Do supersized practices mean super service?

Two CNY orthopedic groups discuss the changing face of care in their field

Upstate Orthopedics is affiliated with Upstate Medical University and University Hospital and is located at the Bone and Joint Center, a 100,000 square foot center at 6620 Fly Road in East Syracuse.

With a lineup of 19 physicians on staff, each with expertise in one or more of the major sub-specialties of orthopedic surgery, patients treated at Upstate Orthopedics “can be confident that we have the right surgeon with the highest level of knowledge and surgical skills to successfully treat their problem,” said Lisa DaRin, Upstate Orthopedics administrative director. “We offer consultations, evaluations, and treatment for the full spectrum of orthopedic conditions, including: sports medicine, pediatric orthopedics, hand and upper extremity, orthopedic oncology, adult and pediatric spine reconstruction, foot and ankle, joint replacement/reconstruction and orthopedic trauma.”

According to DaRin, there are no downsides to having a larger practice, as opposed to the traditional, one-doctor practice of the past.

“In fact, our expertise in orthopedics is strengthened by the large number of surgeons we have within our practice,” DaRin said. “When patients come to our practice, our goal is to better understand their clinical complaint and then align them with the surgeon best suited to treat the patient based on the surgeon’s expertise. We even have the flexibility to combine surgeon expertise when patients present with multiple orthopedic conditions crossing into several orthopedic sub-specialties to make sure that they receive the best care available for all of their conditions.”

DaRin said the center has “enriched the partnership of our clinical practice with SUNY Upstate Medical University (UMU) and University Hospital, and has contributed significantly to the educational experience of the medical students, allied health professionals and residents from UMU.”

She said this partnership has benefits for patients as well.

“Since our physicians are also professors of medicine at Upstate Medical University and University Hospital, this affiliation results in not only more focused time spent with each patient, but a consistent, proven, hands-on experience to allow us to produce the next generation of orthopedic surgeons from the Syracuse area,” DaRin said. ­ She added that many of the surgeons “also maintain privileges at Crouse Hospital and Community General Hospital in order to provide orthopedic care at multiple convenient sites around Syracuse.”

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