Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Steven L. Haddad of Illinois Bone & Joint Institute

Written by Laura Dyrda | November 02, 2010 | Print  |
Steven L. Haddad, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon, inventor and expert on total ankle replacement. He regularly performs surgery on patients needing uncomplicated total ankle replacement and those with deformity corrections. Dr. Haddad has also shared his expertise by leading design teams focused on creating ankle replacement prostheses for Wright Medical.

"These third-generation prostheses really mimic a natural ankle, which is really what makes them different," Dr. Haddad said in an NBC story.

Traditional surgeries, such as fusions, for ankle disorders often left the ankle stiff and limited the range of motion. In order to use the new implants, surgeons drill a tunnel in the lower leg bone and implant the artificial joint with a bottom piece which connects to the top of the foot. Thin plastic serves as cartilage, allowing the bone to grow into the implant and hold it in place.

Not all patients are good candidates for total ankle replacement and Dr. Haddad emphasizes patient education in his practices to ensure the best methods for conservative and surgical treatment. He is currently a member of The American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He has earned several research awards throughout his career.

Dr. Haddad earned his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He also completed a fellowship in foot and ankle surgery at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore.

Read other coverage on orthopedic and spine industry leaders:

- Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. James D. Schwender of the Twin Cities Spine Center

- Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Randall Dryer of Central Texas Spine Institute

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