Dr. Vadasdi Receives Award

Dr. Katherine Vadasdi was honored by the Greenwich YWCA with a 2019 Women Who Inspire Award at a luncheon held on Friday, January 25, 2019 at Greenwich Country Club. The event was held in celebration of outstanding women who have excelled at philanthropic, professional and volunteer pursuits that have enriched the lives of others, especially women and girls, according to YWCA Greenwich Board Chair, Karen Mostad.

Dr. Vadasdi, orthopedic surgeon and director of the Women’s Sports Medicine Center at ONS, was selected for her courage to pursue a career in a male-dominated field (only approximately 6.9% of all orthopedic surgeons are women), for her commitment to her two children, husband and family, and for her influence on community boards and organizations. It was noted that Dr. Vadasdi is the designated team doctor for Greenwich High School, Iona Preparatory School, Trinity Catholic High School and Convent of the Sacred Heart. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Greenwich Hospital Women’s Health Initiative and the Hospital’s Peer Review Board. As a member of the Board of Directors of the ONS Foundation for Research and Clinical Education, Dr. Vadasdi was also praised for her ongoing research, including the development of a groundbreaking protocol to help curb opioid addition among teens and athletes.

Other Women Who Inspire honorees were Stephanie Cowie, Janice Trebbi Richards, and Stephanie K. Schnabel. High school students Isabel Allard, from Greenwich Academy, and Sydney Noble, from Greenwich High School, were named Next Generation honorees and Stamford Health President and CEO, Kathleen Silard accepted the award on behalf of the organization.

Dr. Delos on WFAN

On Sunday, January 6, orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist, Dr. Demetris Delos, was the featured guest on Rick Wolff’s Sports Edge program on WFAN 66AM abd 101.9FM .

Listen to Dr. Delos and Rick discuss the dangers of early sports specialization and how to protect young athletes from injuries that could affect them later in life.  Listeners called in with questions at the end  of the show.


Dr. Delos

ONS Turns 20!


This month, Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery Specialists, PC (ONS) entered its 20th year as one the most respected and trusted orthopedic and spine practices in the region. Through the years, the practice has stayed true to its mission of putting the patient first and providing the highest standard of specialty care.


Back in October of 1998, the concept for ONS was bold and new: to build a community practice of elite fellowship-trained subspecialists and neurosurgeons whose training , skill and expertise rivaled that of the doctors at large, city hospitals. Today, ONS’s physicians rank top among their counterparts by national, regional and local peer ranking agencies.

The original ONS was created with the merger of the practices of orthopedic surgeons Seth Miller, MD, John Crowe, MD (who retired in 2015), and neurosurgeon Mark Camel, MD, each of whom had top-tier specialty training in their respective fields. Their business model focused on providing specialized care of the entire musculoskeletal system. Their belief was, and continues to be, that patients have better outcomes when treated by a physician who specializes in their particular type of condition or injury. With this in mind, they assembled the practice with doctors who had specialty training in all the major body parts; shoulder and elbow, hand and wrist, knee, foot and ankle, joint replacement and the spine.

“Twenty years ago, it was a common belief that you had to drive to New York City to get the best specialized care,” said ONS president Dr. Miller. “We set out to challenge that assumption by recruiting exceptionally qualified physicians from the most elite specialty fellowship programs in the country to come work here in Greenwich, CT. We wanted to deliver world class care in a convenient and friendly environment so people could avoid the hassle of going to the city.”

This business model also supported a team-based approach to patient care. At ONS, physicians do not compete with one another for patients. Instead, ONS physicians work in collaboration with each other to ensure that a patient is seen by the most appropriate physician to treat that individual’s condition. That unique model consistently earns the practice patient satisfaction scores higher than 90%.


