Category: Orthopedic Surgery Updates

Putting Patients First

Rana Crisostomo, Patient Advocate

Practice features full-time advocate

Because our patients are what keep us growing and succeeding, we understand the value of having a seamless line of communication between all parties. As the only orthopedic practice in Southern Nevada with a dedicated patient advocate, we at Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center have placed emphasis on this area of our business to ensure satisfaction. With Rana Crisostomo leading the way as our Patient Advocate, we are more than certain that our patients are getting the best service possible day in and day out.

Born and raised in Guam, Rana came to Las Vegas in 2002. In 2009 she found herself working with Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center in Medical Assisting, Front Desk Registration, and in the Diagnostic Department. As the years passed, Rana was learning every aspect of the practice from beginning to end in order to help her perfect the practice’s internal “language.” In January of 2012, Rana took over the Patient Advocate role, and hasn’t looked back since.

On a normal day, Rana says the part she enjoys the most is “making the human connection with patients in (her) attempt to help them with their care.” She typically will assist 20 or more patients per week, but volume has never been an issue. As always, Rana puts the patient first, stating “there have been certain patients that stick in my memory, but I look at every patient’s circumstance and ask myself ‘if the person was family–especially my dear grandmother–how best could I help them to a level that I would be satisfied?’”

While there are taxing parts to the job, such as explaining that there may be a substantial wait time before the next available appointment, Rana says that it’s all about learning how to resolve the issues and explain them to patients in a way they understand. “Many patients misunderstand the perceived lack of time that a doctor may spend with them during an appointment is not a personal slight, but rather the doctor’s efficiency gained through their varied experience and training,” she says. With an interest in social work and counseling, it’s no wonder that Rana has perfected the art of patient communication, and we can’t thank her enough for that!

After spending a number of years with the practice, Rana says there are a few things that people should absolutely know about her company. “We are dedicated to our patients’ care and positive outcomes,” she states. “We have treated virtually every kind of orthopedic case, and you are in the best hands possible. Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center is truly an interdependent and interwoven practice that puts patients first.”

Thank you, Rana, for your continued dedication to our patients!

NOSC winter newsletter is here!

The winter 2016 edition of On The Move, Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center’s newsletter, is now available and linked below. This newsletter offers referring practices updates, insights and tips to make their patients’ experiences with NOSC as stress-free and satisfying as possible.

 

https://nevadaorthopedic.com/news-events/nv_orthonews_winter2016/

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Summerlin expo a big hit

Representatives of Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center recently attended a health and wellness expo at Downtown Summerlin. Several hundred people visited the practice’s information booth. Events such as this are just one of the many ways that the practice educates the community about the expertise and capabilities of its physicians.
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Meet Our Providers: Michael S. Bradford, M.D.

At Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center, all of our Orthopedic Surgeons are board certified and fellowship trained in their respective specialties.  We offer quality health care you can trust.  As a patient, it is important to learn about the orthopedic surgeon that you are visiting at our office.

Join us for our new blog series, “Meet Our Providers” to learn more about our providers and their specialties.

MEET MICHAEL S. BRADFORD, M.D.

Michael S. Bradford, M.D.

Request an appointment with Michael S. Bradford here or call 702-258-3773

Michael S. Bradford, M.D. joined Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center in 1994.  Currently Chief of Surgery at Sunrise Hospital, Dr. Bradford is an accomplished Adult Reconstructive Surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive hip and knee replacements.  Dr. Bradford has a particular interest in assessing and revising failed total hip and knee replacements.

Dr. Bradford received his Doctor of Medicine in 1986 from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  Dr. Bradford subsequently completed his internship and Orthopedic residency at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton from 1986-1992.  Dr. Bradford moved to the United States in 1993 to complete a Fellowship in Adult Reconstructive Hip and Knee Surgery with Wayne Paprosky, M.D at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Illinois and at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center (Rush University Medical Center) in Chicago, Illinois.

Michael S. Bradford, M.D. was born in Montreal, Canada.

Request an appointment with Michael S. Bradford here or call 702-258-3773

Meet Our Providers: Thomas C. Kim, M.D.

At Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center, all of our Orthopedic Surgeons are board certified and fellowship trained in their respective specialties.  We offer quality health care you can trust.  As a patient, it is important to learn about the orthopedic surgeon that you are visiting at our office.

Join us for our new blog series, “Meet Our Providers” to learn more about our providers and their specialties.

MEET THOMAS C. KIM, M.D.

Thomas C. Kim, M.D.

