Dr. Michael Christie, of the Southern Joint Replacement Insitute in Nashville, called the show today to discuss their work with hips, knees, and shoulders …as well his passion for helping provide medical care for under served countries through the Walk Strong Foundation.
Dr. Michael J. Christie came to Nashville in 1984 as an assistant professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. In 1989, he founded the Vanderbilt Arthritis and Joint Replacement Center, serving as its director until co-founding the Southern Joint Replacement Institute in 1999.
Dr. Christie received his medical training from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago, and completed a fellowship at Harvard University’s Combined Orthopaedic Program for Joint Replacement and Adult Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Christie also holds a master’s degree in epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University.
In 2010, Dr. Christie and his partners began searching for a mission project to help the less fortunate with their surgical skills. Using a model similar to what his son had established in Africa, the Walk Strong Foundation became a reality. To date, several hundred patients have been seen, and 80 patients have received total knee replacements at no cost. Yearly, tractor truckloads of donated supplies and equipment are delivered to the hospital in Veracruz. The hospital staff has been educated in the use and care of donated items by the Walk Strong team. Under the direction of Dr. Christie, an orthopaedic physician from Veracruz has spent 12 months training here in the United States. He will take his training back to Veracruz to treat patients there year-round and to train other physicians.
An internationally-recognized lecturer and author in the field of joint replacement, Dr. Christie has a special interest in complex revision procedures of the hip and knee. He participates in the design of new implant components and holds international patents on several.
The Walk Strong Foundation is a nonprofit medical humanitarian organization which provides knee and hip replacements at no cost to patients in developing and under served countries. Walk Strong’s medical team of doctors, nurses, physical therapists, and support volunteers are committed to helping those in need by relieving pain, restoring their mobility, self-dignity, productivity and return to a normal life.
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