Marcelo Alves, MD, MSc., does the first DELLON TRIPLE in Portugal

Marcelo Alves, MD, MSc., does the first DELLON TRIPLE in Portugal. This is a multiple nerve decompression in a diabetic with nerve compressions in the leg. Marcelo trained with Dr. Dellon about 5 years ago when he was completing his Master's Degree in Rio Di Janiero, Brazil.

Now, Marcelo introduces Dr. Dellon's Peripheral Nerve Surgery techniques to Portugal, from his office south of Lisbon. Muitas Felicidadas Marcelo Alves!!! Marcelo is pictured here with Dr. Dellon in front of the Johns Hopkins Hospital during his training experience in Baltimore.

At the University of Michigan, on October 11, 2018

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At the University of Michigan, on October 11, 2018, the 4th annual Dellon Lectureship in Peripheral Nerve Surgery was given by Raj Midha, MD, MSc, Chief of Neurosurgery at the University of Calgary in Canada. His lecture was entitled “Advances in Nerve Repair; Basic and Clinical. David Brown, MD, Professor of Plastic Surgery is to the left of Dr. Dellon. Dr. Midha is to the right. They both hold up the gift Dr. Dellon gave to them; the American Society of Plastic Surgery Presidential tie, as each of them has been the President of this Society, of which Dr. Dellon was a founding member and creator of this particular tie.

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The plaque given to Tessa Gordon PhD for her presentation at the 4th A Lee Dellon Lectureship in Peripheral Nerve Surgery at Johns Hopkins Department of Plastic Surgery on September 27, 2018

 
Standing, left to right, Gedge D. Rosson, MD, Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery, Johns Hopkins University, Andy Lee, MD, Chairman and Professor Plastic Surgery at Johns Hopkins University, Tessa Gordon, PhD, Research Scientist at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto, A. Lee Dellon, MD, PhD, Professor of Plastic Surgery and Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University, Thomas Brushart, MD, Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Johns Hopkins University and research collaborator with Dr. Tessa Gordon for many years, and Alan Belzberg, MD, Professor of Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University.

2018 Lecture Schedule

Post-Traumatic Trigeminal Nerve Injuries Sept 2018

Dr. Dellon gave an invited lecture on Post-Traumatic Trigeminal Nerve Injuries and his surgical approach to treat these painful problems. This lecture was given on September 7, 2018 at the North American Facial Trauma Workshop. On the morning Soft Tissue Trauma program with him are, from left to right, Dr. Dellon, Professor of Plastic Surgery at Johns Hopkins University, Sal Lattieri, MD, Professor of Plastic Surgery at Mayo University, Phoenix, Paul Manson, MD, former Chief and now Emeritus Professor of Plastic Surgery at Johns Hopkins University, Damir Matic, MD, Assoc Professor Plastic Surgery at the University of London, Ontario, Canada, Rick Redett, MD, Professor of Plastic Surgery at Johns Hopkins University, and Eduard Rodrigues, DDS, MD, Chief and Professor of Plastic Surgery at NYU-Langone University.

Doctor Joe Dusseldorp a Plastic Surgeon from Sydney, Australia

Doctor Joe Dusseldorp a Plastic Surgeon from Sydney, Australia (top photo to Dr Dellon’s left), spent time with Dr. Dellon in Baltimore to enhance his Peripheral Nerve Surgery skills. Doctor Dusseldorp will add Peripheral Nerve Surgery to his practice and become perhaps the first Plastic Surgery in that part of the world to devote time to the surgical procedures Dr. Dellon has perfected to treat pain after abdominal wall and groin surgery, to restore sensation and prevent ulceration and amputation in diabetics with superimposed nerve compression. In bottom photo, Dr. Dusseldorp observes as Dr. Dellon operates with Johns Hopkins Plastic Surgery Resident Melissa Mastroianni at the Timonium Surgery Center.

Israel, Tel Aviv, Ichilov Hospital of the Sourasky Medical Center:

Israel, Tel Aviv, Ichilov Hospital of the Sourasky Medical Center:
Dr Dellon with Yuval Shapira, MD, a Neurosurgeon, in the office of Shimon Rochkind MD, Professor of Neurosurgery (portrait to the right), Director of the Tel Aviv-Sourasky Peripheral Nerve Center and Dr. Dellon and Dr. Shapira operating together on a patient with recurrent saphenous nerve and knee pain.

Israel: Galilee Medical Center

Israel: Galilee Medical Center Dr. Dellon was invited to teach pelvic pain surgery by Dr. Jacob Bornestein, the Chief of the Obstetrics & Gynecology Department, located in the northwest city of Nahariya.

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Dr Dellon teaching the operation he developed to treat vestibular pain

Dr Dellon teaching the operation he developed to treat vestibular pain due to injury to the perineal branches of the pudendal nerve. Surgery was at Galilee Medical Center. Dr. Jacob Bernstein, Chief of OB-GYN is to Dr. Dellon’s left, and is adjusting the overhead light. Dr. Ahinoam Levi-Sagie, a Gynecologist from Jerusalem is observing.

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graduation dinner for three of the Johns Hopkins Plastic Surgery Department

Drs Eric Williams and Lee Dellon, of the Dellon Institute, hosted a graduation dinner for three of the Johns Hopkins Plastic Surgery Department Chief Residents at the Dellon’s home. Sitting around the table, from the 6 O’Clock position and going clockwise, are Luiann and Lee Dellon, Eric and Bethany Williams, Asley Broyles, Megan Tuffaha, Jen Son and Sashank Reddy, Justin Broyles, and Sami Tuffaha.
Bottom: Dr Dellon and Williams presented a graduation tie to each, representative of where each is going for the post-residency Fellowship. Dr. Broyles (white shirt) has the official tie of the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery for his Microsurgery Fellowship, Dr. Reddy has the tie of the American Association of Plastic Surgery, whose logo has the image of the first distant flap used for nasal reconstruction, for his Craniofacial Fellowship, and Dr Tuffaha has the tie of the American Society for Peripheral Nerve, for his Hand Surgery Fellowship (focusing on brachial plexus/nerve). This Drs Eric Williams and Lee Dellon, of the Dellon Institute, hosted a graduation dinner for three of the Johns Hopkins Plastic Surgery Department Chief Residents at the Dellon’s home. Sitting around the table, from the 6 O’Clock position and going clockwise, are Luiann and Lee Dellon, Eric and Bethany Williams, Asley Broyles, Megan Tuffaha, Jen Son and Sashank Reddy, Justin Broyles, and Sami Tuffaha.
Bottom: Dr Dellon and Williams presented a graduation tie to each, representative of where each is going for the post-residency Fellowship. Dr. Broyles (white shirt) has the official tie of the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery for his Microsurgery Fellowship, Dr. Reddy has the tie of the American Association of Plastic Surgery, whose logo has the image of the first distant flap used for nasal reconstruction, for his Craniofacial Fellowship, and Dr Tuffaha has the tie of the American Society for Peripheral Nerve, for his Hand Surgery Fellowship (focusing on brachial plexus/nerve). This time, created by Dr. Dellon in 1983 when he was the President of the American Society for Peripheral Nerve features the walking track of the rat, used to measure nerve function.time, created by Dr. Dellon in 1983 when he was the President of the American Society for Peripheral Nerve features the walking track of the rat, used to measure nerve function.

