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Career Opportunity: Physician Assistant

Sept. 21, 2017: Western Pennsylvania Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, Inc., a well-established, leading, comprehensive, orthopaedic surgery practice serving a 4 county region of scenic Western Pennsylvania, is seeking a full time Physician Assistant for our expanding practice of five orthopedic surgeons & one DPM to complement three experienced physician assistants and 2 CSTs.

The PA will serve as a supervised extension of the surgeons; seeing patients independently as well as in coordination with the surgeons in the clinic and hospital settings. In addition, the PA will consistently serve as a first assistant in the operating room. Only highly-motivated, self-driven candidates will be considered for this fast paced, dynamic and highly satisfying orthopaedic practice opportunity.

Expected PA responsibilities include:

  • Approximately 50% clinical responsibility as OR First Assist
  • Hospital Rounding
  • Office and hospital pre-surgery evaluation and post-surgical office follow-up
  • Casting and splinting
  • Administration of joint injections (including ultrasound guidance and PRP)
  • Inspection and interpretation of X-rays
  • Evaluation and treatment of a variety of orthopedic subspecialties (Total Joints, Sports Medicine, Trauma/Fracture, Shoulder, Foot & Ankle)
  • Rotating, shared on-call schedule

Strong candidates will possess:

  • A high interest in the field of orthopedic surgery
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the desire and ability to work collaboratively
  • Ability to manage time and perform responsibilities with optimal efficiency and work ethic


  • Possess valid PA License and DEA# in Pennsylvania
  • Graduate of an accredited Physician Assistant Program
  • High interest in orthopedic surgery field
  • Electronic health competency

Salary commensurate with experience.

Benefits: Excellent Fringe Benefit Package

Qualified candidates, please email CV to Amy Whitlow, Practice Liaison.


Informing Yourself About Hip Replacement

There are more than 193,000 hip replacements done every year in the United States alone. When a procedure is this common, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with the amount of information that’s out there about the operation and recovery. Western Pennsylvania Orthopedic and Sports Medicine can help you sort out the facts. From the initial reasons for hip replacement through the surgery and all the way to the recovery, it’s important to get the right information, from experienced specialists.

Many medical problems can cause hip dysfunction and the potential need for a hip replacement. The most common of these is osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a condition where the cartilage between two bones breaks down and the two bones rub against each other. This can create growths of bone, called spurs that lead to agonizing joint pain. Another common reason is rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is when the immune system attacks the membrane that lines a joint, causing pain. An orthopedic specialist can advise you on whether hip replacement is right for you and if it’s the right time, especially if painful symptoms are interfering with everyday life, or if previous treatment options haven’t been successful.

For the procedure itself there are different surgical techniques available, some traditional and some less invasive. Regardless of what methods will be used, hip replacement surgery should be discussed with a trusted medical professional beforehand. The surgeon’s goal is to remove worn-down pieces of cartilage and replace them with a new joint. The new joint is usually a combination of hard metal, tough plastic and resilient ceramic.


After the surgery is done, it’s customary to rest in a medical facility for three or four days. During this initial stage of your recovery, you will begin physical therapy to help you use your new joint. You will be seeing the physical therapist multiple times per day to help get you moving. When you go home you will still continue to see a physical therapist, but likely not every day. You will probably be able to drive after an average of three to six weeks (or longer), so make sure you have access to what you need beforehand. Three to six weeks is also the average time before you can resume work, too. However, this number varies depending on many factors, and every person takes a different amount of time to heal.


While the process may seem frightening, in the end your pain level and mobility will be greatly improved after hip replacement surgery. It is possible to get relief and get back to a normal life. The orthopedic surgeons at Western Pennsylvania Orthopedic and Sports Medicine are highly trained in hip surgery techniques. If you are in the West-Central Pennsylvania area, call us at (814) 255-6781 to ask about scheduling an appointment. Make the changes you need in your life today.

Are You Considering Joint Replacement?

If you are like many others, the idea of joint replacement surgery can be frightening. There are seemingly infinite options for where and how to get your surgery done, and every place seems to make more and more empty promises. The professionals at Western Pennsylvania Orthopedic and Sports Medicine know that if you’re considering an overwhelming procedure like joint replacement, you need real facts and the comfort of knowing you are in good hands.

Joint surgery is recommended when the cartilage in a joint has worn down, and must be replaced. This is done surgically by removing the damaged area, and replacing it with a prosthetic joint. These prosthetic joints are made to mimic normal human joints using state-of-the-art materials. The procedure is a common one, needed by many people for many different reasons, such as osteoarthritis or wear from age. Heavy stress on the body from things like sports or hard manual labor can also cause enough damage to the joints that eventually joint replacement surgery may be required.

