HackensackUMC Physician Serves as an Educational Ambassador in Chile

October 7, 2014 02:33 PM
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James C. Wittig, M.D., vice chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery, chief of Orthopaedic Oncology and director of the Skin and Sarcoma Division at the John Theurer Cancer Center at HackensackUMC, recently served as a visiting professor in Chile.
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On a mission to educate and collaborate, James C. Wittig, M.D., vice chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery, chief of Orthopaedic Oncology and director of the Skin and Sarcoma Division at the John Theurer Cancer Center at HackensackUMC, recently served as a visiting professor in Chile.

At the invitation of Luis Bahamonde, M.D., chairman of Orthopedic Surgery and chief of

Orthopedic Oncology at the University of Chile, Dr. Wittig and his colleagues in the fields of orthopaedic oncology, radiology and pathology presented the Chilean Musculoskeletal Pathology Course.

The multidisciplinary program replicated a course conducted annually in New York, which discusses the pathology of musculoskeletal tumors and other conditions that effect the musculoskeletal system.  Approximately 120 people attended the course in Santiago, which was offered in English and Spanish with translations provided through headsets.

“We worked with a sophisticated group of physicians and residents,” Dr. Wittig said. “The residents were receptive and engaged and they asked very intelligent questions.”

As a direct result of the visit, this course will now become a mandatory component of the curriculum. Dr. Wittig was pleased to branch out on behalf of HackensackUMC as an international healthcare leader.

“It was humbling to be invited to another country to educate their residents as they begin the process of a formal pathology conference,” said Dr. Wittig. “I was curious to learn about their approach to orthopaedics and interested to learn that it is indeed very similar to ours.”

 

Photo: James C. Wittig, M.D., vice chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery, chief of Orthopaedic Oncology and director of the Skin and Sarcoma Division at the John Theurer Cancer Center at HackensackUMC, recently served as a visiting professor in Chile. Pictured left to right: Lucas Ritacco, M.D., orthopaedic surgeon, Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires (Buenos Aires, Argentina); Roberto Garcia, M.D., associate professor of Pathology, Mount Sinai Medical Center (New York, NY); Alan Schiller, M.D., chairman emeritus of Pathology, Mount Sinai Medical Center (New York, NY); Luis Bahamonde, M.D., chairman of Orthopedic Surgery and chief of Orthopedic Oncology at the University of Chile (Santiago, Chile), and Dr. James Wittig. 

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