Dr. Anthony Rhorer

Dr. Anthony Rhorer

Dr. Gil Ortega

Dr. Gil Ortega

Dr. Brian Miller

Dr. Brian Miller

Dr. Laura Prokuski

Dr. Laura Prokuski

Dr. Kurtis Staples

Dr. Kurtis Staples

Dr. Thomas Fishler

Dr. Thomas Fishler

Dr. Michael Billhymer

Dr. Michael Billhymer

Dr. Laura Prokuski

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Dr. Prokuski was born and educated in the great state of Iowa.  This Midwestern upbringing instilled the values of hard work, personal sacrifice, and the importance of community. She graduated magna cum lade with a Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry in 1988 from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She then attended the University of Iowa College Of Medicine. Initially unsure of her career path, a third year rotation on the orthopedic trauma service provided the pivotal moment that would define her career. A patient with a femur fracture, seen on the day of injury in traction, was walking in the hall after surgery to stabilize the fracture. The rapid improvement of this patient’s function left an impression. From there, all paths pointed towards a life dedicated to the care of injured patients.

After graduation from medical school in 1992 she chose the orthopedic residency at the University of Iowa. A storied institution of orthopedic excellence, residency was time to gather knowledge and skills, but also instilled the importance of lifelong teaching and service. Under the mentorship of J. Lawrence Marsh, MD, she continued research and study, ultimately landing a coveted position as an orthopedic trauma fellow at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. There she studied under revolutionary leaders in the field including Andrew Burgess MD and Robert Brumback MD. 

In 1998 she started practice at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. There she joined Drs. Richard Lange and Gerald Lang at one of only two Level I trauma centers in the state. There she developed clinical skills, and participated in research and teaching activities. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 2006.

At the University of Wisconsin she continued with efforts at advancing orthopedic education. Education of orthopedic residents and medical students was a daily activity. She was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award for the entire Madison campus in 2004. She has been a participant in the Orthopedic Trauma Association Residents Fracture course for 10 years and chaired the course from 2008-2010. She has contributed to numerous courses as an AO Instructor, Advanced Trauma Life Support Instructor, and presenting at numerous instructional courses at national association meetings.  Scholarly pursuit has been present throughout her career resulting in multiple papers, book chapters, posters and presentations. She is on the editorial board of The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

Patient safety has always been a priority for Dr. Prokuski. She has participated on the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons’ Patient Safety and Infections committees. She is the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons’ representative on the Surgical Care Improvement Project, participating on the forefront of development of healthcare policy. Minimizing patient complications, particularly postoperative infections, has been a lifelong pursuit.

Looking for a new challenge, in 2009 Dr. Prokuski joined Drs. Rhorer, Ortega and Miller at Sonoran Orthopedic Trauma Surgeons. This is the only private group of fellowship trained orthopedic trauma surgeons with similar beliefs of clinical service, scholarly advancement and community service. She was named Director of Orthopedic Trauma at John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital in 2013.

In 2010 Dr. Prokuski participated in two collaborations between the United States Military and the Orthopedic Trauma Association. In response to the earthquake in Haiti she was selected to serve in Operation Unified Response on the U.S.N.S. Comfort. Civilians and military side by side provided the highest level of surgical care for those injured in this natural disaster. She was also selected as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar and served at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, working side by side military orthopedic surgeons treating injured soldiers.

Dr. Prokuski treats patients with acute fractures of the arms, legs, and pelvis. She also takes care of complications that arise from injuries including non-unions, mal-unions, infections, and amputations. Her elective specialty is post-traumatic elbow reconstruction with over a decade of expertise in making stiff elbows move again.

