Here’s what is making news at POA.

POA Partners Take On Leadership Roles at TidalHealth Peninsula Regional

(Salisbury, MD)- POA is pleased to announce that several of the practice partners have taken on expanded leadership roles TidalHealth Peninsula Regional, as of the new year. Dr. Anthony Adrignolo has been named the President of the Medical Staff, Dr. Patrick “Andy” Holt is the new Chief of Department of Surgery and Dr. Scott McGovern is the Chief, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery. These physicians have been with Peninsula Orthopaedic Associates for over 30 years combined and practicing surgeons for a combined 41 years.

Dr. Adrignolo joined Peninsula Orthopaedic Associates in June 2009 after a decade of running his own successful orthopaedic practice in Salisbury, Maryland. He is a graduate of Princeton University and Yale University School of Medicine. He completed his internship in the Department of General Surgery at New England Deaconess Hospital, and his residency in the Harvard Combined Orthopaedics Surgery program at Massachusetts General. He also completed six months of post-residency training concentrating in trauma and adult reconstruction at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Adrignolo has also served in many capacities at TidalHealth while partner at POA including the Physician Excellence Committee, Professional Review Committee, Assistant Chief of Surgery, Chief of Surgery, Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President, and now President of the Medical Staff.

Dr. Holt joined POA in September 2018. Prior to joining POA, Dr. Holt completed his fellowship in hand and microvascular surgery at Duke University as well as his orthopaedic residency at the University of Utah. He also completed a PhD degree at the same time he attended Medical School at the University of Louisville. Dr. Holt shared, “It is with gratitude and humility that I accept the role of Chief of the Department of Surgery. We look forward to continuing our tradition of providing outstanding surgical care of patients on the Eastern Shore.”

Dr. Scott McGovern joined POA in 2009 and brings the most advanced, innovative diagnostic and therapeutic technologies and techniques to the practice from his advanced orthopaedic and neurosurgical spinal fellowship training at the Mayo Clinic and UCLA.

Contactless Check-in

POA is introducing a new way to check-in for your appointment. Patients now have the ability to take advantage of a completely contactless check-in process for all appointments at POA and now POA Physical Therapy. This new check-in process is convenient, touch-free, and does not require you to download an app or require a specific username and password. With just a few clicks on your mobile device you can:

    • Check-in and complete registration
    • Verify/change your personal information
    • Upload photo ID and insurance cards
    • Learn about your health insurance benefits
    • Make secure payments including co-pays and previous account balances
    • Complete forms, consents and policy reviews electronically

How does check-in work?

Express Check-in: You will receive a text message about 60 minutes prior to your appointment time that says, “It’s time to check-in for your appointment at POA. Please click the link to check-in.” You will be able to verify your demographic information, upload a picture of your photo ID, insurance card, and pay your co-pay. You will also be able to sign  registration paperwork that is required for new patients. Once you complete mobile check-in, please let the front desk know when you arrive in the building.

Kiosk Check-in: If you don’t check-in through your mobile device/Express Check-in, you will use one of the iPad Kiosks in the lobby. You can begin check-in by selecting “Enter Confirmation Code” and enter the first 4 letters of your last name and your date of birth (xx-xx-xxxx).

If you don’t have a mobile number or device, don’t worry! We can still help you check-in at the kiosks that will stationed in the lobby. We are excited to provide our patients with a seamless and safe way to check-in for your appointment. We appreciate your patience with this new check-in process, especially most recently at POA Physical Therapy.

Questions or concerns, please give us a call: (410) 749-4154

Mako SmartRobotics: First Robotic Arm-Assisted Joint Replacement Surgery on Maryland’s Eastern Shore

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(Salisbury, MD)- POA Surgery Center is the first facility on Maryland’s Eastern Shore to offer Mako SmartRobotics™. This advancement in joint replacement surgery transforms the way total knee replacements are performed.

Total knee replacements in the United States are expected to increase 189% by 2030, yet studies have shown that approximately 20% of patients are dissatisfied after conventional surgery. Mako Total Knee combines Stryker’s advanced robotic technology with its clinically successful Triathlon Total Knee System, which enables surgeons to have a more predictable surgical experience with increased precision and accuracy.

“With Mako SmartRobotics™ for Total Knee Replacement, I know more about my patients than ever before, and I’m able to cut less. For some patients, this can mean less soft tissue damage; for others, greater bone preservation.” said Dr. Petrera. “Mako’s 3D CT allows me to create a personalized plan based on each patient’s unique anatomy all before entering the operating room. During surgery, I can validate that plan and make any necessary adjustments while guiding the robotic arm to execute that plan. It’s exciting to be able to offer this transformative technology across the joint replacement service line to perform total knee replacements.”

“We are proud to be the first facility to offer this highly advanced robotic technology in our area,” said David Davies, CEO of Peninsula Orthopaedic Associates. “This addition to our orthopaedic service line further demonstrates our commitment to provide the community with outstanding healthcare.”

POA Welcomes Dr. Scott Gelman

(Salisbury, MD) Dr. Scott Gelman, joining Peninsula Orthopaedic Associates (POA) on September 1, 2021, is the perfect addition to expand POA’s Joint Replacement service line. Dr. Scott Gelman will work alongside our team of premier orthopaedic surgeons including Dr. Petrera, Dr. Trauger, Dr. Adrignolo, and Dr. Falvello. This team of experts are providing the most advanced and comprehensive treatment for hip and knee replacements in the region. POA is excited to expand upon its tradition of excellence with increased accessibility to quality orthopaedic providers on the Delmarva Peninsula.

