Training future medical leaders in the very latest orthopaedic techniques

Part of the mission of the Stone Research Foundation is to disseminate the results of our research through education in order that others may benefit. One of the ways that we accomplish this mission is through our Fellowship and Internship programs. By teaching the next generation of pioneers in biologic orthopaedics, we are one step closer to ensuring that biologic joint repair is made available to patients all over the world, including developing countries.

Foundation Fellowships

With the help of our many generous donors, The Stone Clinic, and orthopaedic surgeon Kevin R. Stone, MD, the Stone Research Foundation is able to offer Fellowships to pass on our knowledge and nurture the skills of future medical leaders. The Stone Research Foundation’s Visiting Research Fellowship in Biologic Orthopaedics combines surgical and clinical observation with a unique opportunity to engage in a variety of research opportunities.

From left to right: Irfan Sheikh, Ann Walgenbach, and Kevin R. Stone, MD

From left to right: Irfan Sheikh, Ann Walgenbach, and Kevin R. Stone, MD

Dr. Irfan Sheikh, a 29-year-old orthopaedic surgeon from Mumbai, India applied to study with us because he was looking for training on specific treatments to fill a serious treatment gap for a patients in India with osteoarthritis. He researched alternative treatment strategies worldwide and concluded that the articular cartilage paste graft and meniscus replacement procedures developed by Dr. Stone and evaluated at the Stone Research Foundation offered what patients in India need.

Dr. Sheikh was able to:

  • Improve his clinical diagnosis and treatment knowledge from over 200 hours of clinical observation with Dr. Stone
  • Observe over 40 biologic knee reconstruction surgical procedures performed by Dr. Stone, including meniscus allograft transplantation and articular cartilage paste grafting
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of several clinical outcomes studies on biologic orthopaedic procedures
  • Participate in a hands-on surgical training lab during which Dr. Stone taught the surgical technique of articular cartilage paste graft and the three-tunnel technique for meniscus allograft transplantation

A Unique Hands-On Training Experience

The highlight of Dr. Sheikh's education was the four hours he spent learning from Dr. Stone and the combined teams at the San Francisco Surgery Center and the Stone Research Foundation how to perform a paste grafting, meniscus transplant and meniscus repair surgeries on a cadaver knee. During Dr. Stone's surgery cases, interns and fellows may only observe Dr. Stone performing the surgical procedures. To allow Fellows to gain the practical experience they need, the Foundation holds surgical training workshops. Dr. Stone takes the participants through each step of biologic procedures such as meniscus transplantation, meniscus repair, and the articular cartilage paste graft sharing his extensive knowledge of tips and tricks for successful execution of each procedure.  

Dr. Sheikh (left) practices the meniscus transplantation and articular cartilage paste graft procedures in the cadaver lab with assistance from Ann Walgenbach (right) and under the direction of Kevin R. Stone, MD (middle).

Dr. Sheikh (left) practices the meniscus transplantation and articular cartilage paste graft procedures in the cadaver lab with assistance from Ann Walgenbach (right) and under the direction of Kevin R. Stone, MD (middle).

Bridging the Gap in India

As he returns to his practice in India, Dr. Sheikh plans to share his newly acquired knowledge of paste graft and meniscus replacement procedures for treating injured knees. He believes every orthopedic surgeon should use both procedures. "The procedures use basic instruments, are inexpensive to perform, and can be performed anywhere including in Indian Day Care Surgical Centers. They produce outstanding results and meet my goal of providing knee pain relief for patients,” Dr. Sheikh said.

Dr. Sheikh plans to use both procedures in his government and private practices. In addition he plans to mount an aggressive program to make other Indian orthopedic surgeons aware of this solution and promote its widespread adoption.

We are delighted that Dr. Sheikh will continue to work with us to help us meet our goal of ensuring that, no matter where people live, patients with joint injuries get the timely care they need.

We aim to give people the Freedom To Move, wherever they are in the world. Private sponsorship is the only way to make these Fellowships possible. We value your continued support.

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