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Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute Announces Participation in Leading Clinical Trials

March 08, 2024

Orlando, FL (March 5, 2024) – The Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute has become a center in three international, multicenter clinical research trials that seek to improve orthopedic surgery outcomes for people around the world. Sports medicine surgeon Bruce Levy, MD, who served as a site principal investigator in his previous role at the Mayo Clinic, brought the clinical trials to Orlando Health when he joined the team last fall. He’s now the Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute academic chief of sports medicine and director of the sports medicine surgical fellowship program.

STaR Trial:

The Department of Defense funded Surgical Timing and Rehabilitation (STaR) trial studies multiple ligament knee injuries, including knee dislocations, in members of the military and the general population. Investigators are researching how the timing of surgery and rehabilitation impacts patient outcomes with these devastating and sometimes limb threatening injuries.

“It’s an honor to participate in this study as it will help us understand how to best treat our military heroes who suffer wartime trauma, as well any patient seeking help with these complex injuries,” said Dr. Levy.

Stability 2:

The next clinical trial, supported by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) and Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), is centered around one of the most common orthopedic injuries for athletes, ACL tears. “Stability 2” examines anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR) in young people. The international, randomized clinical trial seeks to compare different surgical techniques and grafts used in patients with a high risk of re-injury.

ANCHOR trial:

The Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute has also joined the prestigious Academic Network of Conservational Hip Outcomes Research (ANCHOR). This enables a select group of surgeons from around the world to contribute data regarding hip preservation surgery in young adults to advance care for those suffering with hip dysplasia and other hip conditions.

“It’s exciting to continue this important work here in Central Florida and add to the already robust research program in place at Orlando Health,” Dr. Levy said. “The Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute is committed to doing our part to advance orthopedic surgery and sports medicine through the highest level of scientific research.”



About Orlando Health

Orlando Health, headquartered in Orlando, Florida, is a not-for-profit healthcare organization with $9.6 billion of assets under management that serves the southeastern United States and Puerto Rico.

Founded more than 100 years ago, the healthcare system is recognized around the world for Central Florida’s only pediatric and adult Level I Trauma program as well as the only state-accredited Level II Adult Trauma Center in Pinellas County. It is the home of one of the nation’s largest neonatal intensive care units, one of the only systems in the southeast to offer open fetal surgery to repair the most severe forms of spina bifida, the site of an Olympic athlete training facility and operator of one of the largest and highest performing clinically integrated networks in the region. Orlando Health has pioneered life-changing medical research and its Graduate Medical Education program hosts more than 350 residents and fellows.

The 3,429-bed system includes 32 hospitals and emergency departments – 26 of which are currently operational with six coming soon. The system also includes nine specialty institutes, skilled nursing facilities, an in-patient behavioral health facility under the management of Acadia Healthcare, and more than 375 outpatient facilities that include physician clinics, imaging and laboratory services, wound care centers, home healthcare services in partnership with LHC Group, and urgent care centers in partnership with FastMed Urgent Care. More than 4,950 physicians, representing more than 100 medical specialties and subspecialties have privileges across the Orlando Health system, which employs more than 29,000 team members and more than 1,400 physicians.

In FY 23, Orlando Health cared for 197,000 inpatients and 6.6 million outpatients.  The healthcare system provided nearly $1.3 billion in total impact to the communities it serves in the form of community benefit programs and services, Medicare shortfalls, bad debt, community-building activities and capital investments in FY 22, the most recent period for which this information is available.

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