Spring News
UVA Medical School Faculty Update
By: Michael Hadeed, MD
UVA Health System
Charlottesville, VA
There will be three new faculty starting at UVA in the fall. All three are completing their fellowships this year and will join the Adult Reconstruction, Spine and Oncology/Trauma divisions.
Dr. Tracy Borsinger, Adult Reconstruction
Dr. Borsinger graduated with a degree in Biochemistry from Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT in 2013. Dr. Borsinger attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine, graduating in 2017 and completed her Orthopaedic Surgery Residency in 2022 at Dartmouth-Hitchcock where she was awarded Resident Teacher of the year. She is completing her fellowship training in Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Dr. Borsinger will bring expertise in Anterior Direct Hip Replacement and Robotic Mako Joint Arthroplasty. She will work with our other Adult Reconstruction faculty to grow our outpatient hip and knee joint replacement program and optimize the care for our patients who require revision joint replacement. She has a passion for resident and fellow education and will be a major contributor to our Joint Replacement clinical trials research program.
Dr. Stephen Lockey, Spine
Dr. Stephen Lockey is a native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania where he also completed his undergraduate studies in chemistry at Franklin & Marshall College. He received his Medical Degree and Masters of Business Administration from Georgetown University where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and received the award for Outstanding Student Achievement. Dr. Lockey remained at Georgetown for his residency training in Orthopaedic Surgery and served as the Academic Chief Resident in his final year. He is currently a Fellow in the Division of Spine Surgery at the University of Maryland/R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. 
Dr. Max Hoggard, Oncology/Trauma
Dr. Max Hoggard is originally from Florida where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of West Florida. He obtained his medical degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa. His Orthopaedic surgery training was completed at the University of Virginia. Additionally, he completed a year of fellowship training in Orthopaedic trauma at Prisma Health in Greenville, SC. Max is currently a musculoskeletal oncology fellow at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
Recently, Dr. George Christ and team received an award entitled: “Advancement of a Void-Filling Hyaluronic Acid-Based Sponge Form Factor (Volumatrix) for Enhanced Wound Healing of Polytraumatic Volumetric Muscle Loss Injuries”. It is a $3.6M DoD award from the Joint Warfighter Medical Research Program to develop a novel sponge form factor for treatment of volumetric muscle loss injuries to wounded warriors. Drs. David Weiss and Wendy Novicoff will help conduct a regulated clinical study (e.g., Early Feasibility Study (EFS)) of the Volumatrix™ sponge form factor for treatment of VML injuries to the tibialis anterior (TA) muscle in the lower extremity—work that will be performed at UVA.
View the UVA Orthopaedic Class of 2028 HERE

Carilion Clinic Faculty Update
By: Michael O’Malley, MD
Carilion Clinic
Roanoke, VA
Welcome to new faculty at Carilion. There will be more hires for physicians and ACP’s for various sections in the near future.
N. Thomas Carstens, MD
General Orthopaedist New River Valley Region
Gregory K. Hardigree, MD
General Orthopaedist Shenandoah Region
Zachary T. Lyon, DO (August 2023)
Orthopaedic Spine New River Valley Region
Grace E. Blaylock, MD (September 2023)
Pediatric Orthopaedist Roanoke Region
Hotel Reservations
Please call The Omni Homestead Resort at (800) 838-1766 to make a reservation.
The Homestead is close to selling out over the meeting dates. Additional places to stay, as recommended by the Homestead, can be found HERE.
Exclusive Dining Opportunity

Though the Dining Room is still getting its makeover, The Homestead is offering VOS meeting attendees an exclusive dining experience. Reservations will go fast. Reserve by Thursday, April 13. 
Friday Night - April 28
Location: Commonwealth Room
Theme: Introduction to the Audubon Dining Room (Chef offering a special menu, expected to include trout and Chateaubriand).
Buffet Style @ $68 per person (13 and older)
Children up to 3 years - free
Children 4-12 - half price
Cash bar available in the room
Pianist throughout dinner service
Seatings available 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm (last seating 8:30)
***Room will be set in rounds of 8 and couples will be seated together to best fill seating. Couples wishing to be seated together should make one reservation for the group.
Reservations: Call Laura Majkowski at 540-839-7503 

