Upcoming Free Seminars by ONS at Greenwich Hospital

Mark your calendars for these upcoming seminars by
ONS physicians!

Low Back Pain and Spine Disorders

Neurosurgeon Scott Simon, MD

Tuesday, February 7, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Greenwich Hospital, Noble Conference Center

Join neurosurgeon, Scott Simon, MD as he dispels myths about what works and what doesn’t work to treat low back pain. He will talk about prevention of low back injury, the importance of proper diagnostics and review “what’s new” in treatments.

Dr. Simon specializes in the treatment of spinal disorders. He is one of a few physicians nationwide who is trained in both neurological surgery and orthopedic techniques to treat scoliosis in adolescents and adults and is an expert in minimally invasive spine surgery. Dr. Simon graduated from UMDNJ – New Jersey Medical School. He performed his residency at The University of Pennsylvania and did Fellowship training in spine surgery and scoliosis at The Schriners Hospital for Children, in Philadelphia.

To register, call 203-863-4277 or 888-305-9253.

Or register online.


Joint Replacement Educational Seminar

Wednesday, March, 28, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Greenwich Library Cole Auditorium
101 West Putnam Avenue, Greenwich

Speakers: Joint replacement specialists Frank Ennis, MD and Brian Kavanagh, MD

Many people suffer from severe pain caused by arthritis, a fracture or other conditions that make common activities such as walking, putting on shoes or getting in and out of a car, extremely difficult. Today, over 600,000 hip and knee replacement surgeries are performed each year in the United States. Deciding if- and when- it’s time to consider joint replacement surgery are important decisions.

Greenwich Hospital will host a Joint Replacement Educational Seminar at the Greenwich Library led by orthopedic experts Dr. Frank Ennis and Dr. Brian Kavanagh that will provide answers to many commonly asked questions, including how to know if you need a hip or knee replacement, the best way to prepare for surgery, and what to expect from the recovery and rehabilitation process. The surgeons will also discuss what’s new in the field of joint replacement and how materials and techniques have improved over the years.

Registration is required. To register, call 203-863-4277 or 888-305-9253. The Joint Replacement Educational Seminar will also be made available in an online video on the hospital website, www.greenhosp.org and at www.onsmd.com after April 11.

Pregnancy and Fitness? “You bet!” say Physicians

A health education seminar, Exercise Safely During Pregnancy and After, will take place on Thursday, January 12 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Noble Conference Center at Greenwich Hospital at 5 Perryridge Road.  Orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist Dr. Katie Vadasdi of ONS, OBGYN Catherine Berzolla, MD of Putnam Gynecology and Obstetrics of Greenwich, and physical therapist Alicia Hirscht of ONS Physical Therapy will talk about the importance of exercise for pregnant women and address common concerns and safety guidelines for physical activity while pregnant.  The free seminar is open to the public. Registration is required. To register, call 203-863-4277 or 888-305-9253.

The Greenwich Hospital Community Health seminar will cover information on why exercise is recommended during pregnancy, what musculoskeletal injuries are common in pregnant women, exercises that should be avoided and some that should be a priority while pregnant.  Dr. Vadasdi; who is a triathlete and alpine climber and is expecting her second child in February, will focus her talk on changes to the body during pregnancy that can lead to musculoskeletal injuries, orthopedic injuries that may occur during pregnancy and which activities are generally safe and comfortable during pregnancy. Dr. Berzola will present recommendations for safe guidelines for exercising during pregnancy from the obstetrics side.  Alicia Hirscht, DPT will talk about and demonstrate some specific exercise recommendations.


“In my orthopedics practice, I meet many women who are concerned about exercise safety and pregnancy,” says Dr. Vadasdi. “They want to know if- and how- they should modify your routine, how long they can work out, and how much exertion is safe. Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t exercise, but it is important to know how to exercise safely.”

Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery Specialists PC (ONS) is an advanced multi-specialty orthopedic and neurosurgery practice in Greenwich, CT.  ONS physicians provide expertise in the full spectrum of musculoskeletal conditions and injuries, sports medicine, minimally invasive orthopedic, spine and brain surgery, joint replacement and trauma. The main office is located at 6 Greenwich Office Park on Valley Drive in Greenwich. For more information, visit http://www.onsmd.com/e  or call (203) 869-1145.