125th year Anniversary of the Johns Hopkins Hospital

At the 125th year Anniversary of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Plastic Surgery Department had a research day with presentations. The honored professor was Patrick Maxwell, MD, (center of photo holding plaque), from Nashville,who trained in Plastic Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital at the same time as Lee Dellon, MD, PhD (left), Paul Manson MD (former Chief of Plastic Surgery at Johns Hopkins), and Sandy McClinton MD (Hand Surgeon at the Curtis National Hand Center in Baltimore, and William Crawley, MD (at right). Andy Lee, MD, the current Chief of Plastic Surgery, is between Dr. Maxwell and Dr. Dellon. With the exception of Dr. Lee, the other five all were residents at the Johns Hopkins Hospital during 1977-1978.

Saddle Brook High School Alumni Award

Edward Harrow, Colonel, US Air Force, receives the Saddle Brook High School Alumni Award  on May 30, 2018. Ed is flanked by Robert Dellon (Bob) on the left and his older brother Lee Dellon. Ed and Lee graduated SBHS in the same class in 1962 and were best friends growing up, beginning with Cub Scouts. In 2013 the Dellon’s each previously received the award, they were the first and second inductees into SBHS Alumni Wall of Fame Award. Ed received the award for his service to our country and starting the Heartbeat for Africa Foundation, working with orphanages in Ghana, Africa.

“HEY MR. PERIPHERAL NERVE MAN" with apologies to Bob Dylan

“HEY MR. PERIPHERAL NERVE MAN" with apologies to Bob Dylan.

Ensemble, from left to right Nicole Rosson, Gedge Rosson, Lisabelle De Jesus, Virginia Hong, Luiann Greer, Bill Gately, Lee Dellon, Ramon De Jesus, Chris Maloney, Keith Greer pianist: Cynthia Cernak.

I write to you, Dr. Dellon, now 8.5 years after you operated on my paralyzed leg.

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I write to you, Dr. Dellon, now 8.5 years after you operated on my paralyzed leg. I was only 14 years old when you saved my left leg through 4 surgeries. I had hurt it when I was 10 years old and it was slowly and painfully deteriorating before you fixed it. It was paralyzed. I wanted to let you know my leg is perfect and how my life is now that I am 23 years old. Because of your surgery, I was able to walk in my college graduation. I completed my education as the valedictorian for my college. A couple years ago I moved to Warsaw Poland, where I work as an elementary school teacher. Thank you Dr. Dellon, SP

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Joe Tanner, NASA Astronaut (holding the plate with Luiann Greer) celebrate shared birthdays
Present also, clockwise from 7 O'Clock position are Joe's wife, Kathy Freberg, Luiann Greer, Lee Dellon, Jon Gates. Jon and Joe were neighbors. Now Kathy and Jon are neighbors with Luiann and Lee in Lake Las Vegas, Nevada. Astronaught Tanner was on 4 space missions from 1994 thru 2006. At that time, he held the record for the most number and the longest "space walk". He helped repair the Hubble Space Telescope and build the Space Station.

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Life without Pain

I can use the treadmill with no problems Dr Dellon. To remind you, it is now 16 months after you implanted my nerves into muscle at the time of an elective BK amputation. I continue to be without pain. Thanks so much for applying this nerve into muscle technique to my chronic pain situation with my foot. SH (Go Philly Eagles!)

Karan Chopra MD presenting outcomes of painful injuries to the nerves of the eyebrow and their successful treatment

Karan Chopra MD presented outcomes of painful injuries to the nerves of the eyebrow, and their successful treatment. He is shown here during his presentation. C-authors of the paper were Robin Yang, MD, who, along with Dr. Chopra are Plastic Surgery Residents at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Drs Eric Williams, Amir Dorafshar and A. Lee Dellon were also co-authors. The injured nerves were removed and the uninjured portion of the nerve was left quietly within the orbital cavity. This relieved pain and left vision unimpaired.

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Instructional Courses given by the Dellon Institutes for Peripheral Nerve Surgery

At the American Society for Peripheral Nerve, held in Phoenix, January 12-14, 2018, two Instructional Courses were given by the Dellon Institutes for Peripheral Nerve Surgery. Drs. Tim Tollestrup and Eric Williams (left) and Dr Dellon (right) are pictured here. They participated in teaching courses in Joint Denervation, and Trunk and Pelvic Pain.

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Upper Extremity Joint Denervation Lecture given for Hand Surgery Group, National University Hospital Singapore, November 3, 2017

Thanks Dr Dellon for fixing my leg and foot pain

Thanks Dr Dellon for fixing my leg and foot pain. I was able to get off medication, have a baby and now enjoy long walks with my little one without pain. EP, Washington

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Dr. Dellon spoke at the Tawam Hospital

In the United Arab Emirates, Dr. Dellon spoke at the Tawam Hospital in Abu Dhabi on October 27, 2017. To the Endocrinologists, he spoke about his operations for preventing ulcers and amputations in the feet of diabetics with neuropathy. To the Gynecologists, he spoke about his operations to relieve Pelvic Pain due to pudendal nerve injury. To the Orthopedic and Plastic Surgeons, he spoke about relieving Knee and Ankle by his operative procedures for joint denervation.

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A new Peripheral Nerve Clinic has begun within the Plastic Surgery Department at Johns Hopkins Hospital

It meets the 2nd and 4th Friday morning each month, when Dr. Dellon is in Baltimore. At the first clinic, September 8, Dr. Rosson (on the left) is seen with Dr. Dellon. Dr. Rosson referred the first patient to the Nerve Clinic, which meets on Johns Hopkins Outpatient Clinic, 8th floor. The Nerve Clinic is staffed by Dr. Dellon, as the Attending Physician, and a Plastic Surgery Resident. Dr. George Kokosis, a 4th year Plastic Surgery Resident at Johns Hopkins Hospital is standing next to Dr. Dellon in front of the “Dome” at the entrance to the Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Kokosis worked with Dr. Dellon during the October 13 Nerve Clinic.

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The 2017 A. Lee Dellon Lectureship in Peripheral Nerve Surgery

The 2017 A. Lee Dellon Lectureship in Peripheral Nerve Surgery was given by Shai Rozen, MD, Professor of Plastic Surgery at University of Texas, Southwestern. The lecture included both Dr. Rozen’s approach to reconstruction of facial palsy and his research on decompressing nerves in patients with diabetic neuropathy and superimposed nerve compression. In Dr. Rozen's patients, followed for 4 years after nerve decompression in the foot and leg, the results demonstrated that th...