The procedure itself can be successfully performed on a variety of joints. Common locations for joint surgery are the shoulders, hip, and knee. These areas tend to wear out in everyday life no matter your profession or hobbies. Many people will find that even without a specific cause, enough damage occurs in your joints to make you a candidate for joint surgery.

For joint replacement surgery, one of the most important things you can do is to make sure that the doctor you choose to perform your surgery is knowledgeable and experienced. Having a team of highly trained professionals to help you through every step of your treatment can be extremely important for your operation and recovery. Also, preparation is key: make sure that you communicate with your doctor about how you can prepare for your surgery. After this surgery, there will be physical therapy and rehabilitation followed by periodic checkups. Having a doctor who knows your specific needs and helps you through this tough time is extremely important.

At Western Pennsylvania Orthopedic and Sports Medicine, our skilled and compassionate physicians can help you through this process with as little stress as possible. If you have more questions, feel free to contact us online. Together, we can make your joint pain history and help you return to your everyday life.

Ways to Avoid a Sports Injury

If you’re an athlete, there is often nothing more important than your health. When your body is constantly being pushed to its limit, it’s easy for an injury to occur that can result in the sudden inability to play. Sometimes this can even force athletes to give up on their favorite activity, or a promising career. Luckily there are many effective methods which can help prevent injury before it happens. Some of these include stretching, keeping a nutritional balance, staying hydrated, and knowing when to take breaks. Your body is your most important tool, and taking care of it should always be a top priority.

In the sports world there are many different types of injuries. Every sport has different types of injury that are common within them. Some frequent injuries in major sports are listed below:


  • ACL (anterior cruciate ligament in the knee) injuries
  • Torn meniscus (when a player rotates their body while a foot stays planted)
  • Shoulder tendinitis (overuse of shoulder)


  • Impingement syndrome (inflammation of the tendons of the rotator cuff)
  • “Little leaguer’s elbow” (inflammation on the inner side of the elbow)
  • Tenosynovitis (inflammation tendons on the thumb side of the wrist)


  • “Tennis elbow”(overuse of the muscles that extend the wrist or bend it)
  • Shoulder overuse injuries (usually due to poor conditioning and strength of the rotator cuff muscles)

Winter sports (skiing/snowboarding)

  • Wrist injury
  • Twisted ankle
  • Skier’s thumb (thumb ligament damage)

Preventing these types of injuries can be very simple. Warming up your muscles and joints prior to performing any athletic activity is imperative, and there are a variety of stretches that take a very small amount of time but will keep your muscles limber and strong. The type of warm-ups and stretches you should do depend on the sport, so consult your physician or a WPOSM specialist for guidance.

Another important element of preventing injury, is to make sure that you keep hydrated and eat a balanced diet. Staying healthy in a nutritional sense helps muscles and bones stay strong.

Unfortunately, there are times when a sports injury can’t be avoided. At Western Pennsylvania Orthopedic & Sports Medicine, our professionals are here to help you with any sports injuries that may occur. Visit our website and schedule an appointment today, so you can get back in the game sooner.

Dr. Katz serves as Oral Examiner for the ABOS

In July, Dr. Katz again served as an Oral Examiner for the ABOS (American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons) in Chicago, IL as he has for the previous 12 years.

The ABOS Oral Examiners serve to determine whether recently trained Orthopedic Surgeons meet the knowledge, safety and ethical standards set by the Board. This prestigious position is voluntary and serves to protect the public by ensuring candidates meet the highest professional qualifications.

Dr. Donaldson Again Serves as National Shoulder Arthroscopy Faculty

Christopher T. Donaldson, M.D., orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist, has again served as an Associate Master Instructor to the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) Shoulder Arthroscopy Master’s Course at the Orthopaedic Learning Center in Chicago, IL. Dr. Donaldson was invited to serve as course faculty based on his competency, knowledge and advanced training in complex arthroscopic shoulder techniques. AANA courses are directed at educating national and international orthopaedic surgeons interested in advancing their arthroscopy skills used to treat shoulder conditions involving the rotator cuff, instability (dislocations), and stiffness.

Dr. Donaldson recognized on National Orthopedic Website

Anthony Risaliti, a wrestler from Forest Hills High School, was able to return to the sport he loves, thanks to the exceptional care he received from Dr. Donaldson at Western PA Orthopedics. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons also took note, featuring a video of Mr. Risaliti wrestling in a District 6 match – something he would have been unable to do, were it not for Dr. Donaldson. On the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons website, the high school wrestler is quoted,”Because of my orthopedic care, I can return to high school wrestling at a state level.”