HOUSTON METHODIST WEST HOSPITAL SURGEON COLLABORATES WITH TOP CHINESE SURGEONS
A collaboration of China’s top orthopedic surgeons and Dr. B. Christoph Meyer, a surgeon with Houston Methodist Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, has led to an international partnership allowing our countries to explore similarities and differences in treatment approaches for patients with conditions of the spine.
For six years, Meyer has been in connection with the program, sponsored by DePuy Synthes Spine, a Johnson & Johnson Company. Meyer has had the opportunity to visit China and Japan several times to speak at national spine meetings on topics including the treatment of degenerative spine conditions and spinal deformity.
Three Chinese surgeons recently came to Houston Methodist West to learn techniques used for treating lumbar degenerative conditions. In addition to extensive discussions about broader strategies and ideas for treating a number of different spinal conditions, Meyer also took the visitors to the MITIE lab (Houston Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation and Education) at Houston Methodist Hospital.
“With its massive population and growing economy, China will play an important role in global healthcare in this century,” said Meyer. “These visits help build bridges critical to the future of medicine in the U.S. and China.”
The Chinese delegation included leaders representing three different medical schools, Dr. Sheng Jun of The First Affiliated Hospital of Xinjiang Medical University, Dr. Zhang Shuncong of The First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical University, and Dr. Zhou Wenyu of The Second People’s Hospital of Shenzhen.
A leading expert in the treatment of disorders and abnormalities in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine, Meyer helped develop several spinal instrumentation systems. He also is among the first surgeons in Houston to incorporate stem cell treatments for his patients.
“Spine patients often have complicated medical issues that leave them miserable and unable to function,” Meyer said. “The ability to solve problems and provide comfort to people gives me great satisfaction.”
Meyer believes the future is bright for patients with spinal problems. He cites Houston Methodist’s work with new technologies including autologous stem cells and allograft cellular products to improve patient outcomes as well as minimally invasive techniques to help patients get through surgery as easily as possible.
AGELESS MED SPA CHANGES OWNERSHIP AND NAMES NEW MEDICAL DIRECTOR
James H. Kern, M.D. is the new Medical Director of Ageless Med Spa and has been a surgeon for nearly 30 years. He is one of the first surgeons in Houston and Southeast Texas to perform minimally-invasive Laser Assisted Tumescent Liposuction at the time of the technique’s FDA approval in 2008. Dr. Kern has also expanded his training and expertise to include facial rejuvenation with dermal fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse and Belotero Balance. He has additional advanced training in fractionated laser skin rejuvenation. He combines his love of surgery with current techniques in skin and body rejuvenation. He also works to enhance the health and well-being of men and women with natural skin treatments using PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma), Hormone Replacement Therapy and Medically Supervised Weight Loss programs.
As a clinician, Dr. Kern has participated in a major stem cell study. He was the lead Houston-area research physician in the four-year Independent Review Board supervised study, which also included three other physician investigators. Other study centers for this stem cell research program included Tulane University in New Orleans as well as hospitals in Germany.
Dr. Kern has been a guest on several television and radio programs, speaking about Laser Liposuction, Facial Rejuvenation, and Wellness for men and women. He is now a regular guest speaker on Great Day Houston morning talk show on KHOU television, sharing his medical expertise on various episodes.
Dr. Kern is pleased to share his knowledge to help his patients understand their choices to achieve the body that they have always wanted. For more information call 281-392-3700 or visit AgelessMedSpaKaty.com.
2017 FIRST BABY AT MEMORIAL HERMANN KATY HOSPITAL
Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital has announced its first baby born in 2017. Dawson Gamboa was born Jan. 1 at 8:22 a.m. and weighed in at 7 lb. 8 oz. Congratulations to his parents! To see all of 2017’s “first” babies born at Memorial Hermann Hospitals, visit facebook.com/pg/MemorialHermann/photos
KATY ISD EARNS PLACE ON AP DISTRICT HONOR ROLL
Katy ISD is one of 433 school districts in the United States and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the seventh Annual AP District Honor Roll for increasing access to Advanced Placement (AP) course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.
Since 2015, the number of Katy ISD students participating in AP exams increased by 16 percent, and the number of students receiving a score of 3 or higher increased by 11 percent.
To be included on the 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll, participating districts must:
- Increase participation/access to AP course work by at least 4 percent in large districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts, and at least 11 percent in small districts;
- Increase or maintain the percentage of exams taken by black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students who scored a 3 or higher on at least one AP Exam; and
- Improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2016 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2014, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70 percent of its AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.
For more information, visit apcentral.collegeboard.com
ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE CINEMA COMING TP LACENTERRA
Houston-based developer Vista Equities Group and Amstar Group, its equity partner, have announced that the Final Phase of LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch will be anchored by a new 37,000-square-foot Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Construction is scheduled to begin in March 2017 with Alamo Drafthouse Cinema anticipated to open in Spring 2018. The Final Phase will be located on the southeast side of LaCenterra `and will consist of the new Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, an additional 7,500 square feet of retail space and a 6-story parking garage.
FITNESS JOURNEY NETWORK MEETING, FIRST THURSDAY OF MONTH
Fitness Journey Network is a group of Katy health and wellness professionals who meet the first Thursday of each month at various locations. Membership is free. Contact Karen Narum at 281-871-8920 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.