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June 2013: Dr. Wukich presented a paper on "Reducing the rate of major amputations in patients with diabetes" at the 73rd Annual Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association in Chicago, Ill. He was also a co-author of two award winning papers presented by his fellows. Dr. Kimberlee Hobizal (UPMC foot and ankle fellow 2013-14) presented a paper on "SIRS is valid in distinguishing between moderate and severe diabetic foot infections" and Dr. Katherine Raspovic (UPMC foot and ankle fellow 2012-13) presented a paper on "Self reported outcomes in patients with diabetic Charcot neuropathy". Both papers were awarded the Levin scholarship by the ADA. The three authors also presented a poster presentation on "Self reported outcomes in patients with diabetic foot infections"

February 2013: Dr. Wukich was a visiting professor at Oxford University's John Radcliffe Hospital. This visiting professorship occurred concurrently with his attendance at the Oxford Bone Infection Meeting where he presented a paper on "Surgical site infections"

October 2012: Dr. Wukich was asked to be Co-Chairman of the 2014 International Course on the Diabetic Foot to be held in Florence, Italy in April 2014. The meeting will be focused on Osteomyelitis and Bone Infections in patients with diabetes. The planning committee for this meeting includes Dr. Luca Dalla Paola (Cotignola, Italy), Dr. Alberto Piaggesi (Pisa, Italy), Dr. John Giurini (Boston, Massaschusetts) and Dr. Robert Frykberg (Phoenix, Arizona).

October 2012: Dr. Wukich was an invited speaker for Georgetown University's Diabetic Limb Salvage Summit where he was asked to speak on Internal Fixation Techniques for Charcot Reconstruction. This annual meeting attracted health care providers from many US states and several countries.

September 2012: Two scientific papers were accepted for publication. Along with coauthor Dr. Kyle Pearson, Dr. Wukich's paper on Transtibial Amputations in Patients with Diabetes was accepted by the British Journal Diabetic Medicine. Another paper on Diabetic Foot Infections was accepted for publication by Foot and Ankle International. Coauthor was Dr. Kim Hobizal

July 2012: UPMC was named one of the top 10 hospitals according to US News and World Report. The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery also remained in the top ten orthpaedic programs. Castle and Connelly named Dr. Wukich as one of the top orthopaedic surgeons in this issue of US News and World Report.

June 2012: Dr. Wukich attended the 72nd Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association in Philadelphia where he served as a member of the scientific sessions planning commission. He coordinated the foot care interest group discussion and presented a paper on the surgical treatment of diabetic foot osteomyelitis.

June 2012: Dr. Wukich was invited to speak at the International Diabetic Foot Meeting in Bologna, Italy. His topics included the pros and cons of internal versus external fixation in Charcot reconstruction and midfoot fusion techniques.

May 2012: Dr. Wukich was invited to speak at the 14th Malvern Diabetic Foot Meeting in the United Kingdom. He discussed the surgical management of Charcot diabetic neuroarthropathy

February 2012: Dr. Wukich attended the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in San Francisco, California.  Along with noted experts Michael Pinzur MD of Chicago and James Sammarco MD of Cinncinati, Wukich taught an instructional course lecture to fellow orthopaedic surgeons on the complex topic of Charcot foot reconstruction. The three surgeons presented a similar course at the 2010 and 2011 meetings and were invited back to the 2012 meeting for an encore.  Dr. Wukich is also a member of the AAOS membership committee and met with fellow committee members to select new members to the class of 2013.

November 2011: Dr. Wukich was an invited speaker at the Desert Diabetic Foot Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona

September 2011: Dr. Wukich was an invited speaker at the 2011 Diabetic Limb Salvage Meeting sponsored by Georgetown University. The meeting was held in Washington, DC and attendees came from 34 countries and 40 of the 50 states. Dr. Wukich presented two talks as a part of the symposia and he also was a panelist for discussions held during the meeting. His talks were titled "Midfoot ulcers: what the published evidence tells us" and "Why a below knee amputation is not necessarily a failure".

August 2011: Dr. Wukich is the senior author of a paper that has been accepted for publication in Foot and Ankle International. The manuscript is titled "Major arthrodesis of the foot and ankle: a comparison of patients with and without diabetes". Co-authors include Drs. Myers, Lowery and Frykberg. This paper was presented in part at  the 6th International  Symposium for the Diabetic Foot in Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands and was awarded second place in the manuscript category.

