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IGFS E Newsletter November 2015

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November 2015




IGFS Elects New President - Simon Mears, MD, PhD


Simon Mears, MD, PhD
IGFS President
2015- 2017


During the 2015 IGFS Annual Meeting, the membership elected Simon Mears, MD, PhD from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences as President of the organization for 2015-2017. Dr. Mears has been a steadfast champion of our mission to advance geriatric fracture care across the globe. He was engaged in the creation of our organization and is an editor and frequent contributor to the GOS Journal. Most recently he teamed with Stephen Kates, MD in the publication of the 2ndEdition of the Blue Book (A Guide to Improving the Care of Patients with Fragility Fractures, 2nd Edition).


Dr. Mears is a professor in the Department of Orthopaedics in the UAMS College of Medicine. He is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon with special interests in total hip and knee replacement, hip fracture care and geriatric orthopaedics. Mears has won the prestigious Jahnigen Award in geriatric medicine.


He earned his medical degree and Ph.D. in neurobiology from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and a fellowship in orthopaedic traumatology at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the Mayo Clinic.


Dr. Mears takes charge of the IGFS in what we anticipate will be historic times as we seek formal recognition of the organization by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). In what has become a top priority for the leadership, the IGFS is quickly approaching all of the required milestones to be able to seek recognition by the AAOS. We look forward to continued growth and success under his stewardship.


International Geriatric Fracture Society Board of Directors (2015-2017)

IGFS Officers

Simon Mears, MD, PhD

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences


Arvind Nana, MD

University of North Texas Health Science Center
Vice President


Norbert Suhm, MD

University of Basel


Daniel Mendelson, MD

Highland Hospital


Michael Suk, MD, JD, MPH, FACS

Geisinger Health System

Past President

IGFS At Large Members

Tony Balsamo, MD

Geisinger Medical Center

Susan Bukata, MD

UCLA Medical Center

Brett Crist, MD

University of Missouri-Columbia

Rick Dell, MD

Kaiser Permanente Downey

Eric Meinberg, MD

University of California, San Francisco

Julie Switzer, MD

Regions Hospital

Bernardo Reyes, MD

Cleveland Clinic Florida


Additional Programs Achieve Premier Level Certification


The International Geriatric Fracture Society (IGFS) recently announced the certification of two new programs that have met the qualifications for Premier Level Certification through the IGFS CORE Certification program. The latest programs to achieve certification are:


Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL

Saint Francis Hospital & Medical Center in Hartford, CT

Rena Stewart, MD

Blessing Hospital


Michael Suk, MD, JD, MPH, FACS

IGFS Past President

Siobhan Harder, APRN

Syed Ali, MD

Jeffrey Meter, MD

Saint Francis


Michael Suk, MD, JD, MPH, FACS

IGFS Past President

The CORE Certification Program is a global quality improvement initiative designed to recognize the achievements of programs that exceed outcome benchmarks in the management of geriatric fractures.In receiving this recognition both programs have documentedtheir outcomes on key quality indicators as identified by the IGFS in data submitted over the past year.


Two studies:
Seniors' bone health may not improve with increased calcium intake.

Research conducted in New Zealand and published in The BMJ suggests that increasing calcium intake through supplements or dietary sources is unlikely to lead to better bone health or a lower incidence of fractures in older patients. In the first study-a systematic review and meta-analysis that assessed calcium intake and bone mineral density (BMD)-investigators identified 59 eligible randomized controlled trials, 51 of which studied calcium supplements and 15 of which evaluated dietary sources of calcium (7 included trials studied both calcium supplements and dietary calcium). They concluded that taking calcium supplements or increasing calcium intake from dietary sources is associated with small, non-progressive increases in BMD (1 percent to 2 percent) that are unlikely to result in a clinically significant reduction in fracture risk. The other systematic review, which involved 2 randomized, controlled trials and 44 cohort studies, found that dietary calcium intake is not linked to risk of fracture. Furthermore, the researchers did not find any clinical trial evidence that increasing calcium intake from dietary sources can prevent fractures. An accompanying editorial comments on the research and poses questions regarding current recommendations for calcium intake in seniors.

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Read the abstract of the study on calcium intake and BMD

Read the abstract of the study on calcium intake and fracture risk

Read the editorial from The BMJ



Hip fracture surgery linked to increased risks compared to elective THA

According to a study conducted in France and published in the Sept. 15 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association, even when hip fracture patients and elective total hip arthroplasty patients (THA) are matched for age, sex, and preoperative comorbidities, hip fracture surgery patients have an higher risk of mortality and major complications. The authors reviewed data on 690,995 patients from the French National Hospital Discharge Database. They found that patients undergoing elective THA tended to be younger, more commonly male, and had less comorbidity compared to patients undergoing surgery for hip fracture. Based on a multivariable, matched population analysis of 234,314 patients, the authors found that, compared to THA patients, those undergoing hip fracture surgery saw a 1.51 percent increase in absolute risk for mortality and a 3.54 percent increase in absolute risk for major postoperative complication.


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Read the abstract


Study:Global risk of osteoporotic fracture projected to double by 2040


Data published in the September issue of the journal Osteoporosis International project that the worldwide number of individuals aged 50 years or older who are at high risk of osteoporotic fracture may double between 2010 and 2040. The researchers used the FRAX algorithm to estimate global burden of disease using the risk threshold of 10-year probability of a major fracture equivalent to that of a woman with a body mass index of 24 kg/m2, a prior fragility fracture, and no other clinical risk factors. Among their findings:

  • In 2010, at total of 158 million people had a fracture probability at or above the high-risk threshold.
  • The number of individuals at high risk of fracture is projected to increase to approximately 319 million in 2040.
  • Asia is expected to see the highest proportion of global fracture risk burden, with 73 million women and 11 million men at high risk.
  • Currently, 18.2 percent of women and 3.1 percent of men are estimated to have a fracture probability above the fracture threshold.

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