Dr. Samuel Hailu receives the “Humanitarian scholar award” at the 37th Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA) 2021 Annual Scientific Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, USA.

OTA is a US-based association of orthopedic trauma sub-specialists established with the mission of promoting excellence in care for the injured through the provision of scientific forums and support of musculoskeletal research and education of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the public.

Dr. Samuel’s research highlighted the outcome of a single surgeon series of acetabulum (hip socket) fracture fixation he performed as the only fellowship-trained pelvic surgeon in Ethiopia during his first two years of practice from 2016 to 2017.

Acetabulum fracture surgical treatment is regarded as one of the most complex surgeries in Orthopedics because of the complexity of the anatomy and vital structures around it. As a result, it demands advanced technology like intraoperative imaging (c-arm) to surgically manage these injuries. However, when practicing in a resource-challenged environment like Ethiopia, Dr. Samuel was forced to fix these complex injuries with limited equipment.

During his first two years of practice after fellowship, he managed more than 585 patients with Pelvic and Acetabulum fractures at Tikur Anbessa (Black Lion) Specialized Hospital, Addis Ababa University. Acetabulum fractures accounted for 202 of these injuries. Dr. Samuel operated 108 of them in the absence of a c-arm. He followed these patients for two to four years after surgery.

Independent outcome assessments of his work were conducted during the two to four years follow-up period. The results showed equivalent or better outcomes when compared to most of the published series of patients treated under an ideal setting.

He thanked the OTA for the award and his mentors at various stages of his training.
– Dr. Lewis Zirkle opened the door for him to the Orthopedic world by providing him with the opportunity to come to the States to present his research paper in 2011.
– Dr. Loch Trimingham is a personal mentor who has always been there when he needed him the most!
– Dr. Lana Kang for arranging his travel to Hospital for Special Surgery that created the opportunity for him to see various sub-specialties when questing for his call.
– Prof. Milton Lee (Chip) Routt, Jr., M.D. at Memorial Herman Hospital for being his inspiration to pursue a pelvic surgery carrier pathway.
– Prof. Andrew Howard made it all possible for him to have fellowship training in Toronto.
– Dr. Markku Nousiainen for accepting him as his fellow and being a gracious host during his stay in Toronto along with Dr. Richard Jenkinson.
– Prof. Hans Kreder and Prof. David Stephen, at Sunnybrook health sciences center, University of Toronto.
– Prof. Saam Morshed and Dr. David Shearer, at the Institute for Global Orthopaedics and Traumatology (IGOT), University of California San Francisco (UCSF).

Thank you Mr. Ash Prakash for his personal contribution to fund and sponsor Dr. Samuel’s training through the office of international surgery at the University of Toronto.

He also thanked partners that made pelvic and Acetabulum practice in Ethiopia a possibility.
– SIGN Fracture Care International, a registered non-profit corporation in the state of Washington in the United States of America.
– Dr. Claude Martin and AO Alliance, a developmental nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the care of the injured in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
– Dr. Grham Forward and Australian Doctors For Africa, an Australian not-for-profit humanitarian aid organization committed to improving the health and wellbeing of poor communities in Ethiopia, Madagascar, Somaliland, and Comoros.
– Innomed, Inc., is a manufacturer of surgical instruments for orthopedic surgery based in Savannah, GA.

Congratulations Ethiopiaዬ 🇪🇹!

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