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New Orthopedic Oncology Fellowship Program at Mount Clemens Brings Highly Trained Surgeons to State
Date:11/12/2008

Fellowship First In State To Train Surgeons For Rare But Often Mistreated

Cancer New Program Is Example Of Growth And Momentum At Mount Clemens Regional

Medical Center

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich., Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The first fellowship program in the state for musculoskeletal tumors kicked off Oct. 1 at Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center under the stewardship of Ronald Irwin, M.D., an internationally known specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of bone cancers. Dr. Kenyatta Norman became the first orthopedic oncology fellow in Michigan last month. A second fellow is expected to be added to the program next year.

"The orthopedic oncology fellowship program is just one example of the investment and growth we're experiencing at Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center," said MCRMC President and CEO Mark O'Halla. "There are exciting things happening at Mount Clemens Regional and McLaren Health Care. Being able to attract top talent to create new programs that will benefit our patients and region are indicative of that."

Musculoskeletal tumors can occur in the muscles, nerves or the bones of the limbs. They can be primary tumors, or metastatic sites from other cancers. Because they are rare tumors, there are few experienced surgeons in orthopedic oncology that can accurately diagnose them, which sometimes leads to mistreatment of the tumors.

Irwin is one of the top-rated orthopedic oncologists in the country and one of only approximately 75 members worldwide of the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society. In addition to serving as Director of the Orthopedic Oncology at Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center, and Associate Director of McLaren Health Care's six Great Lakes Cancer Institute locations, Irwin teaches post- graduate physicians and orthopedic residents and medical students throughout the state. He has also co-authored a textbook chapter and published in some of the le
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