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Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

 

 

1984-1988

Bachelors of Arts

Coe College

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

1988-1992

Medical Doctor

University of Iowa College of Medicine

Iowa City, Iowa

POST GRADUATE EDUCATION

 

 

1992-1997

Resident in Orthopaedic Surgery

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Iowa City, Iowa

1997-1998

Fellow in Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery

R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Iowa City, Iowa

 

APPOINTMENTS

 

 

1998

Consulting Orthopedic Surgeon

William S. Middleton Veterans Hospital

Madison, Wisconsin

1998

Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery

University of Wisconsin Hospitals

Madison, Wisconsin

2006

Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery

University of Wisconsin Hospitals

Madison, Wisconsin

2009

Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon

Sonoran Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeons

Scottsdale, AZ

2013

Director of Orthopedic Trauma

John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital

Phoenix, AZ

LICENSURE

 

 

 

 

State

Number

Expiration Date

 

Maryland

D52010

9/30/2013

 

Wisconsin

40045

10/31/2013

 

Arizona

34717

11/18/2013

 

BOARD CERTIFICATION

 

 

2000-2010

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

2011-2020

Recertfied American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

DEPARTMENT/HOSPITAL COMMITTEES

 

 

2010-present

John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital Department of Surgery Committee

2010-present

John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital Infection Control Committee

2011-present

John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital Operating Room Operations Committee

2007-2009

Hospital Peer Review Committee

2004-2006

Orthopedic Operating Room Inventory Control Committee

2004-2006

Medical Board of University of WisconsinHospital and Clinics, At-Large Member

2004-2006

University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation Retirement Plan Committee

2004-2007

University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation Primary Care Committee

2003-2004

Quality Evaluation and Review Committee

2003-2009

Division of Orthopedic Surgery Quality Improvement Committee, Chair

2001-2005

Wrong Site Surgery Prevention Committee, Chair

2000-2004

Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee

1999-2003

Department of Surgery Quality Improvement Committee

1999-2009

Blood Product Utilization and Review Committee

MEDICAL SCHOOL COMMITTEES

 

 

2003-2009

Medical Student Admissions Committee

2004-2005

Department of Radiology Chair Search Committee

PROFESSONAL SOCIETY MEMBERSHIPS

 

 

 

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS)

 

Orthopedic Trauma Association (OTA)

 

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY COMMITTEES AND APPOINTMENTS

 

 

2009

OTA Program Committee

2008-2011

OTA Residents’ Basic Fracture Course Chairman

2008

AO Basic Residents Course Co-Chairman, Madison, WI

2007-2008

OTA Quality Metrics Work Group

2008-present

OTA Practice Management committee

2007

Ruth Jackson Orthopedic Society Nominating Committee

2007-present

OTA Education Committee

2007-present

AAOS Representative to American Association of Blood Banks/Perioperative Standards Program Unit

2006-2011

AAOS Patient Safety Committee

2006-2007

OTA Coding and Classification Committee

2005-present

AAOS Representative to Surgical Care Improvement Project

2005

AAOS Representative to the Surgical Care Improvement Project National Guidelines Writers’ Workshop

2003-2008

AAOS Trauma Evaluation Committee

2003-2006

AAOS Infections Committee

HONORS AND AWARDS

 

 

Faculty

 

2004

University Of Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association’s Clinical Science Teaching Award

2004

Magna Cum Laude Citation from Radiological Society of North America for the exhibit “What’s New in Extremity and Spine Hardware”

Medical School

 

1991

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

1991

American Medical Women’s Association Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Citation for Scholarly Achievement

1991-1992

Anesthesia Externship, a salaried position offered to senior medical students for advanced study of anesthesiology

1988-1989

University of Iowa Medical Student Research Fellowship

Undergraduate

 

1988

Magna Cum Laude

1988

Kesler Senior Chemistry Award for the outstanding chemistry student

1988

Swanson Science Writing Award for the outstanding honors thesis

1988

Phi Beta Phi Academic Honor Society

1987

Mortar Board Academic Honor Society

1986-1987

University of Iowa Undergraduate Research Fellowship

RESEARCH GRANT AWARDS

 

 

2003

$50,000 for Primary Investigator on “Effect of Alendronate on Bone Fatigue and Microdamage with and without Adaptation”

2004

Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Research Grant $9,472 for Primary Investigator on “Effect of Alendronate on Bone Fatigue and Microdamage with and without Adaptation”

2009

Orthopaedic Trauma Association’s Resident Research Grant $10,000 for “Sterility of Intraoperative Irrigation”

BIBLIOGRAPHY

PUBLISHED ARTICLES

 

 

1.