August 2011: Dane K. Wukich MD, Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is one of the authors of a consensus statement on Charcot foot in diabetes. The manuscript was published electronically ahead of print in Diabetes Care. The authors include internationally recognized experts Rogers, L. C.,Frykberg, R. G.,Armstrong, D. G.,Boulton, A. J.,Edmonds, M.,Van, G. H.,Hartemann, A.,Game, F.,Jeffcoate, W.,Jirkovska, A.,Jude, E.,Morbach, S.,Morrison, W. B.,Pinzur, M.,Pitocco, D.,Sanders, L.,Wukich, D. K.,Uccioli, L.

August 2011: Dane K. Wukich MD, Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, was named as Medical Director for the newly created Center for Healing and Amputation Prevention at UPMC Mercy. This new multidisciplinary program focuses on healing of chronic wounds and prevention of lower extremity amputations. The center will be known as "CHAMP" consistent with city of Champions.

August 2011: Dr. Wukich is the lead and senior author of a paper which has been published electronically ahead of print in Diabetes Care. The title of the manuscript is "Surgical site infections after foot and ankle surgery: a comparison of patients with and without diabetes". This paper was also presented at the 6th International Symposium of the Diabetic Foot in the Netherlands. Co-authors of this article include Drs. Ryan McMillen, Nicholas Lowery and Robert Frykberg.

July 2011: Dr. Wukich successfully completed his recertification process for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS). This recertification process included evaluation of four distinct areas. Professional standing and licensure status were thoroughly evaluated by the ABOS to include hospital admitting privileges. Life long learning and self assessment goals were achieved by completing the minimum required 120 hours of continuing medical education and completing self assessment examinations provided by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery (Dr. Wukich completed over 200 hours of continuing medical education). Cognitive performance was evaluated by a 200 question computer based four hour written examination  covering the complete spectrum of orthopaedic surgery. Evaluation of performance in practice required submission of 75 consecutive case logs which then underwent independent peer review. The whole process of recertification generally takes between two and three years to complete. Dr. Wukich was initially certified by the ABOS in 1991 and recertified in 2001 and 2011. His newest recertification will expire in 2021. 

June 2011: Dr. Wukich was an invited speaker at the annual meeting of the American Diabetes Association in San Diego, California. During a symposium on the Charcot foot at the 71st Annual Scientific Sessions, Dr. Wukich discussed  the surgical management of diabetic Charcot neuroarthropathy.  Dr. Wukich also assumed  Chairmanship of the ADA Diabetic Foot Interest Group, and during his address to the Foot Interest Group, he outlined his vision and goals for the next two years.

May 2011: Dr. Wukich and Dominic Tuason MD, an instructor in orthopaedic surgery at Pitt published an instructional course lecture entitled " Diagnosis and treatment of chronic ankle pain". This manuscript was published in Instructional Course Lectures of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

May 2011: Dr. Wukich co-author of a study which has been published electronically in the British journal Foot. The paper is titled " Responsiveness of the foot and ankle ability measurem (FAAM) in individuals with diabetes." Co-authors include Ben Kivlan and Dr. Robroy Martin. Ben is a graduate student in physical therapy at Duquesne University and Dr. Martin is full-time faculty at Duquesne University.

May 2011: Dr. Wukich is the senior and lead author of a study which has been published in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery. The paper is titled "Retrograde ankle arthrodesis using an intramedullary nail: a comparison of patients with and without diabetes mellitus." Co-authors include James Shen MD, Claudia Ramirez MS IV and Dr. Jay Irrgang.

May 2011: Dr. Wukich presented three papers at the 6th International  Symposium for the Diabetic Foot in Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands. The international meeting is held only every four years, and brings together an globally renowned faculty to discuss the latest insights into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diabetic foot problems. Health care providers from 77 countries and 6 continents attended this meeting. Dr. Wukich was the only orthopaedic surgeon from the United States who lectured at the meeting. His paper on "Major Arthrodesis in Foot and Ankle Surgery: a Comparison of Patients with and without Diabetes" was awarded second place in the podium presentation category, and was only one of the three papers recognized at the international meeting. Co-authors of this award winning paper were Drs. Tom Myers, Nicholas Lowery and Robert Frykberg.