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A. Lee Dellon Lectureship in Peripheral Nerve Surgery

At the University of Michigan, the 3rd A. Lee Dellon Lectureship in Peripheral Nerve Surgery was given on September 14 by Amy Moore, MD, from Washington University in St. Louis. She led the Plastic Surgery residents in cadaver dissections and lectured on nerve transferred to restore sensory and motor function in the hand.

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JOINT DENERVATION WORKSHOP

The group of doctors and faculty who participated in the first ever JOINT DENERVATION WORKSHOP held at the Mayo Clinic in August of 2017. Can you find Dr. Dellon in this group photo?

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Shao-min Shi, MD, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee

Shao-min Shi, MD, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, presents his work on Knee Denervation at the The Chinese Orthopedic National Joint Surgery Meeting for the Chinese Association of Orthopedic Surgery in Tianjin, China on September 3, 2017. Dr. Shi used Dr. A. Lee Dellon’s approach to partial knee joint denervation on 50 patients who had a previous total knee replacement, but who still had knee pain and inability to walk normally. At 2 years after that surgery, the average pain level dropped from 9.4 to 1.1, with 60% having excellent results and 20% having good results from the surgery. That research is published in the Journal of Arthroplasty in 2016.

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Ridvan Alimehmeti, MD, Associate Professor of Neurosurgery

The leading Peripheral Nerve Surgeon from Albania, Ridvan Alimehmeti, MD, Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, participated in the first Mayo Clinic Workshop on Partial Joint Denervation August 24-26, 2017. He is standing between Eric Williams, MD, who was an Instructor in the Workshop,with loupes around his neck, and Dr. Dellon during the cadaver dissection portion of the Workshop. Virginia

Hung, MD, a Plastic Surgeon/Hand Surgeon, from Winchester, Massachusetts, who also participated in the course, and was one of Dr. Dellon’s Peripheral Nerve Fellows, can be seen just behind Dr. Williams.

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Eric Williams, MD, from the Dellon Institute in Baltimore, spoke on Knee Denervation at the World Institute for Pain meeting in Budapest

Eric Williams, MD, from the Dellon Institute in Baltimore, spoke on Knee Denervation at the World Institute for Pain meeting in Budapest, Hungary, on August 29, 2017. He is flanked by Agnes Stogicza, MD, an Interventional Pain Management Doctor and the Course Director and also by Dr. Roger Nora, an Interventional Pain Management Doctor from Brazil, and another instructor in the course.

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Workshop on PARTIAL JOINT DENERVATION

The first ever Workshop on PARTIAL JOINT DENERVATION was held at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. One of the Workshop Directors, A. Lee Dellon, MD, PhD, is shown in the upper right photograph, flanked by his partner from Baltimore, Maryland (with loup glasses around his neck), Eric H. Williams, MD, and his partner from Henderons, Nevada, Tim W. Tollestrup, MD. Drs. Williams and Tollestrup were the two other instructors in the Workshop. In the lower left photograph, Dr. Dellon is with Virginia Hung, MD, one of his former Peripheral Nerve Fellows, now practicing outside Boston, Mass. In the lower right photo, Dr. Dellon is with Robert Spinner, MD, Chief of Neurosurgery at the Mayo Clinic, who served as one of the Workshop Directors. Not pictured is Marco Rizzo, MD, Chief of Hand Surgery at the Mayo Clinic, who served as a Workshop Director. Also in the lower right photograph is Dr. Nho (Bill) Tran, from the Plastic Surgery Division of the Mayo Clinic attended the cadaver portion of the workshop, contributing his smile and enthusiasm.

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Microneurosurgical Approaches to Treating Complex Regional Pain Syndrome in the Upper and Lower Extremity

Ali Charafeddin, MD, Chief Resident in PlasticSurgery at the Mayo Clinic, presents A. Lee Dellon , MD, PhD, an award for being Visiting Professor in Plastic Surgery there on August 23. Dr. Dellon spoke on the Microneurosurgical Approaches to Treating Complex Regional Pain Syndrome in the Upper and Lower Extremity.

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William C. Grabb Professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of Michigan

Dr. David Brown, who has been training under Dr. Lee Dellon to become more proficient in Peripheral Nerve Surgery, has just been installed as the William C. Grabb Professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of Michigan. Dr. Grabb (1928-1982) was the second Professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of Michigan, following Dr. Reed O. Dingman. Dr. Dellon’s patient, Sonia Persia and her husband Ray, were instrumental in endowing the Collegiate Professorial Chair. In accepting this position, Dr. Brown will be the “go to” person for Peripheral Nerve problems at the U of Michigan, introducing Dr. Dellon’s teachings to the Plastic Surgery residents there and providing help for those with pain in this region of the U.S.A. Dr. Dellon provided remarks at the Installation Ceremony as noted below. Dr. Brown is currently President-Elect of the American Society for Peripheral Nerve (ASPN, peripheralnerve.org), a group Dr. Dellon helped found in 1990.

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Dr Dellon speaking at the Installation Ceremony. “Cozy”

Dr Dellon standing to the left of David Brown, MD, installed as the William C. Grabb Professor of Plastic Surgery on August 15, 2017, with Paul Cederna, MD, Chief of Plastic Surgery on the right of Dr. Brown. Dr Dellon speaking at the Installation Ceremony. “Cozy” Grabb, Dr. Grabb’s wife, speaking with Dr. Dellon after the Installation Ceremony.

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Surgical Technique for PARTIAL JOINT DENERVATION

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KNEE AND ANKLE PAIN OF NEURAL ORIGIN

"KNEE AND ANKLE PAIN OF NEURAL ORIGIN” was the title of Orthopedic Grand Rounds given at Johns Hopkins Hospital by A. Lee Dellon, MD, PhD on August 10, 2017.

American Diabetes Association meeting on June 10 in San Diego

At the American Diabetes Association meeting on June 10 in San Diego, Shai Rozen, MD, Professor of Plastic Surgery, at University of Texas, Southwestern, in Dallas, presented comprehensive research that collaborated with Endocrinologists and Neurologists. Dr. Rozen’s research was a Randomized Controlled Blinded Study that proved that the surgical approach that Dr. Dellon developed in the 1980’s statistically significantly relieves pain in diabetic patients with neuropathy and superimposed nerve compressions.

Dr Rozen and Dr. Dellon are shown together at the meeting, along with Luiann Greer, just before Dr. Rozen’s paper was presented.

The exact title of the research and Dr Rozen’s co-researchers/authors are listed in the inset overlying the program title page.

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Nerve Decompression Potentially Beneficial in Painful Diabetic Neuropathy

diabeticneuropathyts5038176 1192650This article is part of Endocrinology Advisor's coverage of the American Diabetes Association's 77th Scientific Sessions (ADA 2017), taking place in San Diego, CA. Our staff will report on medical research and technological advances in diabetes and diabetes education, conducted by experts in the field. Check back regularly for more news from ADA 2017.

