posted November 7, 2012

Sports Medicine Lecture to Focus on Lower Leg Pathologies

The Distinguished Lecture Series in Sports Medicine at Hope College will feature the address “Recognition and Management of Lower Leg Pathologies in Athletics” by Dr. Bruce Stewart of Shoreline Orthopaedics on Monday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. in Winants Auditorium of Graves Hall.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

The lecture will focus on the recognition, prevention and treatment of common acute and chronic disorders of the lower leg, including traumatic fractures, stress fractures, acute as well as exertional compartment syndrome, Achilles tendon injuries and tendonopathies of the leg.

Stewart is an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine, and has extensive experience dealing with high school, college and professional athletes.  Since joining Shoreline Orthopaedics in 2009, he has become heavily involved in treating athletes at Hope as well as at the area high schools, and he has a close working relationship with the area’s athletic trainers. He previously spoke through the lecture series in December 2009.

Before to coming to Holland, he completed a sports medicine fellowship at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas.  His activities in Houston included providing team and game coverage for the Houston Astros Major League Baseball team, Houston Texans NFL team and Houston Dynamo Major League Soccer team, as well as University of Houston athletic teams and several Houston-area high school football teams.

Prior to specializing in sports medicine in fellowship, he was in residency and an intern at Northwestern University in Chicago, Ill.  While in residency, he trained with the team doctors for the Chicago Bears, the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago Fire and Northwestern University athletic teams; was involved in numerous sports medicine activities, including coverage of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, the NBA pre-draft camp and the Joffrey Ballet; and performed athletic physicals and football game physician coverage for the Chicago Public Schools.

Stewart is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Arthroscopy Association of North America and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.  He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan and his M.D. at the Georgetown University School of Medicine, and also holds an MBA from Georgetown 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 Shoreline Orthopaedics, Holland Hospital Rehabilitation Services, The Bone and Joint Center, and the college.

The series will continue during the spring semester with the presentations “Preventing Sudden Death in Athletes” on Monday, Jan. 28, by Dr. Douglas Casa of the University of Connecticut, and “Truths/Myths of Concussion Management” on Monday, Feb. 25, by Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher of University of Michigan Neurology.

Graves Hall is located at 263 College Ave., on College Avenue between 10th and 12th streets.