Surgeons to hold Special Seminar on Shoulder Pain and Shoulder Replacement Surgery at Greenwich Hospital

On Thursday, December 8 at 1:30 p.m., orthopedic surgeons Seth Miller, MD and Paul Sethi, MD will present a free community health talk about the latest solutions for shoulder pain. The talk takes place in the Noble Conference Center at Greenwich Hospital on Perryridge Road. Registration is requested; call (877) 585-0125 to register.

“Severe shoulder arthritis and chronic shoulder pain can make daily-life activities, like combing hair, reaching for a lamp or putting on a sweater extremely difficult,” says Dr. Miller who is also a shoulder specialist and one of the foremost shoulder experts in the New York Metropolitan area. “If you can’t do the simple things you once did, you may be suffering from a shoulder condition. There are reliable solutions for chronic shoulder pain. It is important to learn about your options in order to make the best decision for you.”

Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Seth Miller of ONS

Many people are familiar with hip or knee replacement to treat chronic pain caused by advanced arthritis.  In the last 25 years, shoulder replacements have been used by a select group of skilled orthopedic surgeons to help their patients with chronic shoulder pain, restore mobility and stop pain. Dr. Seth Miller and his colleague Dr. Paul Sethi have performed over 1000 shoulder replacements at Greenwich Hospital in the past 20 years, earlier than at any other hospital outside New York City. For their patients this means regaining the mobility they thought was permanently lost.

Doctors recommend shoulder replacement for patients with severe shoulder arthritis, who have not achieved pain relief from conservative treatments, or who have had a severe fracture. In the procedure, the surgeon replaces the damaged or arthritic joint surfaces with a highly-polished metal ball attached to a stem, and a plastic socket. In cases where the patient’s own ball is severely fractured and the socket is normal, the surgeon may replace only the ball.

In addition to being a staff orthopedic physician at Greenwich Hospital, Dr. Seth Miller serves as Clinical Associate Professor of orthopedic surgery specializing in shoulder surgery at the Hospital for Joint Diseases at NYU Medical Center. He is also assistant Attending Physician in orthopaedic surgery at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Seth Miller 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 has been an orthopaedic consultant to the New York Mets for more than eight years.

Paul Sethi, MD is a Board-certified orthopedic surgeon with sub-specialty training

Orthopaedic surgeon Paul Sethi, MD

in sports medicine and the shoulder and elbow. Dr Sethi graduated with honors from Cornell University. He received his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine and performed his internship and residency at Yale University. He completed a sports medicine fellowship at the Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Institute in Los Angeles, CA. His research on athletic performance while a resident surgeon at Yale, his studies on professional basketball players and his own experience as a college varsity athlete have provided Dr. Sethi with first-hand experience, and an invaluable perspective in understanding sports-related injuries and conditions.

Dr. Sethi is a former orthopedic consultant to the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team and former assistant team physician of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team, Los Angeles Kings hockey team, the Los Angeles Dodgers and University of Southern California football team.

Osteoporosis Seminar: Prevention, Treatment and Management – November 16 at Greenwich Hospital






Osteoporosis, a disease that deteriorates bone and leads to fractures, affects 28 million Americans and contributes to an estimated 1.5 million bone fractures every year.  Half of all women older than 65 and one in five men is affected by osteoporosis.  On Wednesday, November 16 at 7 p.m., orthopedic surgeon Steven Hindman, MD, endocrinologist Yi-Hao Yu, MD and physical therapist Betsy Kreuter, PT of ONS (Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery Specialists, PC) will present Osteoporosis: Prevention, Treatment and Management in the Noble Conference Center at Greenwich Hospital located at 5 Perryridge Road. Topics to be covered include bone anatomy, osteoporosis risk factors and exercise to promote strong bones. The program is free and open to the public. Registration is requested. To register, call 203-863-3627 or register online at www.greenhosp.org.  For more information on topics related to orthopedics, sports medicine and neurosurgery, visit www.onsmd.com.


