There are 23 orthopaedic surgeons in Virginia and none west of Roanoke.
The modern practice of orthopaedics in Roanoke begins with Roy M Hoover, M.D. and Heywood Wescott (1940), Louis P. Ripley, M.D. (1948), Charles B. Bray, M.D. (1950) and Phillip Trout, M.D. (1951).
The practice of orthopaedics in Roanoke becomes more diverse and wide ranging, including care of local patients as well as patients from much of Southwest Virginia and southern West Virginia. Roanoke orthopaedic surgeons round daily at the Jefferson Hospital, the Shenandoah Hospital in Roanoke, the Veterans' Hospital in Salem, Franklin Memorial Hospital in Rocky Mount and Stonewall Jackson Hospital in Lexington. The polio epidemics of the late 1940s and early 1950s have an epicenter in western Virginia. and the orthopaedic surgeons in Roanoke and Roanoke Memorial Hospital play a key role in managing these patients.
The Roanoke Orthopaedic Clinic is founded by Louis Ripley, M.D., Charles Bray, M.D., and Phillip Trout, M.D. as a private surgical practice.
The physicians from Roanoke help create the Virginia Crippled Children’s Bureau, providing orthopaedic care for these patients on a voluntary basis. Since the doctors go to the patients, this involves considerable travel to the far corners of southwest Virginia, with the costs of travel and time away from home and practice borne by the physicians.
Established affiliated residency program between the Roanoke Orthopaedic Clinic (Roanoke Memorial Hospital) and the University of Virginia Orthopaedic Program.
A formal sports medicine program is created, providing coverage for Virginia Tech (VPI) and Virginia Military Institute.
The first total hip and knee arthroplasty is performed at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Roanoke Orthopaedic Clinic expands with addition of fellowship trained providers to form Roanoke Orthopaedic Center, relocating to Roanoke County and offers subspecialty services in Pediatric Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine/Arthroscopy, Joint Replacements, Orthopaedic Trauma, Hand and Upper Extremity, Foot and Ankle, Spine and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Roanoke Memorial Hospital and Community Hospital merge, creating Carilion Health System.
Development of joint replacement educational classes begins.
First system-based orthopaedic provider, Thomas Shuler, M.D., joins Carilion's medical education department providing orthopaedic trauma coverage.
Development of multidisciplinary Joint Council monthly meetings begin to review quality data, review complications, measure outcomes, measure patient satisfaction, clinical protocols, and pathways and innovative changes for improvement.
Fellowship in Adult Reconstruction and Total Joint Arthroplasty begins.
Carilion Bone and Joint Center is established, offering orthopaedic and rehabilitation services.
Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital receives hip and knee disease-specific care certification from The Joint Commission.
Advancement in techniques and technology: minimally invasive procedures, computer assisted surgery, anterior hip replacements.
Roanoke Orthopaedic Center joins Carilion Bone and Joint Center to form a multispecialty, academic Orthopaedic practice.
Podiatry residency program begins.The podiatry residency program is integrated into the Department of Orthopaedics to ensure that our graduates have a breadth and depth of experience in foot and ankle. Two residents are accepted each year into this three-year program
The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is created.
Established affiliated residency program between Carilion Clinic and the Larkin Community Hospital program in Miami, Florida.
The Institute for Orthopaedics and Neurosciences opens, uniting complementary disciplines to benefit education, research and, most importantly, patient care.
Fellowship in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery begins.