From its humble origins on the first floor of Building 6 at Greenwich Office Park in Greenwich, patient satisfaction and word of mouth propelled the practice’s expansion. ONS now occupies the entire building and has satellite locations in Stamford, CT and Harrison NY, where 26 orthopedic and spine physicians provide comprehensive musculoskeletal care from head to toe.  All ONS locations feature physical therapy centers and digital X-ray. The Greenwich and Stamford locations also offer state-of-the-art MRI services. In addition, ONS leases space in Building 9 of Greenwich Office Park to house the finance and accounting departments and the Call Center.

With a focus on delivering the best possible patient outcomes, ONS has invested in leading edge technologies like digital X-ray systems and ultrasound to stay at the forefront of patient care. They were leaders in adopting electronic medical records (EMRs) to replace paper charts, and ONS is still among the few independent practices to offer onsite MRI services.

In 2004, ONS was among the first private practices to offer physiatry. Also known as physical medicine and rehabilitation, physiatry is a field of medicine that specializes in the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of the musculoskeletal system and the diseases and conditions that affect a person’s ability to function in a normal capacity.PRP - Plasma Rich Platelets

ONS fellowship-trained physiatrists use non-surgical, opioid-free treatments including epidural injections and image-guided steroidal injections as alternatives to surgery.  With the advent of regenerative medicine therapies using stem cells, platelet rich plasma and other natural substances, physiatrists also perform the newest biologic treatments that promote self-healing.


During the past two decades, ONS physicians have broken clinical ground in a number of areas.  They were among the first to do computer-assisted joint replacements, image-guided therapeutic injections, and Cyberknife® procedures.

In 2006, Dr. Miller became the first surgeon in Connecticut to perform a reverse shoulder replacement. The previous year, Dr. Francis Ennis was the first in the region to perform a computer-assisted knee replacement. More recently, Drs. Clain and Dr. Yakavonis were among the first to use a new synthetic cartilage to treat MTP joint arthritis. In August of this year, spine specialist, Dr. Scott Simon, was the first neurosurgeon in Fairfield and Westchester counties to perform spine surgery using a highly advanced robotic navigation system. ONS surgeons have also been ahead of the curve in developing opioid-free pain management protocols and opioid-sparing surgery.


ONS physicians don’t just rely on the research of others. Through the establishment of the non-profit ONS Foundation for Clinical Research and Education (ONSF) ten years ago, ONS physicians have studied and developed better techniques to improve patient outcomes. ONSF research has been published in the most respected national and international medical journals and ONS physicians are often called upon to speak at medical conferences. ONSF president, Dr. Paul Sethi helped establish guidelines for surgical techniques and helped set surgical standards for needle use during certain surgical procedures. Dr. Sethi and other ONS physicians have taken a lead role in developing new national guidelines for the use of opioids to manage post-surgical pain.  Now most ONS surgical patients can avoid addictive pain medication due to the use of new pain management protocol delivered during surgery. The Foundation’s community outreach projects include injury prevention seminars, a mini-med school summer program for high school students who have an interest in a career in medicine, class trips from local schools and technical demonstrations to outside clinicians.


As sports and athleticism gained popularity with people of all ages and abilities, ONS established a Sports Medicine specialty center that has attracted physicians into the practice who have had Hockey injuryaffiliations with professional sports teams such as the New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers and Texas Rangers as well as local college and high school teams. ONS sports medicine specialists apply the same treatment strategies used for high performance professionals to care for semi-pro, student and recreational athletes.  ONS sports medicine specialists also launched ONS Ortho Access, a resource for school trainers and coaches to have immediate access to a physician by phone to assist in determining the best way to manage a student who has been injured during a game or practice.


In 2016, ONS Partners opened the Stamford Ambulatory Surgery Center(ASC), at First Stamford Place in Stamford, CT. The ASC is a brand new facility specifically designed for musculoskeletal surgeries and interventional pain management. The Center includes four surgical suites designed for orthopedic and neurosurgical procedures with the latest arthroscopic and computer-assisted technology. Particular attention was paid to patient comfort when designing the waiting room, and pre-operative and post-operative areas. The Stamford ASC is Accredited by the Association of Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), and licensed by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH).


