Orthopaedic Fellowship Targets the Most Common of Human Afflictions

The Sacks Family Foundation and Dr. Anish Kadakia share a dedication to improving mobility for all.

A recent gift from the Sacks Family Foundation is sure to improve mobility and quality of life for orthopaedic patients at Northwestern Medicine and beyond. The gift supports the first Foot and Ankle Fellowship, under the directorship of Anish Kadakia, MD, in the Northwestern Medicine Center for Comprehensive Orthopaedic and Spine Care. Having benefited from Dr. Kadakia’s care, skill and empathy, Cari and Michael Sacks feel that Dr. Kadakia is poised to make many further contributions to the field of Orthopaedics, both today and for years to come. So they chose to express their gratitude by supporting Dr. Kadakia’s clinical and research endeavors. Through this fellowship, the family’s generosity will benefit not only people they love, but also many people they will never know—our patients and their families.

To ensure that Northwestern Medicine continues to recruit and develop exceptional specialists in foot and ankle care, Dr. Kadakia’s competitive fellowship program strives to recruit outstanding national, as well as international, candidates to learn and work at Northwestern. These operative fellows train under the tutelage of Dr. Kadakia, conducting crucial research that potentially could accelerate the development of novel approaches to musculoskeletal care. Musculoskeletal conditions represent the No. 1 reason for visits to the doctor and are among the most common of human afflictions, affecting people from all age, racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups. In fact, approximately one-third of all adults in the United States are currently living with musculoskeletal signs or symptoms, including limitations of motion and pain in the joints, hands, feet and other extremities.

Dr. Kadakia is dedicated to alleviating this type of pain and discomfort, and to reducing the prevalence of musculoskeletal conditions. Therefore, in addition to ensuring that he provides the very finest, most contemporary treatment for foot and ankle injuries, Dr. Kadakia strives to advance the overall quality and effectiveness of orthopaedic care as a whole. Through front-line research pursuits, a passion for medical education and clinical excellence, Dr. Kadakia continues to establish himself as a leader in the field of Orthopaedics and as a trusted, compassionate advocate for his patients.

“My goal is to make Northwestern Medicine the nation’s leading training and teaching site—and, most importantly, the premier treatment center—for conditions of the foot and ankle,” said Dr. Kadakia. “I am very grateful for the visionary support from the Sacks Family Foundation. Their generosity will help train tomorrow’s surgeons to provide the best care. With sports injuries and an aging population, the number of these cases continues to rise, so it is our responsibility to reinforce the pipeline of specialists trained to provide the best care to patients when they need us.”

Exemplifying this mission of multi-faceted and personalized care, Northwestern Medicine’s Center for Comprehensive Orthopaedic and Spine Care, located in the Lavin Family Pavilion on the Streeterville campus in Chicago, serves patients affected by an array of musculoskeletal disorders. Within the Center, patients may seek treatment for mobility and performance issues in areas such as foot and ankle (Dr. Kadakia’s area of expertise), hand, joints, shoulder and elbow, spine, trauma and sports medicine.

In the most recent (2018-2019) issue of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” list, Northwestern Medicine’s Orthopaedics program is ranked an impressive No. 12 in the nation. Dr. Kadakia and his colleagues within our Department of Orthopaedic Surgery continue to cultivate a renowned clinical and research program, which is thoughtfully designed to address a range of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. Notably, Dr. Kadakia was nominated, in 2015, by Orthopedics This Week, as one of the “Top 16 Foot and Ankle Surgeons in North America.” In his daily work, Dr. Kadakia shares his expertise with patients and colleagues alike, as he and his fellow orthopaedic surgeons strive to improve each patient’s mobility, overall musculoskeletal health, and quality of life.

To learn more, contact Suzanne Skala at suzanne.skala@nm.org.

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