‘Positive Strides to Living Healthy with Arthritis:’ The University of Arizona Arthritis Center Conference, Jan. 21

Includes keynote presentation, ‘Total Joint Replacement; Facts, Fads and Fiction,’ by Dr. James Benjamin; speakers from the University of Arizona Arthritis Center and Canyon Ranch
“Positive Strides to Living Healthy with Arthritis” is the theme of Living Healthy With Arthritis 2012, the annual program of learning and fun presented by the University of Arizona Arthritis Center (www.arthritis.arizona.edu) at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson. The conference will be held Saturday, Jan. 21, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus, DuVal Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson.  
 
Dr. Benjamin“Total Joint Replacement; Facts, Fads and Fiction” will be discussed by keynote speaker James Benjamin, MD, orthopedic surgeon with University Orthopedic Specialists in Tucson. Dr. Benjamin will present a practicing orthopedic surgeon’s perspectives on the latest advancements in total joint replacement. He will debunk common myths surrounding joint replacement and will take a close look at the future of artificial joints. Dr. Benjamin also is a clinical associate professor of orthopedic surgery with the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, where he received his medical degree and also completed a residency in orthopedic surgery.
 
The conference begins with an “Early Bird Stretch” and includes coffee and lunch, a raffle and two breakout sessions with presentations by speakers from the University of Arizona Arthritis Center, Canyon Ranch health resort and others, including: 
  • Got Ankle Arthritis? We’ve Got Alternatives!, Daniel Latt, MD, PhD, UA assistant professor, clinical orthopedic surgery 
  • Building Better Joints; Advances in Cartilage Regeneration, John Szivek, PhD, director, orthopaedic research; UA research professor; William and Sylvia Rubin Chair of Orthopaedic Research 
  • Don’t Worry, Bead Happy, Shirley Loose, artist, Canyon Ranch 
  • Pain and the Power of Perspective, Alexcis Reynolds, MS, CH, therapist, The Transformative Touch
  • Battles of the Bad Back, Randy Raugh, MPT, C-Ped, exercise specialist, American College of Sports Medicine; physical therapist, Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital Outpatient Orthopedic Clinic
  • Fat Burning Myths – Weight Management, Exercise and Joint Health, Doug Loveday, MS, exercise physiologist, Canyon Ranch 
  • Q and RA: What’s New in the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis, Jeffrey Lisse, MD, chief, Section of Adult Rheumatology; UA professor, rheumatology; Ethel McChesney Bilby Endowed Chair; medical director, University of Arizona Arthritis Center Osteoporosis Program
Registration is $12 per person (members of the University of Arizona Arthritis Center Friends attend free; prior registration required). Free parking is available in The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus visitor/patient parking garage.
 
Early reservations are advised; spaces are limited and fill quickly. To register, please call the University of Arizona Arthritis Center, (520) 626-5040, or e-mail LivingHealthy@arthritis.arizona.edu
 
The conference is supported through the Susan and Saul Tobin Endowment for Research and Education in Rheumatology. The University of Arizona Arthritis Center is a research leader focused on identifying the causes of arthritis and developing improved technologies for diagnosing, measuring and treating the disease. For more information, visit the website, www.arthritis.arizona.edu
 
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About Dr. Benjamin
 
James Benjamin, MD, is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in joint replacement and adult reconstructive surgery. He has lived in Tucson since 1968 and received a bachelor’s degree with highest distinction from the UA in 1976. He received his medical degree in 1979 from the UA College of Medicine, where he completed a residency in orthopedic surgery in 1984. After his orthopedic surgical training, Dr. Benjamin completed a fellowship in adult reconstructive orthopaedic surgery at Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Hospital in Exeter, England, with Professor Robin Ling, one of the pioneers of total hip replacement.
 
Dr. Benjamin’s commitment to education extends to both the public and professional communities. He has been honored with the Excellence in Teaching Award seven times by the UA Orthopedic Surgery Resident Training program. He has made numerous presentations at national and international meetings and is the author of more than 50 scientific articles related to the field of orthopedics.
 
His professional memberships include the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, The Knee Society and the American Association for Hip and Knee Surgeons. He has served as president of the Tucson Orthopedic Association and the Western Trauma Association and on the board of directors of the Arizona Orthopedic Association.