Keiser JE, Prokuski LJ, Ong VS. An enzymatic method for the hydrolysis of urinary 1-naphthyl glucuronide. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol. 1988; 41:159-163.

2.

Moore SA, Prokuski LJ, Figard PH, Spector AA, Hart MN. Murine cerebral microvascular endothelium incorporate and metabolize 12-hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid. J Cell Physiol.1988; 137:75-85.

3.

Marsh JL, Prokuski LJ, Biermann JS. Chronic infected tibial nonunions with bone loss: conventional techniques versus bone transport. Clin Orthop. 1994; 301:139-146.

4.

Prokuski LJ, Marsh JL. Segmental bone deficiency after acute trauma: the role of bone transport. Orthop Clin North Am. 1994; 25(4):753-763.

5.

Prokuski LJ, Marsh JL. Bone transport in acute trauma. Current Orthopaedics. 1994; 8:152-157.

6.

Rich G, Yoder EJ, Prokuski LJ, Moore SA. Prostaglandin production in cultured cerebral microvascular smooth muscle is serum dependent. Am J Physiol. 1996; 270 (part 1):C1379-C1387.

7.

Prokuski LJ, Saltzman CL. Challenging fractures of the foot and ankle. Radio Clin North Am. 1997; 35(3):655-670.

8.

Brandser EA, Braksiek RJ, Prokuski LJ, et al. Missed fractures on emergency room ankle radiographs: An analysis of 433 patients. Emergency Radiology. 1997; 4:295-302.

9.

Prokuski LJ, Saltzman CL. External fixation for the treatment of Charcot arthropathy of the ankle: a case report. Foot Ankle Int. 1998; 19(5):336-341.

10.

Prokuski LJ, Eglseder WA Jr. Concurrent dislocations and fracture-dislocations of the index, long, ring and small (second to fifth) carpometacarpal joints. J Orthop Trauma. 2001; 15(8):549-554.

11.

Prokuski LJ. Negative Pressure Dressings for Open Fracture Wounds.  Iowa Orthopedic Journal. 2002; 22:20-24.

12.

Lang GL and Prokuski LJ. Failed fixation of the tibial shaft. Techniques in Orthopaedics. 2003; 17(4):468-478.

13.

Prokuski LJ.  Selecting an appropriate prophylactic antibiotic agent.  AAOS Bulletin. 2005; 53 (3): 16-19.

14.

Prokuski LJ.  Duration of prophylactic antibiotics.  AAOS Bulletin. 2006; 54(1): 15.

15.

Prokuski LJ. Treatment of acute infection. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2006; Oct14 (10 Suppl):S101-4.

16.

Muir P, Sample SJ, Barrett JG, McCarthy J, Vanderby Jr R, Markel MD, Prokuski LJ, Kalscheur VL.  Effect of fatigue loading and associated matrix microdamage on bone blood flow and interstitial fluid flow.  Bone. 2007; Apr 40(4):948-56.

17.

Barrett JG, Sample SJ, McCarthy J, Kalscheur VL, Muir P, Prokuski LJ.  Effect of short-term treatment with alendronate on ulnar bone adaptation to cyclic fatigue loading in rats. J Orthop Res. 2007; Aug 25(8):1070-7.

18.

Marsh JL, Slongo TF, AGel J, Broderick JS, Creevy W, DeCoster TA, Prokuski L, Sirkin MS, Ziran B, Henley B, Audige L.  Fracture and dislocation classification compendium – 2007: Orthopaedic Trauma Association classification, database and outcomes committee. J Orthop Trauma. 2007; Nov-Dec; 21(10 Suppl):S1-133.

