Quality patient care is essential in orthopedic medicine

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Quality patient care is past, present and future of orthopedic medicine

Published: October 1, 2012.

Lewis University alumnus Dr. Charles M. Slack, a board certified orthopedic surgeon, recently presented “Orthopedic Medicine: Past, Present, and Future…as I See It!” at Lewis University’s Main Campus in Romeoville.

The owner of Illinois Bone and Joint Institute, a large group practice of orthopedic surgeons with multiple locations throughout the Chicago area, discussed advances in computer technology and biomedical engineering improvements. He also cautioned future healthcare providers of the double-edged sword of technology. Treating a patient with respect, listening to the patient, empathy and hands-on care do not change as basic principles of patient care regardless of technology, concluded Lacks.

After earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Lewis University, he graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine Chicago in 1972. Slack is also a recipient of the 2011 Lewis University Alumni Achievement Award for his contribution in the field of healthcare.

The presentation was sponsored by The Colonel Stephen S. and Lyla Doherty Center for Aviation and Health Research. The Doherty Center funds research and scholarly initiatives and provides opportunities for research experiences for students with faculty mentors. Investigators supported by the Doherty Center have focused on areas, such as cardiac therapy, wound management, flight deck laser illumination, the environment, diabetes, MRSA, and alternative fuels for aviation.

This event was presented as a part of Lewis University’s Arts & Ideas Program, providing cultural and educational programming for students and the community. A portion of the Arts & Ideas events is sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council. For additional information, please contact Dr. Michael Cunningham, Director of Arts & Ideas, at (815) 836-5385.

Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The ninth largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

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