Formerly practicing in Frederick, Maryland, Dr. Gelman will complement our successful arthroplasty program with a special interest in rapid recovery and advanced pain control, anterior hip replacement and total knee replacement as well as complex revisions of failed hip and knee replacements. He also has an interest in fracture care and will be assisting with our orthopaedic trauma coverage at TidalHealth Peninsula Regional. Dr. Gelman believes in an individualized, patient centered approach that focuses on returning each patient to their maximum function.

Dr. Gelman completed his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland and his Medical Doctorate Degree the Geisinger Commonwealth College of Medicine, in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Dr. Gelman selected Summa Health in Akron, Ohio to complete a residency in Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Pasquale Petrera says, “We welcome the addition of Dr. Scott Gelman who will bring knowledge, youth and excitement to our total joint team. His addition will help solidify POA as the premier total joint destination on the Delmarva Peninsula.”

Although Dr. Gelman’s wife Emily Gelman (Funk) was raised on the Eastern Shore, this is the first time Dr. Gelman is putting down roots on the Eastern Shore. He is excited to relocate his family from the Frederick area here to Salisbury, where they’ll be closer to his wife’s family.

Please join us as we welcome Dr. Gelman to our team on September 1st. He is accepting new patients in our Salisbury and Berlin locations. For patient referrals or to consult with Dr. Gelman, please call (410) 749-4154.

Dr. Holt Newest Partner at POA

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(Salisbury, MD)- POA is pleased to announce Dr. Patrick “Andy” Holt as the newest Partner of the Practice. Dr. Holt is the tenth active Partner of POA and joins Drs. Brandon, Petrera, Greco, Trauger, Kang, Scopp, Huber, Adrignolo, and McGovern.

Dr. Holt joined POA in September 2018. Prior to joining POA, Dr. Holt completed his fellowship in hand and microvascular surgery at Duke University as well as his orthopaedic residency at the University of Utah. He also completed a PhD degree at the same time he attended Medical School at the University of Louisville. Drs. Holt and Kang are two of the few fellowship-trained hand surgeons in the region.

Dr. Holt shared, “It is with humility and gratitude that I join the Partners at POA. It has been a tremendous two years and I am looking forward with enthusiasm to many years ahead providing orthopaedic care for patients on the Eastern Shore.”

Dr. Brandon, President of POA, also noted, “Over the last two years, Dr. Holt has continued to demonstrate leadership and exceptional care for all injuries and conditions related to the hand, wrist and elbow. We are fortunate to have someone of Dr. Holt’s caliber at POA.”

To mark this momentous occasion, each newly-appointed Partner receives a commissioned artwork piece that highlights the new Partner’s hobbies and/or specialties. It also lists the date of partnership and the other active partners. Dr. Holt’s artwork depicts his two passions outside of work, hiking and diving. It is truly a beautiful piece created by a local artist, Rachel Alvarez, who also happens to be the daughter of a POA staff member.

Please join us as we congratulate Dr. Holt. We look forward to many more years with Dr. Holt at POA!

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Dr. Trauger presents on Calipered Kinematic Alignment

Dr. James Trauger, one of our Joint Specialists, was recently featured in a 4-part series called Total Knee Arthroplasty: Calipered Kinematic Alignment, sponsored by the International Congress for Joint Reconstruction. In Session 4, Dr. Trauger discusses the differences between Calipered Kinematic Alignment vs. Mechanical Alignment. This is great information to review if you or your loved one are planning to have a total knee replacement in the future.

Link for Video:

(Dr. Trauger is featured in Session 4, Marker 16:16)

If you have questions or would like to learn more, please call and schedule an appointment with Dr. Trauger. Dr. Trauger conveniently sees patients at 3 POA offices: Salisbury, Berlin and Millsboro. Call Today! (410) 749-4154

Same-Day Appointments Now Available

We are continuing to serve our communities and find new ways to meet all your orthopaedic needs. We know many of our patients have concerns about going to the emergency room or a traditional urgent care. Our office is open and ready to serve you! We are proud to offer same-day appointments at POA. Simply call or text our office and ask for an urgent care appointment.

It is always our standard practice to follow strict infection control measures at each of our clinic locations in an effort to protect our patients from illness or infection. However, at this point in time, many additional infection control measures have been put into place. You can read a full list of these additional measures here. You can feel confident that you will be safely seen at POA!

Call or text us today! (410) 749-4154

New Orthopaedic Surgeon joins POA

(Salisbury, MD) Peninsula Orthopaedic Associates (POA) is pleased to announce the addition of Ana Mata-Fink, MD, MS, as the first female Orthopaedic Surgeon to join the practice in its 68-year history. Dr. Mata-Fink will work alongside Dr. Thomas Brandon to provide the most advanced and comprehensive treatment for shoulder injuries/conditions in the region. POA is excited to expand upon its tradition of excellence with increased accessibility to quality orthopaedic providers on the Delmarva Peninsula.

Dr. Ana Mata-Fink completed her Bachelor of Science at Yale University and her Medical Doctorate at Harvard Medical School. She also completed a Master of Science in Health Care Leadership from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice. Dr. Mata-Fink selected the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center to complete her orthopaedic surgery residency and completed a shoulder/elbow fellowship at Yale University.

Dr. Mata-Fink has contributed to several publications, including her most recent addition featured in the Journal of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery in 2018, titled, “Predictors of length of stay and discharge deposition after shoulder arthroplasty,” as well as “Revision in strategies in reverse total shoulder arthroplasty,” featured in the Journal in Shoulder & Elbow Arthroplasty in 2017.

David Davies, POA CEO, says, “We are honored to bring such an accomplished surgeon and brilliant individual to the Eastern Shore. With Dr. Mata-Fink’s addition, POA continues to deliver unrivaled patient care here locally, as well as provide greater accessibility for our patients’ orthopaedic injuries and conditions.”