In June 2018, ONS launched ONS Urgent Ortho Care. The after-hours, convenient walk-in service provides a fast, cost-effective alternative to an emergency room visit for sudden injuries or other musculoskeletal problems. Urgent orthopedic care is available on Mondays through Fridays from 5:00 – 8:00 pm and from 12:00 – 4:00 pm on Saturdays.  There are plans to expand the service later in the year.

The practice employs over 200 in staff including operations, call center, billing office and clinical operations. Some of whom have been with ONS since its founding. ONS is in network with all major insurances and many smaller insurance providers.

In this day and age of costly concierge medicine and large hospital physician networks, ONS has always held true to its founding mission:  to provide world-class, specialized care to patients in Fairfield and Westchester County, with the convenience and personal touch of a small, independent community practice.  That unique ONS brand of care and compassion will never change with age.


Dr. Marc Kowalsky Headed to International Tournament

ONS Sports Medicine expert, Dr. Marc Kowalsky, will serve as team physician for the USA Rugby National Team Selects at the upcoming 2018 World Rugby Americas Pacific Challenge in Dr. Kowalsky at Rugby CutMontevideo, Uruguay from October 6 – 14.  Dr. Kowalsky has served as team physician for the USA Rugby National Teams since 2013.  “This is a challenging competition that will help the USA team prepare for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan,” he said.

According to the USA Rugby website, the Americas Pacific Challenge was introduced in 2016 to boost the high-performance pathway and to support the Americas Rugby Championship and Pacific Nations Cup as well as November international test window preparation.

The six “A” team tournament includes two teams each from the Pacific Islands, North America and South America.

This year’s tournament sees reigning champions Argentina XV compete alongside Canada A, Samoa A, Tonga A, Uruguay A and USA Selects.

The World Rugby Americas Pacific Challenge will be a first-past-the-post tournament format. It will be played across three competition rounds on October 6, 10 and 14. Teams in Pool A will play all teams in Pool B once, and teams in Pool B will face all teams in Pool A once. The tournament winner will be decided by the total number of competition points accumulated in the three matches played.

Pool A consists of Argentina XV, hosts Uruguay A and Tonga A, while 2017 runners-up USA Selects are in Group B with Samoa A and Canada A.

Agustín Pichot, World Rugby Vice Chairman and Rugby Americas President was quoted saying “With Rugby World Cup 2019 on the horizon, the Americas Pacific Challenge continues to play a key role in supporting player development.”

Dr. Kowalsky’s interest rugby began when he played the sport while at Dartmouth College.  Locally, he is team physician for Iona Rugby Football Club, White Plains Rugby Football Club, and the Greenwich High School Rugby team.



ONS is Proud to Sponsor Kid’s Race & Local Charities

Come see us this  Saturday at the  ONS Westchester Kid’s Race at the Westchester Triathlon starting and ending at Rye Town Park.  We will be there on Sunday for the Olympic Triathlon, too, cheering on seasoned triathlete and  ONS Physician Assistant, Jason Salomon, MMS,  PA-C.

The ONS Westchester Kids Race is a fun and safe event. The swim takes place in the protected and shallow waters of Playland Beach, the bike route is through Playland Park on closed roads, and the run is along the boardwalk. The kids finish their race with a sprint down the finish chute, just like the pros!  The ONS Westchester Kids Race is great for the first timer and for the seasoned younger triathlete.  The event is sold out with 400 young runners.

ONS is proud to sponsor this 501 (c) 3 organization that promotes a love of sport for people of all ages and supports worthwhile local non-profits. Click here to see the list of charities.

Here’s the schedule:


Date:    Saturday, September 22

Start Time:   8:00 AM


Date:    Saturday, September 22

Start Time:   10: 15 AM


Date:    Sunday, September 23

Start Time:   7:00 AM

Hope to see you there!

Expert Foot and Ankle Surgeon Joins ONS

ONS is proud to announce the addition of orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon, Mark Yakavonis, MD, to the accomplished team of  ONS orthopedic specialists, neurosurgeons, physiatrists and Mark Yakavonis, MDphysical therapists. Dr. Yakavonis will see patients at ONS’s Greenwich office and at its Westchester location at 500 Mamaroneck Avenue in Harrison, NY.