19.

Prokuski L. Prophylactic antibiotics in orthopaedic surgery. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2008; 16(5): 283-293.

20.

AAOS Patient Safety Committee:  Evans RP, Moucha CS, Clyburn TA, Prokuski LJ. Surgical site infection prevention and control: an emerging paradigm. J Bone Joint Surg. Am. 2009 Nov; 91 suppl 6: 2-9.

BOOK CHAPTERS

 

 

1.

Prokuski LJ, Marsh JL. Principles of Intramedullary Nailing. In: Oxford Textbook of Orthopaedics and Trauma. Bulstrode C Editor. Oxford University Press, 2002.

2.

Prokuski LJ. Principles of Fractures.  In:  Turek’s Orthopedics:  Principles and Practice, 6th Edition.  Weinstein, SL and Buckwalter, JA Editors, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2004, pp.87-121. 

 

DEPARTMENTAL PRESENTATIONS/INVITED LECTURER

 

 

1.

Prokuski LJ. Distal Humerus Fractures. Dr. Kellam Visiting Professor, October 8, 1999, Madison, WI.

2.

Prokuski LJ. Thromboembolic Disease in Orthopedic Trauma Patients. Orthopedic Surgery Grand Rounds, March 23, 2000, Madison, WI.

3.

Prokuski LJ. What the Orthopedic Surgeon Needs to Know About Bloodborne Pathogens. Orthopedic Surgery Grand Rounds, March 23, 2001, Madison, WI.

4.

Prokuski LJ. Fractures in Immunocompromised Patients. Orthopedic Surgery Grand Rounds, September 14, 2001, Madison, WI.

5.

Prokuski LJ. Complications after Tibial Nailing. Orthopedic Surgery Grand Rounds, March 29, 2002, Madison, WI.

6.

Prokuski LJ.  Strategies for Improving Results after Distal Humerus Fractures.  Dr. Morrey Visiting Professor, October 3, 2003, Madison, WI.

7.

Prokuski LJ.  Prevention of Antimicrobial Resistance in Surgical Patients.  Orthopedic Surgery Grand Rounds, October 29, 2003, Madison, WI.

8.

Prokuski LJ.  Initial Wound Care for Open Fractures.  Orthopedic Surgery Grand Rounds, March 23, 2004, Madison, WI.

9.

Prokuski LJ.  Thromboembolic Disease in the Injured Patient.  General Surgery Trauma Conference, June 16, 2004, Madison, WI.

10.

Prokuski LJ.  Pelvic Fractures in the Multiply Injured Patient.  General Surgery Trauma Conference, June 2005, Madison, WI.

11.

Prokuski LJ.  The Multiply Injured Patient with a Pelvic Ring Injury:  Damage Control Techniques.  Orthopedic Surgery Grand Rounds, July 27, 2005, Madison, WI.

12.

Prokuski LJ.  Surgical Site Infections. Visiting Professor Dr. Swiontkowski, October 28, 2005, Madison, WI.

13.

Prokuski LJ.  Initial Wound Care for Open Fractures.  General Surgery Trauma Conference, October 31, 2005, Madison, WI.

14.

Prokuski LJ. Prophylactic Antibiotics in Orthopedic Surgery. Orthopedic Surgery Grand Rounds, March 27, 2007, Madison, WI.

15.

Prokuski LJ. Prophylactic Antibiotics in Orthopedic Surgery Subspecialties and Emerging Groups at Risk. Orthopedic Surgery Grand Rounds, March 26, 2008, Madison, WI.

16.

Prokuski LJ. Severe Open Lower Extremity Trauma. Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds, September 12, 2008, Madison, WI.

17.

Prokuski LJ. Severe Open Lower Extremity Trauma. Phoenix Orthopaedic Residency Program Grand Rounds, May 15, 2009, Phoenix, AZ.

