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Bigliani Chairs Orthopedic Surgery

Dr. Louis U. Bigliani
Dr. Louis U. Bigliani
Dr. Louis U. Bigliani is now chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, succeeding Dr. Harold Dick. Dr. Dick, who chaired the department since 1984, will continue as professor of orthopedic surgery.

Dr. Bigliani, the Frank E. Stinchfield Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, received his M.D. degree from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in 1972. After surgical training at Roosevelt Hospital he began his orthopedic surgery residency at the New York Orthopedic Hospital at Columbia-Presbyterian in 1974. Dr. Bigliani completed the Annie C. Kane Fellowship in Shoulder and Implant Surgery at Columbia-Presbyterian and later joined the orthopedic surgery faculty.

Dr. Bigliani has been chief of the shoulder service at Columbia-Presbyterian since 1990. Under his leadership, new ground has been broken with the development of improved, muscle-sparing approaches to rotator cuff surgery, minimally invasive techniques of arthroscopic shoulder surgery, and innovative approaches to rehabilitating the shoulder problems of high-performance athletes. Dr. Bigliani devised the commonly used classification of the acromion, the bone that is usually the cause of impingement in rotator cuff disease.

As an internationally recognized leader in shoulder surgery, Dr. Bigliani has written and lectured extensively on the subject. He sits on numerous national committees and editorial boards. He is also an active NIH investigator and four-time recipient of the Charles S. Neer II, M.D., Award for Excellence in Shoulder Research.

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