Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. William Maloney of Stanford University School of Medicine

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This past year, William Maloney, MD, was placed on the AAHKS President's Honor Roll, gold level, by the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons and received the Achievement Award for his contributions as a volunteer in orthopedics from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and The Otto Aufranc Award from the Hip Society.

Dr. Maloney practices with the Joint Replacement Center in Redwood City, Calif., and is a professor and chair of the orthopedic surgery department at Stanford School of Medicine in Palo Alto, Calif.

Dr. Maloney's recognitions come as a result of his research, currently focused on understanding the cause of failure of surgical joint replacement. His research has established a link between polyethylene wear debris and bone erosion, which resulted in physicians using different materials and designs for their procedures. He also showed that wear debris particles are coated in vivo with human protein, which added to the validity of the in vitro investigation.

In addition to his clinical work and research, Dr. Maloney is a member of the AAOS' American Joint Replacement Registry board of directors and is a driving force in creating the registry. He feels hospitals, instead of individual physicians, should be responsible for gathering and reporting the data.

"It's important to have unique patient identifiers because we need to be able to tie an index operation to the patient, surgeon and hospital," Dr. Maloney said in an AAOS report. "If we cannot do that, we cannot fulfill our goals from a patient safety standpoint."

He has published several journal articles and is on the editorial review board for the Journal of Arthroplasty. During his career, he has served as a visiting professor at several United States and Asian universities. He is currently a team physician with the San Francisco 49ers.

Dr. Maloney received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City and completed his residency at Stanford University Medical Center. He also completed a fellowship with Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Read other coverage on orthopedic and spine industry leaders to know:

- Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Alan Rosen of KSF Orthopaedic Center in Houston

- Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Felix H. Savoie, III of Tulane University School of Medicine

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