Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Chairman of Orthopedic Surgery for the Bronxcare Health System Dr. Kirschenbaum is renowned as a surgeon and medical innovator. Having performed thousands of joint replacement surgeries Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum has designed special instruments for use during unicompartmental knee replacements. He has also developed a method of hip replacement that doesn’t require cement. Dr. Kirschenbaum is also a medical educator and entrepreneur. He created and sold the online medical journal Medscape.
Part Of An Ancient Tradition
When Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum sets broken limbs he is practicing a skill that was developed in the Stone Age. The first known medical text to address orthopedic injuries was written by the Ancient Egyptian physician Imhotep. The writings of Hippocrates discuss fractures and their treatment in depth. The “Father of Sports Medicine” was the Roman Galen of Pergamon who treated gladiators.
The Middle Ages Through the Renaissance
During the Middle Ages advancements in medicine all but ceased. Guy de Chauliac did, however, develop a way of managing femur fractures that Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum and his colleagues still use today. The original Renaissance man Leonardo da Vinci’s contribution to orthopedics was his detailed renderings of human anatomy.
The Birth of Modern Orthopedic Surgery
Facilities devoted specifically to orthopedics began springing up in the late 19th and early 20th century. During the 1960s Sir John Charnley developed the joint replacement surgery that physicians like Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum routinely perform today. Russel Hibbs conceiving a way to fuse bone during spinal surgery moved orthopedics farther forward. The advent of X-rays was a boon to the diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic conditions. As imaging methods ie; CT Scans and MRIs improve orthopedic surgery will improve with them.
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