (Ed), P.A.-C. will be sitting on the House of Delegates for the National Meeting of the American Academy of Physicians Assistants in Toronto, Ontario as a voting member and delegate representing Society for Physician Assistants in Pediatrics.



  • April

    • David L. Marshall, M.D. will present the following topics at the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's Sports Medicine April conference in Atlanta, Georgia:
      • The Evaluation and Management of an Adolescent with Wrist Pain
      • The Evaluation and Management of an Adolescent with an Unstable Shoulder
      • The Evaluation and Management of an Adolescent with Hip/Groin Pain
      • The Evaluation and Management of an Adolescent Thrower with Elbow Pain
      • The Evaluation and Management of ACL Injuries in the Skeletally Immature Athlete
    • S. Clifton Willimon, M.D. will co-present "The Evaluation and Management of an Adolescent with Hip/Groin Pain" at the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's Sports Medicine April Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
    • Melissa Leake, C-AT, will co-present "The Evaluation and Managment of an Adolescent with Hip/Groin Pain" at the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's Sports Medicine April Conference in Atlanta, Geogia.
    • William Primos, M.D., will co-present "The Evaluation and Managment of an Adolescent with Hip/Groin Pain" at the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's Sports Medicine April Conference in Atlanta, Geogia.
    • Michael T. Busch, M.D. will co-present at the Children Healthcare of Atlanta's Sports Medicine Conference at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center this month. His topics will be:
      • The Evaluation and Management of an Adolescent Thrower with Elbow Pain
      • The Evaluation and Management of ACL Injuries in the Skeletally Immature Athlete
      • The Evaluation and Management of an Adolescent with an Unstable Shoulder
    • J Flanagan, M.D. is invited to attend the 12th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation in Chicago, Illinois. The collaborative nature of the meeting will help identify future direction for research that will best benefit the OI community.



  • March

    • David L. Marshall, M.D. and S. Clifton Willimon, M.D. will provide medical coverage for the 2012 Southeastern Conference (SEC) Gymnastics Championship on March 23 and 24 in Duluth, Georgia.
    • Tim Schrader, M.D. is invited to participate in the inaugural meeting of the international Perthes Study Group in Dallas, Texas. Fifty physicians from around the world will be discussing current concepts, research and treatment methods with hopes of starting several prospective multicenter studies.
    • J Flanagan, M.D. will be lecturing on Bone Health at the Grand Rounds of both Children's at Egleston and Children's of Scottish Rite.
    • Clifton Willimon, M.D. is invited to be an instructor at the 6th Annual, prestigious 2012 Hip Symposium in Vail, Colorado.
    • William Primos, M.D. will educate a group of Emory University Nurse Practitioner students on the topic of "Common Sports Injuries to the Upper and Lower Extremities."
    • Wallace E. Wilson (Ed), P.A.-C. will lecture on "Pearls and Pitfalls in Pediatric Fractures" and conduct two workshops on casting and sutures at the Society for Physician Assistants in Pediatric's 6th annual conference in New Orleans, Lousiana. As the Immediate Past President of the organization, Ed is also serving as Conference Chairman.
    • This season, Children's Orthopaedics of Atlanta supports Sandy Springs Youth Sports (SSYS). With over 900 players, 700 families, and 750 games at the park, SSYS is a place where youth play, develop and learn skills for life. Go Cowgirls softball team!




  • February

    • Stephanie Detamore Athre, P.N.P. will be presenting "Compartment Syndrome: Diagnosis and Treatment," in Atlanta at the multi-state conference of the Greater Atlanta Chapter of the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses (NAON).
    • J Flanagan, M.D. will present at the Ruth Jackson Orthpoaedic Society annual meeting in San Francisco, California. She will be speaking about her awarded 2011 traveling fellowship where she traveled to various pediatric bone health centers across the country.
    • Michael T. Busch, M.D. will be presenting at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedics Surgeons in San Franscisco, California. His presentations are titled, "Transphyseal ACL Reconstruction with Soft Tissue Graft" and "Throwing Injuries of the Elbow in the Throwing Athlete."
    • Dr. Cliff Willimon will be serving as an instructor for the Rotator Cuff Mastery Course at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.



  • January

    • Stephanie Detamore Athre, P.N.P. will be presenting "Compartment Syndrome: Diagnosis and Treatment" at the Greater Atlanta chapter of the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses (NAON).
    • Melissa Leake, A.T.C. will be joining the medical event coverage team for second stop of the Mountain Dew Winter Action Sports Tour in Killington, Vermont.
    • Michael T. Busch, M.D. will celebrate 25 years of practice at Children's Orthopaedics of Atlanta.
    • The holidays at COA are always a busy time of the year. This year was no exception. With children out of school, many families chose to have postponed elective surgical procedures performed. The doctors and staff at COA dedicated many hours to ensuring these families had outstanding care, accessible treatment and outstanding service.

      Honoring our specialty of treating children, it was no surprise to find the COA staff interjected some of their own holiday cheer into the office. In fact, as a group, the staff donated $700 of their own money to the Fragile Kids Foundation in honor of the COA doctors. The Fragile Kids Foundation provides assistance to medically fragile children. Assistance includes rehabilitation equipment and quality of life enhancing products that are not covered by private insurance, Medicaid or Georgia’s PeachCare system.

      To top it off, the practice experienced another growth spurt this holiday season. In November, Dr. Robert J. Montero came to practice at COA from Charlottesville, Virginia. He brings with him a unique clinical expertise in non-operative pediatric orthopaedics. He is already treating patients in Alpharetta, Forsyth, Gwinnett, Marietta and at the Meridian Mark location.

      The office at Meridian Mark also began expanding its physical space during the holidays. Coming soon, there will be additional treatment areas (one dedicated to Sports Medicine patients ) and the waiting room is undergoing a “face lift” as well.

      At the dawn of 2012, COA is anticipating an exciting new year. Be on the lookout for a new 24 hour/7 days a week improved appointment scheduling, the launch of the electronic medical record (EMR) and a new location in Gwinnett. In addition, COA will be celebrating its 30th Anniversary in practice.

      COA wants to sincerely thank you for letting us care for your family in 2011. We are also hopeful that when and if your child should need orthopaedics care in 2012, you will choose us again.

 
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