Dr. Yakavonis is a fellowship-trained specialist whose expertise includes foot and ankle sports injuries, fractures, cartilage injuries, neuromuscular disease and arthritis.  He performs minimally invasive and arthroscopic surgical techniques and ankle joint replacement.

Dr. Yakavonis earned his medical degree from the New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Boston University Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in foot and ankle surgery at Harvard-Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston MA.

While a resident, Dr. Yakavonis received the Resident Research Award for his research into a novel operative technique for reducing ankle syndesmosis (high ankle sprain). He was later awarded a national research grant to continue his research from the Arthroscopy Association of North America.  A published author and frequent lecturer, Dr. Yakavonis was named an Emerging Leader by the American Orthopaedic Association.

“ONS has been dedicated to helping patients maintain active lifestyles for 20 years. By adding Dr. Yakavonis to our prestigious team of orthopedic foot and ankle surgeons, ONS will be able to accommodate the increasing patient demand for an elite level of expertise in lower extremity conditions,” said Seth Miller, MD, president of ONS.


Dr. Vadasdi: Mom of the Week

In case you missed it, Dr. Katherine Vadasdi was profiled as the “Mom of the Week” by the local Greenwich website, www.greenwichmoms.com.  We all know Dr. Vadasdi for her amazing talents as a doctor, but, as the article notes, she is also a committed mom to Jack, 8, and Sophie, 6.  As any working mother can attest, managing a demanding career and a family is no easy task. Dr. Vadasdi credits her husband, other family members and friends for being an incredible support system.  Dr. Vadasdi also discusses her family’s love of the outdoors and her own personal athletic accomplishments.  Read more

ONS Shoulder Surgeon Katherine B. Vadasdi, MD, is Published


Promising results of a new study by ONS orthopedic shoulder surgeon Katherine Vadasdi, MD and other researchers were published this month in the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. The study, The Effect of Myofibroblasts and Corticosteroid Injections in Adhesive Capsulitis, was conducted to investigate the effect  that steroid injections administered directly into the shoulder joint would have on the painful and limiting condition called Adhesive Capsulitis.

Also known as Frozen Shoulder, Adhesive Capsulitis is a common, severely painful condition that leads to stiffness and reduced range of motion in the joint.  In the study, Dr. Vadasdi and the research team evaluated the changes in the lining of the joint that contributes to or causes Frozen Shoulder. They discovered an increase in a certain cell type called myofibroblasts, which cause the capsule surrounding the shoulder joint to contact and form scar tissue, leading to pain and increasing stiffness.  Steroid injections directly into the joint, however, reduced the increase in myofibroblasts, and helped reverse and prevent progression of the condition.

Frozen Shoulder most commonly affects women between the ages of 40 and 60 years.  Most cases of Frozen Shoulder can be resolved non-operatively through stretching, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications and cortisone injections.  In severe cases, a procedure known as arthroscopic capsular release is performed to break up the adhesions. The findings in Dr. Vadasdi’s study suggest  a more rapid resolution of the condition and possibly a decrease in cases needing surgery.

The Effect of Myofibroblasts and Corticosteroid Injections in Adhesive Capsulitis, Carolyn M. Hettrich, MD, MPH, Edward F. DiCarlo, MD, Deborah Faryniarz, MD, Katherine B. Vadasdi, MD, Riley Williams, MD, Jo A. Hannafin, MD, PhD. 1274-1279. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery (25) 2016

Dr. Vadasdi is an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine physician who specializes in conditions of the shoulder, knee and elbow. She is the Director of the Women’s Sports Medicine Center at ONS and is a sought after speaker on the topic of women and sports injury and prevention.  Her chosen area of medical specialty reflects her personal interests.  She is an accomplished triathlete, having completed Ironman competitions in 2007 and 2009. Dr. Vadasdi is also an alpine climber and has ascended Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Rainier, and the Grand Teton, among others.

