Orthopaedic Foundation for Active Lifestyles Hosts 6th Anniversary Fundraiser

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Featuring celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse. Proceeds from Gala will fund research and education.

The Orthopaedic Foundation for Active Lifestyles (OFALS), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, supporting, developing and encouraging research and education concerning minimally invasive orthopaedic surgery and advancements in musculoskeletal diseases, will host its 6th Anniversary Gala Fundraiser on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 7:00 pm at ESPACE, 635 West 42nd Street in NYC.

“This year’s OFALS’s Gala will include an amazing gathering of leaders in medicine, sports and entertainment,” notes Janine Bahar, Executive Director, Orthopaedic Foundation for Active Lifestyles. OFALS will be honoring Dr. James Andrews, an internationally recognized leader, innovator, teacher and practitioner in the field of sports medicine.

Guests will be treated to the finest cuisine designed by celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse. They will also have the opportunity to mingle with a star-studded crowd and to bid on exciting luxury items.

Dr. Kevin D. Plancher, MD, MS, FACS, FAAOS is the organization’s founder and chairman. He is a leading orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine expert with extensive practice in knee, shoulder, elbow and hand injuries. He is an Associate Clinical Professor in Orthopaedics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and is on the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Journal of Medicine and Sports and the American Journal of Orthopedics.

Dr. Plancher has served as team physician for many athletic teams, including most recently becoming the Long Island Lizards (professional lacrosse) team physician. He is an attending physician at Beth Israel Hospital in New York City, Stamford Hospital in Stamford, Conn. and Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y., and has offices in Manhattan and Cos Cob, Conn. Dr. Plancher has been named among the Top Doctors in the New York Metro from 2001 to 2010 and has been appointed the New York State Representative for the Council of Delegates to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

“It is critically important that we continue our vital mission of educating individuals and physicians who are passionate about a healthy lifestyle,” says Ms. Bahar. “OFALS is working tirelessly to identify and improve on minimally invasive treatments that guarantee shorter recovery time and faster return to sports and regular daily activities,” she adds.

Recently the Foundation welcomed 19 students from Darien High School in Connecticut to participate in a unique student medical education program. Under the supervision of Dr. Plancher the students learned how to bolt, pin together and insert supportive plates into broken forearms.

“This is one in a series of school-based community outreach education events hosted by OFALS,” said Dr. Plancher. “Broken limbs in active children are a common occurrence and this unique experience provides a useful hands-on opportunity to learn the skills needed to repair broken bones.

About OFALS
Based in Greenwich, Conn., The Orthopaedic Foundation for Active Lifestyles (http://www.ofals.org) is a not-for-profit foundation whose principal mission is to promote, support, develop and encourage research and education concerning orthopaedic care and advancements in technologies and treatment of arthritis, orthopaedic injuries and musculoskeletal diseases. Focusing on medical education for doctors and other health care professionals, research and community outreach, the Foundation was developed by Kevin Plancher, MD, a resident of Greenwich and one of the leading orthopaedic surgeons in the Northeast.

About the OFALS Gala
On October 26, 2010, OFALS will present its 6th anniversary Gala event at ESPACE, 635 West 42nd Street in NYC. Proceeds from the Gala will be used to support the foundation’s work in research and education regarding musculoskeletal diseases. During the course of the evening, OFALS will share information regarding its work in education and its progress in research. Tickets are already on sale and seating is limited. Please call 203-869-2002 or visit the foundation’s web site at http://www.ofals.org for more information and tickets. For sponsorship opportunities or to take an ad in the Journal, please call 203-869-2002.

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