Talk on Shoulder Injuries and Treatments at Greenwich Hospital

The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the human body, with a range of motion of nearly 360 degrees.

Orthopedic Surgeon Tim Greene, MD of ONS on Valley Drive

The complex mechanics of the shoulder make it vulnerable to certain injuries.  Sports medicine specialist Tim Greene, MD, will discuss shoulder injuries, the common causes of shoulder pain and the most effective treatments from physical therapy to minimally invasive surgeries.


Speaker:  Tim Greene, MD Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists
Date:  Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Time:       6:00pm – 7:30pm
Location:  Noble Conference Center
Contact phone number:  203-863-4277 or 888-305-9253 or register online atwww.greenwichhospital.org
Fee:  None

Neurosurgeon to discuss Neck Pain and Treatments at Greenwich Hospital-May 18

Neck injury can be the result of a car accident, sports activity or a fall. Neck pain may also be caused by abnormalities in muscles, ligaments and nerves as well as conditions of the bones and joints such as arthritis or disc degeneration.

Dr. Amory Fiore

In fact, about two thirds of people will experience neck pain at some point in time. On Wednesday, May 18, at 7 p.m. Board-certified neurosurgeon Amory Fiore, MD of ONS (Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery Specialists) and Greenwich Hospital will present a talk on neck pain and conditions of the cervical spine in the Hyde Room at Greenwich Hospital. Dr. Fiore will discuss common causes of neck pain as well as the most effective conservative and surgical treatments. Admission is Free. To register, call Greenwich Hospital at 203-863-4277 or 888-305-9253.

Dr. Fiore graduated medical school at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University in New York. He did his residency at The Neurological Institute of New York at Columbia University and did Fellowship training in Spine Surgery at the Emory Clinic in Atlanta, Georgia. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery.

Talk at Greenwich Hospital on Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis, or significant bone loss, affects 28 million Americans and contributes to an estimated 1.5 million bone fractures every year. The condition, which affects half of all women older than 65, and one in five men, is the topic of a talk by Orthopedist Steven Hindman, MD, Endocrinologist Judith Goldberg Berman, MD and Physical Therapist Betsy Kreuter, PT tonight at 7 p.m. at Greenwich Hospital, Noble Conference Center.

Seminar participants will learn about bone anatomy, personal risk factors and the latest treatments for osteoporosis.

They will also see demonstrations of exercises that help prevent fractures and hear about other measures that may help promote strong bones. The program is free and open to the public. Registration is requested. To register, call Greenwich Hospital at 203-863-3627 or 888-357-2409.

Bone Health is focus of Osteoporosis Seminar

Osteoporosis, a condition which causes bones to become weak and susceptible to breaks, affects over 10 million Americans and contributes to an estimated 1.5 million bone fractures every year. The condition, which affects half of all women older than 65, and one in five men, was the topic of a seminar sponsored by the ONS Foundation for Clinical Research and Education on Tuesday night at ONS on Valley Drive. Orthopedic surgeon Steven Hindman, MD, Endocrinologist Judith Goldberg Berman, MD and Physical Therapist Betsy Kreuter, PT spoke before a group of 40 about bone anatomy, personal risk factors and the latest treatments for osteoporosis.

After defining osteoporosis, Dr. Goldberg-Berman’s talked about how the condition is diagnosed and the variety of ways it is treated. She said a bone density test is the best method currently available for diagnosing bone loss, however there are other indicators to consider, and in some cases, just the incidence of a spinal compression fracture is an indication of osteoporosis.  Although she believes that each patient needs to be assessed individually, she said that ingesting sufficient levels of calcium and vitamin D are extremely important to maintain good bone health. Once a positive diagnosis has been made, treatment may vary from patient to patient depending on age, medical history and lifestyle considerations. “Bisphosphonates like Fosamax and Boniva have been in the press a lot recently. Some studies have shown there are associated risks, but in many cases there are other studies that dispute those findings,” says Goldberg-Berman. “For some women, estrogen is an effective bone builder even though there are risks that make it not a good option for others. Medication, diet and exercise should all be considered when treating this potentially serious condition.” Continue reading “Bone Health is focus of Osteoporosis Seminar”