If you receive a letter from your insurance company stating that one or more of your Texas Orthopaedic Associates Physicians will no longer participate in your healthcare network effective June 2018 please rest assured this is not the case. We will still be in network with your insurance company. Please don’t hesitate to call us if you have any questions. Thank you very much! Texas Orthopaedic Associates
We have added a new specialist in non-operative and regenerative medicine to our practice. Dr Dimeff starts January 2018.
We have added a new orthopedic surgeon to our practice. Dr. Sakowski starts on September 1, 2017.
Major League Baseball in partnership with USA Baseball have created a new web site called Pitch Smart to help educate youth baseball players, parents, and coaches about how to play the game safely.
ASMI Medical Director Dr. James Andrews and Research Director Glenn Fleisig, Ph.D. serve on the Advisory Committee that helped create the web site as well as the pitching guidelines offered to help protect young players’ arms.
Check out the Pitch Smart Website at http://m.mlb.com/pitchsmart/
HYDROCODONE & HYDROCODONE COMBINATION DRUGS
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has announced that hydrocodone and hydrocodone combination products will be reclassified from Schedule III to Schedule II effective October 6, 2014.
As of October 6, 2014, hydrocodone and hydrocodone combination prescriptions and refills will no longer be able to be processed electronically or via telephone. Prescriptions will require a physician signature and will be required to be written on a special prescription pad.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU?
• These prescriptions will not have pre-authorized refills.
• You will need to obtain all prescriptions for these medications in person from your physician.
• Prescriptions will only be written during normal business hours, Monday through Thursday, when your physician is present in the office.
• Prescriptions will not be written on weekends or holidays or when the clinic is closed.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
• Plan ahead.
• Don’t wait until you are out of medication to call your Physician.
• We encourage you to discuss this change with your Physician and discuss alternative pain medication options that may be authorized electronically or by telephone.
We understand the difficulty this will cause our patients in obtaining these types of prescriptions; however, we are mandated to comply with the new DEA regulations.
Information coming soon.
- Where were you born and/or grow up?
I was born in Durham, North Carolina. At that time, my dad played professional baseball for the Durham Bulls, a Triple-A team. I grew up in Dallas after we settled here during my 3rd grade year.
- Where did you go to school?
Martha Turner Reilly Elementary School, Robert T. Hill Junior High School, and Bryan Adams High School in Dallas. I went to college at Texas A&M University, where I played varsity baseball and graduated summa cum laude in 1978. I received my medical degree at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas, in 1982 and finished fourth in my class of 200. Next, I completed my orthopedic residency in 1987 at UT Southwestern Medical School Affiliated Hospitals. Finally, I finished my fellowship in sports medicine and knee surgery in Lake Tahoe, California, in 1988. I also did subspecialty training in shoulder surgery in London, Ontario, Canada in 1988.
- What influenced your decision to become a doctor / surgeon?
I wanted to be a surgeon since I was 13 years old. Influential factors included my love of science, my fascination with the complexity of the human body, and a book my parents gave me as a gift for my 13th birthday, The Making of a Surgeon, by William Nolen, MD. My love of sports had a strong influence on my decision to specialize in orthopedic surgery.
- What are your hobbies?
Golf, tennis, hiking, and photography. I am trying to improve my fly-fishing skills, especially since my oldest son is a fly-fishing guide! I need to get back to playing the piano. My wife bought lessons for me about 15 years ago. I was diligent with practice and playing for several years, but, I have let that fade, and I would like to get it going again.
- What do most people not know about you?
I am a pretty good photographer, especially in landscape photography. I really enjoy it, but I have a lot more to learn. Also, I have hiked nearly every trail at Rocky Mountain National Park, where I have taken thousands of photos.
- What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
As simple as it sounds, to “always do your best.” My philosophy for patient care is to always do what’s in the best interest of my patient. “A patient trusts; the surgeon must never betray that trust.” (Charles Gregory, MD, former chief of Orthopedic Surgery, UT Southwestern Medical School Affiliated Hospitals)
- If you could be an actor in any movie, who would you be and why?
Clint Eastwood, because he is very cool under pressure.
- What is your favorite food?
Tex-Mex. I love spicy food.
- What most inspires you?
The satisfaction gained from improving my patients’ dignity and quality of life. My goal is to get the injured athlete back on the field to strive to play better than ever, to get the injured worker back on the job to provide for the family, or to get the grandmother back on her feet to enjoy time with her grandchildren. As one of my mentors, Pete Carter, MD, said, “We keep our patients truly living.”
- What is a “fun fact” about you?
I have hit two holes in one. Both were actually good shots, but there was certainly luck involved.
- What was your nickname as a child?
“Scooter,” growing up. I was a fast runner then!
“Doc,” during my Texas A&M University baseball stint.
“Linus,” during my residency training. It’s a long story. In short, I was an intern with my seasoned medical student team of four at Parkland Hospital, taking care of a very complicated patient with lots of lines and dressings to be changed very early in the morning before my chief resident rounded with us around 6:30 a.m. We may have worked through the night before. I can’t remember that detail, since that was routine every third night when “on call.” As my team was intently working together on the patient, my chief and I stood back and marveled. It reminded me of “Charlie Brown’s Christmas” when Charles Shulz’s characters frantically worked together to transform Charlie Brown’s choice of the sickly, little tree into a pretty Christmas tree. When I reminded my chief of the analogy, I became Linus.
- Lightning, while hiking above tree line ____________________ absolutely terrifies me.