The Pediatric Sports Medicine Podcast Interviews MOON and MARS ACL Study Founders

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Dr. Mark Halstead, the host of The Pediatric Sports Medicine Podcast and a nationally recognized expert in sports-related concussions and pediatric sports medicine interviews MOON Knee Group founders Dr. Kurt Spindler and Dr. Rick Wright, who also heads up the MARS study of revision surgeries (additional ACL reconstructions on the same knee). Topics include: 

  • The scope, significance and history of both studies
  • The development, importance and use of the retear risk calculators
  • Why your doctor might recommend a graft type and how graft recommendations have and are evolving

Kurt Spindler

Dr. Kurt Spindler is an orthopedic sports medicine surgeon who currently practices at the Cleveland Clinic, where he completed his sports medicine fellowship and serves as Vice-Chair of Research and Director of Orthopedic outcomes since moving there in 2014. Prior to that, he spent more than 20 years at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. He has been actively involved in numerous orthopedic professional organizations both nationally and internationally and has received numerous awards, has been funded by the NIH since 2006 and over 200 peer-review publications to his name.

Dr. Rick Wright 

Dr. Rick Wright is the Chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Vanderbilt in Nashville and also an orthopedic sports medicine surgeon. He returns to Nashville where he did his orthopedic training after spending a long career as a surgeon, researcher and team physician at Washington University. He also has been involved in numerous orthopedic professional organizations, has secured significant NIH funding for orthopedic research and has published and presented extensively over his career both nationally and internationally.

About the Host

Dr. Mark Halstead received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin Medical School. He stayed at the University of Wisconsin for his pediatric residency, followed by a year as the chief resident. Following residency, he completed a pediatric and adult sports medicine fellowship at Vanderbilt University. He has been an elected member to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness and the Board of Directors of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM). He has served as a team physician or medical consultant to numerous high schools, Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, Washington University, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Athletica, and St. Louis Rams. He serves and has served on many local, regional and national committees as an advisor for sports medicine and concussions.

MOON Knee Updates/News

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Years ago, a young surgeon just out of orthopedic fellowship hit a moonshot when he decided to do something no one else had ever attempted in sports medicine—create a massive database that would help determine predictors of anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR) outcomes as well as the long-term outcomes of ACLR.

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