posted February 15, 2010

Sports Medicine Lecture to Focus on Knee

The knee will be the focus of the next address in the Distinguished Lecture Series in Sports Medicine at Hope College.

Dr. Thomas Matelic of Orthopaedic Associates of Grand Rapids will present "Patello-femoral Instability:  Evaluation and Treatment" on Monday, March 1, at 7 p.m. at the MaasCenter.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

"Patellofemoral Instability" involves the patella--the kneecap--moving from its normal location in a groove at the base of the upper leg bone, or femur.  Matelic will describe the normal anatomy and stability of the patellofemoral joint, illustrate the forces that result in instability of the patella, and explain techniques to restore the stability of the patella once the system is disrupted.

Matelic has been in private practice with Orthopaedic Associates of Grand Rapids since 1995, and is also an assistant clinic professor with the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.  He has had articles in publications including "The Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma," "The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery," "The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery," and the "Journal of Orthopaedic Techniques," and has made numerous presentations concerning orthopaedics, including previously through the college's Distinguished Lecture Series in Sports Medicine.  He has also previously served as a clinical instructor/lecturer with GrandValleyStateUniversity's physician assistant program, and as a clinical instructor in orthopaedic surgery with the Wayne State University School of Medicine.

He earned his undergraduate degree from PrincetonUniversity and his medical degree from the Wayne State University School of Medicine.  He subsequently completed his internship, residency and a fellowship at Wayne State University.

The Distinguished Lecture Series in Sports Medicine is designed for health care professionals with an interest in physically active patients, and is intended for students, educators and clinicians alike. It is co-sponsored by Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan, Shoreline Orthopaedics, Holland Hospital Rehabilitation Services and the college.

Matelic's address is the last of four lectures scheduled through the series for the 2009-10 school year.  Additional information about the series may be found online at http://www.hope.edu/academic/kinesiology/athtrain/ dlssm/index.html

The MaasCenter is located at 264 Columbia Ave., on Columbia Avenue at 11th Street in Holland.