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Peripheral nerve surgery offers relief from chronic pain

Tim W. Tollestrup, MD interview in Review Journal in Las Vegas. Dr. Tollestrup is partners with Dr. Dellon in Henderson, Nevada.

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University of Utrecht

One of Dr. Dellon’s peripheral nerve fellows has become the Chief of Plastic Surgery and Professor at Utrecht University in Holland. Dr. Dellon is standing with Dr. Henk Coert, the new Chief at the Big Hand Symposium held the day after the inauguration of Dr.Coert. In the second photo, Dr. Dellon is wearing the academic regalia of the University of Utrecht. He is standing with Steve Moran, MD, on the left, who is Chief of Plastic Surgery at the Mayo Clinic and with Dr. Peter Amadio (center), Professor of Hand and Orthopedic Surgery at the Mayo Clinic. This was April 19 and 2017.

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Luiann Greer Dellon and Lee Dellon on the “Red Carpet”

Luiann Greer Dellon and Lee Dellon on the “Red Carpet” at the Salome Gala at the Plaza Hotel in New York City March 24 , 2017. They were invited by the Carpenters, Sean, Lauren and David, the principle violinists for the 22 piece Salome Chamber Ensemble.

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Presidents of the American Society for Peripheral Nerve at the 2017 meeting in Hawaii

Martinj Malessy, MD, PhD, in the center, wears the ASPN Presidential Medal, as the current President. A. Lee Dellon, MD, PhD, on the left, a founding member of ASPN and Past-President, and on the right, Robert Spinner, MD, also a Past-President. Drs. Malessy and Spinner are each Neurosurgeons.

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Economic Cost Benefits of Nerve Decompression in Diabetics with Nerve Compression

Dr Dellon speaks on the Economic Cost Benefits of Nerve Decompression in Diabetics with Nerve Compression. This is at the combined panel of the American Societies for Surgery of the Hand, Peripheral Nerve, and Reconstructive Microsurgery. At the table are the Moderator, Paul Cederna, MD, Chief of Plastic Surgery from the University of Michigan (on the left), Kevin Chung, MD, MPH, also from U of Michigan, and David Song, MD, the new Chief of Plastic Surgery at Georgetown University (Medstar Hospital System).

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A. Lee Dellon’s first Peripheral Nerve Fellow

Ivica Ducic, MD, PhD, on the right in the photo, was A. Lee Dellon’s first Peripheral Nerve Fellow. Dr. Ducic has just been named the Medical Director of Axogen, Inc, the first company in the U.S.A. to be devoted 100% to peripheral nerve problems and their solution. Drs. Dellon and Ducic both are Past Presidents of the American Society for Peripheral Nerve (ASPN), and are both at that ASPN annual meeting in Hawaii (hence those shirts!!).

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New President of the American Association of Hand Surgery

Peter Murray, MD, on the right, is the new President of the American Association of Hand SurgeryAAHS) . He is with A. Lee Dellon, MD, PhD, a member of the AAHS. Dr. Murray holds in his left hand the announcement of the new Workshop to be held at the Mayo Clinic in August of 2017 to train surgeons to do Partial Joint Denervation of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, knee and ankle. These are surgeries developed by Dr. Dellon and will be first Workshop of this type ever offered. Each registrant will learn to do these surgeries on both an upper and lower extremity cadaver specimen. Dr. Dellon’s Peripheral Nerve partners from Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Eric Williams, and from Henderson, Nevada, Dr. Tim Tollestrup,will be Instructors in the workshop. Co-directors of the Workshop will be from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, Dr. Richard Berger, MD, PhD (Orthopedic Hand Surgery) and Dr. Robert Spinner, MD (Chief of Neurosurgery).

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Presidents of the American Society for Peripheral Nerve

Past, present and future Presidents of the American Society for Peripheral Nerve combine in surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital to remove surgically a difficult pudendal nerve tumor. From the left, A. Lee Dellon, MD, PhD, Alan Belzberg, MD, Gedge Rosson, MD.

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Greg Borschel visited Plastic Surgery Department at Johns Hopkins University

Greg Borschel, MD, center, standing, was the Visiting Professor to the Plastic Surgery Department at Johns Hopkins University on December 8, 2016. His lectures related to Peripheral Nerve Surgery, including facial paralysis in children. Seated, in front of Dr. Borshel, is A. Lee Dellon, MD, PhD, Professor of Plastic Surgery at Johns Hopkins. Raja Mohan, MD, one of the Hopkins Chief Residents in Plastic Surgery is to the far left, the Amir Dorafshar, MD, Associate Professor or Plastic Surgery at Hopkins, then Dr. Borshcel, then Justin Sacks, MD, Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at Hopkins, then Zuhaib Ibrahim, MD, PhD, another Chief Resident in Plastic Surgery at Hopkins, and on the right, Luiann Greer, Dr. Dellon’s wife. They are at the Labor & Parts Restaurant in Baltimore. Dr. Borshcel is Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of Toronto, working at the Sick Kids Hospital.

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New approach to treating craniofacial pain

New approach to treating craniofacial pain is developed by Dr. Dellon, who is shown here working with the Johns Hopkins’ Plastic Surgery Craniofacial Team. From the left: Robin Yang, MD, an Oral Surgeon who is now a Senior Resident in Plastic Surgery, Dr. Dellon, Amir Dorafshar MD, Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery and Craniofacial Surgeon, Alexandra Dunham, MD, Intern in Surgery, and Wora Thurgylu, 3rd year Medical Student. And endoscopic approach through the maxillary sinus is being used to do a neurolysis on the infra-orbital nerve, injured during a facial fracture.

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Dupuytren's Disease A surgeon's tool kit

Left to right are David Brown, MD, Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of Michigan, who is in charge of Peripheral Nerve Surgery there, Paul Cederna, MD, who is Chief of Section of Plastic Surgery at the U of M, then Catherine Curtin, MD, who gave the 2017 Dellon Lectureship at the U of M, and then A. Lee Dellon, MD, PhD. Dr Curtin’s lecture in Dupuytren’s Disease was give to the Plastic Surgery residents just before she gave the Dellon Lectureship.

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A. Lee Dellon Endowed Lectureship in peripheral Nerver Surgery

Second Annual University of Michigan A. Lee Dellon Lectureship in Peripheral Nerve Surgery had Catherine Curtin, Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery at Stanford as the speaker. Dr. Curtin graduated from Wellesley College, then Yale University School of Medicine, then Plastic Surgery training at the University of Michigan, and went on to train in Hand Surgery at Stanford University where she began to work on Peripheral Nerve problems.

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West Cancer Center in Memphis

At the entrance to the West Cancer Center in Memphis, Drs. William West and A.Lee Dellon shake hands. They each graduated from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. West had dedicated his life to treating people with cancer, and took Dr. Dellon on a tour of this new facility. Dr. Dellon’s research into treatment of persistent painful neuropathy after chemotherapy may be able to help some of the West Cancer Center survivors.