April 2011: Dr. Wukich is a coauthor of a paper which has been accepted for publication in JAPMA. This study evaluated peripheral and central bone density in patients with Charcot neuroarthropathy. The results of this study demonstrated that patients with diabetes and Charcot had poorer bone quality in the calcaneus when compared to patients without diabetes. The lead author of this paper was Dr. Robert Greenhagen, a senior resident at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

March 2011: For the fifth consecutive year, Dr. Wukich was a member the faculty of DFCon 2011 in Los Angeles, California. DFCon 2011 stands for the Global Diabetic Foot Meeting which is held annually in Hollywood. The titles of his talks were "Charcot foot: a framework for success" and "Practical tips for diabetic foot reconstruction". This meeting is one of the largest meetings in the world solely devoted to the problems of the diabetic foot. Over 900 attendees from  35 different countries were registered, and the meeting focused on  emerging techniques to address the epidemic of diabetic foot disease. Fellow faculty members for this years meeting hailed from Belgium, Canada, Columbia, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Russia, United Kingdom and the United States.

February 2011: Dr. Wukich is the senior and lead author of a paper entitled "Early outcomes of ankle fractures in patients with diabetes mellitus: a comparison of patients with and without complicated diabetes" which has been has been published by the journal Foot and Ankle International.

February 2011: Dr. Wukich has been inivited and accepted to serve on the American Diabetes Association(ADA) Scientific Planning Committee for a two year term from July 1,2011 until June 30,2013. His responsibility is to develop scientific sessions  for the ADA with a focus on the impact of diabetes on the foot and lower extremity

February 2011: Dr. Wukich attended the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in San Diego, California. During this meeting he presented two scientific papers. Along with noted experts Michael Pinzur MD of Chicago and James Sammarco MD of Cinncinati, Wukich taught an instructional course lecture to fellow orthopaedic surgeons on the complex topic of Charcot foot reconstruction. The three surgeons presented a similar course at the 2010 meeting and were invited back to the 2011 meeting for an encore. He also presented a paper at the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society specialy day program on "Retrograde intramedullary nailing for ankle and hindfoot arthrodesis". Dr. Wukich is also a member of the AAOS membership committee and met with fellow committee members to select new members to the class of 2012. He also is a member of the AOFAS postgraduate education and training committee, and the members of that committee held their winter meeting in San Diego during the conference. During the AOFAS specialty day meeting, Dr. Wukich's paper on postoperative infections (published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery in 2010) was cited as one of the best papers published in 2010. Coauthors of that study included Drs. Lowery, McMillen and Frykberg.

January 31-February 1 2011: Dr. Wukich was a member of a task force on Charcot neuropathic osteoarthropathy. The mission of this working group was to develop a consensus statement regarding the treatment of Charcot foot syndrome. The participants included an international panel of experts who met in Paris, France, and the task force members represented France, Germany,Great Britain, Italy, Czech Republic and the USA. Charcot neuropathic osteoarthropathy results in bone and joint destruction and affects patients with diabetes and neuropathy. Professor Charcot practiced neurology in Paris during the 1800's and wrote about this difficult problem in the late 1800's. At that time, the main reason for Charcot feet was due to late the stages of syphilis. With the discovery of penicillen, tertiary syphilis was largely eradicated and Leprosy became the most common worldwide cause of this deformity. Over the past 50 years, diabetes has become the overwhelming leading cause of Charcot foot deformity. Dr Wukich was one of two orthopaedic surgeons who were invited asked to be a part of this task force. The formal press release included the following: The American Diabetes Association and the American Podiatric Medical Association convened an international task force of experts to make recommendations on the diabetic Charcot foot.  The meeting was located in Paris, France at the famous La Salpetriere Hospital, the previous institution of Jean-Martin Charcot (1825-1893).  The committee reached a consensus on the definition, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and recommended treatment of the Charcot foot.  The task force report will be jointly published in Diabetes Care and the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association later this year and presented at both associations’ scientific meetings.  The meeting was supported by unrestricted educational grants from Small Bone Innovations, Integra Life Sciences, and Sanofi-Aventis.

 Taskforce members are co-chair Lee C. Rogers (USA), co-chair Robert G. Frykberg (USA), David G. Armstrong (USA), Andrew JM Boulton (UK), Michael Edmonds (UK), Agnes Hartemann (France), Georges Ha Van (France), Fran Game (UK), William Jeffcoate (UK), Alexandra Jirkovska (Czech Republic), Edward Jude (UK), Stephan Morbach (Germany), William Morrison (USA), Michael Pinzur (USA), Dario Pitocco (Italy), Lee Sanders (USA), Dane Wukich (USA), Luigi Uccioli (Italy).

