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University of Maryland School of Medicine Names Dr. Joshua M. Abzug as Deputy Surgeon-In-Chief and Chief of Pediatric Orthopaedics for the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital

January 16, 2015

Joshua M. Abzug

Appointment Bolsters Maryland’s Position as a Leader in Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery

Andrew Pollak, MD, the professor and chair at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, and Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that Joshua M. Abzug, MD, a national expert on pediatric upper extremity conditions, has been appointed deputy surgeon-in-chief for the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital, Chief of Pediatric Orthopaedics at the University of Maryland Medical Center and vice-chair of the Dean’s Council for Pediatric Surgery.

Dr. Abzug will be responsible for helping to manage and grow pediatric the orthopaedic surgery practice at the medical center. An assistant professor of orthopedics and pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, he is also the director of the University of Maryland Brachial Plexus Practice in the University of Maryland Medical System.

Dr. Abzug received a BS from York College and an MD from Penn State University College of Medicine. He was a resident at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, and did fellowships at the Philadelphia Hand Center at Thomas Jefferson University Medical College, the Shriners Hospital for Children and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, both of which are also in Philadelphia. He is currently an associate editor of three journals, Hand, Hand-E and The Journal of Hand Surgery.

“Joshua Abzug is recognized as a premier clinician and researcher,” said Dr. Pollak. “His new roles reflect the overall excellence of his work. I congratulate him on this well-deserved promotion.”

Dr. Abzug has focused much of his research and clinical practice on pediatric upper extremity conditions, including brachial plexus injuries, a network of nerves in the neck and shoulder region. He also participates in many research projects involving pediatric fracture care and care of the adult upper extremity; in a research study performed last year, he and his colleagues found that in more than 90 percent of cases, pediatric fractures had not been appropriately splinted. The splints were often applied in ways that had the potential to cause harm or lead to longer than necessary recovery.

“Dr. Abzug has established himself as a top expert in the field,” said Dean Reece, who is vice president for Medical Affairs, University of Maryland, and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and Dean of the School of Medicine. “He has greatly enhanced the clinical, research and educational components of our pediatric surgery program, and I know that with these new appointments, he will continue to do great work.”

About the University of Maryland School of Medicine

The University of Maryland School of Medicine was chartered in 1807 and is the first public medical school in the United States and continues today as an innovative leader in accelerating innovation and discovery in medicine. The School of Medicine is the founding school of the University of Maryland and is an integral part of the 11-campus University System of Maryland. Located on the University of Maryland’s Baltimore campus, the School of Medicine works closely with the University of Maryland Medical Center and Medical System to provide a research-intensive, academic and clinically based education. With 43 academic departments, centers and institutes and a faculty of more than 3,000 physicians and research scientists plus more than $400 million in extramural funding, the School is regarded as one of the leading biomedical research institutions in the U.S. with top-tier faculty and programs in cancer, brain science, surgery and transplantation, trauma and emergency medicine, vaccine development and human genomics, among other centers of excellence. The School is not only concerned with the health of the citizens of Maryland and the nation, but also has a global presence, with research and treatment facilities in more than 35 countries around the world.




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