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A. Lee Dellon, MD, PhD was honored to be the Visiting Professor at the University of Tennessee in Memphis

A. Lee Dellon, MD, PhD was honored to be the Visiting Professor at the University of Tennessee in Memphis, October 28 and 29th 2016. He is greeted by Petros Konofoas, MD, an Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery who has spent time doing a 2-year fellowship in Peripheral Nerve Surgery with Dr. Julia Terzis, and more recently, a “mini-fellowship” with Dr. Dellon. Dr Dellon spoke about decompression of nerves in diabetics with superimposed nerve compressions, as well as participation in Journal Club, and a special lectures to the residents on Joint Denervation.

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University of Tennessee in Memphis

A. Lee Dellon, MD, PhD is surrounded by Plastic Surgery Residents at University of Tennessee in Memphis after one of his lectures. From left to right are Robin, Terri, Aimee, Michellene, Steve, Petros Konafoas (faculty), Kyle, Rana, Jim and Alex.

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Celebrating the continued tradition of excellence in teaching Anatomy

For 23 years, Anatomy Dissection at the University of Maryland in Baltimore has included an Instructor or two from Austria. Each of these experts in prosection have done research with either Oscar Aszmann, MD, who started this tradition, and who is now a Professor of Plastic Surgery in Vienna, or with Dr. Dellon. Dr Dellon and his wife Luiann are seated, with Johannes Ebmer, MD, in his 21st year of this tradition, seated to Dr. Dellon’s right. Standing, are , Emily and her friend Georg Furtmueller, MD, currently in the Johns Hopkins Plastic Surgery research laboratory, and Florian, a medical student in Vienna. This dinner has occurred yearly in Baltimore celebrating the continued tradition of excellence in teaching Anatomy.

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International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand, Argentina

At the International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand, held in Argentina, October 27, 2016, Dr. Sami Tuffaha, a Plastic Surgery Resident from Johns Hopkin University presented the research of Drs. Dawn LaPorte, Professor of Orthopedics at Johns Hopkins University and of A. Lee Dellon, MD, PhD, Professor of Plastic Surgery at Johns Hopkins University. The research was on the innervation of the joints on the ulnar (little finger side) of the wrist joint and how to relieve that pain by resecting these nerves.Top photo shows hands with world map in the background. Middle photo shows the program. Bottom photo shows the four Peripheral nerve Surgeons honored at th meeting; Drs. Susan Mackinnon (top left), A. Lee Dellon (top right), Mike Jabaley (bottom left) and Julia Terzis, (bottom right)

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International Pelvic Pain Society meeting in Chicago

At the International Pelvic Pain Society meeting in Chicago on October 14, 2016, Dr Dellon presented the outcome results of his new surgical approach to treating women with pain in the labia, vestibule, vagina, and perineum. 93% of the patients received good to excellent results with improvement in female sexual function. Here Dr. Dellon (on the right) reviews the research with Dr. Heller from Illinois.

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Lectureship in Peripheral Nerve Surgery

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Representing the Dellon Family

Representing the Dellon Family at this event were, from the left, Robert Dellon, Dr. Dellon’s brother, and Robert’s wife, Mercedes, standing with Dr. Tung, then Luiann Greer Dellon, Dr. Dellon’s wife, Gedge Rosson, MD, and Dr. Dellon

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Brothers of Life project

Omer Levit (on the left), Director of the Brothers for Life group , is shown with an Israeli Wounded Warrier (MN) who has been referred to the Dellon Institutes for treatment of his peripheral nerve injuries. He stands in between Dr. Dellon and Dr. Williams. They have been presented with this book about the Brothers of Life project.

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At the World Institute for Pain faculty dinner in Budapest, Hungary

Sharon and Marshall Devor, PhD are seated to the left. Standing behind them is A. Lee Dellon, MD, PhD with his wife Luiann seated in front of him. Aaron and his wife Ann Kolodny are to the right. At the meeting, Dr. Devor presented his work on the role of the dorsal root ganglion in pain,and Dr. Dellon presented his work on joint denervation. Aaron Kolodny represented one of the exhibitors at the meeting.

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The 3T MRI Radiology conference

The 3T MRI Radiology conference on Friday mornings at Johns Hopkins Musculoskeletal Unit. This CME conference has grown from the collaboration of the Peripheral Nerve Surgeons at Johns Hopkins Hospital in the Neurosurgery and Plastic Surgery Departments. Shown here at the Septemer 9, 2016 conference are, left to right, Allan Belzberg, MD, Professor of Neurosurgery, Zuhaib Ibrahim, MD, Chief Resident in Plastic Surgery, Gedge Rosson, MD, Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery, Shivani Alawat, MD, Assistant Professor of Radiology, and A. Lee Dellon, MD, Professor of Plastic Surgery and Neurosurgery. A 3T MRI of the pelvis is in the background.

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21st World Institute of Pain held in Budapest

A. Lee Dellon, MD, PhD was an invited speaker at the 21st World Institute of Pain held in Budapest, Hungary. This organization trains interventional pain physicians from around the world and doctors from 28 countries were at the meeting. Dr.Dellon spoke about the diagnosis of joint pain related to peripheral nerves, who to do the diagnostic nerve blocks, and then how to surgically denervate the shoulder, elbow, wrist, knee and ankle.

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Dr Gabor Racz explains his approach to dorsal ganglia stimulation to A. Lee Dellon, MD, PhD, who was on Dr. Gabor’s faculty at the 21st World Institute for Pain meeting in Budapest September 1, 2016.

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21st Meeting of the World Institute for Pain meeting in Budapest

During the 21st meeting of the World Institute for Pain meeting in Budapest, Hungary on August 31, Dr. Dellon lectured on knee denervation, as shown in the top slide, and learned ultrasound technique from Thiago Nouer, MD, an Anesthesia Pain physician from Sao Paolo, Brazil while his friend, Lucia Silva, MD, a Neurosurgeon, also from Sao Paolo, observed.

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Eric Wan completed 2.5 years of research with Dr. Dellon

Eric Wan completed 2.5 years of research with Dr. Dellon, and is seen here at the Graduation Dinner at Tio Pepe’s Restaurant in Baltimore, with Chef and Owner Emiliano Saenz. Luiann Greer Dellon is seen to the left of Eric Wan, with Dr. Dellon to the right of the group. They are toasting with Sangria, Roja & Blanco, as well as Lobster Emiliano. Eric plans more research, then an MPH and thereafter.

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Plastic Surgery Division at Victor Babes University

Luiann Greer stands in front of the poster by Alex Nistor from the Plastic Surgery Division at Victor Babes University in Timisoara, Romania. This poster demonstrates the results of comparing the diagnostic ability of the Pressure-Specified Sensory Device (PSSD) compared to a Computerizes Sensory Evaluation System developed by Neurologists. The results are that the PSSD was more sensitive in being able to identify early diabetic neuropathy. Luiann Greer is married to A. Lee Dellon, MD, PhD. They both visited Timisoara 3 years ago to teach about peripheral nerve decompression in diabetics with neuropathy and superimposed nerve compressions.