High Spirits at BCA 5K


Despite the rainy weather and cool temperatures, ONS orthopedic surgeons Marc S. Kowalsky, MD and Katherine B. Vadasdi, MD along with members of the ONS physical therapy department were in good form for the first annual Breast Cancer Awareness 5K run/1 mile walk.  Team ONS ran, walked, (some did both) and manned the ONS sponsor’s table to Group Shot2greet fellow BCA supporters and educate them about the comprehensive orthopedic and neurosurgery services that are provided by the Women’s Sports Medicine Center at ONS.

ONS Physical Therapy Manager, Alicia Hirscht, DPT, SCS, CSCS, led a pre-run warm up routine before the runners took to the wet but beautiful course which started on Mason Street. wound its way down Steamboat Road and through Bruce Park before returning to Richards 3.1 miles later. Many thanks to Dr. Kowalsky, Dr. Vadasdi, Alicia, Chalon Lefevbre, PT, LMT, Betsy Kreuter, PT, CLT, Tanya Kalyuzhny, DPT, MDT,  Caitlin Yauch, PT, PT technicians Carolina Castillo and  Kristin Sury, and PT front desk rep Rachel Olsen, for their enthusiastic support.

ONS is awarded AIUM Ultrasound Practice Accreditation

The Ultrasound Practice Accreditation Council of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) has awarded ONS with ultrasound practice accreditation in the area of MSK Print(Ultrasound-guided Interventional Procedures).

ONS achieved this recognition by meeting rigorous voluntary guidelines set by the diagnostic ultrasound profession. All facets of the practice were assessed, including the training and qualifications of physicians and sonographers; ultrasound equipment maintenance; documentation; storage, and record-keeping practices; policies and procedures to protect patients and staff; quality assurance methods; and the thoroughness, technical quality and interpretation of the sonograms the pracitice performs.

The AIUM is a multidisciplinary medical association of more than 9900 physicians, sonographers, and scientists dedicated to advancing the safe and effective use of ultrasound in medicine through professional and public education, research, development of guidelines and accreditation.


2015 ONS Scholarship Award

In June, Dr. Delos, MD, presented the ONS Scholarship to graduating student athlete Matheus Chaves.


As a way of giving back to the community, ONS awards a yearly scholarship to a graduating high school student that has exceled in both academics and athletics. This June, Dr. Demetris Delos presented Matheus Chaves with the ONS scholarship. Matheus is set to begin courses at Florida Atlantic University this fall where he plans to study Exercise Science. He hopes to become an athletic trainer. After completion of his bachelor’s degree, Matheus plans to return to the Fairfield County area to continue his education and become a physical therapist.

For the past three years, Matheus has worked with local youth at the Greenwich Boys and Girls Club as a camp counselor where he was awarded the Boy’s and Girl’s Club, Youth of the Year Award. We congratulate Matheus for his contribution to the community and his high school academic and sports career that involved soccer, track and field and wrestling.

When we asked Matheus what advice he would like to offer upconing high school seniors he said, “while going through the college selection process everything works out for a reason. Don’t worry if you don’t get in to the one you thought was your top pick, all things work out.”

From all of us at ONS, we wish Matheus well!

An Arthritic Reality Check

Arthritis affects more than 52 million adults in the United States and is the most common cause of disability,” according to the CDC. The pain from arthritis can set the stage for a decline in physical activity and make it difficult to prevent chronic health problems. Unfortunately, some who suffer from this ailment stop their activity and become depressed from thoughts of the mobility they once had.

Solutions for Knee Pain ArticleJane E. Brody, author of the “Keep  Moving to Stay a Step Ahead of Arthritis” article in The New York Times recently attempted to relate to those suffering from arthritis by speaking of her own battle with having to put down the tennis racket after decades of enjoying the sport, and her story did not end there. Two years after that, she had joint replacement surgery, picked up an assortment of other activities that successfully replaced tennis as a main source of activity. Therefore, encouraging others to do the same and not succumb to the depression that can sometimes come in hand with arthritis.