LOCAL PRESENTATIONS/INVITED LECTURER

 

 

1.

Prokuski LJ. Pelvic Fractures. University of Wisconsin Health Trauma Update. April 23, 1999, Madison, WI.

2.

Prokuski LJ. Workplace Hazards for the Orthopedic Surgeon. Madison Orthopedic Society Meeting. April 27, 1999, Madison, WI.

3.

Prokuski LJ.  Fractures: General Principles.  Course for Occupational Therapists. September 15, 2003, Madison, WI.

4.

Prokuski LJ.  Scapulothoracic Dissociation.  Little Club Meeting.  September 26, 2003.  Madison, WI.

5.

Prokuski LJ.  Fractures: General Principles.  Course for Occupational Therapists. September 20, 2004, Madison, WI.

STATE AND REGIONAL PRESENTATIONS/INVITED LECTURER

 

 

1.

Prokuski LJ. Workplace Hazards for the Orthopedic Surgeon. Wisconsin Orthopedic Society Meeting, June 9, 2000, Madison, WI.

2.

Prokuski LJ. Indications for Nailing Femoral Fractures. AO/ASIF Intramedullary Nailing Course for Operating Room Personnel. July 20, 2001, Milwaukee, WI.

3.

Prokuski LJ. Internal Fixation of Distal Tibia Fractures:  Conventional and Less Invasive Techniques Seminar at the Wisconsin State Orthopedic Society Meeting:  Periarticular Fractures of the Lower Extremity. September 22, 2001, Milwaukee, WI.

4.

Prokuski LJ. Complications after Tibial Nailing. Orthopedic Surgery Grand Rounds, Medical College of Wisconsin. March 27, 2002, Milwaukee, WI.

5.

Prokuski LJ.  Preoperative Planning--A Team Approach.  AO/ASIF Basic Course for Operating Room Personnel. May 21, 2004, Minneapolis, MN.

6.

Prokuski LJ.  Prevention of Antimicrobial Resistance in Surgical Patients.  Wisconsin Orthopedic Society Meeting. June 11, 2004, Lake Geneva, WI.

7.

Prokuski LJ.  Locking Condylar Plating for Proximal Tibia Fractures.  AO/ASIF Locked Plating Symposium.  December 3, 2004, Milwaukee, WI.

8.

Prokuski LJ.  Pelvic Ring Injuries.  AO/ASIF Operating Room Personnel Advanced Course. June 25, 2005, Madison, WI.

9.

Prokuski LJ.  Distal Radial Fractures:  Going Volar?  AO/ASIF Midwest Regional Trauma Summit, September 30, 2005, Madison, WI.

10.

Prokuski LJ. Complications after Tibial Nailing and Initial Wound Care for Open Fractures. Marshfield Clinic Visiting Professor, April 28, 2006, Marshfield, WI.

11.

Prokuski LJ. Pelvic Fractures. Emergency Care and Trauma Symposium, June 22, 2006, Wisconsin Dells, WI.

12.

Prokuski LJ. Surgical Stabilization of Acute Clavicle Fractures Associated with Blunt Thoracic Trauma. Arizona Chapter American College of Surgeons, November 5, 2009, Scottsdale, AZ.

NATIONAL PRESENTATIONS/INVITED LECTURER

 

 

1.

Biermann JS, Prokuski LJ, Marsh JL, Nepola JV. Comparison of Conventional Treatment versus Bone Transport for Chronic Infected Tibial Nonunions. Orthopaedic Trauma Association Annual Meeting, November 2, 1991, Seattle, WA.

2.

Prokuski LJ, Marsh JL, Biermann JS, Nepola JV. Comparison of Conventional Treatment versus Bone Transport for Chronic Infected Tibial Nonunions with Bone Loss. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, February 22, 1992, Washington, DC.

3.

