Treatment Options for Challenging Fractures in the Upper Extremity

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Rome Upper Extremity Bioskills 2017
Apr. 12, 2018 to Apr. 14, 2018
Las Vegas, NV


This two day course focuses on the current challenges orthopaedic surgeons face. Our esteemed international faculty will provide didactic presentations accompanied with hands-on surgical-based training focusing on upper extremity treatment options. The course begins with lectures on Friday morning, April 13, and concludes on Saturday, April 14.


Hand and Wrist Session

Participants will learn the latest in the treatment options for the hand and wrist. Presenters will cover complex hand fractures and fracture/dislocations of the PIP joint. Additionally, the course will cover treatment methods of complex distal radius fractures, providing an alternative to volar plating.

Elbow Session

Participants will learn about treatment options for radial head repair from basic fixation to arthroplasty. Additionally, this section provides the principle-based approach to distal humerus fixation and features treatment methods for olecranon and coronoid fractures.

Shoulder Session

Participants will learn the challenges and complications of complex fractures for the shoulder. Our faculty will share their experience in comparing plate and rod fixation treatment methods applied to the clavicle and proximal humerus.

Workshop Sessions

Participants will gain practical hands-on experience in our sawbones workshop covering suggested treatment options for these challenging indications:

  • Hand Fractures
  • Scaphoid Fractures
  • Radial Head Fractures
  • Elbow Stiffens
  • Clavicle Fractures
  • Proximal & Distal Humerus Fractures


Course Chair: John Itamura, MD

 John M. Itamura, MD is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and shoulder and elbow surgery, with a special emphasis on conditions of the shoulder and elbow, including upper extremity arthroplasty and trauma. He is the Program Director for the Kerlan Jobe Shoulder and Elbow Surgery Fellowship and is a Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine.

After completing his Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, he continued his studies at USC and received his medical doctorate. He remained at USC Medical Center and Los Angeles County Hospital for his internship and residency. He completed his fellowship training in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery at the WB Carrell Memorial Clinic in Dallas, Texas, followed by the AO International Fellowship in Hand and Upper Extremity at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He was a full-time faculty member in the USC/Keck Department of Orthopaedic Surgery for 16 years and now practices at  Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic.