2013 was the deadliest year of the past seven for pedestrians in San Francisco. The survivors of these accidents often looked to the expertise of the surgeons at the Orthopaedic Trauma Institute (OTI) at The General to ensure their recovery.

The OTI continues to innovate the care of patients with musculoskeletal injuries and has been working to share their expertise with other health care institutions throughout the Bay Area and beyond. Most recently, the OTI has partnered with Regional Medical Center of San Jose and Davies Medical Center, also in San Francisco, to provide patient care at those institutions. The OTI’s continued collaboration with other Bay Area hospitals means that no matter where your accident may occur in the Bay Area, the experts at the OTI will be there to take care of you. These partnerships will expand the already immense impact the Institute has in the Bay Area as the resident orthopaedic injury treatment center at The General – the only level one Trauma Center in San Francisco.

The Institute model is centered on education and enables training for the next generation of orthopaedic surgeons locally and globally. On average, 1,000 surgeons from around the world receive training at the Institute each year.

Because of the high incidence of musculoskeletal injuries that require specialized orthopaedic care, the OTI currently serves two-thirds of the trauma patients treated through The General’s Emergency Room. This made The General an ideal place for the development of the Institute, which began in 2009 with the help of a $150,000 Hearts Grant from the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation. “Clinicians can stay on top of the latest and greatest research, and researchers can see exactly how their findings translate into care. It’s been a model of how orthopedic trauma work can and should be conducted,” says Dr. Miclau.

The Institute allows The General to treat as many as 4,000 orthopaedic trauma patients each year, and deliver the same compassionate care to each one. “Everyone receives the same level of care here. That’s one of the things I’m most proud of. Whether you’re the CEO of a corporation or you’re a homeless patient, you’ll receive the same high level of orthopedic trauma care,” continues Dr. Miclau.

The Foundation has been proud to partner with the Institute to help secure funding for its life-changing work. Dr. Richard Coughlin, an orthopaedic surgeon at The General, says, “We really want to thank the Foundation for all of the work, the hard work that goes into supporting our programs. They do make a difference.”