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The Living Skeleton

Presenter: Dr. Heidi Bloom, M.D.


Biography 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, including:

  • 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 in the elegant dressage equestrian riding. In her spare time she also enjoys dabbling in finance and photography.

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