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American Association of Plastic Surgery meeting in New York City

At the American Association of Plastic Surgery meeting in New York City, on May 22, Dr. Shai Rozen, seen here (middle) with Dr. Scott Lifchez, (on the left) from Johns Hopkins Department of Plastic Surgery, and Dr. A. Lee Dellon (on the right) presented a Randomized Clinical Trial related to people with diabetes and neuropathy. These patients who had nerve compressions in their feet did significantly better after having a “Dellon Triple” nerve decompression, the surgery that Dr. Dellon developed, than did those patients who were in the control group. The American Association of Plastic Surgery is the highest academic group in Plastic Surgery. Dr. Lifchez became a member this year, and is the Director of the Johns Hopkins Plastic Surgery Residency Training Program. The conclusions of Dr. Rozen’s study are listed in the slide he presented (below).

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Hopkins Plastic Surgery Faculty meet in front of the Johns Hopkins Hospital

Hopkins Plastic Surgery Faculty meet in front of the Johns Hopkins Hospital on May 12 2016 at time of Visiting Professor Joe T. Gruss. From the left, Art Nam, MD, Assistant Professor, Andy W. Lee, MD, Professor and Chief of Plastic Surgery, Paul N. Manson, MD, Professor and former Chief of Plastic Surgery, Joesph T. Gruss MD Professor (from the University of Washington, Seattle), Professor A. Lee Dellon, MD, PhD, Associate Professor Anthony Tufaro, DDS, MD, and Craniofacial Fellow. Y. Gou, MD

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50th college reunion

A. Lee Dellon, Johns Hopkins University BS 1966 and MD 1970 at his 50th college reunion is with Dean of the Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering, Ed Schlesinger (on the left) and with President of the Johns Hopkins University Ron Daniels, on the right.

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50th Johns Hopkins University reunion for the class of 1966.

Dr Dellon attends his 50th Johns Hopkins University reunion for the class of 1966. Standing with Dr. Dellon (far left next to the Hopkins Lifeline Amublance!!) are Dr. Russell Wright, the Hopkins Bluejay mascot, Dr. Sandy Kuelh, our class President, and Dr. Robert Malachowski, a Pediatrician. In the photo below are Dr. Dellon with other classmates and the 1966 JHU class flag.

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FROM PUDENDAL NERVE PAIN & DISABILITY BACK TO NORMAL

After almost 4 years in pain and disability, more than 13 doctors and treatments in different nations that couldnt help much, my pudendal nerve problem was finally accurately diagnosed and solved in Baltimore at The Dellon Institute For Peripheral Nerve Surgery by Dr Lee Dellon himself. I am sharing my succesful story so that other patients suffering from similar conditions might have access to useful information that may also lead them to have their lives back to normal.

Stay tuned with my YouTube Channel and visit my website at: http://www.mylifeback.in


32nd Danish Microsurgery Meeting held in the ancient city of Mittlefart

Christian Bonde, MD, Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery opens the 32nd Danish Microsurgery Meeting held in the ancient city of Mittlefart, directly in the middle of the Denmark, on the Island of Fyen. The meeting was held in an old military fort. Dr. Kare Fugelhoem, Chief of Neurosurgery at the University of Copenhagen discusses the neurosurgical role in peripheral nerve surgery. Dr. Dellon joins these two doctors just before his lectures on Microneurolysis Outcomes in Diabetics with Lower Extremity Nerve Compression, and a second lecture on Nerve Injuries Related to Sports.

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Dr. Dellon speaking at the University of Copenhagen Pain Symposium

Dr. Dellon speaking at the University of Copenhagen Pain Symposium. Pictured here with Christian Bonde, MD Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery at the University. Dr. Dellon spoke about Neuropathic Pain, and Surgical Approaches for its Treatment.

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Dr. Tollestrup and Dr. Dellon in front of the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore

Tim Tollestrup, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery at Touro University in Henderson, Nevada, stands with A Lee Dellon, MD, PhD in front of the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Dr. Tollestrup is Dr. Dellon’s partner in their Henderson, Nevada office.

 

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Outcome of Nerve Reconstruction in the Foot

Pain Symposium in the Department of Neurosurgery in Copenhagen

A. Lee Dellon, MD, PhD will be the featured speaker at a Pain Symposium in the Department of Neurosurgery in Copenhagen, Denmark on April 5, 2016.

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Axogen

Axogen prepares for March launch of the AcroVal Neurosensory Motor Testing System which includes the PSSD, Digit Grip and Pinch Device that was developed initially by Dr Dellon and Nebojska Kovecivic. The AcroVal version of the PSSD is uses the touch screen of the Microsoft Surface. Previous versions used, sequentially from 1989 version I, an IBM lap top, then a PDA in 2007 and finally a small touch screen in the most recent version from 2012. The AcroVal system is seen on the table below. The group pictured here include the Axogen team that on March 3 and 4, 2016, met with Dr. Dellon and Luiann Greer in Henderson, Nevada, for a Neurosensory Training Seminar, the program for which is seen below.

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Neuroma Clinic

Dr. Shao-min Shi, Distinguished Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin stands in front of the sign for his new clinic. Neuroma Clinic. Dr Shi learned the Dellon Technique for Knee Denervation and has been successful at helping more than 100 patients with knee pain. His research has been submitted for publication.

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Anatomy Dissection Laboratory

Dr Dellon is seen with his partner in Henderson, Nevada, Tim Tollestrup, MD, who is Assistant Professor at Touro University in Henderson. They are seen with a plastic human skeleton in the Anatomy Dissection Laboratory at the University where they were continuing their anatomy dissection and study of the pudendal nerve.

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Third Edition of Dellon’s classic SOMATOSENSORY TESTING & REHABILITATION

Third Edition of Dellon’s classic
SOMATOSENSORY TESTING & REHABILITATION
will be available on our website, Dellon.com, to download
free, soon

Dr Dellon presents treatment of groin pain due to neuromas

On the Clinical Approach to Complex Pain panel, at the American Society for Peripheral Nerve, sitting from the left is Ivan Ducic, MD, PhD, Dr Dellon’s first Peripheral Nerve Fellow, then Ian Carroll, MD, from the Stanford Anesthesia Pain Department, and finally Catherine Curtin, MD, from the Stanford Plastic Surgery Department. Dr Dellon is at the podium.

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American Society for Plastic Surgery meeting

In the Exhibit Hall, Tim Best, MD, PhD (left) celebrates with Dr Dellon (right) at the American Society for Plastic Surgery meeting where Dr Best’s paper was presented. That paper was a Level I study that proved with a randomized, prospective method that Dr Dellon’s approach to decompressing multiple nerves in diabetics with chronic nerve compression is statistically significantly successful at relieving pain. Luiann Greer is in the center.

