Success Stories

University of Maryland Orthopaedics is recognized as a regional leader in providing advanced orthopaedic treatment for adults and children. Meet some of our patients and read about their life-changing experiences. These are the sort of success stories that UM orthopaedics physicians and staff make possible every day.



After Vienne fell off an 8-foot slide, she broke her wrist. While they may seem to be common, fractures are not a routine condition, and are often not set correctly. It wasn't until Dr. Josh Abzug did a second X-ray when they learned Vienne's wrist was broken in 2 spots. After surgery, now Vienne is back to doing what she loves- playing violin (without Dad’s help).



Meredith Riley: Young athlete returns to active life after diagnosis and treatment of an aggressive bone lesion

Anastacio Ordonez: Life-saving surgery to treat chondrosarcoma allows young father to visit family in home country of El Salvador

Sue King: Double shoulder replacement with Dr. Gilotra allows patient to travel to Japan, spend time outdoors

Wendy Nightingale: Scoliosis patient who thought she'd spend her life in a wheelchair now lives healthy, active lifestyle running marathons

Riley Shipley: Young athlete accurately diagnosed, cured by UMMC orthopaedic, vascular surgeons

Katelyn Mitchell: Teenager has her leg saved by UMMC orthopaedic surgeons, Shock Trauma team

Kimberly Salmeri: UM Spine Program patient Kimberly Salmeri vastly improved after scoliosis fusion surgery

Arnold Honkofsky: Spinal stenosis patient credits UMMC's team approach with getting him on the road to recovery

Casey Whelan: Cartilage transplant allows mother to keep up with her daughter and play sports again


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