Prokuski LJ, Marsh JL, Biermann JS, Nepola JV. Bifocal Treatment of Bone Deficiencies using a Monolateral External Fixation System. Orthopaedic Trauma Association Annual Meeting, September 25, 1993, New Orleans, LA.

4.

Prokuski LJ. Adult Forearm Fractures. Orthopaedic Trauma Association Residents’ Basic Fracture Course, October 10, 1998, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

5.

Prokuski LJ. Antegrade Femoral Nailing and Tibia Fracture Overview. Current Issues in Orthopedic Trauma, October 15-17, 1998, Indianapolis, IN.

6.

Prokuski LJ. Elbow Injuries and Pelvic and Acetabular Fractures.  Resident Review Course in Adult Reconstruction and Trauma, September 18-19, 1999, Chicago, IL.

7.

Prokuski LJ. Elbow Injuries and Femur Fractures and Limb Salvage. Resident Review Course in Adult Reconstruction and Trauma, September 24-26, 1999, Williamsburg, VA.

8.

Prokuski LJ. Antegrade Nailing of Femoral Shaft Fractures and External Fixation of Tibia Fractures.  Surgical Management of Adult and Pediatric Orthopedic Trauma, October 28-29, 1999, Indianapolis, IN.

9.

Prokuski LJ and Lang GL. Adult Forearm Fractures. Orthopedic Trauma Association Residents’ Fracture Course, October 24, 1999, Charlotte, NC.

10.

Prokuski LJ. Adult Forearm Fractures. Orthopedic Trauma Association Residents’ Fracture Course, October 12, 2000, San Antonio, TX.

11.

Prokuski LJ. Fractures of the Hand/Fingers. Orthopedic Trauma Association Residents’ Basic Fracture Course, October 19, 2001, San Diego, CA.

12.

Prokuski LJ.  Scapulothoracic Dissociation.  State of the Art in Orthopaedic Trauma: Management of the Critically Injured Patient, April 25-27, 2002, Baltimore, MD.

13.

Prokuski LJ.  Fractures of the Hand/Fingers.  Orthopaedic Trauma Association Residents’ Basic Fracture Course, October 12, 2002, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

14.

Davis KW and Prokuski LJ.  Assessment of Meniscal Integrity in the Setting of Acute Tibial Plateau Fracture.  26th Annual Meeting of the Society of Skeletal Radiology. March 2-5, 2003, Coronado, CA.

15.

Prokuski LJ.  Intramedullary Nailing of Proximal Humerus Fractures.  Chicago Trauma Course, September 6, 2003, Chicago, IL.

16.

Prokuski LJ.  Fractures of the Hand/Fingers.  Orthopedic Trauma Association Residents’ Basic Fracture Course, October 9-12, 2003, Salt Lake City, UT.

17.

Prokuski LJ.  What’s New in Orthopedic Trauma? The 6th Biennial Ruth Jackson Orthopedic Society Meeting, October 25, 2003, Rosemont, IL.

18.

Prokuski LJ.  Proximal Forearm Fractures and Elbow Exposures and Distal Radius Fracture Fixation. AAOS Practical Techniques for Improved Fracture Management, December 5-7, 2003, Rosemont, IL.

19.

Prokuski LJ. Locking Condylar Plating for Proximal Tibia Fractures.  AO/ASIF Locked Compression Plating and Current Concepts:  A Trauma Symposium, March 5, 2004, Cleveland, OH.

20.

Davis KW, Blankenbaker DG, Prokuski LJ.  Understanding the Latest Extremity Fixation Plates.  Society of Skeletal Radiology Annual Meeting, March 13, 2005, Orlando, FL.

21.

Prokuski LJ.  Elbow Contracture Release and Radial Head Replacement.  AAOS/OTA Techniques in Orthopedic Trauma, September 23, 2005, Rosemont, IL.

22.

Prokuski LJ.  Hand Injuries.  OTA Residents’ Basic Fracture Course, October 22, 2005, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

23.