January 2011: Dr. Wukich is the senior author on a paper entitled " The Consequences of complacency: managing the effect of unrecognized Charcot feet" which has been published in the British journal Diabetes Medicine. This study emphasized early recognition and prompt treatment of the Charcot neuroarthropathy.

December 2010: Dane K. Wukich MD was appointed as a member the Post-Graduate Education and Training Committee of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society.

November 17-19, 2010: Dr. Wukich served as one of  the Co-Chairman for the 7th Annual Desert Foot High Risk Meeting in Scottsdale, AZ. The meeting was attended by over 600 participants interested in the treatment of diabetic foot disorders. During the meeting Dr. Wukich presented four talks entitled : "Multiplane external circular fixation for the high risk diabetic foot", "Surgical management of diabetic foot infections", "Management of ankle fractures in patients with diabetes" and "Intramedullary nailing for ankle and hindfoot fusions".

October 2010: Dr. Wukich is the senior author of a paper which was presented at the 41st Annual Meeting of the Eastern Orthopaedic Association in Naples, Florida. The paper " Ankle and hindfoot fusions: a comparison of complications in patients with and without diabetes"  was coauthored by Drs. Thomas Myers and Nicholas Lowery. The paper was presented by Dr. Thomas Myers, an orthopaedic resident at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

October 14-16, 2010: Dr. Wukich presented two lectures at Georgetown University's  annual Diabetic Limb Salvage Conference on the diabetic foot. " A Team Approach to Diabetic Limb Salvage" was the theme for this years meeting. Wukich's lectures included a talk on amputations entitled "Amputations of the toes, ray and midfoot" and a talk on "Charcot foot surgery: does the costs justify surgical reconstruction?" More than 1100 physicians, surgeons and diabetic limb salvage specialists from 39 US states, 5 Canadian provinces and 35 countries attended this conference. This is the third consecutive year that Dr. Wukich was invited to be on the faculty.

October 5 2010:  Dr. Wukich delivered a lecture at the 96th Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons in Washington, DC. He was an invited panelist for a symposium on " Evidence based management of the diabetic foot". His lecture, " Diagnosis and operative management of the Charcot foot" was a  part of this symposium on diabetes mellitus. Fellow invited panelists included Drs. Chris Attinger (Washington, DC), Ben Lipsky (Seattle, WA), Frank Pomposelli (Boston, MA) and John Steinberg (Washington, DC). The American College of Surgeons is comprised of 75,000 surgeons and was founded in 1913.

September 2010: Dr. Wukich is the senior author on a paper entitled " Radiographic outcomes following primary arthrodesis of the first metatarsophalangeal joint in hallux abductovalgus deformity " which was published in The Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery.

September 2010: Dr. Wukich was the lead author on a paper entitled " Diagnosis and treatment of chronic ankle pain" which was published in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. His co-author was Dominic Tuason MD.

 September  2010: Dr. Wukich is the senior author on a paper entitled "Improving health outcome scores with transtibial amputation for Charcot-related wounds" which was published in The Journal of Diabetic Foot Complications.

September  2010: Dr. Wukich presented a scientific paper entitled "Management of Ankle Fractures in Patients with Diabetes Mellitus" at the Combined Orthopaedic Associations Meeting in Glasgow, Scotland (United Kingdom). This meeting was attended by members of the orthopaedic associations of Australia, Canada, Great Britain, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States.

September  2010: Dr. Wukich was an invited speaker at the Ninth Annual Pittsburgh Symposium. The title of his presentation was " Essentials on Diabetic Foot Management".

September 2010: Dr. Freddie H. Fu, Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery, announced the appointment of Dr. Wukich to serve on the Promotions Committee for non tenured faculty in the department.

July 2010: Dr. Wukich lectured at Grand Rounds for the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The title of his presentation was " The Diabetic Foot: What the ER Doctor Needs to Know.

July 2010: Dr. Wukich presented a paper entitled " Complications Associated with Surgically Treated Ankle Fractures in Diabetic Patients" at the 26th Annual Meeting of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society Meeting in National Harbor, MD

 

 

 


 

 

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