The reality is that the majority of people dealing with arthritis do not fully understand what they are capable of. Less than 10% of participants with arthritic knees in a 10-year study met the national guidelines of doing two and a half hours of moderate physical activity a week. Yes, you read that correctly, a week! It gets better though. Participants did notice a significant improvement of function when the amount of activity per week was increased. Additional weight on the body creates unnecessary stress on the major joints as well, leaving a 10% decrease in weight able to make a noticeable difference. With this fact a recommendation of starter exercises were mentioned, including walking laps in a swimming pool and then increasing activity as the muscles gain strength.

For more insightful tips, come to Dr. Delos’ talk about “Solutions for Knee Pain in Active Patients with Arthritis” tonight! The program is free and open to the public! Registration Requested. Aside from the talk, please consult your physician if this article has hit home and/or your quality of life is not what it once was; ONS provides excellent service and care for those in need, proudly keeping up-to-date with developments in the field.

Joint Replacement Symposium at Greenwich Hospital

hip replacementOn Wednesday, April 22nd, at 6:00 p.m., orthopedic surgeon/ joint replacement specialists from ONS and Greenwich Hospital will present a joint replacement symposium in the Noble Conference Center at Greenwich Hospital located at 5 Perryridge Road. Knee and hip specialists Frank Ennis, MD and Brian Kavanagh, MD; and shoulder specialist Seth Miller, MD will present information about the latest advances in joint replacement, including computer-assisted and minimal incision, muscle sparing techniques. Information about preparing for joint replacement, pain management and what to expect from the recovery process will be addressed by hospital anesthesiology, nursing and physical therapy department staff.

Many people suffer from severe pain caused by arthritis, a fracture or other conditions that make common activities such as walking, putting on shoes and socks or getting in and out of a car, extremely difficult. Today, over 900,000 hip and knee replacement surgeries are performed each year in the United States. An additional 53,000 shoulder replacements are performed. Deciding if and when it’s time to consider joint replacement surgery are important decisions.  This educational symposium is designed to provide anyone who is considering joint replacement with pertinent information to assist them in making the right decision for them.

Frank Ennis, MD specializes in hip and knee replacement and is fellowship trained in adult reconstructive surgery. Dr. Ennis is among the first orthopedic surgeons in the New York area to perform computer-assisted joint replacement. He completed undergraduate studies at Yale University and post-baccalaureate pre-medical studies at Harvard University. He graduated from Duke University School of Medicine and completed a residency at Yale University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. He received his fellowship training at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston.

Dr. Kavanagh
Dr. Kavanagh

Brian Kavanagh, MD has performed over 6500 joint replacement surgeries in the past 25 years. He graduated Princeton University and earned a medical degree at University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He did his internship and residency at the Mayo Clinic, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota, and served on the faculty at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine for seven years. Dr. Kavanagh was on the teaching staff at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven for five years. Dr. Kavanagh was also an instructor in the hip and knee total joint fellowship program.

Seth Miller, MD is a graduate of Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. After his residency at New York Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, he completed a research fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York and a shoulder surgery fellowship at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. He served as an orthopaedic consultant to the New York Mets for more than eight years.  He is the current President of ONS.

All three surgeons are on staff at Greenwich Hospital, a recipient of The Joint Commission’s “Gold Seal of Approval™” for total hip and knee replacement surgery and spinal fusion. The certification for hip and knee replacement procedures recognizes the hospital’s commitment to maintain clinical excellence and patient satisfaction, while continuously working to improve patient care.  Greenwich Hospital’s total joint replacement program offers a level of continuity that sets it apart from other facilities. A clinical resource nurse helps patients every step of the way – before, during and after surgery and throughout rehabilitation and recovery. Patients receive the practical information, emotional support and follow-up care they need to guide them through the entire process.

You will have the opportunity to ask questions at the conclusion of the talk.  The program is free and open to the public. Registration Requested. Call (203) 863-4277 or register online at www.greenhosp.org.