Request an appointment with Thomas C. Kim, M.D. here or call 702-258-3773

Thomas Kim, M.D. joined Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center in 2002.  Dr. Kim is fellowship trained in the surgical treatment of athletic injuries focusing on disorders of the shoulder, hip, and knee with an emphasis on arthroscopic surgery of these joints.

Dr. Thomas C. Kim received his undergraduate education at the Georgetown University College of Arts & Sciences in Washington, D.C. where he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry and was nominated into Sigma Xi for research in Organic Chemistry.  As an undergraduate student, Dr. Kim also received a Minor in Theology.  While attending Georgetown University, Dr. Kim was accepted via the Early Assurance Program into the Georgetown University School of Medicine where he received his Doctor of Medicine degree.

Dr. Kim completed a year of general surgical residency at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and completed his orthopedic training with the San Francisco Orthopaedic Residency Program.  In 2000, following residency, Dr. Kim completed his Sports Medicine Fellowship at Harvard University under Lyle Micheli, M.D. in Boston, Massachusetts.  During his fellowship, he provided medical coverage to the Boston Ballet, Boston Marathon, Eastern College Athletic Conference Track Championship, Bay State Games, and several local college and high school hockey and football teams.  His fellowship also involved training at the Boston Children’s Hospital.  The

Boston Children’s Hospital division of Sports Medicine was the first facility in the nation devoted to the treatment of sports injuries in pediatric and adolescent athletes.

Thomas Kim, M.D. was raised in Los Angeles, California.

Request an appointment with Thomas C. Kim, M.D. here or call 702-258-3773

Meet Our Providers: John J. Kastrup, M.D.

At Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center, all of our Orthopedic Surgeons are board certified and fellowship trained in their respective specialties.  We offer quality health care you can trust.  As a patient, it is important to learn about the orthopedic surgeon that you are visiting at our office.

Join us for our new blog series, “Meet Our Providers” to learn more about our providers and their specialties.

MEET JOHN J. KASTRUP, M.D.

John J. Kastrup, M.D.

Request an appointment with John J. Kastrup, M.D. here or call 702-258-3773

John J. Kastrup, M.D. has been a valued member of Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center since December of 2009, where he specializes in minimally invasive hip and knee replacements, including the new partial knee replacement.  Dr. Kastrup was one of the first surgeons in the U.S. to provide minimally invasive hip replacements. Dr. Kastrup practices with the most current techniques in joint replacement, utilizes the rapid recovery protocol and uses cutting edge pain management techniques allowing patients to recover from surgery without using intravenous narcotics. Dr. Kastrup supports the Arthritis Foundation, and is dedicated in his practice to finding a cure for the disease.

Dr. Kastrup received his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Cincinnati. While attending university, Dr. Kastrup was involved with the original pioneer research on Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction of the Knee.   Dr. Kastrup received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1988.  During medical school, Dr. Kastrup did research focused on Mallet Finger Injuries and his outcomes are referenced in multiple orthopedic textbooks.

After medical school, Dr. Kastrup completed his Orthopedic Internship and Residency at Hamot Medical Center in Erie, PA from1988-1993.  He completed an additional year of subspecialty fellowship training at the Cleveland Clinic in Adult Reconstructive Surgery where his fellowship involved the treatment of arthritis and joint replacement for the Shoulder, Hip and Knee.

John J. Kastrup, M.D. was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Request an appointment with John J. Kastrup, M.D. here or call 702-258-3773

Meet Our Providers: Bradley S. Baker, M.D.

At Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center, all of our Orthopedic Surgeons are board certified and fellowship trained in their respective specialties.  We offer quality health care you can trust.  As a patient, it is important to learn about the orthopedic surgeon that you are visiting at our office.

Join us for our new blog series, “Meet Our Providers” to learn more about our providers and their specialties.

MEET BRADLEY S. BAKER, M.D.

Bradley S. Baker, M.D.

Request an appointment with Dr. Bradley Baker here or call 702-258-3773

Bradley S. Baker, M.D. joined Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center in 2010. Dr. Baker is uniquely double-board certified in Orthopedic Surgery and in the Subspecialty of Orthopedic Sports Medicine. Dr. Baker is the only Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center physician with this distinction.

As a physician with Nevada Orthopedic and Spine Center, Dr. Baker applies his experience as a team physician and medical supervisor for many athletic organizations at all levels in the care of competitive and recreational athletes and non-athletes with a special focus on shoulder or knee problems.

Dr. Baker holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Chemistry from Concordia College.  He received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine.  After completing his Orthopedic Surgery Residency at the University of Kansas – Wichita, Dr. Baker pursued an additional year of specialized fellowship training in Orthopedic Sports Medicine at the Taos Orthopedic Institute where he worked with the United States Ski and Snowboard Team medical staff.

