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Orthopaedic Institute for Children’s Rachel Thompson, M.D., Travels to Colombia to Treat Children and Give Them a Chance to Grow and Play Well

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/orthoinstitute?src=hash" target="_blank"gt;#orthoinstitutelt;/agt;–As part of its commitment to advancing pediatric orthopaedics worldwide,
Rachel Thompson, M.D., of Orthopaedic Institute for Children, has
traveled to Colombia to give children in that country the chance to grow
well and play well as all children should. Dr. Thompson is associate
director of the UCLA/OIC Center for Cerebral Palsy.

On her just-concluded trip, Dr. Thompson was part of an orthopaedic team
of the Silver Service Children’s Foundation, a group of orthopaedic
surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists and pediatricians who travel to the
Colombian city of Buga biannually to evaluate and treat children with
orthopaedic diseases. Since the organization’s founding in 1992 it has
made more than 50 trips to Buga.

During this most-recent visit, they evaluated more than 200 children and
performed 50 procedures on 36 children. “Many of these procedures gave
children who did not have the ability to walk for more than a few steps
at a time the ability to run and jump and play,” said Dr. Thompson.
“Among those we treated were children with neglected clubfoot, untreated
hip dysplasia, Rickets deformities and neglected cerebral palsy cases.
In one case we constructed an ankle where there was none.

“It was truly an honor to have joined this team for the third time,” Dr.
Thompson continued. “Each trip reminds me why I am a pediatric
orthopaedic surgeon—to make kids better.”

Dr. Thompson’s visit to Colombia is but one example of OIC’s commitment
to advancing pediatric orthopaedics worldwide. Through its acclaimed
International Children’s Program, OIC has provided free, high-quality
care to more than 150,000 children from Mexico and other countries who
have orthopaedic conditions (the program includes physicians from OIC
making multiple visits to Calexico and Mexicali each year to see
children in need). Furthermore, Jennifer Beck, M.D., associate director
of OIC’s Center for Sports Medicine, recently traveled to Singapore,
Malaysia and South Korea as a recipient of a prestigious traveling
fellowship; and throughout the year physicians from OIC speak at
international conferences, share best practices around the world, host
physicians from other countries, and go where it is needed to enhance
orthopaedic care for children.

Dr. Thompson joined OIC in 2017 as part of an expansion of the cerebral
palsy program on OIC’s downtown Los Angeles campus to complement its
center housed at UCLA in West L.A. It is the only interdisciplinary
clinic in Southern California that evaluates and treats people with
cerebral palsy throughout their lifespan and is also heavily involved in
research in the field. In addition to her role as associate director of
the center, Dr. Thompson is also an assistant clinical
professor-in-residence in the Department of Orthopaedics at UCLA. Her
clinical and research interests are in cerebral palsy muscular pathology
and in using gait analysis to improve surgical decision making and
clinical outcomes.

About Orthopaedic Institute for Children

Orthopaedic Institute for Children was founded in 1911 as Los Angeles
Orthopaedic Hospital. Focused solely on musculoskeletal conditions in
children, OIC receives more than 70,000 patient visits each year. In
alliance with UCLA Health and with the support of the OIC Foundation, we
advance pediatric orthopaedics worldwide through outstanding patient
care, medical education and research. Our locations in downtown Los
Angeles, Santa Monica, Westwood and Calexico treat the full spectrum of
pediatric orthopaedic disorders and injuries. For more information,
visit us at ortho-institute.org.

Contacts

Teezal Gaji
[email protected]
213-742-1501

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/orthoinstitute?src=hash" target="_blank"gt;#orthoinstitutelt;/agt;–As part of its commitment to advancing pediatric orthopaedics worldwide,
Rachel Thompson, M.D., of Orthopaedic Institute for Children, has
traveled to Colombia to give children in that country the chance to grow
well and play well as all children should. Dr. Thompson is associate
director of the UCLA/OIC Center for Cerebral Palsy.

On her just-concluded trip, Dr. Thompson was part of an orthopaedic team
of the Silver Service Children’s Foundation, a group of orthopaedic
surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists and pediatricians who travel to the
Colombian city of Buga biannually to evaluate and treat children with
orthopaedic diseases. Since the organization’s founding in 1992 it has
made more than 50 trips to Buga.

During this most-recent visit, they evaluated more than 200 children and
performed 50 procedures on 36 children. “Many of these procedures gave
children who did not have the ability to walk for more than a few steps
at a time the ability to run and jump and play,” said Dr. Thompson.
“Among those we treated were children with neglected clubfoot, untreated
hip dysplasia, Rickets deformities and neglected cerebral palsy cases.
In one case we constructed an ankle where there was none.

“It was truly an honor to have joined this team for the third time,” Dr.
Thompson continued. “Each trip reminds me why I am a pediatric
orthopaedic surgeon—to make kids better.”

Dr. Thompson’s visit to Colombia is but one example of OIC’s commitment
to advancing pediatric orthopaedics worldwide. Through its acclaimed
International Children’s Program, OIC has provided free, high-quality
care to more than 150,000 children from Mexico and other countries who
have orthopaedic conditions (the program includes physicians from OIC
making multiple visits to Calexico and Mexicali each year to see
children in need). Furthermore, Jennifer Beck, M.D., associate director
of OIC’s Center for Sports Medicine, recently traveled to Singapore,
Malaysia and South Korea as a recipient of a prestigious traveling
fellowship; and throughout the year physicians from OIC speak at
international conferences, share best practices around the world, host
physicians from other countries, and go where it is needed to enhance
orthopaedic care for children.

Dr. Thompson joined OIC in 2017 as part of an expansion of the cerebral
palsy program on OIC’s downtown Los Angeles campus to complement its
center housed at UCLA in West L.A. It is the only interdisciplinary
clinic in Southern California that evaluates and treats people with
cerebral palsy throughout their lifespan and is also heavily involved in
research in the field. In addition to her role as associate director of
the center, Dr. Thompson is also an assistant clinical
professor-in-residence in the Department of Orthopaedics at UCLA. Her
clinical and research interests are in cerebral palsy muscular pathology
and in using gait analysis to improve surgical decision making and
clinical outcomes.

About Orthopaedic Institute for Children

Orthopaedic Institute for Children was founded in 1911 as Los Angeles
Orthopaedic Hospital. Focused solely on musculoskeletal conditions in
children, OIC receives more than 70,000 patient visits each year. In
alliance with UCLA Health and with the support of the OIC Foundation, we
advance pediatric orthopaedics worldwide through outstanding patient
care, medical education and research. Our locations in downtown Los
Angeles, Santa Monica, Westwood and Calexico treat the full spectrum of
pediatric orthopaedic disorders and injuries. For more information,
visit us at ortho-institute.org.

Contacts

Teezal Gaji
[email protected]
213-742-1501

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