Joseph J. Schreiber, MD of Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic was selected to present research findings at the 71st Annual Meeting of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH). The three-day course, which took place on September 29-October 1, 2016 in Austin, Texas, was designed for surgeons to share new concepts and revisit established principles pertaining to hand and upper extremity.
Dr. Schreiber and hand surgery colleagues at Stanford University and Brown University presented recent findings linking thumb basal joint osteoarthritis to local osteoporosis. Patients with early arthritis at the base of the thumb were found to have decreased bone density as measured on CT scans as compared to normal patients without arthritis. It is thought that pain resulting from arthritis results in decreased use and pinch strength of the thumb, which results in focal disuse osteopenia.
In addition, Dr. Schreiber and hand surgery colleagues at Stanford University presented their findings of a recent survey of over 500 Certified Hand Therapists. Many hand pathologies, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, thumb arthritis, and wrist arthritis, have multiple accepted and commonly performed treatment options, with no clear evidence regarding what is best for patients. The research team obtained the therapists’ unique views of various surgical procedures and their outcomes. Most interestingly, they ascertained what therapists would choose to have done if they were patients in various clinical situations, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, thumb arthritis, and wrist arthritis.
Dr. Schreiber is a fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeon in hand surgery. Prior to joining Raleigh Orthopaedic in September 2016, he attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for undergraduate degree. Prior to medical school, he spent a year completing a research fellowship at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, France while also taking classes at the University of Paris. He then received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and he completed his surgical internship at Cornell University/Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. After residency, he spent additional time learning hand surgery at Oxford University and the Pulvertaft Hand Centre in England. He completed his training with a hand and upper limb surgery fellowship at Stanford University.
Dr. Schreiber has authored over 20 peer-reviewed original research publications on hand, wrist and elbow pathology in many of the top journals in orthopaedic surgery, including the Journal of Hand Surgery, the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, and the Journal of Shoulder & Elbow Surgery. He has presented over 40 scientific studies at various national and international orthopaedic conferences. He has additionally authored multiple book chapters, received several research grants, and been awarded for a top paper at a scientific meeting on three occasions. During his residency, Dr. Schreiber was awarded the Russell Warren, MD Research Award for demonstrating excellence in orthopaedic basic science and translational research. He is a candidate member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
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