UCF Health dean says orthopedic specialty was not financially sustainable after terminating surgeon's position


A Florida-based health system has turned its focus away from certain orthopedic services amid financial strife. 


The Orlando Sentinel outlined several complaints from orthopedic surgeon Obinna Adigweme, MD, to the University of Central Florida's College of Medicine leadership, detailing the lack of equipment and community outreach support to grow orthopedic services. In one instance, Dr. Adigweme reported that the UCF clinic where he practiced didn't have the injection he needed for a knee patient; in another, he did not have access to an X-ray that he needed.

The Sentinel also reported a separate orthopedic surgeon at UCF Health had his position eliminated because the Dean of College Medicine Deborah German told the local paper that the specialty wasn't "financially sustainable." The surgeon earned $520,000 per year; the average orthopedic surgeon compensation is $482,000 per year, according to Medscape.

Dr. Adigweme has since left the health system.

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