EWI III continues a tradition

The first Extremity War Injuries (EWI) symposium, hosted by the AAOS and the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA), was held in January 2006. The symposium defined the current knowledge of the management of extremity war wounds and outlined future research directions.

AAOS and OTA fellows continued their work with military orthopaedic surgeons and organized a second symposium in January 2007. EWI II: Development of Clinical Treatment Principles provided updates on relevant research efforts, examined new challenges faced overseas, and most significantly, developed new clinical treatment algorithms.

With the additional support of the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons, EWI III shed light on research findings in the areas of soft-tissue defects, segmental bone defects, open tibial shaft fractures, and massive periarticular reconstructions. Attendance at this third EWI symposium was at an all-time high, and included AAOS President James H. Beaty, MD; First Vice-President E. Anthony Rankin, MD; and Second Vice-President Joseph D. Zuckerman, MD, as well as recent and scheduled Landstuhl Visiting Scholars.

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