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Eric Lee Wan, BS, WINS BEST RESEARCH PAPER

Eric is a Research Fellow Dellon Institutes for Peripheral Nerve Surgery & Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. 

Eric is seen here with Ida Fox, MD, the Program Chairwoman for the ASPN meeting and his mentor A Lee Dellon, MD, PhD, who designed the research study.

A co-author on the award was Gedge D. Rosson, MD, Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery at Johns Hopkins University.

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American Society for Peripheral Nerve (ASPN) meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, January 16, 2016.

The Acro Val system

Axogen, Inc, the only company in the world whose products relate just to peripheral nerve problems, exhibits their Acro Val system at the combined American Association for Hand Surgery, the American Society for Peripheral Nerve, and American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery meeting in Scottsdale, January 13 thru 19, 2016.

The Acro Val system is the next generation of the original PSSD (Pressure-Specified Sensory Device) invented by A. Lee Dellon, MD, PhD, and marketed previously by Sensory Management Services, LLC.

In this photo, Dr Dellon discuses these measurements with Tim Best, MD, PhD from Sault St Marie, Canada, where he is Professor and Chief of Plastic Surgery. Dr Best presented at this meeting the results of his Level I study on neurolysis of compressed nerves in diabetics to relieve pain. Dr Best did use the original PSSD to evaluate his patients.

Monica Tarver, to the left, is the person in charge of the launch of the Acro Val System for Axogen.

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American Society for Peripheral Nerve

Tommy Tung, MD, President of the American Society for Peripheral Nerve, and his wife Toby, at the 25th Annual Meeting, in Scottsdale, with Dr Dellon, a founding member of ASPN and its former President. Dr Dellon is with his wife Luiann. They are going to the President’s Reception in Scottsdale, Arizona

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DONATE LIFE

The DONATE LIFE float at the 2016 Rosebowl Parade: Donation of human tissues permits others to live and they “treasure life”, the theme of this float. Riding in the first Camel on the float is Mathew Jayroe, a patient of Dr. Dellon’s. Mathew has the nerves to one foot reconstructed with nerve allografts (transplanted nerve from another person, obtained from the company Axogen, Inc.). Mathew is able now to do all activities including basketball and has recovered sensation in his toes. A “sensational” result.

Dr Kimberly Harmon, Chief of the Section of Sports Medicine at the University of Washington, came to Henderson, Nevada, to observe peripheral nerve surgery

Dr Kimberly Harmon, Chief of the Section of Sports Medicine at the University of Washington, came to Henderson, Nevada, to observe peripheral nerve surgery. Dr Dellon is wearing his 3.5 x loupes to best observe the peripheral nerves. Dr Harmon observed a knee denervation in a man who already had had a total knee replacement, an ulnar nerve submuscular transposition in a teen age gymnast, and a resection of the ilioinguinal and iliohypogastric nerve to treat groin pain after a hernia repair. Dr Harmon is team physician to the U. of Washington Huskie football team: go Dawgs!

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University of Washington in Seattle hosted Dr Dellon in Sports Medicine where he evaluated chronic pain patients

University of Washington in Seattle hosted Dr Dellon in Sports Medicine where he evaluated chronic pain patients.

Dr Dellon is reviewing studies with Kim Harmon, MD, Chief of Sports Medicine.

Dr Dellon is in Sports Medicine Clinic with Dr Harmon, to the left, Dr. Agnes Stogicza from Pain Management and Dr Ashwin Rao, also from Sports Medicine.

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The Inaugural A. Lee Dellon, M.D., Ph.D. Lecture in Peripheral Nerve Surgery

The initial lecture in the new, yearly, Dellon Peripheral Nerve Lectureship, was given by Oskar Aszmann, MD on September 24, 2015. The Aszmann spent three years working with Dr. Dellon in clinical research from 1994 through 1997, and is now the Director of a Nerve Institute in Vienna, Austria. The announcement and program cover are shown below.

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Dr Aszmann is in the center with the Certificate of Appreciate given to him by Andrew Lee, MD, The Chief of Plastic Surgery at Johns Hopkins University. To Dr Aszmann’s right is his wife, Celine, and to her right is Gedge D. Rosson, MD, Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery at Johns Hopkins University. Gedge did a Peripheral Nerve fellowship with Dr. Dellon and is the Dellon Lectureship Committee Chairman. Dr Dellon and wise wife Luiann are on the left of Dr Lee.

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Participating in this inaugural event are Dr. Dellon’s three sons, with Brian to Dr. Dellon’s right, the Evan and Glenn to his left.

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Instructional Course on Joint Denervation

Dr Richard Berger, from the Mayo Clinic and Dr A. Lee Dellon participated in the American Society for Surgery of the Hand¹s Instructional Course program teaching about upper and lower extremity joint denervation. This approach relieves pain, improves joint function and avoids total joint replacement in people whose pain responds to a nerve block of the suspected nerves. This occurred on September 13 in Seattle.

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Being a Plastic Surgeon in Private Practice

A. Lee Dellon MD, PhD was Visiting Professor for the Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of Michigan September 16 thru 18, 2015. Here he shown in the center at a dinner with some of the Plastic Surgery Residents where they discussed research aspects of being a Plastic Surgeon in Private Practice, and how to translate research into clinical practice.

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Peripheral Nerve Surgery in 2015

A gift from Ray Persia in recognition of the care Dr. Dellon gave his wife Sonya has resulted in an endowed, yearly, lectureship. The inaugural A. Lee Dellon MD PhD Lectureship in Peripheral Nerve Surgery was given on September 17, 2015 at the University of Michigan. Dr Dellon himself had the honor of giving the very first lecture in this series. His lecture was entitled “Peripheral Nerve Surgery in 2015”. In the photo, from the left is Paul Cederna, MD, Chief of Plastic Surgery at the University of Michigan, Ray Persia, David Brown, MD, who is the Plastic Surgeon at University of Michigan who will be doing the types of surgery that Dr Dellon has developed, and then Dr Dellon.

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Chronic pain experience inspires new surgical offering

U-M physicians work with local couple to bring peripheral nerve surgery to Ann Arbor

SOURCE: http://uofmhealthblogs.org

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David L. Brown, MD, addresses the attendees and introduces A. Lee Dellon’s lecture, “Peripheral nerve surgery in 2015.”

After an accident, Sonya Persia went through several back, hip and neck surgeries, but new pain in her legs and feet never went away. Once Sonya and her husband Ray realized there are options beyond pain medication to improve her quality of life, they wanted to help others dealing with the same thing.

“Nobody knew what to do,” Ray Persia said, but they finally read an article about a procedure that fixes chronic pain caused by injury and/or compression of nerves.

The Persias traveled out of state for the surgeries, and now the couple from Highland, Mich., are advocates and donors, helping to bring the option of peripheral nerve surgery to patients at the U-M Health System.

Ray Persia watches as A. Lee Dellon, MD, explains the peripheral nerve surgery procedure that Ray helped to bring to U-M.

