KFx Medical Corporation Adds Dr. Richard K.N. Ryu to Scientific Advisory Board

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KFx Medical Corporation adds Dr. Richard K.N. Ryu to Scientific Advisory Board.

I have a keen interest in being part of the vanguard of arthroscopic shoulder surgery. Techniques, tools or philosophy which enhance surgeon skill and promote better patient outcomes are worthy of our continued interest and scrutiny.

KFx Medical Corporation, a developer of minimally invasive percutaneous repair systems for rotator cuff repair, has added Dr. Richard K.N. Ryu to its Scientific Advisor Board.

Dr. Joseph C. Tauro, Chairman of the KFx Scientific Advisory Board, in private practice at the Ocean County Sports Medicine in Toms River, NJ an Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at New Jersey Medical School said, “Dr. Ryu is an internationally renowned expert in the field of arthroscopic shoulder surgery. As a long time member and Education Committee chairman of the Arthroscopy Association of North America, his contributions to the training of shoulder arthroscopic surgeons around the world are well recognized. His insights will be a great addition to the KFx team, especially as it launches its first product later this year." Dr. Tauro chairs the scientific board that includes Drs. Christopher Behr, Eric Carson, Gregory Fanelli, Matt France, Brad Giannotti, Peter Millett, Jon ‘JP’ Warner, and Russell Warren.

Richard K.N. Ryu MD graduated cum laude from Yale University with a B.S. in Biological Sciences. He attended the University of California San Francisco medical school, and completed his residency there as well in orthopaedic surgery. His fellowship year was spent at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles followed by private practice in Santa Barbara, California for the past 20 years.

He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Arthroscopy Association of North America, and has served as its Program Chairman for the 2006 annual meeting. He has also served as Chairman of the Education Committee and the Ethics and Standards Committee . He recently completed a six year term as a California delegate to the Council of Delegates for the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and provides coverage for several universities and high schools. Dr. Ryu sits on the Editorial Board of Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Review, and has been a guest editor for the Journal of Arthroscopy in addition to Operative Techniques in Sports Medicine. He is the author of more than 50 scientific articles and book chapters and has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally on arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder.

Dr. Ryu said of joining the KFx SAB, “I have a keen interest in being part of the vanguard of arthroscopic shoulder surgery. Techniques, tools or philosophy which enhance surgeon skill and promote better patient outcomes are worthy of our continued interest and scrutiny.”

More than four million people seek medical advice for shoulder pain every year; torn rotator cuffs alone account for more than 500,000 surgeries annually and have traditionally required many weeks of rehabilitation. Traditional minimally invasive techniques, although promising - patients typically experience less pain and regain full range of motion more quickly - require surgeons to have advanced videoscopic skills. In contrast, KFx provides simple systems for surgeons while ensuring more anatomical repair for the patient, yielding better clinical outcomes.

About KFx Medical Corporation

Headquartered in Carlsbad, Calif., KFx Medical Corporation was founded in 2003 to develop clinically relevant solutions to rotator cuff repair. The company is privately held – Investors include Charter Life Sciences, Arboretum Ventures, Montreux Equity Partners, and MB Venture Partners.

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