MBJ: International orthopedic docs arrive in Memphis for brain exchange
Physicians from around the world regularly come to Memphis to share ideas with local doctors and to take new techniques back home.
For decades, Campbell Clinic has provided training for international orthopedic physicians, who then take what they’ve learned back to their home countries.
The two most recent participants, Dr. Ara Aivazyan of Armenia and Dr. Brian Billy Berto Madison of South Sudan, work in countries that have seen their share of internal strife. Madison is one of three orthopedic surgeons in a country with a population of nearly 13 million.
While the program trains participants on the latest orthopedic methods, it can also provide the staff at Campbell Clinic with a new perspective.
“They may be doing some things that are really innovative because they have limited resources,” said Fred Azar, chief of staff at Campbell Clinic.
International fellows from all over the world apply to the program and are selected several times during the year to participate. The amount of time they spend in Memphis is determined by the program they are involved in.
Aivazyan, head of Pediatric Orthopaedics and Traumatology at the Scientific Center of Traumatology and Orthopaedics in Yerevan, Armenia, was with Campbell Clinic from Oct. 3-7 as part of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons International Scholars Program. The program seeks to match orthopedic surgeons from underserved countries with prominent U.S. orthopedic centers.
Madison will be in Memphis until Nov. 13 for a six-week program. His visit is part of an international educational exchange through the Campbell Foundation’s Footprints in Motion program.