Ray Persia watches as A. Lee Dellon, MD, explains the peripheral nerve surgery procedure that Ray helped to bring to U-M.

“Basically what they do is decompress the nerves,” Ray Persia said. For his wife’s surgery, they traveled to Baltimore to see A. Lee Dellon, M.D., founder of the Dellon Institutes for Peripheral Nerve Surgery and professor of plastic surgery and neurological surgery at Johns Hopkins University. Sonya had several different surgeries, all successful, with just one problem area left.

Now, U-M’s David L. Brown, M.D., associate professor of plastic surgery, is specially trained in the identification and surgical resolution of these common yet complex challenges, helping patients by relieving pressure on a specific nerve or group of nerves.

“We’re just starting to realize the contribution of nerves to pain, and how to isolate those nerves to operate on them and relieve pain,” Brown said. “We’ve been interested in pushing forward with this surgery for some time, and the Persias gave us the ability to start offering it now.”

Plastic surgeons are uniquely positioned to provide peripheral nerve surgery because they already operate on most soft tissues from the head to the feet.

“We’re always discovering new innovations between surgery of soft tissue and outcomes,” Brown said. “Pain from nerve injuries that aren’t always obvious is becoming a more well-known issue.”

Founding physician visits U-M, gives lecture

To celebrate this peripheral nerve surgery offering at the U-M Health System, Dellon visited Ann Arbor, attending several events that culminated in a lecture about the history and future of peripheral nerve surgery. Dellon discussed how the practice came about and the ideal patients for the procedures, such as those with diabetes, groin or pelvic pain, or those who have had orthopedic procedures.

(left to right) Paul Cederna, MD, section head of Plastic Surgery, Ray Persia, David L. Brown, MD, associate professor of plastic surgery and A. Lee Dellon, MD, founder of the Dellon Institutes for Peripheral Nerve Surgery, celebrate the new offering at U-M.

(left to right) Paul Cederna, MD, section head of plastic surgery, Ray Persia, David L. Brown, MD, associate professor of plastic surgery and A. Lee Dellon, MD, founder of the Dellon Institutes for Peripheral Nerve Surgery, celebrate the new peripheral nerve surgery offering at U-M.

“We had a hypothesis that when symptoms of neuropathy are due to nerve compressions, we might have some hope to change the course for these patients,” Dellon said. “David (Brown)’s been very diligent about getting the U-M education program going, and he’ll be here to continue giving these lessons.”

Dellon showed attendees, including physicians, medical students and residents, a GIF of U-M football coach Jim Harbaugh, getting into the moment on the sidelines of one of the first football games of the 2015 season.

“If we can get you all as excited as he is, that’ll be great,” Dellon said.

Groin & Pelvic Pain of Neural Origin

Dr Dellon is shown here during his Visiting Professorship for Pain Management at the University of Washington, September 10 and 11, 2015, hosted by Agnes Stogizca, MD, Associate Professor of Anesthesia and Pain Management . The lecture was entitled GROIN & PELVIC PAIN of NEURAL ORIGIN.

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Groin & Pelvic pain of neural origin lecture

Agnes Reka Stogicaz, MD from the The University of Washington’s PAIN MANAGEMENT group, in Seattle, has invited A. Lee Dellon, MD, PhD to lecture on GROIN & PELVIC PAIN OF NEURAL ORIGIN on Friday, September 11, 2015.

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Charcot Foot Symposium

Justin Broyles,MD, left, a Johns Hopkins Plastic Surgery Resident, attends the Charcot Foot Symposium with A. Lee Dellon, MD, PhD held during the 25th Limb Lengthening Workshop organized by John Herzenberg, MD, of the Rubin Advanced Orthopedic Institute of Baltimore, Maryland. Dr Dellon presented his research on the possibility of early nerve decompression reversing the underlying neuropathophysiology of the destructive Charcot foot condition, which, today, is associated with diabetes.

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Peripheral Nerve Lectureship

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Panel on the Future of Hand Surgery

Dr Dellon sits between Drs Hoopes, to the left, and Edgerton, to the right. Mark Hendrickson, MD, who spent a year in the research lab with Dr. Dellon is between Dr Edgerton and Dr Michael Jabaley. Dr Hendrickson is at the Cleveland Clinic doing Hand Surgery. Dr Jabaly was Chief of Plastic Surgery at University of Mississippi, and was President of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. This was a panel on the Future of Hand Surgery. Dr Dellon predicted that in the future, Hand Surgeons would be operating on Lower Extremity Nerves.

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June 5, 2015 Johns Hopkins Plastic Surgery Reunion

June 5, 2015 Johns Hopkins Plastic Surgery Reunion: The Four Chiefs of Plastic Surgery were all present. Here Dr A. Lee Dellon is with Dr Milton T. Edgerton, who went to Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, as did his father, who graduated there in 1912. Dr Edgerton became the first Chief of Plastic Surgery and was in this position during Dr. Dellon's four years at Johns Hopkins School Medicine. Dr Edgerton inspired Dr Dellon's early research into neurosensory testing and is a co-author with Dr Dellon, and Dr.Curtis, the first Hand Surgeon in Baltimore, on the first papers related to Sensory Re-Education and Sensory Recovery after Nerve Injury, published in the 1970¹s. Dr Edgerton is 95 years old.

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Johns Hopkins Plastic Surgery reunion

Also at the Johns Hopkins Plastic Surgery reunion on June 5 was Dr. John (Jack) E. Hoopes. He, too, graduated from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and was the first person with whom Dr. Dellon did Plastic Surgery research during the end of his second year at the School of Medicine, in 1968. That surgery was related to the Cleft Palate Speech, and identified that the muscle that lifts the soft palate, the levator veli palatini, was located too far forward to let the soft palate reach the back wall of the throat, to close it, therefore allowing air to escape through the nose. Dr Dellon's work in this area led to the current operation the moves this muscle backwards, incorporated into all cleft palate closure techniques today. Dr. Hoopes subsequently left Johns Hopkins for a few years, moving to the Washington University School of Medicine to become its Chief of Plastic Surgery. He returned to become the second Chief of Plastic Surgery at Johns Hopkins when Dr. Edgerton moved to form a Department of Plastic Surgery at the University of Virginia. Dr Hoopes therefore trained Dr Dellon during Dr Dellon's Plastic Surgery residency, completed in 1978.

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European Association of Plastic Surgery held in Edinburgh

Dr Dellon attended the European Association of Plastic Surgery held in Edinburgh , Scotland Here he and his wife Luiann are entering the Scottish Museum, along with Daniel Kaltenbatten, MD, a Plastic Surgeon from Basal, Switzerland (he is the one in the Kilt on the left). Entry is accompanied by bagpipes!

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Ensemble, from left to right Nicole Rosson, Gedge Rosson, Lisabelle De Jesus, Virginia Hong, Luiann Greer, Bill Gately, Lee Dellon, Ramon De Jesus, Chris Maloney, Keith Greer pianist: Cynthia Cernak.