After completing his medical training, Dr. Baker practiced in Sioux Falls, SD as an orthopedic surgeon specializing in the treatment of knee, shoulder, sports injuries and fractures while serving as team physician for several professional, collegiate and high school sports teams and organizations.

Dr. Bradley Baker’s experience in his field extends to the academic work, where he has served as a clinical professor at the medical school, provided orthopedic care for the level-2 trauma center hospital and was an integral part of building the respected sports medicine program in Sioux Falls.  He spent several years in a small, specialized practice in Arizona before joining the Nevada Orthopedic and Spine Center team.

Bradley S. Baker, M.D. is originally from Fargo, North Dakota.

Request an appointment with Dr. Bradley Baker here or call 702-258-3773

Meet Our Providers: Thomas L. Vater, D.O.

At Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center, all of our Orthopedic Surgeons are board certified and fellowship trained in their respective specialties.  We offer quality health care you can trust.  As a patient, it is important to learn about the orthopedic surgeon that you are visiting at our office.

Join us for our new blog series, “Meet Our Providers” to learn more about our providers and their specialties.

MEET THOMAS L. VATER, D.O.

Thomas L. Vater, D.O.

Request an appointment with Dr. Thomas Vater  here or call 702-258-3773

Thomas L. Vater, D.O. joined Nevada Orthopedic and Spine Center in the year 2015.  He has been in private practice in Las Vegas, Nevada since the year 2000 as an orthopedic spine surgeon.  Dr. Vater is also Fellowship trained in orthopedic trauma surgery and has managed trauma patients at the UMC Level I Trauma Center.  Since 2000, Dr. Vater has been involved in the training of orthopedic students, residents and fellows.

Dr. Vater was raised in Mexico City, Mexico.  He grew up with a bilingual education in Spanish and German and ultimately moved to the United States in his teenage years.  His upper education was completed at the University of Illinois with a Bachelor in biology and a minor in chemistry.  Subsequently he entered medical school at the University of Health Sciences in Kansas City, Missouri and then completed in a rotating internship at Tulsa Regional Medical Center in Oklahoma.  His residency in orthopedics was completed at Deaconess Medical Center with a pediatric externship at Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado and trauma orthopedic surgery at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Dr. Vater entered a trauma orthopedic fellowship at University Medical Center in Las Vegas and subsequently completed a second fellowship in spine surgery, also at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Dr. Vater’s practice currently consists in the management of traumatic injuries, chronic or postsurgical deformity problems, neurologic deficits, as well as industrial injury claims and personal injury cases.  His patient base is international, as well as national, including tourism and local talent, such as Cirque du Soleil performers.

Dr. Vater currently holds licensure in eight states, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Missouri, Nevada, and Utah.

Request an appointment with Dr. Thomas Vater  here or call 702-258-3773

Meet Our Providers: Edward S. Ashman, M.D.

At Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center, all of our Orthopedic Surgeons are board certified and fellowship trained in their respective specialties.  We offer quality health care you can trust.  As a patient, it is important to learn about the orthopedic surgeon that you are visiting at our office.

Join us for our new blog series, “Meet Our Providers” to learn more about our providers and their specialties.

EDWARD S. ASHMAN, M.D.

Edward S. Ashman, M.D.

Request an appointment with Dr. Edward Ashman here or call 702.258.3773.

Edward S. Ashman, M.D. joined Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center in 2003. Dr. Ashman is fellowship trained in the surgical treatment of athletic injuries of the shoulder, knee, and elbow. He is currently on faculty as a Clinical Assistant Professor for The University of Nevada School of Medicine.

Dr. Edward Ashman is active in sports medicine at the highest level, having served as a team physician at the collegiate level in Virginia, in addition to providing care professional athletes, including members of the ATP Professional Tennis Tour and the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour. Dr. Ashman has also provided care for many of the largest and most popular shows on the Las Vegas Strip, including Cirque Du Soleil productions.

Dr. Ashman received a Bachelor of Science in 1992 from Cornell University. Dr. Ashman attended Albany Medical College and received his Doctor of Medicine in 1997. His internship, and residency in Orthopedic Surgery, were completed at Albany Medical Center from 1997 to 2002. In 2003, Dr. Ashman completed a Sports Medicine fellowship at Nirschl Sports Clinic Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C. under the guidance of Dr. Robert P. Nirschl. During his fellowship, Dr. Ashman served as a team physician for the George Mason University NCAA football and basketball teams.

Edward S. Ashman, M.D. was born in Johnson City, New York.

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