Prokuski LJ.  Treatment of Acute Infections.  AAOS/OTA Extremity War Injuries Symposium, January 25, 2006, Washington, DC.

24.

Prokuski LJ. Antibiotic Prophylaxis in Orthopaedic Surgery. SCIP: Hospital Interventions Quality Improvement Organization Support, February 12, 2007.

25.

Prokuski LJ. Tibial Plateau Fractures. Chicago Trauma Course, August 11, 2007, Chicago, IL.

26.

Prokuski LJ. Elbow Injuries. AO Basic Course, October 2007, Denver, CO.

27.

Prokuski LJ. Fracture Classification and Tibial Plateau Fractures and Infections. AO Basic Course, February 2008, Houston, TX.

28.

Prokuski LJ. Distal Radius Fractures and Infections. AO Basic Course, August 22-26, 2008, Madison, WI.

29.

Prokuski LJ. Prophylactic Antibiotics in Orthopaedic Surgery. Instructional Course Lecture, AAOS Annual Meeting, February 20, 2009, Las Vegas, NV.

30.

Prokuski LJ. Radial Head Fractures. AAOS/OTA Strategies and Tactics in Orthopaedic Extremity Trauma, November 21, 2009, Rosemont, IL.

31.

Prokuski LJ. Prophylactic Antibiotics in Orthopaedic Surgery. Instructional Course Lecture, AAOS Annual Meeting, March 10, 2010, New Orleans, LA.

32.

Prokuski LJ. Distal Femur Fractures and Elbow Exposures. AAOS/OTA AAOS/OTA Strategies and Tactics in Orthopaedic Extremity Trauma. December 6, 2013, Rosemont, IL.

33.

Prokuski LJ. Approaches to Humerus and Reduction and Fixation Techniques Elbow Fractures. Strategies and Tactics in Orthopaedic Extremity Trauma. December 3, 2014, Rosemont, IL.

INTERNATIONAL PRESENTATIONS

 

 

1.

Marsh JL, Prokuski LJ, Biermann JS. Comparison of conventional treatment versus bone transport for chronic infected tibial nonunions with segmental bone loss. The Second Riva Congress; May 30, 1992; Riva del Garda, Italy.

2.

Prokuski LJ, Marsh JL, Biermann JS, Nepola JV. Comparison of conventional treatment versus bone transport for chronic infected tibial nonunions with bone loss. The Ninth Combined Meeting of the Orthopaedic Associations of the English Speaking World; June 22, 1992; Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

POSTER PRESENTATIONS

 

 

1.

Prokuski LJ, Fredericks DC, Nepola JV. Effects of Vibration on Fracture Healing, Orthopedic Trauma Association Meeting; September 27-29,1996; Boston, MA.

2.

Prokuski LJ.  The Use of an Intramedullary Screw and Tension Band for the Fixation of Olecranon Osteotomies, Mid America Orthopedic Association Meeting, April 23-26, 2003; Hilton Head Island, NC.

3.

Charles SS, Davis KS, Blankenbaker DG, Prokuski LJ, Anderson PA.  What’s New in Extremity and Spine Hardware,  Radiological Society of North America Annual              Meeting. December 2004, Chicago, IL.

4.

Barrett JG, Muir P, Sample SJ, McCarthy J, Kalscheur VL, Markel MD, Prokuski LJ. Effect of Short-term Treatment with Alendronate on Bone Structural Properties and New Bone Formation in Rats. Orthopedic Research Society Annual Meeting.  February 20-23, 2005, Washington, D.C.

5.

Barrett JG, Sample SJ, McCarthy J, Kalscheur VL, Vanderby Jr, R, Markel MD, Prokuski LJ, Muir P.  Effect of Fatigue Fracture on Ulna Blood Flow and Interstitial Fluid Flow in the Rat. Orthopedic Research Society Annual Meeting.  February 20-23, 2005, Washington, D.C.