“Maximizing Your Child’s Athletic Potential” Success

Dr. Delos with Allan Houston

Last Thursday’s talk on “Maximizing Your Child’s Athletic Potential” was a success. A big thank you goes out to the Junior League of Greenwich for making it possible with their focus on improving the community and empowering others to further health and education! Ultimately they brought together the perfect combination of experts to inform the public about the youth and the sports they love.

Dr. Delos, of ONS and Greenwich Hospital, was a panel speaker at this event. He specializes in sports medicine and arthroscopic treatment of knee and shoulder disorders. Before ONS, Dr. Delos was the Assistant NFL Team Physician for the New York Giants and was team physician for a number of local high school and college athletes.

Other panel members consisted of Andy Barr, Director of Performance and Rehab for the New York Knicks, Mubarak “Bar” Malik, Head of Strength and Conditioning for the New York Knicks, and Allan Houston, one of NBA’s all-time greatest long range shooters and Olympic gold medalist, as the moderator. Each participant reinforced the importance of parents taking interest in the development of their young athlete and properly guiding them to the path of success. Parents attending this event were very attentive, and came prepared with questions.

Conversations covered the fundamental topics, like proper sleep habits and nutrition. For example, a young athlete’s nutrition should increase in relation to the amount of activity they experience daily. This may be common knowledge to an adult but for an adolescent, proper amounts of sleep and good nutrition that balances the amount of activity should be added to their routine.

Aside from the basic topics of discussion, there was a myth to be busted as well; to find out the details of the myth and for more information about the questions that were asked at the event, please read the article written by the Greenwich Freepress.

Photography credit goes to the Delos family, thank you!

Ready for Spring Sports?


Foot and ankle, hand and wrist injury prevention tips by orthopedics specialists

When: February 25, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Noble Auditorium, Greenwich Hospital
Speakers: Mark Yakavonis, MD, MMS, Mark Vitale, MD, and Paddle and Tennis Professional Patrick Hirscht

If golf or racket sports are in your plans for the spring you will want to hear tips from fellowship trained orthopedic foot and ankle specialist Mark Yakavonis, MD, MMS and fellowship trained hand/wrist/elbow specialist Mark Vitale, MD, MPH who will discuss common injuries seen in golf and racket sports. Special guest and local tennis pro Patrick Hirscht will also speak. Learn about common injuries, and how to choose footwear, braces and exercises to prevent injury and play your best; whether it’s the foot, hand, wrist or elbow, they’re all at risk for injury when you’re active. Dr. Yakavonis and Dr. Vitale will discuss nonsurgical and surgical treatments, along with ailments particular to racket sports. You will have the opportunity to ask questions at the conclusion of the talk. The program is free and open to the public. Registration Requested. Call (203) 863-4277 or register online at www.greenhosp.org.


ONS Success Story: William McHale

William McHale TestimonialWilliam McHale started off as many other athletes did, full of energy and feeling invincible. As we all know, that feeling of invincibility is only a feeling. In the 7th grade, young William broke his ankle playing football; fortunately he was then referred to Dr. Paul Sethi.

Dr. Sethi considers all of the athlete’s needs which helps set the stage for a successful and timely recovery period and translates into an ideal patient-doctor experience.  When McHale got older, he started as a linebacker in 30 consecutive games between his sophomore and senior years at  Yale University. During his senior year though, the labrums in both of his shoulders tore. Time was of the essence if he wanted to recover in time for his Pro Day in front of NFL Scouts. Who did he contact? None other than our very own Dr. Sethi.

The MRIs originally taken of the injury did not reveal the full extent of the damage but Dr. Sethi corrected all issues encountered during the surgery. After the procedure, William was scheduled to go to physical therapy multiple times a week and overall, it took about six to seven months for a full recovery. Since then, William has not had any other issues regarding his shoulders.

Where is William McHale now? He played to his full potential on Pro Day, was invited to Minicamp with the New Orleans Saints, and just returned from playing football in France; congratulations!