Saturday Night - April 29
Location: Commonwealth Room
Theme: A Taste of The Homestead
Action stations around the room focusing on all our restaurants – The Dining Room, Jefferson’s Restaurant, Jefferson’s Taproom, Rubinos (at The Cascades), and Woody’s
Buffet Style @ $68 per person (13 and older)
Children up to 3 years - free
Children 4-12 - half price
Cash bar available in the room
One drink ticket for each guest over 21
Pianist throughout dinner service
Seatings available 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm (last seating 8:30)
***Room will be set in rounds of 8 and couples will be seated together to best fill seating. Couples wishing to be seated together should make one reservation for the group.

By: Lauren Schmitt
Commonwealth Strategy Group
The 2023 Virginia General Assembly session adjourned on Saturday February 25th and it was an excellent session for the House of Medicine!
The legislature adjourned but did not complete their work on a final conference budget. The House and Senate could not come to an agreement on how to handle the Governor’s proposed tax increases. Instead, they passed a “skinny budget” which only included funding for urgently needed items such as the “rainy day fund” and correcting a financial miscalculation that would have cost schools millions of dollars. The Chairs of Senate Finance, Senator Barker and Senator Howell, and the Chair of House Appropriations, Delegate Knight, said they will continue to meet and negotiate a regular budget. We are hopeful we will see a regular budget in the next few months. However, the legislature does not have to pass a budget in an odd year because they can just use the two-year budget they passed during the 2022 legislative session. If they do negotiate a compromise budget, it then has to go to Governor Youngkin for his amendments or signature. There’s a chance that the Governor could amend it if he is not pleased with what the legislature sends him. The upcoming November elections should place some extra pressure on everyone to come to an agreement.
One of our top priorities continues to be COPN reform that will increase access to more patients and lower healthcare costs. We had three COPN bills this year and sadly, but not surprisingly, all three bills were unsuccessful. HB 1600 and SB 953 would have created an expedited review process for limited projects, including imaging services. HB 2279 would have allowed Medicaid patients to qualify as indigent care for the purpose of meeting COPN charity care requirements.
Physicians had a big victory this session with the defeat of HB 2183, legislation that would have allowed nurse practitioners to practice autonomously immediately upon licensure. Once they realized that bill was not going to pass, they changed it to two years. Fortunately, we were able to defeat that version of the bill. As a result, the current law is still in place. A nurse practitioner must have five years of clinical practice before they can practice autonomously.
We were also thrilled to see the passage of HB 1573 and SB 970. These bills will require the Department of Health Professions to amend their applications for licensure to change the mental health question. This will help reduce the stigma that currently exists for healthcare practitioners to seek mental health treatment.
Another big win was the passage of HB 1835, which increases legal protections for healthcare providers outside of the hospital against verbal threats.
We also worked with the Virginia Physical Therapy Association before session to reach a compromise on legislation regarding access to physical therapy. SB 1005 and HB 2359 will allow patients to receive physical therapy without a physician referral. However, we included language in the bill that requires the Board of Physical Therapy to track patient outcomes and measure any negative impacts of the new law. Virginia joins 20 other states that already had this law in place.
This was a successful legislative session for us, but our work continues as we prepare for the upcoming November elections. All 140 seats in the legislature are up for re-election.
We are also in a unique place in Virginia political history, where an unprecedented number of legislators are retiring or not running again. Out of the 40 seats in the Senate, five incumbents announced they will not seek re-election. There are also several Senators who may lose their election in November due to redistricting. In the House of Delegates, 25 of the 100 Delegates are either not seeking re-election to the House or they are running for the Senate. So what does this mean for us? The 2024 Virginia General Assembly will include many new faces and look very different than this year. None of the new Senators and Delegates will be familiar with our issues. We will essentially be starting over on this issue and treating it like it hasn’t been heard before. This will be an extremely critical time to educate new legislators and build new champions for healthcare policy.
Now is the time to contribute to our OrthoPAC. A strong and robust PAC will enable us to meet and engage with all of the new and returning legislators. Click HERE to contribute.

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