2021 Abstract Award Winners

Young Investigator Abstract Award

Elliot Chang, BA

Medical Student
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
“A Preoperative Screening Protocol Identifies Osteoporosis in Orthopedic Surgery Candidates”

Elliot Chang, BA is a second-year medical student studying at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Interested in pursuing a career in orthopedic surgery, Elliot’s research explores the role of preoperative bone health optimization in orthopedics. Specifically, his work focuses on studying how simple screening approaches can effectively identify patients at high-risk of osteoporosis. Elliot received his undergraduate degree in biology from Northwestern University.

Elliot Chang, BA

Medical Student
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
“A Preoperative Screening Protocol Identifies Osteoporosis in Orthopedic Surgery Candidates”

Elliot Chang, BA is a second-year medical student studying at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Interested in pursuing a career in orthopedic surgery, Elliot’s research explores the role of preoperative bone health optimization in orthopedics. Specifically, his work focuses on studying how simple screening approaches can effectively identify patients at high-risk of osteoporosis. Elliot received his undergraduate degree in biology from Northwestern University.

Helene Chesnais, BA

Researcher
Penn Medicine
“Lumbar Spine Bone Mineral Density Deficit in Epileptic Patients”

Helene Chesnais is a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. She has been working at Penn Medicine as a Clinical Research Coorindator within the Laboratory for Structural, Physiologic and Functional Imaging. Her primary research interests include the potential use of [18F] NaF PET/CT as a marker for bone health in prostate cancer and the evaluation of bone density in epilepsy.

Brian T. Nickel, MD

Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery
University of Wisconsin
“Soft Bone is Weak Bone: Intraoperative Physician Assessment of Bone Quality Correlates with Preoperative T-Score”

Dr. Nickel is a fellowship-trained, board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip and knee surgery. His expertise includes hip and knee reconstruction and replacement with emphasis on minimally invasive techniques and rapid recovery. Dr. Nickel graduated with honors from Johns Hopkins University for his undergraduate education where he was a member of the football team and received a long line of accolades including a NCAA postgraduate scholarship and student athlete of the year honors. He returned to Wisconsin to graduate from the Medical College of Wisconsin with distinction in research. Dr. Nickel completed his residency at Duke University and his fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery, the #1 orthopedic hospital in the country.

Brian T. Nickel, MD

Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery
University of Wisconsin
“Soft Bone is Weak Bone: Intraoperative Physician Assessment of Bone Quality Correlates with Preoperative T-Score”

Dr. Nickel is a fellowship-trained, board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip and knee surgery. His expertise includes hip and knee reconstruction and replacement with emphasis on minimally invasive techniques and rapid recovery. Dr. Nickel graduated with honors from Johns Hopkins University for his undergraduate education where he was a member of the football team and received a long line of accolades including a NCAA postgraduate scholarship and student athlete of the year honors. He returned to Wisconsin to graduate from the Medical College of Wisconsin with distinction in research. Dr. Nickel completed his residency at Duke University and his fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery, the #1 orthopedic hospital in the country.

Best Abstract by a Technologist

Lucas Andersen, B.S.

Research Specialist
University of Wisconsin – Madison
“Humeral BMD is Lower in the Surgical Arm After Total Shoulder Arthroplasty”

Lucas Andersen has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse in Psychology with a minor in Biology. He currently works as a Research Specialist with the Osteoporosis Clinical Research Program at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. In this capacity, he is conducting clinical research trials which includes collecting non-standard bone densitometry. This has required development of novel techniques to acquire BMD. Mr. Andersen’s research interests include bone, brain and mental health. His future endeavors include possibly becoming a Physician’s Assistant or attending graduate school in some form for public health.

Best Abstract by a Clinician

Dr. Neil Binkley, MD, CCD

Professor of Medicine
University of Wisconsin-Madison
“Is Dogma Correct? Should We Report Single Vertebral Body DXA Values?”

Dr. Neil Binkley earned his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin and subsequently trained in Internal Medicine at the Marshfield Clinic. After several years in private practice, he returned to the University of Wisconsin and completed a Geriatrics fellowship. He is a Professor in the Divisions of Geriatrics and Endocrinology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He is also Director of the UW Osteoporosis Clinical Research Program and Associate Director of the UW Institute on Aging. He is past President of the International Society for Clinical Densitometry, Associate Editor of Osteoporosis International and a member of the International Osteoporosis Foundation Committee of Scientific Advisors. His current research involves improvement in 25(OH)D measurement, evaluation of approaches to optimize assessment of vitamin D status, evaluation of functional assessment in older adults and the importance of sarcopenia in fracture risk. Dr. Binkley has published over 300 papers, served on expert committees and panels for AACE, ASBMR, IOF and ISCD.

Dr. Neil Binkley, MD, CCD

Professor of Medicine
University of Wisconsin-Madison
“Is Dogma Correct? Should We Report Single Vertebral Body DXA Values?”

Dr. Neil Binkley earned his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin and subsequently trained in Internal Medicine at the Marshfield Clinic. After several years in private practice, he returned to the University of Wisconsin and completed a Geriatrics fellowship. He is a Professor in the Divisions of Geriatrics and Endocrinology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He is also Director of the UW Osteoporosis Clinical Research Program and Associate Director of the UW Institute on Aging. He is past President of the International Society for Clinical Densitometry, Associate Editor of Osteoporosis International and a member of the International Osteoporosis Foundation Committee of Scientific Advisors. His current research involves improvement in 25(OH)D measurement, evaluation of approaches to optimize assessment of vitamin D status, evaluation of functional assessment in older adults and the importance of sarcopenia in fracture risk. Dr. Binkley has published over 300 papers, served on expert committees and panels for AACE, ASBMR, IOF and ISCD.

Best Clinical Case

Kwang J. Chun, MD, CCD

Attending Physician
Montefiore Medical Center
“What is Your Diagnosis? Patient with Back Pain”

Kwang J. Chun, MD, CCD Attending physician Department of Radiology Montefiore Medical Center Albert Einstein College of Medicine Bronx, NY, 10471, USA Our service is actively doing the bone density measurement procedures including vertebral fracture assessment. We also wish to do active involvement in the evaluation of trabecular bone score data analysis.