EDITORIAL BOARDS

 

 

2003-2005

Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research

2003-present

Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES

 

 

Feb 3-15, 2010

Operation Unified Response. In collaboration with the United States Military and the Orthopedic Trauma Association, I served on the hospital ship U.S.N.S. Comfort. I assisted military orthopedic surgeons providing the most sophisticated care available for patients injured in this natural disaster.

Aug 9-22, 2010

Distinguished Visiting Scholar Program.  I served as a visiting orthopedic trauma surgeon at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany. There I cared for U. S. and NATO soldiers injured in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom alongside military orthopedic surgeons.

ADDITIONAL TEACHING ACTIVITIES

 

 

DEPARTMENTAL

 

2004-2005

Orthopedic Resident Boot Camp.  A seminar created to educate the new orthopedic resident just starting to take trauma call. Basic evaluation is reviewed as well as practicing placing cervical and skeletal traction.

MEDICAL SCHOOL/HOSPITAL

 

2000-2006

University of Wisconsin Madison Faculty Mentoring Program

2000-2008

Advanced Trauma Life Support Instructor

2000-2003,2008

Patient, Doctor, and Society Course Instructor

2003

Program Coordinator, Dr. Morrey Visiting Professor

STATE/REGIONAL

 

2004

Wisconsin Orthopedic Society Annual Meeting Program Chairman

NATIONAL

 

2002-present

AO/ASIF Instructor

2003-present

Reviewer, Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research

2005-2007

OTA Residents’ Comprehensive Fracture Course Upper Extremity and Hand Section Leader

2008-2011

OTA Residents’ Comprehensive Fracture Course Chairman

2011-present

OTA Residents’ Fracture Course version 2.0 Diaphyseal Module Chairman

INTERNET-BASED EDUCATION

 

 

1.

Prokuski LJ, DeSmet A, Heiner JP.  Musculoskeletal Amyloidosis. In: Orthopedic    Care: Medical and Surgical Management of Musculoskeletal Disorders. http://.orthopediccare.net

2.

Prokuski LJ. A Segmental Distal Femur Fracture, AO North America Case Presentation of the Quarter, AO Web Site, 2001. www.aona.com

3.

Prokuski LJ.  Fractures. AAOS Your Orthopedic Connection, 2006. http://orthoinfo.aaos.org

 

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Sara Briggs

Physician Assistant

Sara Briggs has recently joined the team at Sonoran Orthopaedic Trauma Specialist after spending over 6 years working at the Maricopa Medical Center specializing in orthopaedic trauma. She is excited and honored to begin a new chapter working alongside Dr. Laura Prokuski as an integral part of her team. Sara graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2003 with a Bachelor's of Science in Athletic Training. She received a Master's Degree in Physician Assistant Studies in 2008.

Besides patient care, she is a strong advocate for education and teaching. She has taught lectures at the Northern Arizona University Physician Assistant Program as well as teaching labs to resident doctors. Sara has also been a preceptor for the Northern Arizona University Physician Assistant Program and Midwestern Physician Assistant Program. Her goal is to continue to help the Physician Assistant profession grow and help cultivate the skills and expand the knowledge of PA students.

Sara is looking forward to building a strong relationship with Dr. Prokuski and be an extension of her in providing excellent patient care. She is very passionate about orthopaedics and sports. Prior to becoming a PA she spent time working for the ESPN X Games as a certified athletic training providing healthcare for professional athletes. Since becoming a PA she has been proud to provide optimal healthcare to the indigent and the underserved community. She looks forward to bringing the same passion, commitment and dedication to the patients here at Sonoran Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeons. 

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Specialties & Procedures

Anatomic

  • Ankle
  • Arm
  • Elbow
  • Knee
  • Pelvis
  • Shoulder
  • Wrist
  • Foot
  • Leg

Procedures & Treatments

  • Elbow Reconstruction
  • Joint Replacement
  • Complex Fractures
  • Non-unions/Mal-unions
  • Amputation Care
  • Pelvis and Acetabular Fractures
  • Trauma/Fractures

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