The Living Skeleton
and Professional Background
Heidi Bloom, M.D., is currently a resident in orthopedic surgery at Stanford
University Medical Center and will graduate from her residency program in June,
2001. Through her association with her SciTalk Host Carolyn Csongradi (a frequent
contributor to AE), we have the good fortune to welcome Dr. Bloom to SciTalk.
Dr. Bloom, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, began her training as an undegraduate
in Applied Physiology at UCLA. She received her MD from the University of Pennsylvania
School of Medicine and was a Surgical Intern at Stanford in 1995-1996. Early
in her academic career she participated in summer research at the Microsurgical
laboratory at Ralph K. Davies Medical Center in San Francisco. Her mentor Dr.
Harry J. Buncke and she worked on microsurgical anostomosis techniques in vessels
of disparate size. She has worked variously on studies of leukotrienes and prostaglandins
in ischemic tissue injury, sarcomere changes in hind-limb suspended rats and
(in the Department of Biomechanics at UCLA) she worked with Dr. Robert Gregor
on Kinetics and Kinematics of Elite Sprinters. She is currently working with
Dr. Vaughan Bowen on the "Treatment of Scapholunate Dissociation: meta-analysis
and review". She has received recognition from the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical
Honor Society, and was the recipient of an American Cancer Society Clinical
Stipend in Surgical Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
She also received College Honors while at UCLA (Department Honors in Applied
Physiology). She has published in peer-reviewed journals:
- Mohler, D.G., Chen, W.W., Bloom, H.: Angiosarcoma of the hand associated
with chronic exposure to polyvinyl chloride pipes and cement, a case report.
J Bone Joint Surg (Am) 1998 Sep:80;(9):1349-54.
- Hui, K.C., Zhang, F., Komorowsaka-Timek, E., Bloom, H., Lineaweaver, W.C.:
Compartment syndrome of the forearm as the initial symptom of systemic Vibrio
vulnificus infection. J Hand Surg (Am) 1999 Jul:24(4):715-7.
Dr. Bloom has also co-authored chapters in a number of books on surgical technique,
- Mohler, D.G., Bloom, H.: Principles of Musculoskeletal Tumor Surgery. Book
Chapter for Orthopaedic Knowledge Update, Musculoskeletal Tumors. American
Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rosemont, Illinois.
- Kaufman, D.L., Bloom, H., Bowen, C.V.A.: Wrist injuries. In: Handbook of
Plastic Surgery. Steven E. Greer (ed.) Thieme, New York (in press).
- Casey, H., Bloom, H., Le, T., and Bowen, C.V.A.: Thumb and finger reconstruction
with microsurgical techniques. In: Handbook on Microsurgery. Konstantinos,
N. Malizos (ed.) Landes Bioscience, Georgetown, Texas (in press).
As an orthopedic surgery resident, Dr. Bloom has spent several months
training in each of the following orthopedic subspecialties: spine surgery,
sports medicine and surgery, pediatrics, trauma, and arthritis management.
Residency programs last a minimum of three years and Dr. Bloom is completing
her final year of training. This means she has completed seven years of
training in preparation for a specialty medical practice in orthopedics.
A typical day for Dr. Bloom starts at 7 AM with rounds at the hospital.
"Rounding" on patients involves evaluating patients who have orthopedic
problems, have had surgery or are awaiting discharge. After checking on her
patients, Dr. Bloom often spends the remainder of the morning in the
operating room--sometimes remaining there well into the afternoon or
evening. Other days are spent in clinics seeing patients with orthopedic
related problems, injuries and complaints. In addition to these
responsibilities, she is on call every third night and attends to patients
who come into the emergency room with fractures that require manipulation or
surgery. Between casework, Dr. Bloom has been studying for her National
Boards in orthopedics--being "Board Certified" in a specialty is a
significant career achievement for a physician. Orthopedic residents don't
have a lot of leisure time! After graduation, new orthopedic surgeons often
complete an additional year of focused training in one of the orthopedic
subspecialties. Dr. Bloom plans to take a fellowship in hand surgery, a
subspecialty of orthopedics that she is particularly interested in.
Dr. Bloom has several interests outside her professional life including
sports activities such as tennis and running. She is one of those
individuals who one might term a "horse woman" and enjoys participating
the elegant dressage equestrian riding. In her spare time she also enjoys
dabbling in finance and photography.
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